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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 RSU marketed an event like this Toronto-born rapper Drake dropped onto Gould St. to play a concert
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Musicians on campus can come together and play at Open Jam Night on March 18 at the Ram in the Rye.
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 […]
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 breaks Journalism’s karaoke winning streak.
Mark your calendars, because Ryerson’s annual Battle of the Bands competition is returning to the Hard Rock Cafe March 10.
Thirty years later, choirmaster Matthew Jaskiewicz still finds magic in the 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, Yonge Street’s last vinyl store, moves locations.
“I’m just trying to spread the love to people who normally wouldn’t be able to dance like Beyoncé.”
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?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Hosts and presenters made jokes about the issue, to much criticism from Twitter
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 […]
It’s seven o’clock. The smell of sweet potato fries and melted nacho cheese fills the air. Dozens of students and tables neatly pack the Ram in the Rye, crowding the small stage at the front. Everybody is eagerly waiting for the live show to begin. Four performers exchange uneasy glances until finally, the strum of an electric guitar breaks the […]
In June 2013, Sam Rashid was presented with a degree from Ryerson University. But long before his hands held that rolled-up certificate, they held an electric guitar. “Since I was young, I wanted to be a rock star,” confesses Rashid. “But it seemed ridiculous to pursue music as a profession.” At least that’s what Rashid thought when he started applying […]
The best and brightest of Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) got a chance to shine Wednesday night. FCAD Stars, the very first FCAD-only talent show, was held in the auditorium of the Rogers Communications Centre on Nov. 19. The newly-minted Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS) organized the event. Contestants sang, danced, drummed and clapped their way through […]
In this week’s show we look at the upcoming drag production, Snow Queen, put on by the school of media; debate whether Chris Hemsworth really is the Sexiest Man Alive; Interpol trapped on a bus and American remakes of British TV shows – they’ve got to go. Got a question? Comment? Topic idea? Hit us up by email. Alexis Allison: […]
If you lose one sense, all your other senses heighten. That is the idea of the Darkness Concert, which took place on Nov. 12. Organized by the Chinese Students Association (CSA), Musicians @ Ryerson, and Poetic Exchange student groups, the Darkness Concert is exactly what its name suggests: live performances in the dark. The Ryersonian visited the concert and recorded […]
Blindfolded and seated in a dark lecture hall of the Rogers Communications Centre, 85 students patiently wait for the second annual Darkness Concert to start. Concertgoers chat and mingle until the sound of a guitar strum rings out – then there is silence. Organized by the student groups Chinese Students Association (CSA), Musicians @ Ryerson, and Poetic Exchange, the Darkness Concert […]
In this week’s show, we look at State of Affairs and the trend of women in political roles on TV; Winnie the Pooh at Ryerson; terrible movie sequels; Wahlburgers in Toronto; and Spotify. Got a question? Comment? Topic idea? Hit us up by email. Alexis Allison: email@example.com Samantha Sobolewski: firstname.lastname@example.org By Alexis Allison and Samantha Sobolewski
A Canadian celebrity managed to stop by the Ryerson campus relatively undetected on Thursday. Singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk made an appearance in Peter Bregg’s third-year introductory photojournalism class at the Rogers Communications Centre. Her appearance was part of a photo assignment for his students. The students huddled around the Feels Like Home singer, perched at a podium at the front of […]
This week our hosts speak with Ryerson professor and Cinemascope film critic Adam Nayman about horror movies; discuss this week’s special SNL host Chris Rock and musical guest Prince; debate whether it’s too early to be airing Christmas movies and look ahead at the local music scene. Got a question? Comment? Topic idea? Hit us up by email Samantha Sobolewski: […]
Saturday afternoon marked Ryerson’s first Gould Street Party, and organizers say the event could certainly happen again in the future. Part of Ryerson’s Alumni Weekend, the Gould Street Party invited past graduates and current students out onto the busy blue and gold pathway to enjoy a number of activities including food truck eats and homegrown entertainment. Hala Bissada, hospitality and tourism […]
A Juno-nominated Ryerson grad will be returning to campus for the university’s first-ever Gould Street Party. Acclaimed folk musician Peter Katz will be headlining the event on Saturday as part of Ryerson’s alumni weekend, which takes place October 17-18. Katz will be performing alongside Karen Kosowski, a music producer and songwriter who splits her time between Toronto and Los Angeles. Katz […]
Toronto’s festival season ended with the much anticipated Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture. Thousands of people took to Yonge-Dundas Square from last Wednesday to this Monday for one of Canada’s most prominent celebrations of hip-hop culture. The executive director of Manifesto, Dwayne Dixon, says the community’s support for the annual festival has been phenomenal. “The feedback has been like, ‘Why isn’t Manifesto in our […]
Fridays Live is a an audio series showcasing Canadian talent. Each week, we’ll bring in two artists for an interview and live performance. D.O. Canadian rapper D.O. (Defy the Odds) has worked with Maestro Fresh Wes, Saukrates and Classified. He’s also broken a Guinness World Record in 2003 for rapping for the longest time. His fourth studio album Down Home […]
Fridays Live is a an audio series showcasing Canadian talent. Each week, we’ll bring in two artists for an interview and live performance. Virginia to Vegas Alexa Huffman chatted with Virginia to Vegas, otherwise known as Derik John Baker. He grew up in a small town in Ontario and his debut single, “We Are Stars,” has currently moved up to number […]
Fridays Live is a an audio series showcasing Canadian talent. Each week, we’ll bring in two artists for an interview and live performance. Lindy Vopnfjord Lindy Vopnfjord is a folk-rock singer originally from Manitoba. He now resides in Hamilton, Ont. Lindy stopped by the studio to chat with Alexa Huffman about his solo work, his band Major Maker, his Icelandic roots […]
Fridays Live is a an audio series showcasing Canadian talent. Each week, we’ll bring in two artists for an interview and live performance. Kayla Dunn Kayla Dunn is an indie singer and songwriter from Windsor, Ont. She is also a social work student at Ryerson. She talked with Samantha Lui about her EP, “Fields” and what it’s like to be […]
By: Alexa Huffman, Elisheva Baer and Samantha Lui Fridays Live is a an audio series showcasing Canadian talent. Each week, we’ll bring in two artists for an interview and live performance. The Years The Years are a indie band from St. Catharines, Ont. They stopped by the studio to chat about their new EP, Into the Fever. They have two […]
By Victor Ferreira Andrea Bartlett stood in a green room at the Mattamy Athletic Centre practising her key when eight burly men in black suits and earpieces walked in. Prime Minister Stephen Harper followed them. Bartlett, a third-year human resource management student, became the first person to sing the Canadian national anthem at the Mattamy Athletic Centre’s opening ceremony on Aug. […]