Massey College offers a wide variety of clubs and committees, with activities and presentations open to the Massey community and, in many cases, to the public. 

Music at Massey

Massey College Choir

All are welcome to join the Massey College Choir – Junior and Senior Fellows, Quadranglers, visiting scholars, Journalism Fellows and staff. No previous experience is required – we are assisted by trained vocalists who provide support and assistance.

We sing a wide variety of music, including arrangements of folk and pop songs, contemporary Canadian choral music, and traditional choral repertoire from around the world.

In a normal year, the choir meets for one hour on Monday evenings following dinner and performs at three events per term. During this pandemic year, it is unfortunately on hiatus, but we hope to be able to meet again in 2021-22.

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Massey College Music Club

The Massey College Music Club offers a series of evening events, open to all the community, which explore the creation and performance of music. Programming is eclectic, ranging from music in the movies to new directions in Indigenous music, and from the creation of a new opera to the influence of Hip Hop music and culture on our world today. 

The events are planned by a committee of Junior and Senior Fellows, alumni and Quadrangle Society members, and are generally a blend of live or recorded performance along with discussion, invited presenters include highly talented members of the Junior and Senior Fellowship as well as creative leaders from the wider community.

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Massey College Book Club

The Massey College Book Club was founded at the first meeting of the Quadrangle Society in 1998. Under normal circumstances, meetings are held in the Upper Library three times each term, usually following a community dine-in-hall event. Programming for the Book Club is planned by a committee of Quadrangle Society Members, Senior Fellows, and Junior Fellows assembled each year.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year the Massey College Book Club will run a limited season of online events until such time as circumstances allow for in-person sessions once again.

Community members who wished to get involved are encouraged to get in touch with the committee via email, here

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Monday, February 1st, 2021

Normal People by Sally Rooney
Connell Waldron is one of the most popular boys in his small-town high school–he is a star of the football team, an excellent student, and never wanting for attention from girls. The one thing he doesn’t have is money. Marianne Sheridan, a classmate of Connell’s, has the opposite problem. Marianne is plain-looking, odd, and stubborn, and while her family is well-off, she has no friends to speak of. There is, however, a deep and undeniable connection between the two teenagers, one that develops into a secret relationship. When both are accepted to Trinity College, that relationship will be strained to its limits. Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a novel that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the inescapable challenges of family and friendships. Normal People is a book that you will read in one sitting, and then immediately share with your friends.–and through it to our own.
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Monday, March 1st, 2021

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. This stirring love story is a deeply insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward- with hope and pain- into the future.

Past Events

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard
Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond. Robyn Maynard provides readers with the first comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada. While highlighting the ubiquity of Black resistance, Policing Black Lives traces the still-living legacy of slavery across multiple institutions, shedding light on the state’s role in perpetuating contemporary Black poverty and unemployment, racial profiling, law enforcement violence, incarceration, immigration detention, deportation, exploitative migrant labour practices, disproportionate child removal and low graduation rates. Emerging from a critical race feminist framework that insists that all Black lives matter, Maynard’s intersectional approach to anti-Black racism addresses the unique and understudied impacts of state violence as it is experienced by Black women, Black people with disabilities, as well as queer, trans, and undocumented Black communities. Policing Black Lives is a call-to-action that urges readers to work toward dismantling structures of racial domination and re-imagining a more just society.
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