Lucky Charm, an print media exhibition by Ellen Soule
Oct 15 – Oct 25 all-day

Ellen Soule's Sucker – screen printThird year Visual Art student Ellen Soule explores childhood memories and feelings through an adult perspective in  Lucky Charm, a nostalgic solo exhibition of primarily screen printing, which allows for vibrant, saturated colours and a graphic, hand drawn quality that lends itself to the idea of youth and child-like imagery.

“The memory of childhood is one that we experience in an interesting way as adults; we are able to look at moments we remember, but life experience and knowledge affects our perception of them. Lucky Charms are an iconic symbol of my childhood, despite the fact that I never really loved them. The only time we ate them was when my grandfather visited and brought them to us as a treat. This series is titled Lucky Charm and, using Lucky Charm and candy motifs, my pieces create a sweet and sugary connotation of idealized childhood memory intertwined with mature figures, acting as my current self-recalling these moments, who do not quite seem like they belong in such a setting.”

IMAGE: Ellen Soule’s Sucker – screen print

Gallery Hours:
Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 4pm.

Admission is free and all are welcome


Shapes and Spaces – a painting exhibition by Danielle Clarke and Alison Romero
Oct 15 – Oct 18 all-day

Danielle Clarke's "Untitled" (2018) Oil on Board 16" x 16"Visual Arts students Danielle Clarke and Alison Romero collaborate on Shapes and Spaces

Artists Statement: “All images can be intrinsically reduced to simple shapes and spaces. Whether abstract or representational, an image is a mere arrangement of external interrelated forms on a two dimensional plane.  From this viewpoint, all images have the potential to become abstractions, without requiring a full alteration of their natural state.

This exhibition is an attempt at deconstructing everyday images in a representational manner, provoking a sense of persistent curiosity and an inescapable feeling of familiar ambiguity. We would thus like to invite the viewer to take a second glance at scenes from their daily lives which they might otherwise regard as mundane, and experience their existing potential as aesthetic experiences. By partially removing the identifiable aspect of the image, we blur the lines between realism and abstraction, and thus allow for all pieces, despite their aesthetic differences, to be experienced in the same way.”

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 4pm

Reception: Oct 18 5 to 8pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Winters College Flea Market & Book Sale
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm
Winters College Flea Market & Book Sale @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

Attend the Winters College annual Flea Market & Book Sale with hundreds of books, items of clothing, and various bits and bobs to be discovered.

The Winters College Flea Market & Book Sale will run October 16th to 19th from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day in the Winters Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College, Keele Campus. Everyone is welcome!

Come and browse! There will be books of all categories (even a few text books), clothing, CDs and various other items.

Donate an item! If you would like to donate an item to be sold at our Flea Market, please contact the Events Assistant, Victoria Gubiani at to schedule a drop-off time.

In addition to the wonderful buys, there will be various performances for shoppers to enjoy that will take place during the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

THE MATTS + TALENT 2 WATCH CMA Alums Matt Johnson and Mathew Miller
Oct 16 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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Cinema & Media Arts and Art of Events Present THE MATTS + TALENT 2 WATCH

Join CMA Alums Matt Johnson and Mathew Miller for an in-depth tour of their award-winning collaborations (The Dirties, Operation Avalanche, Nirvanna the Band the Show), followed by a practical workshop about Talent to Watch, the revamped Telefilm micro-budget feature program they are coordinating (so far, there are five York alum/T2W features, including last years TIFF best 1st feature Luk’Luk’I.) How to pitch, how to apply, how to get your first feature (can be doc/fic/alt) off the ground…


Admission is free and all are welcome

the DIP – Dance Independent Project
Oct 18 – Oct 20 all-day

Poster image for DIPThe Department of Dance presents the DIP

the Dance Independent Project – exploring the iconic work of its faculty, alumni and grads.

Presentations by: John Ottmann with Pro Arte Danza, Johnathan Osborn with Danille Baskerville, Dr. Jennifer Bolt, Yvonne Ng with Tiger Princess Project and Dr. Bridget Cauthery

October 18 Schedule:

10 am
10:45 am
11:15 am
12:30 – 1:00 join Chair Cash and the Dance Student Association for ice cream and advice in lobby by McLean
1:30 pm
3 pm
7 pm

A special free event for our dance students.

PWYC for others.

Maps & Directions 


Faculty Spotlight – Wild and Dreamlike Strains: Music by Michael Coghlan
Oct 18 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

WILD and DREAMLIKE STRAINS: Music by Michael Coghlan

York University Music Professor Michael Coghlan, who is a celebrated composer and performer, will take centre stage on October 18th in a spotlight concert that features a selection of his original compositions. The concert will feature Coghlan on piano as well as guest artists soprano Leslie Fagan, bass-baritone Daniel Lichti, cellist Ben Bolt-Martin and violinist Peggy Hills.

All the music to be performed was composed by Coghlan, who has extensive professional credits as a composer, performer, conductor, record producer and music director. He has worked in a wide range of musical genres and techniques, from medieval and classical to jazz, popular and world music, and computer-based music. A specialist in digital music production, he is known nationally for his work in the development and use of contemporary music technologies in artistic and pedagogical practices.

Michael Coghlan (piano)
Daniel Lichti (baritone)
Leslie Fagan (soprano)
Peggy Hills (violin)
Ben Bolt-Martin (cello)


Professor Coghlan has extensive professional credits as a composer, performer, conductor, record producer, and music director. He has worked in a wide range of musical genres and techniques, from medieval and classical to jazz, popular and world music, and computer-based music. A specialist in digital music production, he is known nationally for his work in the development and use of contemporary music technologies in artistic and pedagogical practices. He has designed and led numerous digital music conferences and workshops for music educators and professionals, and frequently acts as consultant to the industry.

Admission is free.



Sensorium Loft Launch
Oct 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Poster for Say Something Bunny, an immersive performance by Alison S. M. Kobayashi and UnionDocs. Kobayashi will be speaking at Sensorium’s upcoming symposium on Intermedial Narrative and Performance (November 9).

We are throwing a launch party to celebrate the opening of the Sensorium Research Loft, a new space dedicated to supporting intermedial research in the arts. The Sensorium Loft will serve as a research lounge for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, as well as a bookable space for faculty, postdocs, and students for research-related meetings and events.

Join us at the launch to learn more about Sensorium, including the centre’s new mandate, research events and opportunities, and interdisciplinary work space. This will be a great chance to get involved with the centre and to meet Sensorium-affiliated researchers from different departments in AMPD and across the university. Following dinner and a brief Centre orientation, we will host a “Sensorium Research Swap” — the first in a year-long series of research exchanges, each gathering guided by a different creative score. If you wish to participate in the research swap, please bring an object that speaks to your research interests in some way. Any creative interpretation of ‘object’ is welcome — material or immaterial, real or imagined.

Please RSVP by emailing This will give us a sense of numbers for food, research swap, etc.

More about Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology can be found on our website here:

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Improv Soirée
Oct 18 @ 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.Casey Sokol

The Ashley Plays 2018
Oct 21 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

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The Ashley Plays is an annual performance cycle of short, devised, site-specific monodramas, written by the playwrights and developed by the dramaturgs in the 3290 and 4290 Playwriting & New Play Dramaturgy courses taught by Professor Judith Rudkoff in York University’s Department of Theatre.

Each piece in the cycle is thematically linked, relates to the site in which it takes place, and involves a character named Ashley,

The audience is divided into three pods of moving spectators. Each group is led through the cycle by a guide to experience the monodramas up close.

Meeting Place:
Audience members are asked to assemble outside the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre in the lobby of the Centre for Film and Centre.  Please arrive by 12:45 pm for instructions and to be grouped into pods.

Map & Directions

While admission is free, voluntary donations will be collected for Oxfam Unwrapped, an online charity from which we will be purchasing life-changing resources for communities worldwide.

4290 Class


Brandon Abas, Catherine Brown, Vanessa Cocca, Brooke Dalton, Sabrina Gomes, Jacob Heisler, Rachael Henfrey,  Kathryn Irvine, Jacob Lin, Heather Love, Jayna Mees, Nia Osei,  Jade Silman, Cassandra Troiano,

3290 Class

Cara Baum, David Browne, Alessandra Cavallini, Amanda D’Souza, FrancescaFalcone, Araceli Ferrara, Bradley Hoskins, Megi Kaca, Celeste LaCroix, Vitoria Matias, Robyn Mercanti, Andrea Rivas Quintanilla, Britney Seo, Carol Sequeira, Cassandra Weir

Visual Art Speaker Series: Shelley Adler
Oct 23 @ 2:30 pm
Toronto based artist, Shelley Adler’s paintings are commanding in their painterly exuberance and stunning range of color. Using fragments of contemporary life, Adler’s psychological portraits explore gender and identity, creating a balance between interior and exterior worlds. From early cave painting to the Mona Lisa and Andy Warhol portraiture is a formidable artistic tradition. Adler’s paintings of people’s faces are not portraits in the strict sense of the word in that portraits are formulated primarily as likenesses of the sitter. In Adler’s painting, the face is a springboard to a luminous and freeform tableau. They are less about the sitter than the internal processes of the artist and her intense curiosity about people, about the ways of looking, and about the act of painting. These considerations are delicately balanced to reflect a deep humanism. With generous brushstrokes and vibrant planes of light, Adler forms the face into an elemental and iconic essence. Each painting is endowed with a particular, individual energy through color and composition. Color and its link to emotion is a primary concern and although Adler employs eccentric, non-naturalistic color, the faces have a very real quality. Like David Hockney, Adler often paints people she knows. For Hockney, capturing a subject’s likeness, and especially his or her personality, can only be properly done with the human touch, or as he says, “it has to be directed through my heart to my eye to my hand.”
Shelley Adler has exhibited throughout Canada. She has had solo shows at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto (2006, 2009), Andrea Meislin (2008) and has participated in group exhibitions in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, including Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London (2008). Adler received her MFA from Boston University in 1987. She graduated from York University in Toronto in 1983 and attended Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland in 1982.

Admission is free. All welcome.

The Visual Art Speaker Series is organized by the Department of Visual Art & Art History in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Theatre @ York presents Noise
Oct 25 – Oct 27 all-day

Theatre @ York presents a studio production of Noise by Maria Milisavljevic under the direction of Lindsey Bell and Margaret Legere, featuring the third year acting students.

Milisavljevic is an award-winning playwright, theatre creator and director who lives and works in Germany. Noise is an innovative play that speaks to war, fear, forgiveness and compassion in our modern world of human failings. The positive ending stands against the odds of contemporary stories in its conviction that future generations have the power to change the world for the better.

Performance Schedule:
Thu. Oct. 25, 7pm
Fri.Oct. 26, 2pm and 7pm
Sat.Oct. 27, 7pm

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Those wishing to attend are invited to sign up in advance for the performance of their choice. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside the door of CFT 139 in the Centre for Film and Theatre.

Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert – CANCELLED
Oct 25 @ 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


Thinking Animals: A conversation with John McEwen at the AGO
Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Treadwell Bear, by John McEwenthe Department of Visual Art and Art History, School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University presents

Thinking Animals, A conversation with John McEwen

“…the human species can not be fully itself without the otherness of all kinds but especially animals.” – Paul Shepard

As a sculptor of more than fifty years McEwen’s interest in animals as subject matter is not anchored in the faithfulness of representation, but rather in the parallel muteness of both animals and material. From the beginning of his career he has used this quality of muteness to explore both the politics of possession and how animals make us human. If the first is peculiar to McEwen’ s psyche, it is the latter quality that lead him to curate an exhibition entitled Thinking Animals held from August 4th, 2018 to August 25th, 2018 at the Olga Korper Gallery (Toronto, ON). In his presentation McEwen will outline the trajectory of his work with animals, followed by a conversation with Dr David Dorenbaum on how it led him to curate the exhibition Thinking Animals.

David Dorenbaum is a Toronto psychoanalyst in private practice and a Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His interest in the relationship between psychoanalysis and art has led him to collaborate with various artists. His most recent essays have appeared in Incarnations, with Janieta Eyre, Couch House Press (2017), and Synchrony and Diachrony, with Robert Polidori, Steidl and the J.P. Getty Museum (2018).

G.I.V.E Gospel Inter-Varsity Explosion
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

York University Gospel Choir in performance, Photo by Judy Karacs

Imagine the power of 200 voices raised in chorus. Now imagine that power expressed through gospel music.
The York University Gospel Choir joins forces and voices with three other choirs in a rafter-raising celebration of gospel music as part of the twelfth annual Gospel Inter-Varsity Explosion (G.I.V.E).

Music Professor Karen Burke, founding director of the York University Gospel Choir, is the powerhouse behind G.I.V.E. Joining the York choir is the U of T Gospel Choir conducted by Lisa Toussaint, the McMaster Gospel Choir led by Pascal Adesina and the Humber Gospel Choir conducted by Nicole Sinclair-Anderson.

The concert will feature a special performance by Emboddiement as well as performances by all four choirs, first individually and then as a massed Gospel choir co-directed by Burke and Tousssaint and backed by a professional rhythm section directed by Corey Butler.

“G.I.V.E. is a unique platform in Canada, bringing together and showcasing gospel choirs from various Canadian post-secondary institutions. The individual performances are so exciting, and then when the choirs all sing together on stage — it’s an experience not to be missed!” says Burke.

A renowned singer, choral director and composer in the field of African-American vocal music, Burke is recognized as 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, the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, Ontario Choral Federation/Choirs Ontario and Poland’s Pro Novis Foundation. She co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, a gospel choir that has been touring and recording in Canada since 1988.

Admission: $15 | $10 students
Box Office: online or tel. 416-736-5888
Maps and Directions

Listening to the Lyricism of Leonard Cohen: A musical talk with Aubrey Glazer, Dave Wall, Aaron Lightstone & Sundar Viswanathan
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Listening to the Lyricism of Leonard Cohen: A musical talk with Aubrey Glazer, Dave Wall, Aaron Lightstone & Sundar Viswanathan

York University’s Israel & Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, the J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry, and the Department of Music are proud to present Listening to the Lyricism of Leonard Cohen on Sunday October 28th at 7pm, a musical book-talk with Dr. Rabbi Aubrey Glazer, Professor Sundar Viswanathan, David Wall, and Aaron Lightstone. Dr. Glazer’s insights on the spiritual and mystical threads of Leonard Cohen’s lyrics will be punctuated by live musical renditions of the great Canadian Jewish bard’s songbook. Dr. Glazer’s book, Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen’s Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond, published by Academic Studies Press (2016), will be available for purchase and signing.

Please R.S.V.P. here: Eventbrite RSVP