“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.

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.

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