Conestoga students took the opportunity to show off their talents at the College’s annual talent show in the venue on Friday, Oct. 31.
According to CSI director Scot Wyles, the talent show became a Conestoga College tradition about three years ago.
“Our events department was just thinking of a cool way to get students involved and show their talents and we just realized that we have the venue which has a nice stage and so the talent show became a thing,” he said in an interview.
Wyles said he thinks the talent show also serves as a great way for students to have fun and relieve some academic stress.
“A lot of students are just finishing up midterms right now which is a stressful time for a lot of students. This is a great way for students to have fun, show other students what their talents are and what they’re interested in.”
Two students who performed a music act in the talent show, Devashish Bhatt and Jaidwee Singh, spoke about why music is so important to them.
“During my graduation, I saw my senior play (the guitar) and that’s why I got inspired. It was my own curiosity that made me want to learn,” said Bhatt.
Bhatt also said that he plans on building a career out of his passion for music, and that his favourite genres of music to play are blues and rock and roll.
“I listen to Pink Floyd and The Doors and stuff like that. We usually perform Floyd or Green Day,” he said. Bhatt also added that one of his favourite songs to perform is Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.
Bhatt has his own YouTube channel where he uploads videos of himself singing.
Bhatt’s companion, Jaidwee Singh, said he had been singing and playing the guitar for about eight years.
“My dad is also a guitarist. I also saw my seniors playing and I thought to myself, ‘why not learn?’ I was the only one who wasn’t playing. I started learning from my dad and started collaborating with them,” said Singh.
Singh also said that music was his career back in India.
“I played in a lot of bands, a lot of Punjabi stuff and Bollywood stuff, not really Western music,” he said.
Singh said that although he hasn’t yet performed Western music professionally, it is something he would like to pursue. He said that he would like to find success as a Western musician one day.