A Message from the President

President Meric Gertler

On behalf of the University of Toronto, it is my privilege to offer congratulations to the Hart House community as it celebrates its 100th Anniversary. 

In making a gift to the University of Toronto, Vincent Massey established Hart House as a gathering place for students to pursue co-curricular activities. With Hart House, Mr. Massey hoped to capture the enriching social and recreational life he experienced at Oxford’s colleges. As he noted at the time, the bricks and mortar are but the bones, the community must provide the spirit. 

Since its opening on Remembrance Day, 1919, Hart House has remained a welcoming centre where students—as well as faculty, staff, alumni and members of the broader community—come together, across their differences, in common pursuit of “high endeavour.” Through creative engagement with the arts and culture, debates and dialogue, recreation and wellness, or community-engaged learning, Hart House provides students an opportunity to navigate different ideas and perspectives, and to connect to causes and purposes greater than themselves. 

Indeed, Hart House has become an integral part of the cultural and intellectual landscape of the University and the surrounding city, and is peerless in inspiring change, provoking thought and helping to shape the artistic and social tapestry of the local community. 

To mark this wonderful milestone, the Warden’s office at Hart House has organized a remarkable series of initiatives and events throughout 2019 and into spring 2020. Whether you are an old friend of Hart House or a new acquaintance, I would encourage you to discover all it has to offer. 

In closing, I thank all the organizers, volunteers, and the100th Anniversary Advisory Committee for their hard work and dedication in bringing this programming to fruition and offer best wishes for an outstanding year of celebration. 

Meric S. Gertler