What I Checked Out on Saturday During NXNE – S10E30

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As I’m taking the train back to Ottawa on Sunday morning, let’s recap what acts I check out on Saturday throughout NXNE. To start things off, the first event wasn’t NXNE related but had artists playing at NXNE. It was the 5th annual CBC Radio 3 Unofficial Fan Picnic and it was held at Trinity-Bellwoods Park. The lineup for the picnic were Murder Murder, Kathryn Calder, David Vertesi and The Acorn.

It was a fun event as it was a thrill to see other CBC Radio 3 fans from all walks of the corner and enjoy live acoustic music at a park.

Louise Burns at Handlebar
Throughout my time, I have enjoyed listening to Louise Burns but I had never taken photos during her performance (last time was at NAC as she opened for Hannah Georgas. I always enjoy her sultry dreamy sounds from her music. It was Burns’ second performance at NXNE as I missed her at Lee’s Palace from Wednesday night. The one at Handlebar made it up as I didn’t have plans on who to check out.
Burns played her usual songs from the album, The Midnight Mass and she played two tracks from her upcoming third album. It’s exciting to hear her coming out.
It was a surprise to see N2DS2W as they’re supporters and fans of Louise Burns and she also hosted on CBC Radio 3. It sure lifted my spirits up. Continue reading

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A Wrap-Up To NXNE 2014 Edition – S09E40

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It was an exciting weekend being in Toronto and attending NXNE. What I forgot to mention in the previous entry that the festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and it’s a become a major hub for the Toronto music scene and abroad.

Onto the events I went to on Saturday. The first was attending the unofficial CBC Radio 3 Fan Picnic in Trinity-Bellwoods Park. This year, Grant Lawrence was unable to host it as he’s busy with the CBC Beetle Roadtrip Sessions. In his place was the lovely Lana Gay. The performers for this year were the Ottawa band, Loon Choir and Vancouver’s Skye Wallace. It was a fun time and good to see people that I know that were at the picnic.

After the picnic, I headed off to the Microsoft Surface Cafe. It’s a coffee shop where the company offered a first look of the Surface Pro 3. I was there for the Surface Harmony with the 2014 Polaris Music Prize Long List nominee, The Darcys. Jason Couse performed several tracks at the coffee shop and chatted along with bandmate, Wes Marksell about their musical upbringing and other things. It was quite an intimate setting and great to surprise them in showing up for the support.
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The NXNE 2013 Wrap-Up with Chris Ho & Crissi Cochrane – S08E45

NXNE 2013 Wrap-Up with Chris Ho & Crissi Cochrane

It was the second year to go to the big smoke, Toronto for NXNE. I definitely had a great time there and unfortunately, I ended up blowing out my left knee as I had to limp around from place to place. Blame it on carrying a shoulder bag full of cameras and an audio recorder. It was painful but was able to manage through the weekend. Here’s my description of events. Apologies if this is a very long blog entry for this week.

Friday (June 14, 2013)
The first band to check out was at Urban Outfitters on Queen St. W and it was the Vancouver Electronic band, Bear Mountain. I found out on Twitter from a fellow CBC R3 fan and a photographer that she and a couple of people were going to Urban Outfitters to see the band live. They were definitely good to check out for anyone that likes Electronic music.

Later on, I went to the CBC Broadcasting Centre to kill time and unexpectedly bumped into one of the members of The Matinee. By then, it was time for the CBC Music Presents The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions finale party at the Glenn Gould Studio. It was great to see the CBC Radio 3 fans/bloggers and some for the first time in person as I interacted on the R3 website, Facebook and Twitter. I finally got to meet Lana Gay as she’s one of the hosts I’ve interacted online but never got to meet in person as she was previously in Vancouver and has recently moved to Toronto. The Darcys performed for the finale party as well and played some of their hits. Bands from The Matinee, Shred Kelly and Hollerado showed up at the party. There was a funny moment when CBC Radio 3 host, Grant Lawrence did a crowd surf entrance from outside the CBC and inside Glen Gould Studio.

After the party, I tagged along with several people to go see k-os but found out we went to wrong location. Some of the guys were goofing off at Harbourfront and that’s when my knee starting buckling up. Some of us splited up and went with two people (Eric and Brenda) to check out The National. Unfortunately, it was very packed getting to Yonge-Dundas Square. Then I tagged along with Brenda to go see… Sloan! For the life of me, I felt like a newbie to see Sloan as I never got to see them live. They played at The Great Hall and crowds were packed to see them.
Afterwards, I went down to Blk Box to see Still Life Still and Gold & Youth. I didn’t stay for all of Gold & Youth as my knee was getting pretty sore.

Photos
Shows from Friday can seen over at this link via Flickr.
The CBC Music Present The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions finale party photos can be seen over at this link.
Photos on my Facebook Page can be seen at this link.


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The NXNE 2012 Wrapup – S07E44

After some personal convincing and a schedule change to an event in Ottawa this year, I decided that it’s finally time to go to the big smoke, Toronto and attend NXNE. Although, I didn’t get a lot of time to spend in Toronto and the live music around various venues, I’ll admit to opening up positively to Canada’s biggest city (thanks to two people). Aside from that, I arrived on Friday and walked from the train station to NXNE headquarters to pick up the media pass, then checked in the hotel and then leave to go to CBC Toronto Broadcast Centre for a tour around CBC Radio. It was great to meet up with CBC Radio 3 fans. After the tour, the rest of the R3 gang went to a pub and Grant Lawrence showed up later. I had the opportunity to interview him for his thoughts on the music festival.
Afterwards, I had to take a long walk to Bathurst Street to interview Papermaps and Wendy Versus (a bonus interview).
This week’s radio show had interviews from Grant Lawrence and Papermaps.

On Saturday night, I had some time before going to the legendary Horseshoe Tavern, I stopped by the Cameron House because a singer I watched from an Internet show was performing there. The singer was Robyn Dell’Unto. From the one song I caught, all I can say that she has a lovely voice. I was like wow in my head. Afterwards, I rushed over to the Horseshoe Tavern for the CBC Radio 3 Showcase. It consisted of Poor Young Things, Yukon Blonde, Lumineers, Young Empires, and CATL. Some of the R3 fans were in attendance and it was great to see Craig Norris as well. I finally got a chance to see Yukon Blonde live because whenever they’re in Ottawa, I tend to miss out but it’s in Toronto that I got to see them. They totally rocked the Horseshoe Tavern and great singing along to their songs.
Overall, I definitely had a great time at NXNE in Toronto. You can listen to the radio show and interviews below.

Another part to check out is from Storify as I posted tweets, images and a video (not mine) at NXNE. [Link]

Meeting Nat & Marie (Not NXNE-related)
Lastly, another priority to going to Toronto was to meet with the lovely hosts of Nat & Marie. Let’s say they’ve been pretty influential in my approach in using social media for my radio show and other activities. After the CBC tour and music interviews, I got to meet up with Marie of Nat & Marie. Originally, her partner in crime (Nat) was supposed to join us for sushi but had family obligations.
The next day, they were kind enough to meet up again and finally do an interview. The funny story was Nat tweeting me that’s she’s at Starbucks and I left the NXNE headquarters to Queen St. West. I was rushing frantically back to the site to Starbucks to meet them. The rest is history as we got to chat and interview. Unfortunately, I missed out on the unofficial CBC Radio 3 picnic at Trinity Bellwoods Park. Still, I wanted to meet my new idols or social media darlings as I’ve been tuning to their Internet show. Expect the interview to be aired in July.
I didn’t realize I was mentioned in their Tumblr post from June 15, 2012 at this link. I’m on the final line of their entry.

Radio Show and Interviews
The playlist for the June 20th show is over at this link.
Radio show for June 20th – Press play to listen.
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Grant Lawrence Interview

Papermaps Interview

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The Most Serene Republic Interview Added With a Snowstorm – S05E28

What a way to start Wednesday morning with a blast of snow. Even though my blog is snowing (until January 4, 2010), it’s not as intense and cold compared to outside in Ottawa. I was able to make it to CKCU through blizzard conditions. The bus ride took me over an hour. Yep, Winter has arrived. During the show, I had to endure Lady GaGa by surprise, thanks to the host. Go ahead as you laugh it off. Today’s show included some several Christmas tunes and the interview with one of the members of The Most Serene Republic.
I still can’t stop playing You Say Party! We Say Die! Enjoy listening to the show.
Can’t wait to check out Bands Undone for Friday as it will be Mother Mother and Laurent Bourque at different times.
Here’s Wednesday edition of Audio Sensory Resuscitation and my show combine. Press play to listen.

Here’s my show. Press play to listen.

Due to the sound quality from the radio show being not so great, you can listen to the interview with Emma of The Most Serene Republic separately. Press play to listen or download it.

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Co-Hosting With Craig Norris on CBC Radio 3 – S04E25

Sorry Pedro for Changing Your Face. :)It has finally happened, I got to be co-hosting with Craig Norris on CBC Radio 3. How did it go? It went pretty good, aside that I was getting nervous the week and days before it happened. It’s all in the preparation. Here’s the link to the blog entry from CBC Radio 3, http://tinyurl.com/odv2sz
Overall, I hope anyone who listened enjoyed what I had to say and the song choices as well. During one of the host break, I said “Wu-Tang (as in the rap group, Wu-Tang Clan),” and it’s a nod to the two guys at Fundamentally Sound on CKCU-FM, Dennis and C.J. “Showtime”. As they usually call me that in their shout-outs. 🙂
Sorry for the Photoshop job on the photo. The original photo was with Pedro Mendes, producer of the R3-30 with Craig Norris. It was taken on April 24, 2009 when R3 was doing a live taping for Black Mountain/Ladyhawk/Pack A.D. for B.C. Scene.
At least Craig got a good laugh at the photo job. The original photo is on this link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/3472674616/.
Here’s the Flickr link to previous Listener Co-Host Initiative images. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cbcradio3/sets/72157616677894211/.
I’m hopeful that it will be replayed on Sunday morning on CBC Radio 3. Let me know if you liked my co-hosting.

Comic Talk
I haven’t been able to talk about comic books in awhile but the buzz right now is Archie Comics. Yes, Archie Andrews will be proposing to Veronica Lodge in August at comic book store. In my opinion, I kind of prefer Archie going for Betty instead. I used to read Archie Comics when I was young. Let the joking go ahead.
News sites like the CBC (story linked) have been talking about it. Will I be picking up a copy come August? Probably.
Aside from that, I still pick up the usual Marvel Comics but I am not getting too many comics due to a lack of interesting stories and possible price hikes to over $4.

Oh! I Forgot That Punch-Out!! Returned (Entry Updated on May 30, 2009)
PunchOut Wii
Due to not updating a lot on my blog, I had the opportunity to play Punch-Out!! on the Nintendo Wii. The game was released on May 20, 2009 and the irony is that I did not brag to friends that I got the game as it felt like a quiet update. So far, I have enjoyed the updated revival of this beloved NES classic. Mind you, I never got to play Punch-Out!! (NES) and Super Punch-Out!! on SNES when I was young. Since getting the Nintendo Wii, I got to download Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!! through Virtual Console. I gotta say that I had trouble playing through Punch-Out!! because I never experienced it when I was younger. Super Punch-Out!! came out around at the end of March (I downloaded it in April), as I didn’t play much of the SNES version a lot. On the Wii’s update, I found the controls to be looser than the original version. In a way, it’s easier than the two previous versions. Overall, I am totally enjoying the game but I am sticking to the NES classic control setting as I did try the motion with the Wii Balance Board and I am used to it. I would probably use the Remote and Nunchuk with friends for fun. A beloved classic for new generations is a definite must.

Close to a Season Finale
I am nearing my end for season 4 of my blog and so far, I haven’t been able to go to a lot of concerts or events for May. OK, I did checked out the tulips and checking out the Canadian Museum of Nature on Victoria Day. No photos were being used. I hope there will be something to do for this coming weekend as we end May.
Enjoy!