About Rad Frosh

McGill University and Rad Frosh sit on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka people. The island called “Montreal” is known as tiotia:ke in the language of the Kanien’kehá:ka, and it has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin people.

Rad Frosh 2016 logo image description: The words "Rad Frosh 2016" are written in jagged capital letters in front of a mound of cracked cement. Bursting out of the mound of cracked cement is a bunch of small wildflowers in various colours and shapes, with 3 large morning glories in the foreground. The words "Bursting into Bloom" are written in cursive above the flowers. The wildflowers and text stand out against a light purple background.



radical rad’iKl adj.

1. a departure from the usual or traditional
2. of or going to the roots of a matter
3. rad, bodacious, gnarly (1980s vernacular)
4. thorough or complete political or social transformation
5. wicked fun you won’t forget!

What is Rad Frosh??

Rad Frosh is an alternative orientation to McGill and Montreal for over 150 new students over 4 days (September 1st – 4th, 2016) – jam-packed with parties, workshops, music, food, and more, it’s a fun and unique opportunity to check out local activist and community groups, get introduced to and learn about a wide range of social, environmental and political issues, meet fellow students and cool folks, and for froshies to get the tools to make the most of their time at McGill, and in Montreal.

Rad Frosh includes radical workshops, walking tours, concerts, and dance parties with a focus on social and environmental justice topics; from queer and trans histories and feminism, to anti-colonial, migrant justice and people of colour struggles, to the Quebec student movement and anarchism, and has been an initiative of the Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) at McGill for over twenty years. This year, Rad Frosh also features a benefit concert, barbeque, film screening, Drag and Burlesque show, loft party, clothing swap, and more!

20+ Workshops and Tours

Rad Frosh offers 15 different workshops, on everything from theatre to anarchism 101, and 5 tours showing you Montreal beyond the McGill bubble!

Annual Benefit Concert

Rad Frosh's annual concert showcases local bands and performers, and the proceeds are donated to radical Montreal community initiatives!

DIY Fair, Scavenger Hunt, Parties and more!

Rad Frosh offers a wide variety of alternative events, with both drinking and non-drinking night events, a Do-It-Yourself Fair, and so much more!