Checked Out 4 Local Bands on Monday Night – S04E16

The Polytones at Zaphod Beeblebrox on Feb. 23, 2009
It’s been awhile that I have been going to concerts in Ottawa. The bus strike that plagued Ottawa caused me to miss concerts at Zaphod Beeblebrox. Last night was basically the 2nd concert of 2009 to attend. The last concert was at the Black Sheep Inn in January. This is probably the ‘first’ concert to attend in Ottawa for 2009. This event was for a CBC Radio 2 taping for the audition night. It was four bands from Ottawa picked from the owner of Zaphod’s, which will be taped for Canada Live on Radio 2. I think only one of the bands who performed the best will be broadcast. The bands that performed were Sunjet Record Band, That’s The Spirit, Urban Aesthetics and The Polytones (pictured above). All four bands were amazing.
I was so happy to see Amanda Putz because she hasn’t been hosting any radio shows since the end of 2008. She is still around in Ottawa but only as a Producer for Radio 2’s Canada Live. She was happy to see me as well and gave a nice hug. What I missed out was that Amanda mentioned that the ‘enigmatic’ Grant Lawrence was in Ottawa and I totally missed out seeing him. As usual, Alan Neal was there and it was a Polkaroo moment as I still haven’t got a chance to chat with him. At least I said hi and bye to him. I still need to talk to him about comics.
In a way, Monday’s concert felt like an extension to my birthday event. Almost a 3 day event of celebrating my bday. Unofficially, the concert was a way to cap off my fun few days.
Even though I put up 10 photos, here’s the link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157614387630680/.
Last thing, I really hope Zaphod Beeblebrox wins CBC Radio 3‘s Searchlight Best Live Music Club in Canada. I won’t give the link as I write this blog because the voting closes on Tuesday. I hope Zaphod’s win and really hope to see Grant Lawrence make the trek to Ottawa and then possibly make fun of me in person this time. He tends to makes fun of me on air and on Radio 3’s website.

Basia Bulat at The Black Sheep Inn – S04E10

With Basia Bulat at The Black Sheep Inn on January 23, 2009

This is the first entry for 2009, apologies for the lack of updates on the blog at the beginning of January. Thanks to the ongoing bus strike, I have not been able to go a lot concerts. So far, the first concert of 2009 to attend was Basia Bulat at The Black Sheep Inn. It was the fourth time to see her live. The opening act for Basia was Leif Vollebekk. I was surprised to see a very packed crowd as Basia has become popular and a darling in the Canadian indie music scene. It was an awesome performance from the lovely and talented Basia Bulat. The audience were very supportive as they clapped and cheered along to her songs. I even joined along the clapping for some of her songs like “I Was a Daughter”. A very cute moment when the Black Sheep Inn owner’s dog barked at one of Basia’s song and she had to start over. Overall, the Ottawa crowd loves her and she appreciates the support she gets when coming to Ottawa and The Black Sheep Inn.
There you will see the photo of myself and Basia after the concert. The funny thing was part of the entry was written at The Black Sheep Inn using the iPod touch. In a way, I wrote a bit at the venue.
Photos from the concert is on this link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157612889892705/

Due to the delay in blogging to start 2009, I didn’t get to write Happy New Year due to the gloomy bus strike . I forgot to mention that I still miss Amanda Putz on CBC Radio 3. I am saddened that there is no more Ottawa representation for CBC Radio 3. I really enjoy hearing Amanda Putz since her return to Hong Kong back in September 2007. Without her voice, I would not be able to listen to a lot of Canadian indie music and bump into her at concerts. Her final web radio show was on December 31, 2008. I have not written an email to feedback at Radio 3 because I am somewhat stumped on what to write in wanting to bring back Amanda on air again.

Hanging Out With A. Putz and R3 Ottawa Fans For Chinese Food and the Martha Wainwright Concert – S04E09

After the Martha Wainwright concert with Amanda Putz and CBC Radio 3 Ottawa Fans
I seem to be copying a certain radio host’s program name in a different form. At least it’s not “Waking Up With,” so it is not a morning blog entry. Before the Martha Wainwright concert, my twin bro and I went to Rideau Centre earlier and then walk to Chu Shing Restaurant to meet up with Amanda Putz and the winners to tickets for Martha Wainwright in Ottawa concert. I got a chance to meet R3 fans/bloggers like pbandjam, zandron, Declare, Crozon Ottawa and tommy321. If I am missing out some others, let me know. Meredith Luce and Amanda’s husband, Tim Edwards (who is Kathleen Edwards‘ brother) were also there. It was a fun and hilarious time at the restaurant as we all talked about jokes and funny stories. Lots of Chinese foods were ordered and I won’t say how much it came to. In a way, it felt like a Christmas dinner, Chinese style. Nothing can beat out a noodle dish, rice with BBQ Pork & shrimp, veggies and BBQ Chicken.
After the fine dining at Chu Shing Restaurant, we walked to The Bronson Centre for Martha Wainwright. The opening act started off with Jason Bajada. His performance was good but I didn’t know his set was 30 mins. Never expect it to be that short. The slight problem I had was the light, I was close to feeling sleepy probably because of eating lots of Chinese food and maybe they added MSG.
On to Wainwright’s performance, she was amazing and dazzling. At the begining, there was a funny scene which dealt with an object. As PG-friendly as I can be, that’s how far I will say. The R3 fans will know about it. During the performance, her mom, Kate McGarrigle came on stage and performed some songs with Martha and another set by herself. Overall, the crowd totally loved her performance and being with Putzy and the R3 crowd, it was as fun as I can be. This is probably one of my favorite event because I got to hang out with several people and enjoy it.
The photo above shows Putzy and the R3 crowd with Jason Bajada and a Martha Wainwright poster. Apology for the shadow on the bottom left.
All I can say to anyone reading this entry, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

Last Night at Writers Festival’s Songwriters Circle – S04E05


I had an opportunity by ‘force of choice‘ to check out the Writers Festival’s Songwriters Circle. It was held at Library & Archives Canada on Monday, October, 27, 2008. The performers on hand were Glenn Nuotio, Kryie Kristmanson & Justin Rutledge. The host for the musical event was none other CBC Radio 3‘s Amanda Putz. Each of the performers sang and discussed what books they have read which is linked to their song writing. It was a fun and interesting night to see how the three singers are from various areas of Canada. Glenn, originally from Newfoundland, now finds Ottawa. Kryie, from Regina, SK and then to New Brunswick and Quebec. She finally made Ottawa home and currently, she is in France for an exchange program. Justin is from Toronto. A very funny story that happened during the performance, there was a guy from a row behind me and heard snoring. My reaction was, “oh gee,” because it was just an akward moment and kind of inappropiate to have interruption like that.
Here’s the photo of Amanda Putz pointing to me with Kyrie and Justin. For the photos at the event, just go to this link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157608452223103/.

On Sunday, I was able to get Activison’s Guitar Hero World Tour for the Nintendo Wii. All I can say that it was an adventurous trek because I decided to bike out on 7am. One of the stores I went did not have it, so I had to trek over to Best Buy and wait until it opened at 11am. I succeeded in getting the super bundle package. So far, I have been able to play a few practice rounds on drum because I am not familiar with the setting. Overall, I am pleased with the game and the tracks provided.

Seeya for now and Halloween is on the horizon.

2 Weeks of Being Kind of Hectic – S04E02


Of all the craziness happening throughout October, I could not get a chance to write an entry for what I did and what gigs I checked out. I didn’t have the time to do so. As you see from the new photo on top, that’s all of the members of Said The Whale and myself. I went to the Said The Whale and Sylvie concert at Zaphod Beeblebrox on October 17, 2008. Overall, it was an excellent concert and for some reason, I smiled the whole time because the gang of Said The Whale remembered me from the last concert at The Mercury Lounge. I also saw Amanda Putz and Adam Saikaley which were a great surprise because I had been on a slump being at concerts lately. I couldn’t be happier being surprised and enjoying a nice concert.

Past events, there was the federal election on October 14th and I had to work as a registration officer at a church in the Barrhaven area. Was it fun and entertaining? Not really. Prior the election from a few days back, I had to go to this concert with a political message. It was Sadie Hell and Brasstronaut. The concert was alright and it had a nice lead-in to voting day, which in turn had the lowest turnout in Canada’s election history. What a shame.

October 7-8, I had two lion dance performances for Taiwan’s Double Ten Celebration, the photos are on Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157607975424528/.

As usual, I have been volunteering at CKCU FM at Carleton University. I’ve been doing the production side of radio. For the life of me, I had to do some voiceovers and I feel embarrassed over it because my voice sounds awful.

Well, that’s all for now. Last thing, all my entries from previous seasons have been moved to here. There’s no need to go to the other link to read it.

A Westfest With Grand Analog and Joel Plaskett – S3E24


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.

A Return to the Black Sheep Inn – S3E15


I did not expected to go back to the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday night. I went to The Acorn’s concert at the wonderful small venue in Wakefield, Quebec. It was another usual “surprise” of sorts to see Amanda Putz again! At least she was with her CBC Radio in Ottawa colleagues. I get to see Alan Neal in person for the second time (TV appearance doesn’t count), but I don’t know if he’s getting used to seeing me…. yet. Although, I have him (well, his radio program) on MySpace to lean on for contacting.
I wasn’t planning to go to The Acorn’s concert until my brother begged to go and they recently returned from their US tour and attending SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.
Prior to going to the concert, I spent some time going to Rideau Centre to kill time and unexpectedly buy something. As you see on the photo on top with Putzy and myself doing the gangster look, I got a new hat at Roots. Even though, I lucked on the CBC Radio 3 Castro, Freedom hat, I decided to go for the Roots hat that similarly looks like the R3 hat. I also saw Sarim at Rideau Centre and it helped me killed time as well. I only discussed about certain people and concerts I have been attending. I was, well still having back pain. It was great to see friends around and The Acorn concert did help my spirits up even though I am enduring back pain. The Acorn concert was very enjoyable and there were funny jokes during the gig.
How can I not forget about the photos via Flickr, http://flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157604310505423/