Tristan Rotilio is a 3rd year Business Management student. He’s here on WhyRyerson to let you know a little about his experience with Musicians@Ryerson and their annual Battle of the Bands!
This year I had the pleasure of being apart of the organizing team that put together Musicians@Ryerson’s annual Battle of the Bands. The Battle of the Bands is one of Ryerson’s largest music events of the year. Hosted recently at the iconic Hard Rock Café on March 10, the event brought together six Ryerson bands to compete in front of a panel of industry judges as well as a screaming, dancing crowd of fans for the ultimate prize – a paid opportunity at Riverfest Elora Music Festival as well as $300 worth of Long & McQuade gift cards.
Musicians@Ryerson (M@R) is a student group on campus that supports the local community of musicians and music lovers through events, socials, and initiatives. I have been with this group for three years now, and have loved every minute of it. I first joined the group because I love music, and as a business student I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to continue playing music during my university career. For me personally, this group acts as an “unofficial music program,” and has been a place for me to thrive musically.
I think the best way to showcase this event’s awesome-ness is to compare it to Ryerson University itself. In honour of this year’s event, here are the three ways Musicians@Ryerson’s Battle of the Bands is similar to Ryerson University:
1. It’s in the heart of Toronto, and interconnected within its local community
We chose the Hard Rock Café (right at Yonge-Dundas Square!) because much like the Maple Leaf Gardens (now Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre) or the Air Canada Centre, it’s a Toronto staple.
2. It’s student-focused and student-empowering
The event was organized solely by students who had a vision to put together a great night. Just as Ryerson is constantly putting students in the front seat of their academic pursuits (through Zone Learning and hands-on experiential learning), this event allows students to create something new.
3. It’s big – and getting bigger
Ryerson has 43,000 students, Canada’s leading undergraduate business school, and three new buildings in its horizon. This year the event brought out over 400 people, seven sponsors, and awarded amazing prizes to the winning band – and is growing every year. I already can’t wait for next year’s event!
Feature image by Gianfranc Pipitone Photography