Music, Culture, Photos and Other Happenings in Ottawa

Date archives September 2007

Week In Review / WildWorks Blog

WildWorks Extra for September 15-16, 2007

Entertainment – We all know what happened in the world of music. Britney flopped in her performance at the 2007 MTV VMAs. She was lip syncing, out of shape and out of touch. Her new song is catchy but whether I will get it is out of the question.
The other news being Kanye West versus 50 Cent. Graduation vs. Curis in the battle of Hip-Hop album. We all know that Kanye West would beat 50 Cent in album sales. Whether 50 Cent will own up to his word that he would “retire” if he loses to Kanye.

Around Ottawa – Coming up in Ottawa is the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Another event I will be going is the Benefit Screening – The Burundi Film Centre. That will be on Wednesday at Library and Archives Canada.

Series 3 / WildWorks Blog

A New Start… Not Entirely Yet, But a Brand New Season – S3E01

Not a new start in my life yet, but it’s now “season 3” for my wonderful blog.
I had a jam packed week to officially kick off the new season.
From September 10-15, 2007;

Monday – I got a call from a friend and we watched Harry Potter & The Order of The Phoenix.

Tuesday – I finally went to a radio taping of CBC Radio’s Fuse at CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre in downtown Ottawa. The host being the returning Amanda Putz, who recently returned from Hong Kong and did a stint for RTHK Radio 3, the English radio station in Hong Kong. I finally get to meet her because she got to hang out with a DJ that I usually talk to. It was an unusual link to who I know. The pic of Amanda and I is on this link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/1362990675/. The pic is also on Facebook for FB users. Also, a new “look” for me because of the Roots jacket. What a way to start off the new season.
The performers were Andrew Cash and Jenn Grant. It aired this weekend and it was a good edited down broadcast.

Wednesday – It’s the usual, go to the comic store and usually talk about what’s happening in the news, pop culture and sports. One of the debates discussed was Kanye West and 50 Cent’s new album. I won’t get much into it because it will be covered on WildWorks Extra.

Thursday – Went to Avant-Garde Bar and Gift Shop in downtown. It is near Rideau Centre. What was happening? It was an event to celebrate Found Magazine’s 5th issue. Even though I don’t drink, I was interested in eating. What I had was crepés. For some funny reason, I was interested in ordering caviar. The crepés I chose was called Bliny 5, it was crepés with smoked salmon, salmon caviar and sour cream. It was delicious per se. All in all, it was a fun night going to the place.

Friday – I went to another radio taping at CBC. It was FUSE again and the performers were Wendy McNeill and Lori Yates. The crowds were not as packed at Tuesday’s because it was a Friday night. That taping will be airing on the weekend of September 22-23 on CBC Radio 1 & 2.
Here’s the link of the photos via Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157602021662857/

Saturday – Again chilled with my friend, Leo to watch some movies at AMC Theatre at night. We watched Mr. Woodcock and The Bourne Ultimatum. I won’t comment much on the two movies.

Whoa, that was one crazy week to start of season 3.
Last thing, I forgot that “Free Hug Day” was on Sept. 10. It was promoted on Facebook and I wasn’t even sure about “participating”. I did hug a friend on Monday and then hugged another person the day later. I never expect to participate randomly.

Update – September 18, 2007: Added the CBC Radio 3 miniplayer on the blog. Hope you will enjoy the indie Canadian music picks I have.

Series 3 / WildWorks Blog

Pre-“Season Premiere”: Music Tastes As of Late – S3E0X

In a way to prepare my third season for the blog, I will explain about the kinds of music and songs I have been listening since the Summer. There were a change in phase in what I listen to. I would usually try to keep up to date with Chinese songs (i.e. Cantopop) but I changed around my listening schedule for certain Hong Kong radio stations on the Internet. Since the beginning of 2007, I did return to listen to Chinese radio programs but it has been the overnight program. I still listen to the Cantopop “classics” from the 1980s to early 1990s. Right now, I have phased back to listening to English songs.
Sorry, no “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston and “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s. They are not my cup of tea. 🙂

Onto the iPod, I’ve created the playlist called “Lenny Favorites.” As of September 12, 2007, the list so far;

Miss Sarajevo – Bono, Brian Eno, L’Orchestra Filarmonica Di Torino, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Kamen & The Edge from Pavarotti and Friends. I put it on because of Luciano Pavarotti’s passing.
Stronger (Clean version) – Kanye West
No One – Alicia Keys
Song 4 Mutya (Out Of Control) [TV Rock Remix] – Groove Armada featuring Mutya Buena
When You’re Gone – Avril Lavigne
The Way I Are – Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson & DOE & Sebastian
LoveStoned/I Think She Knows (Radio Edit) – Justin Timberlake
I Believe – Simian Mobile Disco – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Foundations – Kate Nash
Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control) – Groove Armada
Umbrella (Cinderella Remix featuring Chris Brown & Jay-Z) – Rihanna
Do It – Nelly Furtado
1234 – Feist

My “picks” from iTunes Store

Week In Review / WildWorks Blog

WildWorks Extras For September 8-9, 2007

People are back to work and kids going back to school. It is the end of summer holidays.
A brief Summer in review. The best was going to the Kanye West concert at Ottawa Bluesfest and the Feist concert.

Entertainment – The Toronto International Film Festival is happening and there seems to be lots of buzz for Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution.”
The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards is happening on September 9. There’s so much talk about Britney Spears making her comeback performance.

Music – The world of music lost an important figure in opera, that is Luciano Pavarotti.
On the day he passed away, the first song I listen on my iPod when catching the bus was “Miss Sarajevo” with U2 from the Original Soundtracks 1.
Lyrics for the song has now resonated. Here’s the part from Luciano Pavarotti in the song;

Dici che il fiume
Trova la via al mare
E come il fiume
Giungerai a me
Oltre i confini
E le terre assetate
Dici che come fiume
Come fiume…
L’amore giunger
E non so più pregare
E nell’amore non so più sperare
E quell’amore non so più aspettare

Around Ottawa

Originally uploaded by Lenny W.

FestivAsia in Ottawa Chinatown. A new mural unveiled in Ottawa Chinatown.

Specials / WildWorks Blog

One-Off Special #3 – End of Summer

Originally uploaded by Lenny W.

Oh gee, what a way to avoid writing an entry for August. What a way to end Summer with this by going to an Aerial Park where I walked thru obstacles and gliding through the zip line. Here’s a photo from September 2, 2007. It was at Camp Fortune Aerial Park.
I wished that people like Amal, Michael and Sarim came along to the adventure. Knowing me, there is bound to be laughs when dealing with the outdoors.
Here’s the link to the Photo set. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157601823891560/