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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CityFolk Day Three: The Fred Penner experience

CityFolk’s third day was a soggy one to say the least. With everything from light showers to absolute downpours, it was one heck of a wet night. Yet, despite the weather, people came in throngs to see the night’s performances. I might even go as far as saying this day might have had the most people in attendance, at least when it came to the indoor shows. Thanks to the rain and a raging cold that I have been fighting, I stayed inside for the majority of the night and switched back and forth between the BMO and the RavenLaw stages. I started the night off with a throwback to my childhood and decided to go watch Fred Penner perform. […]

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CityFolk Day Two: John Jacob Magistery and chill

CityFolk kept rolling on day two as the festival kicked off its rap and R&B day. Kweku Collins started in on the City Stage before Joey Bada$$ warmed up the crowed for Bryson Tiller, who would be the final act the main stage saw that night. But if none of those guys were really your style, both the BMO and the RavenLaw stages had some great artists who leaned more towards the festival’s named genre—indie-folk. Montreal natives John Jacob Magistery opened up the RavenLaw stage last night to a small but attentive and warm crowd. Lead singer Johnny Griffin started the show off with a few acoustic songs before the rest of the band joined him onstage to play a […]

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