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Best of Ottawa includes Xtra’s Rob Salerno and Marcus McCann

Vote for Best of Ottawa Readers Poll

Xtra reporter Rob Salerno. Credit: Andrea Houston

Xtra reporter Rob Salerno and former Xtra managing editor Marcus McCann need your votes for the Best of Ottawa Readers’ Poll.

Salerno is up for best theatrical performance, for his play Fucking Stephen Harper: How I Sexually Assaulted the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada and Saved Democracy. The hilarious one-man show details Salerno’s efforts to nail Harper down for an interview while covering the campaign trail for Xtra.

The show was a hit on the 2009/2010 Fringe circuit, then this summer at the Ottawa, Wakefield and Calgary Fringe Festivals.

“I definitely had a great time in Ottawa this summer — I put up posters for the show all around Parliament Hill. Sadly, no MPs attended this time,” Salerno says. “The Ottawa audience is really friendly and the most politically plugged-in audience in the country.”

McCann is in the running for best work of fiction/non-fiction/poetry by a local writer for his book, Soft Where.

Soft Where is McCann’s first full-length book of poems. In it, “McCann has established a signature tone, one that’s linguistically boisterous, grammatically playful and thematically flirty” his website states.

Vote for Salerno and McCann until midnight on Wednesday, Nov 2.