“Your Montreal” orientation in the works for Concordia

Montreal music mainstays Lunice and hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive are two of the 12 different artists slated to animate the two weeks of fun and mayhem commonly referred to as orientation at Concordia University.

This year’s orientation, comprised of 17 different events over the course of two weeks, will unfold from Sept. 6 to 18. The theme, “Your Montreal,” is a spin-off of the current executive’s slate name “Your Concordia.” According to Laura Glover, VP student life and sustainability, the idea behind it was to “really focus on orienting students to both Concordia and the city of Montreal.”
The CSU sought and booked Montreal artists from a variety of genres, hence Lunice and Nomadic Massive’s inclusion in the final Sept. 15 concert set list.
While both Glover and CSU president Lex Gill declined to reveal the big ticket names for the final concert, Gill did confirm the CSU has been in talks with several Canadian bands and have pending contracts for both the headline and the second headliner, which were not finalized as of press time.
According to Gill, the CSU is in the process of verifying the acts’ Canadian residency. The step is necessary to ensure that the union could maintain their tax-exempt status by ensuring they are not remitting taxes for the bands, explained Gill.
Like last year’s concert, which featured performances from Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist K’naan, Montreal-based Chromeo and Toronto act Keys’n’Krates, the show will be held at the Quad on Concordia’s Loyola campus. For years, the orientation concert was effectively a block party held on Mackay Street near the downtown campus. A noise complaint moved the last fall orientation concert to the Quad, which is private property with no noise restrictions.
“It’s a beautiful space and I think that the concert went really well last year. There was no question it was definitely going to be the Quad all along,” Glover commented.
The predicted expense for Orientation this year is $150,000, less than the $195,000 budgeted for last year’s orientation and well under last year’s final tally of $252,852. Gill added the total cost of the Sept. 15 concert will be slightly over the price tag for K’naan’s performance alone.
“We’ve found that there are many diverse amazing artists that are well known within not only the Montreal community but also nationally recognized and it has fit within our budget,” Glover said.
In partnership with Sustainable Concordia, the CSU’s goal is to produce as little waste as possible during orientation.
“It’s difficult to evaluate the amount of waste that has been caused in the past,” Glover admitted. “I can say though that the process of planning orientation has seriously taken into consideration of logistics of planning low waste […] for example, ensuring that the food that we’re supplying can be handheld food rather than serving food that requires a plate, making sure that mugs are available, reusable plates, etc.”
The second edition of the Sustainable Food Festival will also be featured during Orientation. “[The festival] focuses on hosting local vendors, local restaurants, and local farmers,” Glover explained. 

Look for more Orientation updates both online at www.theconcordian.com and in coming issues of the Concordian.


Confirmed Orientation events: 

Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..: CSU Welcome Meet & Greet
Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 10:00 a.m.: Faculty Association Day at Loyola Quad (ASFA, FASA, ECA, CASA)
Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m..: Throwies’ Game
Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. : Techno Multimedia/Concert
Thursday, Sept. 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Keynote speakers Ilona Dougherty and Lou Piensa
Friday, Sept. 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..: Clubs fair and The Many Tastes of Concordia
Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Photo Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Loyola Quad: Final concert featuring Nomadic Massive, Lunice
Friday, Sept. 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. “IEAC and CISA Athletics Tournament”



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