Cold Creek County plays exclusive show

This year has been a year of change, but also very exciting for Cold Creek County. The country rock band from Brighton, Ont. released their new EP Homemade, earned their first Juno nomination for Breakout Group of the Year, and opened for Dallas Smith on the Side Effects Tour. The band performed at the Crazy Horse in Kanata on Nov. 9. Although the venue itself is relatively small, its country decor was fitting for the packed exclusive event. Promoted as the “One Night Stand with Cold Creek County,” the only way for people to get into the show was by calling into Ottawa’s New Country 94 radio station and being the 25th caller in the daily giveaway. Drummer Doug Oliver […]

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Carleton launches foreign correspondent lecture series

Lyse Doucet, a BBC reporter, delivered a lecture on Nov. 8, at the Canadian War Museum to launch the Peter Stursberg Foreign Correspondents lecture series. She also took part in a seminar at Carleton University on Nov. 9,  with students from Carleton’s journalism program. Doucet spoke about topics such as reporting about war, ‘fake news’, and journalism today. She also took part in a live Q&A with CBC’s Paul Kennedy, and took questions from the audience. Although she currently works in London, Doucet still feels a strong attachment to her Canadian roots. “I still regard myself as a Canadian journalist,” she said. “So, an opportunity to come and speak to Canadian journalists and be part of a Canadian journalist lecture […]

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Q+A: Barenaked Ladies

Throughout a career that has spanned nearly three decades, the Barenaked Ladies have become one of Canada’s most successful and popular bands. On Nov. 17, they release their 15th studio album, and on Nov. 29, they bring their cross-Canada Fake Nudes Tour to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The Charlatan spoke to keyboardist Kevin Hearn to talk about what the band has been up to recently and their new album. The Charlatan (TC): What have been some of the highlights of 2017 for you guys? Kevin Hearn (KH): Well, earlier in the year, we recorded a record with the a cappella group The Persuasions and they are, of course, a veteran iconic a cappella group from Brooklyn, they started […]

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Review: Thor: Ragnarok

Until now, the Thor movies were not among the strongest entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The first Thor was a serviceable origin story, with standout performances from Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Thor and Loki—the latter being the MCU’s most well-rounded antagonist. Thor: The Dark World was an unfortunate misstep for the franchise; although it set up a monumental conflict around vengeful Dark Elves and cosmic convergences, it felt like an obligatory sequel instead of its own. Whether this was a symptom of existing in a shared universe with better films or the result of sub-par execution, it was clear that this franchise needed a great chapter to close out its trilogy. Enter Taika Waititi. The New […]

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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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