Music, Culture, Photos and Other Happenings in Ottawa

Date archives December 2018

Season 13 / Season Finale

Tried Out Lobster Noodle House – S13E12

I joined up with members of The Chinese Canadian Collective to Lobster Noodle House for a small get together close to the Christmas holidays. Located on 947 Somerset St. W, across from Plant Recreation Centre. It’s convenient to those living in Ottawa Chinatown and around downtown.

It’s Vietnamese cuisine as the photo shown above. The reason for checking it out was to try the lobster pho. I rarely go to pho restaurants as there are a lot in Ottawa Chinatown. I had usually shared bowls with my brother. I’m no food critic but it was worth a try. You can see the photos of the lobster pho. It had corn, mussels, shrimp and the standard rice noodles with broth.

Overall, I had a good lobster pho, it was not salty and everything was just fine except with cracking open the lobster. It was great to see some of the CCC members before the year’s end. 

You can check the photos and Polaroid photos below. Happy Holidays to everyone!

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This Vinyl I Got in October – S13E11

To those who know me for my like and interest in Cantopop music. I’ve been wanting to write about getting a vinyl purchase back in late August. It wasn’t until I got it in October due to shipment availability.

It’s rare for myself to buy music and vinyl in particular. The album I purchased is Beyond’s 1988 album, 祕密警察 (translated in English as Secret Police). I was eyeing this album for a long time because of two songs, 大地 (Earth) and 喜歡妳 (translated as either Like You or Loving You). The latter being my favourite song.

As we end 2018, it was fitting to get the album to celebrate 30 years since the release. The vinyl purchased was remastered by the famous Abbey Road Studios. I was hoping to get it around September but got it a month late but I wasn’t to complain. Purchasing Cantopop or international vinyl albums can be expensive because of import costs and other factors. It’s not accessible to the North American market.

I’m satisfied with this album because it’s one of those classics from Hong Kong.

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Area Resident and Jonathan Pearce at The Record Centre – S13E10

At The Record Centre on Saturday afternoon, there was a live performance from Area Resident and Jonathan Pearce.

This live show was a special one because it was one of the live gig member’s final time with Area Resident. It was John Higney’s final time with Area Resident. Also joining Area Resident was Catriona Sturton as she provided the harmonica and vocals.

Echolette, the 3rd full length album was released in late October and you can check it out on Bandcamp.

Jonathan Pearce was the opener and he will be releasing a solo record in Spring 2019.

You view photos and Polaroid Originals photos below.

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Touring Parliament Hill’s Centre Block Before Renovations – S13E09

I had the opportunity to join with Apt613 and other photographers on Saturday to Parliament Hill’s Centre Block. Apt613 planned a reserved tour to Centre Block as it is going to be closed for renovations. The closure will last about 10 years.

The last time I toured inside Centre Block was in 2002 for a Political Science 2nd year class. For this tour, House of Commons wasn’t opened to the public as it’s closed. What was opened was the Library of Parliament. When I went in 2002, it was closed for renovations .

Throughout the tour, we saw several sculptures and paintings throughout the building.

For this tour, I got to use the popular Sony a7 III camera as it was recently purchased. I only shot on a 35mm lens but was impressed with shooting the camera. You can view the photos from below.

Overall, I had a good time touring Centre Block before the closure for 10 years. January 25, 2019 will be when Parliament Hill closes for renovations.

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Apt613 Screening Party – S13E08

Friday night at Arts Court, apt613 hosted a TV screening party. They were showcasing some new and innovative videos from their YouTube channel.

Apt613 recently added the video content to their website. Run by volunteers, the 613TV portion shows the dynamic and hidden fun parts of Ottawa. From food to breakdance, music and other activities, 613TV shows Ottawa’s uniqueness.

At the screening party, Scary Bear Soundtrack performed as they participated in the soon to be released Pod Jamz sessions. There were servings of meaty bites by MeatPress and free popcorn.

You can view the photos below.

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