Julie Payette honours literary award winners

The Governor General’s Literary Awards honoured several Canadian authors for their written work at Rideau Hall on Nov. 29. The black-tie event, now in its 81st year, recognized 14 works of literature; half in French and half in English. Each winner received $25,000, and a copy of their book with an artistically interpreted cover, courtesy of Lorraine Choquet, a bookbinder of over 20 years. The ceremony took place in the ballroom, with towering Victorian architecture and cascading golden drapes. The 200-member audience sat below, facing the windows rather than the painting of the Queen of Canada, as in previous years. This change of layout was an attempt to create a more intimate event inclusive of the larger audience, according to […]

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Ottawa vinyl sale helps raise funds for music festival

Tucked away in the ByWard Market, Music and Beyond’s headquarters are filled with boxes of vintage vinyl records. They sit on chairs, tables and even on the floor. People flow in and out, thumbing through the stacks and letting out quiet gasps when they come across a treasured album. The objective is not to keep them hidden in this space, but to give them new homes to raise funds for the Music and Beyond Festival that takes place in Ottawa every year. “It’s amazing what [people] are donating and not playing anymore,” said Lisa Best, marketing and media co-ordinator for Music and Beyond. “I call this ‘rescue vinyls,’ you know, like rescue puppies. It’s all going to go to a […]

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CKCU radio holds fundraising drive show, on track for 41st year on the air

CKCU’s annual funding drive wrapped up on a musical note at Café Nostalgica on Nov. 6. The drive featured live local bands Snake Church, Maggie’s March, and Okies. The show was organized by CKCU’s Indie City Madness radio show hosts Elly Laberge, Rick Vaughan, and Julie Cormier-Doiron. All proceeds from the show contributed to the station’s funding goal of $135,000 for the year ahead. The station, which first went on the air in Nov. 1975, is funded through a combination of Carleton student levy fees, program sponsorships,  and the money raised during the annual funding drive. Currently, undergraduate students pay $13.69 per year to keep CKCU on the air. Shane McDiarmid, an Ottawa local who attended the show, said he […]

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African Film Fest portrays continent in a new way

The second annual African Film Festival (AFF) seeks to “expand cinematic palettes” and involve audiences in “cinephilia”, according to Aboubakar Sanogo, Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Carleton. On the festival’s first night, Oct. 16, Carleton’s River Building was dotted with posters depicting the African continent and its surrounding islands backed by a heart-red glow pulsing out into an ocean-blue surrounding. The festival’s five-film lineup was carefully selected by Sanogo, Tom McSorely, Executive Director of the Canadian Film Institute (CFI) and Jerrett Zaroski, Director of Cinema Programs at CFI, with a number of elements in mind. The primary intention is to “expand the palate of people, with regard to cinema,” Sanogo said. Although many international films are excluded from mainstream […]

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