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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Mélanie Albert: a beautiful profile in courage

Mélanie Albert: a beautiful profile in courage

PHOTO: SEAN SISK PHOTOGRAPHY The world is sick right now. There we were, happily going about our business when the human race got an unexpected phone call from the World Health Organization informing us that a rogue organism has been detected in our system. Nature had randomly generated something [...]

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Ground control to Major Disegno.

Ground control to Major Disegno.

How Ottawa’s Pamela Coulston created the first jewellery to go into outer space. Canadian pride soared in 1962 with the launch of Alouette 1 into the ionosphere. It was Canada's first satellite, and the first constructed by a country other than the Soviet Union or the United States. That [...]

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LeBreton Flats. Where dreams go to fizzle out.

LeBreton Flats. Where dreams go to fizzle out.

Above: View of LeBreton Flats (PHOTO: c.1892, photograph: silver gelatin, Bytown Museum, P752) Ottawa is the only G7 capital that features a gigantic ghost town within sight of its parliamentary precinct. This peculiarity is not the result of some natural disaster, but rather the good intentions of [...]

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Chris Pereira and CEI. A unique Canadian-led business ecosystem.

Chris Pereira and CEI. A unique Canadian-led business ecosystem.

Business has been anything but business as usual, a fact seen in the profound transformation that started long before COVID-19, and a reality that Chris Pereira knows and understands very well. Chris has spearheaded a smart and effective response to the head-spinning challenges facing entrepreneurs and [...]

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Moooove over traditional vodka. Vodkow is here!

Moooove over traditional vodka. Vodkow is here!

It sounds like a Trivial Pursuit question. Q: “What did the Mongols ferment into alcohol over a thousand years ago?” A: “Milk sugar, also known as lactose.” While milk sugar produces a cleaner, smoother spirit, this ancient recipe is rarely used today because of its cost and [...]

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‘Uncle Bob’ Cabana, Ottawa’s curator of musical cool

‘Uncle Bob’ Cabana, Ottawa’s curator of musical cool

Above: Photo of Uncle Bob by Sean Sisk Photography In a city where Gore-Tex is considered a fashion statement, ‘Uncle Bob’ Cabana has made it his mission to “funkify this town, one man at a time.” He’s been working hard at it for over 30 years. Wellington Street in Hintonburg [...]

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Huawei Canada operates at a higher wavelength, calls on competitors to do the same

Huawei Canada operates at a higher wavelength, calls on competitors to do the same

Canada’s dismal state of rural broadband service means life beyond a 75 km radius of any major city is excluded from the digital economy and its services. This is an embarrassing state of affairs for a G7 country, in North America no less, and the one in which Alexander Graham Bell made the world’s [...]

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General Jonathan Vance — Canada’s transformative general says adieu

General Jonathan Vance — Canada’s transformative general says adieu

ABOVE: General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, followed by Chief Warrant Officer Kevin West, Canadian Armed Forces CWO, as well as Command Teams from 2 Wing and 3 Wing proceed to the inspection of the Guard of Honour at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, on October 7, 2015. PHOTO: LS ALEX ROY, [...]

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Laurier’s “Washington of the North” is a crumbling disgrace

Laurier’s “Washington of the North” is a crumbling disgrace

Above: The disgraceful state of Ottawa's ByWard Market. “The Washington of the North” was how Sir Wilfrid Laurier described his vision for Canada’s capital. The ramshackle lumber town of his time lacked just about everything needed to make for a noble seat of government for a [...]

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Justina McCaffrey is Canada’s fashion tour-de-force

Justina McCaffrey is Canada’s fashion tour-de-force

ABOVE: Ottawa fashion designer Justina McCaffrey is taking her new collection to Paris fashion week — recently postponed due to C-19 until late February. Justina McCaffrey has enough energy to light up her entire neighbourhood, and with her creative business ambitions, she’s going to need [...]

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