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Series 15

Polaroid Now+ and the Photo Album Large – S15E15

Polaroid recently released the update to Polaroid Now camera, it’s based on the OneStep+. It is called the Polaroid Now+. Taking from the OneStep+, there are tools to create from Bluetooth to smartphone using the Polaroid app.

With the addition of autofocus, anything can be fun and creative with the Now+.

I didn’t get a chance to shoot a lot of photos with the new camera. I only shot one photo. 

Another addition to the Polaroid collection is the Photo Album Large. I ordered it from Amazon and has been needing a photo album to store a bunch of my favourite Polaroid photos. The album stores up to 160 photos. Past photos have been store in a shoebox. It’s needed to free up some space from the shoebox.

I am pleased with what I got. Hoping I can shoot more photos with the Now+. There’s still some slots with the photo album to store. There you go!
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The 2021 Polaris Music Prize Goes To… – S15E14

For the second year, due to the on-going pandemic, the Polaris Music Prize and CBC Music live streamed the 2021 winner for the best Canadian music album of the year.

Congratulations goes out to Rollie Pemberton, known as Cadence Weapon for his album, Parallel World. Released in 2021 and having excellent reviews.

The third times a charm for Cadence Weapon as he was nominated for 2 albums in 2006 and 2012.

The live stream had a chilled vibe with a loft setting. It looked more like a cool living room.

In Polaris tradition, the previous winner is there to announce the winner. 2020 winner, Backxwash was there and announced Cadence Weapon as the winner.

The exciting part with Cadence Weapon is that he recently signed with Ottawa’s Kelp Management.

You can listen the Polaris winning album on Spotify. Give it a listen.

Series 15

Gong Cha in Ottawa – S15E13

More and more bubble tea shops have been coming to Ottawa recently. Gong Cha has finally opened in the city. It is located in The Glebe.

The grand opening tasting event was for Ottawa foodie bloggers and Instagrammers.

The drink I picked was Pearl Milk Tea with coconut jelly. I totally forgot that pearls were included.

It was great seeing foodaholics4eva as it’s been awhile I have gone to outings in the city. It’s always fun to shoot some Polaroids when going to places. 

You can check the photos below from the Gong Cha Ottawa location.

Overall, it was a wonderful time to coming out to the Glebe and make sure to give Gong Cha a try. They are located on 856 Bank St (Bank at Fifth Ave).
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Music / Series 15

The 2021 Polaris Music Prize Short List

© Polaris Music Prize 2021

Here is the 2021 Polaris Music Prize Short List (presented by CBC Music) as it was announced on July 15th, 2021;

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice
Cadence Weapon – Parallel World
DijahSB – Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words
Mustafa – When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs – The Ends
Klô Pelgag – Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
TOBi – Elements Vol. 1
The Weather Station – Ignorance
Zoon – Bleached Wavves

Overall, it’s a great selection. A lot of first time nominees and a few returnees.
You can also check the 2021 Long List at this link (as pdf).

It’s nice to see Cadence Weapon back as he recently wrote a post on how he was treated from his former record label and management. You can read it from this link.

With the uncertainty of event gatherings, the Gala will not be hosting for another year.

The winner will be revealed on September 27th.

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Series 15 / Specials

Video Game Streaming (Summer Special)

Just recently, I have dabbled in video game streaming through the Twitch platform. With owning the Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation 5, it was best to make use of creating fun content online.

It started in mid-April and a slew of new games were coming out. They were Resident Evil Village, New Pokémon Snap, Monster Hunter Rise and Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

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Music / Series 15

Merry Christmas for 2020 – S15E12

It’s been awhile that a Christmas entry has been written. With the pandemic continuing, there’s a sense of the Christmas spirit forgetting with the days going by quickly.

A Christmas tree has been installed at the home for the first time in decades.

Starting to forget to play the usual Christmas song to listen. Posting an audio throwback from 2013, myself and Lauren played some of the favourite Christmas tracks.

Posting some music video as an update. I never had a chance to play them while on the radio years ago.

On Spotify, there’s a playlist for Chinese Christmas songs, check here to check it out.

I wish everyone a safe Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas and a great New Year in 2021. 

Enjoy the audio and music videos.

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Series 15

Polaroids From The Pandemic – S15E11

It’s been tough to shoot Polaroids during the pandemic because of the physical distancing and a lot of events being cancelled.

Several of the film packs are set to expire in August.

With some creativity, I used the Polaroid Lab to take some of the foodie photos from the iPhone to Polaroid. The food photos were taken between April to June.

On Tuesday afternoon, I finally had a chance to take some Polaroids for a friend as I haven’t seen her for a long time.

We have been playing Pokémon Go and sending gifts. It was nice to catch up and take some creative photos.

You can check the photos from below.

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It’s The Polaris Music Prize Short List for 2020 – S15E10

Here is the 2020 edition of The Polaris Music Prize Short List;

Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou – Suddenly
Junia-T – Studio Monk
Kaytranada – Bubba
nêhiyawak – nipiy
Pantayo – Pantayo
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez – Before Love Came To Kill Us
U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
Witch Prophet – DNA Activation

The Short List was announced on CBC Music on Wednesday afternoon.

There will be no Gala as CBC will be presenting in a cinematic format through their streaming platforms as well as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, on October 19th.

The winner will get the $50,000 prize for the best Canadian album based on artistic merit.

The 10 short listed albums looks to be excellent and October can’t come any sooner. Happy listening.

Series 15

Happy Canada Day (2020 Edition) – S15E09

Happy Canada Day!

There were no events happening in Ottawa and throughout the country because of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

For this year, I decided to jog and walk from Lansdowne Park to downtown Ottawa. People were still out and about on Canada Day but it was not as busy. The weather was pretty hot but not overly humid from the week prior.

Since March, I haven’t been able to take any Polaroid photos and the films are nearing expiration. It was fitting to take some Polaroids on the excursion.

Check the photos from below.

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