Ottawa, Canada
Scott, 33
Event Coordinator, Social Media Manager, Writer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm an event coordinator, social media manager, and writer. I currently work for Zibi, a new community development that's changing the landscape of Ottawa and Gatineau. I'm also very involved in the local community, specifically in the arts and culture sector. I do it because I believe in the power of culture and programming in bringing communities together.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

My heart doesn't break that easily. I've been told I'm coldhearted.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

My tastes tend to vary on the seasons. But all time? I'd probably go with: Six Feet Under, Bojack Horseman, Halt & Catch Fire, The Americans, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Arrested Development, American Dad, Veep, Broadchurch, The Fall

Name some spots in Ottawa that are good for a Tinder date.

The Blurry Pixel is a fun option. They have various video game consoles, which makes for a more casual atmosphere. I'm a bit of an art fiend, so I never tire of the National Gallery. Their permanent collection is great, and generally have interesting exhibits, like the Alex Janvier retrospective last year. The Bytowne Cinema is one of my favourite places in Ottawa; they play a great selection of arthouse, indie, and international films.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

schad is definitely one of my go-tos, they carry both men and women's clothing, footwear, and accessories. NRML is great for streetwear. Le Local in Hull has a nice curated selection of menswear. However, finding good Canadian menswear in Ottawa can be a bit of a challenge, and I often find myself heading to Montreal to do some shopping.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Kanata. Enough said.

Where would you take your partner in Ottawa if you wanted to really pamper them?

Nordik Spa. And by partner I mean me. It's the largest in North America and it's my happy place.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Anything maple syrup! And poutine with real and fresh cheese curds. And you can't beat a Killaloe Sunrise beavertail. Oh, and traditional "vin de glace".

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Ottawa?

The Glebe. While I believe that Landsdowne Park definitely needed a revamp, it has since chased away the small businesses and griminess that made the Glebe a unique neighbourhood. It's become more and more gentrified.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Ottawa?

Old Aylmer. While technically not Ottawa, it's only a hop, skip, and a jump away. Start at the corner of Principale and Frank-Robinson and make your way down to the Marina on foot. You'll discover cute cafés, delicious restaurants, local artisans, culture centre, parks, and so much more. I grew up in Aylmer, so I might be a tad biased.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Paris. You can never run out of things to do. And food to eat. And wine to drink. I just love Paris. But Mumbai is a close second.

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