Coca-Cola Life – S11E05

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Prior to going to Beau’s Oktoberfest on Saturday, I went to T&T Supermarket (Ottawa location) and stumbled into this Coca-Cola flavour. Imported from Japan, it’s Coca-Cola Life. I was pretty curious because of its green packaging and not knowing much on it. There’s some Japanese words on it which is unique than the Cokes in North America.

I had a taste on a Sunday and to my surprise, it didn’t taste very sweet and very rich. From what I read on Wikipedia, it uses sugar (less amounts than normal Coke) and stevia instead of corn syrup/fructose used on original Coca-Cola. It’s somewhat in-between Coca-Cola Zero. I would think that it would taste like Mexican Coke, which I tried at El Camino awhile back but it’s different in tasting.

There you have it. Not sure if T&T will restock more of it as I took the last bottle. The price goes for $2.79. It’s pricey than the usual 500ml bottles, which has been the new norm in 2015 as Coca-Cola is lowering calories in their products. Check the photos below.
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Sage Wellness Open House – S11E03

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Sage Wellness had their open house on Thursday night over on Gladstone Ave in downtown Ottawa. For those that don’t know, Sage Wellness is a space where they specialize in massage therapy, acupuncture, and various health and holistic practices. The reason for going was that I know someone on social media and an opportunity to check out the place for itself.

I was curious to try an acupuncture, which you can see the photo from below and also on Instagram. At first, I wasn’t sure if there was a sting but I felt nothing. It was a relief to get it over with.

With the open house, there were paintings from local artists displayed and appetizers and goodies by Thyme and Again.
Overall, the open house was pretty good and I’m pretty interested in trying out the infrared sauna that they have.

You can check out the photos from below. There’s some Impossible B&W Photos as well.
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Loon Choir at Marvest (Preseason)

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On Friday night, the nine member band, Loon Choir played at Marvest as part of the Cityfolk. Cityfolk is formerly Ottawa Folk Festival as it got renamed and a new location in Lansdowne Park.

Loon Choir played to a delightful crowd as it was their album release show on Friday night. The location of the free show was at the Aberdeen Pavilion. Their third full length, All Of This And Everything Else took them 1.5 years to make and you can listen to it over on CBC Music.

The local band mixes a variety of instruments from the keyboards to guitars and violins. You would say it’s an epic band. For anyone interested, even though the members don’t appear in the music video as it’s animated, check out their track, Bug on YouTube.
Overall, they played a great set to showcase their new album and it was fun to see some people I know at the concert. It’s awesome to see Loon Choir again and perform live.

You can check out the photos over on Flickr by clicking HERE.

Lastly, before the new season starts, I will be in Toronto for the Polaris Music Prize Gala on Monday, September 21st. Expect some updates on my social media. Get ready for season 11 of the blog.

Friday Night at House of Paint 2015 (Summer Special)

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Summer is not finished yet as I had the opportunity to check out the 12th edition of House of Paint. That’s right, it’s 12 years since the venerable outdoor Hip-Hop festival has been dancing and giving beats for so long. From Rap to graffiti art to break dancing just to name a few, it’s a lot to experience the urban culture in the Nation’s Capital.

Friday night was the Rock Tha House event. The lineup had Jonathan Emile, Moun Fou, and Buck N Nice as I checked them. DJ 2 Creamz was DJing along with Ducats inbetween the sets.
Saturday is the main event and will run all day with the more performances by Kool Krys, Flight Distance and Socalled.

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

Polaris Panel: Ottawa, 2015 Edition (Summer Special)

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On Tuesday night, the National Arts Centre hosted the Polaris Music Prize Panel at the Fourth Stage. The panel was moderated by Polaris founder, Steve Jordan and the panelists this year had Alan Neal of CBC’s All In A Day, Ryan Bresee of Whatever’s Cool With Me, Catherine Pogonat of Radio-Canada and Julie Ledoux of Voir.

This year is unique as the panel brought a juror from Montreal and brought some female representation to it. As usual, the panel discussed how the jurors picked their long and shortlist albums. Some had a difficult time putting a particular album on the list and what was considered a strong album to be on it. Another topic brought up was Francophone content being emphasized and recommended. Since Karkwa winning the prize in 2010, there’s been less recommendation for Francophone albums.
There was a good turnout for the panel compared to last year.
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I Found Momo [Summer Special]

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Momo, the border collie, along with his owner, Andrew Knapp came into Ottawa for a book tour. The popular dog released a second photo book called Find Momo Coast to Coast. For those that don’t know, Momo is popular on the Internet and Instagram where there’s a photo of a location and you try to find where Momo is. It’s like hide and seek and Where’s Waldo? mixed into one.

His owner has documented the road trips and showing the fun photos to finding the lovable dog. In a way, Momo has been a viral hit and still getting a lot of likes on Instagram now.

The appearance was held at Kaleidoscope Kids’ Books down in the Glebe area, across from Lansdowne Park. Knapp gave a slideshow showing the beginning of Momo and the adventures they have journeyed. It was a fun afternoon with the kids and adults enjoying Momo’s appearance. I’ve been wanting to see Momo due to the Instagram photos and glad I was able to see him and his owner.

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

Nancy Pants at Pressed [Summer Special]


Continuing the Summer entries on the blog. A concert I went was at Pressed on Sunday night, it was presented by Pop Montreal and Debaser. The lineup consisted of Raas, Look Vibrant and Nancy Pants. The photo above showed Street Meat but the band cancelled, thus Raas was the replacement.

I have been wanting to see Nancy Pants and they never played Ottawa. I missed them in Toronto during NXNE in June. The Montreal band consists of Ohara Hale, Adam Waito (from Adam and the Amethysts) and Jeremy McCuish (from various bands like Nanimal and Nightwood). Their sound brought a lot of lo-fi, garage and 60s rock & roll music. Hale showed a lot of presence with her shouting and growling vocals while Waito rocked on the bass and MacCuish bringing the heavy drumming.

Total Nancy Pants, their debut LP was released in November 2014, which is you can check at Bandcamp and Apple Music. They’re continuing to make new music as they performed new tracks from the show at Pressed. Overall, it was a good show to see the three bands.

You can check the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE. Below is an Impossible photo of Nancy Pants. Used with the Lulu Guinness frame.

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