AROUND THE BLOCK

July 31, 2009 — Slam poetry and local history

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on August 4, 2009

Featured interviews:

I suggest listening to those poets above. They’re quite cool. In fact, the show has never been cooler.

During the second half of the show, I presented to you, the listeners, my own version of The 10 Most Interesting Landmarks Or People That Made Their Mark On Ottawa And Are Now Tremendously Underappreciated For It.

It was like a 30-minute quiz show, and it started with me asking listeners 10 questions. A dramatic countdown to the most interesting item of local note ensued. On the show, they were presented in reverse-numerical order, so you might get easily confused. Sorry ’bout that. Here are the questions:

  1. For decades, how far did you have to travel, if you were at the University of Ottawa, to reach the nearest beach?
  2. Where in Ottawa can you find what is arguably the tallest cross – and I mean that as the religious symbol – in the city?
  3. Which bridge in the area is named in honour of Canada’s involvement in the Boer War, the conflict that sent hundreds of Canadian troops to South Africa at the turn of the 20th century?
  4. Which park mere minutes down the street was once a rifle range?
  5. Which church just around the corner is known as one of the more liberal Catholic parishes in the area?
  6. Where can you find one of the oldest department stores in Ottawa?
  7. There is a park in Ottawa that was once the epicentre of Cold War espionage based on the life and experiences of a nearby resident. Which one is it?
  8. Before it was the nation’s capital, Ottawa was widely known as a lumber town. Which local character was known as a baron of that industry who apparently died with $33 million to his name?
  9. Which embassy on Wilbrod Street is quietly famous for housing the German consul general until his expulsion in 1939?
  10. Who is arguably the most important figure in our neighbourhood’s development immediately after World War Two?

Note the speed at which I guide you through the final few answers, which are available for download below, along with the other answers:

Lastly, the music we featured on the show: Winchester Warm, who played the Black Sheep Inn on the weekend; and Old Crowns, who are at Maverick’s on Aug. 6.

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