Getting Theatrical on Campus

I’m a pretty big theatre fan so this weekend I caught not one, but two shows on campus. The first one, on Friday night, was the Trinity College Dramatic Society’s production of A Midsummer Nights Dream and the second was Hart House Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest. 

I took a few pictures during the pre-show and show of Midsummer, and a couple of the Hart House Space but couldn’t take any of The Importance of Being Earnest itself. If you want to see pictures from that production you can go to the Hart House Theatre website here.  Keep scrolling for the pictures I took at the shows this weekend!

The TCDS performs “Shakespeare in the Quad” every fall and this year the production jumped out of the quad and made use of three spaces throughout Trinity College: Seeley Hall, the Chapel, and of course the Quad.  Midsummer is probably my favourite Shakespeare play so I was very excited to check this production out (plus my roommate was playing Peaseblossom so obviously I had to go and see her flounce around all fairy-like), and it did not disappoint — it was probably the best Shakespeare show I’ve ever seen! Instead of being in the traditional format, this show had the characters moving around Trinity with action happening in various spots simultaneously so the audience had to physically follow the action around the college, and it worked so well! The acting was of course superb and I was really impressed overall!

a girl dressed as a fairy looking confused into middle distance below the camera. Slightly blurry and out of focus because she is moving.

During the Pre-show all the characters walked around interacting with the audience in Seeley Hall. Here a fairy is very confused and intrigued by my bright orange umbrella. Also it was kind of dim in Seeley and everyone was moving fast so the pictures are all a little blurry – sorry.

a girl dressed as a fairy looks confusedly at a plastic bag in her hands. The bag is a blur because she is moving it.

Plastic bags are confusing

two actors dressed as fairies (The Changeling and Titania from a midsummer night's dream) take a selfie. They both have sparkes and lots of makeup on their faces.

All the fairies were really intrigued by my camera, here The Changeling and Titania took it and took a selfie with it.

a picture of the Trinity College chapel. The pews are filled with spectators watching people dressed as mimes/clowns acting out a play at the front.

Moving to the Trinity College Chapel to see the mechanicals rehearsing one of their plays.

a girl partly hidden in shadows holding up a cut out paper puppet of a monster in front of a light source so it's shadow falls on a sheet.

Inside the Fairy Bower the fairies tell the story of Puck and Titania with shadow puppets. There were also games in the bower which was really fun.

an actor dressed in a pale blue suit acts as if he is sleaping below a tree. Spectators watch from a distace.

Lysander sleeping beneath a tree before Puck comes to mess things up.

The second show I saw was on Saturday, when I went to Hart House Theatre to see the closing day matinee of The Importance of Being Earnest. I’d never seen this show before but I’d heard it was hilarious so I was eager to see it. Hart House Theatre is a really nice space and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The show itself was really good: the sets, the costumes, and the acting were all top notch.

photo showing the poster for the importance of being earnest outside of hart house theatre. The poster has the name, a picture, and the show dates.

the hallway going into Hart House Theatre. the walls have shadowboxes with theatre posters. at the end of the hall is an arch.

such a beautiful space!

a hand holding out the programme for the 2014-2015 hart house theatre season

These two shows have unfortunately already closed, but there are still lots of upcoming shows at U of T this year, some of the ones that I know are happening are:

  • The Tempest (Hart House)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (Hart House) 
  • This is for you Anna (Hart House) 
  • Fiddler on the Roof (SMC)
  • The Third Story (Trin)
  • 12 Angry Jurors (Men) Trin
  • Company (Vic)

You can check out what will be put on this year through the U of T tickets website.

What other shows are happening at U of T this year that you think I should see? Let me know in the comments below!

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014

Nuit Blanche… What is it?

Nuit Blanche is an all-night arts festival that happens every year! For 12 hours, the entire downtown core becomes a giant open art museum. What is art?

A picture of Spadina Ave. A lot of people are walking around, and there is a rainbow laser being shot across the skyline.

What a crowd!

Nuit Blanche answers this question for you — everything and anything can be art. You see a pile of rocks with Cheetos thrown all over it — that is art. In my view, that image represents how the white supremecist heteropatriarchal captalist system is destroying our natural resources to make profit through unjust means in order to maintain social stratification.

A picture of me smiling in a maze-like art installation.

Hey!

Okay, maybe I’m looking to deep into that. Maybe that wasn’t an art installation, maybe someone just accidentally spilled their bag of Cheetos onto the ground. Still, I love that Nuite Blanche can make me think like that. It’s cheesy (GET IT?), but the concept of art is not objective. Art is a completely subjective experience, and that’s what makes Nuit Blanche a wonderful event.

A projection of tiger heads floating in a very glittery version of space.

One of my favourite presentations. But, what does it all mean?

In my three years at U of T, this is the first year that I actually went out of my way to experience Nuit Blanche. I’ve “been” to Nuit Blanche twice before this, but I didn’t visit any art installations barring the ones at Dundas Square or on campus. The event was all too tiring for me, and at that point it became more of a normal social gathering rather than what it should have been — the privilege of having the opportunity to experience the work of the great artists in our city.

Cranes with plants with growing out of them in the skies of Queen St.

Queen Street. The second coolest neighbourhood in the world, according to Vogue magazine.

Admittedly, I didn’t travel as much as I wanted, but I did see a lot more than I did in my previous years. I made the best of the experience by going to Nuit Blanche with a small group of friends instead of going with a large group of people. Everything felt more special, and I definitely got to discuss art a lot more than in previous years. Considering that I’m a third-year student, and 12am is now my bedtime, I think I deserve some congratulations. Also, the artists — the artists deserve a lot more congratulations!

A storefront covered in clothes, from top to bottom. All clothes.

Clothes?

Unfortunately, because I stayed out until 6am, I was too tired to remember to get the names and artists of many of the works I saw. I will try to find out who made what, because the majority of the art pieces were outstanding, and truly made me proud to be a citizen of Toronto, where creativity never runs dry.

My friends and I taking a selfie at a mirror art installation.

The ultimate selfie.

If you didn’t get to attend Nuit Blanche, no need to worry! Some of the projects have been extended, and are still up. Make sure to check them out!

For the Love of Books: Used Booksales on Campus

I’m a huge bibliophile so when Victoria College’s annual booksale rolled around there was no way that I could resist it. Vic’s booksale lasted from September 18-22 and took place in Old Vic, where it’s Alumni Hall, second floor, and Chapel were absolutely packed with books.

I started my search on the second floor where I spent about 45 minutes looking through general fiction and about 10 minutes debating if I really needed 8 books (the answer was yes I did). I also checked out the Chapel which held, among other things, some really nice art books that I had a hard time resisting. Inside Alumni Hall on the main floor were History, Classics, Philosophy, Biography, and Literature books (and more) where I scooped up an additional 4 books – including a volume of (some of) the works of my main man Victor Hugo. The booksale is a really great place because most of the books are under $6.00 which means you can just buy more than you would at a regular bookshop. I definitely left the booksale happy with my purchases (and very grateful for my friend’s help in carrying them all home -bring a friend, you might need their muscles).

If you missed the Victoria College booksale don’t worry! University College, Trinity College, and St. Michael’s College will all be having booksales between now and November 1st (which I probably won’t be able to resist either – oh well, who needs floor space?).

Check out some pics from the booksale below!close up of books in the travel section

13 copies of "the help" by katherine stockett

anyone need a copy of The Help?

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picture of mystery books authors l-p resisting the urge to buy them all


 

photo of art and dance books propped against the wall under stained glass

person holding up a book "constantinople: city on the golden horn"

the light in the Vic Chapel was so pretty due to those amazing stained glass windows

3 books are propped up on the chair rail on the wall

photo of a person holding an aged book from 1836

the rare books room had some pretty cool finds! this book is from 1836.

close up of literature: authors c-d      sunlight on books stacked in a pew in the chapel

Did you check out the Vic booksale? What books did you add to your collection? Share them in the comments below, on Instagram with #LifeatUofT, or tweet me @Amie_UofT

 

Getting Artsy: The Hart House Film Board Fall Screening Party

In one of my many writers block moments this summer I was scrolling the #UofT hashtag on twitter in search of some inspiration. Hidden between messages about course selection and Orientation week was a post by Hart House.

Tweet from User: Hart House on August 13th stating: The Hart House Film Board and the University of Toronto Film Festival are accepting short videos with a link connecting to the Hart House website for more information

I was originally intrigued on behalf of a friend of mine who’s an aspiring filmographer. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for him to showcase his amazing work to a crowd of film enthusiasts as well as up-and-coming artists such as himself. After suggesting/forcing him to apply, I did some more research into the Hart House Film Board.

I had never heard of the organization before, and after speaking the Program Advisor Rick Palidwor, I learned that it’s one of “U of T’s best kept secrets.” The Hart House Film Board has been dedicated to assisting aspiring artists since 1975. Not only do they offer inexpensive equipment rentals and workshops, they also provide extensive support to the U of T film community at large.

Picture outdoors at night time. There is a screen in the background with a movie playing on it (the details are not visible). Behind the screen where the movie is playing you can see the light shining through old gothic style windows that look into the building'd auditorium.

The Outdoor Screening!

The film screening showcases the eclectic work of U of T students and alumni. The annual screening is held in the picturesque Hart House Quad, with a lit cocktail tent and make-shift outdoor theatre.

Having a personal connection to one of the filmmakers, David Bedford the creator of Film II, I expected to go into the screening with a bit of a bias. However once the first film began to play I was immediately amazed and captivated. The films were a variety of lengths and styles, and covered a variety of subject matter. Everything was showcased from documentaries, to comedies, to experimental films.

Four individual images collaged together showcasing four of the movies shown. From top left to bottom right there is a picture of a young girl standing on a balcony at night with a wineglass in her hand, the skyline of Toronto is visible in the background. Next is a picture of a middle aged man with brown hair speaking onto a cell phone looking concerned. Next there is a picture of a tennis court at dusk in a suburban setting with a young man off to the far right holding a tennis racket. Finally there is a picture of a family, all wearing tie-dye, holding hands and walking outside in a wooded area.

Four of the films that premiered.
Photos provided by the Hart House Film Board.

The Hart House Film Board hosts an even larger screening party, as a part of the U of T Film Festival, each year in March. They bring in outside judges to critique the film submissions and choose a select few to be shown at a large gala style screening. This event, as well as the one I attended, is completely free to attend and even offers free food and a cash bar.

As someone who is enthusiastic about film, but not a content creator themselves, I loved getting to attend such a unique event. Not only did I get to witness some amazing art, but I also got to experience an entire other world that exists within U of T.

Two young students, a male on the left and a female on the right, posing in a hallway. The architecture of the hallway is gothic with dim lighting, cement floors and large archways.

Myself and my friend David after his film premiered!

If you’re an artist yourself, check out www.harthouse.ca/classes. Upcoming classes include 100% Hands-on Film Exercises for Absolute Beginners and Digital Video Editing with Adobe Premiere.

However if you’re like me and lack a single creative bone in your body, but do have an enthusiasm for film and art, check out the Hart House calendar. There are hundreds of unique and free events featuring student made film, photography, and theatre production.

So congratulations to all the amazing teams that put together the films showcased, and to the Hart House Film Board for hosting such a great event. If you go to any events at Hart House, or see any other great opportunities you think I should check out, leave them in the comments below or share them with me over on twitter at @Rachael_UofT.

New Discoveries: U of T Art Centre

During Orientation week I participated in an ask-an-upper-year panel as part of Kickstart Orientation that was held in the University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC).

This was the first time I had been in UTAC and I was totally blown away at how great a space it was. Admission to UTAC is free so the other day I went in while killing time before classes to take a longer look. There are currently 3 temporary exhibits and 1 permanent exhibit to check out: one consisting of the photographs of Allen Ginsberg, one of the photographs of Robert Giard, one of the works of AA Bronson, and one consisting of Byzantine and Post Byzantine Icons from the Malcove Collection.

My favourite exhibit was “We Are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death”: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996)”. The photographs were amazing and there were timelines around the exhibit that illustrated his life as well as a recording of him speaking playing throughout the room. I also loved the healing tent (shown below) that was part of “AA Bronson: Life and Work” and had to resist the urge to crawl inside with a book.

I can’t believe that I didn’t know about this place for the past two years and I will definitely be going back very soon! AA Bronson, Tent for Healing, 2013 in the AA Bronson exhibit

Allen Ginsberg Exhibit: wide shot of the ginsberg exhibit wide shot of the ginsberg exhibit   photographs from the Ginsberg Exhibit close up of papers and  in the Ginsberg exhibit

Robert Giard Exhibit:photographs from the Robert Giard exhibit

wide shot of the Robert Giard exhibit

Have you checked out the U of T Art Centre in the past? What has been your favourite exhibit? 

TIFF: The Student Edition

The arrival of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) means a couple of things;

  1. All the Starbucks in the city will suddenly be filled with people clad in all black and over-sized sunglasses.
  2. There will be groups of people waiting in Yorkville, often at hotels and Holt Renfrew, awaiting a glimpse of their favourite celebrity.
  3. There are hundreds of opportunities for students to see the world premiere of movies just minutes away from campus.

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I had never experienced TIFF first hand until this year. I had always know about it but I had never actually sat down in a theatre to watch one of the movies. So this summer, when the advanced tickets came on sale I decided to buy a My Choice 10 ticket pack and see what all the hype was about.

The cost of my 10-ticket package evened out to about $20 a ticket, and with the price of going to see a regular movie creeping up to around $15 anyway, I thought it was a good deal. A few weeks after I purchased my tickets I was able to scroll through the TIFF programming and choose my movies. I decided to opt out of any big-ticket movies and premieres to go with 4 smaller films with a variety of subject matter.

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Hanging out at the TIFF Street Festival on King St. W.

The first movie I saw was Kabukicho Love Hotel, a foreign film set in Japan that was premiering internationally for the first time. Following the advice of many TIFF-dedicated blogs, I showed up an hour before my movie to line up as there’s no assigned seating. I was also immediately surprised by the diversity of the crowd. Everyone from grandparents to students like myself were in line, all dressed very casually.

Before the movie began a representative from the TIFF Selection Board came on stage and gave a background to the film we were about to see. She introduced the director, who came up and said a few words. Then the movie began, and I was completely captivated. The showing ended with a 1 hour question period in which the director answered everything from why he choose the lead actor, to where his favourite place to eat in Toronto was.

Director Ryuichi Hiroki speaking about the premier of his film Kabukicho Love Hotel

Director Ryuichi Hiroki speaking about the premier of his film Kabukicho Love Hotel

What I loved the most about my TIFF experience was that it exposed me to subject matter that I normally wouldn’t encounter in blockbuster films. Even if you’re not a film studies major, or don’t consider yourself to be extremely passionate about film, I would suggest checking out some of the TIFF programming that lasts until the end of this week.

The tickets can be bought at the TIFF Box Office on King, or online at TIFF.net. The films premiere at  variety of locations, including the extremely convenient Isabel Bader Theatre here on campus! So experience one of the best events Toronto has to offer, and when you do, make sure to share it with me here on the blog and on twitter at @Rachael_UofT.

Hollywood North

My view of the "Pixels" movie set last week.

My view of the “Pixels” movie set last week.

My first clue that something unusual was happening on my walk to work last week was the trucks and trailers full of equipment. Once I saw the overturned cars (including some that were cut in half, surrounded by block-shaped debris), it became obvious: I was on a film set!

It turns out that the movie being filmed was Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Ashley Benson, all of whom were spotted on campus near the Huron Street set. It’s apparently about a group of video gamers charged with fending off an 8-bit alien attack, which makes the giant blocks/pixels make a lot more sense! It was great to talk about the set with you all on the Life @ U of T Facebook and Twitter pages, especially when some of you got to meet the stars of the film.

The timing was perfect, since the week before I asked you on social media about your favourite movies and TV shows filmed at U of T (I’m not psychic, I swear!). Since my movie-related excitement hasn’t yet died down, I thought I’d share my own personal favourite on-screen U of T sightings.

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5. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

I’ve never actually seen this one, but the screenshot that @UofTGradRoom shared with me on Twitter was too good not to include! The film features the destruction of beautiful Knox College, and apparently also a military invasion of the Koffler Building.

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4. Fringe (pilot, 2008)

The pilot of the science fiction show also features Knox College (understandable, it’s gorgeous there!), as well as UC and King’s College Circle. I remember crowding into a common room with friends in first year to watch this episode, solely to spot our new campus home.

3. One Week (2008)

I loved this movie about a cross-country journey in search of meaning when I was in high school. But since I was about to move to Toronto to go to U of T, the most exciting part was definitely the montage at the end, when the main character returns to the city. I can’t find a picture of it, but there were shots of both Trinity College and the statue in Queen’s Park!

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2. Mean Girls (2004)

You saw this coming, right? Mean Girls is pretty much a classic. In case you saw it back before you were familiar with U of T, the mathletes competition towards the end was filmed in our very own Convocation Hall!

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1. Orphan Black (2013-present)

Orphan Black is seriously one of the best things on TV right now. If you haven’t seen the science fiction thriller yet, your homework is to watch the first episode tonight! Tatiana Maslany plays a group of clones, and the range of their personalities and mannerisms is astounding. One of the clones is a graduate student studying evolutionary developmental biology, so she spends a fair amount of time at collegiate locations like the above St. Michael’s College.

What are your favourite movies or TV shows filmed on campus, U of T?

A Musical Treasure Hunt

John Southworth playing in St. Andrew's Church, Poor Pilgrim Island Show 2014.

John Southworth playing in St. Andrew’s Church, Poor Pilgrim Island Show 2014.

I spent this past Sunday on a musical treasure hunt on Toronto Island. The Poor Pilgrim Island show has been running for seven years, and I’ve made it a summer tradition for the past three. After a brisk ferry ride, a crowd of a hundred or so people gather at a series of scenic locations – Snake Island, Ward’s Beach, St. Andrew’s Church – to experience a diverse set of bands.

As I listened to Doomsquad build songs around windchimes, I found myself thinking about how live music has been the single most central and important part of my experience at U of T and in Toronto. Easy access to cultural events was a big part of why I chose to come here in the first place, and I’m glad that I’ve taken advantage of that!

I’ve always been a dedicated music fan, though my first forays into concert-going were defined by nervousness. I was still carrying many misperceptions: that all ages shows didn’t exist, that you had to go with friends, and that students can’t afford to go to many shows regularly.

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Prince Nifty circa 2013.

Yet a week after my 19th birthday I heard about a show that I didn’t want to miss. None of my friends were willing or able to come along, so I was faced with a choice to venture out solo or stay home and watch a movie. I mapped out my TTC routes and went anyway, bringing along a book to fill the time in between bands. Doing what is normally a social event by yourself can be nerve-wracking at first, but seeing new and familiar musicians create magic live made me feel so full that I just kept doing it.

I started to write about the shows I was seeing for a local music blog and U of T’s music magazine. Mostly in an attempt to share how excited I was about the music I was seeing, but also to give me motivation to keep seeing as many shows as I could. At my high point in second and third year, I was averaging 2-3 shows a week and binge-covering major festivals.

OG Melody at Poor Pilgrim 2012.

OG Melody at Poor Pilgrim 2012.

The misperceptions I had at the beginning disappeared: all ages shows are everywhere (check out anything that takes place in a record store, or outside), no one notices if you’re on your own (it can actually be even better to not have to worry whether the friend you dragged along is enjoying the music), and ticket prices run more in the $5-10 range if you explore venues like Handlebar or The Silver Dollar rather than the ACC.

And though I’ve slowed down a bit to focus on other writing (anyone want to hire a full-time concert reviewer? No?), the most important thing I found in Toronto’s music scene is community. It’s been amazing meeting like-minded people to share amazing cultural experiences with.

It’s so important to find your niche at a big school like U of T, and you’ll find it by exploring things that ignite a fire in you. Be brave! Explore!

In case you need some places to find concert listings, try NOW Magazine, blogTO’s music section and Mechanical Forest Sound’s weekly concert listing roundups.

What Dreams Are Made Of (The Club Edition)

My second year at the University of Toronto has been the best year of my adult life.

I mean my first year was also a lot of fun, but this year…this year my friends, I was a second year. I had a whole year to make U of T my home. My confidence in myself as an individual had increased exponentially! In fact, I think I’m the most confident person at U of T right now (excluding third-, fourth-, and of course seventh-years).

My life now, basically. via: http://goo.gl/ulwdob

I’m totally joking.

Well only a little. Being a student at Trinity College in second year truly increased my confidence not just as a student, but as a member of a community. Having the pleasure of associating with the small tight-knit community that Trinity College offered during my first year allowed me to become more than just a leader in my second year.

I grew into myself – I felt like I no longer had to hide who I was. I realized the importance of staying involved in the university community, and how crucial it was to get out of your comfort zone.

And I didn’t even have to read Harry Potter. (Note: Trinity College looks exactly like ‘Hogwarts,’ in case you didn’t know)

Anyway, having achieved my coming-of-age and whatnot, I decided I would create a club at Trinity – a club that celebrated my, and many other individuals’, interest in pop culture and satirical humour. “Societas pro gentibus qui linguam latinam non loquuntur,” or “a club for people who don’t speak Latin.”

Thus, the Trinity College Finer Things Club (or the Trinity College Contemporary Art Society for résumés) was born.

And to my surprise it was a success! I say “surprise” because other than a select few groups, many groups at Trinity are dedicated to professionalism and governance.

Although I do enjoy being professional, I soon realized that I don’t have energy to be an adult all the time. I needed an outlet for good-old, simple-minded fun.

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Through Facebook, I gathered a group of brilliant, yet quirky individuals to be executive members, and we drafted our mandate and budget plans within the same day. The next week we held our first event, a screening of the Academy Award snubbed film The Lizzie McGuire Movie. There were no snacks, but that didn’t stop the diverse groups of individuals that came from truly appreciating finer cinema.

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Hey now! Hey now! This is what dreams are made of.

Our next events also had high levels of attendance, and I learned the true value of participating in my community. Stepping out of your comfort zone means other individuals with similar passions can do the same. To be a leader means more than just being a leader, it means that you can screen Space Jam as an official event.

With confidence, a great community, and a $400 pre-approved budget, you can make any of your dreams come true.

Dreams really do come true (AKA, we got our budget approved and held a KFC picnic)

U of T, what kind of clubs are you interested in joining? Are you thinking about starting a club of your own? Don’t be afraid! Remember the wise words of the great Hannah Montana!

Hey there, U of T!

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Hey there, U of T! My name is Elena, and I’ll be one of the Life @ U of T bloggers this summer.

I have been viewing this school from an entirely new angle for the past few days. I’ve written my last exam, handed in my final essay, and will never attend a lecture in Sid Smith again. Over the past month, it was easy to forget the fact that I am graduating in the flurry of schoolwork, final club meetings, and planning for the future.

But as the door clicked behind me after my final undergraduate exam, I had a moment of elation mixed with a bit of trepidation. I’m extremely proud to have finished my degree and excited for where it will take me, but it will feel strange to no longer have a home base among these beautiful buildings on campus.

I’ve always been one for setting summer goals (shout out to 2012 when I saw 100 different bands play across the city!), so here is this year’s: to learn about and explore facets of U of T that I haven’t had a chance to experience in the past four years. I want to create some incredible memories about this place to carry forward with me, and I’ll be sharing them with all of you here each week.

This is local musician Man Made Hill, one of the 100 artists I saw, playing on Toronto Island. That's a sander on a drum.

This is local musician Man Made Hill, one of the 100 artists I saw, playing on Toronto Island. That’s a sander on a drum.

Let’s get to know each other, U of T! Here are some things about me:

- I double majored in Chemistry and Psychology, somehow without taking a single course on neurotransmitters or something that could combine the two. In my summers doing research with the Department of Chemistry I pipetted human urine, analyzed mass spectra of illegal drugs, and synthesized a sulphur-based compound (if you don’t know what sulphur smells like, you are a lucky person).

- I want to be a journalist. I’ve struggled with this decision for a while, being in a “practical” scientific program, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that I need to try and take a shot at making a living doing what I love, rather than always wondering if it could have worked out. Besides, there’s a great need for people who know how to talk to and write about scientists! I’ll be attending Ryerson for a Master’s degree in journalism in September.

If you couldn’t guess from my 100-band summer, I’m quite in love with Toronto’s music scene. I write for a couple of blogs, have DJed on occasion (I can call myself a professional DJ if I’ve been paid for it before, right?), and was editor of U of T’s own music magazine, Demo. Exploring the city is one of the best things you can do as a U of T student – most of my exploring has taken the form of listening to synthesizers in off-beat venues.

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Tell me some things about yourself, U of T! What are your goals for the summer?