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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What A Way To End May With Kelp 20 – S09E38

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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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2010 Summer Special

It’s this time of year where I sporadically post entries during the Summer. I had the opportunity to go for more Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest dates compared to last year. I was able to do audio interviews with several artists. It will be provided here. Overall, I was excited to see some of the performing acts. Worse part was enduring the heat.

The Ottawa Folk Festival Edition (Posted on August 18, 2010)

You can listen to the August 18th edition of the radio show. Aside from the top 10 countdown and Arcade Fire songs, there were interviews from Rolf Klausener of The Acorn, Aidan Knight, Jill Zmud, & Jim Bryson.
Press play to listen.

Apparently, I am taking part in this blog rally challenge, check the blog link out by clicking here. If you like my entry on Ottawa Bluesfest or the radio show, just comment away. Finished on July 26th.

Don’t forget to check out as it will be the only blog to be updated weekly during the Summer. I have been mentioning Arcade Fire over on the other blog.

Cameo In Audio Form on Other Radio Shows

Posted: August 4, 2010
There are two radio shows where I made a voice cameo appearance.
The New Midnight Jamz on July 31, 2010 – press play to listen.

The Drunken Master Revue on August 4, 2010 – press play to listen.

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