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The dark night

In Communities /

By Dylan Freeman-Grist

The Ryerson Chinese Students Association (RUCSA) in conjunction with Musicians@Ryerson will be hosting Darkness: Music for Dreams, a lights out concert to show the audience what it feels like to live without vision. The concert will benefit the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).

“You shouldn’t let your disabilities define who you are cap you at what you are capable of,” said Boris Yu, RUCSA president and organizer of the concert.

It was his love for music and desire to involve the RUSCA in more events regarding social issues that inspired Yu to plan the event.

“I see a lot of artists doing this. They have that power in their art to compel us to feel a certain way,” said Yu. “Music itself can be a powerful art form and a powerful medium for story telling.”

The performers have been practicing in the dark in anticipation for the event. Many see the concert as a unique artistic opportunity.

“Music is a feeling. It’s not something you have to look at. You can just turn off your other senses,” said Julia Wittmann, a first-year RTA student who will be performing at the event.

The concert will take place on November 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Oakham Lounge. There will be several singers, guitarists and other musicians from Musicians@Ryerson performing. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the CNIB.

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