About Sylvie Hill
Sylvie Hill: Polite, refined and elegant? Try honest, irreverent and sassy.
Sylvie Hill writes about arts, entertainment, culture and sex in the same punchy, conversational style that she uses to entertain her live audiences during her spoken-word performances.
Her motto: Follow what you love and you won’t get lost. Reach out to people who can take you there.
This passion-first resolve and a desire to connect with an audience have earned Sylvie a local profile as a fiery writer and performer in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital City.
Her literary works, journalism, and television/radio appearances plug you into the world of smart and cool.
Sylvie Hill was born in Calgary, Alberta and moved to Ottawa in 1979, at the age of five. She studied English Literature at the University of Ottawa, and received a Master’s degree in English Literature & Language from Carleton University (1999). Her focus was on sexual frustration and artistic production in James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Sylvie is creating a course for the University of Ottawa’s Continuing Education Program, Personal Enrichment Activities, called Undressing James Joyce’s Ulysses: Unravelled & Simplified for Winter 2013.
She’s worked in the education field as a university arts reporter and college instructor. For more than a decade, her fulfilling day-job has been in communications & writing for the Government of Canada (building science, green technologies/sustainable communities, natural resources, environment-water, IT).
Sylvie’s cultural columns, editorials, book reviews and music features have appeared in several places, including The Ottawa Citizen, The Ottawa XPress, Hour Montreal, and in magazines such as The Face (U.K.) and Toronto’s Lola Art Magazine.
Toronto magazines, including INK! and Sam Hyate’s Blood & Aphorisms’ Literary Babes Issue 2002, have published her poetry, along with Ottawa magazines such as The Algonquin Roundtable Review, Bywords and Pervert COMIX.
Sylvie has worked in community radio (CHUO 89.1 FM) and lent her voice to local commercial radio. She’s emceed several local events, including WESTFEST and was host (2007-2009) of the Ottawa chapter of Mustaches for Kids’ annual fundraising (Make a Wish Foundation). In 2011, she had the honour of emceeing Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and the 9th Annual Write For Rights at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
She is also the national television host of the reality dating series, The Letters: Rediscovering the Art of Courtship.