Q+A: Kingston band Kasador

Kasador is one of many bands to come out of the vibrant music scene in Kingston, Ont. Their pop-infused style of indie rock gets crowds singing and dancing during their upbeat live performances. The Charlatan caught up with them ahead of their headlining show in Ottawa on Nov. 2, at the 27 Club. The Charlatan (TC): How did you guys become a band? Will Hunter (WH): We were at Queen’s University, and I was playing around as an acoustic musician through the city, and I thought the songs kind of deserved more stuff. So, we started to bring in new musicians and trying different people. We met Nick [Babcock] through Boris [Baker], we played hockey together, and we knew Julian […]

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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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Tragically Hip play last concert in Kingston

Canada paid tribute to The Tragically Hip on their Aug. 20 Kingston concert. It was the most beautiful televised event in the arts this year and arguably ever. CBC was able to provide all of Canada with the opportunity to say goodbye to one of the countries most loved bands, an opportunity that is essentially unheard of historically for any musicians. After lead singer Gord Downie revealed he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in May, the band quickly put together their last cross-country tour, Man Machine Poem. Their last stop being broadcast from the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario, which seemed only fitting as the band began their career in that city in 1984. Ottawa locals came together to […]

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Kingston fire leaves Queen’s students without housing next year

Some Queen’s University students will have to find alternative living arrangements for the next school year after a Kingston apartment building under construction burned down Dec. 17, and will not be rebuilt in time. The blaze started on the top floor of a five-storey wood apartment building being built on Princess Street in Kingston, Ont. Students who had signed leases for the upcoming year say they are now left in the dark. “My three roommates and I had signed the lease for next year and paid one month’s rent, along with a $200 deposit,” first-year Queen’s student Shannon Wong said. “That’s $900 in total per person for a four bedroom apartment.” Patry Inc. Developments, the housing complex developer, sent an […]

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Queen’s to pay $100,000 annually to city for homecoming policing

Beginning this year, Queen’s University will donate a sum of $100,000 for three consecutive years to the City of Kingston to help pay for policing during its annual homecoming event, the university principal Daniel Woolf announced. This year’s homecoming was divided into two weekends in October. It drew attention after a series of tweets by Kingston Mayor Mark Gerretsen criticized the inconveniences it caused to the city and the university’s handling of it. “@queensprincipal I am standing at William and Aberdeen. I have two words for you: NOT GOOD,” one of the tweets stated. But Gerretsen said “Queen’s contribution toward city policing costs demonstrates the strong relationship between the university and the city.” “Queen’s is an important community partner and […]

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