A Senator’s Lunar New Year Celebration – S11E15

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On Tuesday night, my lion dance troupe had the opportunity to perform for Senator Thanh Hai Ngo’s Lunar New Year celebration. It was held at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building across from the West Block of Parliament Hill.

Chinese/Lunar New Year doesn’t start until February 8th. In a way, it’s considered the unofficial kick off to the festivities. It’s also the Year of the Monkey.

It was a nice event as there were some current politicians and senators mingling around. There was another event next to the building, which is the former Bank of Montreal. It was good to see some political figures around.
The photo posted above was after the lion dance performance and Conservative MP, Alice Wong was doing a bit of drumming. It was a fun night to say the least.

You can check the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.

Winterlude Kick-Off Celebration – S11E14

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Friday night at Confederation Park in Ottawa, Winterlude kicked off its 38th edition of the Winter festival in the Nation’s Capital. Of all the times to checked out Winterlude, I never got to be at the kick-off celebration.

Prior to the kick-off, I was able to take photos of the ice sculptures, there were some that weren’t completed. By the water fountain, there were other sculptures completed.
By 7:30pm, the kick-off started and I only checked out Insolita as they dazzled the crowd with fire and drumming.

Winterlude runs from January 29th to February 15th.

Apologies for the lack of posts on the blog to start 2016, but don’t fret! Chinese New Year is near and expect a few posts on the festivities.
One last thing, the photos from the Winterlude Kick-Off is over on Flickr, click HERE.

The Governor General’s Winter Celebration – S11E13

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Happy New Year and apologies for the sparse update on the blog. It’s been a quiet December and start of January.

On Saturday afternoon, our lion dance troupe had the opportunity to perform inside Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence. The event was part of The Governor General’s Winter Celebration. There were winter activities for the families to enjoy. There were horse sleigh rides and various embassies from other countries to show what winter traditions they showcased.

The lion dance was there for the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and it was nice set up to Chinese New Year coming up. It will be the year of the monkey.

Our performance was inside the ballroom at Rideau Hall and there was a good crowd checking out as well as the Governor General, David Johnston who also brought along his dog. It was a fun time to be inside a marvelous building and it’s rare to be inside Rideau Hall.

Lastly, you can check out the photos at Flickr by clicking HERE.
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Mostly Danish Boutique’s Open House & Holiday Social – S11E12

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It’s close to the Christmas holidays and I had the opportunity to check out Mostly Danish in the Hintonburg area. The boutique held an open house and holiday social to the public.

As part of their two night grand opening, the boutique brought Datsun (located on Elgin St.) and Tooth & Nail Brewing Company (located in Hintonburg) for foods and drinks. As well as a live DJ playing some music.

For those that don’t know, Mostly Danish is locally owned and specializes in unique furniture imported from the world. They had some oriental designs and displays at the boutique. Very high end products from chairs, sofas, tables and etc.

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National Gallery of Canada’s Christmas Tree Lighting – S11E11

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On Thursday night, the National Gallery of Canada held their traditional Christmas tree lighting event as part of their holiday activities. Their Christmas tree is quite tall and just astounding to look at.

Aside from Parliament Hill’s Christmas lights which started on Wednesday, I never knew the National Gallery of Canada had their Christmas tree lighting event as well. There were hot chocolate and cookies served at the event. It was a good fun for the family and a nice way to stay indoors as Winter approaches.
The photos are posted below.
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Empty NAC – S11E09

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The National Arts Centre with partnership with Instagram, hosted an event called Empty NAC on Wednesday morning. The event invited Ottawa Instagrammers and welcomed the new Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly.

As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, it was fitting that Instagram will be holding events across the country leading up to the celebration in 2017. The goal of the empty events is to bring people together around photography and celebrate Canada’s wonderful arts, culture and digital media scene.

With Empty NAC, we were shown the hidden spaces around the building, as well as what’s planned for the renovations leading up to 2017. I had the opportunity to shoot with a digital camera, a Polaroid camera and iPhone. It was fun to shoot with the past and present devices through the eye of the lens.

It was a privilege to meet with other Instagrammers and a surprise to meet the new Minister of Canadian Heritage. When Joly approached me, she talked about her use of Instagram and how she loves the arts. It was quite interesting to see a politician be knowledgable in technology and the arts scene.

You can check out the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.
There’s photos by various Ottawa Instagrammers from #EmptyNAC over on Instagram. CBC Ottawa also covered the #EmptyNAC event on their website.
In case you don’t have me in Instagram, posted below are a few photos on Instagram. As well of a few Impossible/Polaroid photos.

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The 2015 Plaid Parade – S11E08

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It was a chilly and cold Sunday morning as I rushed over to Lansdowne Park for the 4th annual Plaid Parade. It’s an event done by XO Velo and to showcase the bike fanatics in decking out on their plaid clothing. It’s my first time checking out the event and sorry, I didn’t use a bike nor take part in the parade as I decided to take fun photos. The previous bike parade was held at a different location. Lansdowne Park was a nice location and there were the farmers market happening as well. It’s become a lively place to be at.

The 2015 edition started at Lansdowne Park and ended in the Dalhousie St. area (in Ottawa). Just funny that I bussed to downtown as the parade started and thought they would be at the Dalhousie St. area. I got there before the parade finished.

That was a nice way to spend Sunday morning checking out the start of the bike parade. You check out the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.