Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – S11E04

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It was a chilly and windy Saturday as I went to Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015. The event was held at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, it’s further east of Ottawa. It’s about an hour’s drive to get there. The event is now in its seventh year.

There’s lot of activities from midway games to learning about beer and food. The popular had to be the Craft Haus as it had various craft beers from Ontario, Quebec and a few from the United States. I didn’t drink any beers but my dad and brother did.
There were the food tent section from popular eateries in Ottawa like Pressed, two six {ate} and a few elsewhere.

The concerts which I didn’t get to check out ranged from Yukon Blonde to F’ed Up to the 2015 Polaris Music Prize Shortlist nominee, Alvvays. It’s great to see a festival showcase Canadian music.

It was great to bump into some friends at the event. Later in the afternoon, there were a lot of people and lineups for certain foods like the pretzel. At least this year wasn’t raining as I attended last year and regret having to wear shoes.

Overall, Beau’s definitely made a fun event for families and young people alike.
You can check out the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.

Loon Choir at Marvest (Preseason)

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On Friday night, the nine member band, Loon Choir played at Marvest as part of the Cityfolk. Cityfolk is formerly Ottawa Folk Festival as it got renamed and a new location in Lansdowne Park.

Loon Choir played to a delightful crowd as it was their album release show on Friday night. The location of the free show was at the Aberdeen Pavilion. Their third full length, All Of This And Everything Else took them 1.5 years to make and you can listen to it over on CBC Music.

The local band mixes a variety of instruments from the keyboards to guitars and violins. You would say it’s an epic band. For anyone interested, even though the members don’t appear in the music video as it’s animated, check out their track, Bug on YouTube.
Overall, they played a great set to showcase their new album and it was fun to see some people I know at the concert. It’s awesome to see Loon Choir again and perform live.

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

Lastly, before the new season starts, I will be in Toronto for the Polaris Music Prize Gala on Monday, September 21st. Expect some updates on my social media. Get ready for season 11 of the blog.

Friday Night at House of Paint 2015 (Summer Special)

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Summer is not finished yet as I had the opportunity to check out the 12th edition of House of Paint. That’s right, it’s 12 years since the venerable outdoor Hip-Hop festival has been dancing and giving beats for so long. From Rap to graffiti art to break dancing just to name a few, it’s a lot to experience the urban culture in the Nation’s Capital.

Friday night was the Rock Tha House event. The lineup had Jonathan Emile, Moun Fou, and Buck N Nice as I checked them. DJ 2 Creamz was DJing along with Ducats inbetween the sets.
Saturday is the main event and will run all day with the more performances by Kool Krys, Flight Distance and Socalled.

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

Polaris Panel: Ottawa, 2015 Edition (Summer Special)

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On Tuesday night, the National Arts Centre hosted the Polaris Music Prize Panel at the Fourth Stage. The panel was moderated by Polaris founder, Steve Jordan and the panelists this year had Alan Neal of CBC’s All In A Day, Ryan Bresee of Whatever’s Cool With Me, Catherine Pogonat of Radio-Canada and Julie Ledoux of Voir.

This year is unique as the panel brought a juror from Montreal and brought some female representation to it. As usual, the panel discussed how the jurors picked their long and shortlist albums. Some had a difficult time putting a particular album on the list and what was considered a strong album to be on it. Another topic brought up was Francophone content being emphasized and recommended. Since Karkwa winning the prize in 2010, there’s been less recommendation for Francophone albums.
There was a good turnout for the panel compared to last year.
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The 2015 Art Battle National Championship – [Summer Special]

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July is full of events in Ottawa and in the last minute, I didn’t realize about the Art Battle National Championship. A good friend from Toronto mentioned on social media that she was in Ottawa to host the event. Luckily, I was able to make it to event and to The Westin Ottawa. The Art Battle National Championship was their final event of the sixth season and Ottawa played host to it.

The live painting competition pitted 16 winners from coast-to-coast, province to province and to become sole winner for the 2015 edition of Art Battle National Champion. Plus, the winner would get a spot for the International Live Painting Championships at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. There were 3 rounds and people voted for the artists to advance to the 3rd and final round. It was a load of fun as people walked around to see how the artists were painting within 20 minutes.
Oh yeah, for those wondering, the winner of the National Championship was Leanna Teneycke from Oakville, Ontario.

You can check out the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE. You can check out the Impossible photos from below.

This is a Summer entry as I’m not posting often. Keep checking my feeds on social media.
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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


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.