VIDEO: NAC Presents #FOMO w/ A Tribe Called Red, The Lionyls, U.S. Girls & Mehdi Cayenne

In January 2016, the all Canadian singer-songwriters series NAC Presents celebrated 5 years of loving Canadian music with a live show entitled #FOMO featuring A Tribe Called Red, U.S. Girls, Mehdi Cayenne and The Lionyls.  Fantastic live art was provided by Ariane Beauchamp and Robbie of Ottawa’s Fall Down Gallery.  Seeing a national institution continue to surprise, inspire and reinvent itself up close through excellent curation, programming and execution is both awesome and encouraging.  It was a blast to be a part of the event and to try and distil the energy that was in the National Arts Centre that night into a brief film.  There was so much fun footage to work with that it was difficult to encompass a wide ranging showcase into 1 minute and 20 seconds, but I’m delighted with the results, and hopefully it succeeds in it’s task of giving you a case of #FOMO.  Filmed by Alexander Vlad and Alex Brazeau for the National Arts Centre.  Music by A Tribe Called Red.

FEATURED: United Nations COP18 Doha Throwback Part 1

In 2012 I had the great privilege of shooting for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when Doha, Qatar hosted the UN’s COP18/CMP8.  COP is the Conference of Parties, basically when the world comes together to figure out how to save the human race from man-made climate change.  The other side of the curtain gave me incredible insight into the process, protocol and perils of the climate change debate.

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Photographed by Alexander Vlad for UNFCCC COP18, Doha 2012

As a photographer, but also as a human concerned with the state of the planet we call home, to see how our collective future is debated over and quantified in geopolitical and economic terms is most definitely sobering and enlightening.  It both demystified the workings of geopolitics and compounded the importance of vision, action and compassion when tackling issues of global consequence.

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Signing Ceremony with His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, Her Highness Sheika Mozah Al Thani, His Excellency Faisal bin Mohammed Al-Suwaidi. Photographed by Alexander Vlad for UNFCCC COP18, Doha 2012

With the recent successes scored at COP21 Paris, I cannot help but look back to my experiences during COP18 and remember just how hard ministers, delegates and activists had to fight for such even the smallest concessions from industrialized nations.

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Photographed by Alexander Vlad for UNFCCC COP18, Doha 2012

My own country of Canada was actively acting against the interests of low-lying and at-risk nations through climate change policy and took home several “fossil of the day” awards for being environmentally backwards, often touting previous achievements instead of committing to the necessary action in the present.

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Photographed by Alexander Vlad for UNFCCC COP18, Doha 2012

With cautious optimism, I am pleased that our new government takes such a more proactive stance on climate change and took power just in time to be a positive voice for much of the Paris convention.  Stay tuned for Part II.

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Photographed by Alexander Vlad for UNFCCC COP18, Doha 2012


EVENT: Ottawa Wine & Food Festival 2015

Over Halloween weekend, Alexander Vlad and Christopher Eades had the opportunity to be the official media lads for the 2015 edition of the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival.  Over the last 30 years the event has transformed into an institution, and in addition to industry folks, it consistently draws a curiously well dressed cross section of the general public.  The event video is in production now, but here are some of our favourite stills from the show.

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DAILY EDIT: Cleaning up the Mayor of Ottawa

It is that time of year once again, Movember. To launch the beginning of Movember, my friend Jeffrey Rafuse (House of Barons) was asked to come to the office of the mayor of Ottawa to give him a straight razor shave. Matt (GM of House of Barons) Jeff and I brought everything necessary for a proper shave including an over 100 year old barber chair to the brief case/shave kit. During the press conference held by mayor Jim Watson, he was sat down and shaved in the boardroom infront of the local press. Thanks for bringing me along.IMG_0002 IMG_0005 IMG_0020 IMG_0023 IMG_0035 IMG_0052 IMG_0068

EVENT: One Bad Son, The Wild & Iconoclast @ Maverick’s

The day after St-Patrick’s day is usually associated with calling in sick and stepping around puddles of green hurl, but this year (and please for every year after) it was all about rock & roll.  Ottawa bad boys of rock and longtime collaborators, Iconoclast, teamed up with Kelowna-based The Wild to rile the crowd up for tour headliners One Bad Son, who in turn blew the roof off of Maverick’s and brought signs of life back to a deeply hungover Rideau Street.

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EVENT: Dear Blackwolf @ Irene’s

On a blustery March night, Dear Blackwolf (Arturo Portocarrero and Joseph Perry) took to the stage at Irene’s in Ottawa to drive home the final leg of their tour with The Wicked Mercy and Brandon Allen.  Described as a “high octane blues rock due” they blend roots and rock genres to create something guitarist Joseph calls rumble music.  Photographed by Alexander Vlad.

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Check em out online, they’re definitely worth a listen!