The arts scene moves into Chinatown

Art galleries and creative spaces have been steadily setting up shop in Chinatown, but with new businesses entering the neighbourhood, some are wondering whether it will affect the community’s culture, history, and economic value. The Central Art Garage, a conceptual art gallery located at Somerset Street West and Lebreton Street North, opened in 2013 in a renovated auto repair shop. When co-owner of the gallery Danny Hussey moved in four year ago, he said the arts scene hadn’t yet formed in Chinatown. “When we moved in here, there wasn’t very much,” Hussey said. “Over time, I think people start to gravitate to a certain space.” Neighbourhoods such as Westboro and Hintonburg are pricing themselves out of the market for many […]

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Q+A: CU student and rapper Melo Griffith

Melo Griffith wears many hats. He is a singer, songwriter, poet, and rapper—and a music student at Carleton University. A self-proclaimed “student of life,” Melo said he has never truly found the opportunity to share all that encompasses who he is until he began working on his debut project, ME.P: Undergrad Appreciation Day. Now a month since the release of ME.P, The Charlatan sat down with Melo in the studio to discuss the road to his debut album along with his connection to the Ottawa hip hop scene. The Charlatan (TC): How did you first get started with music? Melo Griffith (MG): It really started with more so dance. I was doing a lot of dance and poetry at a […]

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Canada Reads books highlight diversity

Canada Reads 2017 is right around the corner with a diverse slate of novels this year. The competition is organized annually by the CBC, and gives five personalities the chance to defend five different books in a debate that spans several episodes. At the end of each episode, one book is voted out of the competition until only one is left—the book every Canadian should read. This year’s final five books were written by authors with Inuk, Caribbean, Métis, and Kenyan backgrounds. Some, such as Sara Jamieson from Carleton University’s English department, believe the competition’s diversity reflects Canada’s personality. “The idea of Canada as a diverse society is something that is very important to many Canadians, so [Canada Reads] may […]

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Commentary: The Kents rock House of Targ

Tight, energetic, and precise, The Kents brought their “friendly, neighbourhood indie pop” to a set at House of Targ on Jan. 5. The band’s set consisted of tracks off their 2016 release Waking, as well as some newer songs the band aims to include on an upcoming full-length record. They also received a very positive audience response to a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” Singer/guitarist Warren Frank did a strong job of keeping the crowd engaged, leading a singalong to their song “Something About Her,” and giving shoutouts to the House of Targ’s famed perogies. Skillfully balancing Freddy Kwon’s nimble lead guitar lines alongside Frank’s steady rhythm guitar, the band gracefully moved through their set, concluding with an encore performance of […]

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Korean embassy hosts K-pop gala

The 2016 K-pop Gala was held on Dec. 3 at the Canadian Museum of History. The Korean Cultural Centre organized the event in conjunction with the Korean Embassy in celebration of the upcoming 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, in hopes of spreading Korean culture and the love of K-pop. Olivia Truong, one of the members of the organizing committee, said the free, all-ages event was inspired by Daeshik Jo, the Korean ambassador. “[The ambassador] noticed there was a lot of interest for K-pop and that it was growing, so he thought it was a good idea to have this show and get everyone together,” Truong said. According to Truong, this year’s gala theme was the history of K-pop through the […]

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