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John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute Hosts Battle of the Bands

May 30, 2024

GUELPH, ON – On May 23, 2024, John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute hosted a “Battle of the Bands” event, drawing talent from across the Upper Grand District School Board.

The competition featured four bands: “Bluff” from John F. Ross CVI, “I45” from Westside SS, “Men Without Pants” from Guelph CVI, and “Just Joking” from Centennial CVI. The event was not just a competition but a celebration of the thriving music scene within the UGDSB.

The EL Fox auditorium buzzed with excitement as students, staff, families and friends gathered to support their favourite bands. Each group brought their unique style and energy to the stage, showcasing a range of musical genres and impressive talent. As part of the competition, each band performed one cover song and one original composition.

Special guest judges Stacey Kay and Tristian Tazari evaluated the performances. Kay is a Canadian musician and motivational speaker. Tazari is a Guelph based musician.

“Bluff” opened the show with a dynamic set that highlighted their tight instrumentation and powerful vocals. “I45″ followed with a high-energy performance that had the audience on their feet. “Men Without Pants” delivered a quirky yet polished set, performing an entertaining cover and an original song that showcased their humour and creativity. Closing the night, “Just Joking” captivated with their charismatic stage presence and catchy tunes.

After much anticipation, “I45” from Westside SS was declared the winner of the competition. Their impressive performances, both of the cover song and their original composition, won over the judges and the audience alike. The band will be rewarded with recording time at the renowned Metal Works Studios in Mississauga, Ontario, a prize that promises to further their musical journey.

The “Battle of the Bands” was a resounding success, not only for the participants who showcased the rich musical talent within the UGDSB but also for the audience who enjoyed an evening of fantastic music. The event highlighted the importance of fostering artistic expression in schools and provided a platform for young musicians to shine.

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