Devised Theatre Festival
Mar 12 – Mar 17 all-day

Devised Theatre Festival

The Devised Theatre Festival premieres three collaborative productions — each conceived, created, produced and performed by fourth-year students in Devised Theatre in the Department of Theatre’s Performance Creation & Research program.

Through physical storytelling, Peeled explores the painful yet liberating path of accepting loss. New members of a grief meeting reconcile with the changes in their lives. Journey with them to trace their roots, accept their present, and reclaim their future.

Metanoia follows four people’s participation in a YouTube interview series prompting them to contemplate their achievements, regrets, and fears about the future. Through abstract physical explorations, Metanoia examines what incites people to change and how we grapple with it.

In 2026, 5 explorers aboard the EVREN were sent out to discover what lies within a black hole. 70 years of secrecy later, the NARSA Space Agency will now release the findings of the EVREN mission to the general public.


(please note: In light of the CUPE 3903 contract workers’ strike the performance schedule has been adjusted. The Devised Theatre Festival respects CUPE 3903’s decision to go on strike, and the following schedule will be in effect if the strike continues through March 12-17, 2018.)

Mon, March 12 – 7.00 PM: Peeled – Metanoia – E V R E N

Tues, March 13 – 7.00 PM: Peeled – E V R E N

Wed, March 14 – 7.00 PM: E V R E N – Metanoia

Thu, March 15 – 7.00 PM: Metanoia – Peeled

Fri, March 16   – 7.00 PM: Metanoia – E V R E N – Peeled

Sat, March 17 – 7.00 PM: Peeled – Metanoia – E V R E N

For full details about the shows, the production companies, the artists, and blog posts, visit the Devised Theatre Festival website.

The first show in each evening takes place in Room 209, Accolade East Building. The audience then moves next door to Room 207 for the second show in the series.

Admission is by donation at the door (cash only).
Suggested donation: previews $5 | regular performances $7

Seating is limited. Sign up online to reserve your spot!

Juried BFA Graduation Exhibition at Gallery 1313
Mar 14 – Mar 25 all-day

student artwork installed in Gallery 1313

This exhibition showcases the creativity of 19 talented students selected by a faculty jury who will be graduating from York’s studio arts program this spring.

Featured artists are Nima Arabi, Danielle Clarke, Christina Chiarelli, Haley Cobran, Elham Fatapour, Ana Ghookassian, Sophia Goshulak, Shannon Hyatali, Alissa Leung, Gloria Li, Danjing Lin, Carlie Mackrell, Tyler Matheson, Catherine Orav, David Sicilia, Laura Sbrizzi, Malina Sintnicolaas, Camden Wallenwein, Robert Warner

The works on view span a wide range of media and artistic approaches, from expressionist to minimal, conceptual to pop. The diversity of subjects is equally varied, reflecting the personal concerns, interests and commitment of these rising young artists.

Reception: Thursday, March 15, 6:30-9:30pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1-6pm

Gallery 1313 website:
Gallery 1313 phone: 416-536-6778


York University World Music Festival – CANCELLED
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm


York University’s World Music Festival is a cross-cultural celebration spotlighting musical traditions of five continents.

Produced by Professor Sherry Johnson this global sonic tour presents a sampling of the 20+ international cultures represented in York’s world music program.

The festival packs ten free concerts into two days: March 15-16

On March 16, performances take place in two locations:

  • Tribute Communities Recital Hall (TCRH), 112 Accolade East Building
  • Martin Family Lounge (MFL), 219 Accolade East Building
12:00 pm Korean Drum Ensemble TCRH
1:00 pm Celtic Ensemble MFL
2:15 pm Chinese Classical Ensemble TCRH
7:30 pm Balkan Ensemble TCRH

Free admission.

Maps and Directions

Theatre@York presents Dido, Queen of Carthage
Mar 18 – Mar 24 all-day

“Worlds of Exile,” Theatre @ York’s 2017-18 season, culminates in Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage, an epic story in an intimate and innovative new production directed by acclaimed director, dramaturg and playwright Peter Hinton.

Shadowed by war, Dido, Queen of Carthage is the original tragic love story with its hero Aeneas, the exiled prince of Troy, compelled by Fate to leave his beloved Dido, Queen of Carthage to fulfil a political destiny. Aeneas, the son of Venus, is one of the Trojans who escapes from the city after it is destroyed. In his exile he seeks refuge in Carthage. Learning of Aeneas’ experience and loss, Dido falls in love with him, only to be forsaken shortly after. Torn between her personal abandonment and national sacrifice, Dido performs an ultimate act of resistance.

Dido, Queen of Carthage is Marlowe’s first play, written when he was just 19 and still a student at Cambridge. Inspired by the fourth book of Virgil’s Aeneid, the story of Dido and Aeneas has stimulated artists for two millennia; from Ovid to Henry Purcell to modern-day science-fiction like Battlestar Galactica, with its exiled travellers seeking a prophesied new home. It isn’t hard to see the story’s appeal.

Performance Schedule: March 18 to 23 at 7:30pm

Box Office Information: Tickets are available online or over the phone 416-736-5888

Previews: $7.00 March 18 & 19

Relaxed Performance: $5.00
Thursday March 22  7:30pm

All Other Performances:

Tickets: $20.00
Student/Senior $12.00

Groups of 10 or more : $10.00
(Group price applies when all group tickets are purchased at once for a single performance. Not available online, please phone or visit the box office)
Sold-out Show Advisory:  Cash only Rush Seats are usually available at the door for sold out shows. If the show is sold out, please check back as seats may become available.  There is NO GUARANTEE that seats will come available and the timing of seats coming available varies. We recommend booking early & coming early!
York University Concert and Chamber Choir’s performs Haydn’s The Creation
Mar 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The York University Concert and Chamber Choirs
Dr. Lisette Canton, Conductor
Matthew Larkin, Organ

Join the York University Concert and Chamber Choirs as they perform Haydn’s The Creation.

Advance Ticket Admission: $20 | $10 students & seniors (advance purchase until Thursday, March 15, 2018)
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or call 416-736-5888

Tickets at Door: Tickets (advance and at door): 20 adults, $10 students/seniors

Location: Grace Church on-the-Hill
300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON M4V 1X4


York University Jazz Festival: Small Ensembles – CANCELLED
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


The York University Jazz Festival, running March 19-22, showcases rising young talent directed by leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene.

Catch the next generation of outstanding jazz artists, right here on campus – and with no cover charge!

Monday, March 19 features small ensembles directed by Roy Patterson, Lorne Lofsky and Mark Eisenman.

Admission is free |  Maps & Directions
York University Jazz Festival: Vocal Ensembles and Small Ensembles – CANCELLED
Mar 20 all-day

The York University Jazz Festival, running from March 19-22, showcases rising young talent directed by leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene.

Catch the next generation of outstanding jazz artists, right here on campus – and with no cover charge!

Tuesday, March 20

12:30 pm – Vocal ensembles directed by Mike Cado
                      Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building

8:00 pm – Small ensembles directed by Anthony Michelli, Artie Roth and Kelly Jefferson
                    Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building

Admission is free |  Maps & Directions
*Postponed* Sensorium Speaker Series: Taien Ng-Chan – Places and Things: Locative and Object-Oriented Storytelling
Mar 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

*Postponed* Sensorium Speaker Series: Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s DISRUPTER X PROJECT will be rescheduled at a later date. Please visit  if you’d like to subscribe to the Sensorium newsletter for updates.

from Taien’s most recent work Stratigraphic City (2017)
Taien Ng-Chan (Cinema & Media Arts) is a Hamilton-based writer and media artist, whose research investigates everyday urban life through experimental and locative media, cartography, poetry, and documentary. Place and mobility have been central themes in her works, which have been shown across Canada, in the US, Korea, New Zealand, Sweden, and the UK. She has also published four books and anthologies, produced multimedia websites, and written for stage, screen, and radio.

Currently, Taien is developing The Trajectories of Things, which proposes to trace the movement of people through objects that act as repositories of memory. The concept is based on the idea of “thing poetry” (as practiced by poets such as Francis Ponge and Pablo Neruda) and what Taien calls “object-oriented storytelling.” Taien is a founding member of the Hamilton Perambulatory Unit (HPU), an artist-research collective that gives performative walking events, as well as the NEW Committee, a group dedicated to increasing the visibility of BIPOC artists in the Hamilton arts community.

Sensorium hosts an annual Speaker Series that profiles the research of Sensorium members, invited artists, and scholars. The series seeks to promote knowledge mobilization, artistic and/or research collaboration, and engage with other disciplines and communities across the York campus.

All are welcome to attend; no RSVP required!

Free Zumba
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Free Zumba in the Junior Common Room (room 012 Winters College) from 2pm until 3pm on Tuesday, March 6th & 20th.

York University Men’s Choir – CANCELLED
Mar 21 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The York University Men’s Choir performs choral masterpieces under the direction of Dr. Lisette Canton.

Free Admission.


Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for a FREE evening of food and entertainment. Registration is required by March 19th. All are welcome!

York University Jazz Festival: Small Ensembles – CANCELLED
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The York University Jazz Festival, running March 19-22, showcases rising young talent directed by leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene.

jazzCatch the next generation of outstanding jazz artists, right here on campus – and with no cover charge!

Wednesday, March 21
Small ensembles directed by Kevin Turcotte, Jim Vivian and Frank Falco

Admission is free  |  Maps & Directions
York University Jazz Festival: Vocal Ensembles, Jazz Choirs & Jazz Orchestra – CANCELLED
Mar 22 all-day

The York University Jazz Festival, running March 19-22, showcases rising young talent directed by leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene.


Catch the next generation of outstanding jazz artists, right here on campus – and with no cover charge!

12:30pm: Vocal ensembles directed by Richard Whiteman perform in the intimate setting of the Martin Family Lounge.

6:30pm:  The York University Jazz Choirs directed by Mim Adams take centre stage in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall.

7:30pm: The York University Jazz Orchestra directed by Mike Cado performs an eclectic mix of jazz standards and new jazz renditions of modern pieces in the Martin Family Lounge. 

Admission is free  |  Maps & Directions
Music @ Midday: York University Brass Ensemble – CANCELLED
Mar 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The York University Brass Ensemble directed by James MacDonald and the York University Percussion Ensemble led by John Brownell perform works by Byrd, Handel, Bach and others.

Admission is free.

Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FREE hip-hop dance workshop. All are welcome!