Music, Culture, Photos and Other Happenings in Ottawa

Date archives November 2007

Music / Series 3 / WildWorks Blog

Another Fuse Taping I Attended… No Joke and Christmas Planning – S3E07

Yes, there was another taping for CBC’s FUSE and it was an early hour than usual Fuse tapings. The performers were Michael Kaeshammer and Hayley Sales.
Photos are up on Flickr again, here’s the link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157603331125358/
Overall, it was a great performance from the two musicians.
*Spoiler* There was a bit of a Christmas feel when Hayley Sales sang Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon.

The holidays is approaching and I have been thinking of planning a Christmas get together at my place for the second year. That means I have to clean up the house, get a few gifts for the so-called gift exchange and think of food to make. I cross my fingers that the second year of my Christmas get together would be better.

A reminder that I am planning to have my picks of the top songs of 2007. What are my favorites of 2007. Wait and find out.
Aside from the Canadian independent music scene, I am still liking the current #1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles, “No One” by Alicia Keys.

One comment I totally left out and I was suppose to write it on a previous blog entry. I am enjoying these kinds of concerts (mainly The Acorn and The Russian Futurists concert) because it is smaller and costs less to get tickets than going to a big-wig concert. Briefly chatting with independent artists makes it fun for myself because I find they are approachable and they don’t leave right away. It gives me experience to socializing and mingling with these kinds of people.

Series 3 / WildWorks Blog

Tuesday Night’s Fuse Taping – S3E06

This might be a spoiler because the airdate for Fuse will be on January 12, 2008. I really enjoyed Tuesday night’s taping of FUSE. The performers were Grand Analog and Dr. Draw. I was happy to see Grand Analog perform because the last time I went to a different CBC radio taping, they were in Ottawa. The funny thing was that I added Odario William on MySpace after the Glen Gould special for CBC Radio 2 and a few days later, he messaged me how he liked my display picture.
Overall, it was the best FUSE taping and a kind of a make up of sorts because I didn’t get to go to The Sadies and Gord Downie fusing.
Link to the photos at http://flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157603315126606/.

Another concert I went was on Saturday, November 24, 2007. It was The Russian Futurists w/ The Consecos and Tallships. Link to the photos at http://flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157603288988525/.

Series 3 / WildWorks Blog

Lion Dance Performance at The Brookstreet Hotel – S3E05

I had a great performance tonight at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata. What was the significance of the performance? It was for the COC (Canadian Olympic Committee)’s 2008 Media Summit. It was the first time checking the hotel and also the first time to perform there. It is a nice and elegant hotel. Very luxurious and regal since it seems high-end and located in the hi-tech sector in Kanata. I wish I had a chance to see which of the current Summer Olympic athletes was at the event.
I will have a second performance this Thursday but it is another Olympic related event but different from the event at Brookstreet Hotel because it’s done by a different organizer. It will be at the Hilton Lac Leamy.
The photos via Flickr are posted up, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157603244554801/

Series 3 / WildWorks Blog

Friday Night at Barrymore’s Music Hall: The Acorn Concert – S3E04

It was the first time in my life that I finally went to Barrymore’s Music Hall. When I went inside, I was stunned to see how decorative the building is like.
Friday, November 16, 2007 was The Acorn’s concert and it was live to tape for CBC Radio One (Bandwidth) and Two (Canada Live). All I can say that the concert was great but the sound level was way too loud. My ears is somewhat at 80% in hearing range.
It was also convenient to see Amanda Putz at the concert. I told her I wished I went to the Fuse taping with The Sadies and Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip. She told me it was packed. I mentioned about how she talked about growing up liking New Kids on the Block on her web radio show. Why I find it funny? It was because she mentioned it back on April 30th’s edition of The Morning Brew with Alyson Hau as fill-in hosts on RTHK.
Overall, The Acorn with Bruce Peninsula & Male Nurse concert was excellent. Another funny story, when The Acorn sang the second song, someone tapped me in the back. ‘lo and behold! It was Amanda Putz and she was taking pics. I was surprised to see a former student from Bell High School.
Photos of the concert are up on my Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157603220359179/

I am trying to get used to the MacBook styled Apple Wireless Keyboard. I like the small and thin look. I need to get used to the buttons on the keyboard. I am typing fast at times and feel like I am making mistypes along the way.
If you are having web browser crashes getting to my blog due to the CBC Radio 3 Miniplayer playing Stars, leave a comment and I will take it out.

Week In Review / WildWorks Blog

WildWorks Extra For November 3-4, 2007

My total apologies for not keeping up the week in review. If you read my previous blog entry, you will know why.

Music – Well, it happened and the new album of Britney Spears was released. Even though, I downloaded on iTunes, I have not listened to the album yet.

Another surprise shocker was the music video premiere of the new song by The Spice Girls. Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) premiered on November 2. My opinion, it is a good song because it will be in my head probably until the Christmas holiday, but the video is left to be desired.

Series 3 / WildWorks Blog

Blogger’s Block(?) – S3E3

It has been an uneventful final two weeks of October. Minus the fact that there was excitement on October 26, 2007. Well, I got Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard. All I can say that it’s great and I have enjoyed the new look. Another was going to Saunders Farm with friends and some videos have been posted up on Facebook “exclusively” (for FB users).
For the lack of updates, I must be suffering from (pardon the pun) blogger’s block. I couldn’t think of a way to write an entry after the exciting first two weeks of October. I hope I can make up some ground for November.

I’m still enjoying CBC Radio 3 web radio. Still loving the hosts and Canadian independent music.

It’s this time of year again and it’s become my tradition as I got another toque from Roots for the Winter season. Although, it is a month early but I was too eager to use the Roots gift certificate from Air Miles. A pic of me (using Photo Booth, no duh) will be coming soon as I am still wearing my 2006-2007 toque. The toque will retire when snow drops on the ground.