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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