McMASTER's NEWEST TRADITION IS BACK!
Light up the Night: Fourth Annual Year-end block party
To celebrate the end of class, the McMaster University Alumni Association, the McMaster Students Union and the Student Success Centre have partnered to create a truly awesome experience. We will Light Up the Night with thousands of bulbs strung between campus buildings and trees, culminating with a fireworks show at 10 PM.
The fourth annual year-end block party will feature carnivalesque rides, games and food. Ride the Gravitron, have fun with friends in the Para-Trooper, or take in the view from the Ferris wheel. Stroll the street playing the midway games and enjoy traditional carnival food. In addition, Light Up the Night will boast a main stage, as well as a side stage. Special musical guests will include Scott Helman and Birds of Bellwoods on the main stage, with Haviah Mighty on the side stage. In addition, the annual Last Lecture with Q&A in Convocation Hall will feature activist and journalist, Desmond Cole.
Food will be plentiful on April 9, with thousands of churros and mini-corn dogs offered up for free, along side an even bigger supply of complimentary carnival favorites such as cotton candy and caramel corn.
This is a free event, all McMaster students & alumni are welcome. Please note, a McMaster University student card will be required for access to the free food vendors and for ride admissions.
Light up the Night 2016 is a finalist for a prestigious Canadian Event Industry Award.
Check out the 2016 recap video:
APRIL 9, 2018
6 PM - 11 PM
SCHOLARS RD., between MUSC and Mary Keyes
WHAT TO EXPECT?
- FREE RIDES, GAMES & FOOD
- LIVE MUSIC
- LAST LECTURE
- CHILL ZONES
- HEADPHONE DISCO
(AND A WHOLE LOT MORE)
ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS
Live Music, carnival RIDES & games, Food & FIREWORKS ALL TO LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
Light Up the Night isn't your typical event, and the evening has been planned with a diverse range of students in mind. Interested in music? We've got you covered with a main stage, a side stage. On the main stage, Scott Helman will headline, while Birds of Bellwoods will open. On the side stage, rapper/DJ/producer Haviah Mighty will perform.
Rides and games more your thing? Then challenge your friends to any of the many carnival games as you walk the grounds or play a round of your favourite board game in the Student Centre, brave the Gravitron, or enjoy the view of a lit up campus from atop the Ferris wheel. Regardless of your preference, Light Up the Night promises to be a blast. Speaking of which, the fireworks display will blast off shortly before 10 PM.
Whether it's partying under the lights, listening to an inspiring celebrity guest speaker, jamming with friends inside Convocation Hall, or testing your strategic thinking through board games, there is something for everyone during #MacBlockParty. Details and links for events can be viewed below, or through the events listing.
Scott Helman, Birds of Bellwood, and Haviah Mighty will perform at Light Up the Night on April 9.
LAST LECTURE Featuring:
Desmond will deliver a talk and take Q&A in CONVOCATION Hall On April 9
Desmond Cole is an activist and freelance journalist in Toronto. His work also appears in the Toronto Star, Toronto Life, Walrus, VICE, NOW Magazine, Torontoist, and Ethnic Aisle. Desmond is currently working on his first book, on the experiences of Black Canadians.
Desmond has been documenting social justice in Toronto, and has written extensively about the black experience in this city. His work with the Black Lives Matter movement and more recently his successful effort to remove the Toronto Police presence from TDSB schools have pushed his voice to the forefront. Desmond has also worked to address housing, social support, integration, civic engagement and justice for youth.
Drawing from his own experiences, Desmond Cole will speak at Last Lecture about the power of advocacy, the benefits, and the motivations; he will also challenge students to think critically about what they believe in. His talk will cover themes including: inclusive campuses, standing up for what you feel is right, campus advocacy work, and removing barriers to access.
Desmond's Last Lecture will take place April 9 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm in Convocation Hall (UH 213). This is a free event to all undergraduate students of McMaster University, but registration is required.
COFFEE HOUSE INSIDE CONVOCATION HALL
STEP INSIDE & SEE MAC STUDENTS LIGHT UP THE STAGE
Between the concerts and events during the year at McMaster, we sometimes forget that a lot of incredible talent can be found right here on campus. Hosted by Residence Life, the open mic coffee house will take place inside Convocation Hall from 6-11 PM on April 9, the Light Up the Night coffee house is your chance to take a break, relax, and have a first-hand look (and listen) at some of Mac's best kept musical secrets. Also, if you are an aspiring talent, this event is now accepting performers! Please follow this link to sign up for a performance time slot.
THE HUNGRY GAMES WITH JONNY BLONDE: BATTLE OF McMASTER'S CHEFS
Food Network Canada may have had the best food competitions in Canada, until NOW! Join us at The Hungry Games with local Hamilton Chef Jonny Blonde as three McMaster’s Chefs battle in a cook-off to see who’s got the best ‘chops’ Register for this event here.
GAMES ROOM IN MUSC
TAKE A BREAK FROM THE LIGHTS & SETTLE IN FOR SOME OLD FASHIONED FUN
While carnival games are fun, some of the best times a group can have are while bonding over board games. Featuring everything from Monopoly to Catan, the McMaster Board Game Society will be hosting a games night in the MUSC atrium from 6:30-11 PM. Feel free to drop-in and mingle as you please, and don't hesitate to bring your own games to throw into the mix. Team leaders will be stationed at each table helping manage and coordinate each game - so don't be afraid to try something new. New this year, there will be a live, acoustic musical performances throughout the night.
RIDES & ATTRACTIONS
IT ACTUALLY IS ALL FUN & GAMES
Scholars Rd. will be lined with carnival classics, ranging from rides to games of chance and skill. Whether you like The Gravitron or water-gun races, come out, enjoy the rides, and test your skills (and luck).
Our full line up of rides include:
- Ferris Wheel
- Berry Go Round
MAPS & LOCATION DETAILS
HAVE A LOOK AT THE LAYOUT FOR THE NIGHT & HOW TO GET AROUND
Light Up the Night is big. The event will be taking up Scholars Rd. from the Student Centre to Mary Keyes and back to University Club, The event will feature more than 4000 feet of rope lighting, over 2000 light bulbs, five rides, carnival games, numerous musical acts, and thousands of students and alumni.
To help get you familiar with the set-up and event locations, please consult the map below:
Click the map to open up a larger version.
PARKING & TRANSIT
HOW TO GET TO THE BIGGEST NIGHT AT MAC
Parking for Light Up the Night is free. That's right - free. Enjoying Mac's newest tradition has been made as convenient as possible, and that extends to parking and shuttle services that deliver you right to the event. Parking in Lot I is complimentary for Light Up the Night. Entry/exit gates to these lots will be open from 6:00pm on April 9 and closed at 12:00am on April 10. If you need to drive, it won't cost you anything to park. If you left your car in lot M, the shuttle bus will run until midnight on April 6, bringing people down to the lower lots after the festivities. Please view this map to locate parking lot I.
HSR Bus Routes
HSR routes are scheduled to run towards campus every 15 minutes during Light Up the Night, and fare is free with a valid McMaster University Student Card and HSR student bus pass. Real-time HSR schedules can be found online through the City of Hamilton website, and route specific information can be found below.
If you are traveling west towards McMaster (away from the downtown core), the number 5 and 10 bus routes all stop at the University at Main & Emerson. Additionally, the 5C and 51 bus routes take passengers directly onto the University campus, stopping at Sterling at University.
If traveling east towards McMaster (away from Dundas), the number 5 bus route stops near the University at Main and Leland, and a short walk will take you directly onto campus.
GO Transit Routes
If you are coming from outside Hamilton, but you don't care to drive, there is a GO Transit bus terminal just steps from all the Light Up the Night action. Visit GO Transit's trip planner site to plot your route from Square One or York University to "McMaster U Bus Terminal". You can also take the QEW Express from Toronto to the Hunter St. GO Station in downtown Hamilton, and connect to McMaster via the HSR.
In addition, if you take the GO train to Aldershot, you can pick up the Route 15 service that travels to and from McMaster University. The last bus heading back to Aldershot station leaves campus at 10:33pm. In addition, the Route 47 (Hwy 407) bus also departs directly from the McMaster transit hub, with the last bus leaving campus at 10:45pm. Finally, the Route 16 (QEW express), will offer service until 12:30am. GO Transit will monitor bus usage on this day and will provide extra buses if and when necessary.
SoBi Hamilton - Hamilton Bike Share
Hamilton's bike share program has six racks on campus. If you don't already have a bike and simply want to take a quick spin to campus, think about using SoBi Hamilton to get to Light Up the Night.