As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, it was fitting that Instagram will be holding events across the country leading up to the celebration in 2017. The goal of the empty events is to bring people together around photography and celebrate Canada’s wonderful arts, culture and digital media scene.
With Empty NAC, we were shown the hidden spaces around the building, as well as what’s planned for the renovations leading up to 2017. I had the opportunity to shoot with a digital camera, a Polaroid camera and iPhone. It was fun to shoot with the past and present devices through the eye of the lens.
It was a privilege to meet with other Instagrammers and a surprise to meet the new Minister of Canadian Heritage. When Joly approached me, she talked about her use of Instagram and how she loves the arts. It was quite interesting to see a politician be knowledgable in technology and the arts scene.
You can check out the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.
There’s photos by various Ottawa Instagrammers from #EmptyNAC over on Instagram. CBC Ottawa also covered the #EmptyNAC event on their website.
In case you don’t have me in Instagram, posted below are a few photos on Instagram. As well of a few Impossible/Polaroid photos.
On Tuesday night, The National Arts Centre played host to the Polaris Music Prize Salon as the Polaris jury members discussed the 2014 Polaris Short List and who would win it. For the Ottawa edition, Steve Jordan, the founder and Executive Director of Polaris Music Prize moderated while the panelists consisted of Ryan Bresee (CKCU), Roch Parisen (Rochon Communications),and John Sekerka (CHUO).
The panelists and Jordan discussed the ten albums and what were their best and worst from the 2014 edition of the Short List. One of the topics raised at the Salon was the criticism of this year’s Short List having seven of the ten albums being repeat and returning nominees. The Ottawa jury didn’t have an issue with it whereas Canadian music fans in general have complained about it. Jordan also mentioned about the future of the album as a whole with what people buy and listen to.
The albums that were garnered a lot of discussions were Drake, Mac Delmarco, Tanya Tagaq and Timber Timbre because it brought in the positives and negatives in terms of artistic merit coming from the Ottawa jury. Mac Delmarco was contentious as Bresee said that it was not his favourite from the short list and the same went for Drake as Parisen and Sekerka weren’t fans of his album. Continue reading →
It’s November 11th and it’s the day where everyone observes and pay their respects to the soldiers and veterans who fought in wars. Wars are still continuing throughout parts of the continent and we still reflect the sacrifices that soldiers face in combat and defending peace. Remembrance Day this year marked the 95th anniversary of the end of WWI. Lest We Forget.
On the this week’s radio show, Lauren returned to the program after a month’s absence. It was a good timing as I aired the interview with Hannah Georgas. Georgas was in Ottawa last week for two shows at the NAC for NAC Presents. It’s the first time to finally interview her as she’s been busy touring and it was a nice opportunity to do so. It’s been awhile I have seen her live and in the interview, I got to ask about the emotional process that she brought in her 2012 self titled album. Played on the show was her cover rendition of Rihanna’s Stay. Myself and Lauren have found her version to be raw and powerful. It almost put me in tears when I listen to the song. Her song is available on iTunes. Played on the show this week are new tracks from Rebekah Higgs, Kashka and the usual artists and bands like Basia Bulat and Arcade Fire.
I got a message on my Facebook page and played Jess Hart.
You can listen to the interview and the radio show below.
The playlist for the radio show can be seen at this link. Continue reading →
It’s once in awhile that I attend a classical music concert and I’ve forgotten that I did attend a concert done by the NAC Orchestra but it was based on Sci-Fi music (go to back to Season 4’s entry). Thursday night was the first of two nights of the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s final concert of the season. I went because there was also blogger’s night and I got to meet some bloggers. Apologies with the image quality on top as it was taken before the start of the concert and it was used on the iPod touch. What was used unique about last night’s concert was that it started off with a video interview with Malcolm Forsyth telling about the creation of his composition, “A Ballad of Canada.” After the interview was the world premiere of A Ballad of Canada. My thoughts on the 25 minute musical composition brought a lot of raw emotions. There were times where the music felt epic because the themes were based on poems from lands and wars. In Flanders Fields, considered to be the most well-known poem. Overall, it was all in sheer brillance. To top it off, Forsyth was in attendance and was given tremendous applause from the crowd. It’s been in the media that he’s going through cancer and making it to Ottawa made it emotional as her daughter, Amanda Forsyth, being the principal cellist with the NACO having the family connection. After that was an intermission and then finally, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. The worse part at that time being that I shouldn’t have have drank a cold soda because I was getting sleepy but I still persevered for the 71 minutes of pure amazing music brought by the legendary composer. It’s just amazing how Beethoven created this piece as he was deaf and pulling off quite a beautiful composition. The part that finally get me alerted were the soprano and tenors. One of the sopranos being, Arianna Zukerman, Pinchas Zukerman’s daughter. What caught my ears were that they didn’t need microphones. Just beautifully sung along with the Ottawa Festival Chorus. To end it off, both programs were amazing and I never expected to go for this ever. Afterwards, the bloggers were treated with a ten minute session with Arianna Zukerman as she’s big on social media and blogging. It was nice to hear her perspective of the arts and how important to get butts in the seats. Then, we got a tour backstage of the main stage of the NAC. Photos are posted below.
Hats off to the National Arts Centre for giving myself and the bloggers a chance to experience brilliant music. It’s one of those opportunities to go for it. The irony is that I seem to be going to NAC often for 2011. It’s my fourth time. The three were The Genie Awards, Prairie Scene and the fashion show (Rip The Fab Lane 2011).
Lastly, on an unrelated note, due to the delay in posting Wednesday’s radio show on CKCU-FM, it will be provided here as well. It has been posted on my Twitter and Facebook, at least it’s finally got a place here, two days late. If you want to check the playlist while listening, it’s over at this link. To the graduating students, I decided to kick off the show with Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C.
Radio Show from June 8, 2011, press play to listen.
Photos – Backstage Tour at The National Arts Centre.
What I didn’t expect for May 28, 2011 was there to be a lot of activities and events. The photo from above were runners returning from their event at Ottawa Race Weekend. Aside from that, I attended two fashion shows and the worse part being that I overdressed because the weather was warm and thought that it was going to be cool. The first event I went was the I AM FASHION: RIP FAB LANE at the National Arts Centre’s Panoramic Room. I got to see a few recognizable people from the previous fashion show in March. The event got to a slightly late start but I was able to view some of the stylish clothes that the models worn on the runway. Mind you, I got occupied with taking photos and I couldn’t get a good eye on the details.
Afterwards, I bolted off to The Canadian War Museum for Angie’s Models & Talent International Showcase 2011. Luckily I arrived as Angie spoke on stage to starting the showcase. I didn’t know the showcase started off with children and not realize well-known clothing brands like Gap were involved in the showcase. It was nice to see the fashion designers and models strutting their talent to impress the agents from around the continental.
Overall, it was a crazy Saturday attending two shows and not knowing the weather would be warm as Summer is approaching.
As June approaches, season six of the blog and season two on CKCU-FM will be winding down. Expect a season finale soon.
If you want to go back from a previous entry, which includes the separate audio interviews with two models from Angie’s Models, it’s at this link.
Don’t forget to browse through the photos. Apologies if I didn’t name the designers from the showcase.
Apologies on combining Wednesday’s radio show and The Genie Awards all in one entry. I did not want to do back to back blog entries.
March 11 update – Another apology for posting the photos late because I only had the iPad with me and the WordPress app for iOS was not keen on the formatting.
Sort of live blogging over on the iPad but it is slightly failing on me. Using Safari on the iPad to get started. It is 3:35pm and hanging at the blogger zone at The 31 Genie Awards red carpet.
Live Blogging at the Red Carpet for the 31 Genie Awards.
Almost 3:45pm and there’s not much activity happening.
4:08pm. The red carpet has started. Strombo is here.
4:13pm. I finally got to meet George Stroumboulopoulos and had a short chat with him.
4:16pm. Just saw Remy Girard of InSecurity and Alan Hawco from the CBC’s Wednesday show, Republic of Doyle. Here’s the photo with Alan Hawco.
4:30pm. Got to see Shannon Tweed, Brett Wilson (from Dragons’ Den) and Kristin Kreuk. Pictured with Wilson.
4:33pm. Gordon Pinsent just went to the Blogger Zone and said hi.
4:38pm. Gilles Ducceppe and the director of Incendie walked to the red carpet.
4:42pm. It was great to see Elliott Brood on the red carpet (photo shown). 4:50pm. The CBC head brass arrive on the red carpet.
4:54pm. Got to see the 2010 Polaris Music Prize winner, Karkwa and kindly approached us at the Blogger Zone table. Pictured with Karkwa.
4:56pm. Ottawa mayor, Jim Watson is here.
5:03pm. Just saw Roger Cross, from 24. He went through the red carpet.
5:05pm. William Shatner is now here.
5:11pm. Laureen Harper has made it to the red carpet along with the Minister of Heritage.
5:13pm. Actor, Bruce Greenwood arrived to the red carpet.
5:27pm. Looks like the celebrities have all arrived to the red carpet.
5:35pm. Don McKellar has arrived.
Done with the red carpet festivities.
Made my way to the press room (around 6pm).
Got to see winners from the team of Incendies. William Shatner made his way in the press room, post awards show.
In closing, I had some nerves before going to the Genie Awards but I had great fun being at the Blogger Zone table and some of the celebrities were surprised and astounded with myself and two other people. It brought a unique element as the audience is catering to a tech crowd. The press room was pretty good with Wi-Fi but there were big time glitches with the audio from the awards ceremony, but it was eventually fixed up. The afterparty was a nice setting to see as celebs mingle around and trying out foods. It was a nice experience to attend a film award.
I forgot to put a link of the Genie Award winners from any news source. Feeling a bit clumsy in leaving it out.
Audio from March 9 – Radio Show & Interviews The playlist is at this link. The Wild 10 Countdown entry is at this link.
The March 9 radio show – press play to listen.
We Are The City Interview
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The Aidan Knight Interview
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