A Special Week In Review – March 30, 2013

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It’s been a long time that the Week In Review has been on the blog. This is a special Week In Review as everyone knows that the tenth anniversary of Leslie Cheung’s death is this year. I’ll post up links on the week that happened.
Let’s start with the Leslie Cheung related links to check out.

Leslie Cheung Related Links
– Listen to the March 27th edition of WildWorks on CKCU-FM. [Link]
– Fans commemorate death of Leslie Cheung [Source: ChinaDaily] March 30, 2013
– Leslie Cheung’s original origami display delayed. [Source: Yahoo! Singapore Entertainment] (March 29, 2013)
– The cruelest decade [Source: The Global Times] (March 28, 2013)
– Ten Years Later: A Leslie Cheung Introspective. [Source: Jaynestars] (March 28, 2013)
– Daffy Tong inherits $16 million from Leslie Cheung [Source: Groove|Asia] (March 28, 2013)
– Hong Kong remembers Leslie Cheung, the pure artist who struggled… [Source: SCMP (Subscription)] (March 27, 2013)
– Jacky, Julian and Joey to perform for Leslie Cheung [Source: Yahoo! Singapore Entertainment] (March 26, 2013)

Other News Tidbits
– Vine Grows the Ability to Embed Videos [Source: Mashable]
– Rick Ross Show in Ottawa Controversy [Source: Exclaim!]
– Hello Kitty contact lens. Not a joke! [Source: Nat & Marie Facebook page]
– Harlem Shake bumped off the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart [Source: Billboard]
– Doctor Who returns tonight with Series 7, Part 2 on Space. David Tennant returns for the anniversary show.

Upcoming Radio Show
The April 3rd edition of WildWorks at CKCU-FM. The interviews with The Matinee and Purity Ring.

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Remembering Leslie Cheung, 10 Years On – S08E32

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Hi friends, this is Candice with a recap of today’s edition of WildWorks.

This week was an important one for Lenny – the 10th anniversary of the death of Hong Kong Cantopop legend Leslie Cheung. Cheung was one of HK’s biggest stars, releasing more than 30 albums and acting in over 60 movies.  Known affectionately as “Goh Goh,” translated as ‘older brother,’ he was also one of the first pop singers in Hong Kong to publicly acknowledge his bisexuality. However, on April 1, 2003, Cheung committed suicide by jumping from a hotel room balcony. He was 46.

To mark the occasion, Lenny put together a few medleys of classic Cheung standbys. It featured songs like “Silence is Golden,” “Black Midnight,” and “A Man of Intention.” We also played a live version of Sandy Lam’s song, “At Least I Still Have You,” taken from the Passion Tour in 2000, which was the last tour before his death. Being the tenth anniversary, there are several events happening in Hong Kong to mark the occasion.
The image chosen for this year’s tribute is the cover to his 1987 album, Summer Romance. It’s an iconic image as the album became critically acclaim and put Cheung into major stardom.

If you’re reading this entry after April 1st, 2013, some links to check out. A story over at AsiaOne/The Straits Times about the last phone call that Leslie Cheung made on the fateful day ten years ago.
Huffington Post on the exhibit paying tribute to Cheung. Over at AsiaOne – “Two million cranes for Leslie Cheung.”
At Yahoo! Singapore Entertainment – “Leslie’s memorial concert a success.”

Elsewhere on the show, we played some good ol’ CanCon, with folky tracks from artists like Octoberman and the Abramson Singers, both of whom are playing at Raw Sugar Café tonight. We also referenced a bit about the two pandas arriving to Toronto and decided to play a song called Slippery When Wet by The Acorn as it mentioned about the cuddly animal.
Scary Bear Soundtrack released a new track called Victoria Island, as it got revealed on Tuesday night.

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The New Chair Plus Interviews from Ben Caplan and Teenage Kicks – S07E33

On Friday, CKCU-FM announced that they got new chairs in the on-air studio. The response to these swanky and stylish chairs have been positive. I gave the new chair a try and so far, it’s comfortable but I was sure about fiddling around with the height and positions for the chair. The only minor setback were the arm rest as it was set low. Overall, a great addition and also looking professional at the radio show.
Aside from the new chairs, today’s show had two interviews. They were Ben Caplan from Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers and Teenage Kicks. The audio will be posted below.
Note (April 4, 2013): The Teenage Kicks interview is unavailable. Will find an alternative for the interview.
After the interviews, I decided to continue with the Leslie Cheung tribute as April 1st was not too long ago and a radio show on RTHK Radio 2 have been playing Cheung’s songs. There were a few favourites that I wanted to play as I wanted to finish off the yearly tribute.
The playlist from the show is posted at this link.
Easter weekend is upon us and wanting to wish you a good long weekend.

Audio/Interviews
The April 4th Radio Show – Press play to listen.

The Ben Caplan Interview

The Interview with Minus the Tiger, Tribute to Leslie Cheung (Nine Years) & Being Filmed – S07E32

March is ending in a few days and this week’s radio show was filled with a lot materials from the first part to the live part of the show. DJ Digs returned to the show and Lauren is there as usual.
After the top 10 countdown from the first hour, we played the local acts that are performing at JunoFest and then played the favourite bands and musicians who are nominated for the Juno Awards.
The live part of the show had the interview with Minus the Tiger from the Netherlands and the yearly tribute to Leslie Cheung. April 1, 2003 was when it happened and it’s now nine years since his tragic death. He is still missed among Hong Kong fans and abroad.
This year’s tribute was a bit shorter than previous editions. It’s still nice to play his hits from Monica and others.

The fun part to this week’s show was The Charlatan coming in to shoot video (their second attempt) and giving them a glimpse on how we prepare and going live for the radio show. It was great to have someone from The Charlatan come in and check out my radio show as I try to make it fun in playing good music. Aside from that, the written article on myself and the radio show is posted at the Charlatan over at this link.
This week’s playlist has the live part of the show posted there. You can go over at this link. Don’t forget to listen to the interview with Minus the Tiger.
Have a good week!

Audio/Interview
The March 28th Radio Show – Press play to listen.
[audio http://archive.org/download/WildworksOnCkcu-fmForMarch282012/WildworksMarch282012.mp3]
The Live/Second Hour of WildWorks on CKCU-FM – March 28, 2012
[audio http://archive.org/download/WildworksOnCkcu-fmForMarch282012/WildworksMarch28Live.mp3]
The Interview with Minus the Tiger

From Thursday’s Fundamentally Sound, the freestyle rap challenge. Aired on March 29, 2012.

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Eight Years On Without Leslie Cheung – S06E30

It’s this time again for another tribute entry and it’s before April 1st. It’s been 8 years since Leslie Cheung has left its fans and admirers. It’s always been an opportunity to blog about him and even play his music on the radio. The things I left out on the radio show were the accolades of awards he’s won from his music and from the movies and how much of an impact he’s had in Hong Kong.

Aside from the tribute, I played the some of the winners of the Juno Awards. Arcade Fire is definitely on a roll for 2011 as it’s won awards from the Grammys, Brit Awards and Canada’s own Juno Awards for their album, The Suburbs. As it seemed like Drake was snubbed, the big surprise would have to be London Ontario’s Shad as he won a Juno Award for Best rap recording. Shad is another artist on a roll since last year when he released TSOL. All I can say is congrats to both of them.
Without further ado, there’s two options to listen to my radio show, there’s the entire show and there’s one for the Leslie Cheung tribute.

The music playlist via CKCU-FM’s website is at this link. The Wild 10 Countdown entry is at this link.

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Seven Years On Without Leslie Cheung & More Music Related Stuff – S05.2E02


It’s every year that I always write about Leslie Cheung on his passing. It’s the 7th year since Leslie Cheung left his fans, followers and the Cantopop music industry in Hong Kong. This time is unique because I got to express it on my radio show. After several yearly entries of expressing by words, I got to express it by voice and music. As I explained on-air my reaction on the morning of April 1st in Canada, night time in Hong Kong, it still saddens me on April Fool’s Day because it was a total shock. Leslie Cheung is still missed but his legacy of his songs still continue on. I hope you will enjoy the March 31st edition of the radio show. I split it in 2 parts, one for the whole 2 hours and the other for the Leslie Cheung tribute.
Another thing, I aired the interview with Ottawa’s Musk Ox. They are a Neo-Folk and Classical trio based in Ottawa. It was recorded back on Feb. 28 at Bands Undone and it was after Team Canada won gold in Men’s Hockey at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
I also mentioned about Doctor Who returning to the airwaves (England first and then North America on April 17th) and “retiring” the theme to Series 4. The 11th Doctor brings on the new look, new theme and new series. Totally can’t wait for it. Another event was this past weekend happenings as I enjoyed the Said The Whale/In-Flight Safety/Graham Wright concert at Zaphod Beeblebrox. The following day was the Snailhouse concert at Raw Sugar Cafe. Expect those interviews to be aired around April.
Here’s the playlist for hour 1 and hour 2. Hour 2 will be problematic if you have a Chinese text encoder on Windows.
Click on hour 1 to view the playlist.
Click on hour 2 to view the playlist, if you can read Chinese.

Radio Show
The entire show – Press play to listen.

The Leslie Cheung tribute from the 2nd hour – Press play to listen or go to this link to listen.

Musk Ox Interview – Press play to listen or download it.

On YouTube, I found this Mandarin version of “Missing You.” Here’s the live clip.

My Weekend Warm-Up – S05E05

Kyrie Krismanson at The Black Sheep Inn on Sept. 26, 2009
It was an exciting Saturday night at The Black Sheep Inn as it was Kyrie Kristmanson headlining with guests, Jill Zmud and Adam Saikaley. I was with a few friends and my brother. It’s nice to have good company and talk about funny stories. To the performances, it was a surprise to see CBC Radio One’s AlanAquamanNeal be the MC for the concert. Adam Saikaley, who’s still a producer with the CBC started off by playing with the piano. It was raw and very different from the previous music I’ve seen and heard. Certainly, a nice way to start off his set. The second performer, Jill Zmud, who is an up and comer to the Ottawa music scene. She’s originally from Saskatchewan and now living in Ottawa. She brought a softer tone to her set. Her songs were sultry and calming, which felt engaging to the audience. She had a funny story about her previous guitar being broken thanks to United Airlines and mentioned about Dave Carroll and the broken guitar song.

Onto Kyrie, before she got on stage to perform, Alan Neal was still on stage and I told my brother about him wearing the Aquaman shirt. Alan heard me as it was somewhat of a funny moment because whenever I see Alan, he usually wears a DC Comics… or Entertainment heroes shirt. As for Kyrie and her trademark white furry hat, she delivered an excellent set where she performed her usually songs and addition to some new material. I was surprised with a few French songs she played. As usual, she got the audience to join along with the songs. Overall, great crowd to keep the performers excited on a Saturday.
You can check out photos on this link.
Here’s a clip I took.

I have put some videos from the Chinese songs I played on the bottom of the post. I still cherish the early 1990s Cantopop songs.

Friday’s Entry
: It was very last minute being notified but I filled in on the Weekend Warm-Up at CKCU 93.1 FM. This entry will be continuous because I will be covering my post for the concert happening at The Black Sheep Inn for Saturday night. Here’s the first part of the entry for the radio show I filled in.

Anyone can listen to it if they missed out on it live. Note: You may have to lower the volume during Night Lights by Videotape and after. Apologies on the sound issues coming from my laptop. Press Play to listen.

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