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UPDATED: RSU announces new festival, says sorry

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) has announced the first festival of the year and it comes with an apology. Miguel, DJ Infinity and Jayemkayem were announced Wednesday morning as performers for the festival, named Sundown. They round out Joey Bada$$, The Skins, Sean Leon and The Sorority, who were among the first acts released on Monday at sundown, 7:36 p.m. The […]

by Simona Catalano· · Arts & Life, Music, News, Off Campus, On Campus
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Finding rhythm with Cuban ‘son’

Sean Bellaviti hosts lecture remembering Buena Vista Social Club.

by Abigail Murta· · Arts & Life, Music
Divine Council performing at the Velvet Underground on March 13, 2017. (Julia Ho/Ryersonian Staff)

From the U.S. to Canada: Divine Council performs in Toronto for the first time

Richmond, Virginia hip-hop group Divine Council touched down in Toronto Monday to perform with local rapper Drew Howard.

by Julia Ho· · Arts & Life, Music, Videos
Students support mental health awareness through buckets

Students support mental health awareness through buckets

SMASH runs bucket beats event in SLC to promote well-being on campus.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Health, Music, News, On Campus, Videos

Ryerson will light up Sam the Record Man store sign

After years of complications with the famous Sam the Record Man sign, Ryerson is finally bringing it back this summer.


Sam the Record Man signs have a new home

Signage company Sunset Neon has been selected to restore the historic Sam the Record Man signs, Ryerson announced Wednesday. The signs will be placed atop 277 Victoria St. near Yonge-Dundas Square. The project is expected to start this spring and will be completed later in 2017. To prepare for installation, the City of Toronto and Ryerson University had to study […]

by Bradly Shankar· · Music, News, Off Campus
Alumnae Tribute Band Spices Up Their Lives

Alumnae Tribute Band Spices Up Their Lives

  Beams of red and gold light dash around the stage of Toronto’s Mod Club on Feb. 17. The five women of WANNABE: The Spice Girls Tribute Band prance in, parading around in bright ‘90s fashion. The band erupts in song with a Spice Girls classic (and the band’s namesake), Wannabe. Sporty Spice, a Ryerson alumna clad in white runners, […]

by Emily Theodore· · Arts & Life, Music
Aditya Aman is the frontman of Beige Shelter, an indie folk band from Mississauga, Ont.

Engineering grad breaking into Toronto music scene with Beige Shelter

  Aditya Aman has come a long way since he graduated from Ryerson in 2009. When he was a student, he was too shy to even take part in an open mic night. Eight years later, he now feels comfortable playing to an audience. “Once you do something a few times, it feels like brushing your teeth. You don’t think […]

by Robyn Bell· · Arts & Life, Music, students
Students to Watch: TRSM student is an up-and-coming singer

Students to Watch: TRSM student is an up-and-coming singer

Tiffany Williams’ music career has always been her number one priority, but for the next two years, school is her full-time job. “I thought I might broaden the spectrum and get a business degree as well,” said Williams. Williams has known she wanted a music career since she was 10 years old. “At first I was so lost. I was like where do I start?”

by Shawntae Harris· · Arts & Life, Music
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Ryerson DJ tries to spin his way to the top

Watch as Ryersonian TV’s Shawntae Harris talks to Ryerson’s DJ Alit about his breakthrough and how he still has a long way to go.

by Shawntae Harris· · Arts & Life, Music, Videos
(Emily Silva/Ryersonian file photo)

Musicians@Ryerson help local talent

The closing of historic Toronto venues is making it harder for local musicians to thrive. Hugh’s Room, The Hoxton and The Central are just a few of the venues that have closed in 2016 and 2017. But Musicians@Ryerson, a student-run group, is making efforts to keep local talent alive. “(Hugh’s Room) is home base for the folk community and amazing […]

by Madison Good· · Arts & Life, Music, Videos
Ryerson hosts fourth annual darkness concert

Ryerson hosts fourth annual darkness concert

Does losing one sense really heighten another? While losing vision may not turn anyone into a real-life Daredevil, Ryerson students found it gave them a new perspective while attending the fourth annual Darkness Concert at Oakham House.

by Robyn Bell· · Arts & Life, Music, Performance Arts
Things to do this weekend (Dec. 2-4)

Things to do this weekend (Dec. 2-4)

It’s finally December! What better way to welcome the holiday season then by going out an exploring the wonderful events happening in the city. 1.Treasure Island Treasure Island opens tonight! You can still pick up your tickets at our box office at 345 Yonge St. or online at . . . . #TreasureIsland #RUPerformance #Ryerson #Aaarryouready #RUTreasureIsland #RyersonPirates #Performance345 A photo […]

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Things to do this weekend (Nov. 25-27)

The cold weather has finally come, but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck indoors. Put on something to you keep you warm and go to some events happening this weekend in Toronto. 1. The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Follow +RT for a chance to win a pair of tickets to #JingleBallNorth Nov 25 (minors require parental consent) Rules: […]

You could say For Jane is a Ryerson based band with members from RTA.

Looking for local bands? The Music Den’s got you covered

On Nov. 18, The Music Den is launching a free monthly concert series to connect Toronto music lovers to local artists. The initiative, based out of the TransMedia Zone, works to create more opportunities for local bands to play live shows. The Music Den hopes to attract Ryerson students to the shows by making live music more accessible and less […]

by Kelsey Adams· · Arts & Life, Music
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Things to do this weekend (Nov. 18-20)

It’s been a long week at school, so you should go out and enjoy yourself. It’s just over a month away from Christmas and that means this is the weekend the city kicks off some holiday events. 1. The Distillery Christmas Market Here are 5 reasons why you should visit the @TOXmasMkt this holiday season — Live2UToronto (@live2utoronto) November […]

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Things to do this weekend (Nov. 11-13)

1. Friday Night Live at the Royal Ontario Museum Honour & celebrate all heroes, both real & mythical, this Friday! #FNLROM! — Royal Ontario Museum (@ROMtoronto) November 9, 2016 There are always places to party in Toronto on the weekend, but nothing as unique as The ROM Friday Night After Hours. This weeks theme is “Tribute”, meaning the art gallery will have […]

Pastor Jeff Pike and his congregation at the Mod Club during the Groundswell Sunday morning service. (Jennie Pearson)

Meet the millennials who are bringing God to the club

This Sunday marked the first ever church service held at the Mod Club. While it’s not your average venue, this is certainly not your average church. Groundswell is a non-denominational Christian church that is attracting young people with its high-energy meetings and approachable demeanour. With a full electric band, strobe lights, free coffee and candy bar, it’s no surprise that millennials […]

by Jennie Pearson· · Music, News, Off Campus, Top stories
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Things to do this weekend (Nov. 4-6)

Winter is almost here, so why not go out and enjoy the spring-like temperatures while they last? 1. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair We're #proud to sponsor the #GiantVegetable competition the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair 2016! @THERAWF #RAWF16 — St. Lawrence Market (@StLawrenceMkt) November 1, 2016 Spend time with some farm animals this weekend at The 94th Royal […]

Ryerson Students' Union held a 2-day music festival, and students were disappointed when Drake did not make a guest appearance

Mixed reactions and no ‘surprise guest’ at RSU’s 6 Fest

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) wrapped up its two-day 6 Fest music event, and people have taken to Twitter to voice either support or frustration for the student organization following last-minute lineup changes and no surprise appearance by Toronto rapper Drake. @RUStudentLife @RyersonU where can I get a refund? You guys misled us with the advertising #6fest #drake — Jakay […]

by Casimir Boivin· · Arts & Life, Music
Hotline Sprain: Did 6 Fest just lose its ‘Surprise guest?’

Hotline Sprain: Did 6 Fest just lose its ‘Surprise guest?’

6 Fest ticket-holders hoping for a “surprise” appearance from Drake this weekend might be in for disappointment. Drake announced Wednesday that he’s officially postponed one of his two upcoming Toronto shows due to a “recent ankle injury,” casting doubts on whether or not the Toronto rapper will be one of 6 Fest’s special guests. so sad that Drake probably won’t […]

by Casimir Boivin· · Arts & Life, Music, News
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Ryerson’s Urban Hip Hop Union is going back to its roots

Ryerson’s Urban Hip Hop Union (UHHU) will take over Lake Devo to spread positive hip-hop culture on campus this weekend. The union is hosting its most ambitious event to date, DEVO 2016, a competition and block party, to celebrate hip hop culture and dispel any negativity surrounding it. “I feel like nowadays there’s such a negative stigma attached to [hip […]

by Kelsey Adams· · Arts & Life, Music, Performance Arts
The Transmedia Zone's Music Den is an incubator for Toronto's music industry innovators  (Casimir Boivin)

Ryerson’s Music Den hits the right note for young innovators

The Faculty of Communication and Design’s (FCAD) new Music Den is already on its way to helping a Toronto-based innovator discover his passion. For Chris Prendergast, 29, the opportunity to work with industry veterans and collaborate with other young entrepreneurs inspired him to apply to be a part of the Music Den, a program that provides help to innovators in […]

Angelo Robb (left) and Victoria Kamara (right), student songwriters and RyeS.W.A.T. executives.

Ryerson’s SWAT team hopes to boost student musicians

The Ryerson group Songwriters Advocating Teamwork (RyeSWAT) has released its first mixtape, a move it says is one step towards its goal of creating an accessible, collaborative recording process for the school’s aspiring music artists. Genesis was recorded in April and mastered over the summer. The mixtape features tracks by six Ryerson rappers. It’s the product of a year’s worth of preparation. […]

by Casimir Boivin· · Arts & Life, Music
The RSU's orientation week concert featuring French Montana was a preview for 6Fest (Josephine Tse).

6 Fest date change causes turkey day weekend woes

6 Fest ticket holders may have to choose between the concert and Thanksgiving dinner after the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) changed the dates of the event. The highly publicized two-day concert was moved from Sept. 23/24 to Oct. 9/10 in order to “better accommodate artist availability,” said Natasha Campagna, the RSU’s general manager. “Someone who originally (was) confirmed to perform […]

by Kayla Kuefler· · Music, News
Phoenix Pagliacci's performance got a warm reception from the audience at the 57th annual RSU parade and concert.

RSU concert showcases women with ‘Homegrown’ talent

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) hosted the “Homegrown Music Festival,” showcasing an all-female lineup of Toronto-based musicians last Friday. The Ryersonian caught up with two of those artists: musician and Ryerson alumna Phoenix Pagliacci, and founder of the queer-friendly hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall event series, Yes Yes Y’all DJ Nino Brown. Phoenix Pagliacci Pagliacci’s performance brought a blend of hip-hop and […]

by Casimir Boivin· · Arts & Life, Music
Tumult Arts Festival on Sept. 8, 2016.

6 artists who took over Gould Street at the Tumult Arts Festival

Tumult Arts Festival hit Gould Street on Thursday, bringing performance art, poetry, graffiti and installation art to Ryerson. As the sun set over Ryerson campus, students walking through were greeted by DJs spinning old school hip hop and reggae, an outdoor café and a competition by Art Battle Toronto. Brodie Metcalfe, the RSU event co-ordinator, created the event because he […]

The last time the Ryerson Students' Union hosted an event like this Drake dropped onto Gould Street  / Ryersonian Archive File

Ryerson’s latest mystery concert fetching 30,000 per cent mark up

The last time the RSU marketed an event like this Toronto-born rapper Drake dropped onto Gould St. to play a concert

(Emily Silva/Ryersonian file photo)

Ryerson Buskerfest shines despite dreary weather

Ryerson students got to enjoy some tunes April 11 courtesy of their talented peers from Musicians@Ryerson. The group played everything from Jessie J to Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift at their annual third annual Buskerfest. The event allows Musicians@Ryerson the opportunity to give back to the community by giving the money they raise to a local charity. Musicians@Ryerson president Victor […]

by Emily Silva· · Arts & Life, Music
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Students roll out red carpet for TARA awards

It’s considered to be the Oscars of the RTA school of media. The TARA Awards recognizes student achievements across the media school. The awards are a prestigious event for the media production, sport media and new media programs. This year, the 38th annual awards will be held on April 15 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts. Josh […]

(Courtesy Lauren Emberson)

Ryerson student aims to raise $50k for film

By Saheel Shah After 17 days and over $20,000, funds continue coming in for the Ryerson-directed feature film Goliath as it enters the third week of its Indiegogo campaign. Goliath is being written, directed and produced by Luke Villemaire, a third-year film student at Ryerson. In September, Villemaire secured $20,000 through the Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS) to contribute […]

RTA student releases EP, Insularity

RTA student releases EP, Insularity

Young Dakota Wotton faced a dilemma. At age 14, he had to choose: go all-in with fencing and let it consume his day-to-day life, or take a step back and pursue music.

by Hannah Logan· · Music, News
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Ryerson collaborates with NXNE this summer

Toronto’s music and art festival North by Northeast (NXNE) may not be sweeping Yonge-Dundas Square with its usual free headliners this year, but the festival will offer a new conference right here on campus. Festival organizers announced big changes to their 2016 event, including a two-day outdoor show at the Port Lands and an interactive gaming conference at Ted Rogers […]

by Courtney Miceli· · Arts & Life, Music
Open jam to bring musicians together

Open jam to bring musicians together

Musicians on campus can come together and play at Open Jam Night on March 18 at the Ram in the Rye.

by Vanessa Francone· · Arts & Life, Music, News
Alma Cassels wins Battle of the Bands

Alma Cassels wins Battle of the Bands

By Sarah Amormino Musicians@Ryerson hosted the third-annual Battle of the Bands event at the Hard Rock Cafe March 10. Six bands were selected to compete to win an industry showcase with Canada’s Music Incubator and Coalition Music. Good vibes and amazing talent amongst the bands made for a vibrant and entertaining evening. The eccentric whistle from a flute, the groovy […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Music
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Review: Choreographic Works is an invigorating piece of performance art

Ryerson’s upper-year dance show, Choreographic Works, is truly a stimulating experience in performance art. Produced by Ryerson dance instructor Vicki St. Denys, Choreographic Works is entirely performed and choreographed by students who are mostly third and fourth-year students in Ryerson’s dance program, with some second years and a single first year. Since there are over 45 dance pieces that are […]

RTA takes karaoke win

RTA takes karaoke win

RTA breaks Journalism’s karaoke winning streak.

Battle of the Bands competition coming to Hard Rock Cafe

Battle of the Bands competition coming to Hard Rock Cafe

Mark your calendars, because Ryerson’s annual Battle of the Bands competition is returning to the Hard Rock Cafe March 10.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Music
Oakham House Choir celebrates its 30th anniversary at Ryerson

Oakham House Choir celebrates its 30th anniversary at Ryerson

Thirty years later, choirmaster Matthew Jaskiewicz still finds magic in the music.

by Alysia Burdi· · Arts & Life, Music
Media production students experiment with 3D printing and Canadian music

Media production students experiment with 3D printing and Canadian music

“Murmurs” will feature 28 installations using light, film projection, 3D printing and virtual reality. They are all inspired by five songs from up-and-coming Canadian musicians.

Play De Record will be closing it's Yonge Street doors and moving to Kensington Market in March 2016 (Olivia McLeod/Ryersonian Staff).

Ryerson loses its neighbouring vinyl store, Play De Record

Play De Record, Yonge Street’s last vinyl store, moves locations.

by Jessica Maxwell· · Arts & Life, Business, Media, Music, News
Not just for single ladies: Beyonce inspired dance classes get Toronto ‘bodied’

Not just for single ladies: Beyonce inspired dance classes get Toronto ‘bodied’

“I’m just trying to spread the love to people who normally wouldn’t be able to dance like Beyoncé.”

Drake's Jungle Tour makes a stop at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on June 2, 2015.

Study Beyonce and Kanye for school credit? Some profs say pop culture is relevant in the classroom

University courses focused on celebrities have gradually become a trend across North America. What’s Ryerson got to do to get Yeezy in the classroom?

Darkness concert called ‘eye-opening’ experience

Darkness concert called ‘eye-opening’ experience

Blindfolded and guided to their seats, audience members at the third annual Darkness concert at Ryerson University experienced something they never had before — a show played completely in the dark. Hosted by Musicians@Ryerson last Thursday, the show raises money and awareness for the visually impaired by providing the audience with the experience of listening to the show entirely devoid of […]

by Mallory Chate· · Arts & Life, Music, Performance Arts
If you’re reading this, Drake might be performing at Ryerson concert

If you’re reading this, Drake might be performing at Ryerson concert

With only hours to go until the biggest frosh concert held on Ryerson campus, rumours are swirling: will Drake make an appearance? Just a few days ago, the Toronto rapper gave a shout-out to Ryerson via Instagram for the back-to-school banner that referenced the rapper’s latest mixtape. The banner that hung over the Student Campus Centre read: “If you’re reading this, it’s your time […]

Doing It Right to make it in the industry

Doing It Right to make it in the industry

The last thing a student at Ryerson’s RTA School of Media expected was for his indie-rock band, Aukland, to be part of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour. Even more unexpected for him was to have people singing along. “We had never been to these cities before. We would show up and there would be people who knew our music and […]

by Emily Rivas· · Arts & Life, Music
Ryerson bands battle out at the Hard Rock Cafe

Ryerson bands battle out at the Hard Rock Cafe

Two musical groups at Ryerson’s third annual Battle of the Bands walked away with the opportunity to play at an industry showcase for Coalition Music. Musicians@Ryerson, a student group to support and engage musicians on campus, organized its biggest competition yet with a six-band lineup and packed show on March 5. Though classic rockers The Exide were the official winners […]

by Emily Joveski· · Arts & Life, Music
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Interning in the U.S. of Eh

So you’re thinking about moving to the United States, eh? Perhaps it’s for an internship or to launch your career right after graduation. It’s no secret that many young Canadian media and performance professionals cross the border to get experience. Industry capitals New York and Los Angeles attract dozens of students from Ryerson every year. But what is it really […]

Racism and diversity hot topics at Oscars

Racism and diversity hot topics at Oscars

Hosts and presenters made jokes about the issue, to much criticism from Twitter

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Spotify: to charge or not to charge?

Could Spotify save the music industry from the evil grips of music piracy? The possibility is not unlikely, according to the company’s 2014 subscriber figures, which were released Jan. 12. The Swedish music-streaming company boasted 15 million paid subscribers and a combined total of 60 million active users (free and paid) by the end of December. The number of paid […]

by Luke Williams· · Arts & Life, Music