Music, Culture, Photos and Other Happenings in Ottawa

Music / Series 15

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.

Without further ado, here’s the long list; Continue reading

Series 15

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.

Continue reading

Series 15

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.

Continue reading

Series 15

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.

Continue reading

Series 15

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.
Continue reading

Series 15

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.
Continue reading

Series 15

Chinese New Year 2020 – S15E01

Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year, it’s the year of the rat to start the new decade. Due to what’s happening in the world with the coronavirus, a few of the lion dance performances were cancelled. 

My lion dance group was able to do some performances at Casino Lac Leamy, at a private school and RBC Royal Bank during Lunar New Year.

Here’s a YouTube from one of our performances. I started using Adobe Premiere Pro and put in a picture in picture for it.

What a way to start the 15th season of the blog with the new year festivities. You should notice a new look with the blog. Hope you will like the cleaner look.
Surprisingly, a blogger I know is celebrating 15 years for her blog, you can check her out here. I am not at year 15 for my blog.

恭喜發財 (Gong Hey Fat Choy), Happy Chinese New Year! You can look at the photos below.
Continue reading

Season Finale / Series 14 / WildWorks Blog

Best of 2010-2019, The Decade in 2010 – S14E21 (Season Finale)

It’s quite the decade in the 2010s. This is a look back on how my blog evolved throughout the decade.

The Early 2010s
The integration of the radio show I had at the time made good use of the blog. It was used as a summary and continuing the coverage of Canadian music. 

My favourite thing from the radio show were interviewing Nat & Marie and musicians from the likes of Basia Bulat, Shad and various Canadian musicians and bands.

I had the opportunity to have people come in as co-hosts of the radio show. Shoutout to Lauren, Marzia, Erica, and Candice.

Past blog posts are linked via WordPress.com from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

2014 and Onwards
Due to the abrupt end of the radio show in early 2014, things changed with the blog with less coverage of Canadian music. I was able to cover the Polaris Music Prize Gala every September and enjoy the live performances as well as finding out who would win the prize.

Not all is lost when covering Canadian music as I’ve become a great supporter of Scary Bear Soundtrack.

There was more emphasis of a lifestyle theme in my blog posts. More links to social media through Instagram and Facebook.

Polaroid photos were used in covering the blog and social media accounts. It became an obsession to shooting Polaroids.

One of the fun memories was in 2017 and it was covering Red Bull Crashed Ice event. I got to meet two photographers/Instagrammers there. Shoutout to Andrew and Sudevi.

Past posts are linked through WordPress.com and WildWorks.ca – 2015, 2016 and 2017

Wrapping up 2019
Several Instagram meetups would define 2019. It’s been great meeting some photographers and Instagrammers at events.

To end 2019 and season 14, you will notice a makeover of the blog as I changed the theme layout. I hope you will enjoy the new look and going forward to the new decade.

Happy New Year and season 15 to be coming soon.

Series 14

Quite The First Week of December 2019 – S14E20

What a week to start the final month of 2019.

On the first Sunday of December, I went to Mochisuki 2019 at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall. Mochi is one of those unique snacking delicacy in Japan. It was quite a fun and popular event by the Ottawa Japanese Community Association.  

On Tuesday, I attended Ottawa Tourism’s Influencer Party at Craft Ottawa in Lansdowne Park. It was great seeing the photographers and Instagrammers for another year. After the party, I shot some photos around Ottawa Christmas Market at Lansdowne.

On Thursday, I went to National Gallery of Canada for a get together with The Chinese Canadian Collective as we checked out the temporary exhibits. There was the Christmas Tree Lighting. 

On Friday, I attended a private party hosted by Instagrammers, ottstyle and jewelsforlunch. It was called Glitz & Glam. At the party, I got to use the Polaroid Lab by Polaroid Originals as well as the OneStep+. It was great seeing Ottawa Instagrammers and some I haven’t seen in awhile. All in a holiday fun.

It was quite the first week of December to attend these exciting events. Big thanks to Ottawa Tourism, Steph (ottstyle) and Harshita (jewelsforlunch) for holding these events. You can check the photos from below. Continue reading