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Jim Cuddy’s Gold Medal Connections

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Jim Cuddy has been in the news a lot lately. After his single “Pull Me Through” was used for a montage of the history between figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, it crashed the iTunes servers because of the surge in downloads. Also last month, he released his latest album, Constellation. And in the fall, he was in the news, too, but for something perhaps less well-known about...

OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts: Building Trust in Your Customer Part by Part

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Car parts hanging on a wall. For article on OEM vs. aftermarket parts.

(This magazine article appeared in The Ontario Dealer, in the November 2013 issue.) The used car industry is on the rise in Canada. IBIS World’s February 2013 report titled Used Car Dealers in Canada: Market Research Report stated that the used car business is a $7 billion industry in Canada. Yet car dealerships, both new and used, still have a bad media reputation. Aside from the stereotypical...

Buddy Guy and Steve Strongman: Another Part of Blues History in Kitchener

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Blues musician Steve Strongman

(This post appeared on a blog for a 2,000-seat live theatre, where blues legend Buddy Guy was playing, with Steve Strongman opening. Published March 2016.) It all started with a man named Smith. Glenn Smith, to be exact. You may know him as the owner of Ethel’s Lounge in Uptown Waterloo, but if you’ve been following the blues in Kitchener over the past few decades, you also know him...

Local German Author Visiting University of Waterloo

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(This bulletin piece announced the visit of a local author who writes and publishes in German. Published February 2015. To see the published version, click on the link and scroll down to the third story.) A murder, a mysterious beating, a suspicious arrest: all happen at the world-famous Hannover fairgrounds during a computer exhibition in this local author’s first novel, published in German...

Books in vending machines and God’s Busted Knee

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SuKuLTuR book in a vending machine

(This bulletin notice announced an author visit. Published February 2016. To see the published version, click on the link and scroll down to the third story.) Even though you don’t know him, you may already feel a type of familiarity with author Marc Degens: he writes with a self-deprecating humour common in Canada, and he would also fit right in with our local startup culture. An accomplished...

Postcards in a Closet

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Katharina Wolf was born in a small town in Hungary in 1901. In 1914, the Great War broke out. In 1919, her hometown became part of Romania. In 1921, she became pregnant with her first child. What did she worry about? What did she want for her child? Using postcards Katharina wrote years later, discussions with one of her surviving grandchildren, and historical research about the times, writer...

Grace Butler in the Spotlight

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Dance student Grace Butler. Photo by Renata Templeton-Caughlin of Tempo Photography in Collingwood

(This article was published in just dance! magazine, in the summer 2015 issue.) “Come rain, come shine, come snow, come sleet, the show must go on.” Most dancers know that phrase, and many treat it as a personal creed. The dedication to their art drives them to be on stage, on time, no matter what. But for people like 12-year-old Grace Butler, her dedication has nothing to do with it...

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