Canada 150

Myka Burke

Features Writer

Myka Burke is a two-time recipient of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association Award for Radio Excellence, a Peabody Award nominee in the Documentary Category and an internationally published doctoral student with the University of Leipzig’s Herder Institute. She is currently based in Ottawa and likes to write about culture and Ottawa. Her favourite band is Rusted Root. You can hear her on the radio Saturday mornings and catch her on CTV Ottawa Morning Live for CHIN Radio Thursday mornings, the rest of the time she can be found in the library or at an event.
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Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge A Century Later

Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge A Century Later

Photos courtesy of by Veterans Affairs and Jeremy Diamond One of the most poignant stories from World War I, for me, is the story of the Christmas Truce. The story tells of pockets of troops on the front refusing to fight for several days at Christmas in 1914. Some accounts suggest that these soldiers [...]

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Dialogue with the Diversity of Beauty

Dialogue with the Diversity of Beauty

What do you think is beautiful? Why does beauty matter? How can we share our ideas around beauty with one another? How can we connect better to one another? These are just a few of the questions Reverend Trisha Elliott of Southminster United Church in the Glebe asked herself one morning, waking up yet [...]

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Pajama Party with a Purpose

Pajama Party with a Purpose

Ever wonder how to combine really relaxing, shopping, catching an inspiring movie with your girlfriends on a Sunday afternoon - and casually getting great advice from admired local entrepreneurs? Well, look no further! The Women in Business Conference is putting on a pajama party at the all saints urban [...]

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Beijing and Ottawa Symphony Orchestras Unite to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary

Beijing and Ottawa Symphony Orchestras Unite to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary

On Sunday, February 12th, a very special musical celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary will be taking place. His Worship Mayor Watson has called it a “cultural jewel!” The Beijing Symphony Orchestra will be performing in Ottawa and they will be joined by invited members of the Ottawa [...]

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Hope is on the Programme for Thirteen Strings’ Concert for Peace

Hope is on the Programme for Thirteen Strings’ Concert for Peace

Thirteen Strings’ “Concert for Peace” is a concert for a cause and it is happening Friday January 27th, 2017 at Dominion Chalmers United Church. This special musical event t bridges cultures, languages, musical traditions and times while ushering in the New Year on a hopeful note. [...]

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Fashion and Art Collide at Gallery 200

Fashion and Art Collide at Gallery 200

Gallery 200’s current group exhibition Wear Your Art on Your Sleeve is on until January 17th, 2017. This is why you should take in the fun and fantastical exhibit before it closes: The free exhibit features 12 impressive artists from Ottawa-Gatineau who have explored the idea of wearable art [...]

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The Scoop on the Top Affogato Spots in the Capital

The Scoop on the Top Affogato Spots in the Capital

Affogato has always been a decadent menu item at cafés and restaurants and it is popping up on coffee menus in Ottawa this Winter too. The hot and cold cross between a dessert and a beverage has a couple of traditional incarnations and Ottawa cafés are offering up surprising variations to entice the [...]

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CHIN Radio Ottawa Celebrates the Holidays Bollywood Style

CHIN Radio Ottawa Celebrates the Holidays Bollywood Style

When Ottawa’s only privately owned multicultural-international radio station, CHIN Radio Ottawa, celebrates the holidays, it’s a spectacular event. The Lombardis, owners of CHIN Radio, invite the on-air personalities, staff, local municipal representatives such as City Councilors Eli El-Shantiry, [...]

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Tone Cluster Presents Pop Goes the Choir

Tone Cluster Presents Pop Goes the Choir

Ottawa Life's Myka Burke chats with Tone Cluster’s Artistic Director Kurt Ala-Kantti. Local LGTBQ choir Tone Cluster – Quite a Queer Choir, known for their sonic versatility, is presenting a pop-themed pre-Christmas season concert on Saturday November 26, 2016 at the Centre Town United Church (507 [...]

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Spend Weekends in Europe this Fall with the 31st Annual EU Film Festival

Spend Weekends in Europe this Fall with the 31st Annual EU Film Festival

Canada and the European Union have never been closer than right now with the historic atmosphere of the CETA signing ceremony still in the air. The 31st annual European Union Film Festival is offering a chance to get even closer. Film lovers in Ottawa can catch a glimpse into the imagination of 25 EU [...]

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