ottawa loves ‘friends with benefits’
Shared by Dwayne Brown
Tonya Price photographed in the studio at Carleton’s CKCU FM.
It was great to meet New Brunswick transplanted radio host, Tonya Price the other day – she was so positive and such a treat to photograph! Tonya has been hosting a really cool radio show called ‘Friends with Benefits’ for the past three years. The show is broadcasted every Tuesday at 4PM and generally profiles Canadian musicians with new releases and artists who are coming through Ottawa. Tonya also tends to favour artists who are performing as part of NAC Presents. “I think it is an amazing series that has really been a positive contribution to the Ottawa music scene.” Tonya also loves to feature charitable events, festivals, local Ottawa musicians and artists.
Tonya loves her work with campus/community radio as it’s helped her to get so much more in tune with all the events going on in Ottawa and has helped her make great connections with people through her show. “I love asking questions and hearing my guest’s stories. There are a lot of excellent, hard working Ottawa musicians and people who contribute to the ‘scene’ in Ottawa.”
© dwayne brown studio – the loveOttawa project
Being a creative person Tonya really loves the supportive and collaborative nature of Ottawa’s community – and just how kind and helpful people are. She’s also loving how the evolving Ottawa restaurant scene has grown a lot in the last few years in terms of choice, creativity and quality. Places like Play, Supply & Demand, Cafe My House, Patty’s Pub and the Clocktower Pubs! Tonya also points out how the regional, destination music venues have grown a lot in the past few years. “We don’t just have the BlackSheep Inn anymore. We have The Branch in Kemptville, The Neat Cafe in Burnstown, and now McCloskey’s in Chesterville – and North on 29 near Almonte, which just opened. It’s very exciting!”
I love asking people for their Ottawa hidden gems, and Tonya had a few awesome ones! House of Targ (Pinball and Perogies), Flying Piggy’s (Bistro Italiano), The Record Centre (Awesome Vinyl), D’Rienzo’s (Sandwiches Worth the Line-up), The Orange Art Gallery (An Old Bank Full of Art), The Loft (Salon & Spa) and the coolest silver jewelery from local designer – Ania Gerts, available at Zahara Jewellery in Westboro.
Thanks so much Tonya, for sharing what you love about Ottawa and for being such a great proponent for local and Canadian music!