22 4 / 2014


Your next workplace?

Everyone knows that there’s always something going on at Hart House whether it’s fitness and creative classes, music sessions, workshops, and so many other activities.

But it’s not just fun and games—did you know Hart House offer career and volunteer opportunities?

You could be the next Hart House Library Summer Curator, helping design showcases, recruit volunteers, label and catalogue new purchases and donations, and so much more.

Alternatively, you could be one of the next Hart House Student Ambassadors. As such, you’d help promote Hart House by going to campus events, meeting new people, and writing for our blog.

Either way, you’ll acquire useful experience, have fun, and earn some cash. What’s not to like?

>“I just wanted to say thank you for everything this year. I’d been looking to get involved in theatre somehow since I started at U of T but nothing had worked out, and I thought Hart House would be exclusive and out of my league when I emailed you, but it turned out to be this wonderful, warm, inspiring environment where I learned a ton and loved every minute of it. And a huge part of that was because of you, so thank you, thank you, thank you for this opportunity! I hope I get to work with you a lot in the future, that was a great year. Thank you!” —Lucy M.

And if you’re not interested in working in a library or promoting Hart House, why not apply to become a Hart House Theatre Volunteer or apply for the Hart House Finance Committee Student Membership volunteer position?

As part of the Finance Committee, you’ll learn valuable skills in financial management. As a theatre volunteer, you’ll discover the inner workings of live theatre, whether you’re offered a position in Assistant Stage Managing, Running Crew, Set, Props and Costume Assistance, or Marketing and Administrative Support.

To find out more, including a list of responsibilities and required qualifications, please visit the Careers & Volunteering section of our website. You can also read the bios of our current ambassadors (one of them can even operate an aircraft).

Applications close soon, so hurry!

19 4 / 2014

Generations of our Fitness Centre members have used it to improve their muscular conditioning, stamina, coordination and aerobic capacity. It’s time you join them.

picture of man running on Hart Houses indoor trackCraig Burkett recommends that those who are attempting the circuit for the first time run slower than they want to.

When looking for the ideal workout, you’ll probably look everywhere but in the dusty pages of a history book. Yet you would be well served to do just that. That’s because circuit training has been around for a long time—certainly longer than the latest glossy magazine cover would have you believe.

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15 4 / 2014


Wondering how to celebrate Mother’s Day?

Why not visit Gallery Grill at Hart House, one of the best-kept secrets on the U of T campus?

Rated among the top five restaurants in Toronto by Zagat, the Gallery Grill is located on the southeast corner of the second floor down the corridor from the library. If you decide to come for brunch, you may find on the menu potted duck with cherry and melted onion jam, fried green tomatoes with smoked trout and crème fraîche, and our famous crème brulée made from maple syrup straight from the Hart House farm (pick up a bottle to take home from the Information Hub on the main level). 

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12 4 / 2014

Craig Burkett tells all: why he’s doing the Fort Knox Challenge, how he became acquainted with the Wipper circuit, and more.


Last Saturday, we offered you a unique opportunity: to train with the man who broke our pull-up bar.

But before you train* with someone whose idea of fun is to run 21 km and do 331 push-ups, 282 burpees, 195 dips, 420 box jumps, 331 sit-ups, and 195 chin-ups, plus run 168 flights of stairs, all in a space of 3 hours and 14 minutes spread over one day, we figured first you’d want to meet him.

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08 4 / 2014


If you follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, you know we visited Exam Jam yesterday. (Just in case you missed it, here’s a video of Henry, the 3-year-old Cairn terrier who’s probably very sad he didn’t get to play with you.)

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05 4 / 2014

He’s already completed 300 Wipper fitness circuits at Hart House. And on April 27, U of T alumnus, UTM professor and fitness fanatic Craig Burkett will attempt something he calls the Fort Knox Challenge. Today we go back in time to the day he ripped our pull up bar clean off the brick wall.

The radio call came in at around noon of a busy day some three years ago. “Someone has broken the pull-up bar on the upper level,“ Fitness Centre staff told Thomas Heaysman, Hart House’s head craftsman.

“Right away I knew I didn’t just to have to fix it,” says Heaysman, “I had to design a better one.”


Notice the newer brick that was used after the bar was ripped from the wall.

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01 4 / 2014


It’s only a matter of time.

It seems like the day will never come, but exams will be over before you know it. And when that happens, one the most difficult parts of the year will be in the rearview mirror.

But don’t waste all of your time partying and sleeping. Why not try something useful as well as fun?

After all, some of the most successful students and professionals got to the top by engaging in plenty of co-curricular activities.

Who knows, you might even discover a lifelong passion, just like many U of T alumni.

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29 3 / 2014

Sometimes, it feels like you don’t have much time for anything, and not just if you happen to be a scholar athlete with a day job like Townsend Benard.

Yet there are ways for you to reclaim wasted time and focus on what’s truly important for you. The key lies in identifying the worst time wasters so you can eliminate them altogether or at least get smart about how you use them.


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25 3 / 2014


Pilates. The very word conjures images of legging–wearing females breathing loudly and forcefully.

Yet everyone stands to benefit from learning Pilates, including weightlifting enthusiasts like Jonathan Lee, whom we persuaded to take Pilates Mat I. He reported back to us about the experience from the Pilates front lines.

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22 3 / 2014


Star student and athlete Townsend Benard doesn’t shy away from stress. Instead, he treats it as valuable feedback. Here’s how you can combine Townsend’s approach with the latest scientific findings that are turning conventional wisdom on its head.

Instead of regarding stress as a negative emotion to be avoided, this award-winning scholar views it as feedback he can learn from.

“The bad stress comes in primarily as the result of something
that went wrong. So if I’m stressed because something is coming up and I’m not as ready as I should be, generally I can look back a week or two and see I didn’t do enough,” says Townsend.

Valuable advice, but it doesn’t help you much right now when you’re worried about that looming paper. Or the exam with that killer prof. Or your performance review with your boss.

Here’s where another tip from Townsend will come in handy: stress isn’t inherently bad.

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