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 techno from a synthesizer and the deep buzz from a kazoo – the authenticity of every performer not only engaged both the judges and the audience, but also made the Ryerson music scene proud.
Alma Cassels, the winning band of the evening, wooed the crowd with their splashes of pop and intricate licks. Brooklynne Morrison, a 20-year-old guitarist in the group, said that the goal of Alma Cassel’s music is to get people dancing.
“As a band we try and keep every show fun and interactive with the crowd,” she said.
Shoulder-to-shoulder, folks packed the front of the stage singing, dancing and soaking in Alma Cassel’s high-energy music. The busy venue burned away all nerves and fears that the band had, as the support from both Ryerson and the Hard Rock was booming.
What did they band take away from this experience? Morrison said that it was confirmation for his band that the indie community and environment is more alive than ever before.
“Ryerson’s Battle of the Bands was a great time,” Morrison said. “Everyone should try and get a spot next round.”