Posts Tagged ‘Amanda Putz’
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.
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.
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.
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/
On Thursday night, I went to the Basia Bulat concert at Zaphod Beeblebrox. I was glad that Basia still remembers my brother and myself. Although, the funny thing was that she forgot my name. Another funny moment as we were checking Basia and her band on sound check, I was standing near my brother and Maggie, out of nowhere comes Amanda Putz appearing as I made a funny surprise gesture that startled me.
All in all, the concert with Katie Stelmanis and Amos The Transparent were excellent. I didn’t expect to see a lot of people to see Basia Bulat which meant a big turnout. I am guessing Basia is becoming a word of mouth.
Here’s the Flickr link from Thursday’s gig. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157604284974647/
On Saturday morning, I had another lion dance performance at a Chinese school I used to go. It was for their Chinese New Year activities at the Chinese school. I also had this feeling of nostalgia when returning to the Saturday school. All in all, the performance went out well. As you see on the photo on top, that was me doing the Northern Lion.
Another nostalgic moment was this past week when I got in contact with someone back from Chinese school. I really have a good memory when remembering people from the past and it feels nice to keep in touch.
Other funny things to mention in this entry.
I was listening to RTHK Radio 2 and was listening to a program called 百花爭艷二台靚歌喜迎春 (Reunion Songs Special). Alyson Hau was a guest on the show and I never knew she was nervous having to sing on radio, here is her blog entry, http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/alysonhau/article?mid=1044
Due to ever unexpected programming changes at CBC Radio 3, I missed the first hour of Amanda Putz’s program on web radio. Well, I got to listen on Sunday and I foolishly recorded it. Why? She said “Kung Hei Fat Choy.”
Here’s the Youtube clip;
It was the first time in my life that I finally went to Barrymore’s Music Hall. When I went inside, I was stunned to see how decorative the building is like.
Friday, November 16, 2007 was The Acorn’s concert and it was live to tape for CBC Radio One (Bandwidth) and Two (Canada Live). All I can say that the concert was great but the sound level was way too loud. My ears is somewhat at 80% in hearing range.
It was also convenient to see Amanda Putz at the concert. I told her I wished I went to the Fuse taping with The Sadies and Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip. She told me it was packed. I mentioned about how she talked about growing up liking New Kids on the Block on her web radio show. Why I find it funny? It was because she mentioned it back on April 30th’s edition of The Morning Brew with Alyson Hau as fill-in hosts on RTHK.
Overall, The Acorn with Bruce Peninsula & Male Nurse concert was excellent. Another funny story, when The Acorn sang the second song, someone tapped me in the back. ‘lo and behold! It was Amanda Putz and she was taking pics. I was surprised to see a former student from Bell High School.
Photos of the concert are up on my Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157603220359179/
I am trying to get used to the MacBook styled Apple Wireless Keyboard. I like the small and thin look. I need to get used to the buttons on the keyboard. I am typing fast at times and feel like I am making mistypes along the way.
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