NAC Orchestra puts on majestic show

On the evening of Nov. 24, the former music director of the National Arts Centre (NAC) orchestra and masterful violinist, Pinchas Zukerman, was back at the NAC to lead the orchestra at Southam Hall. With his magnetic and passionate baton, Zukerman never fails to grasp the heart of audiences while conducting or performing. The program was insightfully and eloquently chosen, and it was tailored to bring out the best of both the orchestra and the soloist. During the course of the evening, Zukerman first adopted the role of the soloist, then he took his place at the conducting podium. The night’s performance immersed the listener into a historical narrative of classical music, in which Zuckerman and the orchestra first led […]

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Daniel Caesar hypnotizes Ottawa audiences

On a stormy winter night at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Nov. 26, Daniel Caesar warmed the souls of his crowd of concertgoers. He brought melodic and refreshing sounds to his 26th sold-out show on his tour for his newest album, Freudian. The crowd was riddled with enthusiastic fans waiting to hear the smooth tracks Caesar was about to bring them. Opening for Caesar was L.A. based singer/songwriter Snoh Aalegra. She wore a shimmering pink ensemble and soothed the crowd with soulful vocals, singing tracks off of her latest album, Feels. Although the crowd was not particularly familiar with Aalegra’s work, they were all impressed with her song style and continued to cheer and clap along throughout her performance. Caesar, […]

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Shrek the musical doesn’t disappoint

The Orpheus Musical Theatre Society’s Shrek the Musical was a fun twist on an iconic childhood classic that reached a diverse audience. For those who have never seen Shrek in its original glory, the play was a rendition of a traditional princess movie. The plot follows Princess Fiona (Vivian Melsness), a feisty young woman who has been locked in a tower awaiting her knight in shining armor. However, in this case, the knight that came to the rescue was an irritable ogre (Justin Hills) and his annoying yet lovable donkey (Damien Broomes), with the only incentive to get his beloved swamp back which has been overrun by rejected fairytale creatures by Lord Farquaad (Rejean Dinelle-Mayer). Clearly, the standard was set […]

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Carleton prof’s latest book examines history

Charlotte Gray, an adjunct research professor at Carleton University, was the 2017 recipient of the English non-fiction Ottawa Book Award for her work The Promise of Canada: 150 Years–People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country. After about three years of research, Gray released her newest award-winning book in October 2016, with Simon and Schuster Canada. Gray has written a total of 10 books, with two of them receiving Ottawa Book Awards. Gray said she was shocked at the ceremony in October when it was announced her book was the winner.  It was Gray’s publicist who suggested that she create a new piece to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, as well as celebrate the history of our nation so far. “Given […]

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Q+A: Indie-pop band The Elwins

With a new record, Beauty Community, The Elwins are currently on tour with a show in Ottawa on Nov. 25. The Charlatan spoke with drummer Travis Stokl to learn about the new record, tour highlights, and favourite jokes. The Charlatan (TC): Why don’t we start with the record, tell me a little bit about the songwriting process. Travis Stokl (TS): Well, each of us wrote a lot of songs for the album . . . then it was just a matter of whittling all of our songs down to what we thought would be cohesive and kind of have a vibe. We tried to get started maybe between a couple of tours in the Play For Keeps album cycle just […]

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