AUDIO: Co-hosting Charlatan Live

I stepped out of my comfort zone as a section editor for The Charlatan, my university’s independent student newspaper and temporarily stepped into the role of co-host of the newspaper’s radio show with my classmate and friend Emily D’Orazio, since one of the regular hosts, Sydney, was unavailable. I helped write a small part of the show as well.

Check it out by clicking the image below!

Charlatan-live

AUDIO: Hosting Midweek on CKCU 93.1 FM

I had the chance to be a host for Midweek, a current affairs show broadcast across Ottawa and produced by graduate and undergraduate journalism students in their final year of study.

In addition to hosting, for this show, I also co-produced a Q&A piece previewing the 20th anniversary year of the Ottawa International Writers Festival (4:37) and spoke on a report released by Ryerson University on diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (32:07).

Check it out!

AUDIO: Potential podcast pilot – Diaspora Dialogues: Gold and Trains

I created this short radio piece for my final history project, and I really enjoyed researching, narrating, and editing together this little mini-episode. I’m hoping this is the beginning of a bigger project, as I’ve had the idea for a podcast featuring people’s migration stories for a while. Have a listen, and I hope you learn a little something about a little-told part of Canadian history!

PHOTO: Lindy hopping on Elgin Street – A glimpse of Ottawa’s swing dance community

On the night of Jan. 25, LIVE on Elgin, a downtown performance venue, came alive with Oxford shoes, twirling skirts, and fast-paced jazz beats, as local swing dance group Bytown Swing hosted a community dance night.

While smaller than its Toronto and Montréal counterparts, Ottawa’s swing dance community is vibrant and active, as seen from one Wednesday night. Dancers of all ages and varied skill levels came to jitterbug and lindy hop to the fast-paced beats of ragtime and swing jazz.

Swing dance is a category of partner dance originating from the 1920s Jazz Age. It was developed alongside the popularization of ragtime and jazz music up until the 1940s. There are many variations of swing dance, with the most popular being the Lindy Hop, a swing dance that emerged from Harlem during the era of 1940s jazz. It’s a fast-paced dance style often involving swinging, flipping, and throwing of dancers.

Take a glimpse into a night out swing dancing in the following photos!

VIDEO: NOM NOM NOM – Collab with One Time Stories!

Hey, Internet! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while-school, work, and life got in the way. Watch this video from One Time Stories, a fantastic storytelling YouTube channel that I collaborated with to tell a story about food (check me out at 1:10). This channel is a fantastic avenue for storytelling and Leslie does a great job of compiling and creating great stories from the YouTube community. If you want to find a place to try storytelling, check out her website for open calls to submit your own story.