Events

Jan
24
Thu
Theatre@York presents Middletown
Jan 24 – Jan 26 all-day

 

Jackie Maxwell headshotTheatre @ York  presents Middletown by Will Eno, featuring the acting students in the MFA program and directed by the esteemed Jackie Maxwell.

Lives of the inhabitants of Middletown transect in an emotional journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and beyond. The moving and funny play emerges as a meditation on loneliness, birth, death, and the anxieties of our contemporary lives.

 

 

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, January 24 7:30pm Opening

Friday, January 25 2pm & 7:30pm

Saturday, January 26, 2pm

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Those wishing to attend are invited to sign up online in advance for the performance of their choice
Jan
30
Wed
Jazz @ Midday: Barry Elmes Quintet
Jan 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

 

JAZZ @ MIDDAY: Barry Elmes Quintet

Barry Elmes: Drums
Mike Murley: Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Turcotte: Trumpet
Lorne Lofsky: Guitar
Steve Wallace: Bass

The quintet will perform selections from their recently released CD “Dog’s Breakfast“.

 

Barry Elmes Quintet
Cornerstone Records (cornerstonerecords.com)

Drummer Barry Elmes first formed his quintet in 1991, and through the years it’s been a show- case for Canada’s finest proponents of mainstream modern jazz as well as the leader’s engaging compositions. Through the years, the group has had few personnel changes, adding to its sense of a collective personality.

The latest incarnation establishes its authority immediately with a performance of Freddie Hubbard’s Little Sunfl wer, a modal anthem of the 60s imbued here with new vigour, from bassist Steve Wallace’s pulsing ostinato through a string of sharply focused solos from trumpeter Brian O’Kane, guitarist Lorne Lofsky and tenor saxophonist Mike Murley, all of it carried along by Elmes’ secure and lively drumming which comes to the fore at the conclusion.

The material is divided between Elmes’ recent compositions and jazz standards. The former includes the witty title track, a subtle cool jazz episode that could readily substitute for a Mancini movie theme, while the floating Terminal 2 and the funky Pierre Berton’”Pig bring distinctly Toronto inspirations to the proceedings. The absolute highlights, though, are two standards. Murley brings a fine balance of silk, grit and lyricism to Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, while Lofsky’s touch is unerring, compounding a glassy electric guitar sound with a striking melodic conception on Beautiful Love, a sustained trio performance with Wallace and Elmes that makes one hope for a CD devoted to the three.

Stuart Broomer (Wholenote December 2017 / January 2018)

Feb
4
Mon
Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert
Feb 4 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Music at Midday series presents a recital featuring student soloists in the classical performance program.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

Maps & Directions

Feb
8
Fri
Improv Soirée
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

An evening of improvisation in a participatory “open mic” set-up, hosted by the improve studios of Music Professor Casey Sokol.

Performers and observers welcome.

Admission is free.

Feb
28
Thu
Faculty Jazz Performance with guest artist Luciana Souza
Feb 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

LUCIANA SOUZA : JAZZ ARTIST- IN-RESIDENCE

Grammy award winning vocalist and instrumentalist, Luciana Souza, is the Department of Music’s 2019 Jazz Artist-in-Residence. During her residency, she will deliver masterclasses for vocalists and instrumentalists as well as coach small jazz ensembles.

This jam session offers a unique opportunity to hear Souza in performance with faculty members in the Department of Music’s jazz program. Admission is free.

About the Artist

LUCIANA SOUZA
Grammy winner Luciana Souza is one of Jazz’s leading singers and interpreters. Born in São Paulo,
Brazil, Ms. Souza grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators – her father, a singer and songwriter, her
mother, a poet and lyricist. Luciana’s work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around
musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened
approach to new music.

As a leader, Luciana Souza has been releasing acclaimed recordings since 2002 – including her six
Grammy-nominated records Brazilian Duos, North and South, Duos II, Tide, Duos III, and The Book of
Chet. Her debut recording for Universal, The New Bossa Nova, was produced by her husband, Larry
Klein, and was met with widespread critical acclaim. Luciana’s recordings also include two works based
on poetry – The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop And Other Songs, and Neruda. Of her 2015 release, Speaking
in Tongues, The New York Times said: “Luciana Souza has used her voice as an instrument of empathy
and intimacy, cultural linkage and poetic disquisition… singing wordlessly but with full expressive
intent.”

Ms. Souza has performed and recorded with luminaries including Herbie Hancock (on his Grammy
winning record, River – The Joni Letters), Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider,
Danilo Perez, and many others. Her longstanding duo work with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo
has earned her accolades across the globe, and her complete discography contains more than sixty records
as a side singer. Luciana Souza’s singing has been called “transcendental, “perfect, ” and of “unparalleled
beauty. ” Entertainment Weekly writes, “Her voice traces a landscape of emotion that knows no
boundaries.” Of her work with the chamber music ensemble, A Far Cry, the Boston Globe said: “Her
performance was more than beautiful. It was consolatory, and true to the work’s air of ultimate things.”
Luciana Souza has been a prominent soloist in two important works by composer Osvaldo Golijov – La
Pasion According to St. Mark, and Oceana. She has performed with the Bach Akademie Stuttgart, the
Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Other orchestral appearances include
performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra. Her work in chamber
music includes a fruitful collaboration with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, composers Derek Bermel,
Patrick Zimmerli, and the five composers of The Blue Hour – Rachel Grimes, Angelica Negrón, Shara
Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snyder – a setting of a poem by Carolyn Forché.
Ms. Souza began her recording career at age three with a radio commercial, and recorded more than 200
jingles and soundtracks, becoming a first-call studio veteran at age sixteen. She spent four years on
faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she received a Bachelor’s in Jazz Composition. Ms.
Souza earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music and taught for
four years at Manhattan School of Music, in New York City. Ms. Souza continues to teach Master
Classes all over the world.

From 2005 to 2010, Luciana was the Jazz Artist in Residence with the prestigious San Francisco
Performances. In 2005 and 2013 Luciana was awarded Best Female Jazz Singer by the Jazz Journalists
Association.

Billboard magazine has said of Luciana: “she continues her captivating journey as a uniquely talented
vocalist who organically crosses genre borders. Her music soulfully reflects, wistfully regrets,
romantically woos, joyfully celebrates…”

Mar
1
Fri
Improv Soirée
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

An evening of improvisation in a participatory “open mic” set-up, hosted by the improve studios of Music Professor Casey Sokol.

Performers and observers welcome.

Admission is free.

Mar
4
Mon
Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert
Mar 4 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Music at Midday series presents a recital featuring student soloists in the classical performance program.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

Maps & Directions

 

Mar
7
Thu
Faculty Concert Series: Avaatar
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Avaatar is the brainchild of Toronto saxophonist and composer, Sundar Viswanathan, a refined and seasoned blend of some key musical interests and elements, including classical Indian music, modern jazz, Brazilian lyricism, atmospheric textures and ambiance, Javanese gamelan, and contemporary improvisation. Avataar was a recipient of the 2016 TD Special Projects Award from the Toronto Jazz Festival, and is continuing its development with its first international tour, in South Africa, the same month as their performance in Guelph. The superb band lineup features internationally recognized players, with numerous Juno and other notable awards to their names: Michael Occhipinti (guitar), Justin Gray (bass and bass veena), Ravi Naimpally (tablas and percussion), and Max Senitt (drums).

Admission: $15 | $10 for students & seniors
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or phone 416-736-5888
Maps & Directions

Mar
18
Mon
York University Jazz Festival: Vocal Ensembles and Small Ensembles
Mar 18 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

jazz-players

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!

Monday, March 18

12:30 pm – Vocal ensembles directed by Frank Falco
Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building

7:30 pm – Small ensembles directed by Roy Patterson, Lorne Lofsky and Mark Eisenman.
Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building

Admission is free |  Maps & Directions
Mar
19
Tue
York University Jazz Festival: Vocal Ensembles and Small Ensembles
Mar 19 all-day

The York University Jazz Festival, running from 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!

Tuesday, March 19

12:30 pm – Vocal ensembles directed by Mike Cado
                      Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building

8:00 pm – Small ensembles directed by Anthony Michelli, Artie Roth and Kelly Jefferson
                    Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building

Admission is free |  Maps & Directions
Mar
20
Wed
World @ Midday: Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone
Mar 20 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

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
heritage.

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

York University Jazz Festival: Small Ensembles
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The York University Jazz Festival, running March 18-21, showcases rising young talent directed by leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene.

jazzCatch the next generation of outstanding jazz artists, right here on campus – and with no cover charge!

Wednesday, March 20
7:30-10:00pm
Small ensembles directed by Kevin Turcotte, Jim Vivian and Frank Falco

Admission is free  |  Maps & Directions
Mar
24
Sun
Theatre@York presents Orlando and The Balcony in repertory
Mar 24 – Mar 30 all-day

Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan TheatreTheatre @ 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.

Performance Schedule:

Orlando 
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

The Balcony
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

Sold-out Show Advisory:  Cash only Rush Seats are usually available at the door for sold out shows. If the show is sold out, please check back as seats may become available.  There is NO GUARANTEE that seats will come available and the timing of seats coming available varies. We recommend booking early & coming early!
York University Concert and Chamber Choirs
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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.

Box Office: Purchase tickets online or call 416-736-5888

 

 

Mar
27
Wed
Music @ Midday: York University New Music Ensemble
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The York University New Music Ensemble directed by Matt Brubeck performs an eclectic mix of new music.

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Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Maps and Directions.