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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
Illustration by Sumi Siddiqa

Why I Pay for my Music

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 […]

by Andre Varty· · Opinion, Voices
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
People are buying music again — so why is HMV Canada closing?

People are buying music again — so why is HMV Canada closing?

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?

by Robyn Bell· · Arts & Life, Media, News, Off Campus
Ryersonian file photo

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
Frank Lin, a second-year architecture student (Cherileigh Co/Ryersonian)

Students to Watch: Architecture student rises in photography

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.

by Cherileigh Co· · Arts & Life, Photography
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
(Courtesy Chayonika Chandra)

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: https://t.co/cFz61mPU15 […]

Jessica Quan Ly, the founder of JQL Music & Arts in her studio

Music to her ears: turning passion into business

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 […]

by Kemeisha McDonald· · Features, News, 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 […]

Unlikely dancer hopes to lead Rams to new heights

Unlikely dancer hopes to lead Rams to new heights

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 […]

by Neha Karamchandani· · Arts & Life, Performance Arts
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
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
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
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
(Kayleigh Robinson/Ryersonian Staff)

Opinion: To Tidal or not to Tidal?

I decided to make a definitive ranking of the holy trinity of streaming services: Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.

by Kayleigh Robinson· · Editorial, Opinion
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
Photo gallery: United Black Students at Ryerson hosts Utopia Concert

Photo gallery: United Black Students at Ryerson hosts Utopia Concert

The United Black Students hosted Ryerson’s second annual Utopia Music Fest on Jan. 29.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News
RyersonianTV: November 26, 2015 – Sheldon Levy’s farewell party, medical marijuana approved in public places, Germany sends war jets to Syria

RyersonianTV: November 26, 2015 – Sheldon Levy’s farewell party, medical marijuana approved in public places, Germany sends war jets to Syria

RyersonianTV is a daily newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Monday to Friday, at noon EST.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Newscasts, RyersonianTV
UHHU alumni: Violeta Martinez and Dan Cruz
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The Urban Hip-Hop Union gets a facelift, starting with the Poetry Slam event

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 […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life
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
Audio Series: A World Without, Ep. 1 “Boy Bands”

Audio Series: A World Without, Ep. 1 “Boy Bands”

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.

by admin· · Audio
Lindemann says the club looked like "it barfed a Hawksley Workman video." (Courtesy of Creative Commons)

Safety dance: Club survival at any age

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. […]

by Tara Lindemann· · Opinion
Rebeca Ortiz, Sidney Lazarus and Meghan Gable pose for a picture in the photo gallery room at the Thomas Lounge. (Courtesy of Sonia El Boury/Ryersonian Staff)

Celebrating the women behind the art

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 […]

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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
Chantal Kreviazuk at Ryerson

Chantal Kreviazuk at Ryerson

  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 […]

by Samantha Sobolewski· · Music, News, On Campus
Friday Five with Alexis Allison and Samantha Sobolewski (Alexis Allison/ryersonian)

Friday Five Audio Series – October 31, 2014

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: […]

The Gould Street Party ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Success for inaugural Gould Street Party

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 […]

Juno-nominated folk musician Peter Katz will be headlining the first-ever Gould Street Party. (Courtesy Peter Katz)

Juno-nominated Ryerson alumus to perform at Gould Street Party

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 […]

by Alexandra Heck· · Arts & Life, Music, students
What is the most interesting thing that's ever happened to you?

human.INTERESTING – Episode 2: Busy

Ryersonian reporter Michael Lyons sits down with Steven Ellis, an Oakville-raised journalist, hockey expert, podcast host, racing enthusiast, musician — honestly, the list goes on.  He keeps busy, and has a pretty interesting story for someone who’s, technically, at the beginning of his career. On human.INTERESTING, Michael want to hear your answer to the question: “What is the most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?” […]

by Michael Lyons· · Audio

Hip-hop festival takes over Yonge-Dundas Square

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: D.O. and Robb Johannes from Paint

Fridays Live: D.O. and Robb Johannes from Paint

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 […]

by Alexa Huffman· · Arts & Life, Audio, Media, Music, Videos
Fridays Live: Virginia to Vegas and Plaid on Flannel

Fridays Live: Virginia to Vegas and Plaid on Flannel

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 […]

Busker Zachary Henderson performs live in Ryerson studio

Busker Zachary Henderson performs live in Ryerson studio

by Christina Dun· · Videos
Fridays Live: Lindy Vopnfjord and Xolisa talk about their musical roots

Fridays Live: Lindy Vopnfjord and Xolisa talk about their musical 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.  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 […]

by Samantha Lui· · Audio, Music, Top stories, Webcasts
Fridays Live: Kayla Dunn and 9YRS perform live

Fridays Live: Kayla Dunn and 9YRS perform live

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· · Arts & Life, Audio, Music, Top stories
(Alexa Huffman/The Ryersonian)

Fridays Live: The Years and Chesca Miranda join us in the studio

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 Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Audio, Music
Fridays Live: JF Robitaille and Weaves stop by the studio

Fridays Live: JF Robitaille and Weaves stop by the studio

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 […]

by Samantha Lui· · Arts & Life, Audio, Music
Illustration (Matt Oxman/Ryersonian)

Around Campus: March 3 – 9

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 […]

Toronto skyline. (Shannon Cuciz / Ryersonian file photo)

Things to do in Toronto during spring break

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 […]

In the John & Elizabeth Tory Gallery, Laura Simon and Miles Stemp, members of the artist collective VSVSVS.
(Bryan Sparrow/Ryersonian staff)

Event review: First Thursdays

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 […]

by Bryan Sparrow· · Arts & Life, Visual Arts & Design
MUSIC: Red Bull Thre3style 2013 World DJ Championships Hits Toronto

MUSIC: Red Bull Thre3style 2013 World DJ Championships Hits Toronto

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 […]

by Sarah Warne· · Arts & Life, Music
Sam the Record Man closed in 2007 and the sign is now in storage.

Rocker Ronnie Hawkins speaks up for Sam the Record Man

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 […]

by Emma Jarratt· · Arts & Life, Music, News, Off Campus, On Campus
Sam the Record Man closed in 2007 and the sign is now in storage.

City Hall sounds off on Sam the Record Man

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 […]

by Emma Jarratt· · Music, News, Off Campus, On Campus, Videos
Around campus: What to do September 30-October 6

Around campus: What to do September 30-October 6

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 […]

by Anam Latif· · Arts & Life, Food, Media, Music

Angry Man On Campus: Polaris Music Prize 2013

  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 […]

by Josh Kolm· · Opinion