Juno Awards take over Ottawa for the week

Legends were honoured, diversity was recognized and Canadian music was celebrated at the 2017 Juno Awards in Ottawa. The week-long festivities ran from March 27 to April 2 and featured a variety of events and performances to celebrate Canada 150, all culminating in the Juno Awards show at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mayor Jim Watson said he was pleased the Juno Awards were back in Ottawa for the third time. “This is a very exciting time in our city’s history,” Watson told The Charlatan in an interview. “We worked really hard to attract them here, so we’re delighted with all of the programs leading up to the big awards.” The awards helped bring many popular local artists back to Ottawa. […]

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Prism brings Kosmic back to its roots

On one side of the room, Kosmic attendees viewed art installations from architecture and industrial design students. On the other side, a sea of partygoers filled the dancefloor shouting the words to “Stacy’s Mom” and “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.” Students from the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism hosted their annual Kosmic party on March 25 in a packed house at Barrymore’s music hall. Here, attendees were free to dance the night away under flashing lights and around 13 pieces of student artwork. The event has been going on annually since the 1970s, and this year’s theme was prisms. Past themes include gravity and eclipses. “We construct this big event that features student work and it’s also a […]

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Vagina Monologues discuss tough issues

Carleton University’s Vaginas Against Violence (VAV) group held their annual production of The Vagina Monologues this weekend. The Vagina Monologues are a series of skits and poems that are meant to give voice to women’s issues related to the gendered violence and patriarchy that exists in the world today. The Monologues share personal experiences, promote self love and empowerment. The acts are very entertaining and humorous, as well as deeply personal and emotional. The show successfully created an accepting environment right off the bat by starting with a very comical skit. Three girls confidently discuss loving their vaginas and make fun of negative connotations associated with the word, referring to the vagina as “the temple of poon,” “Vag-mahal,” and the […]

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Versefest event brings poetry to Carleton

Versefest, an annual Ottawa poetry festival, held a reading March 22 at Carleton University. Featuring poets Kayla Czaga and Paisley Rekdal, the reading was organized by the festival in collaboration with Carleton’s Department of English. Czaga, a British Columbia native, has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for her book For Your Safety Please Hold On. She read works from that book as well as from a manuscript currently in the works. Her poetry featured plenty of B.C. imagery, as well as tributes to her father and elementary school math exercises. Rekdal’s poetry covered topics including the loss of her grandmother, as well as the early Hollywood star Mae West. She read a series of sonnets about West, complete […]

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Mental Health art show to support housing for people living with mental illness

Carleton University faculty, students, and artists from all over Ottawa will soon be featured in the Society for Neuroscience’s Brain and Mental Health Art Show on April 6. Gareth Rurak, a member of the art show’s committee and the Society for Neuroscience, said via email that the main goal of the art show is to “raise awareness of mental health initiatives in Ottawa and break the stigma around mental illness, start conversations and get people engaged in dialogue about mental illness.” The art show will be a collection of artwork from people in the Ottawa community. Rurak said the event is a silent auction, and will be set up like an art gallery in the Lansdowne Horticulture Building. Rurak added […]

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