Sunday Morning at Canadian Tulip Festival – S11E24

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On a cold Sunday morning, I went to Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park for the Canadian Tulip Festival. The festival runs from May 12th to the 23rd.

At the venue, there are a lot of activities happening and there’s the International Friendship Pavilion showcasing various music and dance performances. The best thing about the venue is that it’s indoors. There’s no worrying over rain. The last time I checked out an event for Tulip Festival, it was outdoors and to support a friend who was MCing.

Taiwan is one of the countries taking part at Tulip Festival and that two of the members of the lion dance troupe took part in it. They were the dancing gods. I found the info over on Wikipedia, which you can read.

The weather should get warmer later this week and it’s best to check out the tulips come Victoria Day weekend.

Aside from the performance, I took photos of the indoor Tulip and Sculpture Garden.

The photos can viewed below.

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The Ottawa Dragonboat Festival Launch Party -S10E24

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The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragonboat Festival had their launch party at the Rideau Canoe Club on Thursday night. There were some food by The Royal Oak and lot of mingling around. There were speeches from John Brooman (CEO), Warren Creates (Festival Vice Chair), Lawrence Greenspon and Riley Brockington (Ottawa councillor for River Ward), just to name a few.

The festival is now on its 23rd year and going strong with sponsors and festival supporters. This year has a terrific music lineup which has Mounties, Yukon Blonde, Hey Rosetta, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith to local favourites with Jim Bryson, Jeremy Fisher and The Acorn. All Canadian acts to enjoy and it’s free! A great way to start the Summer festival season.

The festival runs from June 25-28th at Mooney’s Bay Park.

Lastly, you can check the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.
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Some Others I Left Off From The Best of 2014 Music – S10E14

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I’m not done with 2014 just yet. There were some notable musicians and bands that came out with album in 2014  as well as going through some of the Ottawa bands that released materials last year. My year end countdown is based on albums as singles don’t really count. Here’s my short summary on the leftovers.

I’m going to start with Scary Bear Soundtrack. Gloria Song, who’s from Ottawa and residing up in Nunavut. The band had some member changes over the time and change of location but it had a lot of exposure in 2014.
The band got entered to CBC Music‘s Searchlight contest and has made it to various year end countdowns and picks from radio programs and music blogs.

Here’s this track via SoundCloud, The Longest Night.

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The Best of 2014 Countdown Part 2 (S10E13)

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As promised, the second part to my best of 2014 countdown. This list is from #20 to #1 and it’s the best part of the year ender to Canadian independent music. The countdown for the past few years has no repeats from an artist and band. It’s based on the album and when it was released.

Without spoiling much, the top 10 has half of the entries by female musicians. 2014 has been an important year to female rights and violence against women. Without spoiling much, the playlist is posted below. Several entries have a lot of returnees as artists and bands have released their follow-ups to their previous albums. Some have been critically acclaimed.
As usual, you can listen to the audio.

Happy New Year and hello to 2015.

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The Best of 2014 Countdown Part 1 (S10E12)

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It’s back for another year but in a slightly shorter list as I had issues from the radio station in early 2014.
I didn’t pay attention to a lot of Canadian independent music due to the problems stemming from the station. I was able to compile album towards the end of the year thanks to friends, various radio programs and music websites.

I’m closing off 2014 with some of the best albums from Canada. In the first part, the countdown is from #40 to #21.
You will hear music from the likes of Brave Shores to In-Flight Safety to Kevin Drew and various others.

For those who missed me on the airwaves, I got you.
Here’s the first part of the audio and the playlist is posted below. Happy New Year’s Eve and the second part will be posted on New Year’s Day.

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Merry Christmas to You All – S10E11

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I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

On Tuesday, it was a privilege to be a guest co-host for Friends With Benefits, which is hosted by Tonya Price. It was an impromptu appearance as I decided to give her a Christmas gift in the form of Hudson’s Bay’s Tres Canada Canvas Tote Bag.

On her radio show, she went through her Top 5 Non-Canadian music of 2014. There were some Christmas music as well.
You can check out the radio show by going to this link.

As an added bonus from below, here’s an audio from last year’s Christmas audio and joined with Lauren Bridle as we played the favourite Christmas songs. It was part of the year-end countdown from 2013 for extra time.
In 2014, there’s a new version of Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid 30. In the audio from last year, it’s the original version.

Happy Holidays!

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World AIDS Day 2014 – S10E09

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December 1st is World AIDS Day and it’s a day observed every year as people to NGOs and governments dedicate the awareness to fighting the AIDS epidemic. Started back in 1988, the famous red ribbon is the symbol for solidarity with people infected with AIDS and HIV.  The theme for World AIDS Day is “getting to zero.”

With World AIDS Day, I’ve been a stanch supporter of the campaign called (Product) Red. This year has been no exception as Apple has been a big supporter to the organization. The tech company has brought along iOS app developers to join in on (Product) Red solidarity.
If you know me, I own a few (Product) Red iPods as a way to show my support and cause to fighting AIDS.

One of the photo apps I use is Over and they partnered up with (Product) Red. I posted some photos of good radio friends using Over’s in-app purchase and it’s available until December 7th.

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