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!
Welcome to Winters College and AMPD!
AMPD Winter Orientation is an event for all new students affiliated with the School of AMPD and Winters College. Our unique and spirited community has so much to offer throughout the school year. Please join us on January 11th to meet our enthusiastic community, and to learn about: The Winters College Office, Winters College Council, the York International team, your Peer Leaders and Academic Support!
We’re bringing Central Perk to you! Enjoy a tasty beverage, something sweet and a few performances at this semester’s first Winters Café.
Winters Café is a cozy environment where you can chill out and listen to a variety of performers: musicians, comedians, playwrights, poets – you name it! Board games and good fun is also encouraged.
Interested in performing? Sign up here!
AMPD Students are invited to an info session about earning YorkU credits while on exchange at the University of Leeds.
The Department of Dance presents TIP – The Incubator Project, exploring interdisciplinary, experimental and interactive performance works.
Artistic Director William Mackwood
Susan Cash and Wesley McKenzie with dancers Nikolaos Markakis and Syreeta Hector
Susan Lee and David Han with students in the York Dance Ensemble
Freya Björg Olafson
TICKETS: Pay-What-You-Can or bring a non-perishable item for the student food bank.
“Dispatches from Inside the Newsroom Revolutions in Journalism and Our Changing World”
Anna 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.
Hello future class of 2023! Got questions? Get answers at Spring Open House on the Keele campus.
Starting at 10am, York will have current students, staff and professors on hand to chat about admissions, programs, financial and learning supports plus show you around and make you experience what it actually feels like to join the Lion’s Pride.
For more info and to sign up visit:futurestudents.yorku.ca/spring-open-house
Special AMPD Programming
11:30am – 12:30pm
AMPD Students in Conversation with the Dean
Accolade West (ACW) 109
Hear about life in AMPD as told by students in this conversation with the Dean. Find out what makes AMPD unique and hear about the opportunities students experience inside and outside the classroom.
10 – 11am and 12:30 – 1:30pm
Tour AMPD’s world-class facilities
Accolade West (ACW) Lobby
Go behind the scenes on a tour of our workshops, labs, theatres, studios, performance spaces and more!
Every year course directors select the best interactive installations, objects and games from each Digital Media course to be included in the showcase.
Admission is free – all welcome.
Exhibition Hours 12-4pm, Daily
Opening Reception April 8th, 2- 4pm
With tours of the
Dispersion Lab (GCFA 334)
Alice Lab for Computational Worldmaking (GCFA 309)
At the opening a curatorial team from the Toronto Media Arts Centre and Interaccess will be selecting works for the End of Year Show (April 17 – 24 at the Toronto Media Arts Centre).
Students in York University’s Digital Media Program, offered collaboratively by the Department of Computational Arts in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Lassonde School of Engineering, use code and programming as tools for creative expression. The objects and experiences they create span a wide variety of concepts and formats, including mobile devices, large-scale installations, screen-based projects using single or networked computers, data visualization, games, interactive performance and more.
A special Opening Reception & Performance on April 18th from 6:00 – 9:30 pm.
A curatorial team including representatives from Interaccess and the Toronto Media Arts Centre have selected from some of the most innovative projects created in Digital Media classes during the past academic year for this exhibition.
Thursday April 17th-24th, 2019, 10am–6pm Mon-Fri
Opening: April 18th from 6:00 – 9:30 pm.
Admission is free. All welcome.
Mycelia, Mi.Mu and the Future of Music: a keynote by Imogen Heap
Please join us for a keynote talk, followed by Q&A conversation, with internationally-acclaimed musician Imogen Heap. The talk will include Heap’s thoughts on the future of music, ranging from her new blockchain-based project Mycelia for artist/music rights to her Mi.Mu interactive glove-instrument.
Attendees are also strongly encouraged to stay for a Creative Passport workshop hosted by Imogen and the Mycelia group from 2:00-4:30pm in the same room, focused on their new blockchain-based approach to digital rights management for artists. Snacks and coffee will be provided between the keynote and workshop. Please sign up for the workshop here:
Time/Date: May 18th
Keynote: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Workshop: 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Transmedia Lab, 103 Accolade West Building, York University
Presented by the DisPerSion Lab, Mycelia4Music and Patrick Twaddle
Special Thanks to the Departments of Music and Computational Arts
London based recording artist Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. Writing and producing 4 solo albums, one as Frou Frou (with Guy Sigsworth), and collaborating with Jeff Beck, Mika and Josh Groban amongst others, Heap has penned tracks for movies, TV shows and produced the score for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, winning the ‘Outstanding Music in a Play’ Drama Desk Award.
Counting 5 Grammy nominations, winning one for engineering and another for her contribution to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’, Heap also received an Ivor Novello Award, The Artist and Manager Pioneer award, the MPG Inspiration Award and an honorary Doctorate of Technology for her MI.MU gloves work: a ground-breaking gestural music making system.
In 2014 she envisioned a flourishing music industry ecosystem through Mycelia and released ‘Tiny Human’, the first song to use smart contracts on a blockchain.
Creating an artist-led, fair and sustainable decentralized ecosystem, Mycelia’s ‘The Creative Passport’ provides an ID for music makers to connect digitally with the music industry.With three world tours, sold out Royal Albert Hall and Greek Theatre shows and thousands of 5* reviews, last September Heap embarked on a year-long music and technology world tour.
Come and tour our state-of-the-art facilities and learn more about why we attract top students from all over the world. The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) tour takes 45 minutes to one hour, and is guided by a current student.
The tours will be departing from the Student Information Centre, located on the first floor of the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre.
Looking for a tour?
The schedule will be announced in the end of September!
We are Here: Sara Niroobakhsh features the work of Iranian-Canadian artist Sara Niroobakhsh. In 2014, Niroobahksh moved from Iran to Canada where she continued to develop and expand her artistic practice. Her work delves deeply into various aspects of Iranian culture and her experiences of migration. Niroobakhsh work has continued to explore her heritage through performance, video, photography, and sculpture. There is an inherent sense of play in Niroobakhsh’s work, which can be seen in her use of media such as grains of rice, saffron, and water. Niroobakhsh effectively uses traditional and non-traditional media to capture her observations of nature, language, and womanhood.
In each of her works, Sara Niroobakhsh navigates the interstitial space that We Are Here intends to explore. Creating works that reflect back on her experiences in Iran can be seen as a way for Niroobakhsh to replant the roots of her cultural and creative experiences here in Canada. What results is a body of work that is dynamic in both medium and context, occupying many spaces within both time and place. Above all, it is a body of work that continues to grow in complexity and challenge frameworks of contemporary art practice.
Curator/ Assistant Curator Biographies
Jenna Shamoon is an independent curator and York University alumna. She received her BA in Art History and English from McMaster University and has an MA in Art History with a diploma in Curatorial Practice from York University. During her time at York University, Jenna’s research was focused on visual theory, postcolonialism, and Mesopotamian cultural heritage. She has worked as a curator on exhibitions at York University, The Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, and Hamilton Artists Inc. She is currently based in Hamilton, Ontario.
Maria Won is a graduate candidate in Art History & Curatorial Practice diploma, York University. She is also an artist with a keen interest in multi-media art, plastic, and pop culture. Her curatorial practice commenced as a curator for the student run Eleanor Winters Art Gallery, collections assistant for Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, and was an international programs coordinator for the Busan Biennale (2013). In her art practice, Won explores the element of plastic in video art, mix media, and performance art.
She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto, Seoul, Tokyo, and recently in Brooklyn, New York. Won has an Honours in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts & Art History from York University as well as accredited from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. She is currently based in Toronto, Canada.
Remarks from Curators
We would like to say a special thanks to Anna Hudson, Terry Wright, The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Joan Goldfarb and York University.
September 5th – December 6th, 2019
Opening Reception – Thursday September 26th, 2019
6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Remarks at 6:30 pm
RSVP for the Opening Reception on Eventbrite
Joan Goldfarb Visual Arts Study Centre / York University, Keele Campus
275 Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts (CFA)
86 Fine Arts Road, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Gallery on 2ndfloor
Elevator access available
Tuesday: 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday: 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday: 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Closed Friday to Monday, and statutory holidays
Free and open to the public, the Ontario University Fair is the only event where you can interact with all 21 universities in Ontario in one place. Come meet York AMPD professors, students and admissions representatives. We can answer your questions about programs, admission requirements, student life and much more.
Visit the OUF website to register in advance for an OUF Passport!
September 27 to 29, 2019
10 am to 5 pm daily