Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau 2014 – S10E03

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Last night was an enjoyable time to check out the third edition of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau. NBOG is an event where artists creative a unique playground and space surrounding the downtown zones of Ottawa and further down Wellington West/Hintonburg. This year’s theme or tagline is Bypass! What that meant was that artists try to convey us of bypassing the use of culture and direction within the city.

The place I wandered around, they were at Byward Market, Ottawa School of Art, Arts Court and Canadian Museum of History. I went pretty early to some of the places as some art displays were not set up. One of the unique installations was down by the Wellington and Elgin bridge. It was an airplane crash simulation-type and not for the faint of heart.

Over at Arts Court, there were several exhibits and displays there. There was this unique installation called Passage by Jesse Stewart and it’s an audio-visual experiment where he used the tunnel from Arts Court to Mugshots Bar. Uniquely dark walking to the tunnel and then experiencing the tight, cramped space climbing the ladder and onto one of the holding cells of the former jailhouse. It’s also the last time where the tunnel will be used as Arts Court/Ottawa Art Gallery will be renovating.
There were art exhibits on display in conjunction with Ottawa International Animation Festival. One stood out was Disney Made Me Do It. You will see some photos posted on Flickr.

At Ottawa School of Art, there was a micro party and outside the school, there were food stands from tacos and Chinese style buns. Lot of fun activities at that building.

For the second year in attending the event, there was rain dropping on and off. I had two cameras and an umbrella to contend with. This kind of event brings the interactive fun to Ottawa and to show that arts scene is thriving in the Nation’s Capital.
Unfortunately, I didn’t stay for the whole night as I had to take the final bus ride at around midnight. Before leaving downtown, I bumped into a few friends and took some instant photos and you will see those from below.
You can check the photos over on Flick. Click HERE.

Next stop, I will be off to Toronto for the Polaris Music Prize Gala. It will be a fun time. See you until the next entry.
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The Polaris Short List Salon: Ottawa – S10E02

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On Tuesday night, The National Arts Centre played host to the Polaris Music Prize Salon as the Polaris jury members discussed the 2014 Polaris Short List and who would win it. For the Ottawa edition, Steve Jordan, the founder and Executive Director of Polaris Music Prize moderated while the panelists consisted of Ryan Bresee (CKCU), Roch Parisen (Rochon Communications),and John Sekerka (CHUO).

The panelists and Jordan discussed the ten albums and what were their best and worst from the 2014 edition of the Short List. One of the topics raised at the Salon was the criticism of this year’s Short List having seven of the ten albums being repeat and returning nominees. The Ottawa jury didn’t have an issue with it whereas Canadian music fans in general have complained about it. Jordan also mentioned about the future of the album as a whole with what people buy and listen to.

The albums that were garnered a lot of discussions were Drake, Mac Delmarco, Tanya Tagaq and Timber Timbre because it brought in the positives and negatives in terms of artistic merit coming from the Ottawa jury. Mac Delmarco was contentious as Bresee said that it was not his favourite from the short list and the same went for Drake as Parisen and Sekerka weren’t fans of his album.
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Checked Out House of PainT XI, The Main Event – S10E01 [Season Premiere]

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Kicking off the new season of the blog and now on its tenth season. You’ll notice a change in the look of the blog. It’s still a work in progress as I will probably be changing things around to the blog. It’s astounding that the blog has continued for pretty long. Aside from that, on to the event I went.

I had the opportunity to check out the 11th edition of House of PainT which happened at the Dunbar Bridge Underpass located near Carleton University and Brewer Park. For those who don’t know House of PainT, it’s a hip-hop festival showcasing and celebrating urban arts and culture in Ottawa.

This year’s festival is held for five days. The one I went was day 3 and dubbed, The Main Event. Saturday lineup had the ever popular graffiti wall, the crew bboy/bgirl, workshops, live music performances (DJs and Rap) and visual arts. It was definitely a fine Saturday to be out and after the crazy thunderstorm which hit two times on Friday in Ottawa.

I missed out last year’s HOP but I made it out to this year’s festival by bringing along the trusty Polaroid camera (SX-70) with the Impossible Project films to shoot some fun instant photos and getting the people excited with it. The black & white Impossible photos are posted below.
You can check out the digital photos over on Flickr. Click here to view the photos.
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Where’s The Cultural Press? [Summer Specials]

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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]

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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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