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.

Feb
27
Tue
Goldfarb Lecture – Sandra Meigs: “Painting Liminal Spaces”
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Sandra Meigs HeadshotPainter Sandra Meigs is the featured speaker for the 2017 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts.

Throughout her career Meigs has explored possibilities for painting as a model of the mind, the physical world, and metaphysical thought. She will speak about her use of personal experience as a greater source for universal discovery. In her works throughout the past four decades from “Performance with 20 Dresses” (1974), to “Room for Mystics” (2017), there is a common thread of inquiry into what painting actually is: enchantment with form.

For over 35 years Meigs has created vivid, immersive and enigmatic paintings that combine complex narratives with comic elements.  She derives the content of her work from her own personal experiences and develops these to create visual metaphors related to the psyche.

Born in Baltimore in 1953, Meigs studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (B.F.A. 1975) and Dalhousie University (M.A. 1980).  She has lived and worked in Canada since 1973.  Recently retired, Meigs has been a dedicated teacher at the University of Victoria for 24 years and has mentored hundreds of visual art students throughout her professorship. She now resides in Hamilton, Ontario.

Admission is free. All welcome.

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The Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts is made possible through the generous support of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, longstanding benefactors of York University’s Department of Visual Art and Art History and AMPD.

 

Sandra Meigs work in exhibition

Mar
23
Fri
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.

Nov
23
Fri
Vocal Masterclass with mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó
Nov 23 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó leads a masterclass with young singers from the classical vocal performance studios of York music faculty members Catherine Robbin, Stephanie Bogle, Norma Burrowes and Karen Rymal.

Observers are welcome at the masterclass, but please use discretion when entering and exiting the hall.

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Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó has become highly sought after in both North America and Europe as an artist of supreme musicianship and stagecraft. The Chicago Tribune exclaimed, “Krisztina Szabó stole her every scene with her powerful, mahogany voice and deeply poignant immersion in the empress’ plight” after her performance of Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea. She made her Lincoln Center début as Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Mostly Mozart Festival where she was praised in the New York Times for being “clear, strong, stately and an endearingly vulnerable Dorabella.” In her hometown of Toronto, Canada, she has been nominated twice for a Dora Award for Outstanding Female Performance.

In the 2017-18 season, Krisztina Szabó will make her Royal Opera and Netherlands Opera débuts in George Benjamin’s new opera, Lessons in Love and Violence. She will also appear as Angel/Marie in Benjamin’s Written on Skin for both Opera Philadelphia and the Holland Festival, and as Dido in both Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) and Aeneas and Dido (James Rolfe) with Toronto Masque Theatre, Toronto. She will appear in concert with Pax Christi Chorale (Bruckner’s Te Deum), Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder), Arion Baroque Orchestra (Bach Mass in A Major), Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (Sokolovic’s Pesma), and she will be soloist in Händel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra , Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Early Music. In March 2018, she will début a new song cycle by Jeffrey Ryan with Canadian Art Song Project in recital with pianist, Steven Philcox.

Photo by: Bo Huang

Jan
12
Sat
Music Audition Prep Workshop 2019
Jan 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Want to study music at York?

Our Music Audition Prep Workshop is for you!

In this 90-minute session, you will:

  • learn how to prepare for all the elements of our music audition: sight reading, performance and interview
  • get tips on how to choose your audition pieces
  • find out more about our music program and admission process

You’ll also have the opportunity to:

  • chat with professors
  • meet current students in the program
  • enjoy live performances by our faculty members

Following the workshop, take a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available to York music students. Check out the classrooms, studios, labs, informal study spaces and concert venues where you’ll learn, compose, conduct research, rehearse and perform as a music student at York.

Bring your questions! Friends and family are welcome.

Admission to the Music Audition Prep Workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Reserve your spot now by emailing musicprg@yorku.ca. Please let us know how many people will be in your party.

We look forward to meeting you!

Mar
7
Thu
Winters Cafe
Mar 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Winters Cafe @ Junior Common Room (012), Winter's College

Our March edition of Winter’s cafe is here!
Drop in for hot cocoa, snacks. Come hang out and feel the Winters love!

Mar
27
Wed
2019 Wendy Michener Lecture: Anna Maria Tremonti
Mar 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Dispatches from Inside the Newsroom Revolutions in Journalism and Our Changing World”

Anna Maria TremontiAnna Maria Tremonti is the host of CBC Radio One’s flagship network morning news program, The Current, where she has devoted hours of coverage and questions to issues that range from world politics, to social and demographic shifts to economics. For this memorial lecture, she will draw on her extensive experience as a reporter, a correspondent, and a host to examine the dynamic changes and challenges facing the field of journalism.

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.

Nov
30
Sat
Music Audition Prep Workshop 2019
Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

york-music-audition-workshop

Want to study music at York?

Our Music Audition Prep Workshop is for you!

In this 90-minute session, you will:

  • learn how to prepare for all the elements of our music audition: sight reading, performance and interview
  • get tips on how to choose your audition pieces
  • find out more about our music program and admission process

You’ll also have the opportunity to:

  • chat with professors
  • meet current students in the program
  • enjoy live performances by our faculty members

Following the workshop, take a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available to York music students. Check out the classrooms, studios, labs, informal study spaces and concert venues where you’ll learn, compose, conduct research, rehearse and perform as a music student at York.

Bring your questions! Friends and family are welcome.

Admission to the Music Audition Prep Workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Reserve your spot now by emailing musicprg@yorku.ca. Please let us know how many people will be in your party.

We look forward to meeting you!

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.