Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes a selfie with an boy who fell over the security railing while trying to take a photo of him during Canada Day celebrations as the country marks its 150th anniversary since confederation, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa July 1, 2017. Despite the rain and a large security presence, people waited in lines for up to 8 hours to enter Parliament Hill. REUTERS/Blair Gable
The last time the Juno’s were in Ottawa, I was flying home from Belize. So I was very happy to be shooting the event for Reuters this time around. Here are some of my favs from the night.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, their kids, along with the Governor General of Canada David Johnston and his wife Sharron, attended the event.
Bryan Adams and Russell Peters hosted.
Shaun Mendes performed.
July Talk performed.
Ruth B performed and won the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award.
The Prime Minster and his wife also paid tribute to Leonard Cohen, who won Album of the Year.
The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie spoke via video message, and the band won the Group of the Year award and Rock Album of the Year.
Alessia Cara won the Pop Album of the Year award.
Shaun Mendes accepted the Fan Choice award.
Billy Talent performed.
Jim Cuddy and Buffy Sainte-Marie present the Album of the Year award…
…to Leonard Cohens’ son and grandson.
Sarah Mclachlan performed and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She also looks amazing.
The whole gang helped Bryan Adams perform Summer of ’69. White Horse, Sarah McLachlan, Billy Talent, The Arkells, The Barenaked Ladies, July Talk, etc. all performed.
Maclean’s Magazine sent me back to Tweed, a medical marijuana grow-op housed in the former Hershey’s chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, for an open house and an update on their business plans. A few weeks later, they announce that Snoop Dogg will have his own line of designer pot available in Canada.
Paul Ralph (R) and Levi Ayer walk through a row of self-sit trees at Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm in Pakenham November 24, 2015. Photo by Blair Gable for The Toronto Star
Hundreds of people practice yoga on the west lawn of Parliament Hill in during a Lululemon community event in Ottawa July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Blair Gable (CANADA)
A Supermoon rising over the Rideau Canal in Ottawa July 12, 2014. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk. REUTERS/Blair Gable (CANADA)
I can’t wait for the ones in August and September!
While I was working on my medical marijuana photo story at the Tweed facility in Smiths Falls, I also shot a video for the Macleans Magazine iPad edition. Thank you to every there who tolerated me during my many visits!
From the Tweed website, “Tweed is a Canadian company established to supply an unmatched selection of premium medical marijuana to treat symptoms such as chronic pain, seizures, muscle spasms, nausea and loss of appetite. We believe in providing only reliable, high quality products, and strive to do so with the utmost empathy, compassion, professionalism and integrity.”
A sinkhole opened up at the intersection of Laurier Avenue E and Waller Street, near the University of Ottawa, in Ottawa February 21, 2014. The sinkhole is about eight meters wide and twelve meters deep. REUTERS/Blair Gable (CANADA)
Here is a photo of your truly, right at the edge of a rooftop overlooking the sinkhole, shot by a student who helped me track down the best view of the scene.
Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan took part in and placed first in mens senior program at the World Figure Skating Championships held in Ottawa securing his place on the Canadian Olympic team heading to Russia. I spent four days shooting both the action on ice and some behind the scenes. Despite the screaming fans (young and old) Chan seemed unfazed by the expectations placed on him by his Country who expect nothing less than a golf medal performance at the upcoming 2014 Olympic Games in Sochii.
Patrick Chan even took time after the competition to surprise Chan-fan Emilie Dagenais with a backstage tour. Dagenais, a young figure skater who is battling cancer for the fourth time, was very emotional during their time together.