Events

Sep
25
Wed
FREE drop-in yoga classes
Sep 25 @ 3:00 pm – Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm
FREE drop-in yoga classes @ Senior Common Room, 021 Winters College

Mark your calendar!!! Starting Monday, September 16th, do your body some good by coming to our FREE drop-in yoga classes. Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

Nov
14
Thu
Curatorial Lab @ Sensorium – Chief Lady Bird
Nov 14 @ 9:30 am – Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm

[caption id="attachment_102172" align="aligncenter" width="693"] Chief Lady Bird, Self Portrait as the Moon, 2018[/caption]

Chief Lady Bird

November 14th –  December 5th 

Sensorium Research Loft (Room M333, 4th Floor GCFA)

Be sure to swing by the Sensorium Research Loft  to see two incredible works of art by Chippewa and Potawatomi interdisciplinary artist Chief Lady Bird for this year’s final Curatorial Lab installation, organized by Shalon T. Webber-Heffernan. You can see Self Portrait as the Moon and Kinship with the Sky from November 14th to December 5th.

Chief Lady Bird is a Chippewa and Potawatomi artist from Rama First Nation and Moosedeer Point First  Nation, who is currently based in Toronto. She graduated  from OCAD University in 2015 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Indigenous Visual Culture. Through her art practice, Chief Lady Bird uses street art, community-based workshops, digital illustration and mixed media work to empower and uplift Indigenous people through the subversion of colonial  narratives, shifting focus to both contemporary realities and Indigenous Futurisms by creating space to discuss the nuances of our experiences. Chief Lady Bird makes work about ceremony, stories, reclamation, tattoos, sex, sexuality,  language,  fashion, cultural appropriation and hopes that her images can be a catalyst for reimagining our relationship with the land, each other and ourselves.

Chief  Lady  Bird  was  the  recipient  of  the Donna Mclean Award for Portraiture and Life Study in 2015; she is recognized for her murals and received the Leading Women Building Communities Recognition Award in 2017 alongside Aura for a mural they facilitated with a group of youth. In addition to this, Chief Lady Bird has created designs/illustrations for Vice News, West End Phoenix, Chirp  Magazine,  Flare  Magazine,  Ontario  Human  Rights  Commission,  Open Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario and Twitter to name a few. She was also proudly featured in the legendary Kinship issue of Canadian Art alongside many brilliant Indigenous artists and was the first artist to create an emoji for Twitter for Indigenous Peoples Day/ Indigenous History Month in 2018. She illustrated a children’s book for Scholastic, titled Nibi’s Water Song, released in August 2019!

 

If you have any questions, please email shalonwh@gmail.com

Nov
25
Mon
FREE drop-in yoga classes
Nov 25 2019 @ 3:00 pm – Feb 1 2020 @ 4:00 pm
FREE drop-in yoga classes @ Senior Common Room, 021 Winters College

Mark your calendar!!! Starting Monday, September 16th, do your body some good by coming to our FREE drop-in yoga classes. Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

Nov
29
Fri
York University Gospel Choir
Nov 29 – Nov 30 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.

Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors

Friday, November 29th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, November 30th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm

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

Map & Directions

Dec
1
Sun
Still Beginning: New Short Films about HIV/AIDS
Dec 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

AIDS Action Now!, Vtape, Archive/Counter Archive and Visual AIDS present
STILL BEGINNING

A program of passionate and poetic new short films about HIV/AIDS by Alison Duke, Phillip Pike, Andrew Zealley, Shanti Avirgan, Carl George, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor FM Torres, Derrick Woods-Morrow. Please join us for this powerful presentation in film followed by a discussion.

Date|Time: Sunday, December 1, 2019 | 3:00-5:00 PM
Place: Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space, 401 Richmond St. W (at Spadina), 4th floor
Cost: Free

Canadian and American film/video artists explore HIV and AIDS today, across generations of activism and expression. Featuring….

Promise Me, Alison Duke
Black HIV+ mother and daughter battle (Work-in-Progress Excerpt)

 

 

 

 

 

Beat Goes On, Shanti Avirgan
Portrait of Keith Cylar, the sassy New York-based ACT UP/harm-reduction activist and co-founder of Housing Works

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lie, Carl George
“Ruminations on ruined nations,” exposing links between war, poverty, AIDS & capitalism.

 

 

 

 

I Remember Dancing, Nguyen Tan Hoang
An intergen dialogue between trans/queer Asians about about AIDS, activism, love and (un)safe sex.

 

 

 

 

My Overlookedness, Andrew Zealley
The virus speaks… about lures, points of disclosure, and life overlooked.

 

 

 

 

Chloe Dzubilo: There is a Transolution, Viva Ruiz
Vivacious declarations by the incandescent trans/AIDS activist and artist Chloe Dzubilo (1960-2011).

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Still Me, Iman Shervington
Sian, an HIV+ Black woman, speaks eloquently about living with AIDS in Louisiana.

 

 

 

 

eye/virus, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres
This experimental collage weaves together experiences of disclosure and stigma across generations.

 

 

 

 

 

Much Handled Things Are Always Soft, Derrick Woods-Morrow
History of public sex in Black Chicago, as told by HIV+ photographer Patric McCoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Dance of Revolution, Phillip Pike (excerpt)
Four decades of passionate activism in Toronto’s Black queer communities

 

York University Wind Symphony
Dec 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

The York University Wind Symphony presents a concert featuring various classical works.

William Thomas, conductor
Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or phone 416-736-5888

Map & Directions

Dec
2
Mon
Music @ Midday: Instrumental Masterclass in Concert
Dec 2 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Master ClassStudents in the Department of Music’s Wind Masterclass perform works under the direction of Professor Patricia Wait.

Free admission. All welcome.

Music @ Midday: Instrumental Masterclass in Concert
Dec 2 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Master ClassStudents in the Department of Music’s Wind Masterclass perform works under the direction of Professor Patricia Wait.

Free admission. All welcome.

FREE drop-in yoga classes
Dec 2 2019 @ 3:00 pm – Feb 8 2020 @ 4:00 pm
FREE drop-in yoga classes @ Senior Common Room, 021 Winters College

Mark your calendar!!! Starting Monday, September 16th, do your body some good by coming to our FREE drop-in yoga classes. Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

Dec
3
Tue
AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Sofia Bohdanowicz & Lesley Chan in conversation with Brenda Longfellow
Dec 3 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

YORK U DEPARTMENT OF CINEMA AND MEDIA ARTS PRESENTS AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Please join us for a screening and discussion with two MFA alumni, Sofia Bohdanowicz & Lesley Chan, discussing the role of auto-bio in their shorts and features, which often collage together ‘homemade’ methods. Followed by a conversation with CMA faculty member Professor Brenda Longfellow.

Date|Time: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 12:45 PM
Place: Nat Taylor Cinema | N102 Ross, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON
Cost: Free

Tondal’s Vision with Stephen Broomer
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

YORK U DEPARTMENT OF CINEMA AND MEDIA ARTS PRESENTS TONDAL’S VISION
with Stephen Broomer in Person

“A film that bombards the senses with color and light … you can do a lot with it, and it will
certainly do a lot with you.” – Michael Sicinski

“A fable and immram, sifted from the cloak and rubble of the Comedy, a vision before Dante. The soul of the knight Tondal, stricken by the excesses of his flesh, quits his body to tour the next world. He is guided by an angel through heaven, hell and limbo. What lessons await him here? To every pleasure there is a cost, for poetry is a kind of poison, and even your angels will get you lost. Angel, tell me, for how long was I dead? Be it true or be it false, it is as the copy was.”

Date|Time: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 3:00-5:00 PM
Place: Nat Taylor Cinema | N102 Ross, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON
Cost: Free

Depth of Field: Excerpts from Recent York MFA Thesis Films
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

DEPTH OF FIELD
Excerpts from recent York MFA Thesis Films

Red Bicyle (Fiction)
Fazila Amiri
Mahal, a young Afghan woman is arrested on the charge of a “moral crime”, losing her virginity before marriage. After she finds a red bicycle, she plots out a daring escape from women’s prison.

 

 

 

El Mundo o Nada (Documentary)
Ingrid Veninger
A portrait of 29-year-old Cuban twin brothers, Rubert and Rubildo, after their recent migration to Barcelona; this documentary explores the emotional cost of big ambitions, the intimate bonds of sibling love, and the challenges of building a new life.

 

 

 

Our House (Fiction)
Susan Bayani
A socio-political drama about Anahita, an Iranian refugee in Toronto, who runs into the man who brutally murdered her parents in Tehran years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

Revolution Moosehide (Documentary)
Lesley Johnson
In Dene culture, the newly created earth was made beautiful by a moosehide. Revolution Moosehide follows Melaw Nakehk’o’s journey of cultural resurgence by learning the practice of moosehide tanning, inspiring a revitalization movement across Denendeh and beyond.

 

 

 

 

End of the Rope (Fiction)
Sibel Guvenic
After being crippled by a car accident, a former dancer enters a power struggle with an exploitative scientist who promises her creative freedom in an altered reality with his invention.

 

 

Aqui y Alla (Documentary)
Lina Rodriguez
A poetic reflection on family as an emotional system that operates across generations, Aquí y allá juxtaposes colour 16mm, B&W mini-DV footage, and photos from my family’s archive to meditate on the passing of time, the possibilities of remembering, and the construction of space as an ongoing historical and subjective process.

 

 

 

Of Sand and Gold (Documentary)
Raghed Charabaty
A mother and her children live in a small house in Mount Lebanon. One day, a terrifying sandstorm called the Khamseen arrives and destroys the house and all of its inhabitants, children and visitors alike. ‘Of Sand & Gold‘ weaves together a timeless myth in parallel with real interviews with Syrian, Iraqi, and Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon today, alongside displaced Lebanese families.

 

 

Birthday (Fiction)
Atefeh Khademolreza
‘Birthday’ concerns three new immigrants to Toronto (a Serbian divorcee, a Syrian boy, and an Afghani dishwasher), connected only through a series of soft-wipe split-screens. At first, they appear to form a single family as they prepare for a birthday celebration. As the story unfolds, we realize that the only thing connecting them together is the thread of loneliness.

 

 

December 3, 2019
7.30PM (doors open 7.00PM)
Art Gallery of Ontario: Jackman Hall
317 Dundas Street. Entrance at McCaul Street.
Free admission

Dec
6
Fri
DisPerSion Relation #4 with the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Dispersion Relation #4: Doug Van Nort with the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra

In this on going series Doug Van Nort performs with curated and invited guests.

All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space. The lab door will remain open, and people are welcome to come in late or leave early during the show. (Please remove shoes before entering!)

The fourth event welcomes a special performance with the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra. Two pieces will explore new modes of composing for attentional strategies that blend Soundpainting conducting, cross-performer shared sound processing, interactive spatialization and lighting.

All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space.

Lost and Found in Late Capitalism
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Lost and Found in Late Capitalism

Sponsored co-presentation with the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Curated by Shahbaz Khayambashi, Co-Chair, Pleasure Dome.

Date|Time: Friday, December 6, 2019 | 7:30-10:00 PM
Place: Small World Music Centre | 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON
Cost: $10 General Admission | $5 Member Rate or PWYC

In recent years, with the election of right-wing and fascist politicians around the world, the link between fascism and capitalism has become impossible to ignore. Existing somewhere between apocalypse and parody, the age of late capitalism has brought about dystopian ideals presented to its subjects as standard societal practices. Pleasure Dome’s Lost and Found in Late Capitalism will attempt to speak truth to power by speaking power’s language while capitalism continues to destroy our environment, wage wars on our people, and destroy our social fabric. This program consists of a series of short videos constructed from found footage, coming from a variety of formats, sources, and levels of legality. These videos use footage from Hollywood films, business promotional videos, public domain artefacts and military footage to tell stories of life under the thumb of capitalism. It is through this re-appropriation of the products of capitalism that today’s artists can attempt to come to terms with the struggle of living under an unquestionable dictatorial system.

Follow Pleasure Dome 
Instagram and twitter: @ PleasureDomeTO
Facebook: @ PDomeTO
website: www.pdome.org

 

Image Credit: Beyond Human, Pete Burkeet (Ohio, USA), 2018.

 

Lost and Found in Late Capitalism
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Lost and Found in Late Capitalism

Sponsored co-presentation with the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Curated by Shahbaz Khayambashi, Co-Chair, Pleasure Dome.

Date|Time: Friday, December 6, 2019 | 7:30-10:00 PM
Place: Small World Music Centre | 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON
Cost: $10 General Admission | $5 Member Rate or PWYC

In recent years, with the election of right-wing and fascist politicians around the world, the link between fascism and capitalism has become impossible to ignore. Existing somewhere between apocalypse and parody, the age of late capitalism has brought about dystopian ideals presented to its subjects as standard societal practices. Pleasure Dome’s Lost and Found in Late Capitalism will attempt to speak truth to power by speaking power’s language while capitalism continues to destroy our environment, wage wars on our people, and destroy our social fabric. This program consists of a series of short videos constructed from found footage, coming from a variety of formats, sources, and levels of legality. These videos use footage from Hollywood films, business promotional videos, public domain artefacts and military footage to tell stories of life under the thumb of capitalism. It is through this re-appropriation of the products of capitalism that today’s artists can attempt to come to terms with the struggle of living under an unquestionable dictatorial system.

Follow Pleasure Dome 
Instagram and twitter: @ PleasureDomeTO
Facebook: @ PDomeTO
website: www.pdome.org

 

Image Credit: Beyond Human, Pete Burkeet (Ohio, USA), 2018.