Where’s The Cultural Press? [Summer Specials]

Where's The Cultural Press

On Friday morning, I had the opportunity to attend another panel discussion by Arboretum Festival and presented by Creative Mornings Ottawa. The topic from the panel discussion was called Where’s The Cultural Press? The panel consisted of moderator Rolf Klausener (founder of Aboretum Festival), Sharif Virani & Michael Gregoriev as hosts.

The panel itself had Marie LeBlanc Flanagan (founder/director of Weird Canada), Peter Simpson (arts writer for the Ottawa Citizen), Lesley Marshall (editor of Small Talk) and supposedly, Allan Wigney (music writer/editor, Bubbles Wig, ex-editor Ottawa Xpress) was scheduled to be part of the panel but no showed.

The discussion of cultural press ranged from the consumption on readers from physical to digital to what’s changing the cultural press. Certain parts had some contentious issues as print media has dwindled and cater more for the older readers. An example is the print version would cover opera instead of a rock concert. Young people are more into the online and digital culture as a more convenient way to access materials.

It was a good panel discussion, even though one person was missing. For those who missed it and interested, you can watch it over from Livestream by clicking here.

You can check out the photos from Flickr by clicking here. There’s also the final set of Impossible Project Spectra instant photos in double exposure from below.
Have a great weekend.
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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]

August 16 Frame

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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Crissi Cochrane at Ottawa Fringe Festival – S09E42 [Season Finale]

With Crissi Cochrane Impossible

The wonderful folks at Ottawa Fringe Festival have been bringing the free live music programming. Last year, it was The Elwins and this year is Crissi Cochrane. To my own surprise, I didn’t expect her to be in Ottawa. I usually get into a semi-NXNE withdrawal and would need some live music to bring on the recovery.

For those who don’t know, Cochrane is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia but is living in Windsor, Ontario since 2010. She has made a great 2014 as she released her second full-length album, Little Sway in January and was in the top 10 of CBC Music Searchlight contest.

It was my first time to see her perform live in Ottawa. I did see her perform at an unofficial fan picnic in Toronto’s Trinity-Bellwoods Park last year. It’s her first time playing in Ottawa.
The setting at Fringe Fest’s Downtown Rideau Stage was quite intimate. Cochrane played some tracks from her current album and played cover tracks from the likes of Billie Holliday, Amy Winehouse and The Bee Gees. Her style of music brought an influence of jazz, soul and R&B. It was definitely a nice Thursday night to go out and enjoy live music.

You can check out the photos posted over at Flickr.

There was lots happening in the downtown core. The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival had the legendary Earth, Wind and Fire while Mugshots had  the Rehab Pizza Party with Ottawa’s Silkken Laumann playing and a DJ set by Cadence Weapon. Exciting times in the Nation’s Capital with festivals going on.
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What A Way To End May With Kelp 20 – S09E38

Kelp 20 Impossible on Gen2

May was definitely a fun month with Ottawa Comiccon, a fashion show, a bit of Chinatown Remixed and having to go to Niagara Falls and Toronto. Also, an interesting Creative Mornings Ottawa talk from the past week.

On the last day of May, Kelp Records held their 20th anniversary bash over at St. Albans Church in downtown Ottawa. The Ottawa-based record label has survived and thrived for very long ever since the emergence of digital music in recent times. Kelp helped bring musicians and bands from the likes of Jim Bryson, The Acorn, and various Ottawa artists to the forefront.
The concert from Saturday night consisted of Flecton Big Sky, Andy Swan, Banditas, Chris Page, Evening Hymns, Andrew Vincent, Jim Bryson, The Acorn and Recoilers.

At the show, it was great to see people that I know and you see a few instant photos from below. It was the last time to see the CBC’s Amanda Putz as she’s heading off to the Netherlands. The sad news for the past month was the job cuts and program cancellations to the CBC. It was a privilege to get to know Amanda as I did not know at the time that she was doing work at RTHK and connected to a radio host who I have been listening to. Prior to getting into Canadian indie music and listening to mostly Hong Kong radio, I had been listening to Bandwidth on and off when I was in the car going to places.
It’s definitely an end of an era and Amanda Putz will be missed as she championed Ontario music on the fine radio program on Saturday afternoons.

The photo above was used on the pre-release of Impossible Project’s Gen 2.0 600 Color Film.
You can view the photos from the show over at this link (via Flickr). Apologies on the quality as I’m still working out the kinks of the Fujifilm X-A1 camera.

Happy birthday to Kelp Records!
Lastly, since it’s June, I will be wrapping up for the season on the blog in the upcoming weeks.
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Briefly Checking Out Chinatown Remixed 2014 – S09E37

Chinatown Remixed 2014 Cover

After returning from Niagara Falls and Toronto, I rushed backed to Ottawa to check out Chinatown Remixed 2014. It’s located in Ottawa Chinatown on Somerset Street West. Chinatown Remixed is a month long event where artists promote their contemporary art to put at various businesses in Ottawa Chinatown. The event also provide live music and cultural performance to kick off the month long event.

For six years that Chinatown Remixed has been running, they got a major sponsor in the form of Porter Airlines and also promoting a contest as well. It’s great to see a small festival get good support from sponsors.
At Raw Sugar Cafe, there’s the #WeLoveOttCtown exhibit and one of my Instagram photos is on it.

I didn’t get a chance to check out all of the artists and there was some people I know who are participating. I was able to drop by one of the artists as I usually keep in touch on social media. It was Justyna Czujko aka Neon Lilith. She has unique photographs which she displayed at Chinatown Remixed.

Lastly, I finally got to take instant photos with her. The Impossible photos will be posted up later.
As usual, you can check the photos from my brief check out of Chinatown Remixed below.

Have a great Victoria Day weekend.

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