Bluesfest Day 5: Brad Paisley and The Decemberists

Picking Bluesfest back up after the beginning of the week, Wednesday kicked off like a stallion bucking its rider. Thunderstorms threatened the country night, but luckily the sun came out and cowboys and cowgirls came stomping their boots. Brad Paisley started as the major headliner for the City Stage late July 13, making those in the crowd swoon with his southern lyrics. Demi Lovato also made a surprise appearance for a song. There were even clips of squirrels water skiing and a caricature video in the style of south park. The crowed stomped their boots and sang along, can it get any more country than that? Other artists sharing the night with the headliners at Black Sheep Stage and Barney […]

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Bluesfest Day 1: Suits N’ Toques and Billy Idol

Crowds of people both young and old, clambered in trails to kick-off the first day of Bluesfest. As the first sets were starting, the Black Sheep Stage had the act down pat. With a crowd dancing to the sweet tunes of Ottawa based ska punk band, Suits N’ Toques, one couldn’t help joining in on the “skanking”, a dance move popular in the genre. The gents played tunes like “Faceplant”, from their latest album FORNO. If you’re in Toronto over the rest of the summer be sure to check them out at Toronto Ska Festival, as well as Toronto based bar The Central. If one has no desire to travel to the big T-dot, well you’re in luck, these gents […]

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Thrive Week brings colouring book trend to students

Colouring books for adults are gaining popularity as an accessible form of art therapy across North America. Ottawa-based art therapist Jennifer Nicol provides art therapy and watercolour classes through her company, Flying Colours. Nicol said she thinks the increasing popularity of colouring books for adults is great. “It allows art to become accessible to people who would not normally have access to it,” Nicol said. “I consider art in any form that makes people feel good as therapeutic.” Other art therapists have acknowledged colouring books for adults as helpful, but not a definite form of art therapy. Regardless, the trend has reached Carleton. On Nov. 18, as part of Carleton’s Thrive Week, a free colouring session was held for students in […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: How much do you walk around campus in a day?

Carleton University: a beautiful campus with an ugly amount of stairs.   Considering our beautiful campus was built on a hill, there really are a lot of them. Just by walking through the University Centre to get to Tory Building, and up to the quad, you take six flights of stairs! Who needs a stairmaster when you can just walk back and forth between Rooster’s Coffeehouse and the Carleton bookstore? But how much does one student actually walk in a day on campus? I found out for you with the help of Google Maps and a converter. Let’s start an average day, by getting off the O-Train and heading to your first class. Let’s say it’s in Southam Hall.  That’s 750 metres, […]

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UBC to offer course on Game of Thrones

Students at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will soon be able to take a course in which binge-watching a TV show may actually help them pass. The school will be offering a course next semester on the popular Game of Thrones series, and focus on the books by George R. R. Martin the hit HBO television series is based on. The fourth-year literature course, called “Our Modern Medieval: The Song of Ice and Fire as Contemporary Medieval,” will require students to have read all five of the series’ novels. The course also recommends students to watch the five seasons of the television show. Game of Thrones is set in a medieval-style era on the fictional continents of Westeros and […]

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