Marc Garneau held its second annual Fall Fest on 16 November 2017. Organized by SAC Social Convenor Muqadas Assad, students came together at the Toronto Botanical Gardens (TBG) for a night of dancing and food.

Students dancing at Fall Fest. Photo: Justin Ye

The venue doors opened at 6:00 pm, although most students arrived at about 6:30 pm. Strict rules were put into place regarding smoking and drinking, leading to bag checks for each attendee before they were allowed into the hall. Drinks and food were served in a buffet style at about 8:00 pm and refreshments from the TBG Organic Farmers’ Market were available near the beginning of the dance. The dance continued until 10:30 pm, after which attendees made their ways out of the hall.

Tickets were on sale from 2 November until 13 November, and SAC offered an early bird deal for anyone who bought their tickets on the first day. Early bird tickets were $23, regular tickets for MGCI students were $25, and guest tickets were $30. The dance was heavily advertised on all social media platforms such as the MGCI Facebook page, and Instagram and Snapchat accounts. The event was also promoted through the announcements and by word of mouth. One hundred and eighty-three tickets were sold with most of the revenue going towards paying for the DJ, venue, catering, awards and other essential components. The remaining profit will go towards future dances.

Awards for the night included a $50 Foot Locker gift card for the best and most consistent male dancer, a $50 Sephora gift card for the best and most consistent female dancer, two $20 Cineplex gift cards for the cutest couple, and $25 Hudson’s Bay gift cards for the best-dressed male and female attendees. The winners will be announced on 20 November.

Students dressed up for the first dance of the year. Photo: Justin Ye

The event was well received and many students spent the night dancing and singing with their peers. “I’m having a lot of fun,” said attendee Usrat Chowdhury, “It’s great to be able to come with all of my friends.” Students were satisfied with ticket prices and the venue, but several attendees wished for the food to be better organized, as there was a large line around the buffet tables. Attendees also had an issue with unruly student behaviour as some students were pushing and shoving each other, though this later resolved when Ms. Goldenberg addressed the situation. When asked for her thoughts on how the event went, Muqadas said, “I’m so proud of everyone, the event ran very smoothly.” In the future, Muqadas hopes to improve the process for allowing guests from other schools to attend, as the process is currently slow and lengthy. She also wishes that the venue offered more assistance in regards to preparing the hall.

Overall, the dance was a success. Both students and teachers enjoyed themselves, and Ms. Goldenberg commented, “It was wonderful. It’s great to see people come together and have a good time.”