It took two soldiers to remember thousands more

It was a record-setting Remembrance Day this Tuesday last. The Royal Canadian Legion sold a record 19 million poppies this year, a million more than last year, thus raising more money than ever before. Massive crowds gathered at services hosted across the country. When covering our own ceremony in the Humber North campus concourse, I…

Living on ramen: OSAP prepares students for life of poverty

For years we’ve been hearing about how difficult it is for recent university and college graduates. Student debts are sky high. Youth unemployment is running more than double the national average, which is itself trending at a depressing rate. Those who do manage to find work are more often than not working menial, dead-end jobs…

HSF Election budget dwarfs other Ontario colleges

With Kathleen Jolly Humber Students’ Federation (HSF) budgeted $100,000 for this year’s election, more than three other area colleges surveyed by Et Cetera. The $100,000 budget is up more than 40 per cent from the $70,000 budget for 2013. The general budget approved for next year at last month’s annual general meeting reduced the election…

Artists shine in CBC contest

The intrepid explorers at CBC’s Searchlight competition have been burrowing through the Canadian musical wilderness for nearly seven years. Like Cartier or Champlain, they have been cutting through the undergrowth to expose the greatness that is too often overlooked in Canada’s music scene. For the second year in a row, this year’s competition is seeking…

HSF Controversy: Student governments across GTA chime in

A series of tense meetings and a storm of angry tweets from Humber College students erupted when incumbent Humber Students’ Federation president Tim Brilhante was disqualified from the 2014-2015 campaign on March 14. It outraged them when neither a reason for his banishment nor a chance to appeal was given. While Brilhante garnered more than…

Musical instruments off to Zambia

Raising Rhythm started about a year and a half ago as a conversation between two friends. Over the ensuing months it has raised nearly $10,000 and sent dozens of new and used instruments to those in need half a world away. One of those friends was Hugh Samson, part of Humber College’s Business School faculty….

Unsigned 96.9 unveils upstarts

They are all Canadian, have no corporate connections, and you’ve probably never heard of them. If history is any indication however, many of them will become household names. They are the musicians featured on Radio Humber’s Unsigned 96.9, a program featuring the work of second-year radio broadcasting diploma program students. The show just began its…

Beer labels link to band bios, art

Many people head over to the bar for something cold and sudsy during a concert, but now, thanks to Collective Arts Brewery, beer drinkers can get their arts and draughts anywhere they wish. Every bottle of Ontario craft brewer’s signature Rhyme & Reason extra pale ale and citrus-infused blonde Saint of Circumstance features the artwork…

Nine Juno nominations for Humber music alumni, faculty

Humber College’s relationship with the Juno Awards is a long and harmonic one. “Five to 10 (nominated) records a year have Humber faculty, students or alumni involved,” School of Creative and Performing Arts associate dean Steve Bellamy said. So it comes as no surprise when the awards are presented Sunday, Mar. 20 in Winnipeg, Man.,…

The Medicine Hat a Humber folk rocking unity of five

One could easily say that The Medicine Hat would not be the band they are today if not for Humber College. Three members of the five-piece alternative folk-rock band – keyboardist Aaron Hoffman (fourth year), bassist Elliott Gwynne (third year) and drummer Mike Boyd (fourth year) – are currently attending the Bachelor of Music program…

Clayton’s songs for daughter a jazz hit

She was born Eileen Agnes Clayton, but everybody just calls her ‘Lenny,’ including the jazz station DJs spinning “her record.” At just three-and-a-half years old, Lenny isn’t a musical prodigy. She’s the daughter of Humber alum  and soul jazz pianist Jim Clayton and the motivation behind his fifth album, Songs My Daughter Knows. The album…