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, […]
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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 […]
I can still remember the days when my dad would take me to the nearest HMV to sift through all the latest pop hits. There was this feeling of wholesomeness that would wash over me when I’d stare at these shelves full of albums that I could pay for and own for the rest of my life. This was back […]
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?”
Nick Williams, CEO of HMV Canada, blamed the store’s loss in revenue, which has largely decreased in the last two years, on young audiences not buying music. But is that really the case?
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.
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 […]
Two years ago, Frank Lin deleted all of his personal Instagram posts and rebranded his account into @hoeshell, a visual outlet. Recently, he reached 1,000 followers.
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.
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: https://t.co/cFz61mPU15 […]
The melodic noise from her grand piano echoes through the studio as her fingers dance across the keyboard. She keeps her eyes focused, steady on the music. As she hits her final note, she looks up with a smile. It’s the end of another tune for musical marvel, Jessica Ly. Ly, who is in her 20s, began practicing music as […]
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 […]
Sacha Lank didn’t start off as a dancer, but the 20-year-old is back for a third consecutive season — her second as captain — of the Ryerson Rams Dance Pak. The team kicked off a new season this week, hoping to build on their second place finish at last year’s Flashdance University Challenge. For Lank, who is also a […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Mark your calendars, because Ryerson’s annual Battle of the Bands competition is returning to the Hard Rock Cafe March 10.
I decided to make a definitive ranking of the holy trinity of streaming services: Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.
“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.
The United Black Students hosted Ryerson’s second annual Utopia Music Fest on Jan. 29.
By Rachael D’Amore On the brink of its 10th anniversary, the Urban Hip-Hop Union is bringing its mandate back to its origins. This year, the Ryerson student group, which is predominantly known for its hip-hop dance troupe, is shifting its focus toward educating students about the cultural and historical roots of hip hop. “Nowadays, people are focused on the mainstream […]
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 […]
Written, produced and hosted by Yasmine Mathurin, Stephanie Werner and Peter Goffin A World Without is an audio series about the things that have always been a part of our lives and how they’ve affected us — whether we know it or not. This week, Leah Lalich tells us that she’s never lived in a world without boy bands.
I’ve been to a club three times in my life and always as a reluctant participant. I see clubs as a perverse combination of the Men Without Hat’s video, “Safety Dance,” and a documentary of Jane Goodall and her chimps. You see where I’m going with this. There’s a friend who organizes us gal mom-types out for a monthly outing. […]
In the male-dominated world of film, some students at Ryerson saw the need for a “support system” for women in the industry. Enter the Ryerson Alliance of Women Filmmakers, a group that created the university’s first-ever celebration of female artists on campus called Women in Art. “Women are part of a marginalized group overall. Even though there are talented female […]
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 […]
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 […]
Fridays Live is a an audio series showcasing Canadian talent. Each week, we’ll bring in two artists for an interview and live performance. JF Robitaille JF Robitaille is a folk musician from Montreal. His sound has been compared to Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen. He was in Toronto this week to play a gig at The Free Times […]
For the research amateur: Do you know the difference between the World Wide Web and the Invisible Web? Learn how to navigate the latter this Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. in LIB 667A. The Invisible Web is around 500 billion times larger than the standard web. You’ll discover how to go beyond Google when it comes to finding more obscure research on topics like […]
Taking a tropical vacation during spring break can be expensive. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars for a week on the beach, there are ways to enjoy the break on a budget here at home in Toronto. Here are 10 things to do for $10 or less: 1. Go for an evening skate Nathan Phillips Square features free DJ skate […]
First Thursdays happens on the first Thursday of each month, transforming the Art Gallery of Ontario into a nightspot. Combining artist talks with live music, crafts, drinks and appetizers, this event attracts university students, Iris Apfel doppelgangers and everyone in between. “It’s given a lot of my friends who make art or play in bands a chance to reach a […]
Nov. 4 marked the beginning of the Red Bull Thre3style 2013 World DJ Championships held right here in Toronto. The competition is a week-long event in which 21 of the world’s best DJs compete for the title of the “World Champion.” Each night, DJs from different countries will compete against each other by performing a 15-minute set, during which they […]
Rock legend Ronnie Hawkins says there is no doubt in his mind that the Record Man sign should hang on Yonge Street. Though it’s been over 50 years since he debuted on the stage, Hawkins still remembers the rock-frenzy sweeping Toronto, the late night shows and, of course, the girls from Ryerson College “who got me into trouble.” Hawkins says […]
Mayor Rob Ford chaired a Sam the Record Man sign committee meeting yesterday, marking the latest effort to solve the saga that has cast an unfavourable light on Ryerson University. On Tuesday, Toronto councillors, music lovers and Ryerson officials came together in the hopes of finding a viable solution. No consensus was reached, but many councillors and citizens spoke up […]
Need a study break? The Ryersonian brings you a roundup of campus events this week. For the foodie: Ryerson Eats is introducing food truck Tuesdays on Gould Street. Stop by between classes for different street meat or finger foods from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Tuesday. This week’s feature: Canada’s only grilled-cheese-exclusive food truck, Gorilla Cheese. For the spiritual: Join the RSU’s Sisters in […]
This year, the Polaris Prize went to Montreal post-rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor for their album “Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!” The band didn’t actually attend the awards gala, so what really made headlines is a statement they released the next day that thanked the grand jury for selecting their album, while at the same time deriding the Polaris […]