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.

VIDEO: Lost To The River Documentary Episode 1

Follow indie rockers Lost To The River’s recording process at Gallery Studios in Ottawa, Canada through a three part mini documentary.  Formerly known as Miss Polygamy, it has been an honour, and frankly a ton of fun to document the band over the years and to witness their evolution into a more mature, cohesive unit.  Shot and edited by Alexander Vlad, with additional camera by Val Volfson, look out for the second episode in the coming days!  Check out Lost To The River online at LTTRMusic.com and discover some incredible new music.

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!

DAILY EDIT: DJ Michael Wayne

Trying to continue this trend of photographs from warmer weather, here’s a strobist portrait of Ottawa DJ/producer Michael Wayne.  Two speedlites bracketed together on Mike’s right, each on 1/2 power and another on his left also at 1/2, triggered with Pocket Wizards.  Due to silly lack of an ND filter in the kit at the time, it was shot at f20, 1/160.  Photographed by Alexander Vlad with assistance from Alex Brazeau.

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DAILY EDIT: Glowfair #1

Shooting Glowfair 2014 was such an awesome experience.  In addition to working with some of my favourite production creatives, the event itself was a giant success and filled with vibrant performers.  Here are some shots of some of the cyber-circus performers during Hex Hector’s Bank Street DJ Set, which later turned into a several thousand strong silent disco after free headphones were distributed for the entire audience.  Mark Glowfair 2015 into your calenders if you are in the Ottawa region in July!

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