19 Must-Attend Events

Eager to know what the must-attend events on and off-campus are? #Ubishops students have made a list of the top 19 events to attend during the academic year.

Academic events

1. Maple League’s Up for Debate

Members of the Maple League – Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison, St. Francis Xavier universities, promise a weekend of stimulating, thought provoking, and delightful events. In addition to plenary speakers, a student debate tournament, a Business CASE Competition, and a series of reception, the University hosts TEDxBishopsU, a multidisciplinary event that features speakers drawn from the talented pool of students, faculty, alumni, community members, and staff from the four universities.

2. HEART & SOULS Conference (QUEUC)

Previously known as QUEUC (Quebec University English Undergraduate Conference), the HEART & SOULS Conference is an annual international humanities research conference separated into two streams. The SOULS (Scholarship of Undergraduate Literary Studies) stream is for undergraduate students in the humanities to present their research essays on critical and literary theory in thematic panels. The HEART (Humanities Education and Research in Teaching) stream advocates for a pedagogical-scholarly practice grounded in and motivated by teachers’ experiences in forging intentionally designed, ethical, and curiosity-driven classrooms.

3. Art Lab workshops

The Art Lab on campus offers Bishop’s University students a creative space where they can explore their interest in the arts, as well as engage critically with visual and media arts in the region. The Art Lab hosts workshops that anyone can attend. These workshops range from carving pumpkins, to lantern building, dreamcatcher making, henna tattoos, book-binding, and much more. It’s a great place to go to unwind after a long day, and to let your creativity shine!

4. B.U.F.F.

The Bishop’s University Film Festival (BUFF) celebrates and publicizes the creativity and skill of Bishop’s students from all programs through an annual competition in digital film making. Students submit short films, which are screened publicly at our gala in late March and presented with various awards, as chosen by a panel of judges.


5. Theatre productions at Turner Studio Theatre

Turner Studio Theatre is home to Drama students, but it is also the place to be if you enjoy theatre! There are a variety of shows that are performed at Turner Studio, from New Plays, performances that are written and directed entirely by students, to Theatre Activ, performances of popular plays and musicals. Tickets are inexpensive, and the entertainment is wonderful!

6. Donald Lecture Series

The Donald Lecture Series brings speakers of national and international renown to the Bishop’s campus to provide insight, provoke thought, and stimulate debate on the most compelling issues and events in the world today. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. Past speakers include: Chris Hadfield, Edward Snowden, Rev. Jesse Jackson, David Hogg, and Naomi Klein.


7. Research Week

Come support your friends and professors at the Lion for the Faculty/Student Research Flash Talks and Pub Quiz. Learn about student research taking place across several fields and disciplines at the Student Poster Presentations, and discover how research in Sport Studies can enhance our athletes’ performance and safety.

8. BU Arts Festival

The Arts Festival is a free, weeklong event that showcases the processes and people behind the arts. It includes everything from visual arts to poetry, dance to drama, film to music. Workshops, rehearsals, events, shows, concerts, performances, and more happen throughout the week all over campus! Even the greater Lennoxville and Sherbrooke communities are invited to attend, collaborate, participate, and volunteer!

9. Departmental receptions

These events enable students professors to engage in discipline or course related topics and mingle over some snacks in a less formal atmosphere. A great way to get to know your professors outside of the classroom and an even better way for them to get to know you (a definite perk for when you need reference letters for Grad School).

Social events

10. Orientation Week

This is where all the action begins! O-Week is a whirlwind of activities, and an awesome way to make new friends. Some Orientation Week highlights include: the famous “Can I Kiss You” talk about consent; mandatory Bystander Intervention training; dancing under the stars in the Quad at the Gaiter Gardens; welcome concert (previous performers include Classified, The Arkells, and X-Ambassadors); and an awesome hike up Mont Pinacle, one of our local mountains.

11. Homecoming

Get out all that BU swag, because this is definitely the purplest event of the year! The Coulter Field parking lot (and Lennoxville itself!) is filled with excited students and returning alumni for dancing, barbequing, tailgating, and of course, the big Gaiter home football game.

How we feel about an amazing Homecoming weekend! We loved celebrating with #UBishops students, alumni & friends! #UBishopsAlumni, come back soon!!!

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12. Halloweekend

Be sure to bring your entire costume trunk with you to Bishop’s, because you’ll be needing a number of costumes for this crazy weekend! Bishop’s students love to dress up so much, we make Halloween a three-day affair. Get ready to see some pretty creative costumes, we start brainstorming and crafting in September!

13. Winterfest

Grab your retro ski gear or onesie, and brave the cold to celebrate the BUties of winter at one of the biggest events of the winter semester! The Quad is transformed for a winter extravaganza, complete with a ski and snowboard rail set-up, and ice bar, a DJ tent, and of course, a BBQ booth to keep you fuelled and warm throughout the day! Dance, ride the rail, or simply sit back, sip hot cocoa, and take it all in!

14. Fashion show

The Fashion Show is a student initiative that is the largest charity event on campus. Walk the red carpet, work backstage, watch your friends strut their stuff on the runway, and feel the urge to jump out of your seat when the DJ starts mixing. Whether you choose to be in the audience, or walk on the stage, Fashion Show is a favourite event for many. The best part? Every penny raised goes to a local charity!

15. Happy Hour at The Gait

Held every Thursday at The Gait, this is a great way to celebrate the near-end of the week, and socialize with other students and faculty. There is great company, free popcorn, and great music. If that isn’t convincing enough, we don’t know what is!

16. Gait Gatsby

Get out those dancing shoes, tuxedoes, and feather boas, because Gait Gatsby is an event like no other! The Gait is transformed into an extravagant 1920’s-esque scene, where champagne is popped and fancy costumes are donned by all. You won’t want to miss it!

17. Free dinners

This is an especially exciting event for those living off-campus who don’t have the luxury of being able to eat at Dewies every day! Encounter a is a faith-based club that is focused on providing students with a welcoming and loving community. Once a week, they provide a yummy free dinner for the students of Lennoxville, sometimes accompanied by live music. This is a great way to make new connections, fill your stomach with a healthy meal, and relax with friends!

18. Two Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve was a great time, but you probably didn’t get to spend it will all of your amazing BU friends. So, why not ring in the New Year again, Bishop’s style! Grab your sparkly New Year’s attire and head to the Gait for a Two Year’s Eve complete with a countdown and photo booth. What a fun reunion after being away from Bishop’s for three whole weeks of winter break!

19. Gaiter ALS walk

This fundraiser and awareness event occurs during Orientation Week and is a fun and fantastic way to get involved, meet new people, and support a great cause all at the same time.

Make sure to check out last year’s edition for even more events you won’t want to miss!

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