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Singing siblings to entertain campus during Games

Three members of DEYSofficial, who will be performing during the Pan Am Games, are UTSC students. (Photo by Sayada Nabi)

Four siblings, three U of T Scarborough students, one unique group of singers. DEYSofficial will perform on campus July 14, 15 and 22 during the Pan Am Games.

As DEYSofficial’s Hasna Syed and her three younger siblings prepare to sing, together they all appreciate the significance of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"To be able to sing with my sisters and brother during the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games is a huge achievement and very exciting for us. It has meant the world to have the support from our family and friends. We know we wouldn’t be here without them, ” Hasna says.

They are no strangers to UTSC. Hasna, 21, is in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science; Hana, 18, is in her second year of a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience; and Sarah, 17, will be studying Biology this fall while her twin brother, Bilal, (unlike his sisters) will be studying Life Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology this fall.

As U of T Ambassadors at the Pan Am Games, DEYSofficial will be helping with various activities on campus and performing an original song that celebrates the Pan Am Games.

“We want the song to represent what this great nation of ours truly embodies – a place of unity and togetherness, nations coming together to celebrate different cultures and most importantly, the positive impacts of competitive sport,” says Hana.
DEYSoffical has been singing for over a decade across Canada for events such as the UN International Labour Organization's Music Against Child Labour Campaign, Canadian Labour International Film Festival, and the group was even featured in Our Times Magazine.         

Do these performances in front of important audiences ever make the group nervous? “No, not really, unless it’s an intimate group, then it’s a little nerve-racking,” Hana says. “I got more nervous when I had to do one of my Biology exams this year,” Sarah says with a laugh.

You can check out more of the Syed’s music on their YouTube channel at DEYSofficial and follow them on Twitter @DEYSofficial.




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