Saturday at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – S10E34 [Season Finale]

ODBF June 27th Main-1

It was another exciting time at the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. The lineup for Saturday’s concert was amazing to say the least. It consisted of Ottawa’s The Acorn, who I have been seeing a lot recently as Rolf Klausener and company released the new album, Vieux Loup. The album is also on the 2015 Polaris Music Prize long list.

Following The Acorn was Jeremy Fisher, who now lives in Ottawa. He had a good set and brought a lot of fun humour which the crowd loved. After Fisher was done, next was The Rural Alberta Advantage and they didn’t disappoint. They were rocking each songs and the crowd enjoyed it.

Last, but not least was Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, who I last saw back in February for NAC Presents. Mangan and his band returned to Ottawa for the Dragon Boat Festival. Also, his band mates were doing double duty as two of the members played as Peregrine Falls and they performed at Ottawa Jazz Festival prior to going to Dragon Boat Festival.

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith did not disappoint as they played tracks from their album, Club Meds and previous songs from Oh Fortune and Nice, Nice, Very Nice. The encore set had some favourites from Robots, Basket and a few others.

Overall, it was great attending Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival as I missed out from last year due to NXNE in Toronto being at the same time. What I love about Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is that the concert series is all Canadian and it’s free. The organizers love and understand Canadian music. It was fun to hang out with some of the CBC Radio 3 fans as they were at the festival. It was a great to overcome my post-NXNE withdrawal. Marvellous job, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival!

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What I Checked Out on Saturday During NXNE – S10E30

Saturday NXNE Main

As I’m taking the train back to Ottawa on Sunday morning, let’s recap what acts I check out on Saturday throughout NXNE. To start things off, the first event wasn’t NXNE related but had artists playing at NXNE. It was the 5th annual CBC Radio 3 Unofficial Fan Picnic and it was held at Trinity-Bellwoods Park. The lineup for the picnic were Murder Murder, Kathryn Calder, David Vertesi and The Acorn.

It was a fun event as it was a thrill to see other CBC Radio 3 fans from all walks of the corner and enjoy live acoustic music at a park.

Louise Burns at Handlebar
Throughout my time, I have enjoyed listening to Louise Burns but I had never taken photos during her performance (last time was at NAC as she opened for Hannah Georgas. I always enjoy her sultry dreamy sounds from her music. It was Burns’ second performance at NXNE as I missed her at Lee’s Palace from Wednesday night. The one at Handlebar made it up as I didn’t have plans on who to check out.
Burns played her usual songs from the album, The Midnight Mass and she played two tracks from her upcoming third album. It’s exciting to hear her coming out.
It was a surprise to see N2DS2W as they’re supporters and fans of Louise Burns and she also hosted on CBC Radio 3. It sure lifted my spirits up. Continue reading

Second Day at NXNE, 2015 Edition – S10E28

Paper 100 Main

On Thursday night, Paper Bag Records host an event at Lee’s Palace to celebrate their 100th release and as part of NXNE. It was an evening of music from performers of the past, present and future who helped Paper Bag Records. The event was hosted by CBC Radio 3/CBC Music‘s Lana Gay.

Unfortunately, I didn’t stay for the whole night of fantastic music. I was able to check out DIANA (again), the 2015 Polaris Music Prize Long List nominee and Ottawa’s The Acorn, Nils of The Rural Alberta Advantage, the return of Rock Plaza Central and Alana Yorke. The best part was getting the #Paper100 bag with goodies.

U.S. Girls at The Garrison
The reason for leaving #Paper100 was to get to The Garrison to check out U.S. Girls. I have heard some good thing about this musician. Meg Remy, originally from America and based in Toronto, has been making music since 2007. Her music brings a style of Pop with some electro beats and funky sounds. Remy uses a reel-to-reel player for the unique mixing. A lot of dancing and energetic beats from her music.

Another reason to check U.S. Girls was Basia Bulat. She was there on the supporting vocals. It’s very different from her own music because I would say she’s having fun.¬†There was a good turnout to those who checked out U.S. Girls.

Overall, it was another fun night to be at the venues and meeting the people I know.
Lastly, you check out the photos at Flickr by clicking HERE (for #Paper100) and HERE (U.S. Girls).

The Christmas Program Guide for 2012 – S08E16

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone.

Xmas 2012

It’s that festive time of the year where Christmas music is being played on the radio and television. The 2012 edition is a bit different as I try avoiding to play the usual Christmas pop tunes on the airwaves.
I shifted the modern and mainstream Christmas tunes for the blog part for the show (stay tuned for the update). I have noticed that a couple of CKCU shows have been playing tracks from the likes of Christmas In Hollis by Run DMC and countless versions of Fairytale of New York.
On the live radio show, what was played were more on the Canadian indie Christmas music and luckily got to play some of the tunes from the newly released Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada 4. There was also an extended edition as I tried to not play a lot of Christmas tunes but used more on the Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada 4 compilation as they were new. The local band, The Acorn are on the new holiday compilation.
The photo shown has the Charlie Brown Christmas tree, a Santa hat and a present as a prop.
As usual on Christmas day, the only thing I anticipate is the Doctor Who Christmas special. This year was pretty good and all I can say about the new companion just makes me melt my heart.

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Live From Ottawa, It’s Saturday Night! The Acorn Edition – S06E13

This is a first of sorts to live blogging at a concert venue. Saturday night almost didn’t happen for Ottawa’s The Acorn as there were low advance ticket sales which was in danger of being cancelled for December 4th. So far, there’s a good turnout at Capital Music Hall. It’s good of me to take a spot from the balcony (pictured on top). As live as it gets, it’s close enough for live blogging. The opening acts for The Acorn’s homecoming show were Pat Jordache and Jim Guthrie.
To my own surprise, current CBC Bandwidth host, Adam Saikaley is helping out on the keyboards. Also back with the band is Howie Tsui.
What a great homecoming concert for The Acorn. They have playing some of the tracks from No Ghost and a few from Glory Hope Mountain.
Lots of hilarity coming from Rolf Klausener.
Here are some photos (being posted as live as possible)

The Post Live Concert – Not The Live Blogging Aspect
After missing one of the encore (Blankets), I had to rush over to Florence Garden for the after party. I was not going for the grilled cheese sandwich due to stomach reasons. Stayed at the after party until 3am.
I forgot to mention that earlier on Saturday, I headed to “rival” station, CHUO to check out The Mountains & The Trees for a pre-recording for a particular radio show on Wednesday afternoons. It was great to see Jon Janes. Another nice guy in Canadian independent music.
Overall, it was an awesome Saturday for excellent music. There were so many live events happening on Saturday night. It was great to see the usual people at The Acorn show and the after party.
Apologies for the formatting for this blog entry as I was using the WordPress app on the iPad. There were issues with uploading the images as it crashed several times and it kept duplicating.

2010 Summer Special

It’s this time of year where I sporadically post entries during the Summer. I had the opportunity to go for more Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest dates compared to last year. I was able to do audio interviews with several artists. It will be provided here. Overall, I was excited to see some of the performing acts. Worse part was enduring the heat.

The Ottawa Folk Festival Edition (Posted on August 18, 2010)

You can listen to the August 18th edition of the radio show. Aside from the top 10 countdown and Arcade Fire songs, there were interviews from Rolf Klausener of The Acorn, Aidan Knight, Jill Zmud, & Jim Bryson.
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Apparently, I am taking part in this blog rally challenge, check the blog link out by clicking here. If you like my entry on Ottawa Bluesfest or the radio show, just comment away. Finished on July 26th.

Don’t forget to check out http://wild5countdownckcu.wordpress.com/ as it will be the only blog to be updated weekly during the Summer. I have been mentioning Arcade Fire over on the other blog.

Cameo In Audio Form on Other Radio Shows

Posted: August 4, 2010
There are two radio shows where I made a voice cameo appearance.
The New Midnight Jamz on July 31, 2010 – press play to listen.

The Drunken Master Revue on August 4, 2010 – press play to listen.

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End of April and Beginning of May Shows & Monday’s Radio Show – S05.2E7


There were two awesome live show this past weekend to marking the end of April and the beginning of May. The show on the end of April was The Balconies returning to Ottawa after their cross Canada tour. It was at Zaphod Beeblebrox, opening up for The Balconies were Sandman Viper Command and The Belle Game. It was great to see The Belle Game but it was three out of the eight members. Overall, they performed a good set and one part of their was when front man, Adam Nanji gave me a shoutout for being supportive. Even though I was slightly embarrassed, I had to use my hat to cover my face in a funny way.
Here’s a video that I shot of The Belle Game.

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Two Band Interviews Aired and a Guest Co-Host – S05E38


It’s an opportunity to try something a bit different on my radio show. I know it’s pulling a bit like CBC Radio One’s Bandwidth and the other CKCU Special Blend shows in airing two different audio interviews. It was also a unique show this week because I had a special guest co-host helping me, it’s Kara from Bands Undone. Originally, she wanted to come by to the station but was busy and got injured. Finally, her time to co-host on the radio happened!
I have been on-air for two hours for basically a month, it’s all in fun time.

On the show, I aired two interviews, one was The Belle Game, which was recorded this past Monday (Feb. 22) night at Canteen. The other interview by Nightwood (of Montreal) was done in January.
The Belle Game was at Canteen for Bands Undone and they literally played a great set.
Video and Reviews from the Bands Undone site is at this link. Check it out as I did the filming for their live in-session, minus the editing as Kara took care of that.
The location for this band is pretty bi-coastal as some are from Vancouver, some from Montreal and one from Maine. As for the interview, it’s a hoot to listen as it was funny. There were mentions of bands like Ottawa’s The Acorn, Toronto’s Ohbijou, and Vancouver’s Said The Whale.
The funny thing during the show was one of the members of The Belle Game was listening to the show LIVE while using Twitter.
During the show, we discussed on the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and what’s shows are coming up in Ottawa. Played new songs from Broken Social Scene and Jason Collett. Trying to be fresh in playing new tracks from Canadian indie artists.
As usual, I decided to be silly and play a theme from a CKCU show called Tread Lightly.
The video above is a video I shot and it’s a separate interview from The Belle Game.

Without further ado, you can listen to the show by pressing play.
The full show
Extra (Chatted more about the 2010 Vancouver Olympics before what would be “Wonderful Wednesday”)
Check out the playlist at this link.

Interviews

The Belle Game
Press play to listen or download it.

Nightwood
Press play to listen to download it.

The New Midnight Jamz on CKCU for February 27, 2010
I had the opportunity to hang out with the gang from that show. You can listen to the 2 hour show by pressing play.

August Extra #2 – Horses Spilled Milk and Guest Hosting for Kristal’s Method

View From The Tay River in Perth, Ontario
I know the photo is not really linked to this particular entry but I mentioned at the start of Horses Spilled Milk that I went to Perth, Ontario on Saturday for 2 lion dance performances. Check the 2009 Summer page for the short entry. I had to sub in for co-host for the beginning of the show because he was running late. I was basically a lifesaver for Horses Spilled Milk and Kristal’s Method.
Halfway through Horses Spilled Milk, there was a classic 80s song played and the hint; The Breakfast Club, directed by the late John Hughes.

Afterwards, I unexpectedly decided to guest host Kristal’s Method because Kristal wasn’t around. I had to scramble and figure out what songs to play. I had help from Armen of Thematics at CKCU-FM at the first host break. This time, I totally played 100% Canadian independent music.
Note: Audio for both shows are no longer available to listen.
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The Acorn and Ohbijou at Barrymore’s Music Hall, The Final Live Act Played at the Venue? – S04E08

The Acorn and Ohbijou at Barrymore's on December 12, 2008

Due to a bus strike that started on December 10, 2008, I almost could not make it to The Acorn concert at Barrymore’s Music Hall. Luckily, I had a friend who gave my brother and myself a ride and enjoying the concert. The only part I panicked was thinking the tickets were sold out and my friend would miss out. Eventually, I was saved by extras tickets and the guys who guard the entrance of Barrymore’s were kind enough to remind me about my friend. It was funny how my friend told me the guys remembered when he returned. In a way, it was memorable to do something in a worrying way. Despite the on-going bus strike, I did not expect to see a big crowd at Barrymore’s. It was also great to see Amanda Putz as she is a big supporter of The Acorn. Almost a blast from the past was seeing a few people from high school.
On to the concert, Ohbijou gave an excellent performance as it was elegant to hear their music. The Acorn’s performance was by far the most important as they are the hometown band. They totally lit up Barrymore’s and the crowd. A slight change in the members of The Acorn as they added Mike Dubue of Hilotrons. It has been in the local media that Barrymore’s had a change in ownership and it’s been said that The Acorn concert was the last live act to be played as the music hall will hold ’70s and ’80s night dance music and cover bands. What I will like about Barrymore’s Music Hall is the interiors of the building and how it is bigger than Zaphod Beeblebrox and other venues in Ottawa. I love the bigger space and the early 1990s look of the building. Let’s hope that there will be live bands performing for 2009. The photo on top is the final act of The Acorn with Ohbijou helping them out.
Here’s the link to view the photos, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157611134555189/.
Enjoy and I haven’t had the feeling of Christmas yet. I haven’t seen any Christmas music videos but have been hearing some of the songs on the radio via the Internet.