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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Almost Back From Hiatus, Here’s The 2020 Polaris Music Prize Long List – S15E08

Slightly back from COVID-19 hiatus and no way to miss this. Every June, The Polaris Music Prize unveils their long list of 40 Canadian albums from 2019 to 2020. 

Due to the pandemic throughout the world, this year’s Long List announcement were done by past Polaris nominees as it was broadcast on social media and YouTube.

The Short List of 10 albums will be announced next month. There will not be a Gala at the Carlu this year. CBC Music will announce the winner of the 2020 Polaris Music Prize in September.

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More From OAG’s Spring 2020 Exhibits & Blog Hiatus – S15E07

One of the exhibits missed from Tuesday night’s Instagram was RhythmScape at Ottawa Art Gallery. This exhibit originated in South Korea and now in North America.

It’s a unique exhibit showing lights, strings, sounds and video. It brings on a contemporary look at urban spaces in art. I had a chance to take a look prior to the Capital Music Awards.
An update, the OAG will be temporary closed from March 14th until April 5th.

Since almost everything in Ottawa has been cancelled or postponed. It is best that the blog will go on a hiatus due to the fact that events won’t be happening in the weeks and months due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

I am still active on social media as I will not be entirely quiet on the Internet.

To end things off, here are photos from the exhibit and videos from the Instameet below.

See you around when things go back to normal.

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