Q+A: Timber Timbre

Montreal-Toronto dream-folksy band Timber Timbre will be swinging by Ottawa on Nov. 16, for a tour that’s close to home. The Charlatan chatted with keyboardist Mathieu Charbonneau about his relation to the city that fun forgot, and reflections on their latest album Sincerely, Future Pollution.  The Charlatan (TC): How are you feeling about coming to Ottawa in particular? I know that you work with E-Tron records in Hull for your solo stuff. Mathieu Charbonneau (MC): I was actually born and raised in Ottawa. I mean I live in Montreal now, been living here for over 15 years, but my family’s still there. My parents are there, my brother, who runs E-Tron, lives in Hull. So for me, it always feels […]

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Review: Alvvays’ Antisocialites

With the swish of a bleach blonde bob, Canadian dream-pop band Alvvays is back with their sophomore album, Antisocialites. The record is the follow up to the group’s 2014 self-titled debut which featured a delicate balance between sweet melodies and verses that lacked sugar coating. Alvvays’ sound, described most often as dream-pop, jangle-pop, or lo-fi is nothing novel. In fact, the group is that enjoyable local indie band from your hometown that your friend drunkenly swears will just “make it one day, you know?”. They’re most frequently compared to Best Coast, Camera Obscura, and many others. Alvvays is made more of other band’s sounds and techniques rather than their own, but they pull it off well. Lead singer Molly Rankin […]

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Ryerson University’s frosh week focuses on mental health

Ryerson University is taking on a new initiative to address the stressful reality freshman students face when making the transition to university by emphasizing the importance of mental health in their orientation program. According to CBC Toronto, the program began Aug. 27, and will continue until Sept. 9, as many first-year students make the move into the university’s bustling downtown campus. Stephan Allen, a health and wellness events assistant with Ryerson’s fall orientation, said they rebooted the idea from a friend’s unfinished attempt the previous year. “Overall, I just thought it was important for a school as diverse as Ryerson to have something where students can feel represented and feel appreciated for the differences that they may have,” Allen said. Among […]

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Review: Sarah MacDonell’s The Lithium Body

In/Words magazine and press, Carleton’s in-house small press literary journal, has recently released a “lithium body” into the world. The Lithium Body is a poetry chapbook by Sarah MacDonell, who is currently settled in Ottawa. MacDonell’s words have found a home in the Ottawa poetry scene, having appeared in Sawdust, a local reading series, Ottawater, Ottawa’s annual poetry PDF journal, and ByWords, a local poetry magazine. Her new chapbook, The Lithium Body, is a long form poem that comes alive from the multiple potential interpretations of the concept of lithium. It was launched at this month’s In/Words reading evening. Part science and part heart, The Lithium Body switches back and forth between the narrator’s scientific and intimate relationships with the […]

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The Ghomeshi Effect aims to spotlight sexual assault

Sexual assault is not a popular dinner table conversation. It is often a subject that has a hard time finding its place in any conversation at all. Instances of sexual assault at a distance, such as in the news, often spark the most public discussion. The trial of former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi, who was found not guilty of four counts of sexual assault, provoked heavy discussion and outrage in Canada. This was the inspiration for The Ghomeshi Effect, a dance-theatre production which opened at the Gladstone Theatre on Jan. 19. The Ghomeshi Effect is the stories of sexual assault victims. In their own words, with their own memories and descriptions, the “script” of The Ghomeshi Effect is a […]

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