WE Day inspires youth empowerment

The Canadian Tire Centre was full of 16,000 students on Nov. 15, all waiting to be inspired by WE Day.   Created by the organization WE, the event included speeches and musical performances by different celebrities, activists, and locals, focused on the topic of youth empowerment. The day was hosted by TV host Liz Trinnear and actress Olivia Holt. The line-up of presenters included singers Shawn Hook and Brett Kissel, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, and Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson. The speakers focused on Generation We, or “Gen WE,” which refers to the upcoming generation of students, with one main message: that this generation will change the world.   A ticket to WE Day cannot be […]

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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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Q+A: Thunder Bay singer Coleman Hell

Coleman Hell, a singer-songwriter from Thunder Bay, was in Ottawa on Nov. 24 performing at Zaphod Beeblebrox. The Charlatan sat down with him to discuss his unique name, music, and touring. The Charlatan (TC): I hear Coleman Hell is actually your real name, not a stage name. Coleman Hell (CH): It is, yeah. The last name is of German origin, I guess. The first name, I have no idea. My parents were like “Let’s make it even weirder!” TC: So you played at TD Place earlier this year with Twenty One Pilots. What’s it like to be back in Ottawa? CH: It’s exciting. I think every time I’ve played here has been a great experience for me. I played BluesFest. That was awesome. I got to […]

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Ottawa We Day addresses American election results

The Canadian Tire Centre hosted We Day on Nov. 9, an event aimed at celebrating youth empowerment, diversity, and inclusion. Several speakers, including Justin Trudeau and Gord Downie, addressed thousands of students and educators. Jennifer Boyce, public relations coordinator for We Day, said the theme of this year’s event was “Canada 150” to mark “a partnership with the Canadian government to unroll some programs that are centered around Canadian youth, Canadian educators, and the year of action that youth should participate in to make Canada a better country overall.” Throughout the event, several of the day’s speakers addressed the recent American election results. The founder of We Day, Craig Kielburger, said in his opening speech that one of Canada’s greatest […]

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