Random Play at Ottawa International Writers’ Festival – S14E07

Random Play with CBC Ottawa’s Alan Neal made a triumphant return. It happened at the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival on Thursday, June 6th. It was in collaboration with RBC Bluesfest.

The venue was at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Ottawa. It’s definitely a hidden gem locations in Ottawa.

The musical guest lineup at Random Play had Lydia Ainsworth, Basia Bulat, Kathleen Edwards, Kobo Town and Tom Wilson.

Random Play is where Alan uses his iPod (surprised he’s still using one) and picks a song on random for the musicians to perform. It’s ranges from all kinds of musical genres. Hilarity ensues when it comes to a random song being chosen.

Being the first time to finally attend a Random Play event at Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, I didn’t know a funny tradition where the musicians do a radio play starring DC’s Aquaman.

Being away from going out to live music, it’s always great to see Basia Bulat and other people I know in the Ottawa music scene.

You check the photos from the event below.

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Canadian Tulip Festival 2019 – S14E06

It’s the Victoria Day long weekend and Saturday at Canadian Tulip Festival had event for Beijing-Ottawa Day at Commissioner’s Park in Ottawa.

It was a special occasion because it marked the 20th anniversary in the relationship with Beijing and Ottawa for bringing the Tulip Friendship garden to both cities.

There was a lion dance performance to mark the event and celebrating the friendship and tulips.

Prior to the lion dance performance, I had the opportunity to check out the tulips throughout Dow’s Lake. Due to the slow start to Spring, a bunch of tulips have slowly been growing. There were some colourful tulips which I was able to shoot some photos.

You check out the photos below.

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At The Canada Science and Technology Museum, Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius – S14E05

At the Canada Science and Technology Museum, I had the opportunity to attend the unveiling of their temporary exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius.

This year marks da Vinci’s 500th birthday. The exhibit showcases the inventions and paintings from this amazing figure. The real Mona Lisa isn’t there but there are various re-productions and different variations of the smiling painting.

Some of da Vinci’s inventions displayed at the museum have interactive elements for children and family to try things out.

Tuesday night was a preview for friends of the museum and it was great of them to host it before the official opening for May 2nd. Thanks goes out to the museum for holding the event. The exhibition runs until September 2nd.

The photos can be viewed below.

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Instagramers Ottawa and Thresholds – S14E04

Ottawa Instagramers held a meetup at Canada Council for the Arts in downtown Ottawa.

The interactive exhibit was something I wanted to check out when it was unveiled in February. It is called Thresholds by Michel de Broin.

The experience is pretty unique because it uses doors from the metro cars in Montreal. When stepping foot, the doors would be open automatically. With light rail being delayed, it gives a glimpse of journeying to the urban space.

It was great seeing other Intagrammers, new and old. It was also a nice surprise to see a friend who works at Canada Council for the social media side.

At this event, I experimented shooting some videos. As usual, Polaroids were also taken.

Thresholds runs until June 9th. You can check the photos and videos below.

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Scary Bear Soundtrack Album Release Party – S14E03

Scary Bear Soundtrack has released their fourth album and on Saturday night, they held an album release party. It was held at Black Squirrel Books.

Saturday night’s concert had guests with Trevor Pritchard and Jared Davidson on the french horn and clarinet. The current group lineup also marked a change as keyboardist, Tiffany had her final show with the group. She will be concentrating more with Girls+ Rock Ottawa.

The fourth album called Boomerang Kids, a vinyl version is available for purchase at local music stores in Ottawa.

Joining Scary Bear Soundtrack on Saturday night was Salmon Ella. They are a local Ottawa band which describes themselves as sometimes rock, sometimes pop and whatever. When they performed on Saturday night, they had a bit of a surf rock feel.

As a gift to Gloria, I decided to give her past and slightly recent Polaroid photos as I was decluttering my collection. The reason for it is that it’s best to give the physical copies and have it as a memory. It’s always great to see Gloria and the gang.

You can view the photos and Polaroid photos below.

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Admiralty Coffee Pop-Up – S14E02

For a taste of Hong Kong, Morning Owl Coffeehouse + Parlour held a pop-up cafe by Admiralty Coffee on Saturday from 10am-3pm. 

The menu consisted of drinks from yinyeung (a mixture of coffee and tea), Hong Kong milk tea, and lemon cha. The food menu had congee and pineapple bun.

I ordered congee, HK milk tea and pineapple bun. There was a delay to the pineapple bun as I arrived pretty early to Morning Owl. The congee was pretty good and from what it looked, it had pieces of Chinese donut (youtiao) and other small toppings which I’m can’t describe. The congee was not very salty but due to not eating anything and having an unusual taste palate for Saturday morning, I didn’t mind the salty taste to start off.

The milk tea was also fine and I tried with no sweetener at first which had no sweet taste. I then added the sweetener and it had the sweet and creamy taste.

The pineapple bun came last as it took about 40 minutes to be made. When it arrived to my table, it was piping hot and tasted pretty good. I did not mind the long wait for the pineapple bun.

Overall, I had a good experience with Admiralty Coffee Pop-Up at Morning Owl. You can check the photos from below.

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Chinese New Year 2019, Year of the Pig – S14E01

Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year, 2019 is year of the pig. It is the Earth Pig and it ends the 12 year cycle of the zodiac in the Chinese calendar. Next year will be the Metal element of the zodiac to the Chinese calendar.

The best of Chinese New Year is the lion dance. There were several events we took part in. There was one at Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada in downtown Ottawa.

We did a few schools and the students enjoyed seeing the lion dance performances.

The important events we did were at Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival (in its third year) and ending the celebration at T&T Supermarket.

Here are some photos posted below of the lion dance performances during the Chinese/Lunar New Year.
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Tried Out Lobster Noodle House – S13E12

I joined up with members of The Chinese Canadian Collective to Lobster Noodle House for a small get together close to the Christmas holidays. Located on 947 Somerset St. W, across from Plant Recreation Centre. It’s convenient to those living in Ottawa Chinatown and around downtown.

It’s Vietnamese cuisine as the photo shown above. The reason for checking it out was to try the lobster pho. I rarely go to pho restaurants as there are a lot in Ottawa Chinatown. I had usually shared bowls with my brother. I’m no food critic but it was worth a try. You can see the photos of the lobster pho. It had corn, mussels, shrimp and the standard rice noodles with broth.

Overall, I had a good lobster pho, it was not salty and everything was just fine except with cracking open the lobster. It was great to see some of the CCC members before the year’s end. 

You can check the photos and Polaroid photos below. Happy Holidays to everyone!

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This Vinyl I Got in October – S13E11

To those who know me for my like and interest in Cantopop music. I’ve been wanting to write about getting a vinyl purchase back in late August. It wasn’t until I got it in October due to shipment availability.

It’s rare for myself to buy music and vinyl in particular. The album I purchased is Beyond’s 1988 album, 祕密警察 (translated in English as Secret Police). I was eyeing this album for a long time because of two songs, 大地 (Earth) and 喜歡妳 (translated as either Like You or Loving You). The latter being my favourite song.

As we end 2018, it was fitting to get the album to celebrate 30 years since the release. The vinyl purchased was remastered by the famous Abbey Road Studios. I was hoping to get it around September but got it a month late but I wasn’t to complain. Purchasing Cantopop or international vinyl albums can be expensive because of import costs and other factors. It’s not accessible to the North American market.

I’m satisfied with this album because it’s one of those classics from Hong Kong.

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Area Resident and Jonathan Pearce at The Record Centre – S13E10

At The Record Centre on Saturday afternoon, there was a live performance from Area Resident and Jonathan Pearce.

This live show was a special one because it was one of the live gig member’s final time with Area Resident. It was John Higney’s final time with Area Resident. Also joining Area Resident was Catriona Sturton as she provided the harmonica and vocals.

Echolette, the 3rd full length album was released in late October and you can check it out on Bandcamp.

Jonathan Pearce was the opener and he will be releasing a solo record in Spring 2019.

You view photos and Polaroid Originals photos below.

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