Come together: a meeting place for Ryerson musicians


[E]li Vandersluis wants to jam. The drummer looks for other musicians on campus, but his search comes to a quick end.

“It was hard to do, because I couldn’t find them,” Vandersluis says. The engineering student wanted to fix this problem by making it easier for Ryerson musicians to come together.

“[Music is] just such an important part of people’s lives. I figured that if no one else makes a group, then I would,” the student says. “All the musicians at Ryerson would have a forum to meet and grow musically.”

Musicians@Ryerson was born. An official group since the end of March 2012, Musicians@Ryerson is the only student organization of its kind. Vandersluis thought it was necessary to create a network of students wanting to form bands, jam with others, or talk about music.

The group celebrated its website launch Saturday and has already received positive feedback. So far, 10 Ryerson students have made postings through the website’s find-a-bandmate feature. The site allows students to find the missing links to their musical dreams.

Vandersluis says that the group looks forward to upcoming open-mics and workshops throughout the year.

“We all have busy schedules, but it’s nice to come and hang out and get your mind off of things.”

The group will be stationed on Gould St. for Ryerson’s Week of Welcome on Sept. 5. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., students can meet executive members of Musicians@Ryerson and play a few instruments.