Music, Culture, Photos and Other Happenings in Ottawa

Series 15

Polaroids From The Pandemic – S15E11

Update: Currently on hiatus for the foreseeable future.

It’s been tough to shoot Polaroids during the pandemic because of the physical distancing and a lot of events being cancelled.

Several of the film packs are set to expire in August.

With some creativity, I used the Polaroid Lab to take some of the foodie photos from the iPhone to Polaroid. The food photos were taken between April to June.

On Tuesday afternoon, I finally had a chance to take some Polaroids for a friend as I haven’t seen her for a long time.

We have been playing Pokémon Go and sending gifts. It was nice to catch up and take some creative photos.

You can check the photos from below.

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It’s The Polaris Music Prize Short List for 2020 – S15E10

Here is the 2020 edition of The Polaris Music Prize Short List;

Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou – Suddenly
Junia-T – Studio Monk
Kaytranada – Bubba
nêhiyawak – nipiy
Pantayo – Pantayo
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez – Before Love Came To Kill Us
U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
Witch Prophet – DNA Activation

The Short List was announced on CBC Music on Wednesday afternoon.

There will be no Gala as CBC will be presenting in a cinematic format through their streaming platforms as well as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, on October 19th.

The winner will get the $50,000 prize for the best Canadian album based on artistic merit.

The 10 short listed albums looks to be excellent and October can’t come any sooner. Happy listening.

Series 15

Happy Canada Day (2020 Edition) – S15E09

Happy Canada Day!

There were no events happening in Ottawa and throughout the country because of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

For this year, I decided to jog and walk from Lansdowne Park to downtown Ottawa. People were still out and about on Canada Day but it was not as busy. The weather was pretty hot but not overly humid from the week prior.

Since March, I haven’t been able to take any Polaroid photos and the films are nearing expiration. It was fitting to take some Polaroids on the excursion.

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Almost Back From Hiatus, Here’s The 2020 Polaris Music Prize Long List – S15E08

Slightly back from COVID-19 hiatus and no way to miss this. Every June, The Polaris Music Prize unveils their long list of 40 Canadian albums from 2019 to 2020. 

Due to the pandemic throughout the world, this year’s Long List announcement were done by past Polaris nominees as it was broadcast on social media and YouTube.

The Short List of 10 albums will be announced next month. There will not be a Gala at the Carlu this year. CBC Music will announce the winner of the 2020 Polaris Music Prize in September.

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More From OAG’s Spring 2020 Exhibits & Blog Hiatus – S15E07

One of the exhibits missed from Tuesday night’s Instagram was RhythmScape at Ottawa Art Gallery. This exhibit originated in South Korea and now in North America.

It’s a unique exhibit showing lights, strings, sounds and video. It brings on a contemporary look at urban spaces in art. I had a chance to take a look prior to the Capital Music Awards.
An update, the OAG will be temporary closed from March 14th until April 5th.

Since almost everything in Ottawa has been cancelled or postponed. It is best that the blog will go on a hiatus due to the fact that events won’t be happening in the weeks and months due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

I am still active on social media as I will not be entirely quiet on the Internet.

To end things off, here are photos from the exhibit and videos from the Instameet below.

See you around when things go back to normal.

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The Capital Music Awards – S15E06

The first Capital Music Awards took place at Saw Gallery on Thursday night. It was presented and by The City of Ottawa along with Ottawa Music Industry Coalition.

The inaugural award showcases the best in local talent in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

Due to what is happening in the world with the Coronavirus, the event went as planned.

The categories presented were Song of the Year, Solo/Duo of the Year, Band of the Year, Video of the Year, Impact Award, and Entertainer of the Year.

Here were the winners:

Impact Award
Byron Pascoe

Song of the Year – Tie
Le Group Swing


“Alive and Well”
Jasmine Trails

Solo/Duo of the Year
Anna Ludlow

Band of the Year
Le Group Swing

Entertainer of the Year
Spitten Image

Video of the Year
“On perd la tête”
Le Group Swing

It was a great night and congratulations goes out to the winners.

You can check the photos below.

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The Ottawa Art Gallery Spring 2020 Exhibitions – S15E05

The Ottawa Art Gallery continues to showcase amazing exhibits every season. The Spring 2020 collections opens on March 11th and there are 5 new exhibits worth checking out.

It was a privilege having IgersOttawa bring the meetup for the Spring 2020 preview. Unfortunately, one of the exhibits was not available for viewing due to it being not ready and the travel restrictions from the Coronavirus. That is the RhythmSpace exhibit, which will open on March 11th.

The exhibits that were seen from the preview on Tuesday night were Jennifer Dickson: The Credo Project, Russell Yuristy: The Inside of Elephants and All Kinds of Things, (Re)Collecting the Group of Seven: Celebrating 100 Years and Tethers | Scars: Claudia Gutierrez and Tafui.

It’s nice to see a mix of local, national and international works of art at Ottawa Art Gallery. The replica of the Elephant slide was fun and recommended for any age with some safety needed.
The admission is free. Some of the exhibits will run until June and a few until January 2021. There is a lot of time to check it out.

Thanks goes out to Ottawa Art Gallery, IgersOttawa and Ottawa Tourism for a fun meetup and sneak peak. You can check the photos below.

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There Was Suppose to Be a Sunset at the Instameet – S15E04

There was another Instameet In less than a week. This one was at the rooftop patio at Andaz Ottawa’s Copper Spirits & Sights.

As usual, it was hosted by Instagrammers Ottawa (IgersOttawa) & The ByWard Market BIA.
Unfortunately, the sun didn’t appear due to the clouds covering up. The positive side was not enduring the harsh cold weather from Saturday.

It was great seeing the usual Instagrammers and new people coming out to the instameet. Always nice to connect with different people around Ottawa. It was quite tough to shoot Polaroids as cold temperatures can’t develop the photos in its entirety.

Apologies for the title of the blog post. You can check the photos and Polaroid photos below.
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A Photo Walk to ByWard Market and Downtown Rideau – S15E02

Instagrammers Ottawa along with ByWard Market hosted a photo walk on a cold Wednesday night.

Several sound and light installations are displayed throughout downtown Ottawa as part of Winterlude. 

The first installation we walked to was the art installation, Geometric Crystalline. It was created by Dems & Dolls from Ottawa. The installation captured the unique sound and lights from it.

Next was the art installation, Oscillation. Apparently, the power was turned off and will have to check it out at another time.

Last installation to check out was Cycle and it was quite an interesting art installation as people can walk on the art piece. Sound and light will go off on it.

We ended with hot chocolate at Mantovani 1946. It is Ottawa’s Top Gelato Cafe.

Following the instameet, I headed down to Chatime and got the Sakura Sweetheart drink. It has sago mixed with green tea matcha. It was a nice drink, started with very sweet to not so sweet.

Overall, it was great seeing the usual Instagrammers and braving the cold weather. You can view the photos from below.

Thanks goes out to Instagrammers Ottawa and ByWard Market for hosting the fun photo walk.
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