Sunday, September 24, 2017
This building has changed stores a few times at least over the years...
Early morning drive tomorrow with two vans of students and two colleagues. This was certainly the sunniest of Ottawas. Lots of great films. I'm not inclined to be earnestly critical anymore. It's not the way to best enjoy them. But I do appreciate the good things.
Going to bed watching a little Quebec news...
Posted by baku at 9:59 PM
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Tomorrow's the last full day in Ottawa. Tonight the festival awards were...awarded. It's basically over, though there are screenings still to be...screened.
All things must pass, when they happen in time.
Posted by baku at 11:06 PM
Here in the double-decker bus on the way to Strathcona(?) Park for food, beer, and rencontres. I've never carved a pumpkin here, just taken photos.
Today was relaxed and sunny. Tomorrow it's more "Meet the Filmmakers". The first day's crowd of artists was surprisingly articulate. Today's experience was different, with some degree of incoherence, some interesting points, and a wandering host who let one thing go on a long time.
Dreaming Thomas have found their way to Canada. No gigs just yet, just traces in odd places. So far it hasn't affected record sales, but we expect to see an Ontario spike soon...
Posted by baku at 12:17 AM
Friday, September 22, 2017
Full day watching movies, but with some time spent outside, too. This is a view from inside the National Art Gallery, attending the International Panorama screening. Panorama films are deemed not good enough for competition but worthy of being screened at the festival.
So, looking forward to jogging down by the river, it was unfortunately the case that the river path is being renovated and so most of it is closed on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River. Don't know why, but I will check out the Quebec side in the morning, going across the Alexander Bridge. The weather's been the best I've ever experienced here, and that's since 2002.
Walked around downtown, past a Peace Day demonstration/gathering in front of the Parliament buildings. Went into a shopping/business building to get a Subway lunch, then headed back on the pedestrian street to the auberge. Ottawa is not big, and not small, with a comfortable tourist zone with its covered market and many hamburger pubs, as well as Middle Eastern, Indian, and Asian restaurants.
Tomorrow is the Animator's Picnic, an opportunity for photo-taking at the pumpkin carving contest. Sunday will be interesting, as the festival will essentially be over, leaving a full day for sightseeing and doing work.
Posted by baku at 12:10 AM
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Drove up with two vans full of animation students and two fellow teachers yesterday, during a warm, sunny day. A pleasantly uneventful trip followed by the evening screening of Competition Shorts, Program 1. Bumped into a few folks and sang "Hey Bulldog" at the karaoke party, then headed back to the auberge for to sleeping.
Here with Karl and Chantal, back at her Auberge des Arts. Looking forward to seeing way too much great animation and enjoying the river.
Posted by baku at 7:04 AM
Monday, September 18, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Tradewinds serves up the kind of comfort food you would expect to see on Tutu's table with family. Oney ono!
How do people from Upcountry end up in Philadelphia...
Posted by baku at 11:11 PM
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Went to the Mann this evening to see 2 Cellos, which turned out to be a gut-string rock band. A couple of Croatian guys out to make a buck...a lot of bucks, actually, catering to some pretty low, common musical denominators. I could see them busking it - their act had that sort of "keep 'em entertained", barely-disguised-disdain sort of humor. What a colossal waste of talent, but heck, the tickets were on UArts, and the music hall itself is beautiful. It was a nice night out. Definitely would go back to see something good.
Getting late. Tea's getting cold. Time to head off to Dreamland...
Posted by baku at 10:35 PM
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Band practice tonight: covers for our Chinatown Arch and Riverpark Pub gigs in October. Also aiming to play some acoustic/coffeehouse gigs with originals as well.
Jerry's our bassist-in-residence for these two outings while Norm's away traveling. Tonight we also had Cap's bud Ron on percussion. Ron's an O'ahu boy, and it was a happy coincidence to have a soul brother from Hawai'i in the room this evening. A calm presence, and very solid on percussion, alongside Cap.
Posted by baku at 1:44 AM