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Recent BlackBerry photos


My job and my interests bring me to some pretty cool places in and around Ottawa. Sometimes I have a camera handy; other times I rely on my BlackBerry to take a snap so the moment isn’t lost forever.

However, it sometimes takes me a while to download those photos. That’s what I did today and I thought I would share the results:

The first photo is from Rideau Hall, home and workplace of the Governor General of Canada, currently Michaëlle Jean. (It was just announced that David Johnston will replace her in September.) They have a tradition at Rideau Hall that visiting dignitaries plant a tree. Last year, the Emperor of Japan visited and planted an eastern hemlock tree, shown below. (Next I have to get a snap of the tree that Queen Elizabeth II planted during her visit in early July this year.)


In May, I visited the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans (the eastern reaches of Ottawa). It’s abeautiful, breezy building with a great theatre and interesting programming. There’s not a bad seat in the house!

I’ve blogged about this before but I just love yoga on Parliament Hill (every Wednesday, weather permitting, until September 29 thanks to Lululemon Athletica). Lucy Zilio of OMNI TV filmed one of her “Tuned In” spots here. It’s just so colourful and summery and as you can see, hundreds show up!

Then on June 30, #1 Toronto breakfast show, Breakfast Television, broadcast live from Ottawa from 6 to 9am! It was an early morning but what a show! The crowd that showed up was enthusiastic, with Spartacat, Mounties, Ceremonial Guardsman, the band Silver Creek, the crews from the National Gallery of Canada‘s Pop Life show, the staff from the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Haunted Walk gang and more!

There was such a hubbub around Ottawa around Canada Day that I never did get to the National Arts Centre for the unveiling of the Oscar Peterson statue by Queen Elizabeth II. It was only later when I was able to snap a shot. It’s very tempting to join the Canadian jazz legend on his bench and imagine him tickling the ivories!

And then it was Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest — the no-holds-barred party of the year! My favourite show, shown below, was a blistering show by John Hiatt on the smaller Subway stage but people raved about everyone from the Flaming Lips to Santana to Iron Maiden to Drake to the B-52 to Rush. Party on, Ottawa!

So now I’m caught up… can’t wait to see what pops up next on my BlackBerry camera!


Japanese Emperor's tree at Rideau HallTheir Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan planted this tree at Rideau Hall on July 9, 2009.
Shenkman Arts CentreThe lobby of the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans.
Yoga on Parliament HillSay "ommmmm" and stretch it on Parliament Hill every Wednesday during summer in Ottawa.
Breakfast TelevisionMarie Lemay of the National Capital Commission (in pink) prepares for an interview with Breakfast Television co-host Dina Pugliese while members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police look on, on June 30, 2010.
Oscar Peterson statueCanadian jazz great Oscar Peterson sits at his favourite piano outside the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, thanks to sculptor Ruth Abernathy.
Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest 2010An enthusiastic crowd ate up whatever John Hiatt dished out at this year's sprawling, red-hot Bluesfest!

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