Aqua the singer, songwriter, storyteller, artist, and activist is a strong Anishinaabe Kwe~Indigenous Woman, also known as Nibii Waawaaskone~Water Flower. She originates from North Bay where she was raised by her single Mom Waabishkaasin Kwe~White Stone Woman. Aqua is a two-spirit woman of mixed Ancestry; Ojibwe Métis with French and Scottish
Aqua has created a life filled with her love of creation. She is a hand drummer and hand drum maker and has shared her joy for drumming with the community in circles all over the country. During her tour of western Canada visiting many remote reserve communities and sharing her passion for storytelling, Aqua began writing her own stories and turned them into songs with the
help of her hand drum. She then self-produced and released her EP Spirit Music with four tracks to honour the four directions and all aspects of creation encompassed on the medicine wheel. Soon she was signed to Tribal Spirit Music where she co-produced her album Hand Drum Stories with thirteen tracks to honour the thirteen grandmother moons.
Aqua is committed to sharing Indigenous stories through theatre and is grateful to have had the opportunity to study Theatre Arts at Algonquin and Film at Humber where she received the Board of Governors Award for her dedication to her community and the performing arts . She understands the importance of gathering as a community to share stories and has learned that
a beautiful way to bring people together is through live performance. Aqua co-created and collaborated with Cow Over The Moon and other gifted Indigenous artists on a children’s theatre piece to share the creation story of Turtle Island~North America. She composed original music to score the teachings and bring to life our traditions as Indigenous People.
Aqua is currently working on her next album while collaborating with other like-minded artists who want to share their story, their struggle, their truth. She is an advocate for anyone who has endured violence and adversity. She provides a safe space in her sacred circles so the community can grow together, stronger, forever as a whole.
Admission is free.
Photo by: Denise Grant
The York University Jazz Festival, running March 18-21, 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!
Theatre @ York presents Orlando by Sarah Ruhl, directed by MFA candidate Lindsay Bell and The Balcony by Jean Genet, directed by MFA candidate Margaret Legere. The two shows will be performed in repertory and feature the MFA and fourth-year actors.
Orlando is a dramatic adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s feminist classic by contemporary playwright Sarah Ruhl. It investigates the adventures of a poet who changes sex from man to woman and lives for centuries, meeting the key figures of English literary history.
The Balcony uses the setting of an unnamed city and a distant background of a revolution and counterrevolution to explore strains of power in a society. The play compelling examines the delicate equilibrium of reality and illusion.
Sunday, March 24 at 7:30pm (Preview)
Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30pm (Opening)
Wednesday, March 27 at 1:00pm
Friday, March 29 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 30 at 1:00pm
Monday, March 25 at 7:30pm (Preview)
Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30pm (Opening)
Thursday, March 28 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 29 at 1:00pm
Saturday, March 30 at 7:30pm
Tickets $7- 20
Buy online or call 416-736-5888
The York University Concert and Chamber Choirs
Dr. Lisette Canton, Conductor
Join the York University Concert and Chamber Choirs as they perform Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339 and Stravinsk’s Symphony of Psalms with two pianos.
Ticket Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors.
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The York University Gospel Choir directed by Interim Director, Lisa Toussaint, 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:
Sat. March 30, 7:30 – 9pm
Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors
Box Office: ampd.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice | 416-736-5888
The York University Chamber Choir
Dr. Lisette Canton, Conductor
Edward Moroney, Piano
The choir will be performing works by Bach, Finzi, Lang, LeJeune, Mendelssohn, Paulus, Schütz, and more.
Ticket Admission:$15 adults | $10 students & seniors
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or call 416-736-5888
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
Maps & Directions
Jazz bassist, composer and arranger, Al Henderson, leads an ensemble of colleagues and friends in a signature performance. The show is part of the Department of Music’s Faculty Spotlight Series, taking place in the Martin Family Lounge at York’s Keele campus.
Joining Henderson onstage are York instructors Richard Whiteman (piano) and Barry Romberg (drums) and guest artists Alex Dean (saxophones) and Pat LaBarbera (saxophones). The concert will feature a selection of Henderson’s original compositions and arrangements.
Henderson has been a seminal force on the Canadian jazz scene for more than 30 years. He has earned critical acclaim and legions of fans as leader of his own bands – the Al Henderson Septet, Quintet and Quartet – and co-founder and co-leader of the groundbreaking group, Time Warp. He has also performed as sideman with many leading jazz artists including Diana Krall, Jane Bunnett, Arnett Cobb, Hank Crawford, Slim Gaillard, Jimmy Knepper and Flip Phillips.
As a composer, Henderson has created a large and distinctive repertoire of original works. More than 60 of his compositions have been recorded by his bands as well as other eminent artists such as Don Pullen, Jane Bunnett, Shox Johnson & the Jive Bombers, Alex Dean and Richard Whiteman. His accolades include the Jazz Report’s Composer of the Year designation and the prestigious SOCAN Award for Original Jazz Composition.“… Al Henderson is the real thing, a composer in the tradition of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, whose works have distinctive energy and melodic and harmonic character,” said jazz writer Stuart Broomer (Toronto Life).
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
Immediately following screening (approx. 10:30pm)
The Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton St, Toronto, ON M6J 2N8
DRUM CLINIC with JOHN RILEY
Sponsored by the Oscar Peterson Fund
John began playing drums at age eight, after receiving a snare drum as a gift. With the support, encouragement and patience of his parents, John and Mary Ann, he played in the school band and began drum lessons with a good local teacher, Tom Sicola. While under Tom’s guidance, he gained control of the snare drum through work on the rudiments and reading. Eventually, he acquired a complete drumset and lessons expanded to include “beats of the day,” coordination and reading studies for the drumset. At age twelve, John began playing in rock bands and heard his first jazz recordings, the soundtrack to The Gene Krupa Story and Max Roach’s Conversation. Two years later, he played his first “professional” gig, which he obtained through an audition played over the telephone. John began studying with Joe Morello in 1971, after meeting him at a drum symposium. John went on to attend the University of North Texas, where he was introduced to a larger world of music and percussion. While at UNT, he played in, toured, and recorded with the famed One O’clock Lab Band. In 1976, he moved to New York City and was soon called to join the Woody Herman Band. Following that great experience, John returned to New York and began freelancing with a wide spectrum of world class musicians including Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, Bob Berg, and many others.
John has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and Kutztown University, and is an Artist in Residence at Amsterdam Conservatory, Holland. John is also the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer’s Workshop, The Master Drummer DVD, and has taught master classes around the world.
Faculty Concert Series: Leaving Kansas Compositions by Dorothy de Val
Faculty member, pianist and musicologist Dorothy de Val reflects on her twenty years at York with a lighthearted program of original songs and instrumental music.
Dorothy de Val, piano
Paula Arciniega, mezzo soprano
Susanna McCleary, soprano
Anne Lederman, fiddle
Kye Marshall, cello
Patricia Wait, clarinet
Barbara Ackerman, flute
Dorothy de Val is a musicologist and pianist whose research interests include Scots Gaelic song, the first English folksong revival, pianos and pianism, and Haydn reception in England. Particular research interests include early 20th-century collectors and arrangers of folksong, particularly Broadwood and Grainger, and collectors of Gaelic song (Tolmie, Broadwood, Murray and Kennedy-Fraser).
Dr. de Val is the author of In Search of Song: The Life and Times of Lucy Broadwood, published by Ashgate in July 2011. She is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and many music reference works including The Haydn Companion, and is a regular reviewer for the journal Music and Letters. With Patricia Debly of Brock University she organized a conference on Haydn in 2009, sponsored by York University, SSHRC and The Wirth Institute. She is also a member of the North American British Music Studies Association, whose conference she organized at York in 2008.
Professor de Val’s research extends into the field of dance, focusing on English social dance and Morris dance (especially Mary Neal and the Esperance Club). She co-organized a conference at York on English country dance in the summer of 2010, and performs regularly as pianist for English country dances with her group, Playford’s Pleasure, with a focus on the life and times of Jane Austen. Her most recent project involves performing music from Jane Austen’s own collection, featuring composers such as Pleyel, Sterkel, Storace and Kotzwara.
Dr. de Val has taught at the Royal Academy of Music (London), Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford, and served as assistant curator of musical instruments at the Royal College of Music (London). She joined York University’s Department of Music in 1999 and served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Fine Arts from 2004 to 2007, and as Graduate Program Director in Dance from 2009 to 2011.