Ali Connerty

Articles by Ali Connerty

(Graphic by Lena Yang).

EDM and instruments of change

Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables, once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Music is about exploration, challenge and expression, much like any art form. Live performance takes this to the next level when the artist has a chance to introduce each piece. Lindi Ortega’s third concert at Maxwell’s […]

by Ali Connerty· · Arts ·
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Ballads of Ortega

Toronto native and Juno nominee Lindi Ortega is bringing her fresh attitude towards country music to Waterloo. Kicking off her Canadian and U.S. headlining tour at Maxwell’s Music House on Wednesday, Ortega will be playing from her newest release Cigarettes and Truckstops, as well as some covers and collaborations with openers Dustin Bentall and The Smokes. “The record was largely […]

by Ali Connerty· · Arts ·
Communitech startup seeks to aid journalists

Communitech startup seeks to aid journalists

Innovation is of the utmost importance at Kitchener’s Tannery District. Hundreds of startups work out of Communitech, the Laurier Launchpad and UW Velocity — all located in the refurbished Lang Tannery building located at Charles St. and Victoria — to turn their vision into reality. Located in the UW Velocity Garage, entrepreneurs Stavros Rougas and Ebrahim Ashrafizadeh are creating an […]

by Ali Connerty· · Local, News ·
(Photo by Jody Waardenburg)

Finally taking centre stage

Last week, Kitchener-Waterloo’s music scene was in full swing, taking over multiple music venues from Wednesday to Saturday for the first-ever Kitchener Music Festival. Saturday night at the Chrysalids Theatre, a mixture of local and national musicians had the chance to perform alongside a growing pop-radio star, Toronto-based Jesse Labelle. With years of song writing behind him, Labelle has worked […]

by Ali Connerty· · Arts ·

Celebrating Movember

We are halfway through November and the pandemic of upper-lip facial hair on men is growing. You may have noticed the occasional “mo” here and there on campus, but they are just getting started. During the last weeks of “Movember” the stashes become much more noticeable; even distracting I would say. Try to have a serious conversation with someone who […]

by Ali Connerty· · Opinion ·

Chaisson goes national

PEI’s Tim Chaisson will be taking Canada by storm on his cross-country tour with Toronto-based Poor Young Things. Drawing inspiration from maritime acts such as the east-coast’s The Rankin Family and Sam Rogers, Chaisson’s music is heavily influenced by his celtic musical background. “I started playing the fiddle when I was about six-years-old,” Chaisson recalled. In high school, Chaisson began […]

by Ali Connerty· · Arts ·
(Photo by Jeremy Enns)

Skipping the grocery store

Saturday morning plays host to multiple markets across the K-W region. The famous St. Jacob’s Market can be intimidating, and daunting, for the solo shopper but the Kitchener Market, located just past Benton St. on King, in downtown Kitchener, is a much easier place to navigate. Not having a car isn’t problem for the adventurous student. Just take the number […]

by Ali Connerty· · Life ·
(Photo by Kate Turner)

A night with the Jason White Trio

Friday night, the Jason White Trio led a packed Jazz Room at the Huether Hotel on a journey through experimental music, re-arranged classic jazz pieces and some Nietzsche. Playing three one-hour sets, each had a different theme that exposed the attentive audience to a diversity of jazz-influenced music. “Whatever show I play, whoever’s in the audience, there’s something for everyone,” […]

by Ali Connerty· · Arts ·
(Photo courtesy of Laurier Musical Theatre)

Big business meets niche art

Funding a small arts-focused organization can be difficult. Costs incur for production, events, promotions and theatre rentals, and when operating on a dime, it’s stressful at times. However, there are ways to get around this. Government and university grants are available, the most accessible for the Laurier community being the Council for the Intellectual and Cultural Development of the Arts […]

by Ali Connerty· · Arts ·
(Photo by Jody Waardenburg)

Easy Star All Stars dub it out at Starlight

One of the coolest things about Starlight Social Club in Uptown Waterloo is how the space accommodates a diverse variety of shows. Having been to both unplugged and acoustic shows, as well as DJ’ed Saturday nights where the club is at capacity, it was great to experience a reggae concert. Friday night played host to Los Angeles’ The Aggrolites, followed […]

by Ali Connerty· · Arts ·