Throwback Thursday Live Music Edition – Baroness in Toronto

Written by guest writer and photographer Aron Harris. Aron is a designer/photographer/musician who drinks lots of coffee in Toronto. His photography can be seen at

*photos by Aron Harris

Touring behind their latest album, Purple, Baroness took over Toronto’s Opera House on May 3rd. From the first notes of “Kerosene”, the crowd roared their appreciation of the band. The setlist leaned heavily on songs from Purple and previous album, Yellow & Green. Between songs, a cheer came up from the crowd as one fan spoke for the room by yelling “Toronto loves Baroness”. As the audience sang each word along with singer/guitarist, John Baizley, his perpetual smile showed that the appreciation was mutual.


Opening the night was hardcore semi-supergroup, Mutoid Man. The band features singer/guitarist Stephen Brodsky of Cave In, drummer Ben Koller of Converge and bassist Nick Cageao. Their music is full of fast riffs and thunderous drumming with Brodsky’s scream-to-soaring baritone woven in. While the band takes the music seriously, their onstage horseplay, rock posing and Brodsky’s overblown metal stage banter shows that they don’t take it all too seriously. Their covers of both Prince’s Purple Rain and The Animals’Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood shows that they’re not your average hardcore band.


Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
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