Humber’s Got Talent was held Friday March 27 at the North Campus student centre.
Performers ranged from singers to dancers and a stand-up comedian. Four open mic nights were held at North and Lakeshore campuses to determine the finalists. Humber rolled out the red carpet for its local talents.
“It was a very, very awesome show,” said Vice President of Student Life at the North campus Ahmed Tahir said.
“I thought it was really talented people who came out,” he said.
Beatboxer and Design Foundation student Adam Dimla, who goes by the stage name Jaeger, took home first place and $600.
“It was a bit of a shock. It was unbelievable, I’ve never won anything before. To win that, I was speechless most of the time,” said Dimla.
He has been beatboxing– a form of vocal percussion–for three and a half years and taught himself in his spare time through YouTube videos.
Dimla has performed at multiple events at Western University, in London and Toronto. This summer he plans on performing in the two-on-two competition at Unity Festival and the Canadian beatbox championships in November.
“Every time I’ve seen him perform from the open mic night to his first performance at Humber’s Got Talent, then his final performance he’s gotten better. He pulls something else out of his sleeve and is so cool,” said Tahir.
Second place and $300 went to second-year Broadcasting student Dylan D’Alessandro.
D’Alessandro has been singing for three and a half years and is also self-taught.
He also plays piano, bass ukulele and writes music. He is currently working on an EP with producer Roy Hamilton III who has worked with Michael Jackson and Britney Spears.
Jashawn Smith, stage name Kwiz The Floacist, came in third and won a $50 gift certificate. She sings original songs and does not like to call herself a rapper.
A “floacist” is somebody who listens to the beat and goes with its flow, she said. She has been singing for 10 years and started recording when she was 17 or 18.
“It was an amazing competition and an amazing show,” she said
“There was a lot of great talent so I was really blessed to be able to perform with so many talented people from both campuses,” Smith said. “I got to meet with some really cool people and possibly do some future collaborations and work on some projects together.”