Music student researches The Tragically Hip

The Tragically Hip, led by the late Gord Downie, are a band many Canadians grew up listening to. Fans of the band include Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and their music often put the spotlight on different perspectives on Canadian issues. Michelle MacQueen, a master’s student, is researching the band and the impact they have had on Canadian culture. “It’s interesting to hear people talk about the band, and what they meant for them,” she said. MacQueen decided to research The Tragically Hip after watching a stream of the band’s final show in Kingston, Ont. in 2016. The concert was broadcast on television and streamed live, and was viewed by over 11 million people. “Even just from this event, it’s […]

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WE Day inspires youth empowerment

The Canadian Tire Centre was full of 16,000 students on Nov. 15, all waiting to be inspired by WE Day.   Created by the organization WE, the event included speeches and musical performances by different celebrities, activists, and locals, focused on the topic of youth empowerment. The day was hosted by TV host Liz Trinnear and actress Olivia Holt. The line-up of presenters included singers Shawn Hook and Brett Kissel, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, and Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson. The speakers focused on Generation We, or “Gen WE,” which refers to the upcoming generation of students, with one main message: that this generation will change the world.   A ticket to WE Day cannot be […]

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Musicians raise money for children’s hospital

Country band River Town Saints were among the headliners to take the stage at Sing Out for CHEO at TD Place Arena on Oct. 21. Organized by local musician Danny Sylvestre, the event has taken place annually for the last two years as a fundraiser to support the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation. For Sylvestre, this event is very personal for him and his family, who have greatly benefitted from CHEO’s services. For nearly 17 years, Sylvestre’s daughter, Marychelle, made regular visits to CHEO while undergoing treatment for muscular dystrophy. As of last year, she is no longer going through treatment. “It was very hard for us to leave CHEO, so I decided it was time to give […]

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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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