Bluesfest Day Eight: The Glorious Sons, Anderson .Paak, and a lightning storm

Following a miserable evening featuring mobs and numerous medical emergencies, the eighth night of Bluesfest was back with a much more promising and exciting line up until rain forced the later parts of the evening to be cancelled. Before the first concerts began and the major crowds had arrived, festivalgoers shared their stories about what they witnessed the night before. “Last night was definitely the worst experience at not even just Bluesfest, but any concert [or] festival I’ve ever been a part of,” said Matt Morgan, a fan who had arrived much earlier the night before to get a good spot for Migos. Despite what happened the night before, Morgan was back and feeling more optimistic. “I feel like the […]

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WE Day Canada advocates for Indigenous rights and reconciliation

The main stage on Parliament Hill hosted WE Day Canada on July 2, presenting an evening’s worth of inspirational speeches and musical performances in honour of empowering youth and inspiring change. Similar to the previous night’s Canada Day celebration, much of WE Day Canada was devoted to speaking on Indigenous rights, freedoms, and how to move towards reconciliation. In comparison to last fall’s WE Day event at the Canadian Tire Centre, this year’s celebration had the main pledge of looking forward. Hosted by Tyrone Edwards, Jus Reign, Maripier Morin, Kardinal Offishall, Nicolas Ouellet, Inez Point, and Chloe Wilde, WE Day Canada began with a video interlude stating the day’s manifesto: “We will make a pledge for the next 150 years, because […]

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Juno Awards take over Ottawa for the week

Legends were honoured, diversity was recognized and Canadian music was celebrated at the 2017 Juno Awards in Ottawa. The week-long festivities ran from March 27 to April 2 and featured a variety of events and performances to celebrate Canada 150, all culminating in the Juno Awards show at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mayor Jim Watson said he was pleased the Juno Awards were back in Ottawa for the third time. “This is a very exciting time in our city’s history,” Watson told The Charlatan in an interview. “We worked really hard to attract them here, so we’re delighted with all of the programs leading up to the big awards.” The awards helped bring many popular local artists back to Ottawa. […]

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Ottawa We Day addresses American election results

The Canadian Tire Centre hosted We Day on Nov. 9, an event aimed at celebrating youth empowerment, diversity, and inclusion. Several speakers, including Justin Trudeau and Gord Downie, addressed thousands of students and educators. Jennifer Boyce, public relations coordinator for We Day, said the theme of this year’s event was “Canada 150” to mark “a partnership with the Canadian government to unroll some programs that are centered around Canadian youth, Canadian educators, and the year of action that youth should participate in to make Canada a better country overall.” Throughout the event, several of the day’s speakers addressed the recent American election results. The founder of We Day, Craig Kielburger, said in his opening speech that one of Canada’s greatest […]

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Commentary: Gord Downie’s Secret Path

This past summer, Canadians came together to celebrate the Tragically Hip, one of the country’s most iconic musical acts. In Dec. 2015, Gord Downie, the band’s frontman and key songwriter, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare terminal brain tumour. In May, the band announced the diagnosis, as well as the dates for what would likely be their final tour, the all-Canadian Man Machine Poem Tour. Nearly a month after the Hip performed their final show in their hometown, Kingston, Ontario, with over 11 million people watching live on CBC, Downie announced a new multimedia project about one of the darkest parts of Canadian history: Indigenous residential schools. Between the early 1880s and 1996, over 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit […]

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