Events

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.

York University Jazz Festival: Small Ensembles
Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The York University Jazz Festival, running November 19-22, 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, November 21
7:30-10:00pm
Small ensembles directed by Kevin Turcotte, Jim Vivian and Frank Falco

Admission is free  |  Maps & Directions
Nov
25
Sun
York University Concert and Chamber Choirs perform Fauré’s Requiem
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The York University Concert and Chamber Choirs
Dr. Lisette Canton, Conductor
Matthew Larkin, Organ

Join the York University Concert and Chamber Choirs as they perform Fauré’s Requiem and
Langlais’ Messe solennelle.

Advance Ticket Admission: $20 | $10 students & seniors (advance purchase before Friday, November 23, 2018)
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or call 416-736-5888

Tickets at Door: Tickets (advance and at door): 20 adults, $10 students/seniors

Location: Christ Church Deer Park
1570 Yonge St,, Toronto, ON M4T 1Z8

 

Nov
29
Thu
York University Symphony Orchestra
Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Professor Mark Chambers conducts the York University Symphony Orchestra. 

Admission: $15 | $10 for students & seniors. 

Box Office: Purchase tickets online or phone

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Nov
30
Fri
York University Gospel Choir
Nov 30 – Dec 1 all-day

The York University Gospel Choir directed by Professor Karen Burke 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:

Karen Burke is a pre-eminent singer, music director, choral conductor and composer in the field of African-American vocal music. An authority on the history and performance practices of Gospel music, she has worked with many major choral ensembles and organizations including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Youth Choir, Toronto Choral Society and Ontario Choral Federation, as well as numerous schools and church congregations. In 1988, she co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir and continues to serve as its principal director, touring nationally and internationally.

Fri. November 30, 7:30 – 9pm
Sat. December 1, 7:30 – 9pm

Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors

Box Office: ampd.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice | 416-736-5888

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Jan
16
Wed
Music @ Midday: York University New Music Ensemble
Jan 16 @ 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.

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Jan
17
Thu
World @ Midday: Gareth Burgess Ensemble
Jan 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Gareth Burgess has refined his talents over the past 15 years while playing in some of Toronto’s top steelbands including, Silhouettes, Panatics, and Earl La Pierre’s famed ensemble Afropan.
Please join us as Gareth and his ensemble take us on a musical journey around the globe with an exciting mix musical fusion that will leave you enthralled.

Gareth Burgess – steelpan
Andrew Stewart – bass guitar
Rico Anthony – Drums
Eric St.Laurent – Guitar

Admission is free.

Media Music Concert – MMC:VIII
Jan 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Media Music Concert (MMC:VIII) is a showcase of film, television and video game music arranged and performed by York music students.

This year’s arrangements include music from Zelda, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Superman, Pirates of the Caribbean and more.

The Music Media Concert is in its seventh consecutive year and is organized by the Music Students Association at York University and the School of the Arts, Media Performance & Design.

Admission: $15 | $10 for students & seniors.

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

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Jan
22
Tue
CineSiege 2018: A Juried Showcase of York Film
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CineSiege Eyes from the 2019 ProgramCatch a rising wave of electrifying film talent!

Now in its 16th 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.

Screening one night only, this juried showcase features the best productions created in 2018-2019 by undergraduate students in York University’s Department of Cinema & Media Arts. The films selected for CineSiege 2018 were chosen from a shortlist, culled from 186 productions made last year.

The nominees were reviewed by five jurors: Adam Cook, Elise Cousineau, Debbie Ebanks Schlums, Peter Mohan and Myrocia Watamaniuk. The jury picked the productions to be shown at CineSiege, with “best of” awards for each genre and craft area (directing and screenwriting, cinematography, production design, and editing and sound).

The best first year film was selected by the Department’s Production Committee. The best second year films were selected by the second year students through anonymous vote.

Jurors will be in attendance at CineSiege to introduce the winning films and explain why they were selected.

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CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of 

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.

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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.