Art Museum at Hart House
U of T’s Art Museum is comprised of two spaces: the University of Toronto Art Centre at University College and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House. The museum’s permanent collections feature Canadian artists, including the Group of Seven; its rotating exhibitions have used varying materials to create diverse and textured narratives on subjects such as the Canadian environment and First Nations history. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, and admission is free.
The U of T Drama Coalition is the umbrella organization for connection between the many different drama societies on campus, including those of individual colleges and those at UTM and UTSC. Each year’s lineup includes a variety of productions, from Shakespeare to classic blockbuster musicals. Don’t miss the annual Drama Festival, a showcase for original one-act plays that are written, directed, and performed by students at the legendary Hart House Theatre.
Free Film Fridays
Every Friday evening of the school year, the Cinema Studies Student Union (CINSSU) hosts a free screening at Innis Town Hall. Selections range from contemporary flicks to foreign films.
Winterfest’s Battle of the Bands
Having to return to school after the winter holidays can be dispiriting, which is why U of T’s annual Winterfest is the perfect way to start off the new semester. Besides the pancake brunches that rotate between colleges for the duration of the week, there are also events that include open mics, club nights, and a drag show. Be sure to check out Battle of the Bands, where U of T students compete at local live music venue Lee’s Palace.
One of the biggest perks of going to U of T is that there truly is something for everyone. There’s a club for every interest, especially the arts, from acapella and tango to calligraphy and origami. As cliché as this might sound, clubs are a great way to meet new people and broaden your horizons. Don’t write anything off — you only frosh once, after all.