David Bastedo is a Kingston Ontario based Multi-Disciplinary Artist, Photographer & Storyteller.
Artist. Photographer. Documentarian.
Creator. Maker. Storyteller.
David Bastedo is a Kingston based multi-disciplinary artist, photographer and storyteller.
David captures and expresses feelings, emotions and stories. Instants of beauty, flashes of unbridled joy, and moments of heartbreak in still and moving imagery.
David’s artworks are a convergence of emotion and energy manifested through the exploration of his feelings and emotions in the moment through bold, colours and strokes.
Past Exhibits, Talks, Shows & Highlights
May 2022 – Fresh Waves
January 2021 – Congress Connect – Keynote – Embrace the Unexpected. In his talk, David speaks to audiences about the three key drivers that have helped shape his eclectic and successful career and can help them in theirs. Be Driven by Passion – Yes, one must be driven, but first, you must determine the passion which will drive you forward. Being driven by passion takes you further than you can imagine
May, 2020 – Kingston’s Frontenac Club has included my imagery in their permanent collection. Celebrating Kingston musical artists – The Backstage Room in Kingston’s Frontenac Club features some of my most iconic live music imagery of The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, Hugh Dillon and Brett Emmons.
December 2020 – Whole & Unleashed Podcast. David Bastedo on why he refuses to specialize and finding success through failure.
October 2020 – Can’t Sell This Podcast – I was featured in the October Episode of the Can’t Sell This Podcast.
Hello Canada – Canada COVID Portrait Featured Image. More Information
December, 2018 – David Bastedo’s “Through My Lens” – A Tale of Love, Hope and Admiration.
The Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, Kingston.
Description: A curated Photographic Exhibit of Fifty Images followed by a Multi-Media Talk – with special musical guests Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair, Sarah Harmer, Chris Koster, Max Kerman, Jim Bryson, Andy Maize & Josh Finlayson.
Fall 2018 – Refined Kingston – Cover Story
Description: Photographing The Tragically Hip – In Support of Hospice Kingston
RMG Exposed 2018
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Description: I served as Co-Host for the evening as well as had an image in the featured RMG Exposed auction. Curated by Charlotte Hale.
October 2018 – Episode 9 of the Warren Weeks Show
Description: While you might not know his name, you’ve definitely seen his work. David Bastedo is the man behind the lens who photographed one of Canada’s most beloved bands – the Tragically Hip. His iconic images have been reproduced everywhere and became the definitive chronicle of the band’s career and, in particular, their farewell tour in 2016. In this interview, David shares behind-the-scenes stories from his time with the band, he talks about some of the technical challenges of concert photography, the story about that famous photo of Gord Downie and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and much more.
October, 2018 – David Bastedo: Through my Lens.
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Description: Photographer, Documentarian and Webmaster to Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip – shares his deeply personal journey documenting one of this country’s great creative and cultural forces.
Combing mixed media from his archives, anecdotes and commentary; Bastedo weaves an emotional narrative of this uniquely Canadian relationship and shares his learnings, observations and nuanced understanding of a man, a band and a country- bringing us to a place of collective meaning and shared experience, for a generation of Canadians.
June 15, 2018 – Through My Lens.
Description: COCA Conference Keynote Presentation. Through visuals and video, David speaks about the emotional and poignant journey of The Tragically Hip’s final tour and the impact of Gord Downie’s message of an inclusive Canada on a nation.
June – September, 2018 – An Abridged Exploration of Love, Hope & Admiration. Part 1. Gord.
Leslie Jones, Toronto.
Description: A Solo Photography Exhibition of Gord Downie Images.
March, 2018 – Junos
Description: Apple Campaign and Contribution to Juno Video
February, 2018 – Talk Boutique Salon Series: Diversity… or Empathy?
Description: Diversity and inclusion have become the pivot point of many societal conversations from Native rights to gender equality and many more. No one would argue the importance of each of these initiatives or that they have each created long overdue and impactful conversations. However we ask,”Are diversity and inclusion conversations actually a symptom of a much larger problem… a society lacking in, yet desperately seeking, empathy?“
November 2017 – Maclean’s – Gord Downie special commemorative issue
Description: My images were selected for the front and back cover, as well as multiple single and double page spreads.
December 2017 – In View.
The Rivoli, Toronto.
Description: A group show. Curated by Vanessa Heins
November 2017 – RMG Exposed: Out of This World
Description: Featured image in the curated RMG Exposed auction. Curated by Charlotte Hale
August 2017 – CFC Alumni Profile
Description: Alumni Profile: Photographer and Digital Innovator David Bastedo
January 2017 – Gord Downie – JAWS – selected for Maclean’s – A Year in Pictures – 2016
Description: Maclean’s Magazine’s A Year in Pictures 2016 – Collector’s Edition – for the month of August. Jaws.
September 2016 – Maclean’s Magazine Cover + Spread – The Tragically Hip Tribute Issue
Description: Maclean’s Magazine’s Cover and Image Spread.
June – September 2016 – Group Show – Beats n’ Pieces
Description: A group show at Noodle gallery
November 2013 – Group Show – an exhibition of photographs & Art
Description: A group show featuring art by Susanne Langlois, Ian Kay & Sandy Stevenson and photographs by David Bastedo.
My work has been published and featured in print, film, television and online.
Select publications: Hello Canada, Maclean’s, The Toronto Star, The New York Times, FYI Music News, London Free Press, Huffington Post Canada, Hamilton Spectator, The Globe and Mail, The Hill Times, CBC, Daily Mirror, Calgary Herald, Halifax Magazine, Billboard, the Whig Standard, Infopresse, Winnipeg Free Press & The Financial Post
WWF, the NFB film “Family Band,” the TIFF featured Documentary “Long Time Running,” “The Secret Path Live 2016”, the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards and the Canadian Juno Awards.
My images have been licensed for distribution and are available for purchase in Tour Books, Memorabilia, Photographs and T-shirts.