First GlenFest draws crowd of music lovers

On the evening of March 1, the first-ever GlenFest music festival was held in the MPR and gym. The event was hosted by TALONS leadership students and drew more guests than expected. GlenFest raised $820 for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

“It was definitely a very big project, and we’re glad [that so] many people enjoyed the event,” said Ashley Badu, grade 10 student.

Acts, featuring students from Gleneagle and around the district, included a piano quartet, a Queen medley, and a rap duo.

January, a Port Moody Secondary band, took home the spoils when they won the crowd vote by nearly 20 tickets, receiving a three-hour recording session from Paranoid Sound Studios.

In second place was Bernice Atienza, grade 10 at Terry Fox, and Gleneagle student Tori Kazemir, grade 11, nabbed third place. In fourth place was ROCK, a band featuring Gleneagle students Paco Estrada, Evan Tseng, Alex Zhang, Joe Zhu, and Port Moody drummer, Carson Sanca, all grade 10. Rounding out the top five were Payton Dembicki and Elyjah Del Bianco, both grade 11.

“I felt so alive and so proud of what we had done,” said Estrada. “[GlenFest] was an amazing experience and I’m so thankful to the other guys in the group,” added Estrada.

“GlenFest was a challenging event to plan, but there was a massive payoff in how both the audience and performers both enjoyed it,” said Edward Marakhov, grade 10 student and event organizer.

Event proceeds went to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Shelter, a shelter providing care for women and children in need.

TALONS students also hosted an escape room event that took place before the music festival. The escape rooms raised an additional $160 for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.