Empty NAC – S11E09


The National Arts Centre with partnership with Instagram, hosted an event called Empty NAC on Wednesday morning. The event invited Ottawa Instagrammers and welcomed the new Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly.

As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, it was fitting that Instagram will be holding events across the country leading up to the celebration in 2017. The goal of the empty events is to bring people together around photography and celebrate Canada’s wonderful arts, culture and digital media scene.

With Empty NAC, we were shown the hidden spaces around the building, as well as what’s planned for the renovations leading up to 2017. I had the opportunity to shoot with a digital camera, a Polaroid camera and iPhone. It was fun to shoot with the past and present devices through the eye of the lens.

It was a privilege to meet with other Instagrammers and a surprise to meet the new Minister of Canadian Heritage. When Joly approached me, she talked about her use of Instagram and how she loves the arts. It was quite interesting to see a politician be knowledgable in technology and the arts scene.

You can check out the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.
There’s photos by various Ottawa Instagrammers from #EmptyNAC over on Instagram. CBC Ottawa also covered the #EmptyNAC event on their website.
In case you don’t have me in Instagram, posted below are a few photos on Instagram. As well of a few Impossible/Polaroid photos.

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The 2015 Plaid Parade – S11E08

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It was a chilly and cold Sunday morning as I rushed over to Lansdowne Park for the 4th annual Plaid Parade. It’s an event done by XO Velo and to showcase the bike fanatics in decking out on their plaid clothing. It’s my first time checking out the event and sorry, I didn’t use a bike nor take part in the parade as I decided to take fun photos. The previous bike parade was held at a different location. Lansdowne Park was a nice location and there were the farmers market happening as well. It’s become a lively place to be at.

The 2015 edition started at Lansdowne Park and ended in the Dalhousie St. area (in Ottawa). Just funny that I bussed to downtown as the parade started and thought they would be at the Dalhousie St. area. I got there before the parade finished.

That was a nice way to spend Sunday morning checking out the start of the bike parade. You check out the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.

Ballads for Ballets – S11E06

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It’s one of the rare times I would write about Canadian politics. Wednesday night at Babylon Nightclub was a free event of live music and getting people informed to vote for the upcoming Canadian election in a non-partisan way. The federal election is less than a couple of days away and so far, there has been a bigger turnout for advance polls during the Thanksgiving weekend and interest among the political parties vying for people’s vote.

The event, Ballads for Ballots was hosted by Ottawa Showbox in conjunction with Beau’s All Natural Brewing & Gallery Recording Studios as they brought the best in the Ottawa music scene. The three acts ranged from Folk to Hip-Hop to Pop. First to perform was Malak, who’s from the US and now based in Ottawa. Her music ranges from Jazz, Opera and Pop. Second was Ottawa’s own Jim Bryson and it’s pretty self-explanatory about him as I written so many times about his music. He did talk about politics and the place he’s living at. Last but not least was G.Grand as he’s become prominent in the Ottawa Hip-Hop scene. He made some accomplishments as he performed two times on different days at the 2015 edition of RBC Ottawa Bluesfest.

There were speeches by Jenn Jefferys (freelance writer) and Elizabeth Gray-Smith (iPolitics) as they told the crowd to get out and vote on October 19th and get their voice heard. As well, there were booths by Samara Canada and Elections Canada to show how to vote and practice come voting day.

It was good event and great to see people I know around as usual. Good job on Ottawa Showbox for holding the event as well as the sponsors that helped out to do raffle draw.
You can check the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.

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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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