Best of Arts 2016

2016 has been a year filled with ups and downs, but it’s been an extraordinary year artistically. From finally hearing Frank Ocean’s Blond(e), to the rise of some of the best TV around in the form of Netflix originals like Stranger Things and Marvel’s Luke Cage, there’s been a lot to applaud about this year’s artistic achievements, big and small. Here are some of The Charlatan arts writers’ favourite artistic moments of 2016. Matt Yuyitung – Blackstar by David Bowie I think the first Bowie song I listened to after his death was “Young Americans.” No real reason why, it’s not even my favourite song by him. I guess I didn’t believe he was actually dead at the time. In a year filled with notable musician deaths (Leonard […]

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Origin8 showcases unique films

The Independent Filmmakers Co-operation of Canada (IFCO) held Origin8, a screening of eight short films produced by eight different up-and-coming filmmakers from across Canada, on Sept. 16. The event was sponsored by and took place at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Patrice James, director of IFCO, opened up the event with introductions of the artists. Tom McSorley, an executive director of the Canadian Film Institute and sessional lecturer at Carleton University, moderated a panel with the eight artists after the screening. The filmmakers involved were Heather Harkins, Claudie Lévesque, Christopher Spencer-Lowe, Brandon Thomas Ng, Kyle Whitehead, Clayton Windatt, Alexis Zeville, and Carmelo Zucco. Each artist was presented with the challenge to produce a short film shot on super 8mm film that […]

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CityFolk Day Four: Bringing down the house with Dean Brody

CityFolk’s last day kicked off much sunnier than the previous day, with people funnelling in to catch the festival’s final shows. The beautiful night was more than matched by the great music that was played all night long to close out the four day long fest. Much like the night before, Fred Penner played a super fun set at the BMO stage to a crowd composed of many of the same demographics as the day before. Fruition had people packed to the doors for their funky set, and Julien Baker followed to calm the scene with her soft and graceful sound. For being 17 years old, her talent is endless and I can’t wait to see what she does in […]

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Brief: Craft Beer Festival runs for fifth year

The 5th annual Ottawa Craft Beer Festival took place over three days from Aug. 26-28 in the Aberdeen Pavillion in Lansdowne, featuring a selection of craft beers from local Ottawans to try. According to festival’s website, this year also featured European imported beers, ciders, and wines “for those with a different appreciation,” as well as various savoury eateries for guests. The main event area was set up in booths, with one for each participating brewery to have select beers on tap for participants to try in sample 4 oz cups that cost $2 to fill. Craft breweries attended from cities across Ontario, including Steam Whistle, Wellington and Whitewater, who had booths alongside larger international breweries like Steigl, Pilsner-Urquell and Horizon […]

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CUAG wraps up summer exhibitions

Meryl McMaster, Maura Doyle, and Adrian Göllner enter their final week on display alongside a collection of Inuit art at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) summer exhibition, open until Aug. 28. McMaster’s journey of identity through her photography titled Confluence, Doyle’s collection of contemporary works of pottery, and Göllner’s Masters of Fine Arts’s thesis on capturing time in material form are all on display at the gallery. According to Heather Anderson, the CUAG curator, Doyle’s work is looking at different possibilities for the self in terms of how we might imagine ourselves if we could reinvent our history or sever our ties to people’s expectations. “In each case in this series it’s very apparent how with her use of […]

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