Commentary: nine things to look out for at this year’s CityFolk

CityFolk is back this year, taking place from Sept. 13-17 at Lansdowne Park. While there are many things to check out at this year’s festival, here are the top 10 things to see and do. 1) With a range of styles from Post Malone to Ruth B, there’s a sound for everyone. Canadian artists like Rose Cousins, as well as international artists like Tank and the Bangas, will appear at CityFolk. It’s a great place to listen to what you like as well as well as to get exposed to a new kind of sound. 2) Amanda Marshall—who hasn’t released any new material since 2001—will appear at the festival. She’s worked with big names like Elton John, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and […]

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Letter: Monuments that glorify oppression should be removed

After the Charlottesville riots in the United States, where white supremacists gathered to “protest” the moving of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee, a string of movements sprung up across the country to declare the need to get rid of monuments that memorialize slave owners and racists. Across the border, Canadians took the opportunity to spur conversation about addressing and removing memorials that similarly celebrate figures that were complicit in the genocide of Indigenous people. Although not a new debate, the Charlottesville riots have caused it to come to the forefront. The argument that the memorials should stay because they are sources of pride for Canadians ignores the Indigenous populations wiped away because of the actions of the […]

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Creative Writing Blog: What not to do at parties

“What the hell happened to you?!” “Uh,” I said, stepping into the house and scratching the back of my neck. “I don’t really know. It was a weird night. Can I shower first and get some not-torn clothes on? For some reason I’ve got ketchup all over me.” “That doesn’t look like ketchup,” my roommate said, closing the door as I walked into our small apartment. He swiped at a red patch on my torso with his finger and lifted it to his nose. “It smells coppery.” I scoffed. “What are you saying? That it’s blood? It’s probably that metallic paint that uses copper to make it shiny, then. Some art kids brought a bunch to the party. They were […]

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Letter: The annual March for Life is a misnomer

The “pro-life” March for Life happens every year, and every year it’s met with resistance. This year, I attended the counter-protest, and it was eye-opening (and only affirmed my pro-choice leanings). One of the first thoughts I had approaching Parliament Hill was the number of high school students carrying pro-life banners. I then learned that Catholic schools across the province brought these children up, marketing it as a “school trip” to Ottawa. Apart from the few older people who cared about the pro-life cause, this is what most of the march’s crowd consisted of – teenagers who wanted to visit Ottawa, not a huge crowd of people passionately marching for life. Another point there–despite being called the “March for Life,” […]

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OPINION: Campus printing services need work

Every time I have to swipe my card to print out yet another sheet of paper, a rush of fear runs through me. What if I don’t have enough print credits? I have the usual five or six sheets to print for my writer’s circle every week, and maybe another eight when I have assignments—but those 10 cents add up, and yet again I find my card empty.  And if it’s not my card that won’t work, it’s the printer in the University Centre—and then I have to run to the nearest building, only to find the printer there is broken too. Despite being students in a digital age, most professors still request hard copies for assignments. Papers only get […]

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