These community minded singing siblings say they can describe Scarborough in one word. Harmony.
Hasna, Hana, Sarah and Bilal Syed call Scarborough home and have been writing and performing music together since they were children. In 2015, the quartet, who goes by the stage name DEYSofficial, received praise when their song Champions was released for the Toronto Pan Am & Parapan Am Games.
The siblings have each volunteered extensively and are also active in the University of Toronto Scarborough community, where Hasna is an alum (HBA, 2016) and sisters Hana and Sarah currently attend as undergraduate students.
“We love giving back to our community—whether that’s through our voices or volunteer work—and we enjoy working with various organizations and events. We recently started our own non-profit organization, Global Youth Impact, to act as a platform for young people to be leaders and change-makers within their communities and abroad.”
As Canada prepared to celebrate its sesquicentennial, DEYSofficial knew they wanted to create a song and music video showcasing Canada’s diversity—including its many cultures, ages, abilities and spaces.
“Canada and Scarborough itself has an important history and today has an incredibly diverse community with people from all kinds of backgrounds, abilities, ages and stories. We wanted to celebrate the beautiful places and people in this city and country we call home!”
With support from a Canada 150 Student Fund at the University of Toronto, the siblings produced Lead You Home, a commemorative song and music video.