Events

Jan
31
Tue
“The Pass System” – Film screening and panel discussion
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Pass System, directed by York graduate film student Alex Williams, is a powerful documentary that illuminates Canada’s hidden history of racial segregation. The film investigates how, for over 60 years, the Canadian government illegally denied many Indigenous peoples of the prairies the basic freedom to leave government-assigned reserves, and forced them to carry a pass when they did so.

Alex Williams

The Pass System is a result of a five year investigation involving extensive, pan-Canadian archival research and elders’ oral history testimony. Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot elders tell their stories of living under and resisting the pass system, and link their experiences to today’s struggles for Indigenous rights.

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Williams researched, wrote, shot, directed and produced the film, which is narrated by acclaimed Cree actor and activist Tantoo Cardinal. The Pass System is currently in the running for two 2016 Canadian Screen Awards given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. It has been nominated for Best History Documentary Program or Series (APTN – Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) and for the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research.

York University’s Vice-Provost Academic, Dr. Alice Pitt, will introduce the film and filmmaker. Knowledge Keeper Amy Desjarlais will perform a smudging ceremony before the screening.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with Alex Williams, Osgoode Hall Law School/Environmental Studies Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice Deborah McGregor, Theatre Professor Michael Greyeyes, History Professor Carolyn Podruchny, Education Professor Celia Haig-Brown and Environmental Studies Lecturer Lisa Myers.

Admission is free. All welcome.  |   Campus Maps  & Directions

This event is presented by Cinema Politica York, the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, Graduate Film Student Association, Centre for Aboriginal Students Services,  Office of the Vice Provost Academic and OPIRG York.

Mar
20
Mon
Devised Theatre Festival
Mar 20 – Mar 26 all-day

The Devised Theatre Festival premieres four riveting new 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.

The playbill features an original musical about student and thespian life; an immersive physical theatre work about night terrors; a comedic cabaret about issues faced by Millennials; and a gripping interactive piece set in a circus that explores spectacle and loneliness under the big top.

Each show is presented by a production company formed by a student ensemble within Devised Theatre. Festival production managers are Kait Gallant and Shannon Farrell.

The Devised  Theatre Festival runs in two series, each presenting a double bill:

SERIES A
Cast! The Musical – Pretendtious Theatre
REM – SomatiKs Theatre

Performances
Mon. March 20 – 7:30pm (preview)
Wed. March 22 – 3:30pm
Thur. March 23 – 7:30pm
Fri. March 24 – 7:30pm
Sat. Mar. 25 – 1:30pm

SERIES B
Jennaration Y – NonCents Theatre
Inverted Spotlight – typo theatr

Performances
Tues. March 21 – 7:30pm (preview)
Wed. March 22 – 7:30pm
Fri. March 24 – 3:30pm
Sat. March 25 – 7:30pm
Sun. March 26 – 1:30pm

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

Venue
The first show in each series 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!

Mar
12
Mon
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.

Performances

(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.

Venue
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!

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

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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.

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Nov
20
Tue
DIY Holiday Crafts
Nov 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
DIY Holiday Crafts @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

Don’t be a Grinch, get crafty at this festive event taking place next Tuesday! We’re offering supplies for gift wrapping, card making, candy grams and ornaments. Or, simply stop on by for some holiday cheer!

Mar
11
Mon
Devised Theatre Festival
Mar 11 – Mar 17 all-day

Group shot of the Devised Theatre Festival teamThe Devised Theatre Festival premieres four riveting new 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.

Each show is presented by a production company formed by a student ensemble within Devised Theatre.

The four shows are dead skin, a grotesque and physical exploration of the darkness within by Four Eyes Collective; #Filters, which challenges the way we connect on a daily basis by Transcendence Theatre; Refraction, a supernatural thriller where a woman is confronted by her past by Catapulse Collective; and After George, a revealing drama which plays out inside a high school anniversary reunion by Atomic Oddity Productions.

The Devised  Theatre Festival runs in two series, each presenting a double bill:

Mon March 11 – 7.30 PM: PREVIEWS/INVITED DRESS Series A: dead skin – #Filters

Tues March 12 – 7.30 PM: PREVIEW/INVITED DRESS Series B: Refraction – After George

Wed March 13 – 7.30 PM: OPENING Series A: dead skin – #Filters

Thu March 14 – 7.30 PM: OPENING Series B: Refraction – After George

Fri March 15 – 4:00 PM:  Matinee Series A: dead skin – #Filters

Fri March 15 – 8:00 PM:   Series B: Refraction – After George

Sat March 16 – 3:00 PM:      CLOSING Matinee Series B: Refraction – After George

Sat March 16 – 7:30 PM:     CLOSING Series A: dead skin – #Filters

Venue:  Begin in the Festival Lounge space in  Accolade East Building room 209 to sign in, shows will take place in ACE 207.

Admission: Pay What You Can. Suggested $10.

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

 

Mar
14
Thu
York University World Music Festival
Mar 14 @ 11:00 am – 7:30 pm

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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 14-15

On March 14, performances take place in two locations:

  • Martin Family Lounge (MFL), 219 Accolade East Building
  • Tribute Communities Recital Hall (TCRH), 112 Accolade East Building
11:00 am Cuban Ensembles TCRH
1:00 pm  West African Drumming (Ghana) TCRH
3:00 pm Escola de Samba TCRH
4:00 pm West African Drumming (Mande) MFL
6:30 pm  Caribbean Music Ensemble TCRH

Free admission.
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Mar
15
Fri
York University World Music Festival
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm

world-music-8

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 14-15

On March 15, 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