Commentary: nine things to look out for at this year’s CityFolk

CityFolk is back this year, taking place from Sept. 13-17 at Lansdowne Park. While there are many things to check out at this year’s festival, here are the top 10 things to see and do. 1) With a range of styles from Post Malone to Ruth B, there’s a sound for everyone. Canadian artists like Rose Cousins, as well as international artists like Tank and the Bangas, will appear at CityFolk. It’s a great place to listen to what you like as well as well as to get exposed to a new kind of sound. 2) Amanda Marshall—who hasn’t released any new material since 2001—will appear at the festival. She’s worked with big names like Elton John, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and […]

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Politics blog: Keepin’ it Real—What’s the next move for Brexit?

“Keepin’ it Real” is a weekly blog that analyzes news and events in the international system through a realist perspective. Realism describes the international order as anarchical, as actors are looking to serve and achieve their own interests. In this blog, Brett Boyden takes a look at Brexit and its implications for the UK moving forward. This summer, the United Kingdom held an advisory referendum on continued membership in the European Union. People around the world were shocked when the British government revealed that a slim majority—only two percent more per BBC News—of the nation had voted to leave. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had campaigned on a promise of said referendum, resigned almost immediately. Now why would the […]

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Bluesfest Day 3 Highlight: The Lumineers

The Lumineers stomped and clapped through the rain on Saturday July 9th at RBC Bluesfest during a beautiful set on the City Stage. The Denver based folk-rock band includes Wesley Schultz on vocals and guitar, Jeremiah Fraites on drums and percussion and Neyla Pekarek on cello and backing vocals. The group sang tracks from their two albums, The Lumineers and Cleopatra. Despite their recently released second album, the band showed seasoned confidence and poise while performing. A simple stage featuring five light displays provided the background for the emotional songs of the night. Beginning with Sleep on the Floor the audience immediately began to sing along with Schultz and the band. Ophelia and Ho Hey, two of their most popular […]

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Letter: This is the year Carleton will become a multi-sport school

We’ve all seen and heard it. “Carleton is on top of Canada again,” or, “Carleton cruises to another national championship,” on your television. Players beaming at the camera, the CIS Men’s Basketball trophy in the middle of the group. Off to one side with a medal around his neck is Dave Smart, the Canadian equivalent of, well, nobody. Smart’s success in Canada—11 national titles in 13 seasons—has never been matched south of the border. Whether things like quality of competition and off-court resources played a deciding factor in Smart’s unparalleled success with Carleton’s basketball program, and whether he would have any kind of success south of the border, is neither here nor there. Smart’s program was so dominant that ESPN […]

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Ottawa teen wants to turn his passion into work

Hugh Harrington was seven years old when his father started playing live CDs of classic bands such as The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. This first taste of music put him on a journey that evolved over the years, said the now-17-year-old. “Music is definitely a way of life,” said Harrington, who is now the lead singer of a band called The Fuse. Harrington started playing at school talent shows by himself, turned away from the classics and got more into modern rock. Not before long, Harrington formed The Rogues—his second band—with friends who were two years older than him. “With The Rogues, I actually started playing for pubs and clubs that were popular around Ottawa,” he said. Harrington said […]

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