Dear Mr. Prime Minister, from Yann Martel

On an evening of anecdotes and artists, Canadian writer Yann Martel’s visit to Ottawa was one of prose, intrigue and above all, stillness.

Martel, who won the Booker Prize for his first novel Life of Pi, officially launched his newest work, What is Stephen Harper Reading?, at a picture gallery in Ottawa Nov. 16.

Reading several extracts from his book and discussing literature in general, he left the crowd in deep contemplation and jubilant laughter.

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Downtime with Downchild

Downchild Blues Band has been a staple on the Canadian music scene for 40 years.
 
The Charlatan’s Arik Ligeti spoke with founder and longest-standing member, Donnie
Walsh, about the group’s latest output, industry trends and pig boots.
 
The Charlatan (TC): How does it feel that 40 years down the road, you still have the opportunity to be doing what you love, and with success?
 
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On the road with Social Code

With a new album released in September, enthusiasm for rock band Social Code has been spreading across the country. Lead vocalist Travis Nesbitt spoke on the phone with the Charlatan’s Leanne Sharzer in advance of their Nov. 25 Ottawa gig.
 
The Charlatan (TC): Who did you listen to when you were young?
 
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Waking up the NAC with Sleeping Beauty

In a blast from the past, the National Art Centre (NAC) presented the sold-out show that originally put the National Ballet of Canada on the map.

Karen Kain restaged Sleeping Beauty in 2006 as artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada. And from Nov. 5 – 7, talented ballet dancers from across Canada presented the classic show in Ottawa.

The performance included a pre-show chat with Kain on opening night where Cathy Levy, the NAC’s dance producer, interviewed her. Kain also opened the floor to questions from the audience.

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Saving the planet, one CD at a time

Since its inception in 1970 Greenpeace has “grown from 11 activists in a fishing boat to becoming the largest and best-known environmental campaigning organization on the planet,” said John Timmins, creator of the group’s new fundraiser.

The environment protection group has just released a recording of the concert that birthed their group with the likes of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor.

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