June 7, 2023
CSI’s advertisement wall for the Welcome Back Concert. Photo by Clara Montgomery, Spoke News

By Clara Montgomery, Spoke News

Another school year is upon us and to celebrate the arrival of students new and old, Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) is holding a second-in-a-row Welcome Back Concert at the Rec Centre tonight. Headlining it this year are the indie rock genre’s Tokyo Police Club and Hollerado. All proceeds from this year’s show will go towards the CSI food bank.

“An event like this is a great way to interact with other students in a fun, exciting way,” said Aimee Calma, the president of CSI. “And with the proceeds going to the CSI Food Bank, it’s a great night on campus that leaves you knowing you’ve helped support your peers.”

The student association’s website states the CSI food bank provides emergency food relief for students in need.

“I really like that they’re putting money towards that,” said Maddy Boyko of the bachelor of environmental public health program. “Five dollars is a great price and they’re helping out the food bank.”

Both of the headliners this year are Ontario-based bands. Formed in 2005, Tokyo Police Club is from Newmarket and Hollerado, established in 2007, is from Ottawa.

Last September, CSI hosted its first Welcome Back Concert, raising more than $4,300 towards a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis called Shinerama. The artists featured were Karl Wolf and Kardinal Offishall, who are also Canadian.

Students who were not yet aware that the price of tickets for this year’s concert was so low seemed to be in ecstatic disbelief when they found out.

“Dude, it’s five bucks? We’ve gotta go!” said David Brown of the radio broadcast program.

Like Brown said, tickets are only $5. Students can get them exclusively on Eventbrite. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30. For more details, visit CSI’s website.

The bands both have multiple hits recently featured on alternative rock radio stations. Check out Born Yesterday by Hollerado and Hot Tonight by Tokyo Police Club below.

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