The University Club of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
July 20, 2006
Vol. V, p. 36

Arms of The University Club of Toronto
Arms of The University Club of Toronto
Flag of The University Club of Toronto
Badge of The University Club of Toronto
 
Arms of The University Club of Toronto

Arms of The University Club of Toronto

Blazon

Or a chief Azure overall a pale counterchanged charged with a Corinthian column Argent, in chief a hurt between two plates;

Symbolism

The background colours, blue and gold, are those of the Club. The blue and white makes a connection to the University of Toronto. The Corinthian column is a feature of the library and the main dining room as well as an allusion to classical learning, and thus to the Club’s original mandate as a gathering place for university graduates. The white discs refer to the Club’s Round Table and the longstanding tradition of a “club table”, and to the idea of a plate and therefore of dining and fine food. The blue disc symbolizes a squash ball, a favourite sporting activity at the Club.

Crest

Blazon

A Palladian window Argent glazed Azure;

Symbolism

The window is based on the one on the Club’s main façade on University Avenue. The arch is an ancient symbol of hospitality.

Supporters

Blazon

Two peregrine falcons proper that to the dexter gorged with a wreath of maple leaves that to the sinister gorged with a wreath of grape vines Or, each resting its interior claw on a book Argent bound Azure and standing on a floor lozengy Argent and Sable;

Symbolism

The peregrine falcon is a bird associated in heraldry with strength, determination and leadership. It is a Canadian bird, and its colouring is very similar to colours of the shield. Peregrine falcons nest in downtown Toronto in buildings close to the University Club. The maple leaves refer to the Club’s Canadian identity, and the grape vines to its extensive wine collection. The books refer to the Club’s connection to university education. The base on which they stand resembles the main floor of the Club as it has appeared since 1929.

Motto

Blazon

SAPIENTIA ET COMITAS;

Symbolism

Meaning “Wisdom and good fellowship”.

Flag of The University Club of Toronto

Flag of The University Club of Toronto

Blazon

Azure charged with the Badge;

Symbolism

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Badge of The University Club of Toronto

Badge of The University Club of Toronto

Blazon

A monogram composed of the letters U, C and T Or;

Symbolism

The arrangement of the initial letters of the Club’s name has been used for many years.

 

Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 18, 2006 in Volume 5, page 36 of the Canada Gazette.

Letters Patent grantig Armorial Bearings to The University Club of Toronto

Additional Information

Creator(s)

Original concept of Bruce Patterson, Saguenay Herald, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter

Gordon Macpherson

Calligrapher

Heather Taylor

Recipient Type

Civil Institution Club & Social Organization

Other Information