Q+A: JJ Shiplett

Sometimes, it takes time to put together a great album. For the last few years, JJ Shiplett has been writing songs for his 2017 debut album, Something to Believe In. Shiplett’s thoughtful and genuine lyrics, combined with his soulful vocals blend to create his own unique sound, which combines country, folk and rock. The Charlatan caught up with Shiplett ahead of his opening performance at the Grey Cup Festival on Nov. 23 at TD Place Arena. The Charlatan (TC): You’ve lived across different parts of Canada. What has that experience been as a part of your life? JJ Shiplett (JS): I’ve been pretty fortunate to move around in Canada. My parents moved around a lot when we were kids, so […]

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Barenaked Ladies take the stage at the NAC

The Barenaked Ladies played through old classics, shared new hits, and joked around with the crowd during their show at the National Arts Centre’s (NAC) Southam Hall on Nov. 29. The band was in town for the second-last Canadian date of their Fake Nudes Tour, to promote their 15th studio album, which was released on Nov. 17. In a previous interview with The Charlatan, keyboardist Kevin Hearn said he wrote more songs for the new album than he had on any other previous Barenaked Ladies record. “There was a stage of making our records where we sort of show our cards, so to speak, and show what we’ve been working on,” he said. “I just put everything on the table […]

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Q+A: Country singer Jess Moskaluke

Over the last few years, Jess Moskaluke has become a dominant force in Canada’s country music scene. Getting her start in her hometown Langenburg, Sask., Moskaluke also became the first female Canadian country singer to achieve platinum since Shania Twain with her 2014 hit “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes.” The Charlatan caught up with Moskaluke ahead of her performance in Ottawa at the Grey Cup festival to talk about her new album, Past The Past, as well as her other recent successes. The Charlatan (TC): What has this year been like for you? Jess Moskaluke (JM): This year has been an absolute whirlwind. Like you mentioned, I got my first Juno, which was crazy and unexpected. We went Top 3 for […]

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Cold Creek County plays exclusive show

This year has been a year of change, but also very exciting for Cold Creek County. The country rock band from Brighton, Ont. released their new EP Homemade, earned their first Juno nomination for Breakout Group of the Year, and opened for Dallas Smith on the Side Effects Tour. The band performed at the Crazy Horse in Kanata on Nov. 9. Although the venue itself is relatively small, its country decor was fitting for the packed exclusive event. Promoted as the “One Night Stand with Cold Creek County,” the only way for people to get into the show was by calling into Ottawa’s New Country 94 radio station and being the 25th caller in the daily giveaway. Drummer Doug Oliver […]

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Q+A: Barenaked Ladies

Throughout a career that has spanned nearly three decades, the Barenaked Ladies have become one of Canada’s most successful and popular bands. On Nov. 17, they release their 15th studio album, and on Nov. 29, they bring their cross-Canada Fake Nudes Tour to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The Charlatan spoke to keyboardist Kevin Hearn to talk about what the band has been up to recently and their new album. The Charlatan (TC): What have been some of the highlights of 2017 for you guys? Kevin Hearn (KH): Well, earlier in the year, we recorded a record with the a cappella group The Persuasions and they are, of course, a veteran iconic a cappella group from Brooklyn, they started […]

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