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Sonya Gankina

Editor & Social Media Coordinator

Sonya is an Ottawa-based creative professional, with Eastern European roots. She is a freelance writer who covers arts & culture happenings in Ottawa, and who also works with local businesses and bigger companies alike to create engaging digital content. Sonya is a plant mom, rarities collector, and avid reader.


Ottawa Design Club is back! First in-person event and 2022 programming

“If you like creativity, you’re in the club,” declares the Ottawa Design Club‘s (ODC) motto. But it’s one thing to say it, and another to bring it to life with a spectacular event! The first-ever in-person gathering for ODC, Event 0005 – ORIGINS, brought together Ottawa creatives at Club SAW on Thursday, May 26. “The […]

Jose Palacios’s We Can Start Over Again on display at Alliance Française Ottawa until June 23

We Can Start Over Again is Jose Palacios’ first solo exhibition, on display at Alliance Française Ottawa until June 23. I attended the opening reception last week, surrounded by a buzzing atmosphere of excited creatives, with a DJ curating the perfect vibe in the background. I spoke with Jose about his work, amidst gentle interruptions by friends coming up to say “Congratulations!”

Michelle Sound’s solo exhibition on display at Gallery 101 until May 28

This Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending a vernissage for a new exhibition by Michelle Sound, We Take Care of Us, currently on display at Gallery 101. The reception began with a beautiful opening ceremony by Grandmother Irene. Every guest participated in the traditional cleansing smudging ceremony, and then we all sang a song to welcome in the spirits. I’ve never been to an event where everybody could participate in the ceremony and it was incredibly meaningful and impactful.