Music, Culture, Photos and Other Happenings in Ottawa

Series 15

There Was Suppose to Be a Sunset at the Instameet – S15E04

There was another Instameet In less than a week. This one was at the rooftop patio at Andaz Ottawa’s Copper Spirits & Sights.

As usual, it was hosted by Instagrammers Ottawa (IgersOttawa) & The ByWard Market BIA.
Unfortunately, the sun didn’t appear due to the clouds covering up. The positive side was not enduring the harsh cold weather from Saturday.

It was great seeing the usual Instagrammers and new people coming out to the instameet. Always nice to connect with different people around Ottawa. It was quite tough to shoot Polaroids as cold temperatures can’t develop the photos in its entirety.

Apologies for the title of the blog post. You can check the photos and Polaroid photos below.
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Series 15

A Photo Walk to ByWard Market and Downtown Rideau – S15E02

Instagrammers Ottawa along with ByWard Market hosted a photo walk on a cold Wednesday night.

Several sound and light installations are displayed throughout downtown Ottawa as part of Winterlude. 

The first installation we walked to was the art installation, Geometric Crystalline. It was created by Dems & Dolls from Ottawa. The installation captured the unique sound and lights from it.

Next was the art installation, Oscillation. Apparently, the power was turned off and will have to check it out at another time.

Last installation to check out was Cycle and it was quite an interesting art installation as people can walk on the art piece. Sound and light will go off on it.

We ended with hot chocolate at Mantovani 1946. It is Ottawa’s Top Gelato Cafe.

Following the instameet, I headed down to Chatime and got the Sakura Sweetheart drink. It has sago mixed with green tea matcha. It was a nice drink, started with very sweet to not so sweet.

Overall, it was great seeing the usual Instagrammers and braving the cold weather. You can view the photos from below.

Thanks goes out to Instagrammers Ottawa and ByWard Market for hosting the fun photo walk.
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Series 15

Chinese New Year 2020 – S15E01

Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year, it’s the year of the rat to start the new decade. Due to what’s happening in the world with the coronavirus, a few of the lion dance performances were cancelled. 

My lion dance group was able to do some performances at Casino Lac Leamy, at a private school and RBC Royal Bank during Lunar New Year.

Here’s a YouTube from one of our performances. I started using Adobe Premiere Pro and put in a picture in picture for it.

What a way to start the 15th season of the blog with the new year festivities. You should notice a new look with the blog. Hope you will like the cleaner look.
Surprisingly, a blogger I know is celebrating 15 years for her blog, you can check her out here. I am not at year 15 for my blog.

恭喜發財 (Gong Hey Fat Choy), Happy Chinese New Year! You can look at the photos below.
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Season Finale / Series 14 / WildWorks Blog

Best of 2010-2019, The Decade in 2010 – S14E21 (Season Finale)

It’s quite the decade in the 2010s. This is a look back on how my blog evolved throughout the decade.

The Early 2010s
The integration of the radio show I had at the time made good use of the blog. It was used as a summary and continuing the coverage of Canadian music. 

My favourite thing from the radio show were interviewing Nat & Marie and musicians from the likes of Basia Bulat, Shad and various Canadian musicians and bands.

I had the opportunity to have people come in as co-hosts of the radio show. Shoutout to Lauren, Marzia, Erica, and Candice.

Past blog posts are linked via WordPress.com from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

2014 and Onwards
Due to the abrupt end of the radio show in early 2014, things changed with the blog with less coverage of Canadian music. I was able to cover the Polaris Music Prize Gala every September and enjoy the live performances as well as finding out who would win the prize.

Not all is lost when covering Canadian music as I’ve become a great supporter of Scary Bear Soundtrack.

There was more emphasis of a lifestyle theme in my blog posts. More links to social media through Instagram and Facebook.

Polaroid photos were used in covering the blog and social media accounts. It became an obsession to shooting Polaroids.

One of the fun memories was in 2017 and it was covering Red Bull Crashed Ice event. I got to meet two photographers/Instagrammers there. Shoutout to Andrew and Sudevi.

Past posts are linked through WordPress.com and WildWorks.ca – 2015, 2016 and 2017

Wrapping up 2019
Several Instagram meetups would define 2019. It’s been great meeting some photographers and Instagrammers at events.

To end 2019 and season 14, you will notice a makeover of the blog as I changed the theme layout. I hope you will enjoy the new look and going forward to the new decade.

Happy New Year and season 15 to be coming soon.

Series 14

Quite The First Week of December 2019 – S14E20

What a week to start the final month of 2019.

On the first Sunday of December, I went to Mochisuki 2019 at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall. Mochi is one of those unique snacking delicacy in Japan. It was quite a fun and popular event by the Ottawa Japanese Community Association.  

On Tuesday, I attended Ottawa Tourism’s Influencer Party at Craft Ottawa in Lansdowne Park. It was great seeing the photographers and Instagrammers for another year. After the party, I shot some photos around Ottawa Christmas Market at Lansdowne.

On Thursday, I went to National Gallery of Canada for a get together with The Chinese Canadian Collective as we checked out the temporary exhibits. There was the Christmas Tree Lighting. 

On Friday, I attended a private party hosted by Instagrammers, ottstyle and jewelsforlunch. It was called Glitz & Glam. At the party, I got to use the Polaroid Lab by Polaroid Originals as well as the OneStep+. It was great seeing Ottawa Instagrammers and some I haven’t seen in awhile. All in a holiday fun.

It was quite the first week of December to attend these exciting events. Big thanks to Ottawa Tourism, Steph (ottstyle) and Harshita (jewelsforlunch) for holding these events. You can check the photos from below. Continue reading

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The Photo Walk on Tuesday Night – S14E19

On Tuesday night, I joined up with a couple of people for the photo walk hosted by Passportunities. It was a fun time as the weather held up pretty well with no rain and snow. I used the Sony a7 III as I don’t usually get a chance to shoot with the camera. 

It’s one of the rare times I shoot outdoor night photos. I had good lenses for the Sony camera but forgot to bring a tripod to shooting long exposures.

Thanks to Darcie for organizing the photo walk. You can view the photos below.

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OAG’s New Fall 2019 Exhibition Preview – S14E18

On Wednesday night, I had an opportunity to check out the preview of Ottawa Art Gallery‘s Fall 2019 exhibitions.

Two new exhibitions to be open officially on Thursday are Inaabiwin and Facing Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore.

The first was a contemporary Indigenous exhibit and it had a stunning piece of art (photo shown below).

The other exhibit delved through genderqueer art from the early 1990s to the contemporary time.

The two exhibits run until January 2020.

Posted are photos from the iPhone 11 Pro and the DJI OSMO Pocket. Thanks goes out to Ottawa Tourism and IGersOttawa for hosting the instameet.

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The Saunders Farm Instameet – S14E17

It was a rainy Saturday morning as I got to attend an instameet at Saunders Farm.

It’s been a long time I have been to Saunders Farm. From late September to October, they hold their popular Haunting Season. It is popular for all families with lots of activities to check out.

There were mazes and scary decorations throughout the area. Visuals were amazing and eye catching.

For the food, I got to try their Pogo Poutine.

It was great joining photographers and Instagrammers for the event.

Big thanks goes out to Saunders Farm, Ottawa Tourism and IgersOttawa for holding the event.

You can check the photo below.

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Series 14

The 2019 Polaris Music Prize Gala – S14E16

The 2019 Polaris Music Prize winner went to Haviah Mighty for her album, 13th Floor. She beat out the likes of Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Pup and a whole other vying for best in Canadian music album of the year on artistic merit.

The gala was always full of excitement and great to see people I know from the media and musicians.

Congratulations goes out to Haviah Mighty and getting the $50,000 prize.

Without further ado, you can check out the photos from the 9 performers from the 2019 Polaris Music Prize gala.

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