Barenaked Ladies take the stage at the NAC

The Barenaked Ladies played through old classics, shared new hits, and joked around with the crowd during their show at the National Arts Centre’s (NAC) Southam Hall on Nov. 29. The band was in town for the second-last Canadian date of their Fake Nudes Tour, to promote their 15th studio album, which was released on Nov. 17. In a previous interview with The Charlatan, keyboardist Kevin Hearn said he wrote more songs for the new album than he had on any other previous Barenaked Ladies record. “There was a stage of making our records where we sort of show our cards, so to speak, and show what we’ve been working on,” he said. “I just put everything on the table […]

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NAC Orchestra puts on majestic show

On the evening of Nov. 24, the former music director of the National Arts Centre (NAC) orchestra and masterful violinist, Pinchas Zukerman, was back at the NAC to lead the orchestra at Southam Hall. With his magnetic and passionate baton, Zukerman never fails to grasp the heart of audiences while conducting or performing. The program was insightfully and eloquently chosen, and it was tailored to bring out the best of both the orchestra and the soloist. During the course of the evening, Zukerman first adopted the role of the soloist, then he took his place at the conducting podium. The night’s performance immersed the listener into a historical narrative of classical music, in which Zuckerman and the orchestra first led […]

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Swan Lake performance is breathtaking

Nov. 9 marked the beginning of the 2017-18 National Arts Centre Dance season; the performance of choice, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, put on by the Dresden Semperoper Ballett. The classic ballet has been performed worldwide, with each performance taking its own interpretation of the story with the basic plot remaining the same. Now, I’m no expert in ballet. I went into this performance knowing very little about Swan Lake (the only bits and pieces of the plot that I knew was from Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan), but I still had high hopes for the performance. The Russian ballet is a well-known composition of love and hope. Right from the start, the performances were energetic and bold. The movements from each of […]

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Q+A: Barenaked Ladies

Throughout a career that has spanned nearly three decades, the Barenaked Ladies have become one of Canada’s most successful and popular bands. On Nov. 17, they release their 15th studio album, and on Nov. 29, they bring their cross-Canada Fake Nudes Tour to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The Charlatan spoke to keyboardist Kevin Hearn to talk about what the band has been up to recently and their new album. The Charlatan (TC): What have been some of the highlights of 2017 for you guys? Kevin Hearn (KH): Well, earlier in the year, we recorded a record with the a cappella group The Persuasions and they are, of course, a veteran iconic a cappella group from Brooklyn, they started […]

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Review: Tero Saarinen’s Morphed

Morphed was presented at the National Arts Centre (NAC)on the 4th and 5th of October. The 60-minute contemporary dance performance attempts to answer the question: “What makes a man, a man?” and showcases Tero Saarinen, Finnish dance prodigy’s insights on it. The piece was very subtle and open with no lyrical music or speech used whatsoever, other than the dancing of the seven male dancers on stage. It evoked a sense of inquiry with no answer, and allowed the audience to explore their own ideas and notions of maleness, masculinity, and manhood. The dancers themselves, who were all male-presenting and mostly white, were of lean and strong stature, yet effortlessly exuded gracefulness through their expressive dance. The piece was made up […]

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