Q+A: Singer-songwriter Scott Helman

Scott Helman is a young singer-songwriter based out of Toronto. With two Juno nominations and multiple hit singles under his belt, he will be kicking off the Scott vs. Ria tour with singer-songwriter Ria Mae in Ottawa on Oct. 13. The Charlatan caught up with Helman over the phone to talk about life as a musician, the heartfelt meanings behind his biggest hits and his upcoming tour. The Charlatan (TC): What is it like, life as a young, 22-year-old, touring and recording musician? Scott Helman (SH): It’s good, it’s definitely un-orthodox, I’d say. My life structure is not quite the same as my friends and stuff, but it’s great! I get to travel and see a lot of different kinds […]

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Commentary: Hollerado performs at Bronson Centre

Ottawa rock band Hollerado delivered a lively and upbeat performance during their homecoming concert at Ottawa’s Bronson Centre on May 12. After months of touring around the world, the band brought their “Born Yesterday” tour to their hometown in front of a packed and energetic crowd. Proud of his Ottawa roots, lead singer Menno Versteeg told The Charlatan, “It’s always nice playing where you grew up, you make family and friends proud, and I’m surrounded by Sens fans.” Versteeg also talked about what it was like serving as the opening act on Sum 41 and the Sam Roberts Band’s recent tours. “You learn a lot from bands like that who have been doing it for so long and are real […]

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Ottawa Women’s March attracts thousands of protesters

One hour before the Women’s March in Ottawa on Jan. 21, about 20 people stood at the Human Rights Memorial, chatting, smiling, and sipping hot drinks while the fog settled over downtown Ottawa. One little girl stood with a sign that read, “Women can be president too.” By the start of the march at 11:00 A.M., what at first was just a handful of people had become hundreds—and by the end of the march, thousands. The Ottawa Police estimated between 6,000 and 8,000 people marched from Elgin Street down Laurier Avenue to Bronson Centre. The sea of supporters were chanting, wearing pink “pussy hats,” and holding picket signs with catchy slogans. Only 800 protestors were allowed in the Bronson Centre […]

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Commentary: Protest the Hero revisits Kezia

Every once in a while, an album comes along that is so timeless and resonates so well with the listener it is impossible to forget, even years after its release and its apparent relevance has diminished. For Canadian progressive metal fans, this is the case for Kezia, the first full-length album by Protest the Hero. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the band decided to bring back the original lineup and launch a Canada-wide tour fully dedicated to playing Kezia front to back. Kezia is described as a concept album and more broadly as a “situationist requiem” by the band. It is a story of the execution of a young woman named Kezia in a prison. It is told in three parts […]

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Punkottawa flea market unites scene

Punkottawa and Spectrasonic hosted a punk flea market in the Bronson Centre on Sept. 12, which hosted 41 vendors and small businesses. According to Laura Smith, the owner of vendor Mavrick’s Emporium, one of the biggest strengths of the flea market as a whole was its diversity in what each vendor brought to sell. “It’s good to have a variety of stuff as well—you don’t want to just have the same thing of 15 tables of guys selling shirts,” Smith said about the show. For example, vendor Capital Tease Burlesque was selling nipple pastilles and other pinup accessories. “I like how many of the products here are not something that you can find in typical stores. It’s stuff that’s handmade […]

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