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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Q+A: Taylor Angus and Logan Brown

Kingston/Ottawa-based duo Taylor Angus and Logan Brown form an indie-jazz group known for their unique sound—a mix between Buckingham Nicks and Ella Fitzgerald. Before they joined as a duo, Angus had recorded a demo and performed at Bluesfest as a solo act, and Brown had toured Ontario, winning songwriting and guitar awards. The Charlatan spoke to them about their roots, musical influences, and being Canadian artists leading up to their Bluesfest debut on July 6 on the Barney Danson Theatre stage at 6 p.m.   The Charlatan (TC): How did it all start for you guys? Logan Brown (LB): We actually met at an open mic night in Kingston where I saw Taylor perform for the first time. She was […]

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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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Ottawa celebrates Canada 150 amidst rain and large crowds

Amidst heavy rain, long line-ups, and other controversial moments, Canadians from coast to coast gathered at Parliament Hill on Canada Day to celebrate Canada 150, witnessing a day’s worth of musical performances, special guest appearances, and nighttime fireworks. Throughout the early morning, the main focus was on Indigenous issues, following the setup of a teepee on Parliament Hill on June 28 by a group of Indigenous activists. Calling it a “re-occupation,” the intent was to highlight Canada’s history of violence and forced assimilation towards Indigenous people, according to the Toronto Star.  “[Canada Day allows us] to reflect on our past, to cheer on today, and to recommit ourselves to the future,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his morning speech. “This is […]

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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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