Q+A: Singer-songwriter Scott Helman

Scott Helman is a young singer-songwriter based out of Toronto. With two Juno nominations and multiple hit singles under his belt, he will be kicking off the Scott vs. Ria tour with singer-songwriter Ria Mae in Ottawa on Oct. 13. The Charlatan caught up with Helman over the phone to talk about life as a musician, the heartfelt meanings behind his biggest hits and his upcoming tour. The Charlatan (TC): What is it like, life as a young, 22-year-old, touring and recording musician? Scott Helman (SH): It’s good, it’s definitely un-orthodox, I’d say. My life structure is not quite the same as my friends and stuff, but it’s great! I get to travel and see a lot of different kinds […]

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Simple Plan celebrates 15th anniversary of debut record

Iconic Montreal pop-punk band, Simple Plan brought their 15th anniversary tour of their first record, No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls to Ottawa in front of a capacity crowd at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Sept. 20. “This time around we decided ‘You know what, 15 years – that’s huge!’” guitarist Jeff Stinco said before the show. “We didn’t even think when we started out that we’d be around for that long.” The record changed the band’s life, according to guitarist Sébastien Lefebvre. “It allowed us to be a band, to go on tour and to do this for a living. I think it’s a special album because it connected with a lot of people,” he said. Before Simple Plan’s performance began, […]

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Q+A: Simple Plan

In 2002, five young Montrealers recorded a debut album that would go to launch a very successful career and shape their distinct musical identity. Fifteen years later, Simple Plan celebrated the anniversary of their debut album with their “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls 15th Anniversary Tour.” Ahead of their show in Ottawa at Algonquin Commons Theatre, The Charlatan caught up with guitarists Sébastien Lefebvre and Jeff Stinco to talk about their their early beginnings, touring around the world and family life. The Charlatan (TC): What’s it like to be back here in Ottawa? Sébastien Lefebvre (SL): It’s always fun! It’s close to home and we know we have a lot of great fans here in Ontario and in Ottawa. It’s always a good […]

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Q&A: Fred Penner

For nearly 45 years, Fred Penner has toured all over North America, has made countless appearances on kids TV shows, and has warmed the hearts of thousands of children and families. The Canadian singer-songwriter is a regular at CityFolk, and The Charlatan had the chance to catch up with him ahead of his two performances on Sept. 16 to talk about performing for kids and adults, his musical beginnings and “Fred Heads” (long-time loyal fans). The Charlatan (TC): What brings you back to CityFolk or Ottawa, in general? Fred Penner (FP): You know, it’s always the buyer. If they see me as being a fit in their particular event, then I’m happy to consider it and make sure that it […]

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Q+A: Catching up with Marianas Trench

As this year’s Fall Orientation came to a close, Carleton students were treated to a performance by Vancouver-based pop-punk group, Marianas Trench. Ahead of their performance, The Charlatan caught up with bassist Mike Ayley, lead singer Josh Ramsay and drummer Ian Casselman to talk about performing on university campuses, life on the road and their fans. The Charlatan (TC): You guys are in the midst of doing a few university campus shows right now. How would you compare the university campus shows versus your regular touring shows? Mike Ayley (MA): Well, it’s funny because we sort of do it a little bit more of a lean production because you’re just flying in, so it’s not like the full touring production. […]

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