Saturday at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – S10E34 [Season Finale]

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It was another exciting time at the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. The lineup for Saturday’s concert was amazing to say the least. It consisted of Ottawa’s The Acorn, who I have been seeing a lot recently as Rolf Klausener and company released the new album, Vieux Loup. The album is also on the 2015 Polaris Music Prize long list.

Following The Acorn was Jeremy Fisher, who now lives in Ottawa. He had a good set and brought a lot of fun humour which the crowd loved. After Fisher was done, next was The Rural Alberta Advantage and they didn’t disappoint. They were rocking each songs and the crowd enjoyed it.

Last, but not least was Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, who I last saw back in February for NAC Presents. Mangan and his band returned to Ottawa for the Dragon Boat Festival. Also, his band mates were doing double duty as two of the members played as Peregrine Falls and they performed at Ottawa Jazz Festival prior to going to Dragon Boat Festival.

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith did not disappoint as they played tracks from their album, Club Meds and previous songs from Oh Fortune and Nice, Nice, Very Nice. The encore set had some favourites from Robots, Basket and a few others.

Overall, it was great attending Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival as I missed out from last year due to NXNE in Toronto being at the same time. What I love about Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is that the concert series is all Canadian and it’s free. The organizers love and understand Canadian music. It was fun to hang out with some of the CBC Radio 3 fans as they were at the festival. It was a great to overcome my post-NXNE withdrawal. Marvellous job, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival!

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Friday at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – S10E33

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After missing out on last year, it’s great to be back for Friday night’s opening ceremony of the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. The opening ceremony began with the bagpipers marching and leading the dragon boaters to the main tent. Following the speeches was the lion dance.

Prior to the lion dance, I had a chance to check out Kalle Mattson as they were one of the opening act for Hey Rosetta, the headliner for the Friday show. It was definitely a fine Friday night to be out anywhere in Ottawa.
I can’t wait to check out The Acorn, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Dan Mangan + Blacksmith at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival for Saturday evening.

As usual, you can check the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.

Mounties and Fresh – S10E32

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There were a lot of events happening on Thursday night from Ottawa Jazz Festival to to several concerts like Murder Murder and Scary Bear Soundtrack at Rainbow Bistro. The Summer festival is full swing in Ottawa and so many things to do.

I decided to go to the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival to check out Mounties as I haven’t had a chance to see them live. Mounties consists of Hawksley Workman, Ryan Dahle and Steve Bays. They were an enjoyable band to check out as their stage presence was funny and engaging. Between in each songs, they kept bringing up funny banter and the crowds loved it. What a way to start the concert series at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. Unfortunately, I missed out on Jim Bryson and Yukon Blonde as I had to head over to Babylon Nightclub.

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I went over to Babylon Nightclub for Fresh, it’s an event by DJ 2 Creamz of The Mix. There were performances by Missing Linx, Phoenix Pagliacci, Yusso & Junia-T. There was live art and display from Vincent B, Cinema, Mique Michelle, Alexandre Aimée, Robbie Lariviere, Jay Leblanc and Bradford Photo. As well, there were beat showcase by Bix and CircaBeatz and music by 2 Creamz himself and The Kid Gorgeous.
Lastly, it’s nice to see House of Paint as one of the supporters/sponsors for the event and keeping Hip-Hop in Ottawa strong.
Due to the time, I didn’t get a chance to check out Yusso and a few others but was able to take a bunch of photos.

It was good night to check out a lot of events in Ottawa. This weekend continues to be a fun time as June finishes up.

You can check out the photos by clicking HERE (for Mounties) and HERE (for Fresh)

The Glamour Fashion Show by Marcelle Benedicte – S10E25

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Marcelle Benedicte presented a glamourous fashion show which was conveniently called Glamour. The theme for the event was inspired by the old days of Hollywood. The fashion show was held at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. Marcelle Benedicte has now presented five fashion shows in Ottawa.

There were designers that participated in the event were Sidow Designs, Peach Berserk (from Toronto), L’Hexagone Menswear, Aria Frances and lastly, Marcelle Benedicte. Each ranged from the elegance (Sidow Designs, Aria Frances and Marcelle Benedicte) to the contemporary (L’Hexagone) to the pop culture look (Peach Berserk).

It was an excellent night to enjoy the fashion show and chat with a few people. Kudos to Émilie Parisé, the founder of Marcelle Benedicte to keeping the Ottawa fashion scene going.

You can check out the photos over on Flickr by clicking HERE.

The Ottawa Dragonboat Festival Launch Party -S10E24

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The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragonboat Festival had their launch party at the Rideau Canoe Club on Thursday night. There were some food by The Royal Oak and lot of mingling around. There were speeches from John Brooman (CEO), Warren Creates (Festival Vice Chair), Lawrence Greenspon and Riley Brockington (Ottawa councillor for River Ward), just to name a few.

The festival is now on its 23rd year and going strong with sponsors and festival supporters. This year has a terrific music lineup which has Mounties, Yukon Blonde, Hey Rosetta, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith to local favourites with Jim Bryson, Jeremy Fisher and The Acorn. All Canadian acts to enjoy and it’s free! A great way to start the Summer festival season.

The festival runs from June 25-28th at Mooney’s Bay Park.

Lastly, you can check the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.
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Canadian Club’s Whiskey Tasting Event and Celebrating Rye – S10E22

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On Wednesday night (April 8, 2015), I had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by Canadian Club. The event was held at Social Restaurant & Lounge in the Byward Market. There was a whiskey portfolio tasting, a three course dinner and a cocktail demo.

It was great to see friends at the event and they probably were a bit amused with my antics during the portfolio tasting. What I learned about the whiskey is that it’s gaining in popularity in Canada and outside of Canada. Being a non-alcoholic drinker, whiskey is pretty unique as it brings a mix of sweet and spicy taste to drinking it. There’s something rich to trying out whiskey. Like several people said at the event, it’s good drinking whiskey when relaxing at home or at a fireplace. Canadian Club whiskey brings a calmness.

Even though, the Chairman’s Select 100% Rye was the main focus, Canadian Club also had other whiskeys from the portfolio tasting, they were Premium 1858, Classic 12 Year Old and Sherry Cask. All of those had varieties of taste to the Canadian Club brand.

Overall, it was a great event and much credit goes out to Canadian Club and the organizer for coming to Ottawa and hosting it. Thanks also to Social Restaurant for the good service and excellent quality of the dinners made.

You can check the photos out over at Flickr by clicking HERE.
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An Evening with Leonard Youngfoot – S10E17

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There were so many events happening on Thursday night. I decided to go to A Thing For Chocolate as Trish Murray, who’s a radio host at a station and also runs RedLeaf Music has created a series called Sounds Simple. It’s an acoustic music series held at an intimate place where they serve crepes and other sweets goods.

The series started in mid-January of 2015 and the February 5th edition had singer/songwriter, Derek Atkinson. At the Sounds Simple event, he went by Leonard Youngfoot. It’s an influence of the three famous Canadian singer/songwriters, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot. Atkinson also plays in the nine-member band, Loon Choir.

It was my first time being at A Thing For Chocolate, which is located in the Hintonburg area in Ottawa. It’s nice to support local businesses and try out unique food. I had a chance to try the pulled pork crepe. It had beets and it was definitely a delicious crepe. Continue reading