Events

Mar
31
Sun
York University Wind Symphony
Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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The York University Wind Symphony presents a concert featuring various classical works.

William Thomas, conductor
Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or phone 416-736-5888

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Oct
10
Thu
The Department of Dance presents the DIP – Dance Independent Project – Choreographing Indigeneity
Oct 10 all-day

The Department of Dance presents the DIP – Dance Independent Project – Choreographing Indigeneity

Choreographing Indigeneity explores issues of identity and place through dance with faculty, alumni and graduate students. The event will showcase performances, exhibits and presentations featuring Aria Evans, Syreeta Hector, Troy Twigg and Dance Collection Danse.

Curator: Susan Cash
Production Manager: Jennifer Jimenez

Presentations: 10:00 -11:45 a.m., 2:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Open to the public: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: McLean Performance Studio, 244 Accolade East Building
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Free Admission

Oct
27
Sun
The Ashley Plays 2019
Oct 27 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

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The Ashley Plays is an annual performance cycle of short, devised, site-specific monodramas, written by the playwrights and developed by the dramaturgs in the 3290 and 4290 Playwriting & New Play Dramaturgy courses taught by Professor Judith Rudkoff in York University’s Department of Theatre.

Each piece in the cycle is thematically linked, relates to the site in which it takes place, and involves a character named Ashley,

The audience is divided into three pods of moving spectators. Each group is led through the cycle by a guide to experience the monodramas up close.

Meeting Place:
Audience members are asked to assemble outside the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre in the lobby of the Centre for Film and Centre. Please arrive by 12:45 pm for instructions and to be grouped into pods.

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While admission is free, voluntary donations will be collected for Oxfam Unwrapped, an online charity from which we will be purchasing life-changing resources for communities worldwide.

Nov
4
Mon
CineSiege 2019: A Juried Showcase of York Film
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Catch a rising wave of electrifying film talent!

Now in its 17th year, CineSiege presents a collection of short films – riveting fiction, cutting-edge alternative works and provocative documentaries – selected by leading lights of Canadian film and media culture.

The films selected for CineSiege 2019 were chosen from a shortlist, culled from 186 productions made last year.

The nominees were reviewed by five jurors: Maya Bankovici, Franci Duran, Stuart Hands, Adina Pintilie and Ravi Srinivasan.

Jurors will be in attendance at CineSiege to introduce the winning films and explain why they were selected.

CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of

Cinespace Toronto   Paradise Theatre


After Party

Immediately following screening (approx. 10:30pm)
The Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton St, Toronto, ON M6J 2N8

Nov
20
Wed
Dance Innovations: the near distance – pathways towards discovery
Nov 20 – Nov 22 all-day

The Department of Dance presents
Dance Innovations 2019 – the near distance – pathways towards discovery

Dance Innovations 2019 – the near distance – pathways towards discovery features the concise creations of 25 fourth year BFA choreographers performed by students engaged in all levels of York’s programs in Dance. Students and faculty involved in creation, performance, lighting design and production collaborate in the successful realization of Dance Innovations. Series A of the two series program comprises a new creation by Assistant Professor and intermedia artist Freya Björg Olafson for York’s third year Performance class. In harmony with the themes explored elsewhere in the Department’s 2019/20 events, performances and workshops – issues of identity, navigation and acknowledgment – our show title celebrates the certainty that curiosity, open ness and creative engagement lead to imminent and ongoing discovery and transformation.

Artistic Director:  Julia Sasso for 4th year choreography course
Director: Freya Björg Olafson for 3rd year Performance course
Production Manager: Jennifer Jimenez

 

PERFORMANCES Nov 20-22
Series A – 7:00 pm
Series B – 8:30 pm

Admission:
Advanced tickets: $12
After November 20: $18

Box Office: 416. 736.5888 | ampd.yorku.ca/boxoffice

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Nov
27
Wed
Music @ Midday: York University R&B Ensemble
Nov 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Professor Mike Cadó directs the York University R&B Ensemble in a show-stopping performance of soul and funk music.

The concert will feature the music of Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power and many other great artists.

Admission is free and open to everyone.

Nov
28
Thu
Music @ Midday: Classical Piano Showcase
Nov 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

two hands on a piano keyboardClassical piano students from the studio of Professor Christina Petrowska Quilico showcase their talent.

Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Nov
29
Fri
York University Gospel Choir
Nov 29 – Nov 30 all-day

The York University Gospel Choir directed by Professor Karen Burke presents a rafter-raising concert of works by Hezekiah Walker, Edwin Hawkins, Kirk Franklin and other gospel greats.

The 100+ voice choir is backed by a rhythm section directed by Corey Butler.

Karen Burke is a pre-eminent singer, music director, choral conductor and composer in the field of African-American vocal music. An authority on the history and performance practices of Gospel music, she has worked with many major choral ensembles and organizations including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Youth Choir, Toronto Choral Society and Ontario Choral Federation, as well as numerous schools and church congregations. In 1988, she co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir and continues to serve as its principal director, touring nationally and internationally.

Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors

Friday, November 29th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, November 30th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Box Office: ampd.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice | 416-736-5888

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Jan
30
Thu
Faculty Spotlight: To Fill the Dim Pause: Offerings for St. Cecilia – Compositions by Michael Coghlan
Jan 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Faculty Spotlight Series
To Fill the Dim Pause: Offerings for St. Cecilia

Compositions by Michael Coghlan

Michael Coghlan, piano
William Thomas, trumpet
Patricia Wait, clarinet
Ben Bolt Martin, cello
Leslie Fagan, soprano
Thursday, Jan. 30, 12:30 p.m.
Tribute Communities Recital Hall – Free

Admission is free.  Maps & Directions

 

Feb
11
Tue
playGround: Fringe Festival of New Plays in Development
Feb 11 – Feb 14 all-day

playGround: Fringe Festival of New Plays in Development

Created and produced by undergraduate students in the Department of Theatre.
Now in its 28th season, this annual, student-produced fringe fest features new, highly original works and works-in-progress by up-and-coming playwrights, directors, designers and performers.

In keeping with the true spirit of playGround, the pieces reflect an uncurbed spirit, a humourous undertone and a risk-taking mindset.

playGround runs in two series

SERIES A
Tues. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Wed. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 14, 1:00 p.m. (Closing)

SERIES B
Wed. Feb. 12, 1:00 pm (Opening)
Thurs. Feb. 13, 7:30 pm
Fri. Feb. 14, 7:30 pm (Closing)

Admission: $7 per series.

Box Office: online or tel. 416.736.5888.
Seating is limited and performances often sell out in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment!

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Feb
13
Thu
Faculty Spotlight: The Accolade Trio
Feb 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Accolade Trio is comprised of York Music Professors Patricia Wait and Mark Chambers and Elizabeth Acker.

Admission is free.  Maps & Directions

ACCOLADE TRIO

Patricia Wait, clarinet
Patricia Wait is a clarinetist with extensive performance credits as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. She has appeared with many leading Canadian artists and ensembles, including pianist Anton Kuerti and clarinetist James Campbell; the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Prague String Quartet and Purcell String Quartet; and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. She is also an active clinician and adjudicator.

Mark Chambers, cello
Mark Chambers is a conductor, cellist and early music specialist who has performed extensively in the US and Ontario as both a chamber musician and orchestral player. His research interests include Baroque music, period instrument performance practice, the ‘Tartini tone’, and scordatura, altered tunings for strings. He has authored several articles for the American String Teachers Journal and is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He teaches cello and viola da gamba and conducts the York University Symphony Orchestra.

Elizabeth Acker, piano
Elizabeth studied piano, harpsichord and jazz at York University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She continued her piano studies with Slavka Dimitroff and James Anagnason and is comfortable playing classical, musical theatre, jazz and contemporary music. Elizabeth has been teaching in Toronto for over 30 years and has earned a superb reputation as an accompanist, chamber musician and coach, teacher and adjudicator. Elizabeth plays for the Niagara Symphony, VOCA Chorus of Toronto, various chamber groups and is a busy accompanist at York University, University of Toronto and the RCM in Toronto. In the summer, she plays chamber music at ‘Heaven’ in N.Y. State and is a coach at the Vermont Music and Arts Centre.

Mar
5
Thu
2020 Wendy Michener Lecture: Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Wendy Michener Memorial Lecture presents Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)

Wafaa Bilal will discuss specific bodies of work including Domestic Tension (aka Shoot an Iraqi), The Things I Could Tell…, and his most recent project 168:01, elaborating on the evolution of his work and reflecting on his personal experiences living in both the conflict zone of Iraq and the comfort zone of the United States. Bilal’s work explores both the trauma of conflicts and post-conflict relationships through social engagement.

His dynamic, participatory work blends technology and performance to engage viewers in dialogue and places him in the role of the artist as platform initiator, helping to shift and change the distribution channels in the media. The controversial aspects of his work spark deeper conversation and provoke passive viewers to take an active stance with regard to social justice and their own personal/political realities

Location: Tribute Communities Recital Hall
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.

Mar
11
Wed
Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction
Mar 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction

This movement-based workshop utilizes belly dance vocabulary designed for self-soothing. Learn movements that support the reduction of stress and anxiety symptoms. Participants will leave with applications on how stress responses can be experiences on a spectrum from hyper-arousal (feelings of overstimulation) to hypo-arousal (feelings associated with low-energy or burnout). Belly dance used as mindfulness offers gentle wavey movement designed to down-regulate physical stress responses. This workshop also combines more energizing vocabulary through shimmying and shaking as well as core engagement to support up-regulation of the nervous system, based on internal rhythm and percussion.

 

About the Facilitator :

Shaila is completing her Masters in Dance at York University. She concurrently training as a Dance Movement Therapist through the National Centre for Dance Therapy in Montreal. Her work focuses on belly dance practices that use sensuality as a healing tool within dance interventions. Her movement offerings look at building resiliency, decoupling stress responses and promoting body positivity. Shaila provides a unique framework that maps belly dance vocabulary for nervous-system regulation. Shaila has been an active member of the Toronto belly dancing community for over a decade, both as a performer and instructor. She currently works as a Health Educator and Training Specialist and enjoys offering students training on mental health and well-being.

 

Mar
25
Wed
York Dances: Luminous Surroundings | Dusk and Dawn
Mar 25 – Mar 26 all-day

York Dances: Luminous Surroundings

Luminous Surroundings features exciting new choreography of 24 up-and-coming third year choreographers.

Artistic Director: Tracey Norman

Luminous Surroundings presents 24 original works in two 60-minute programs:
Dusk (Series A) – 7:00 pm
Dawn (Series B) – 8:30 pm

SERIES A
1) Katherine Romard – Reece Caldwell, Sydney Cobham, Emily Williams, Jadra Hannam
2 ) Jessica Vilneff – Blythe Russel, Jordan Gamble, Zoe Harrington
3) Alesha Bishop – Emma Gray Lamont, Sophie Goyette-Hamels, Emily Bernasiewicz, Cecilia Arva, Isabella French
4) Alyssa Passero – Alyssa Nunziato, Bridget D’Orsogna, Taylor Zeller
5) Paige deCastro – Zoe Harrington, Taylor Hooey, Olivia Burling, Blythe Russel, Derek Souvannavong
6) Madeline Feist – Ana Kapassaircs, Phoebe Herrington, Isabella Fortino, Kerry Halpin, Isabella French
7) Jasmine Almaguer Sheldrick – Reece Caldwell, Emily Williams
8) Jenna Begon – Kenyatta Brown, Sara Lopez, Jerry Bonkowski, Abbey Richens
9) Megan Millar – Olga Soukov, Rowan Labelle, Martina Levi, Hanna Pople
10) Isabella Fortino – Erica Coccia-Glowacki, Isabella Boaretto
11) Chantal Thibodeau – Daniel Souvannavong, Jessica Gindli, Leslie Woo, Talia Cooper, Emily Duckett, Jerry Bonkowski, Kerry Halpin
12) Jopang Simakajornboon – Alesha Bishop, Olivia Burling, Alyssa Passero

SERIES B
1) Alyssa Nunziato – Emily Weaver, Katherine Romard, Mackenzie Grantham, Allison Kingsbury, Emma Gray Lamont
2) Mackenzie Link – Isabella Boaretto, Celina Ferrar, Hollie Sargeant, Erica Coccia-Glowacki
3) Morgan Stasiewicz – Sophie Goyette-Hamels, Daniel Souvannavong, Bridget D’Orsogna
4) Jaymee Turner – Isabella Fortino, Talia Cooper, Emily Duckett, Mackenzie Grantham, Martina Levi
5) Jordan Gamble – Emma Gray Lamont, Abbey Richens
6) Derek Souvannavong – Jadra Hannam, Paige deCastro, Katherine Romard, Hannah Kimbell, Leslie Woo
7) Hannah Kimbell – Emily Weaver, Teagan Ariss, Sophie Goyette-Hamels, Eliza Pinney, Hannah Raymond, Kerry Halpin
8) Mikayla Alcombrack – Abbey Richens, Mackenzie Grantham, Phoebe Herrington
9) Bridget D’Orsogna – Jadra Hannam, Jasmine Almaguer Sheldrick
10) Teagan Ariss – Jenna Begon, Kenyatta Brown, Talia Cooper, Amy Williams
11) Carly MacDougall – Olivia Burling, Petra Bahlman, Emily Duckett
12) Allison Kingsbury – Reece Caldwell, Celina Ferrar, Hollie Sargeant

Admission is $10 for each program.
March 25 – 26, 2020
McLean Performance Studio (244 Accolade East Building)

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Dec
3
Thu
Dance Innovations 2020: Detail and Distance – Extraordinary works for extraordinary times.
Dec 3 – Dec 11 all-day

The Department of Dance presents
Dance Innovations 2020: Detail and Distance –
Extraordinary works for extraordinary times.

Series A: Detail
November 25th at 7:00pm LINK
Features new choreographic works from fourth year students.

Series B: Distance
November 26th at 7:00pm LINK
Features new choreographic works from fourth year students.

Series C: Distant Measures
November 27th at 7:00pm LINK
Features third year performance students and the York Dance Ensemble.

Each series will premiere on their respective date shown above and will be available to watch on demand till Friday, December 11, 2020.

Artistic Director: Susan Lee
Course Director: Modesto Amegago
Guest Artist: Don Sinclair

Check out the promo reel for this event here.