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Emphasizing the importance of individuality

In this day and age, appearance is of the utmost importance. You are told you show be a certain weight, dress in the right clothing and even act a certain way or you’ll be ostracized by your fellow peers. A large pressure is placed on artists these days to fit these criteria. The unfortunate thing is that because artists are placed on such a high pedestal, the wrong message is being sent out to youth on a daily basis.

How often do we see the tabloid newspapers covering stories on celebrities without make-up, as if they aren’t like the average person and must adhere to social rules 24/7. Or the minute an artist like Christina Aguilera puts on a few pounds because she is pregnant, her image and reputation go down the drain. It wouldn’t matter if she had released an album at the time or was producing her own show, her appearance would take precedence in the eyes of the media.

This is definitely the wrong message to send to our impressionable youth. In a society where we place celebrities at the top of the social hierarchy and even look up to them, artists should be spreading the message of diversity and individuality through their music and image. I have the utmost respect for artists like Kelly Clarkson and Adele, who in the eyes of the media are considered unappealing because of their weight, but still stand their ground and demonstrate that beauty is not based off some social norm, but is individual. 

Since youth are listening to these artists on a daily basis it’s important for those in the music industry to take a stand; a stand for individuality and self-love, no matter how you look. 



Hanson’s big comeback?

When people used to ask the Hanson brothers when they planned on getting a ‘real’ job, they would get a response that would go something like, “Just think of us as old guys with high voices. We’re going to be doing this until we’re old and grey.”

Fifteen years after “Middle of Nowhere” put the Hansons at the top of the charts; the band is continually working to deliver that new hit song.

While the boys of Hanson are not that old now, the trio definitely has a different image than they did back in ’97, when their pop smash “MMMBop” presented three adorable siblings happily playing their instruments and dancing in front of a green-screen. When their debut album hit stores, Isaac was 16, Taylor 14 and Zac just 11.

Now the Hansons are all married and have a combined total of eight kids. They run their own record label, and always have their eyes and ears out for new young talent.

But as they promote this week’s Canadian release of their mature sixth record, “Shout it Out,” they recognize that it’s still an uphill battle trying to prove that a once popular boy-band can make it just as big a second time.

“Part of the (process) is just realizing it’s not personal,” said Taylor, 29. “Every brand, every company has to figure out a way to get to people….”

Jason Kerkhof, Public Relations Student


Ottawa’s Live Lounge closed

Ottawa has lost an amazing venue for live music. The Live Lounge, at 128 York St. in the Byward Market, has closed.

Live 88.5, the radio station that hosts their live-music series at the Live Lounge, posted the following statement to their Facebook on January 6th:

“For the past 5 years, LiVE 88.5 has been able to bring some of the best Canadian and International acts to our intimate venue, the LiVE Lounge. Some of the many great bands that have graced our stage on York Street over the years include Our Lady Peace, Daniel Lanois, Metric, Silversun Pickups, Broken Social Scene and Hawksley Workman. The LiVE Lounge was also home to the groundbreaking LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot, where we helped launch Ottawa’s best local talent to the world, including Juno-nominated band Hollerado.”

The Live Lounge was a great venue for upcoming artists to showcase their talents and by shutting it down they are disappointing many local Ottawa bands and their fans. Hopefully there will be another venue opening sometime soon with a similar idea to the Live Lounge as many of us are upset to see it closed.

Lori Bruce, Algonquin College PR student



Love it or hate it, the extremely popular TV show “Glee” has been seriously influencing todays teens and pre-teens.

The show follows a highschool choir through their everyday lives and struggles.Glee has a huge following, with extreme fans calling themselves “Gleeks.” However, many diehard music fans despise Glee for “ruining” classic songs.

I’ve sat through the first two seasons of Glee, and although I somewhat agree with the diehard music fans (Some of the harder, more famous tunes should be left alone) there is one thing the anti-Glee movement doesn’t realize.

Glee is educating young adults in *good* music.

The performers in Glee take the best and catchiest in every music genre, and perform it in a way appealing to young adults. Although the “Glee version” isn’t the same as the original performer, its educating the new generations and introducing them to music genres they might never have experienced.

In a time where music artists like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Rebecca Black are a dime a dozen, hearing some real music is fantastic.

Glee performs songs from classic artists such as Queen, Madonna, Lionel Richie, AC/DC, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Kiss, the Guess Who, and so many more. Covering as many as four songs an episode, Glee throws a considerable amount of good music at young adults every week.

Although I agree the performers in Glee will never be able to match artists like Freddy Mercury and John Lennon, they teach  new generations what truegood music is. And for that, I respect them.


Comforting Music

Ever since I was little, music has always been a passion of mine. Whether it was listening to it, downloading it, or dancing my face off to it, I always knew I’d be having a good time if it involved music.

I grew up with a family who always had the most fun reunions and holiday dinners. I have cousins that can play the guitar and aunts who could sing their hearts out. I grew up surrounded by the joy of music.

I find appreciating music like I used to very difficult since there is so much selection, and it is always changing. Before I would have about 10 favourite songs and each would reflect a different mood of mine. Now, however, I have 10 different playlists with several songs in each to help me feel a little complete or happy on times when I am down or confused.

Music to me is a way of expressing what you’re feeling when you can’t find the words yourself. You let someone else, someone who doesn’t even know you, tell the world exactly how you feel.

Music has a way of completing your Sunday drive, your Friday party, or your Wednesday study night. It can celebrate with you, console you, or motivate you.

Mary J. Scott, Algonquin College PR Student


What do you mean?

Throughout history, music has had an important role. The preferred genre is constantly changing and so are the meanings of lyrics and how the music itself is produced.
The 60s, 70s, 80s, and part of the 90s were the best time for music. The lyrics were true and meaningful and all the instrumental work was done by hand and originality. Singing about love and peace or the person you love was what mattered . Now artists tend to sing about material things.
Artists today don’t care about the world disappearing in front of our eyes, or if there are starving children in another country, artists only care about themselves.
Music is gearing towards an auto-tuned sound with keyboard instrumentals and voice enhancements. Female or male artists are both using auto-tune to disguise their voice as something that it’s not.
We as a society need to bring back the meaningful, joyful and truthful music that use to bring light to our day.

Alysha Bordin, Algonquin College PR student


Originality… where’d you go?

From songs like Alone Again by Alyssa Reid to On The Floor by Jennifer Lopez, the one thing the music industry lacks at the moment is originality.  Whether it’s a lyric or a full cover, more and more artists are getting lazy with their song choices and are borrowing from other artists.

If the Doors, the Beatles and other artists from the 60s and 70s could create original ideas during a social revolution where their music was considered taboo , then I’m sure Jennifer Lopez can try singing about more than a good night dancing at a club, especially considering that she recycled the song.

It’s almost as if it’s become this cultural norm to wait a couple of years until a song is off the radio and it is then recreated. Don’t get me wrong, these remastered versions always do very well and are almost guaranteed to appear in the top 40 charts, but can we really consider the music industry to be producing raw talent if its songs are being regurgitated decade after decade.

It’s important to recognize the artists who actually put their heart and soul into their music. Though there are few, artists like Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift, both very prominent artists, have written and even produced all of their songs.  No artist who is copying an older song can actually say that their emotion was put into their work.

So as opposed to bringing back the same songs, let’s bring back originality and passion. Music is full of emotion and should derive from your heart and not someone else’s. As Shakespeare put it “If music be the food of love, play on.” 

Curtis Vermette, Algonquin College PR student