CityFolk delights crowds at Lansdowne

Another year of Ottawa’s CityFolk Festival wrapped up this weekend, marking the festival’s third year of being held at Lansdowne Park. Five music and art packed days drew massive crowds to the festival grounds despite the heat that was present for most of the weekend. This year CityFolk offered two stages, one less stage from the year previous. This created a smaller line-up but overall an easier festival to navigate. It also gave fans a better chance to catch all the performers they wanted to see this year.   The first night brought a rowdy crowd despite there being only one stage open for the first day of the festival. During the beginning of the night, the City Stage had […]

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Marianas Trench rocks frosh concert

The excitement in the air was clear as I walked towards the Athletics parking lot on Sept. 8. With a line that wrapped almost all the way around the back side of the Fieldhouse, people were just itching to enter the parking lot where they would eventually witness not only the closing ceremonies to their first week of university but also the main attraction, Marianas Trench. When the gates opened at 7 p.m., people flooded into the parking lot at full speed. Many fans ran to the front barrier once they were through the security checkpoint, with some skipping and screaming with excitement and others explaining loudly that they had waited hours in line to ensure their spot at the […]

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New graffiti mural painted in Rooster’s

A new mural has recently appeared on what used to be a stark white wall in Rooster’s Coffeehouse, on the 4th floor of Carleton’s University Centre. Ron Barrette, the manager at Rooster’s, said the idea of livening up the coffeehouse with art has been thrown around since the café’s big remodel back in 2013. “The colours are just the white and grey. It’s very sterile and I felt with the way Rooster’s has always been we needed to add more colour to it,” Barrette said. Originally reaching out to the student body on social media to find a student artist, Barrette said he received little to no response in almost two years’ worth of searching, and eventually decided to reach […]

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The legacy of Stuart McLean

Stuart McLean has died. The long time radio producer and host of the much-loved The Vinyl Café passed away on Feb. 15. McLean dedicated decades of his life not only to the CBC, but also to Canada itself. What started as a small show, where McLean would read letters and stories as well as play some of his favourite records, made him a household name before he knew it. McLean brought endless hills of rolling laughter to people everywhere. Whether it was with stories of Dave and Morley, letters shared by fans through The Vinyl Café Story Exchange, or even a cricket he once brought into the studio, Stuart McLean never failed to get Canadians cracking smiles. His unmistakable voice […]

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Review: Passenger’s Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea

British singer-songwriter Passenger released his new album Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea on Sept. 23.   Despite releasing his previous album Whispers II under a year ago, this new 16-track deluxe album is quite impressive. Considering that this album was written, produced, and released in less than a year after the last, it is a feat of musical creativity. Although Passenger’s sound remains the same as it did when fans fell in love with songs like “Shape of Love,” “Let Her Go,” and “What You’re Thinking Of,” there is something nostalgic about the familiar sound that this album brings. He is certainly an artist that can remain within the same style and never have fans demand anything […]

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