Battle at the Ram in the Rye: A Photo Series

(By: Sarah Chew, with photos by Imani Walker)

On Thursday night, students from the Ryerson journalism program and the RTA School of Media gathered together at the Ram in the Rye to participate in the annual karaoke battle.

The atmosphere in the room was buzzing with excitement as friends deliberated which song would be the one to take the cake…or rather, the trophy.

The event was hosted by Serena Kwok, the VP of finance for the Ryerson Journalism Course Union (JCU), and Sam Jacobs, the VP of finance for CURTAS.

Singers stood in front of a panel of judges composed of various upper-year students from both FCAD programs.

The judges scored the performances, with one being the lowest score and ten as the highest.

The competition was fierce, as members of the two programs performed current popular songs such as “Starboy” by The Weeknd drawing whistling and cheering from the crowd. There were many throwback hits such as “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, which brought the rowdy crowd to their feet.

Here are some of the best performances:

Michal Heuston (RTA) on why Heuston chose to sing “Eye of the Tiger”:

“Because I sing it everyday! No, not actually. But it is a good jam. I sing it in my car a lot. It’s my go-to [song].”

Luke Elisio (Journalism) sang “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys and said, “It’s my first solo this year. I felt like after doing it for two years with partners, it was finally the time to do it by myself, and just to have fun with it. And that’s what I think Karaoke Night is all about; it’s not about whether you sound really good or really bad, it’s just coming out and having fun, singing songs with your friends.”

Christina Esposito (Journalism), who sang “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse said, “(The best part of the event was) that creative industries can get together and celebrate songs.”

Mikael Melo (RTA) had choreographed a complete dance with Stephanie Macas (RTA). Melo explained why the two sang “Work from Home” by Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign: “I think within RTA, or just within my friends in general, I’m very well-known for my obsession with Fifth Harmony. My wonderful friend Steph was like, we need to perform “Work from Home,” and we have to take this trophy home, and that’s the way we gotta do. As RTA students, we always work from home on our laptops, so we just thought it clicked well.”

You know, I broke my shoe, because we go hard. Everything we do, we go hard. That’s the embodiment of RTA. That’s the embodiment of FCAD. We go hard,” said Richard Marshall (RTA) who performed “No Problem” by Chance the Rapper feat. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne with Jaden Burton (RTA). 

David Venn (Journalism) (shown on the right) sang “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind and “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners with his group called Quick 7. “I think it (the event) brings us closer. Guaranteed. If we do it right, it brings us closer. Even tonight, I met RTA people I would have never talked to, so regardless of whether we’re going to be friends or not, I’ll see them in the hallways and be able to have a conversation, and we’ll like each other. And that’s what it’s all about.”

The karaoke night ended around midnight, with RTA beating Journalism by a single point. They were awarded a brand new Apple TV, Bluetooth speakers and bragging rights.

Despite the obvious disappointment felt by journalism students, the event ended on a celebratory note, as students sang and danced away their stress from midterm season. Congratulations to the RTA School of Media. To J-School students: better luck next year.

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