It was a busy Saturday for June 21, 2008. As you see from the photo. I had a lion dance performance at Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival. We have been performing at the dragon boat race for several years and the festival has been around for 15 years. I had a privilege to participate at the dragon boat race a decade ago. There’s a funny story back in 1998, it was a rainy day and I tried to find my teammates and probably by purpose, I started to tumbled down the hill and my sandals flew in the air. What happened? Someone caught and somehow lay on the ground for a group photo. Memories at the dragon boat race have been great and funny. What also feels great to performing at the festival (aside from the long wait to perform) is having Max Keeping introduce us. It is great to see the Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival continue to prosper year after year.
Check out the photos from the opening ceremonies from the dragon boat race. This time, the photos were used from the Canon EOS 30D.
Another performance we had was at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and was for the Canadian Olympics Gymnastics Team Gala. The significance is that it counts down to the Beijing Olympics in August. After the performance, I decided to check out a house concert and the performing act was Canadian indie rock band, Shapes and Sizes. Here are photos via my brother’s Flickr link.
Last, but not least, this is my entry to finish off series 3 of my blog for the Summer break. I will be having a couple of Summer specials for the coming weeks and months. Series 4 will return sometime in the Fall.
It was another exciting but hot day at Westfest. This time, I was with my lion dance troupe and we paraded down Richmond Road for Westfest’s On The Street program. Luckily it did not rain on us during our parade down Richmond Road but the guys worked up a lot of sweat.
As usual, check the photos on Flickr from the lion dance performance.
It was an amazing Friday night at Westfest because their concert lineup consisted of Hurray for Higgsfield, i see rowboats, Matthew Barber and the Union Dues, Grand Analog, Land of Talk and Joel Plaskett Emergency. The host for Friday’s National Night was none other than Amanda Putz. She’s just the best host/MC around and amazed she did not goof up unlike her stint on her weekday morning show on CBC Radio 3.
I was there since 4pm (I’m probably lying, LOL) until around 11pm. I was somewhat worried about the hot weather but the concert ground was shaded and there was a breeze. The last time I saw Joel Plaskett was at Winterlude in February and I basically froze to death. Let’s say that I stood for over 2 hours. This time it’s the reverse and still a great crowd for the indie rocker.
I got into a bit of trouble at the end of the concert because the members of Grand Analog remembered and recognized me from the Fuse taping in November and through MySpace. Let’s say that the security was not pleased about giving the artist pass. It was somewhat a funny moment because the members of Grand Analog and myself were causing a bit of trouble entering the VIP section.
I was happy to see Ming (not my twin brother) and Saeed come to Westfest and check out Grand Analog and a bit of Joel Plaskett Emergency. I wish they had a chance to meet Odario and the gang. Hopefully next time when they return to Ottawa for a gig.
As you from the photo on top, that was taken after the concert and it was nice of the group and Joel Plaskett to join in for the photo op.
For those who missed it (you know who you are), you should of went and checked it out because it would of been a fun time.
As I finish up this entry, don’t forget to check out my Photos from Westfest 2008.
Last night, I went to the Mercury Lounge for the Dan Mangan with Said The Whale concert. It was an excellent concert because I usually listen to them on CBC Radio 3 and getting to talk to members of Said The Whale were nice and cool. If it wasn’t for Amanda Putz appearing, she wouldn’t reveal that I am one of the blog posters on R3’s website.
There were some funny moments during Said The Whale’s performance, as the lead singer’s glass water was spilled and then his beer “exploded.” Later on, the keyboardist’s glockenspiel fell. My own funny moment, towards the end of Dan Mangan’s performance, there was a standing ovation and I was trying to stand up but fell back on the couch but got back up. The photo on top is with three members of Said The Whale.
Here’s the link of photos from Flick, [Link]
Oh my goodness, Summer has arrived and it couldn’t come at a better time. Except the heat and sweat, I got a chance to go The Black Sheep Inn for the third time. As you see from the photo, I wanted to show the scenic background to Wakefield, Quebec. I couldn’t do it last time because of the weather. It looks like I am basking in the glory being in Wakefield. It was not as hot there due to the shade and the lake/river.
Why was I there? It was a radio taping for CBC Radio 2’s Canada Live program. The singers were Kyrie Kristmanson and Nathan Lawr & The Minotaurs. It was an enjoyable and funny performance.
Prior to the taping, I decided to try out poutine at the restaurant beside The Black Sheep Inn. It was one big poutine I got and it was fulfilling. Another memorable moment was seeing Rolf Klausener of The Acorn in Wakefield. My reaction was pretty funny as I kind of jumped up on my seat with a shocked look saying “What the!” in my head. Good thing he said hi and so on. In a way, it was an exciting Saturday night at Wakefield.
Here’s the link to the photos via Flickr, [Link]
Coming up this week; Westfest. I can’t wait to check out the musical performances as well as our lion dance troupe performing.
Last thing, I did not know this is post #100. I am surprised I got to a hundred entries for my blog.
What a way to finish up May with a couple of events I went to. It has been awhile that May is my favorite month of the year. With the festivals starting and Summer on the horizon, there couldn’t be a fun time to have it. Onto the events that I have done from the final four days.
First up was on May 28th, 2008, I had a liondance performance at The Canadian Museum of Civilization. It was a gala event by The Children’s Bridge Foundation’s (photo on top). I was surprised to see politicians attend the event and I missed out seeing activist, Craig Kielburger. Overall, it was a good performance and it has been not too long I haven’t been on the tail. At least I got a good workout. Photos are on my Flick. Click on here, [Link].
Second was The Chutney n’ Chopsticks Cabaret at Club Saw on May 29th. It was part of Asian Heritage Month. I received an email from Amanda Putz the week before the event. I checked out the event and it was entertaining and funny. Great to see diversity work out. Photos (taken by my bro) on here, [Link 2].
Third is not really an event but I went to watch Sex and the City, the movie. It was released on May 30th. I was forced and reluctant to watch it and not being an avid of the series. The movie was not bad and it’s enjoyable but I did not realize the movie was about 2 in a half hours. It’s good for the females but not good for males who aren’t familiar with the TV series.
On the final day of May (the 31st), I went to a house concert hosted by Rolf of The Acorn. The bands performed were Special Noise, Mandibles and Play Guitar. It was a different setting going to a house concert. I didn’t realize that the music was loud. I was worried about my friend not liking the kind of music. At least he enjoyed the food there. I was pretty hungry and almost ate all of the food provided. It was just carrots and tortillas.
Well, June is upon us and I got a few events to go to. I hope to write a few entries as I can finish up season three.
Finally, May has become my favorite month of the year again because of the mild and cool weather and the start of the festival season in Ottawa. As you see from the photo with Masia One, I checked out CBC Bandwidth live at Ottawa Race Weekend. The live taping was on May 24, 2008 and it included performances by Hilotrons, Amanda Rheaume and Abdominal.
Photos from the event are on my Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157605236760760/. It was a great “live” taping and I did not expect to meet Masia One because I have her on Facebook and I think still on MySpace. I had kept in contact with her through MSN Messenger and MySpace for a couple of years. What was unexpectedly cool was that she gave me a DVD and CD of her music video and upcoming tracks from her album (to be release in June). Abdominal is another surprise because I watched an episode of R3TV where he went to England and chowed down on unusual foods. Here is the link from Youtube and warning, it is not for the weak or anyone with a full stomach, R3TV Episode #38 – “Un-Rapped: A Food Diary”. I told Abdominal that I liked the video and I did not get grossed out. I was like wanting to crave on the foods he ate.
At the event, I was so worried about getting sunburned as there was no shade outside Ottawa City Hall. My feet were partially sunburned as I wore sandals for the whole day. My feet looks like tiger stripes and I should go back to wearing shoes for the time being. It is my first time to check out Ottawa Race Weekend and I was astounded by the amount people being out for this event.
Other past happenings, I went to watch Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Thursday. How did I think of the movie? It was an enjoyable film but I found the plot about the crystal skull to be silly. Still, it is worth watching at the theatres.
I still haven’t watch Iron Man yet. Do not expect me to watch it.
That is all for now.
It has been an exciting Saturday to kick off May because I had a lion dance performance outside Parliament Hill. The performance was a rally planned by the university Chinese/International students associations in support of the Beijing Olympics. Photos from the event are on my Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157604867054339/ At night, I went to the Rebekah Higgs (pictured on top) concert at Zaphod Beeblebrox. Even though her concert ended right at 11pm, it was a fantastic to say the least. The turnout was not as packed when I went to other gigs. Overall, she delivered a good concert.
What a way to kick off May. It started on Thursday, May 1st at The Bay in Rideau Centre for a lion dance performance to promote their Summer clothing and apparel for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Festival season in Ottawa has kicked off with the Canadian Tulip Festival. Our lion dance will be performing this Saturday (May 10). I don’t know if Major’s Hill Park is free to get in during The Canadian Tulip Festival.
I got my tickets for the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest. I can’t wait to see Feist again and check out the Canadian indie artists again too.
On Sunday afternoon, I was listening Brian Leung’s program (in Cantonese) and I was so happy to hear Stay (Faraway, So Close!) by U2 and All Good Things (Come to an End) by Nelly Furtado. Stay is considered one of my favorite U2 songs. As for All Good Things (Comes to an End), it feels so 2007 and I haven’t heard it for awhile.
Phew, that’s all I have to cover for now.
Spring has finally arrived in Ottawa but it feels more like early Summer. On Thursday, it hit close to 20 degrees Celsius. After the snowstorm debacle in March, the warm temperature is a nice relief. The worse part is having to rake the front lawn. I am slowly recovering from my back pain.
On Thursday night, I went to the Born Ruffians with Young Rival and Giant Hand concert at Zaphod Beeblebrox. As you see from the photo on top, it was pretty hot at Zaphod’s. During the Born Ruffians, there were several girls near jumping and pushing like crazy. It seemed somewhat rowdy during their performance. After leaving Zaphod’s, it was a relief to be outside and cool off.
Oh yea, I wore 3 pairs of shoes in the span of 2 days. I finally wore my adidas shoe. Here’s a link to the past of the shoe, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/1184584939/in/set-72157601587641936/. I bought it in December 2006 and haven’t worn it since. For the shoes I wore for the Born Ruffians concert, it was the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star shoes. I wanted to feel like the Tenth Doctor (Doctor Who). On Thursday morning, I wore the usual Asic blue shoes, which is becoming ripped, worn and wrecked.
As I conclude, how could I forget the photos from the concert, here it is, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157604601892883/. Have a good weekend.
On Thursday night (April 3, 2008), Stars came to Ottawa for a gig at The Bronson Centre. The funny thing was that my bro and I decided to wait outside of the Bronson Centre at 3pm to get the front row seats. All the wait was somewhat worth it.
Overall, it was a great concert but I thought the sound coming from the mic didn’t come out clearly. Still, the crowd was awesome and loud for Stars. Pictured above are Evan Cranley and Torquil Campbell. It was nice to wait outside at the back of the Bronson Centre and getting some autographs and photos with the members of Stars.
I was also wondering if my friend (shameless plug) who is in Boston had a chance to meet up with Stars when they were performing there. Hmmmm… I wish I could know about it.
Oh! I still love my new Roots hat. Gotta love that
Castro/ Che, Freedom hat. 🙂
Flickr link on the concert photos, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157604377786988/
To finish off this entry, here is a clip from the concert via YouTube. I apologize for the shakiness of the camera.
The Night Starts Here
They are 4 other songs I also put up but I just decided to put it in a playlist, here is the link, http://ca.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4BB54837CC28910B