The Polaris Short List Salon: Ottawa – S10E02

Polaris 2014 Salon SIgn

 

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]

House of Paint 2014 Banner

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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Crissi Cochrane at Ottawa Fringe Festival – S09E42 [Season Finale]

With Crissi Cochrane Impossible

The wonderful folks at Ottawa Fringe Festival have been bringing the free live music programming. Last year, it was The Elwins and this year is Crissi Cochrane. To my own surprise, I didn’t expect her to be in Ottawa. I usually get into a semi-NXNE withdrawal and would need some live music to bring on the recovery.

For those who don’t know, Cochrane is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia but is living in Windsor, Ontario since 2010. She has made a great 2014 as she released her second full-length album, Little Sway in January and was in the top 10 of CBC Music Searchlight contest.

It was my first time to see her perform live in Ottawa. I did see her perform at an unofficial fan picnic in Toronto’s Trinity-Bellwoods Park last year. It’s her first time playing in Ottawa.
The setting at Fringe Fest’s Downtown Rideau Stage was quite intimate. Cochrane played some tracks from her current album and played cover tracks from the likes of Billie Holliday, Amy Winehouse and The Bee Gees. Her style of music brought an influence of jazz, soul and R&B. It was definitely a nice Thursday night to go out and enjoy live music.

You can check out the photos posted over at Flickr.

There was lots happening in the downtown core. The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival had the legendary Earth, Wind and Fire while Mugshots had  the Rehab Pizza Party with Ottawa’s Silkken Laumann playing and a DJ set by Cadence Weapon. Exciting times in the Nation’s Capital with festivals going on.
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Shooting With Impossible Photos at NXNE – S09E41

Impossible NXNE

It started last year when I brought along the Fujifilm Instax and shot some instant photos. It became more a fun thing to do and to bring some nostalgia. Since digital photography is more prevalent, I decided to shoot with analog photographs to make things interesting. The response has been brought with surprise.

For the 2014 edition of NXNE, I decided to bring along the Polaroid camera and stacks of The Impossible Project films in various coloured frames. It was to provide shots to the artists, bands and friends as a way to cherish memories. I finally tried out the Black & White film for the SX-70 camera and it looked vibrant. I had been weary of using black & white because it didn’t interest but I found out that it develops faster than color. It has this artistic feel to it.
it was great to bring stacks as a few of the packs were made in late 2013 and best to use them as soon as possible.
Overall, it’s nice to bring some old-school flavour into photography.

I took photos at a couple of shows, at the CBC Radio 3 Fan Picnic and from Saturday’s MiO Squirtcar. Also in one of the photos, I got to meet one of The Strombo Show team during NXNE.
You can view the photos from below. There’s one photo that didn’t turn out too good due to the bright sunlight.
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Friday at NXNE 2014 Edition – S09E39

It was definitely a great time to be in Toronto for the 2014 edition of NXNE. The first event to check out was the Osheaga Rooftop party at Adelaide Hall. There, I got to meet the ever popular Christine McAvoy. Tagged along with her to several events at NXNE. The next stop was the Polaris Long List Salon as the 2014 edition of the Long List was announced. The panel had NOW’s Julia Leconte, Maclean’s/Radio Free Canuckistan’s Michael Barclay and CBC Radio 3’s Lana Gay. It was moderated by Exclaim’s James Keast. They ran down the 40 long listers and it’s safe to say all nominees seemed to have good choices.

After the salon was off to The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for Hidden Pony Records‘ 5 year anniversary. I was there to see Rah Rah and to my own surprise, there were so many people that I bumped into. The usual CBC Radio 3 bloggers/fans, members of Fevers, The Elwins and some music bloggers from Celina Ip of heyilikeyourmusic and Alicia of A Music Blog, Yea?. It was definitely a fun time.
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What A Way To End May With Kelp 20 – S09E38

Kelp 20 Impossible on Gen2

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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Jessy Lanza at Mercury Lounge – S09E33

Jessy Lanza Jas Nasty Grid Lens

What a way to end April on a soggy note. Things weren’t too bad as I went to Mercury Lounge on Wednesday night for Jessy Lanza. On a previous entry, Lanza’s opener was suppose to be Ricky Eat Acid but due to a change, it was local DJ, Jas Nasty who helped spin groovy tunes on a rainy Wednesday night. Overall, it was a great show and there was a good turnout as the crowd enjoyed and danced to the electro-R&B tunes from Lanza. I was checking on Instagram and someone said that she sounded like the late Aaliyah’s secret love child.
It was also good to see people from the likes of Eventful Capital and a few members of Fevers attend the event.

As usual, you can view some photos below. There’s two black & white instant photos that I shot and it was used by The Impossible Project.

Kudos goes out to Pop Montreal (pennant shown on the photo) and Arboretum Festival for holding an awesome show.
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