Music student researches The Tragically Hip

The Tragically Hip, led by the late Gord Downie, are a band many Canadians grew up listening to. Fans of the band include Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and their music often put the spotlight on different perspectives on Canadian issues. Michelle MacQueen, a master’s student, is researching the band and the impact they have had on Canadian culture. “It’s interesting to hear people talk about the band, and what they meant for them,” she said. MacQueen decided to research The Tragically Hip after watching a stream of the band’s final show in Kingston, Ont. in 2016. The concert was broadcast on television and streamed live, and was viewed by over 11 million people. “Even just from this event, it’s […]

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Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

It takes an especially capable director to incorporate levity into a film about a mother pushing for further investigation into the rape and murder of her daughter, but in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges) achieves this difficult tonal balance. He respects his audience’s ability to distinguish between the serious subject matter and the irreverent lens through which it is partially filtered, mostly through the eccentric interactions between the film’s many engaging characters. What could have been a more conventional drama instead becomes a challenging character study, eliciting our sympathy and stoking our frustration in equal measure. Three Billboards centres on Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), a gift shop clerk who is fed up with the […]

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Q+A: Alternative rock band Big Wreck

The Charlatan (TC): Let’s start by looking backwards. Last October marked 20 years since the band released In Loving Memory Of… Looking back, is there a particular memory with the band that stands out to you? Ian Thornley (IT): I couldn’t say one in particular, there are so many. I was just saying while we’re rehearsing the music, some of it we’ve never played live. And while we’re rehearsing, I get these little flashbacks and all these little snapshots of people and places and things that I haven’t thought about in so long. There’s so much that’s woven into the music and history of us, that it really is a neat thing to dive into for sure. TC: Was the […]

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The Kents play memorable Ottawa show

Taking to the stage in Ottawa for the fifth time, The Kents gripped House of Targ on Jan. 11. You did not have to venture far last Thursday to experience the grown-up indie sound that The Kents have recently become known for. Touring for their latest EP Within Waves, the small-town band has got some new tricks. Their sound has transitioned from their early beginning with indie pop to a mature alternative rock that captivates fans and brings Ottawa out, regardless of the winter weather. The Kents’ first EP Waking was produced while the members were in three different cities across North America. But Within Waves is the result of a more personal collaboration.  “Ninety per cent of it was […]

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Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Blasting viewers to a galaxy, far, far, away, the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, bursts with exciting twists, exquisite cinematography, and enthralling characters. Directed by Rian Johnson, the film is a continuation of its highly successful predecessors and builds upon the cherished Star Wars universe by tying in parallels from the previous films, as well as introducing new elements. The Last Jedi follows the Resistance, led by General Leia (Carrie Fisher), in their tireless attempts of avoiding destruction by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) of the First Order. To aid the cause of the Resistance, Rey (Daisy Ridley) seeks out the legendary Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in an effort […]

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