The First Lion Dance Performance of 2013 – S08E22

Lion Dance Pembroke Feb 2013-2
It’s been several years that my lion dance troupe went to Pembroke for Chinese New Years celebration. A bit of a scary story getting to Pembroke was experiencing a slight white out conditions from the blowing snow. It was like a thriller movie and quite scary going through it. It’s funny how my dad was driving quickly during the brief treacherous conditions, one of my family friends who was driving behind text messaged to slow down and not knowing it was my dad who drove.
I know Chinese New Year doesn’t start until February 10th but the Pembroke community did it a week early. As usual, the crowd enjoyed the performance and there was food.

The newest edition to the troupe’s instruments is a slightly small but brightly looking drum. My thought was that it sounds very hollow but over time, the sound should improve from drumming a lot. There will be getting used to the new sound.
It was great to see some of the lion dance crew and will be seeing more of them in the days to come when Chinese New Year arrives.
Don’t forget to check out the photos.

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The Rah Rah Interview and a Certain Lion Dance To Begin October – S08E04

Due to the delay in posting an entry, I had to add in the lion dance performance on Wednesday night at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Every year, the lion dance troupe performs for the National Day Celebration, which is also called Double Tenth. Celebrating the National Day of the Republic of China, known as Taiwan. Hence, the photo above, as I couldn’t think of anything to add along with Wednesday’s radio show. As usual, there were¬†dignitaries, politicans, and good food. There will be some photos posted on this entry.

Wednesday’s Radio Show for October 2nd
On this edition of WildWorks at CKCU-FM, I aired the interview with one of the members of Rah Rah. The interview was done a few weeks ago and it happened on the night of the Polaris Music Prize Salon at Mercury Lounge (in Ottawa, not the one in New York City). The interview was pretty last minute and the funny part was having to run from place to place getting to the venue where they were performing. Overall, it was a good interview as you will get to listen.
Other parts on the radio show were the Wild 10 Countdown as Jenn Grant is still number one. The blog entry for it is over at this link.
There were a bunch of new music being played as I was also solo hosting for the second week. Played the likes of Julie Doiron, Inlet Sound, Dan Mangan, The Zolas and etc.

Audio/Interview
The October 3rd Radio Show. The playlist is at this link. Press play to listen.

The Rah Rah Interview – Press play to listen or download it.

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I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun & It’s Chinese New Year Time – S06E21


Taken from the Beach House holiday song, it was “snowmageddon” in Ottawa and including Toronto and Montreal. Although, I got to CKCU-FM with no delays. The snowstorm did not seem too bad when I left the house this morning.
Today’s radio show started off with “Snowed In” by Joel Plaskett as the intro as people in Ottawa were trying to get through the snow. The show was more on Chinese New Year as it celebrates the year of the rabbit. In fitting fashion, various Chinese New Years songs were play in the second hour of the show.
I am excited to have some lion dance on the start of Chinese New Year as it’s become a yearly tradition performing at places and keeping the people happy and prosperous.
If you want to check what was played on the show, the playlist is at this link.
The Wild 10 Countdown summary is at this link.
Gong Hey Fatt Choy everyone!

Feb. 9th Update
I added the radio show stream and The Wild 10 Countdown continues on for the blog. The second hour of the show consisted of love songs for Valentine’s Day coming up. Still continuing with Chinese New Year as the seventh day is everyone’s birthday.
The link to check the February 9th edition of The Wild 10 Countdown is at this link. In keeping the slight reference to Beach House, the February 9th show had a song by Beach House. It is linked to the 2nd annual Valentine’s Day show.

Audio – Shows from February 2nd and 9th
February 2nd radio show – press play to listen.

Pre snowstorm craziness, I helped out on The New Midnight Jamz on CKCU-FM on January 29, 2011.
Press play to listen.

The February 9th radio show – press play to listen and the playlist is at this link.

Chinese New Year 2011
It’s the year of the rabbit and here a few photos from other liondance performances.
The Chinese New Year Parade in Ottawa Chinatown, here’s one from the Ottawa Sun.

Basia Bulat and Chinese New Year 2010 – S05E37

It was a hectic weekend checking out bands and dealing with the cold. It started with doing an audio interview with Young Rival at Mavericks on Friday night. It was last minute because I almost forgot they were in Ottawa and it has been awhile I haven’t heard from the band. There’s a lineup change in the band and as far as I know, the interview should be airing sometime in late March as their upcoming album will be released in April.
On Saturday night, it has been a long time waiting as Basia Bulat came to town for a sold out concert. This time, it’s for her current release of the second album, Heart Of My Own.

The funny thing was having to wait outside the First Baptist Church for several hours. Thoughts on the concert, the opening act was Ottawa native and now residing in Montreal, Leif Vollebekk. Vollebekk brought along a band as the previous times I had seen him, he was performing solo. As usual, he soothed the crowded with his soft toned songs. His folk influenced fit the right tone for the church.

Onto Basia Bulat’s performance. As usual, she still brings the excitement when she comes up on stage. The crowd still enjoy her songs from Snakes & Ladders to the new song like The Shore. The video on top is a live track of Sparrow. Even though, the church had a curfew for 10pm, the audience still wanted Bulat to return for several more songs and she definitely did. The best thing about the Ottawa crowd was knowing when to clap on I Was A Daughter and Before I Knew.

I almost forgot to interview her because her publicist text messaged me that sound check was late and they didn’t get food as well. I was fortunate to interview her at the end of the concert. On the interview, Bulat did mention a Casey Mecija of Ohbijou. CBC News posted an article on Bulat on Feb. 22, 2010.

Feb. 17, 2010 Update

Without further ado, here’s the interview with Basia Bulat. Press play to listen or download it. You can also stream it through iTunes or other media players.

Here’s the radio show including the interview. Playlists are this link, Show #1 and Extra
Press play to listen to Show #1

Press play to listen to the extra half hour show. Foolishly used two other CKCU radio show themes.


Happy Chinese New Year – Gung Hei Fat Choy/Gung Xi Fat Chai
It’s this time of year for having as I have many liondance performances. In time to celebrate the Year of the Tiger, it started off with a 30 min performance at T&T Supermarket in Ottawa, Canada. The video posted from above in a condensed form. It was crazy when performing at the Asian supermarket because it was difficult having to get through from the crowds. Overall, it was the first time for our troupe to perform at a popular Canadian Asian Supermarket.

Afterwards, we had another performance at Winterlude. Before getting to the area, I bumped into Basia Bulat and her band again but they were leaving the hotel. It was a funny moment because I saw their red van and I decided to get out of the friend’s car and started to run towards them. It was funny to surprise them and then telling them I had a liondance performance. If you’re able to read this entry, I posted the videos for your enjoyment.

Back to Winterlude, we had three performance, it was at noon, 1.30pm and then 3pm. It was cold but fun as the crowds got to watch it. Here are videos to check out.
Enjoy!


Another video, here’s one from Monday (Feb. 15) at Ottawa Chinatown. A Chinese New Year parade, click on the link.

A Lovely October Night With Basia Bulat – S05E07

Basia Bulat October 2009
This is somewhat the 3rd and final time for going to The Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec. I dubbed it the “Black Sheep Inn Fall Series” because the past two concerts I attended were Kyrie Kristmanson and The Balconies. It was in a span of a few weeks. This time, it was none other than Canadian indie darling, Basia Bulat. It was packed crowd because Basia Bulat is just popular within Canadian independent music. As often, Basia and her bandmates are usually happy to see me as I’ve been a great supporter of her music.

Before I review her performance, Basia’s opening act was Patrick LePoidevin, he’s a singer residing in Sackville, New Brunswick. What’s unique about his music is that he uses a looper pedal where plays a tune and it will repeat as he will continue playing a different tune. His style of music blends from the acoustic and Alternative. The last song he performed where he got the audience to sing along a part with “la la…” and then he started going around the crowd. Not bad for an opening act. Continue reading

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

2 Weeks of Being Kind of Hectic – S04E02


Of all the craziness happening throughout October, I could not get a chance to write an entry for what I did and what gigs I checked out. I didn’t have the time to do so. As you see from the new photo on top, that’s all of the members of Said The Whale and myself. I went to the Said The Whale and Sylvie concert at Zaphod Beeblebrox on October 17, 2008. Overall, it was an excellent concert and for some reason, I smiled the whole time because the gang of Said The Whale remembered me from the last concert at The Mercury Lounge. I also saw Amanda Putz and Adam Saikaley which were a great surprise because I had been on a slump being at concerts lately. I couldn’t be happier being surprised and enjoying a nice concert.

Past events, there was the federal election on October 14th and I had to work as a registration officer at a church in the Barrhaven area. Was it fun and entertaining? Not really. Prior the election from a few days back, I had to go to this concert with a political message. It was Sadie Hell and Brasstronaut. The concert was alright and it had a nice lead-in to voting day, which in turn had the lowest turnout in Canada’s election history. What a shame.

October 7-8, I had two lion dance performances for Taiwan’s Double Ten Celebration, the photos are on Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157607975424528/.

As usual, I have been volunteering at CKCU FM at Carleton University. I’ve been doing the production side of radio. For the life of me, I had to do some voiceovers and I feel embarrassed over it because my voice sounds awful.

Well, that’s all for now. Last thing, all my entries from previous seasons have been moved to here. There’s no need to go to the other link to read it.