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
28
Wed
Music @ Midday: York University R&B Ensemble – CANCELLED
Mar 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Professor Ron Westray 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.

Mar
29
Thu
Music @ Midday: Classical Piano Showcase – CANCELLED
Mar 29 @ 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
21
Wed
Music @ Midday: York University R&B Ensemble
Nov 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Professor Ron Westray 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
23
Fri
York Film Master Class: Alanis Obomsawin
Nov 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Alanis ObomsawinJoin the legendary Abenaki filmmaker, singer, artist and activist Alanis Obomsawin for a riveting journey through her career and life, viewing clips and talking with award-winning filmmaker/curator Ariel Smith. A veteran of the National Film Board since 1971, when she made Christmas at Moose Factory, Obomsawin has made over 50 films, including Incident at Restigouche, Our People Will Be Healed, Trick or Treaty and Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Metis Child. Her extraordinary feature documentary Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance takes viewers inside the barricades of the Mohawk 78-day uprising at Oka. Among her countless awards and honours, the Cinema Politica Alanis Obomsawin Award is named for her “awe-inspiring and unstoppable dedication to social justice and political documentary.”

Presented by the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) Department of Cinema & Media Arts (CMA) and Shan & Jaya Chandrasekar Visiting Artist/Scholar Residency

Free to Cinema & Media Arts students and alumni. Registration is required by email: johngreyzone@gmail.com

A shuttle bus is available from the Keele campus, leaving at 11:30 and returning at 5pm. Contact johngreyzone@gmail.com for location details as part of your RSVP.

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.

Maps & Directions

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

Dec
6
Thu
Winters Frolic: Havana Nights
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Winters Frolic: Havana Nights @ Winters Dining Hall 001, Winters College

We are excited to bring you a new tradition to celebrate the end of a semester, and another year. The first ever “Winters Frolic” at Winters College, with a theme of “Havana Nights”! A formal dinner party event where Cuban-inspired dinner and drinks will be served along with exciting performances by both musicians and dancers. We will be raffling away fantastic prizes, with all proceeds going towards our Winters College student scholarships and funds. Follow us on Instagram: @WintersCollege for a sneak peek of the big day and the prizes we will be raffling off!

PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE

Jan
18
Fri
York Film Master Class: Jennifer Baichwal & Nick de Pencier
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

An arial photo from Anthropocene

For the past two decades, Jennifer and Nick have collaborated on an extraordinary series of films, from their award-winning feature documentaries (Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, Manufactured Landscapes, Payback, Watermark) and concert films (Long Time Running) to complex gallery installations in collaboration with photographer Edward Burtynsky.

Collaboration – with each other and with a dizzying range of diverse thinkers and artists – is often both fulcrum and dialectic for their project of making unforgettable images and ideas, ones that have captivated and challenged audiences around the world. With Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, their epic 2018 gallery exhibition/documentary co-production with Burtynsky, they explore radical new ways to co-author work, even as they bear unflinching witness to our global climate-change disaster.

Presented by the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) Department of Cinema & Media Arts (CMA) and Shan & Jaya Chandrasekar Visiting Artist/Scholar Residency

Free to Cinema & Media Arts students and alumni. Registration is required by email: johngreyzone@gmail.com

 

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

Professor Ron Westray 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.

Mar
28
Thu
Music @ Midday: Classical Piano Showcase
Mar 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
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.