Events

An Invitation to the St. Joe’s Supper Table Fundraising Dinner

The St. Joe’s Supper Table is a soup kitchen in Sandy Hill serving close to 100 healthy meals each evening to those in need, and aims to do so in an environment where all guests feel valued. In an effort to raise funds for the meal program, St. Joe’s is holding a catered three-course dinner […]

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Faith

In our own insecurity we may fear those who are different…

On Tuesday evening of this past week I had dinner with about fifteen other members of L’Arche Ottawa in one of our L’Arche homes. We were celebrating the birthdays of two of our members–one, a woman from Latin America who lives in the home–and the other a man who, for the past ten years, has […]

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Events

Discovering hidden gems in Vanier

Vanier residents who are enthusiastic about learning about our community, its history and its future, joined what has become known as “Jane’s Walk” recently and explored Montreal Road through a free walking tour. Last year, 3,000 people joined one of more than 60 free walking tours celebrating the work of late urban thinker Jane Jacobs. […]

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Reviews

Book Review: Fragments by Jagjeet Sharma

Ottawa-based freelance author and poet Jagjeet Sharma’s newly released anthology Fragments offers poetry that straddles and explores the crossroads of traditional and contemporary society, as well as East and West. Our cultural roots and memories colour how we live in the present day. Sharma’s poetry is cognizant that time forms a continuum and as such, the past […]

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Faith

My father died earlier this year — Our relationship was a mystery…

Ottawa resident Roshene Lawson shared this very personal reflection at St. Joseph’s Parish in Sandy Hill on Father’s Day. In it she speaks about the recent death of her father, her complicated relationship with him and how all of this connects to her faith. Happy Father’s Day (weekend)…and Happy Trinity Sunday (weekend)! My own father, […]

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Reviews

A review of Benoit Chartier’s The Calumnist Malefesto

Benoit Chartier, the Ottawa area author of the anthology The Calumnist Malefesto, breaks the negative stereotypes often attached to self-publishing, offering readers a skillfully edited collection of engaging and atmospheric prose. Each story is unique, the themes diverse and the language varied–the latter adjusted to fit the tone of the given narrative. There is a […]

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Events

Social justice, faith and life — Featured summer programs in the Ottawa area

Below we’ve assembled a shortlist of community programs and events in the Ottawa area this summer focused on matters of social justice, faith and life questions. From time-to-time, Presszo shares a list of community-based events that we believe may be of interest to our readers. These are the sort of grassroots events that sometimes don’t […]

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Faith

Capital Chamber Choir performs Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles

Ottawa’s Capital Chamber Choir celebrated its tenth anniversary on June 8th, 2019 by performing British composer Joby Talbot’s cappella choral work Path of Miracles at St. Joseph’s Parish in Sandy Hill. What is perhaps most unique about this piece is that it is a modern, twenty-first century exploration of an ancient religious experience, namely the […]

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Focus

My struggles have made me humble — A profile of Ottawa rapper Above Forward

Above Forward is an emerging rapper in Ottawa who writes lyrics based on the real-life difficulties he personally experienced. Rising from the lowest point in his life, we met Above Forward in his new home to hear about some of his tough experiences and their impact on his music. When asked what percentage of his […]

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Focus

From Detroit, through Victoria to Ottawa — A Profile of recording artist Flaco

Originally from Windsor, Ontario and with life experience in rough-and-tumble Detroit, Dana Flaco Bassile, a rapper and  hip hop recording artist in Ottawa known more widely as Flaco, spoke to us about his life, his work and how difficulties thrown his way have played a formative role in his music. Appearing at first every bit […]

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