McMaster returns to Toronto for 125th anniversary celebration

November 28, 2012
    McMaster Hall, as it appeared near the end of the 19th century. The building will play host to a gathering of nearly 1000 alumni and University friends Wednesday night. The event will cap off McMaster 125th anniversary celebrations.

Nearly 1000 alumni and friends will gather at McMaster University’s original home in Toronto Wednesday night to celebrate the institution’s 125th anniversary.

The Royal Conservatory of Music building  – known as McMaster Hall when the University opened on 273 Bloor Street West in 1890 – will be the site of the event, which will help bring the year-long anniversary celebration to an end.

The gathering will feature performances by a number of students, each of whom will represent a different era of McMaster’s history. A student a cappella group will also perform, followed by a medley of songs from McMaster’s past.

Performances will take place at the building’s Koerner Hall.

Karen McQuigge, director of the University’s Alumni Advancement area, says the event will be a great opportunity for the community to celebrate the University’s rich history, as well as see its original home.

“We couldn’t think of a better place than Koerner Hall to have this celebration,” said McQuigge, herself a graduate of the University. “It’s takes us back to our roots, and truly reconnects us to our heritage.”

The Gibson’s Finest Player Awards, given to outstanding Canadian Interuniversity Sport football players before last week’s Vanier Cup, were handed out in Koerner Hall.

Marauders quarterback Kyle Quinlan took home the Hec Crighton trophy as the country’s top university football player, and defensive end Ben D’Aguilar was given the J.P. Metras Trophy as the country’s most outstanding lineman.

Details on the University’s 125th anniversary can be found here.