Reggae band The Steady Rebels triumphantly took the stage after winning the top prize at Humber College’s annual Battle of the Bands on Feb. 28.
Ryan Luke, 23, a television writing and producing student and percussionist for The Steady Rebels, said the band was unsure of what to do with the prize money.
“We might buy some new gear,” he said.
The five bands duked it out from around 7:30 p.m. until about 10:30 p.m., with each band playing a short set in hopes of winning the top prize of a $1,000 gift card from Long & McQuade. The second and third place prizes were $500 and $100 from the music instrument retailer respectively.
The five bands who performed in order were: The Plugs, The Steady Rebels, Ginger Ale and the Monowhales, Dead Penny Trio, and Triumph Over Adversity.
The band Ginger Ale and the Monowhales, who describe their sound as “happy with screaming,” came in third place. Guitarist Zach Zanardo, 23, a music student had a more creative use for the prize money.
“We’ll try to take over the world,” he said.
“That, and a PA system,” said Sally Shaar, 22, music student at Humber College and vocalist for Ginger Ale and the Monowhales.
Colin Edwards-Crewe, known as ColinResponse, VP Student Life of Lakeshore campus, organized the event. This was the second year the event was organized by ColinResponse and he said the quality of the bands performing was very high.
“I think they’re all great. There was 30 applicants, five of the best ones were chosen, so everybody who’s coming should be in for a really good show,” he said.
ColinResponse said that events such as the Battle of the Bands offer a great setting to show off the quality of talent at Humber.
“Students will come out and students love to get entertained. And it’s great to use students to entertain students. And it’s great to have students to support students who are pursuing careers or their passion in an artistic setting,” he said.
Tim Brilhante, 29, incumbent Humber Students’ Federation president was in attendance. He echoed ColinResponse’s sentiment about the importance of events like this one for building student morale.
“It brings the student community together, and I think music and Battle of the Bands is something everyone can unite around,” he said.
The Dead Penny Trio took the second place prize of $500.