Hey Canada, thanks for voting. Meet your top campus band!

Published Monday, Dec. 08 2014

This fall, TD and CBC Music joined forces to present Rock Your Campus, a national search for Canada’s next big campus music act. After hundreds of artists hailing from colleges and universities across the country sent in original songs, submissions were narrowed to a Top 100. Then public voting began.

Thousands voted online for their favourite artists, culminating in a Top 10 and then Top 5 list of acts. The five awesome finalists were Austin McCarthy (Concordia University), Busty and the Bass (McGill University), Cash Chalice (McGill), The Canards (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology), and Ivory Hours (Western University).


From there, it was up to celebrity judges Cirkut (an in-demand songwriter and music producer), Max Kerman (from well-adored rock band Arkells), and CBC Radio 2 host Talia Schlanger to determine a winner.

On October 27, Montreal’s Busty and the Bass was crowned Canada’s top student band, earning them a cool $10,000, a fully produced concert, and other support.

Busty and the Bass is a nine-piece funk and soul band formed in September 2011. Hailing from a variety of North American hometowns, the musicians met during their first year at McGill where they’re enrolled in the University’s Jazz Performance program. In just three years, they’ve risen from performing at small, impromptu Montreal loft parties to playing some of that city’s top live music venues, and touring regularly to cities such as New York, Toronto, and Kingston.

Already, Busty and the Bass is making good on the opportunities that come with winning Rock Your Campus.

On Monday November 24, the band brought its tight musicianship, wild creativity, and super energetic funk to the stage of Montreal’s Corona Theatre where TD hosted a free concert for McGill students. Busty and the Bass opened for Arkells and tore the roof off.

From the moment Busty hit the stage, they had the entire audience screaming their name. The McGill crowd showed huge support, as close to 1,000 music fans danced along with the band. Arkells followed with a fantastic set that rocked the room. One of the evening’s highlights came late in the concert, when Arkells pulled Busty and the Bass back on stage to join them for three closing songs. Needless to say, the parents of Busty’s band members – many of whom flew in to see their boys in action for the very first time – were done proud.

We expect you’ll hear much more from Busty and the Bass. Their debut EP, Bustified, is newly available as a free download from the band’s website, and a U.S. east coast tour is in the works for December.

Check these images and return to this site to catch some soon-to-be-posted concert videos, and you too will be Bustified!