What a Black Friday to Not Remember & Arts Nest – S08E13

Black Friday is usually a big deal in the United States but it has been catching on in Canada. Let’s say that it was a eventful day as I tried to get a new laptop at the Apple Store but they did not have the right model. In a way, Black Friday in Canada was a dud as I did not get anything that was worthy of a great sale.

To forget about the unfortunate event, I had the opportunity to go to Magpie Jewellery in Westboro for Arts Nest at night. It was organized by Creative Mornings and part of Support Local by Apartment 613. There were local designers, local musicians, and an artist.
There were free food in the form of tacos by Taco Lot and cupcakes! Plus, there was a free swag bag included at the event. All in all, being at Arts Nest certainly erased the frustration from shopping early this morning for Black Friday deals.
I did not to stay very long but got to take photos and a few are posted on my Instagram.
Hope you have a great weekend.
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For The Fun of Growing a Moustache – S08E10

For the past few years, Movember has become a big and month long event in November since men are growing moustache for thirty days. The event is to raise awareness for Prostate cancer.
As for myself, I am not in any team for fundraising but I am growing it for the fun of it as you see from the photo above. I had some silly chatter from Nat & Marie through Twitter and Instagram that I should grow a Fu Manchu look. I am not sure if I will get to it by the end of the month.
Today’s radio show at CKCU-FM mentioned a bit of the event as a local band is participating in Movember and raising awareness in prostate cancer. Jack Pine and The Fire released a song called Moustache Is King and so far, several radio shows have been playing the track for the cause and support.
Also played on the radio show were classic Cantopop/Mandopop tracks. I had this Sandy Lam song in my head since August as I briefly listened to Hong Kong’s Commercial Radio [official link]. It’s considered a by-week as I didn’t have any interviews to air and my co-host was absent due to illness.
This week’s Wild 10 Countdown is Crystal Castles as their third studio album got released this week.
I had the opportunity to come out to the CKCU Wrap Up Party at Irene’s Pub last Sunday. It was great to see various hosts and other volunteers.
The playlist for this week’s show is at this link.
Have a great week!

Audio/Radio Show
The November 14th Radio Show – Press play to listen.
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New Season, The Return of a Co-Host and The Sons of Pluto Interview – S08E01

Welcome back for another exciting season of WildWorks (season four for radio and series eight on the blog). It’s wonderful to have Lauren return as co-host and there were two interviews on the radio show aired at CKCU-FM.
After a Summer hiatus on the blog, there were a few specials in the form of social media interviews from the likes of Nat & Marie and Pop Champagne. Since the show is back with new materials, it started off with the top 10 and the first music interview to kick off the new season was an Ottawa band called Sons of Pluto. It was originally recorded back in late August because the band was performing for Ottawa Chinatown’s FestivAsia. I had some interest because one of the members is a fan classic Cantopop music.
The second interview was Amos The Transparent. Dan Hay of the band called in to talk about their current album, “Goodnight, My Dear.” Also discussed were the upcoming performances at Pop Montreal and Halifax Pop Explosion.

As for the top 10 songs, Robotic by Hannah Georgas is number one for the second week. The blog entry for the Wild 10 Countdown is back and this week’s post is at this link.
Overall, a great way to start the fourth season for the radio show and always good for Lauren to be excited with the new Canadian tracks being played.
Don’t forget to listen to the radio show and the interview with Sons of Pluto.
Last thing, I will be getting new glasses soon. A new look to say the least.

Audio/Radio Show/Interviews
The September 12th Radio Show – Playlist is at this link.
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The Sons of Pluto Interview

Live From Ottawa, It’s Saturday Night! The Acorn Edition – S06E13

This is a first of sorts to live blogging at a concert venue. Saturday night almost didn’t happen for Ottawa’s The Acorn as there were low advance ticket sales which was in danger of being cancelled for December 4th. So far, there’s a good turnout at Capital Music Hall. It’s good of me to take a spot from the balcony (pictured on top). As live as it gets, it’s close enough for live blogging. The opening acts for The Acorn’s homecoming show were Pat Jordache and Jim Guthrie.
To my own surprise, current CBC Bandwidth host, Adam Saikaley is helping out on the keyboards. Also back with the band is Howie Tsui.
What a great homecoming concert for The Acorn. They have playing some of the tracks from No Ghost and a few from Glory Hope Mountain.
Lots of hilarity coming from Rolf Klausener.
Here are some photos (being posted as live as possible)

The Post Live Concert – Not The Live Blogging Aspect
After missing one of the encore (Blankets), I had to rush over to Florence Garden for the after party. I was not going for the grilled cheese sandwich due to stomach reasons. Stayed at the after party until 3am.
I forgot to mention that earlier on Saturday, I headed to “rival” station, CHUO to check out The Mountains & The Trees for a pre-recording for a particular radio show on Wednesday afternoons. It was great to see Jon Janes. Another nice guy in Canadian independent music.
Overall, it was an awesome Saturday for excellent music. There were so many live events happening on Saturday night. It was great to see the usual people at The Acorn show and the after party.
Apologies for the formatting for this blog entry as I was using the WordPress app on the iPad. There were issues with uploading the images as it crashed several times and it kept duplicating.

An Awesome November Weekend With Grant Lawrence & CKCU’s 35th – S06E10

This weekend was totally fun because it started with CKCU‘s 35th Anniversary weekend. It was the concert on Friday night and then the anniversary party on Saturday. The Friday concert consisted of The Steve Adamyk Band, The Flaps, The White Wires, Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato Masher & The Mighty Popo. I was unfortunate to miss out on The Mighty Popo due to time. Then the party was held the day after (Saturday) and there was excellent food as I just loved the grilled chicken. It was an entertaining night as there were panels consisting of each time period (the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s & 2000s/noughties).
Both events were at Porter Hall in Carleton University. It’s been awhile that Porter Hall was used for live music.
It was great to see the usual hosts and staff at the events. There are photos that I posted but it’s on Facebook, go to the public link. The link should work if you not logged on Facebook.

Onto the nice and warm Sunday afternoon, I went to Raw Sugar Cafe for Grant Lawrence’s book reading event. I finally got to meet Lawrence as I was unable to go to events in Toronto with my brother. As you see the photo on top of the entry shows proof that I finally got to see him.
Overall, he was there to promote his book, Adventures in Solitude. It’s not about music if anyone thinks that Grant Lawrence is all about music (actually, Canadian music0. Adventures in Solitude deals about his childhood going to his parent’s cottage in Desolation Sound. Lawrence read a few chapters in the book and his experience being in Desolation Sound brings a lot of humour. Andy Swan performed a couple of songs as a break in between Lawrence’s book reading.
I also did an audio interview Mr. Lawrence and expect it to be aired for Wednesday’s radio show.

Last thing, how can I not forget Arcade Fire’s second appearance on SNL. Good thing I got back home right after CKCU’s 35 Anniversary Party. I was surprised that the band performed Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).

The November 17th Radio Show and The Grant Lawrence Interview
I was solo hosting and I made it through the 2 hours. Starting the 2nd hour, I played a 3rd Hallelujah and it’s from the 2008 winner of Britain’s The X Factor, Alexandra Burke. I had a few tweets that they prefer Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah and to burst your bubble, I played it two weeks on the Funding Drive Show #2.
You can listen to the radio show by pressing play. The playlist is at this link.

The Grant Lawrence interview was light-hearted at best and hope you will enjoy it.
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The Post POP Montreal With Grand Analog, Think About Life & PKG – S06E06

Wednesday’s radio show was the post POP Montreal edition as the top 10 countdown had some bands that attended the music festival and then later on, I aired two interviews by Grand Analog and Think About Life.
What’s new on the radio show is that I got a new co-host. Her name is Marzia and she’s an exchange student from Italy. So, be kind to her. She’s been a great addition to my show as she’s enjoying the music that I am playing.
I started off the show with a couple of Anita Mui songs because October 10th, would of been her birthday if she was still alive. It was another tribute to the “Madonna of Asia.” First song was her rendition of Stand By Me because a good friend has been fond of the original version by Ben E. King. I decided to play it again for her.
As I explained in the previous blog post about the various activities I did at POP Montreal like hanging out with two members of The Balconies and The Golden Dogs for poutine in Montreal. In the second hour, I made the new co-host happy by playing The Hundred In The Hands, Delphic and The Temper Trap. I attended Saturday’s show by checking them out. They were pretty good.

The PKG Giveaway

One thing I forgot to mention on air was who are PKG? They are a Canadian company and they make electronic accessories like laptop sleeves/bags, iPhone cases and other tech carry-on.
The fine folks from PKG had me do a giveaway for the radio show. It was grateful of them to do another one after POP Montreal. It was pretty tempting to not get hooked the messenger bag I gave away.
Congratulations to Tom Burns (of Ottawa) for winning the awesome messenger bag. Kudos to last week’s winner, Tanya Poirier (also of Ottawa) for winning the PKG/POP Montreal VIP giveaway bag.
Thanks to PKG for displaying an excellent room at the POP Montreal headquarters (Notman House) and for the giveaways.

Don’t forget to check the playlist by going to this link. The countdown entry is at this link.
You can listen to the radio show by pressing play.

The Interviews at POP Montreal
Grand Analog – Part 1.
It’s in part 1 because the length of the interview was long. Press play to listen or download it.

Think About Life
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October 7th Update: Thursday Show Guest Hosting and Ottawa Chinatown Gateway
It was totally last minute as I decided to do some guest hosting for 12pm on Thursday at CKCU-FM. Instead of 30 mins, it went to 2 hours. As I ended the show, I decided to sneak in Imagine by John Lennon. What I didn’t realize was his birthday would be on October 9th and he would be 70 years old. Talk about ironic timing.
Press play to listen and the playlist for the show is at this link.

Following the guest stint at CKCU-FM, I had to go to Ottawa Chinatown for the official opening of the Gateway. The official opening had dignitaries and politicians for the unveiling.  Here are a few photos I took. The Gateway looks lovely.

Wrapping Up Season 5 – S05.2E10 (Season Finale)


Summer Extra
I posted up the three Canada Day audio interviews at this link. The site is at the Wild 5 Countdown site.

Part 2 (June 30, 2010)
Finally, I finish up this entry as Wednesday’s radio show wrapped with the conclusion to the Young Galaxy interview and final original interview at venues with Born Ruffians.
The playlist what I played is at this link.

This is it for the Summer as I won’t be writing too much entries but expect a few Specials on the blog. The radio show will continue on with specials and re-airings.
Without further ado, here’s the audio links to listen.

The Full Radio Show for June 30th, 2010. Press play to listen.

WildWorks Extra – 2nd hour: Songs by Beyond. A Tribute to Wong Ka-Kui, who passed away on June 30th, 1993.
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Band Interviews
Part 2 of Young Galaxy: Press play to listen or download it.

Born Ruffians Interview: Press play to listen or download it.

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It’s June – Radio Show: Loon Choir, Graham Wright & Gianna Lauren Interviews – S05.2E09

It’s June and I am almost nearing the end of the blogging series but there’s a couple of more week of new materials for my radio show. To start off, it’s a first of sorts as I used the Apple iPad to play music tracks over on the Ottawa airwaves. Cutting edge technology to say the least. I had the opportunity to air the Loon Choir interview, which was recorded in late April but their full length album was not released until May. I had to hold out until the album was released.
The playlist is posted up on CKCU’s Playlist site, here is the link.
You can listen to the radio show by pressing play.
Radio show for June 2 

The Loon Choir Interview – press play to listen or download it.

The Wild 5 Countdown will be posted on a new page at this link.

Kudos go to CHUO’s Now Playing as the host has set up a blog for her radio show. I guess I got some “competition” as we play the same kind of music and interviews. It was nice to hang out for the June 2nd inaugural show in a non-speaking role but using the iPad.

Radio Show for June 9, 2010 – The Graham Wright Interview

Two hours of exciting music from Canadian independent artists and bands. I was happy to play new tracks from Black Mountain, Meligrove Band and Hot Hot Heat.
It was an opportunity to do a short interview with Tokyo Police Club’s Graham Wright. It was originally recorded in late March but aired it on Wednesday because his band’s 2nd album, Champ got released. It was fitting to air it as I still like “Breakneck Speed.”
Also on the show were the Wild 5 Countdown and talking about the 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer in South Africa. Played the ever famous Three Lions but it’s the 2010 version.
The playlist for the radio show is at this link.

Here is the June 9th edition of my radio show. Press play to listen.
June 9, 2010 Radio show

The Graham Wright Interview
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Radio Show For June 16, 2010 – Two Interviews: The Luyas and from Bands Undone, Gianna Lauren & Field Assembly

It’s jammed pack show with the two interviews. The Luyas was recorded in late April. The one from Bands Undone is a new one. I had the opportunity to check out formerly from Ottawa and now based to Halifax, Gianna Lauren and joining her is Field Assembly. They are embarking a train tour across Canada. They have a blog for their cross Canada tour at this link [via Tumblr].
The playlist of the show is at this link.
You can listen to the radio show by pressing play.
June 16th Radio Show


The Luyas Interview
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From Bands Undone – Gianna Lauren & Field Assembly
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It’s Basically The Whole Month of May Entry – S05.2E08

Updated on May 26, 2010
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to chat with Leif Vollebekk at the 1st May Whee Festival at Zaphod Beeblebrox.
Wednesday’s radio show will be fully updated later but for now, the Leif Vollebekk audio interview is posted up. You should enjoy the interview as it became a hilarious interview. I even made some goof-ups on the interview. I apologize for messing up on the question about The Balconies. He didn’t form the band, he helped gave Jacquie, Stephen and Liam the name.
Also on the radio show was an expanded edition of the countdown. For this week only, my Wild 5 Countdown became the W10 Countdown.

The W10 Countdown for Week of May 5, 2010.
1. Fixed – Stars
2. Forced to Love – Broken Social Scene (new entry)
3. Your Hands (Together) – The New Pornographers (new entry)
4. The Right Time (feat. Tyler Bancroft) – Hannah Georgas
5. Laura Palmer’s Prom – You Say Party! We Say Die! (was #1 last week)
6. No Ghost – The Acorn (new)
7. Celestica – Crystal Castles (new)
8. Breakneck Speed – Tokyo Police Club (new)
9. Authentic – Young Rival (new)
10. Ghost Pressure – Wolf Parade (new)

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End of April and Beginning of May Shows & Monday’s Radio Show – S05.2E7


There were two awesome live show this past weekend to marking the end of April and the beginning of May. The show on the end of April was The Balconies returning to Ottawa after their cross Canada tour. It was at Zaphod Beeblebrox, opening up for The Balconies were Sandman Viper Command and The Belle Game. It was great to see The Belle Game but it was three out of the eight members. Overall, they performed a good set and one part of their was when front man, Adam Nanji gave me a shoutout for being supportive. Even though I was slightly embarrassed, I had to use my hat to cover my face in a funny way.
Here’s a video that I shot of The Belle Game.

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