Q+A: Vancouver band Rococode

Rococode, an indie pop duo from Vancouver, will be in Ottawa on Nov. 14, at House of Targ. The Charlatan chatted with half of the duo, Andrew Braun, to get their thoughts on playing in the city, their new EP Young Ones, and what’s next. The Charlatan (TC): Young Ones came out back in June. What’s it been like since then? Andrew Braun (AB): Young Ones has been warmly received. We’ve had a lot of support from college radio across North America, and people everywhere have been really positive about our live show. We tried to zero in on much simpler songs with relatable messaging for this EP, and people have definitely reacted to that.  TC: What is the one song […]

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Q+A: Drew Dudley on success and leadership

Drew Dudley, an acclaimed TED talk speaker, returned to Carleton to speak at Fall Orientation. Dudley spoke to first-year students on Sept. 5 about what he wished he knew when heading into university. The Charlatan sat down with him after the lecture to discuss success and leadership. The Charlatan (TC): You talked a lot about individual perceptions of success. How can we make sure our goals are actually our own? Drew Dudley (DD): I think the problem with goals is that they can become really restrictive. One of the things that I started to realize in my life is that you’re far better off giving up on five-year goals and instead embracing [a] five-year memento. What that means is that […]

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Geek Garage Sales pop up all over Ottawa

If you haven’t noticed something strange down the street, you may be missing out on one of Ottawa’s biggest draws for the geek community: garage sales. ​The Ottawa Geek Garage Sale provides a space for locals to host garage sales with a geeky slant. Located in neighbourhoods across Ottawa, the sales are fun-packed and family-oriented. All throughout July, geek collectors, crafters, and cosplayers were welcome to participate in selling fan paraphernalia ranging from comic books to figurines and art. The sale has been around for five years, but hosts continue to join the Facebook network to help vendors across the city. Hosts connect with vendors prior to the sale, allowing vendors to set up tables at the event. Stephanie Crocker […]

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CUAG hosts Spring Art Showcase

Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) hosted its Annual Spring Art Showcase and Art Party on March 30. The event was organized in partnership with the Carleton Art History Undergraduate Society and the Campus Activity Board. The showcase included art-making activities with special guest artist Ojo Agi. Agi led a workshop with portraits of Black feminine figures, chalk and charcoal. “I’m here running the arts table, so people can come and chill out here before the show starts. We’re doing colouring pages of Beyoncé, Lupita, and Solange,” Agi said. CUAG also hosted The Other NFB: The National Film Board’s Still Photography Division, which displayed photos of Canadian culture from the 40s through 50s. Yannick Anton and David Ofori Zapparoli created Outside […]

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Mother Mother rocks the NAC

Mother Mother took the stage at the National Arts Centre (NAC) and did not disappoint their fans, both old and new. The band struck a great balance between performing their older singles and new hits off their sixth and latest album. The NAC is gorgeous, with deep crimson seats and balcony seating. But any venue would have been enthusiastically welcomed as the temperature outside dropped to -16 °C. Thankfully, the venue was so packed that fingers and toes warmed up quickly, just in time for the opening act, K. Flay. She started the night off with a mix of rap, alt-rock and electronic music—a strange combination that worked well, and this is coming from someone who is not a fan […]

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