Month: June 2019

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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Events

Ottawa Independent Writers hosts annual Reading Night in June 2019

Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) is getting ready to host their annual Reading Night on June 18th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Both members and non-members of the community organization are cordially invited to the second annual reading night, the group’s last meeting before the summer break. OIW members in good standing will be reading excerpts from […]

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Reflections

Fighting hate crimes in Ottawa – and online

“The Ottawa Police Services hate crime unit is investigating incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti at Ottawa’s two largest synagogues and at a home in the Glebe neighbourhood used as a Jewish Renewal prayer and study centre,” was the lead to the front page story I wrote for the November 28, 2016 edition of the Ottawa Jewish […]

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Events

SOS Vanier Live Music Night & Silent Auction

The McCann Family is legendary in Vanier. Bunny & Joan gave us 16 talented children along with a passionate musical legacy. Buddy is well known throughout Ottawa for his musical talent on drums, harmonica, guitar and vocals and will be inducted into The Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame this year. Christine McCann wrote […]

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Faith

Uncritical compliance and obedience leads to the deadness of the cross

I plan to look at our stages of maturation particularly as adult members of a faith community. Most religious and psychological literature written has focused on children and their stages of development. And that is fine for parents and teachers, but it doesn’t help us adults understand how we mature through all the great stages […]

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