Humber College was abuzz with the live music of students at the inaugural First Year Experience (FYE) talent show Wednesday night.
The premiere of the FYE event was held at the Learning Resource Commons (LRC) on North campus from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Joelle White and Mobeen Sheikh are FYE peer mentors and organizers of the talent show. Their goal was to welcome first-year students and create a positive atmosphere in the school.
“The event was mainly for first years to come out, either if they’re performing or supporting the people that are performing,” said White.
“It’s to bring a warm yet exhilarating environment to create a warm transition to their experience at Humber,” said Sheikh.
Angelo Angeles, a second-year fitness and health student, was among 13 performers who showed off their singing, rapping and beat boxing talents.
He sang a mash up of four songs: “With You” by Chris Brown, “Because of You” by Ne-Yo, “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys and “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber. His friend Maurice Rosales, also a fitness and health student, played the guitar beside him.
Angeles said he felt good about his performance at an LRC packed with students and parents. He raised the crowd’s energy as they sang along with him.
“I’m glad that the people were singing along and enjoyed my performance,” he said.
Angeles has been singing for six years and has a Youtube channel dedicated to his music. He said he sings because it’s a hobby he’s passionate about.
“I want to showcase my talent at Humber and make the most of my Humber experience,” said Angeles, who is also planning on performing at the Fitness Olympics halftime show at the North campus gym on Dec. 1.
The FYE program has organized events in the past, but White wanted to create an event more students would be willing to attend this year.
“We didn’t want to limit it to just spoken word or poetry, we wanted them to display any talent that they had to create a more fun culture at Humber,” she said.
Charlene Cruzat-Whervin, a first-year fitness and health student, sang an a capella version of “I Rather Go Blind” by Etta James. She was the only performer to sing a capella. Her performance caught the crowd in awe with her voice as they cheered her on.
She said she always participated at her high school talent shows, and although she’s in a fitness program, she tries to make time for her passion for singing.
“I try to use my talent anytime I can because most of the time I’m doing sports,” said Cruzat-Whervin.
Joel Ashton-Fogle, a first-year Early Childhood Education student, sang “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from the Broadway musical Les Misérables.
Ashton-Fogle said he sings because it helps him overcome his stutter when he speaks. He is in the process of writing his own opera piece called “Autism: the Miracle”.
“I love to sing and entertain people,” he said.
There were two raffles during the show as winners received Tim Hortons and Starbucks gift cards. The students voted for their favourite performer by going on FYE’s Instagram and using the hashtag “FYEtalentshow”.