Thousands Expected for 41st Annual Head of the Trent and Alumni Homecoming Weekend at Trent University September 30 to October 2


Weekend highlights include rowing regatta, a new location for alumni homecoming festivities, varsity games, art show and more!

Monday, September 26, 2011, Peterborough

Thousands of alumni and their families are expected to return to Trent University this weekend for the annual Head of the Trent and Alumni Homecoming, taking place from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2.

This annual Trent event attracts alumni, students and community members alike for a busy weekend full of activities framed around the exciting Head of the Trent rowing competition, the largest single day event of its kind in North America. 

Highlights of this year’s weekend-long event include:

41st Annual Head of the Trent Rowing Regatta
The 41st annual Head of the Trent, North America’s largest single-day head race regatta, gets underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 1.

Over a thousand athletes from all over Ontario, Quebec and the North-Eastern United States, and representing more than 50 universities and clubs, will travel to Peterborough to participate in this year’s regatta. Races take place on the Trent-Severn Waterway, starting at
the Parkhill Road Bridge and winding through the Trent Canal to finish 5km later at Trent’s Symons Campus, cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd. The race’s rich history and unbeatable atmosphere make the Head of the Trent this region’s premiere rowing event.

Homecoming Festival – New Location
The Homecoming festival returns this year but is now located in the Ceilie and Champlain College Riverside beside the Great Hall. Running from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, the festival includes a licensed area and BBQ, and lots of fun children’s activities including face painting, balloons and games.

Steam Whistle Green Initiatives Featured at Beer Garden
The popular annual beer garden is returning this year, featuring, for the first time ever, Steam Whistle brew poured into completely biodegradable cups made of a cornstarch resin that is 100% compostable within 50 days. The beer garden is the main fundraiser for the Trent University Rowing Club. Express entry is available for alumni with valid alumni card (must be 19+ to enter).

Opening of the Spencer J. Harrison Art Show and Sale
Artist, activist and alumnus Spencer J. Harrison is opening his latest art show and sale at Alumni House on Saturday, October 1 until Thursday, October 6. Mr. Harrison will be at the show to meet Alumni and friends on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tribute Events to Honour Retired Director of Alumni Affairs, Tony Storey ‘71
On Friday, September 30, a special series of events will be taking place on campus in recognition of Tony Storey’s retirement. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., local artist Spencer J. Harrison will preview his art at Alumni House before officially launching his show on Saturday afternoon. Beginning at 4 p.m., a speaker series entitled, Ideas That Change the World, will take place in Lady Eaton College, room 201, with guest panelists including Spencer J. Harrison, Professor John Wadland, Nigel Roulet and Emily Morrison. Finally, alumni and friends are invited to attend a reception and dedication of the Tony Storey courtyard at Alumni House from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  

Annual General Meeting – Alumni Association
The Annual General Meeting of the Alumni Association will take place on Saturday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m. in Alumni House at Champlain College. All members of the Alumni Association are invited to attend the meeting and participate in the election of the new Association President. Candidate profiles can be found on the Alumni Association website at

Varsity Sports
In addition to the rowing regatta, be sure to check out the following varsity and alumni sporting events:

Friday, September 30

  • 7 p.m.
    Varsity Women’s rugby game vs. York, Justin Chiu Stadium

Saturday, October 1

  • 10 a.m.
    Trent Alumni soccer game, Justin Chiu Stadium
  • 12 p.m.
    Varsity Invitation swim meet, Alan Marshall Pool, TCSRC
    Varsity Women’s soccer game vs. Ottawa, Justin Chiu Stadium
  • 12:30 p.m.
    Alumni volleyball game, gymnasium, TCSRC
  • 3 p.m.
    Varsity Men’s rugby game vs. Humber, Justin Chiu Stadium
  • 7 p.m.
    Varsity Men’s lacrosse game vs. Queen’s, Justin Chiu Stadium

Sunday, October 2

  • 1 p.m.
    Varsity Women’s soccer game vs. Carleton, Justin Chiu Stadium
  • 3:15 p.m.
    Varsity Men’s soccer game vs. Carleton, Justin Chiu Stadium

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For more information, please contact:
Alumni Homecoming: Lee Hays, Director, Alumni Affairs, Trent University, 705-748-1599

All Varsity athletics events and the rowing regatta:
Kathryn Verhulst, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Athletics and Recreation, Trent University, 705-748-1011 x7258