Elise Arsenault | Reporter
On Saturday, January 16th, Redeemer held a Concert Fundraiser to help make Hamilton home to a Syrian refugee family. The evening featured Casual Fridays and To Our Divide, groups made up of Redeemer students and alumni. Originally scheduled to play at the annual Battle of the Bands competition, they kindly agreed to play their sets at the benefit concert instead when the contest was cancelled due to lack of student entires this year.
Brooke Piper and Stephen St. Pierre made up Casual Fridays, an endearing duo with power in their simplicity. Their setlist included covers of Twenty One Pilots, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elton John, and Ingrid Michaelson, with Piper on lead vocals and the ukulele and St. Pierre on back-up vocals and electric guitar. Piper’s voice was velvety in tone, and St. Pierre’s rhythmic melodies added a hearty depth to every song.
Next up were the winners of last year’s Battle of the Bands’ People’s Choice Award: To Our Divide. Timon Moolman fronted the band on electric guitar, and sang alongside Tristan Persaud, whose electric licks brought style to every number. Tristan Kaarid tore it up on the bass, and Dan Jumaquio was the band’s steady and skillful pulse. They played original songs, old and new, and had the performance filmed for some upcoming promotional footage. This past year, Timon and Dan spent time refining their artistry at a school in Nashville. Their training certainly bore fruit that evening, as made evident by their musical mastery throughout the show.
While the Battle of the Bands cancellation was unfortunate, the concert was still a very meaningful one, and raised over $200 in entry donations alone. All featured photographs were taken by Matt Linzel, and will hopefully give you a taste of the vibes that night — close-knit, brightly lit, and thick with sound.