Western Stories & Songs
Watch now on livestream! The show is available until November 15.
Directed by alumnus David Mewa (BA '02), this multi-genre showcase weaves musical performances with alumni stories, bringing together a diversity of Western experiences.
Hosted by CTV’s eTalk L.A. correspondent, Liz Trinnear (BA '10), and Homecoming Chair, David Simmonds (BA '07), Western Stories & Songs will culminate in a special Western performance by superstar alumni DJ duo and JUNO-award winners, Loud Luxury.
Musical Performances By
Loud LuxuryAndrew Fedyk & Joe De Pace better known as Loud Luxury met at Western and have been creating quite a stir in the dance music scene. In 2018, their single "Body" featuring LA based singer brando, became an acclaimed hit being the most played song on Top 40 radio in Canada of 2018.To date, Body has amassed 500 million streams across major platforms and over 80 million YouTube views. With this success, it is safe to say Loud Luxury has been cemented as one of the top upcoming artists to watch in dance music.
Rick McGhieJust the strum of his guitar and the soft, melodic, 'A long, long time ago,' grabs the attention of students and alumni quicker than almost anything else could! 2020 marks his 50th year playing on campus! His appearances on Wednesdays at The Spoke, and Thursdays at The Grad Club, have been called 'legendary,' a 'tradition,' and a 'rite of passage' for Western students.
The McAuley BoysThe McAuley Boys are an R&B/Pop vocal group from London, Ontario, Canada. The four brothers, Gary, George, Mark, and Randy have enjoyed a recording and performance career that spans over two decades. Their big break came with their Juno Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul Recording for the album In Another Lifetime. Among the brothers, they have a total of eight Western degrees. Randy starred as the running back of the Mustangs Football and was also a 7-time All-Canadian in Track and Field. Randy and Mark are also graduates of the Faculty of Law where Mark was the Valedictorian of his graduating class. George, a three-time graduate of Western, is the Co-Ordinator of Anti-Racism Education and Senior Mathematics and Science for the London District Catholic School Board. Gary attended the Don Wright Faculty of Music and continues to produce music. Today, the brothers are family ‘boys’ with careers in music, education and law. Never too far away from a microphone, they bring their harmonies to audiences whenever they can.
Genevieve FisherAs one of Canada's brightest young rising country performers, Genevieve seemed destined to excite audiences from a very young age. Genevieve, who was born in London, Ontario, realized at age 16 that her love for country music was her career aspiration. At 18, Genevieve released her first radio single and has found herself on the stages of some of the country's biggest music festivals including Boots and Heart, Manitoulin Country Fest, Lucknow Music In The Fields, Boot Hill Jamboree and Aboriginal Day Live. Genevieve graduated from Western in 2014 with a BA in Popular Music Studies and First Nations Studies. The future remains bright as Genevieve continues charting her musical path.
BAM!Brain and Mind (BAM!) are four neuroscientists with a passion for music. The band has been around since 2005 playing music on campus. Famed neuroscientist, Adrian Owen, a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging in the Departments of Physiology & Pharmacology and Psychology, has been there since the very beginning and his love for science is only eclipsed by his love for classic rock. Conor Wild, a Cognitive Neuroscientist and a Research Associate at Western’s Brain and Mind Institute, plays bass and is very much the technical and auditory ‘brains’ behind their distinctive reimagining of some of your favourite hits. Hooman Ganjavi is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and played piano in elementary school before switching over to guitar. Tim Bussey is the Western Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and joined BAM! in 2017 as drummer and backing vocalist. Adrian, Conor, Hooman, and Tim continue to live out their childhood fantasies and forget that most of the time, they are just neuroscientists and doctors.
NOTICE: Western Stories & Songs was pre-recorded on a closed television set and was filmed with careful adherence to Ontario Film & TV best practices for COVID-19 at the time of principal photography. Some of these best practices include 1) mandatory mask wearing for all production staff 2) detailed self-assessment and contact-tracing for all performers and technicians 3) reduced staffing and monitored physical distancing. Talent who appear on camera for periods without masks have done so in a controlled performance space. These persons performed in social bubbles that included only the musicians with whom they rehearsed in advance of the recording. No health risks were taken in the filming of Western Stories & Songs.
Liz TrinnearLiz Trinnear lives and breathes all things music and pop culture. Hailing from London, Ontario with BA from Western’s MIT program in 2010, Trinnear has co-hosted The Much Music Video Awards (MMVA) Red Carpet Special, and the Much Countdown iHeartRadio MMVAs alongside multi-platinum selling artist Ed Sheeran. She has also covered major events and award shows, including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the JUNO Awards for CTV, Emmy® Awards Red Carpet, Toronto Fashion Week, and Toronto International Film Festival®. Today, Trinnear reports from Hollywood as CTV’s etalk L.A. Correspondent. A fashion aficionado and captivating chatterbox, Trinnear brings her signature style and grounded personality to etalk. As a seasoned entertainment reporter, Trinnear became the host of CTV’s hit music series, The Launch for its second season in 2019. With more than 100,000+ followers on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook combined, Trinnear has built and continues to build a legion of fans on social media.
David SimmondsDavid Simmonds (BA’07) is Past President of Western’s Alumni Association and a member of Western University’s Board of Governors. He is also our Homecoming Chair and an enthusiastic ambassador for Western. This year, David added another Western feather in his cap as Visiting Professor at Western's School of Advanced Studies teaching Power, Privilege, and Public Persuasion: Storytelling as a Tool for Change. David is a member of the expert panel at the Canadian Centre for the Purpose of the Corporation. Most recently, David was Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs for McKesson Canada. A sought-after speaker his commentary can be found in national media including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and CBC News. In 2015 the Diversity Advancement Network named David one of Canada’s Top 100 Black Canadians.
For a full list of virtual Homecoming 2020 activities, please visit the Events section of our website.