Michael Bussière

Features Writer

Michael Bussière is a music producer who has worked for such labels as CBC, Naxos, and Polygram. He taught a program in digital music practices at Carleton University for many years where he also directed research into virtual conservatories and digital stages. Michael also writes about history and cultural mapping. His favourite possession is his Langford ottertail canoe paddle. 
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The painterly gestures of an unruly gardener

The painterly gestures of an unruly gardener

As a young person, Stefanie Leigh Kirby dreamt of being a professional dancer, but like so many youthful dreams of passionate pursuits, Stefanie found herself facing reality. Stefanie worked hard to learn the intricacies of contemporary jazz, but a kindly, forthright dance instructor told her that she [...]

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Photographer Jon Babulic’s unplanned life of adventures

Photographer Jon Babulic’s unplanned life of adventures

Photo credit: Jon Babulic (used with permission) Whoever said a picture is worth a thousand words may well have been describing wildlife photography. Like nature itself, it is elemental. Wildlife photography zooms in on the two primary questions posed by the camera as metaphor: where and when? Point [...]

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Built in defiance: Road tripping eastern Ontario’s history

Built in defiance: Road tripping eastern Ontario’s history

All photos by Michael Bussière Crisscross eastern Ontario with a back roads map book and you might just stumble upon some of the province’s finest stone heritage. Here are three road trips around the region where you can explore buildings that are the oldest of their kind in the province. [...]

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Photographer Randy VanDerStarren invites you to Take Your Seat

Photographer Randy VanDerStarren invites you to Take Your Seat

All photos by Randy VanDerStarren Frank Capra said “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” Randy VanDerStarren had a hunch when he looked at a director’s chair and saw something that is essentially meaningful. A chair offers repose and invites conversation. A collection [...]

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Nick Davies on HEXO’s Multibillion-Dollar Global Ambitions

Nick Davies on HEXO’s Multibillion-Dollar Global Ambitions

Photo credit: Sean Sisk Masson-Angers is located on the eastern edge of the city of Gatineau. Travellers may know it as a typical mill town, or as a ferry stop across from Cumberland. It’s home to the usual landmarks found in other villages in the region. A big stone church, a main street with [...]

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They don’t call it the Mother Corp. for nothing

They don’t call it the Mother Corp. for nothing

Photo: Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano (credit: Antoine Saito) A name long banished to hell by CBC Radio 2 is still off the air, and that name is Charles Dutoit. I apologize if its appearance in print has caused you trepidation and palpitations. Rest assured the man is being soundly punished [...]

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The Night Ravel met Gershwin

The Night Ravel met Gershwin

Photo: Classical pianist Jan Lisiecki (credit: Christoph Koestlin) In 1928, French composer Maurice Ravel made a very successful, four-month long tour of the US and Canada, during which he presented 25 concerts and many informal soirées. Ravel was a great admirer of the new world and he embraced [...]

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Free Chamberfest concerts at Ottawa City Hall

Free Chamberfest concerts at Ottawa City Hall

Photo credit: Marie-Andrée Blais Ottawa Chamberfest is presenting a series of three free concerts at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, starting on Tuesday, April 16th. The City Series is an opportunity to spend the noon hour hearing outstanding musical talent perform a wide variety [...]

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CU at the Symphony

CU at the Symphony

Photo credit: Shawn Peters The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra is a tried-and-true musical institution in the city, an ensemble whose place in the community is made even more central by its new home at Dominion Chalmers Church. The venerable and historic 100-year old Chalmers was purchased last year by Carleton [...]

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The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House

The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House

Photo credit: Bruce Zinger There’s really no need to refer to Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra as one of the premiere ensembles of its kind in the world. This is a fact consistently underscored by its stellar catalogue of recordings and its critical reception by audiences on acclaimed [...]

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