Empty NAC – S11E09


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.

Ottawa’s Music Scene: Class of 2015 – S11E07

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It was a chilly and windy Saturday afternoon in downtown Ottawa as I attended the Ottawa’s Music Scene // Class of 2015 group photo. There was a similar one which happened in Toronto not too long ago and why not have one for Ottawa as the music scene has been unique and creative.

There’s been a diverse genre spread throughout the music scene in the Nation’s Capital. It’s like a who’s who of the music scene and more like a six degrees of separation as the community is always interconnected.

At the photo shoot, there were bloggers, musicians and fans congregating for the group photo. As usual, it was great seeing G.Grand and Scary Bear Soundtrack. Danielle Allard, Malak and others who I might forgot their name as they were part of the fun photo shoot.

The photo above was shot on the Polaroid camera using The Impossible Project film and it didn’t turn out as great because of the cold temperatures.

You can check the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.
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Ballads for Ballets – S11E06

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It’s one of the rare times I would write about Canadian politics. Wednesday night at Babylon Nightclub was a free event of live music and getting people informed to vote for the upcoming Canadian election in a non-partisan way. The federal election is less than a couple of days away and so far, there has been a bigger turnout for advance polls during the Thanksgiving weekend and interest among the political parties vying for people’s vote.

The event, Ballads for Ballots was hosted by Ottawa Showbox in conjunction with Beau’s All Natural Brewing & Gallery Recording Studios as they brought the best in the Ottawa music scene. The three acts ranged from Folk to Hip-Hop to Pop. First to perform was Malak, who’s from the US and now based in Ottawa. Her music ranges from Jazz, Opera and Pop. Second was Ottawa’s own Jim Bryson and it’s pretty self-explanatory about him as I written so many times about his music. He did talk about politics and the place he’s living at. Last but not least was G.Grand as he’s become prominent in the Ottawa Hip-Hop scene. He made some accomplishments as he performed two times on different days at the 2015 edition of RBC Ottawa Bluesfest.

There were speeches by Jenn Jefferys (freelance writer) and Elizabeth Gray-Smith (iPolitics) as they told the crowd to get out and vote on October 19th and get their voice heard. As well, there were booths by Samara Canada and Elections Canada to show how to vote and practice come voting day.

It was good event and great to see people I know around as usual. Good job on Ottawa Showbox for holding the event as well as the sponsors that helped out to do raffle draw.
You can check the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.

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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.