Ottawa Comiccon 2013 – S08E39

Ottawa Comiccon 2013
It’s been several years since I went to a comic book convention. Ottawa Comiccon was the event for comics, Sci-Fi and Anime fans alike to bring out their inner geek and to hobnob with the celebrities. The event is in its second year over at Ernst & Young Centre. It’s my first time to attend the convention as I had previously went to comic book conventions in Toronto. It’s also convenient to attend in my area, except for the one hour bus ride.

I had the opportunity to check out the marvellous vendors and the varieties of people dressing up in wonderful costumes. It ranged from comic characters to Sci-Fi characters such as Doctor Who and various Anime characters.
Being a comic book fan, I did not bring a lot of comics and trade paperbacks but was able to get my X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga trade paperback signed by Chris Claremont. It was definitely a plus as he’s a legendary storyteller.

On Saturday, I got to check out a few panels. One panel had quite a humourous trainwreck which was Name That Anime Tune. The participants did not know certain themes to Anime shows and I didn’t know any as I haven’t followed a lot of Anime shows for so long. One panel I truly had to attend was The Doctor Who panel as it had two authors from the book, Who Is The Doctor. They talked about 50 years of DW and how’s still a hit for 50 years. Plus, the Dalek appeared and humourously crashed the Q&A panel.

It was funny bumping into people I know and some have said that it’s their first time attending Ottawa Comiccon. It’s pretty surprising that Ottawa is known for being a boring city but the magnitude of Comiccon showed that there’s a big following for comics, Sci-Fi and Anime. The organizers and sponsor bringing in big name celebrities know how to attract fans and people in general. It’s quite wonderful to experience seeing lots of people to be at a convention.
The only setback I had was the lack of cell phone signal at Ernst & Young Centre. I was hoping to tweet and photos but the reception was not great to do so. At least I was able to shoot photos on the DSLR camera. You will be able to view the photos of people in their creative costumes from below.
There’s a photo of lovely ladies in Sailor Moon costumes and I know one of them as you can check her blog. They were made quite nice and also got some attention from the people. ’nuff said on that one.
Links to my Instagram from Friday – my media pass, green Dalek, Dalek Emperor (I think), classic Dalek, and R2D2.
Overall, I had a good time at Ottawa Comiccon and the organizers sure made it top notch. Lastly, happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

Coming up on Wednesday’s radio show, I will be airing the interview from a member of The Doctor Who Society of Canada.
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For This Week… – S08E38

May 8 Vinyl

On this week’s edition of the radio show at CKCU-FM, it was tribute to the late Teresa Teng and the annual songs for Mother’s Day. It’s quite fitting to commemorate on May 8th as it’s the 18th anniversary of Teresa Teng‘s death. She passed away in 1995. Teng was revered and beloved throughout East Asia as her music has garnered older and younger fans alike. I was able to play Faye Wong‘s version of Wishing We Last Forever (但願人長久). One of the Teresa Teng songs played was called Red Bean. A funny story was my former co-host, Candice, made a tweet that I am weird for not liking red bean. The tweet along with a photo can found here. Kudos to China Album for the support.
As usual, Mother’s Day is this Sunday and every year, I play certain songs for Mother’s Day. This year, I added Keep Shining by Shad as the song is an ode to strong females.
On the Wild 10 Countdown this week, New Summer by Young Galaxy takes the top spot as Ottawa was having warm Summer-like temperatures for the past week. The summary can be checked over at this link.
The playlist from the live show is over at this.

On the podcast part of the show, new tracks from likes of Vampire Weekend and She & Him were played. I’m still enjoying the new Daft Punk song, Get Lucky (featuring Pharrell). This week’s podcast used the M-Rock’s Bangin’ Disco Mix of Get Lucky. Starting off the podcast was playing a new Shad track called Peace but it’s a rough mix/demo, which won’t be on his upcoming album. Briefly mentioned the lineup for the Wolfe Island Music Festival as it was announced last week.
Playlist from the podcast is posted below. Red highlights Cancon.

This weekend, I will be checking out Ottawa Comiccon. Wish me luck when I see people in “unique” costumes and experience the geek/nerd culture. It’s been awhile I’ve gone to a comic book convention and it’s the first time to attend a major convention in Ottawa. The previous conventions I attended were in Toronto.

Lastly, I didn’t have an image to use and again, I used Vinylize Me to create the entry for this week.
Have a great week and wishing everyone a great Mother’s Day for Sunday!
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A Lovely Warm Spring Day To Begin May & Asian Heritage Month – S08E37

May 1 Vinyl
What a way to start May with Summer like temperatures. With the lovely weather, the slight disappointment I had to endure was the O-Train being out of commission. Arriving to CKCU-FM a bit later will be the growing pain for Spring and Summer.
Aside from that, today’s show was focusing on Canadian bands and musicians with Asian background as May is Asian Heritage Month. This week featured music from Hooded Fang, Scary Bear Soundtrack, Dirty Beaches and Kid Koala.
It’s unlikely I will be playing a lot for the month of May but I will be playing known and emerging talents from Canada with Asian backgrounds. The image was made on the iOS app, VinylizeMe.
Lastly, as Summer is nearing, May and June are considered a slow point to the radio show and blog as the season draws to a close. Slightly having withdrawal as I had help with Candice for the past four month and she’s now in Toronto, I have to get used to doing things on my own. I will continue to play exciting indie music.

On The Wild 10 Countdown, Born Ruffians is still number one for the second week. To check the top 10, you can check the summary over at this link.
You can check the playlist from the live show over at this link. As usual, you can listen to the entire radio show below.
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A Goodbye to Candice – S08E36

Lenny & Candice - April 24th

It’s been a fun time having Candice on my radio show. Wednesday was her final show as she’s moving down to Toronto. I’m trying not to rehash what was said on the show but it’s been a great privilege to have someone on the show with enthusiasm towards Canadian independent music.
All I have to say that we had a great time interviewing bands, interacting with them and going to the venues prior to soundcheck. It seemed like an adventure. The last and funny part was having to be at Second Cup in downtown several time to go through the questions. It was almost like a daily routine.
Another thing I forgot to mention on the show was getting to meet some of the hosts at CKCU.
Lastly, as much as you’re a worrywart and kept “cattle-prodding” me, I’ve been very easy-going, calm and made sure things were fine.

Prior to Candice’s final show, she decided to bring her adidas track jacket to slightly match the style that I’m wearing. The photo shown above. Unfortunately, the Polaroid pics didn’t turn out so well.

Song played today had new tracks from Louise Burns and Aidan Knight. The Cantopop segment was on Sandy Lam as her birthday is on April 26.
The send-off songs to Candice at the end of the show were I Was A Fool by Tegan and Sara and Take Care by Beach House. Videos posted below.
Also on the radio show, we played Genesis by Grimes as she won for electronic album of the year at the 2013 Juno Awards. What I didn’t know was that she posted on her Tumblr page about sexism. It was trending on Facebook and Twitter, so we didn’t get a chance to mention on the air what was happening as it was very sudden.
In my opinion, I rarely watch Grimes’s music videos and when playing her song on Wednesday, I was dancing along to the song and not think the image or anything in particular. Call it an ironic day by playing a musician and not knowing the buzz surrounding it.

On the Wild 10 Countdown, Born Ruffians take the top spot as we end the month of April. The countdown entry is over at this link. If you’re listening on the blog, the songs played on the podcast is posted from the countdown blog and no longer on the CKCU playlist.

The playlist from the live show is over at this link via CKCU-FM.

So long and enjoy Toronto, Candice!
You’re the best!
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The Interview and Performance with Paterson Hall – S08E35

With Paterson Hall
Hey friends, Candice here bringing you a quick recap of April 17’s edition of WildWorks.

Today we decided to switch things up a little. Usually we like to chat with bands at venues and pre-record our interviews, but today we were lucky enough to get a band live and in-studio. Local band Paterson Hall joined us in CKCU Studio B today, and not only did we have a good talk, but we also got to hear some live music from them on-air at CKCU. Today we heard “On the Shoulders of Giants,” “Time Travel” and “I’m a Lion.”
Interesting little factoid – “I’m a Lion” is a reference to Tyrion Lannister, a character from HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Awesome!

Paterson Hall, a six-piece band based here in Ottawa, also has a very strong connection to Carleton University. All six members are Carleton students, and they juggle both school and the band on a regular basis. And while they’ve only been playing together since November 2012, they’ve already released three songs and were happy to say they have an EP in the works for this summer. They’re playing this Friday, April 19 at 9:00 p.m. at Avant-Garde Bar as part of a Showcase Your Band event. Thanks again to Paterson Hall for swinging by, especially in the midst of exams!

Elsewhere on the show, we also heard from some JUNO Award nominees, as the JUNO Awards are scheduled for this Sunday, April 21 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Michael Bublé will be hosting.

We played tracks from Yukon Blonde, Grimes and Japandroids, all of whom have got nods at the Junos.

And before we heard from Paterson Hall, as always, we started with the Wild 10 Countdown. This week saw Victoria artist Chris Ho take the top spot with “Story of the Flood,” from his album, City of Dust. The album has a great summer pop feel to it.
You can find the countdown here. (Note: Songs played in the first part of the show are listed in the countdown blog).

The playlist for the April 17 th show is over at this link (Note: Songs posted is from the live show).
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Interviews with Language Arts and FIRExFIRE / Chatting Hong Kong Films – S08E34

Language Arts FIRExFIRE Teal Grid

After several weeks of Candice writing on the blog, it’s nice to be back and writing. I decided to give her a break for this week.
On the April 10th edition of WildWorks on CKCU-FM, myself and Candice had the opportunity to interview with Toronto-based bands, Language Arts and FIRExFIRE. Both bands were in Ottawa last Friday as they were playing at venues. Language Arts was at Raw Sugar Cafe, opening up for Gianna Lauren. FIRExFIRE was playing at Cafe Dekcuf. It was definitely a busy Friday.
Overall, both were great and it was a privilege to see Kristen (of Language Arts) again and finally meet the members of FIRExFIRE. Thanks again to the two bands.

To listen to the interviews, the audio are posted below.
The interview with Language Arts has two versions. The one posted to Soundcloud is the entire version, while the one aired on CKCU-FM (and on their On-Demand) had a segment edited out.

On the Wild 10 Countdown, New Summer (Doldrums Remix) by Young Galaxy takes the top spot this week. The summary and playlist for the podcast can be seen here.

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Interviews with Purity Ring and The Matinée – S08E33

With The Matinee

Hi friends, this is Candice with a quick recap of today’s edition of WildWorks. It’s been a busy week for us – on today’s show, we brought you a double-dose of interviews from two great Canadian acts.

On April. 2nd, we spoke with electropop duo Purity Ring, made up of one part Megan James and the other part, Corin Roddick. The pair was in Ottawa to play a show at Ritual Nightclub as part of their North American tour. They’ll eventually go on to Coachella and Bonnaroo later this summer.

We also caught up with The Matinée, a five-piece roots-rock outfit out of Vancouver. They were in town on March 29 for a Good Friday show at Mavericks. After nearly five years of trying to make it as a band, they were finally signed to Light Organ Records, and the result was their debut album, We Swore We’d See the Sunrise. They also released a video for their song, “Young and Lazy,” on March 1st. The photo posted has Lenny with all of the band members.

Check the bottom of this post for the full interviews.

Also on the show, we played a track from The Costanzas, a garage/surf/rock n’roll band out of Toronto. We brought in even more Canadian offerings with songs from Fire X Fire (who are playing Friday night at Cafe Dekcuf), Kashka and Victoria-based singer-songwriter Chris Ho. (Note: The Costanzas are now called The Kostanzas)

On the Wild 10 Countdown for April 3rd, for the second week in a row, Gold & Youth was at number one with “Jewel.”

You can check the countdown blog here. (Note: Songs played in the first part of the show are listed in the countdown blog) 

And if you’re looking for the playlist from today’s show, you can find that here. (Another note: CKCU’s playlist has their on-demand audio for the second part of the show)

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