My Time at CBC/Radio-Canada in February – S12E12

Just to coincide with their blog makeover as my Twitter slightly lit up with notifications from it.

Back in February, I had the opportunity to work at CBC/Radio-Canada (the corporate side) and help with migrating their blog to a new one. To keep it short, you can read my experience over on their blog by clicking HERE

All I can say that it was an opportunity to meet the great people at Enterprise Communications and surprising the ones from CBC Ottawa.

In the meantime, you can check out more photos that I didn’t provide to the CBC/Radio-Canada blog. It’s a mix of the Polaroids and iPhone photos posted here.

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The 2016 Polaris Music Prize Gala – S12E01

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It’s become a tradition to start the new season in Toronto for the Polaris Music Prize Gala at The Carlu. Congratulations goes out to Kaytranada for winning the 2016 edition of the music prize for the album, 99.9%. It beat out the likes of 9 artists and bands from Black Mountain, Basia Bulat, Grimes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessy Lanza, Pup, Andy Shauf, U.S. Girls and White Lung.

At the gala, there were live performances from Black Mountain, Jessy Lanza, Basia Bulat, Andy Shauf, White Lung, Carly Rae Jepsen and U.S. Girls. All of the performances were. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra assisted in Bulat’s and Jepsen’s performances. The gala were hosted by Amanda Parris of The Exhibitionist on CBC and Tom Power, new host of CBC Radio q.

To my own delight, there were food served at the Gala. There were perogies, sliders and five spices pork.

Got to hand to Steve Jordan and the Polaris Music Prize staff for the great work as usual.

Don’t forget to check out the photos here.
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Friday at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – S11E32

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Friday night at the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival was crazy hot. I had to do a lot of running around because I decided to take some photos of The Beaches playing and then rush to my lion dance troupe for the opening ceremony. I definitely was in a sweaty mess.

I’ve been hearing good things about the Toronto female indie rock band, The Beaches. Their music is like glam rock meets new wave and just having a good time. It was a short time checking them out but they’re just wonderful. The band opened up Mia Rae and Mother Mother.

Onto the lion dance performance, it was different than the previous years because we were part of the parade of champions led by the RCAF Pipes and Drums. At least it was time efficient for us to start lion dancing right away than to wait for the speeches.

It was crazy and fun Friday night to be at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. The concert lineup is the best there is with Canadian content and it’s totally free.

The photos are below and there’s a lot to look at.
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It Has To Be a YOW mini – S11E26

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Tuesday night at Stoneface Dolly’s, there was an event called YOW mini. It was hosted by YOW City Style and Maria Saracino. This exhibit combined the fashionable people of Ottawa and mixed it with sculptures in a miniaturized form.

It’s the who’s who of Ottawa from bloggers, fashionistas, musicians and the local business people.

The sculptures were based on photos shot by the creator of YOW City Style. It’s also to celebrate the blog’s one year anniversary.

At the event, there were bite sized apps by Stoneface Dolly’s, some treats by Little Jo Berry and cocktail drinks by Renew Cold Press.

It was a privilege to meet with Katie of Yow City Style as she’s pretty active on social media with the postings.

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Some Expired Impossible Photos While in Toronto – S11E25

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Returned from Toronto after a four day excursion. I had the chance to check out live music on Saturday and the Field Trip Music and Arts Festival on Sunday. The festival was held at Fort York and Garrison Common.

I didn’t take much photos as I didn’t bring the Sony a7 camera. I only used the iPhone and the Polaroid SX-70 camera. I’m currently using expired instant film from The Impossible Project. My initial worry from the expired film would be the image looking very washed out. It’s been good so far with the outcome. It was great to see a friend and former co-host, Lauren in Toronto as she’s doing her Masters at Ryerson.

In one of the photos, I was able to get one with Lennon and Maisy, the sisters who were on recently cancelled TV show, Nashville. They were suppose to perform at Field Trip but there was a severe storm which impacted the festival and had music fans evacuate the area. Fortunately, they didn’t disappoint fans with the meet and greet.

From Sunday’s Field Trip, I also got to see Basia Bulat perform and she did not disappoint. Hope she will be back in Ottawa for a concert.

I was staying in the Lakeshore area of Toronto and surprised how revitalized it has been with all the condos and lofts being situated.

You can check out the Impossible photos from below. There’s photos from Wes of Darcys to The Kents playing at The Horseshoe Tavern.
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Impossible Photos in Toronto (2015 Edition) – S10E31

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For the third or technically second year, I have been bringing the Polaroid SX-70 camera to shoot some fun instant photos in Toronto. The first year was using a Fujifilm Instax.
Don’t worry, I was still shooting digital with the Sony a7 and the iPhone 6, there was a lot of juggling to do.

I know people will still call it Polaroids as I’ve been using The Impossible Project films to use it. It’s just fun to shoot analog photos and bringing a sense of originality. It’s more like a dying art but younger generations are using the Fujifilm Instax Mini. It’s the competitor to Impossible and is more stable with their instant photos.
I didn’t shoot Polaroids during live shows as I was not sure about using flash and possibly getting told by the security or the NXNE volunteers. It was better to use it to shoot with people outside of the shows.

During the CBC Radio 3 Unofficial Fan Picnic, I took a bunch or Polaroids and gave them away to people. There was no chance in scanning them to the Impossible iOS app. I was able to keep some that I took. On the first day, I gave away two round frames to friends and was able to scan it from the app.

Lastly, You can the photos from below. I’m making sure these are posted first to the blog and then onto various social media sites.
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Using Instant Film Cameras – S09E06

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Since June, I have been using instant film cameras and so far, it’s been a total shift to how I take photos. Even though it’s costly getting instant film sheets but the response to people seeing me use Polaroids have been quite a surprise because they haven’t seen the cameras in quite a long time and I get asked where I get the instant film sheets.
Recently, I loaded the sheets to the Polaroid SX 70 camera (photo shown on top row) and the results have been not perfect as the film runs on 125 ISO speed and there’s no flash on the camera itself. I’ll most likely have to shoot outdoors with the camera.
The photos are posted below. The results to using The Impossible Project have been mixed as I have messing around the dark/bright slider on the two Polaroid cameras. It’s been a work in progress to shooting Polaroid/instant film cameras and it’s challenging and fun. I have success on using the Fujifilm Instax Wide 210 (photo shown on bottom right) and the Polaroid Land Camera 600 (Autofocus 660) as the film speeds are not as volatile compared to the PX 70 film by The Impossible Project.
I have made a rule of sorts that taking instant film photos is like making three wishes from a Genie bottle as I have to carefully shoot carefully and be sure it’s fun and creative. Analog photography has rapidly decline since the convenient use of digital photos from smartphones and cameras. It’s still good to cherish instant photos in a very artistic way. Recent photos are posted below, check them out.
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Continuing to Shoot Polaroids and New Music – S09E02

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As you noticed that I’ve been shooting and showing instant film photos from Polaroid and Instax cameras. This week’s photo has another silly picture of me and it was taken by Lauren. Towards the end of the show, Lauren and I talked about analog photo looking nicer than on digital photos. As we all know that film is getting less and less used as digital cameras and smartphones have become more convenient. The thing I brought up was that I hope I’m not being a trendsetter with shooting instant film photos. I did not think of a hipster way.
The Polaroid camera currently being used is having some problems because it takes so long to get the photo because as a young kid, I was fooling around with the camera and it’s missing a piece from the shutter button. All in all, it still works but there’s a delay in getting the photo as you see from the picture posted above.
Another issue with instant film is the price. The ones done by The Impossible Project costs over $25 for 8 sheets while Fuji’s Instax costs $25 for 20 sheets. It’s tough choice because you have to shoot wisely.

Radio Show
On the radio show, there were new music as bands are coming out with new albums this week. The Naked and Famous, The Darcys and Said The Whale are releasing new albums. It’s an exciting time to hear a lot of great music.
There was a new song by Ottawa rapper, The Joynt. It’s called “What I Do” and it has an important and inspiring message as it deals with bullying and stuttering that the rapper experienced when being at schools.
Also on the show was a theme of Summer officially ending and Fall arriving next week. There were moon songs as a way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. I finally had Lauren listen to the classic Sailor Moon theme as the cartoon is soon to be returning in Winter. We talked fondly about the Anime and and a funny part where I told her which character she dressed up as, which was Sailor Jupiter. It’s funny to still have the knowledge of Sailor Moon.
You can check the playlist over at this link.

The Wild 10 Countdown is back and you can check it over at this link.

Have a great week and I’m off to Toronto for a couple of days.
You can listen to the show (link below).

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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From Animals to an Art Carnival on Sunday – S08E11

It’s been awhile that I have wrote an entry that’s not radio show related as the blog has been updated on a weekly basis. On Sunday, I had an opportunity to attend two events. The first was the Exposure Photo & Imaging Expo at the CE Centre (soon to be called (Ernst & Young Centre). It’s the first time to go to the building after taking a painful hour long bus ride. It was a good expo for Photo enthusiasts and junkies. The major players, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm and etc were there showing the current models of cameras and lenses. There were a few animals to shoot photos with and it will be posted on this entry. There were some good deals on photo accessories and being impulse buyer, I was tempted to get a tripod but resisted the urge. Overall, it was a fine event to check out for anyone enjoys taking photography.
The other event to attend was at Art Carnival 2012 at Fall Down Gallery. It was an event done by Dream.Love.Grow (D.L.G) along with Da Industry and Kamp Operations. The event was raise cancer awareness and also the importance to keep creativity strong in the arts community.
It was styled in the form of a carnival with games, photos and live DJing. There were also art, painting and clothing on display at the event. It was great to see CKCU-FM colleagues, DJ 2 Creamz and Jewne (co-host of Fundamentally Sound) at the event. I was able to take some unique photos at the event. There are some photos from the event being posted below.
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