Q+A: Country singer Jess Moskaluke

Over the last few years, Jess Moskaluke has become a dominant force in Canada’s country music scene. Getting her start in her hometown Langenburg, Sask., Moskaluke also became the first female Canadian country singer to achieve platinum since Shania Twain with her 2014 hit “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes.” The Charlatan caught up with Moskaluke ahead of her performance in Ottawa at the Grey Cup festival to talk about her new album, Past The Past, as well as her other recent successes. The Charlatan (TC): What has this year been like for you? Jess Moskaluke (JM): This year has been an absolute whirlwind. Like you mentioned, I got my first Juno, which was crazy and unexpected. We went Top 3 for […]

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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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Letter: Shania concert should have been held at Bluesfest

The recent Shania Twain concert at Ottawa’s Wesley Clover Parks should have been delayed and merged with Ottawa’s successful outdoor festival, RBC’s Royal Bank Bluesfest. Guests faced many issues that could have been easily resolved had the event been held at a different venue. The event was held in late June at a horse ranch in rural Ottawa where guests were told to pay-to-park at various pickup locations across the city and take shuttle buses to the venue. The outdoor venue was necessary as organizers expected crowds too large to contain within the Canadian Tire Centre (CTC). The final count was 24,000 people according to the Ottawa Citizen. People came from across Ontario—I met people from Timmins, Thunder Bay, Lake […]

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