Ottawhat? - An Ottawa podcast



Every week, Keegan On, Amaan Bashir, and Rob Attrell sit down with interesting people in Ottawa, Canada to discuss events, culture and the city of Ottawa at its best.


  • Ottawhat 144 – Matt Hertendy

    Ottawhat 144 – Matt Hertendy

    21/03/2018 Duration: 42min

    Matt Hertendy from the New Theatre of Ottawa company joins us on this episode. Listen now to learn about some of the things that go on behind the scenes of building a company, and everything Matt and his team is working on!

  • Ottawhat 143 – Nathan Adolphe and Natania Abebe (Stars In A Jar)

    Ottawhat 143 – Nathan Adolphe and Natania Abebe (Stars In A Jar)

    08/03/2018 Duration: 46min

    On this week’s show, we met Nathan and Natania, the co-founders of Stars In A Jar, a charity helping to connect child cancer survivors with young cancer patients.

  • Ottawhat 142 – Zoe Towne

    Ottawhat 142 – Zoe Towne

    01/03/2018 Duration: 45min

    Our guest this week is Zoe Towne, a local musician and actor who is keeping busy selling out venues like Live on Elgin with her bands, Jumpin’ Joe Flash and Valois.

  • Ottawhat 141 – Ewan Reid (Mission Control Space Services)

    Ottawhat 141 – Ewan Reid (Mission Control Space Services)

    01/02/2018 Duration: 48min

    This week’s episode features Ewan Reid, President and CEO of Mission Control Space Services. We learned about his work on the Space Shuttle program, the transition to starting his own space services company, and his other athletic and theatrical accomplishments.

  • Ottawhat 140 – Jumpin’ Joel Flash

    Ottawhat 140 – Jumpin’ Joel Flash

    18/01/2018 Duration: 44min

    In the debut episode of 2018, we met Jumpin’ Joel Flash, who with his band the Magic Machine are releasing their very first single The Rain at a ‘mega-party’ at Live on Elgin on February 16th.

  • Ottawhat 138 – Tuong La

    Ottawhat 138 – Tuong La

    23/11/2017 Duration: 49min

    Tuong La has a LOT going on. In this episode, we try to get to the bottom of what sustains all his jobbies (jobs/hobbies), including podcasting, video production, improv comedy, and much, much more!

  • Ottawhat 137 – Ruth Kwan

    Ottawhat 137 – Ruth Kwan

    09/11/2017 Duration: 39min

    Ruth Kwan grew up in Ottawa studying music, and is back in town now after spending four years touring across North America with The Phantom of the Opera.

  • Ottawhat 136 – Ashley Lemmon

    Ottawhat 136 – Ashley Lemmon

    26/10/2017 Duration: 43min

    On the show this week, we met the founder of Nora Swimwear, Ashley Lemmon. Hear all about her time in England, her experience starting a business and helping other women do the same, and all the work that goes in to making a clothing line.

  • Ottawhat 135 – Josephine Leone

    Ottawhat 135 – Josephine Leone

    12/10/2017 Duration: 44min

    This week’s show features Ottawa’s premiere scrunge band, Josephine Leone. We’re joined by Val, Mike, and Pete to discuss the process of making their new EP, and everything that goes along with doing that entirely on their own.

  • Ottawhat 134 – John Girgis

    Ottawhat 134 – John Girgis

    28/09/2017 Duration: 52min

    In this episode, we met with John Girgis, who came to talk about Biotown, an open-access, DIY biology lab located right in downtown Ottawa.

  • Ottawhat 133 – Dan Shields

    Ottawhat 133 – Dan Shields

    14/09/2017 Duration: 01h14min

    On the show this week, part owner of Yuk Yuks Ottawa, Dan Shields, is our guest. We talked about a little of everything in this one, including Dan’s favourite sport, basketball, and how Ottawa has changed in the last several decades.

  • Ottawhat 132 – Becca Alkerton

    Ottawhat 132 – Becca Alkerton

    31/08/2017 Duration: 46min

    This week’s episode features Becca Alkerton, a born and raised Ottawan who currently calls Hintonburg home. We talked about Capital Pride, some cool charitable organizations around the city, and Becca taught us how to tie a bowtie!

  • Ottawhat 131 – Mariam Zohouri

    Ottawhat 131 – Mariam Zohouri

    10/08/2017 Duration: 40min

    This week’s podcast features Mariam Zohouri, community leader for Mealshare in Ottawa and Montreal. Mealshare works with local restaurants across Canada to provide food to children in the city who otherwise might not eat anything.

  • Ottawhat 130 – Gary Sisson

    Ottawhat 130 – Gary Sisson


    On the show this week, we met Gary Sisson, owner of Garaoke Karaoke and DJ Services, who has been serving the National Capital Region’s Karaoke needs for over 20 years.

  • Ottawhat 129 – Maeve Montgomery-Lalonde

    Ottawhat 129 – Maeve Montgomery-Lalonde


    Our show this week features Maeve Montgomery-Lalonde, independent musician and stand-up comedian.

  • Ottawhat 128 – Sydney Smith

    Ottawhat 128 – Sydney Smith


    This week’s episode features Sydney Smith, lover of and advocate for all of Canada’s great outdoors.

  • Ottawhat 127 – Charlie Hoppner

    Ottawhat 127 – Charlie Hoppner


    The show this week features Charlie Hoppner, founder of the band Valois. Apart from hearing about his musical pursuits, we hear about his experiences in film, and discuss how our society deals with and talks about mental health.

  • Ottawhat 126 – Joey Clavette

    Ottawhat 126 – Joey Clavette


    The show this week features Joey Clavette, the founder of street newspaper The Ottawa Wrench, a website and newspaper focusing on homelessness and chronic poverty. We talk about getting a street newspaper up and running, basic income, and mental health.

  • Ottawhat 125 – Greg Houston

    Ottawhat 125 – Greg Houston


    On the show this week, we talk with Greg Houston, a local comedian whose prolific hosting of Ottawa events means you’ve probably already seen him on a stage at some point.

  • Ottawhat 124 – Tom Goldsmith

    Ottawhat 124 – Tom Goldsmith


    This week’s episode features Tom Goldsmith, a software developer and technology enthusiast whose most recent project, Sadblock, aims to rid social media feeds of annoying or negative stories.

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