Collaborating and Using The Polaroid Originals OneStep+ – S13E07

I had the opportunity to collaborate with Instagrammers to try out the Polaroid Originals OneStep+. It’s rare that I get to meet up and try to create a fun project.

The original plan was to shoot some Polaroids with the OneStep 2 camera and unbeknownst, Polaroid Originals released the OneStep+ in late August. It was good timing that we got to meet up and try out the new camera. I did use the camera while at the Polaris Music Prize Gala but didn’t use the Polaroid Originals smartphone app to use the creative tools.

I got to use the smartphone app this time around. The only tools I used were Manual Mode and Double Exposure. It was quite difficult focusing from the viewfinder and using the smartphone at the end. The end results were amazing. It will take time to slightly multitask holding the smartphone and camera.

With the OneStep+, I also brought along the OneStep 2 (version 1) and the SX-70 camera to finish up the remaining film as they were already and close to expiring. I also had the i-Type Color film on the OneStep+ as I wanted to finish the pack and use the Rose Gold Frame Edition Color i-Type Film. The Gold Frame photos from the SX-70 didn’t turn out because it was very bright outside.

We decided to shoot photos at Ottawa Art Gallery because of its unique space.

You can check out the Instagram users at Nhuelle and @axgela. It was great to meet up and bring some enthusiasm to shooting instant photos.

The Polaroid photos are posted below and posted on my Instagram.

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More Photos From The 2018 Polaris Music Prize Gala – S13E06

At the 2018 Polaris Music Gala, aside from taken photos from the digital camera, I decided to bring 3 Polaroid cameras. It was quite an overkill using 4 cameras in one night.

I recently brought the Polaroid Originals OneStep+. The new camera was released in late August and it added Bluetooth for creative tools. I will go in-depth in a future blog post as I will be doing a collaboration with someone and try to use the tools using the Polaroid Originals smartphone app.

You will see Polaroids and a couple of food photos from the Polaris Gala. I took photos using the gold frame film from the SX-70, blue duochrome film from the OneStep 2 and the photos from the OneStep+.
The Polaroids will also be posted to Instagram.

The food was made by chef Chris Barrett at Oliver & Bonacini and was a courtesy from SOCAN. It consisted of fish tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches and meatballs.
You can view the photos below.

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The 2018 Polaris Music Prize Gala – S13E05

The winner of the 2018 Polaris Music Prize went to Jeremy Dutcher for his album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa.

The classically trained operatic tenor and composer beat out nine Canadian albums from artists and bands for the $50,000 monetary reward.

Performances from the Gala had Dutcher, Weaves, Jean-Michel Blais, Hubert Lenoir, Deep Waters Band (of Girls Rock Camp) did a cover of Alvvays, Pierre Kwenders and Partners.

This year’s Gala went pretty long but the performances from the bands and musicians were all excellent.

It’s always a great time attending the gala and seeing friends and acquaintances. 

You can check the photos below. Be sure to check out the Polaroid photos from the Polaris Music Prize Gala on another post or on my Instagram.
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The Chinese Canadian Collective Celebrates 1 Year With A Picnic – S13E04

On a very sunny Saturday in August, The Chinese Canadian Collective celebrated its 1 year anniversary with a potluck picnic at McNabb Park in Ottawa. 

For those who don’t know about the CCC, it’s an organization based in Ottawa and it examines Chinese Canadians through culture from representation and issues. There were several meet ups and various events throughout the year to meet its goals and awareness. 

It was great seeing the people there and funny having connections to high school in different years apart.

Aside from the food, there was a 9 person game volleyball by the Ottawa Ngo Fu Volleyball and outdoor mahjong.

You can view the photos below. Some Polaroid Originals photos.

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Final Weekend of July 2018: Asian Night Market and The Art of The Brick – S13E03

The final weekend of July had a couple of events happening in Ottawa. There was the Ottawa Asian Festival’s Asian Night Market. It ran throughout the weekend in Ottawa Chinatown. It was great seeing people around and going through the long lines and crowds.

On Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to check out The Art of The Brick exhibit at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. The exhibit by Nathan Sawaya showcases the collection of unique and extraordinary LEGO artwork. There were art recreated and reimagined from the likes of DaVinci’s Mona Lisa and Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

It was quite fun looking at the LEGO artwork and how astounded the artist took the extreme detail to every piece of artwork in LEGO form. The exhibit runs until September 3rd.

You can check the photos below.

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The Polaris Music Prize Short List for 2018 is Out – S13E02

Polaris Music Prize ©2018The 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List was unveiled and here are the 10 albums as voted by Canadian journalists, bloggers and critics and broadcasters to find the best in Canadian music.

  • Alvvays – Antisocialites
  • Jean-Michel Blais – Dans ma main
  • Daniel Caesar – Freudian
  • Jeremy Dutcher – Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
  • Pierre Kwenders – MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
  • Hubert Lenoir – Darlène
  • Partner – In Search of Lost Time
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids – The Average Savage
  • U.S. Girls – In a Poem Unlimited
  • Weaves – Wide Open

There you have it, a good mix of Francophone, Rock, and R&B music to the 2018 edition of Polaris Music Prize.

Some repeat entries from Alvvays, U.S. Girls and Weaves to new entries from Daniel Caeser and Partner. All 10 short listed albums will be worth listening on music streamed services like Apple Music and Spotify.

The Gala is on September 17 and hope to be there in Toronto.

Experiencing Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama at AGO – S13E01

Apologies for the long hiatus on the blog. It’s been tough not covering a lot of live music and other events happening for the past several months.

On Wednesday, I was in Toronto to check out Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama at Art Gallery of Ontario. It’s been a very popular exhibit as tickets were available online using waiting in line system and they were sold out.

There were six rooms where mirrors and various pieces of artworks from Kusama created. There were unique and very quick because you need to be in the room for 20 or 30 seconds. It was quite tough to use a smartphone and digital cameras to get a good shot.

The waiting in line to see the rooms wasn’t too long. There was room where we could not take photos and it’s “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins.” The favourite room by far was The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. That one looked like you stepped in outer space. Ended off with the Obliteration Room where people stuck dotted stickers at any place or thing displayed.

It was a great time going to Toronto for the exhibit and for those able to check it out, it runs until May 27th.

You can view the photos from below. All shot using the iPhone X.
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