TV-free for 30 days

  • May 15th, 2017
  • Life
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  • jen ochej

Kerri Ough made me give up TV for thirty days. She has a habit of doing that – challenging me to these things that kind of suck and don’t sound like much fun but are ultimately so good for me. I spend a bunch of the challenge cursing her name under my breath, but by […]

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Three years in Toronto

It’s kind of hard to believe I’ve been in Toronto three years today – or, actually, it’s hard to believe I’ve only been in Toronto for three years. When I packed up my mom’s car and left Halifax back in 2014, I didn’t know for sure if I’d be back after my six-month internship at Eggplant Entertainment, but […]

My 2016 musical pals

  • November 26th, 2016
  • Music
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  • jen ochej

It’s weirdly easy to forget about music when you’re immersed in it all the time – when you start thinking primarily about logistics and details and administrative stuff, the sheer volume of songs and albums being released and performed all around you every day almost becomes like white noise. It’s unfortunate, because most of us […]

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(Toronto to) Montreal to Winnipeg

Last Monday night I got a text message from my friend Ben Whiteley asking if I wanted to drive a tour van from Montreal to Winnipeg. I answered “Yes” so fast I think I somehow managed to respond even before he’d finished sending the message. I mean, who wouldn’t want to drive through Northern Ontario alone for […]

I got laid off and it changed my life

  • September 30th, 2016
  • Life, Music
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  • jen ochej

Three years ago last week, I flew from Halifax to Toronto for the Polaris Music Prize gala. I was ostensibly there to cover it for my blog, Sea Legs Collective, but I had bought my ticket out of pocket (no one in Toronto had any idea who I was and they weren’t inclined to give me […]

“Hi, this is Gord Downie. How are you?”

  • May 24th, 2016
  • Music
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  • jen ochej

Many of my earliest memories involve The Tragically Hip. As a kid with Kingston roots, I heard time and again the stories of the Hip’s early days playing in local bars. I’ve thumbed through my aunts’ old black-and-white photos and imagined what it must’ve been like to see these Canadian legends in such small venues. *** […]

Sixty.

  • May 17th, 2016
  • Family
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My dad would’ve been sixty today. He didn’t even live to see forty-five, which kind of blows my mind. I don’t know what he would’ve been like as an old man, or what he would’ve thought of me as an adult. But I’m going to spend today living my best life and enjoying every second of […]

I ran away to Newfoundland (and now I’m back).

  • April 29th, 2016
  • Travels
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  • jen ochej

Recommended listening: Fortunate Ones, ‘The Bliss‘ When I arrived in Ottawa for Christmas this past year, I was exhausted. I’d had a long and busy fall and I was ready to do nothing but sleep for two weeks – and that was basically what I did. I camped out at my parents’ house and watched TV, […]

Happy birthday, Grandpa!

  • April 27th, 2016
  • Family
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Growing up, I knew one thing: my grandpa was famous. When we were out with him in Kingston, he would say with a wink that he was surprised we weren’t being mobbed on the streets by fans wanting his autograph. Testing this, when Steph and I would see people – young or old – wearing […]