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Again at Arboretum Music Festival and It’s “See You In Hull” [Summer Specials]

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On Tuesday night, Arboretum Music Festival held another free and fun event called See You In Hull, which was presented by Ottawa Vélo Vogue and Raw Sugar Cafe. It was a social and bike convoy event as people who brought their bicycles to travel from Raw Sugar Cafe in Ottawa Chinatown to Le Troquet in Hull, Quebec. Prior to the bike ride, there were portraits taken with people and their bikes.
At Raw Sugar Cafe, they had the delicious pull pork sandwich and chilli served.
The weather was also nice outside as it was totally sunny for the whole day.

For the photos, it is posted over at Flickr. The latter half of the photos were shot on the iPhone. You can check them out by clicking here.
Posted below are The Impossible Project Cyanograph SX-70 instant photos. I held out using the experimental film as it’s quite a unique, single colour. I had a difficult time touching up the photo after it got scanned due to the sensitivity of the film.

Hope you will enjoy it.
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Arboretum Music Festival Launches with Why I Left Ottawa – [Summer Specials]

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I’m still continuing on with the summer specials.
Arboretum Music Festival is in its third year and Monday night at Art Court was the launch of the young festival. In kicking off the festival, there was a panel discussion called Why I Left Ottawa. The panel discussion consisted of Kathleen Edwards (singer-songwriter and her hit albums, Voyageur and Asking For Flowers), Remi Thériault (Ottawa based photographer), Olivier Fairfield (drummer of Timber Timbre), and Emmanuel Sayer (director, Ottawa Explosion Weekend and CHUO program director). Moderator was Jason St. Laurent, curator of Saw Gallery. Prior to the panel discussion, there was Charcuterie & snacks provided by The Albion Rooms.

The panel discussed why Ottawa is considered boring but the panelists have said that the city is gradually getting interesting since their return. Edwards mentioned that music venue in Ottawa are getting less visible and that major bands and artists skip Ottawa because of the lack of venue availability. There was mentions of grants from the city and whether it’s viable to the artists, bands and fledging festivals.

Overall, it was a great panel discussion and it was over capacity as there were people standing further back of the Art Courts room.
Got to give props to festival organizer, Rolf Klausener and the staff for bringing a unique festival in Ottawa. Where’s there music, there’s other non-music events to discover at Arboretum Music Festival.

You can check the photo over at Flickr by clicking here.
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It Was a Great Weekend Going to Two Museums – [Summer Special]

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It has been a rainy week in the Nation’s Capital, but the wet soggy and chilly climate could not deter various events happening on the weekend. I had the opportunity to attend the Ottawa Mini Maker Faire, which was held at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. The family-friendly event which in its 4th year is a festival of creativity and showing inventions coming from a DIY aspect. A lot of exhibitors ranged from gadgets to a lot of demonstrations from robotics and products using 3D printing, just to name a few. There were workshops and panel during the event.
Over 600 plus came out to the event for Saturday, quite surprising as the festival brings out the fun technology in all ages.
Photos from the event are posted on Flickr, you can check the photos by clicking here.

The other museum to go on Saturday night was at the Canadian Museum of Nature. It was a lion dance performance for a wedding reception. Prior to performing, I brought along the Polaroid Spectra Camera to try shooting the double exposure effect. I posted two photos onto my Facebook page and I will post them here. The lion dance performance was great as usual and the newlyweds probably enjoyed the colourful lions dancing around them for good luck and prosperity.
The photos are also on Flickr, you can the photos by clicking here.

Overall, it was a great weekend in Ottawa. Another event is happening and that’s the Arboretum Music Festival. It’s in their 3rd year running and they got an excellent lineup from the Constantines, Kevin Drew, Hilotrons and a bunch of others. There’s definitely lots of do in Ottawa as Summer is not quite over yet.
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A Midsummer’s Fun Time – [Summer Special]

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Here’s a bit of a update with a Summer special entry. In a way, it’s more of a midsummer update as Summer is halfway through and there’s been interesting events I was able to check out.
There were Canada Day (2014 edition), a trip to Stratford, Ontario, the Casino Lac Leamy Sound of Light Fireworks and Etsy Road Trip.

You check out the photos from below. There’s also some Impossible Project photos that were taken.
Enjoy!
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Written by Lenny

August 4, 2014 at 21:22

Summer Special #5: Wrapping Up The Summer Edition

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It’s September and its time for a new season for the blog and the radio show to start soon. Summer has unofficially ended and people are returning to school and work as the Summer specials  on the blog concludes with this entry.

On Monday and Tuesday, I was doing back to back radio shows, at different times. One was wrapping up the Summer edition of WildWorks and the other was filling in for a show. The show happened to be Debaser on CKCU-FM. On that show, it’s considered a pre-season five show as I was playing some unique music and play acts who are performing at Ottawa Folk Festival.
In starting off the fill-in show, I played Ohbijou as the band will be taking an indefinite hiatus.
As mentioned on the show, I had the opportunity to chat with the band and watch them live at concerts. The band is moving on but each of the members will be doing other things. At least they will be still around but not together as a band.
Thanks goes out to the regular host of Debaser for letting me fill in.

The audio from the fill in show is unavailable at CKCU’s On-Demand but you will be able to listen on here.
The playlist for September 2nd can be viewed here.
The playlist for September 3rd can be viewed here.
If you notice on the playlist that there’s been images been posted up. It’s been created on an iOS app called VinylizeMe.

Have a great week and get ready for the new season. If you listen to the two radio show, there’s a hint of cartoon soundbites as it’s part of the opening theme. You will have a laugh when you find out where it’s from.

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Written by Lenny

September 3, 2013 at 19:18

Summer Special #4: Summer is Winding Down

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In case you didn’t know, there hasn’t been a lot of entries throughout the Summer as the blog is on a hiatus. Things will be picking up come September. If you didn’t know, I’ve been taking instant film photos and it’s a way to keep up with the good memories. I wouldn’t say that I’m a trendsetter.
There will be changes to the radio show and the top 10 as they will be posted separately. The radio show is now on Mondays and the top 10 will be posted later in the week. Please continue the support in times of the change.

The reason for posting this entry up is that the August 26th radio show doesn’t have the On Demand stream posted up through CKCU-FM. You can listen to the audio from below. The past Summer shows haven’t been posted up as they’re available on CKCU On-Demand through the playlist.
This week’s show had new music from Masia One, Lindi Ortega, The Love Machine and Fevers. There was a tribute to Keiko Fuji as she tragically died on August 22nd. She’s the mother to J-POP superstar, Utada Hikaru and also a singer from the 1970s in Japan. It’s sad to hear people from all walks of life dealing with mental illness.
The playlist can be seen over at this link.

As Summer ends, I hope you enjoyed a good one.
See you later!
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Written by Lenny

August 26, 2013 at 16:31

Summer Special #3: Going A Bit Pop Culture

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Due to the long holiday weekend, I didn’t bring up any guests relating to social media. For this week’s Summer show, I decided to go into the pop culture through TV shows and movies. Two cult shows were trending throughout the weekend.
Doctor Who announced the new Doctor to replace Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor. The BBC had a Doctor Who Live special to reveal “who” the next Doctor was. It happened to be Peter Capaldi. The actor appeared in a previous episode of Doctor Who (in Series 4) and on Torchwood: Children of Earth. On my radio show, I played the Doctor Who theme but totally forgot to mention the new Doctor. This is my make up to a mention of the new Doc as he will regenerate at the upcoming Christmas Special. It will be exciting to have an older Doctor take over as fans like myself get used to seeing a younger Doctor who was 40 years and under.

Onto the other hit show. It was slightly low key in North America because it was announced over in Japan. Sailor Moon will be back in the Winter and to be stream worldwide via niconico. Not much has been said about the returning series, in terms of the voice actors have not been revealed. It’s definitely going to be exciting to watch a new series and unbelievable that the anime series is twenty years old.
On the radio show, the original theme song was played along with a soundclip of Sailor Moon’s attack.

Lastly, to round out the radio show summary, Faye Wong songs were played August 8th is her birthday. Off-air, I tried to get the acting CKCU Program Director to guess one of Faye Wong’s song. It was originally done by Karyn White and the song was “Superwoman.”  One more Hong Kong pop culture to mention was Chow Yun Fat returning to do a Hong Kong film.
Another pop culture tidbit was playing Eyes On Me from Final Fantasy VIII as I have been playing some video games recently. Though, I haven’t played through Final Fantasy VIII.
Music played this week had new tracks from likes of MGMT, Volcano Choir, You Say Party and The Darcys. I was joined by Summer guest co-host, Katarina, host of The Cloud on CKCU-FM.

The playlist of the radio show is over at this link.
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Written by Lenny

August 7, 2013 at 16:08

Summer Special 2013: The Social Media Summer Series #2

Lenny and Jenna Instax

This week’s guest for the Social Media Summer Series, it was an opportunity to bring in Jenna Tenn-Yuk. All I have to say that she’s multi-talented with the poetry and music that she showcases. The topics discussed were blogging, some social media and what’s great about Ottawa.
Another part that was delved on today’s show as Tenn-Yuk wrote on her blog in 2012 about coming out of the closet. The topic on LGBT was brought up and I was being careful in asking the right questions.
Briefly mentioned during the music break was on the late singer, Leslie Cheung as I thought she might know Chinese music (known as Cantopop).

Songs played this week were new music from Shad, Basia Bulat, The Balconies and The Naked And Famous. It’s exciting to hear new releases from bands and artists as we anticipate their new record.
The playlist can checked at this link. You can listen to the audio below.

As usual, I was joined by Katarina, host of The Cloud on CKCU-FM. All in all, what a great way to end July. I totally apologize if I didn’t introduce her name on the air.
Lastly, I’m enjoying taking photos from the Fujifilm Instax. As the photo posted above was taken on the Instax. I may not be a trendsetter but I’m just having fun shooting photos from digital and analog.

Programming note, The Wild 10 Countdown will be on a Summer break and will try to post the July 24th edition as soon as possible.
Have a great long weekend as we get into August.

Update: Here are links as Tenn-Yuk was in the news about LBGT.
CBC Radio One interview on Ottawa Morning (August 23, 2013).
The Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed from August 19, 2013.
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Summer Special 2013 – The Social Media Summer Series #1

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It’s back for another year. The Social Media Summer series is an alternative program for my radio show on CKCU-FM. It’s a spotlight on people who are using social media and how it’s become very useful to one another. It started with the dynamic duo of Nat & Marie last year and this year, it’s going local and trying to get guests live on the show to talk about their use of social media. Another topic to bring up on the SMS series is the importance that Ottawa is not a boring city. Letting the listenings on getting the better perspective of Canada’s Nation’s Capital. There are a lot of interesting places and things to check out in Ottawa.

The first guest for the 2013 is Nick Bachusky. He’s a mortgage agent but he’s a host of a podcast series called Lunch Out Loud Ottawa. Aside from that, Bachusky is an avid music fan. You can listen to the audio below or on the playlist at CKCU-FM’s website.
Hope you enjoy the interview with Nick Bachusky and the playlist from the live show can seen over at this link via CKCU-FM.
Also on the show, myself, along with Summer guest co-host, Katarina and Nick went through some of the nominees for the Polaris Music Prize Short List. I forgot to add Colin Stetson on the live show. It was used on the podcast part of the show.
On the Wild 10 Countdown, Louise Burns is still number one for the second week. You can check summary at this link.

Have a great week and stay cool from the hot weather.
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Summer Special – The Community Cup 2013

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It’s soon to write a blog entry as the current season wrapped up but this is a Summer special. All I can say that it was a great opportunity to participate in The Community Cup for the second year and to support and represent CKCU-FM. What a way to start the Summer fun and a lead in to Canada Day.

I have to grin and bear it as Team CBC Ottawa beat Team CKCU to a score of 3-1. They took a nice revenge after a score-less tie from last year’s game. All in all, it’s for a good fun and no bitterness afterwards. You were awesome and a class act. It was also great to see Amanda Putz of CBC Bandwidth as I haven’t seen her around in quite awhile. Great to see get into the soccer spirit and downing Team CKCU.
I was able to shoot this video on Instagram of the post-game handshakes. Another Instagram video with Teri Loretto and Jewne Johnson doing the news. Lastly, I brought along the Fujifilm Instax Camera and the people were astonished to see the camera and instant film.

It was nice to have hosts of Fundamentally Sound and Debaser take part in this year’s Community Cup and there were a few other hosts as well. Kudos to DJ 2 Creamz for DJing at the event as well.
Time to recover from the pain.

Photos are posted on Flickr at this link. Some photos are posted on Facebook over at this link.
On the Summer edition of WildWorks on CKCU, I will be airing some of the reactions and thoughts from the teammates and a few from CBC Ottawa.
Have a great Canada Day! You can check the photos from Canada Day over at this link.

Update for July 3rd – Audio segment from The Community Cup is posted up. It consisted of reactions of teammates from CKCU and CBC Ottawa. An apology as I forgot to give thanks to the organizers of The Community Cup on the radio show.
The Wild 10 Countdown for July 3rd entry is over at this link.

Enjoy!
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Written by Lenny

June 30, 2013 at 19:53

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