Author Archives: Hart House

In Memory of Judi Schwartz

The Hart House community mourns the recent passing of Judi Schwartz, the founding curator and director of the Justina M Barnicke Gallery, 32-year Hart House employee, and passionate advocate for student participation in the visual arts. Two years after her … Continue reading

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Word From the Warden

“For You.” Two words. That’s it, that’s all. The new tag line for Hart House—an outcome of our recent re-branding initiative, undertaken in collaboration with marketing firm SOS Design Inc.—is so incredibly simple and straightforward that we wonder why we … Continue reading

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Valary Chrisman, Hart House For Events

Valary is an event planner at Hart House with a passion for connecting people with extraordinary experiences. After three years at Hart House, she has many inspiring stories to tell. Below, she shares her insights on creating memorable events at … Continue reading

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Kate Welsh, “I had an idea…”

Engaging in extracurricular activities at Hart House can lead to countless positive outcomes for U of T students.   For activist, artist and educator Kate Welsh, participating in the “Get Crafty” program tapped into a skill and passion that didn’t … Continue reading

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Mike Auksi Comes Full Circle

Mike Auksi has a passion for Hart House that was sparked long before he ever set foot in the iconic building.   From a young age, he heard family stories about a very special old building, full of life, on … Continue reading

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Tony Luong, Hart House Podcaster

Tony is a master’s student at the University of Toronto studying public health. He was part of a diverse team of Hart House student podcasters who gathered transformative stories from young people who had overcome personal challenges. A pilot project, … Continue reading

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Bill Dowkes 60 Years at Hart House

“On my first day of classes at U of T, I joined the camera club at Hart House.” That was back in 1958, and Bill Dowkes has been involved with Hart House ever since. During this 60-year span, Bill acted … Continue reading

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Word from the Warden

As you will read elsewhere in this edition of the Hart House Quarterly Newsletter, Hart House is gearing up for its 100thAnniversary in 2019-2020.  The “soft launch” of our anniversary year will take place approximately one year from now, to … Continue reading

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Hart House Student Leaders

Student Leaders Every spring, Hart House holds a reception at the Gallery Grill to celebrate our student leaders, who act as Ambassadors for the House, lead our clubs and committees and volunteer their time and their talents to help us … Continue reading

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The Giblons at Hart House Through the Generations

Hart House has stood as the social centre of the University of Toronto for 100 years. It’s not surprising that many of our students have parents who also looked to Hart House to find community during their university days. But … Continue reading

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