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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In/Words launches poetry anthology

In/Words, a Carleton magazine and press, launched a poetry anthology of millennial writers on March 23 as part of Versefest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival. The anthology, called 30 Under 30, highlights the work of 30 young Canadian poets from across the country. It was produced by the In/Words editing team and curated by poet a. m. kozak, an editor with In/Words and a Carleton master’s student in social work. kozak said he first came up with the idea for the anthology nine months ago. He said there are many barriers for young writers in Canada, both financial barriers and societal ones. “I think that people under 30, millennials if you want to call them that, kind of get a bad […]

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Choral Society tackles Beethoven

St Joseph’s Parish Church on Laurier Avenue was filled with the music of Beethoven on a very snowy Friday night. The church was packed full as the Ottawa Choral Society hosted Immortal Beloved,  a celebration of Beethoven, on March 24. The choir was accompanied by the Ottawa Music Company Orchestra, led by conductor Jean-Sebastien Valée, as well as four soloists and a pianist. They performed three works by the world famous composer, and one piece composed by Carleton University professor James Wright, based on letters Beethoven wrote to a mystery lover. Wright spoke about the theories around who exactly the letters were meant for, and the fascination that many seem to have for Beethoven’s love life. The music began shortly […]

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SnB’s final production is stellar

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is equal parts a critique and a pastiche of Shakespearian tragedies. A young English academic, Constance Ledbelly (Alex Wilson) gets thrown into the worlds of Othello and Romeo & Juliet and sets out to right the wrongs of the plays and avert the tragic events that befall their respective female leads. Desdemona (Natalie Lopez) gets saved from Othello’s (Kamil Bhatty) rage and jealousy and Iago’s (Wade Theriault) scheming. Juliet (Meg Sutton) and Romeo (Sheldon Paul) get saved from their premature deaths and instead both fall in love with Constance. Wilson was astounding as Constance. She carries each scene she’s in with magnetic stage presence and great skill, conveying Constance’s lovable quirkiness and neurotic […]

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