The 2016 Polaris Music Prize Gala – S12E01

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It’s become a tradition to start the new season in Toronto for the Polaris Music Prize Gala at The Carlu. Congratulations goes out to Kaytranada for winning the 2016 edition of the music prize for the album, 99.9%. It beat out the likes of 9 artists and bands from Black Mountain, Basia Bulat, Grimes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessy Lanza, Pup, Andy Shauf, U.S. Girls and White Lung.

At the gala, there were live performances from Black Mountain, Jessy Lanza, Basia Bulat, Andy Shauf, White Lung, Carly Rae Jepsen and U.S. Girls. All of the performances were. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra assisted in Bulat’s and Jepsen’s performances. The gala were hosted by Amanda Parris of The Exhibitionist on CBC and Tom Power, new host of CBC Radio q.

To my own delight, there were food served at the Gala. There were perogies, sliders and five spices pork.

Got to hand to Steve Jordan and the Polaris Music Prize staff for the great work as usual.

Don’t forget to check out the photos here.
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Friday at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – S11E32

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Friday night at the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival was crazy hot. I had to do a lot of running around because I decided to take some photos of The Beaches playing and then rush to my lion dance troupe for the opening ceremony. I definitely was in a sweaty mess.

I’ve been hearing good things about the Toronto female indie rock band, The Beaches. Their music is like glam rock meets new wave and just having a good time. It was a short time checking them out but they’re just wonderful. The band opened up Mia Rae and Mother Mother.

Onto the lion dance performance, it was different than the previous years because we were part of the parade of champions led by the RCAF Pipes and Drums. At least it was time efficient for us to start lion dancing right away than to wait for the speeches.

It was crazy and fun Friday night to be at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. The concert lineup is the best there is with Canadian content and it’s totally free.

The photos are below and there’s a lot to look at.
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It Has To Be a YOW mini – S11E26

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Tuesday night at Stoneface Dolly’s, there was an event called YOW mini. It was hosted by YOW City Style and Maria Saracino. This exhibit combined the fashionable people of Ottawa and mixed it with sculptures in a miniaturized form.

It’s the who’s who of Ottawa from bloggers, fashionistas, musicians and the local business people.

The sculptures were based on photos shot by the creator of YOW City Style. It’s also to celebrate the blog’s one year anniversary.

At the event, there were bite sized apps by Stoneface Dolly’s, some treats by Little Jo Berry and cocktail drinks by Renew Cold Press.

It was a privilege to meet with Katie of Yow City Style as she’s pretty active on social media with the postings.

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Some Expired Impossible Photos While in Toronto – S11E25

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Returned from Toronto after a four day excursion. I had the chance to check out live music on Saturday and the Field Trip Music and Arts Festival on Sunday. The festival was held at Fort York and Garrison Common.

I didn’t take much photos as I didn’t bring the Sony a7 camera. I only used the iPhone and the Polaroid SX-70 camera. I’m currently using expired instant film from The Impossible Project. My initial worry from the expired film would be the image looking very washed out. It’s been good so far with the outcome. It was great to see a friend and former co-host, Lauren in Toronto as she’s doing her Masters at Ryerson.

In one of the photos, I was able to get one with Lennon and Maisy, the sisters who were on recently cancelled TV show, Nashville. They were suppose to perform at Field Trip but there was a severe storm which impacted the festival and had music fans evacuate the area. Fortunately, they didn’t disappoint fans with the meet and greet.

From Sunday’s Field Trip, I also got to see Basia Bulat perform and she did not disappoint. Hope she will be back in Ottawa for a concert.

I was staying in the Lakeshore area of Toronto and surprised how revitalized it has been with all the condos and lofts being situated.

You can check out the Impossible photos from below. There’s photos from Wes of Darcys to The Kents playing at The Horseshoe Tavern.
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Ottawa’s Music Scene: Class of 2015 – S11E07

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It was a chilly and windy Saturday afternoon in downtown Ottawa as I attended the Ottawa’s Music Scene // Class of 2015 group photo. There was a similar one which happened in Toronto not too long ago and why not have one for Ottawa as the music scene has been unique and creative.

There’s been a diverse genre spread throughout the music scene in the Nation’s Capital. It’s like a who’s who of the music scene and more like a six degrees of separation as the community is always interconnected.

At the photo shoot, there were bloggers, musicians and fans congregating for the group photo. As usual, it was great seeing G.Grand and Scary Bear Soundtrack. Danielle Allard, Malak and others who I might forgot their name as they were part of the fun photo shoot.

The photo above was shot on the Polaroid camera using The Impossible Project film and it didn’t turn out as great because of the cold temperatures.

You can check the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.
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The 2015 Art Battle National Championship – [Summer Special]

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July is full of events in Ottawa and in the last minute, I didn’t realize about the Art Battle National Championship. A good friend from Toronto mentioned on social media that she was in Ottawa to host the event. Luckily, I was able to make it to event and to The Westin Ottawa. The Art Battle National Championship was their final event of the sixth season and Ottawa played host to it.

The live painting competition pitted 16 winners from coast-to-coast, province to province and to become sole winner for the 2015 edition of Art Battle National Champion. Plus, the winner would get a spot for the International Live Painting Championships at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. There were 3 rounds and people voted for the artists to advance to the 3rd and final round. It was a load of fun as people walked around to see how the artists were painting within 20 minutes.
Oh yeah, for those wondering, the winner of the National Championship was Leanna Teneycke from Oakville, Ontario.

You can check out the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE. You can check out the Impossible photos from below.

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Impossible Photos in Toronto (2015 Edition) – S10E31

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For the third or technically second year, I have been bringing the Polaroid SX-70 camera to shoot some fun instant photos in Toronto. The first year was using a Fujifilm Instax.
Don’t worry, I was still shooting digital with the Sony a7 and the iPhone 6, there was a lot of juggling to do.

I know people will still call it Polaroids as I’ve been using The Impossible Project films to use it. It’s just fun to shoot analog photos and bringing a sense of originality. It’s more like a dying art but younger generations are using the Fujifilm Instax Mini. It’s the competitor to Impossible and is more stable with their instant photos.
I didn’t shoot Polaroids during live shows as I was not sure about using flash and possibly getting told by the security or the NXNE volunteers. It was better to use it to shoot with people outside of the shows.

During the CBC Radio 3 Unofficial Fan Picnic, I took a bunch or Polaroids and gave them away to people. There was no chance in scanning them to the Impossible iOS app. I was able to keep some that I took. On the first day, I gave away two round frames to friends and was able to scan it from the app.

Lastly, You can the photos from below. I’m making sure these are posted first to the blog and then onto various social media sites.
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