Category: Episodes EN

Episode 12: Olivier and Stéphanie from Gais Francophone de l’Outaouais

This episode is in French only. The group Gais Francophones de l’Outaouais plan a bunch of events for the LGBT community in French in the region: badminton, a book club, hikes and theater are on the agenda. Meet Olivier, the founder of the group, and Stéphane, a member of the organizing committee. Links Groupe Gais…
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Special Pride Episode: Chalk Rainbow 2018

This episode is entirely in French. On August 25th, in the middle of the Capital Pride weekend celebrations, I took advantage of the fact that key individuals from my community were gathered at the Chalk Rainbow event to talk to them. Thanks to  Ève Jutras, Carmen, Andrew Giguère, Samuel Gendron, Olive Kamanyana, Olivier Pilon, Devin…
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Episode 10: Pierre-Luc

Pierre-Luc Landry was my French literature professor at the Cégep de l’Outaouais in 2012. Since then, we’ve become friends and he has published two novels and contributed to many cultural and literary projects. He teaches at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston and passes by the Outaouais region a few times a month…
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Episode 9: Fréd and Alex

Meet Fréd and Alex, my long time friends who moved to Montreal together a few years ago. Alex is now back in Gatineau after their relationship ended amicably and Fréd was visiting when we sat down to chat. Together we tried to answer the question “what can Gatineau offer to our community that Montreal can’t?”.…
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Episode 8: Renée

I got so excited when I saw that Renée Yoxon started following the podcast on Instagram that I reached out to them and they agreed to meet with me while they were in Ottawa before heading off to Ireland for school! Renée Yoxon is a singer-songwriter who started their career in the Ottawa-Gatineau jazz scene…
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Episode 7: Olivia Fogel of the Ten Oaks Project

I reached out to the Ten Oaks Project to have chat about the magical summer camps they offer youth and families of LGBTQ+ communities in Ottawa and about the events they have going on throughout this summer! I talked with the programs manager, Olivia Fogel, about what the organization does, how to register and how…
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Episode 6 : Érik Bisson of Jeunesse Idem

This episode is entirely in French. Érik Bisson is the general director of Jeunesse Idem, the only organization in the Outaouais region entirely dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community and the people surrounding its members. He told me all about the recent developments at the organization and about their upcoming events. Links: Find Jeunesse Idem…
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Episode 5: Jen & Shay

Join me and my friends Jen and Shay by the poolside on a lovely May evening as we discuss navigating different scenes as queer and disabled people in Gatineau. Jen is a dancer, transit access activist and very busy woman, and Shay is an emerging performance art critic, dancer, accessibility consultant and brightly dressed person!…
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Episode 4: Joël

This episode is in French only. Joël is a néo-QuébécoisFranco-Ontarian doing his masters, working and volunteering as an educator in both Ottawa and Gatineau. Him and his boyfriend welcomed me in their home on a grey day and we chatted about what lead him to settle down here. One of the things I take away…
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Episode 3: Maxim

This episode is in French only. In this third episode, I chat with my friend Maxim David about our teens and our conflicted identities as Francophones navigating a primarily Anglophone, and sometimes Montréalocentrique, gay and lesbian culture, how we combat our feelings of isolation and how the arts can be part of the solution in…
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