Easter Weekend Fun in Montreal with You Say Party! We Say Die! & Part of The Belle Game – S05.2E03


You Say Party! We Say Die! in Montreal
Back from Montreal, QC over the Easter holiday. It was a spur of the moment because You Say Party! We Say Die! was in Montreal for a show there and they skipped Ottawa and a few other Ontario cities. It was nice to go outside of Ottawa for a concert. It’s been a very long time I went to a concert in Montreal and that was back in 1993 for Duran Duran at the once famous and legendary Montreal Forum. The slight irony with these two different bands that they are in the New Wave music genre.
Back to YSP! WSD! in Montreal, they were performing at La Sala Rossa. As previously mentioned, it’s the first time to check out an indie music venue in Montreal and my lack of knowledge of the Montreal music scene and venues are minimal at best. Prior to their performance, I arrived to the venue a bit early because I am not familiar with area of Montreal and I saw some of the members and they remembered me.
Overall, their performance was energetic and lot of dancing around. It was great to remember half of the songs because I always kept playing songs from XXXX on my radio show. The crazy part came almost near the end of the set when Like I Give a Care was played and then the opening acts (Braids and Makeout Videotape) came out on stage and delivered the mosh pit/crowd surfing. Lead vocalist, Becky Ninkovic joined in the fray towards the crowd. The other crazy part was her back or leg landed on me as she was getting back on stage from the moshing.
The photo on top was when the band performed on Like I Give A Care.

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Caledonia – Bands Undone and Zaphods – S05E27


It was a tight packed session at Canteen as Caledonia dropped by for Bands Undone. Let’s just say that the band brought the whole equipment for another stellar performance at the art shop & gallery.

The funny part for myself when Caledonia sang the first song was continuously eating Humpty Dumpty Party Mix due to the face that the lead singer kept saying “hunger!” It led me to keep eating on the pretzels and ringalos. They performed 4 terrific songs and it wowed the small audience.

The funny part with the separate interviews was Kara (the host) and myself had trouble saying ECMA (East Coast Music Awards) and it was unusual because the name looks easy because we had trouble saying it.

I didn’t expect to have a long Saturday as I decided to join the two Brian’s to go to Zaphod Beeblebrox for Caledonia (again) with Matt Ouimet and Sarah Hallman. Due to the competing gigs elsewhere in downtown Ottawa on Saturday and the Santa Claus Parade being held at night-time, it was not busy at Zaphods but there were several went to see Caledonia. Overall, they’re a great band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Hallman and Ouimet’s performances were enjoyable.
You can view the photos at this link.
The Bands Undone review is now posted up.
Here’s the video taken by Brian. YouTube version also available.


Veggies, The Cold and The Love Machine (Season Finale) – S04E26

The Love Machine on accoustic set
On Sunday, being the last day of May, I got to check out the NCVA’s First Annual Ottawa Veg Fest 2009. Knowing me, I am interested with events dealing with food. Vegetables and organic food has become somewhat of a hot topic issue because of the changing enviroment and pesticides being put in manufactured foods. The event gave me a good and already known perpective to buying organic food. One of the guest speakers I checked out caught my attention to the change in the Earth and how we should change our diets. It was Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow, from Montreal who gave a good but unprepared speech on the changes and causes in Earth’s changing climate in terms of food and growth. She’s also a yoga instructor and an enviromental activist. At least she winged it and got through with the presentation. There were some free samples I took like Cocoa Camino fair trade chocolate, this One Million Acts of Green card which you can plant and Vega drink mix.
What was unfortunate on Sunday was the cold weather. Silly me, I was wearing my new adidas sandals and didn’t bring an extra sweater or jacket because I was about to freeze like crazy. Out of my own silliness, I decided to buy new shoes again, but I got it at Roots, it’s a Converse Jack Purcell (silly Twitpic link) leather shoes. It was on sale as I had been worried about my bro’s Chuck Taylor All Star Converse shoes because there’s a small gap in the left shoe and needs a shoe glue.
After the shoe shopping, I went to Confederation Park for the free outdoor accoustic concert for Skate4Cancer/The Cure Is Knowledge. The event was great because it also brings an awareness to cancer and people who have been close had lost to cancer. From the photo on top, that’s The Love Machine performing an accoustic song. At that time, I was totally freezing because I didn’t wear shoes and not dress warmly. I know that sometime in May and June, it should be warm but due to unsual weather, it was just cold. All in all, The Love Machine were excellent in their acoustic set.
Well, it’s now June and time for a season ending entry to start Summer. I will be putting some Summer special entries with no witty comments.
Seeya until the Fall. I will be on Facebook and Twitter the whole time, so you will catch updates from there during the Summer.

Cupcakes Galore on a Sunday – S04E20

From Capital Cupcake Camp 2009
What’s not to love having cupcakes on a Sunday? I got to attend the first Capital Cupcake Camp at the Jack Purcell Community Centre. From what I heard, Cupcake Camp started in San Francisco, California in 2008 and today’s event make it the largest in attendance. It looked like it was an unexpected surprise because the crowds got bigger and bigger and I was told by a friend that they had to wait 45 minutes to get in. Luckily for my bro and myself, we arrived at the venue an hour earlier and it was nice that my bro got media access as a blogger and photographer. What amazed me was that there was over 3000 cupcakes for the event.

OK, I should stop writing and enjoy viewing the photos that I took on the cupcakes. I know there would be friends and strangers feeling jealous that I got a chance to taste some yummy cupcakes. There was too much sugar rush for today’s event.

Here’s the link to the photos, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157616004012597/. [Account no longer on PRO]
Enjoy!

Birthday Fun – S04E15

Group Shot at Bruce Pit
It was my birthday on Friday, February 20. All I can say that I had an enjoyable time because there were some friends coming over. There was pizza and candies hovering around the house. My bro’s friends played Rock Band 2 and it was a great time. One of his friends decided to sing the attrocious song by System of a Down (my opinion). I had a total laugh because the way he sang and how much I forgot about that band. The next day, I needed some rest and relaxation because the effects of playing Rock Band 2 was bad. I was feeling so dizzy that it wasn’t funny.
On Sunday, I went along with my bro to Bruce Pit for tobogganing/sledding. Before that, my bro’s friends needed to walk the dogs. It was astonishing to see alot of people walking their dogs. All in all, it was cute to see some dogs around. Onto the sledding part, I couldn’t believe that it is not as fun when I was young because walking up the hill was grueling. I had snow all over me and I was out of breath from walking up. I took a couple of runs down the hill and the first time, I had snow all over my face. There were some comedic moments when I slid down. Afterward, it was lunch at East Side Mario’s and luckily, no pie in the face after the birthday song that they usually do.
In a way, I totally enjoyed the events from the weekend. Hopefully I won’t be sore the next day because the sledding took a lot of energy.
Here are the photos for some funny moments, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157614316419794/
Last thing, I have been ‘twittering’, here’s my Twitter, http://twitter.com/wildworks
Enjoy

Chinese New Year 2009, Part 4 – S04E14

Group Shot from Pembroke, OntarioThis time, we hit the road to Pembroke, Ontario for a yearly lion dance performance. The troupe has been going to Pembroke for several years. What I like about performing that far to the Ottawa Valley is that there tends to be a small knit Chinese community and it’s been welcoming that we get to perform from faraway. What I like about going to Pembroke is enjoying the food because it is basically a pot luck. There were a mix of Chinese and Western food. For the second year in the row, I decided to bring along a container box and store some leftover food and dessert. All in all, it was good fun being in Pembroke.
More photos are on this link (same photo album), http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157612939388589/
Also from the photos, there was a performance from earlier in the afternoon and it was at laundry place.  I only Don’t ask why we performed there. It was just an usual place to perform there. I didn’t take photos from the actual lion dance part as I was playing on the cymbals. I only took photos for the short martial arts demonstration for both performances. The photo displayed on top is the group shot in Pembroke.
I almost forgot that the seventh day (Sunday) of Chinese New Year is everyone’s birthday. All I can say is happy birthday to everyone who is reading this entry.
This should be it with the 2009 Chinese New Year – Year of the Ox entries but forgetting that Chinese New Year celebrations will go on for another week.

Chinese New Year 2009, Part 3 – S04E13

Group Shot at Palais du Imperial.On the fifth day of Chinese New Year, I had another liondance performance. This time it was at a Chinese restauarant in downtown Ottawa, the name of the restaurant is Palais Imperial Chinese Restaurant. It was for the Taiwan Students Association for University of Ottawa. Here’s the group photo after the performance.
Before the performance, I had a three hour hang out at Rideau Centre because it has been awhile I had shopped around due to the bus strike. It’s great that the bus strike has ended but the worse part is waiting until February 9 for buses to resume into service. Aside from the bus strike, what struck me by surprise at Rideau Centre were several empty stores. It was almost depressing to see it because of the downtown in the economy. What did I check at Rideau Centre? I was looking for Blu-ray movies but they did not have the one I was looking for. I only ended up getting an Orangesicle from Booster Juice.
After the performance, our group went to Ben-Ben Restaurant on Somerset St. (aka Ottawa Chinatown) for some Chinese food. I also forgot that Raw Sugar Cafe (across from Yangtze Restaurant) had an event. It was event for the launch of Dharma Arts. I didn’t expect to see a friend of my brother’s (he’s a professional photographer) be there. It was totally last minute for me because I wasn’t expecting to go down to Somerset St./Chinatown. It was nice to drop by and a surprise to see Rolf Klausener of The Acorn to be working at Raw Sugar Cafe. I did not get to see another photographer if he was suppose to appear, as I only hung around for not too long. I was totally full from the food at Ben-Ben Restaurant.
Well, I can’t wait to take part of the performance at Pembroke on Saturday.

Chinese New Year 2009, Part 2 – S04E12

Group Shot at Algonquin College
It was a spectacular and hectic day to start off Chinese New Year because I had 5 performances. It started off in the morning at a public school near University of Ottawa, then went to Kanata to a private school and then at noon, it was at Algonquin College. What I loved at Algonquin College was getting free food there. They have the excellent food hospitality. I went for the 1/2 chicken (with veggies and potato wedges), a salad mix, Lemon meringue pie, lemon pudding and 2 bottles of Stewart’s Beverages. I chose Black Cherry and Key Lime (unopened). It has become a tradition on Chinese New Year because I totally love that soda. We finished off with two performances were at retirement homes at different areas at different times. It felt like a marathon of sorts because our troupe kept traveling back and fourth around the area. After the performances, we had a light eat at a Chinese restaurant.
The photo on top is a group shot at Algonquin College. It was taken after the performance.
So far, I am totally exhausted and sore from the performances.
There are several photos taken from the public school at the same link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157612939388589/
That’s all of the lion dance performances until Saturday when it will be at Pembroke.

Chinese New Year, Year of the Ox – S04E11

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Kung Hei Fat Choy
everyone and 2009 is the Year of the Ox.
I certainly had a blast on Sunday because it has been awhile that we had a liondance parade down Somerset St., which is Chinatown in Ottawa. As you see from the photo on top, we were parading in the cold through Chinatown. The good thing that I prepared myself by wearing 2 pairs of sock to keep my feet from freezing. Somehow, it took a lot of work to carry the lion and drum through the street. The major downer was that there was suppose to be truck to put the drum on the back and it never came. Luckily there were cops riding in ATVs to assist us on the street. It took about 2 hours to walking around Chinatown. At least it kept the public from being happy to see the lions roam through Chinatown shops and restaurants. Afterwards, we went to a Korean restaurant and chowed down on the BBQ beefs. It was excellent and yummy. What I didn’t realize that I ate so much that I couldn’t eat a lot at a Chinese restaurant later with family and friends. All in all, I could say that it was a packed day to semi-start off Chinese New Year but it was Chinese New Year Eve. It was great to see the gang as well. I couldn’t be any happier.
More photos are on this link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157612939388589/. You will see some silly photos and even food.
Monday, the actual start to Chinese New Year, I will have 5 performances and one will be at Algonquin College. It will be definitely fun to go to Algonquin College. I hope to rest up.

Giving a shoutout to Alyson Hau. I know I have not had a chance to contact you for awhile but I got to listen to your Sunday morning or CNY Eve show. It was great to hear you after a 2 week absence, aside from the Lady GaGa spotlight, which I almost wanted to throw up. I also want to wish you a Chinese New Year.
Seeya

Enduring The 23rd Annual Ottawa Food & Wine Show and The Week That Was – S04E06

Photo by Brian Goldschmied

At The 23rd Annual Ottawa Food & Wine Show

What a way to endure the 23rd Annual Ottawa Food & Wine Show at the Lansdowne Park/Ottawa Civic Centre. It was my second time to be at the event as I previously went when it was at the Ottawa Congress Centre several years ago. This time, I went with my bro but he was with his friends and I was hanging out with a professional photographer, local singer, Ana Miura (pictured above) and two other people. Great moments were seeing some people I know from elsewhere and it couldn’t of made me any happy seeing them for a bit. I didn’t go for the wine as I was interested in the food aspect of the event. I only went for Big Daddy’s Crab Shack & Osyter Bar’s osyters and Arc The Hotel’s smoked salmon. Overall, it was fun time but later on, it was getting insane with the huge crowds as we tried to go through them. Four hours of walking straight was really straining. After leaving the Civic Centre, I did not expect to see a very long lineup, it was just crazy.
As you see on the photo that I was being very silly with the facial expression.

In other past events that happened, the US finally elected the first African-American President, Barack Obama. I stayed glued to CBC’s coverage instead of the US networks. I did flip through the US networks at times. I did not know about CNN’s “so-called” use of hologram for their election coverage.
I had a blast volunteering CKCU’s 2008 Funding Drive. I did 3 phone shifts to answer donation pledges. I met some radio hosts and they were pretty nice and funny to talk to.
Even the news was over a week old, I was saddened to hear David Tennant leave Doctor Who after four 2009 Specials. Tennant’s Doctor has become my favorite and best of the Doctor played so far. Let’s hope the 11th Doctor will fill in his shoes in an excellent manner. Tennant was “fantastic” being the lonely Time Lord. Fantastic was the word used by the current and the 9th Doctor.
To end the entry, it was totally awesome to have the warm weather hit Ottawa this week. It gave me a good time to put up Christmas lights outside of the house. I wouldn’t put them if the weather was pretty cold. What a wonderful week to start November.