On March 5, our fellow Cheetahs took the stage and made it their own at the Crowley Art Center. The 2016 Battle of the Bands fundraiser showcased 7 different bands varying from punk to jazz, all aiming to raise money and awareness for the Symposium on the Holocaust and Genocide Prevention at Vanier College. Those musical chops even impressed Paul Karwatski (CTV News, Montreal) who said he would definitely be promoting the event to people that he knows. This event was a testament to the collaborative spirit of Vanier: from the coordinator Glen Ethier (the head of Vanier’s Music department) to the sound technician who was also a Vanier student. The evening the was successor to the first Battle of the Bands which showed great promise for the forthcoming instillations of the event.
Compared to last year’s Battle of the Bands, this year’s had a “much better venue” according to Marlene Grossman, a co-coordinator of the event. “It’s all about Vanier,” says Grossman. All the bands were made up of Vanier music students – though Grossman does hope to eventually extend the invitation to students outside of the music program. The proceeds go back to the Symposium on the Holocaust and Genocide Prevention at Vanier College, and has what it takes to be as much of a mainstay in Vanier culture as hanging out in Jake’s Café during a Universal Break.
“It’s a great music filled night that everybody can come out and enjoy” says, Grossman, “and it seems like it can only get better from here.”
Written By: Kanika Joseph