Woven, a raw canvas installation by Eszter Rosta
Jan 7 – Jan 17 all-day

Eszter Rosta's Substance (a) - 2018Fifth year Visual Art student Eszter Rosta’s solo show Woven, explores materiality, physicality, and objecthood in a number of large-scale raw canvas works.

“I want to play with the prominence of the shape through the materials in question and natural pigmentations such as teas, coffee grounds, plants, etc. Furthermore, I also intend to represent the objecthood of the canvas, by showing them for the canvas that it is – the actual fabrication of the material, the complexity of its weaving, and its natural reference to plants, through processes of manipulation and human imprint.

IMAGE: Eszter Rosta’s Substance (a) – 2018

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

Admission is free and all are welcome


Yoga Classes at Winters College
Jan 14 – Mar 21 all-day
Yoga Classes at Winters College @ Senior Common Room (021), Winters College

Themed yoga classes to help you stay active and healthy in body and mind. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle and yoga mat!

Every Monday : 10:00am – 11:00am, and Thursday : 1:00pm – 2:00pm

No classes on Feb 14th, 18th and 21st.

York Film Master Class: Jennifer Baichwal & Nick de Pencier
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

An arial photo from Anthropocene

For the past two decades, Jennifer and Nick have collaborated on an extraordinary series of films, from their award-winning feature documentaries (Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, Manufactured Landscapes, Payback, Watermark) and concert films (Long Time Running) to complex gallery installations in collaboration with photographer Edward Burtynsky.

Collaboration – with each other and with a dizzying range of diverse thinkers and artists – is often both fulcrum and dialectic for their project of making unforgettable images and ideas, ones that have captivated and challenged audiences around the world. With Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, their epic 2018 gallery exhibition/documentary co-production with Burtynsky, they explore radical new ways to co-author work, even as they bear unflinching witness to our global climate-change disaster.

Presented by the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) Department of Cinema & Media Arts (CMA) and Shan & Jaya Chandrasekar Visiting Artist/Scholar Residency

Free to Cinema & Media Arts students and alumni. Registration is required by email:


Just the Wind, a mixed-media exhibition by Ellen Soule and Liv Paul
Jan 21 – Jan 31 all-day

Liv Paul - Portrait of Ellen, ink drawing Third year Visual Art students Ellen Soule and Liv Paul team up to create and present Just the Wind, a mixed-media exhibition that invites viewers to ask questions about the way they experience fear and trauma.

“It is a well-known expression that most people have encountered when hearing a strange noise that it was “just the wind” rather than an intruder – human, or spectral. Our joint exhibition focuses on the experience of our fears or traumas and how we process them. We want people to connect with a moment they remember hearing the phrase so that they immediately recognize their connection to the works. We hope that people will see their own fears represented in the visualizations of our personal fears, which are common in many people but create different reactions individually. ”

IMAGE: Liv Paul – Portrait of Ellen, ink drawing

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

Admission is free and all are welcome


From York U to Coachella — An insider’s view to the music business
Jan 22 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Elliott LefkoElliott Lefko (BA ’82) was born in Toronto and attended York U for 5 long years watching films, writing articles for the Excalibur and somehow managing to get a diploma which he gave to his mother. He always dreamed of being a concert promoter and soon started booking rock bands like Nirvana and The Red Hot Chili Peppers when they did their first shows in Toronto. He later promoted early shows for Daft Punk, The Beastie Boys, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Leonard Cohen, Kendrick Lamar, Bob Dylan and Radiohead. In 2004 he moved to Los Angeles to work for Goldenvoice who book the Coachella Music Festival. He currently promotes concert tours for such acts as Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Father John Misty, Sigur Ros and MGMT.

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.

Map & parking info

CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of 

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
Music at Midday – Faculty Spotlight: The Accolade Trio
Jan 24 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Accolade Trio is comprised of York Music Professors Patricia Wait and Mark Chambers and Elizabeth Acker.

Admission is free.  Maps & Directions


Patricia Wait, clarinet
Patricia Wait is a clarinetist with extensive performance credits as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. She has appeared with many leading Canadian artists and ensembles, including pianist Anton Kuerti and clarinetist James Campbell; the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Prague String Quartet and Purcell String Quartet; and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. She is also an active clinician and adjudicator.

Mark Chambers, cello
Mark Chambers is a conductor, cellist and early music specialist who has performed extensively in the US and Ontario as both a chamber musician and orchestral player. His research interests include Baroque music, period instrument performance practice, the ‘Tartini tone’, and scordatura, altered tunings for strings. He has authored several articles for the American String Teachers Journal and is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He teaches cello and viola da gamba and conducts the York University Symphony Orchestra.

Elizabeth Acker, piano
Elizabeth studied piano, harpsichord and jazz at York University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She continued her piano studies with Slavka Dimitroff and James Anagnason and is comfortable playing classical, musical theatre, jazz and contemporary music. Elizabeth has been teaching in Toronto for over 30 years and has earned a superb reputation as an accompanist, chamber musician and coach, teacher and adjudicator. Elizabeth plays for the Niagara Symphony, VOCA Chorus of Toronto, various chamber groups and is a busy accompanist at York University, University of Toronto and the RCM in Toronto. In the summer, she plays chamber music at ‘Heaven’ in N.Y. State and is a coach at the Vermont Music and Arts Centre.

Nachos Night with the Head of Winters College
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nachos Night with the Head of Winters College @ Absinthe Pub & Coffee Shop

Come to the Absinthe Pub & Coffee Shop and get to know your Head of Winters College, John Mayberry, over some tasty nachos – on us! Enjoy an evening of nachos, trivia and good conversations.

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
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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)

Blindness Meets the Devil & The Feel of Blindness, talk by Michalko and Healey
Jan 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Jan 30 talk posterBlindness Meets the Devil: It’s true.  Blindness did meet the Devil. And, they met on Queen Street West in Toronto. Now, blindness is constantly meeting itself and doing so in a variety of guises; sometimes as musical genius, at other times, as the pathos of lacking the most precious gift and, at still other times, as the devil.  This paper explores blindness and how it meets itself.  It “focuses,” at least  peripherally, on the meaning of both blindness and the devil and of blindness and putative “madness”.  It ends with a reflection of blindness as perception; blindness, too, has peripheral vision and, if focused, it can temporarily blind the power of sight.

The Feel of Blindness: This explores the feel of blindness, thus challenging the current, sighted, contemporary Western understanding and imaginary of blindness as something that is experienced only in the eyes. Blindness does not merely inhabit the eyes but rather, it is a full sensory experience. Making use of autoethnography and critical disability studies, my paper explicates how blindness is felt by the body before it is noticed by the eyes. The oft asked question, “When did you notice your blindness?” is one that imagines blindness as something that happens in the eyes alone. In this paper, I explore how the eyes may not always be the knowing sense of blindness. Blindness as a full body experience allows me to engage with the question of how I noticed my blindness differently. I do not know how long blindness had been with me before I noticed its presence. I suppose it began with a feeling rather than a noticing of something different. It was a feeling of difference that hinted at something. This paper explores the feeling of difference in the body that illuminates blindness.


Rod Michalko, University of Toronto (Emeritus) has taught sociology and disability studies in several Canadian Universities including, most recently, the University of Toronto.  He is author of numerous articles and books including The Mystery of the Eye and the Shadow of Blindness (UTP 1998), The Two in One: Walking with Smokie, Walking with Blindness (Temple UP, 1999) and The Difference that Disability Makes (Temple UP, 2002).  He is co-editor with Tanya Titchkosky of Rethinking Normalcy: A Disability Studies Reader (Scholars Press, 2009).  Since retirement, Rod has turned to writing fiction.  His first collection of short stories Things are Different Here (Insomniac Press) was published in 2017. He is currently completing his first novel, My Thick Persian Rug.  All of his work, scholarly and fiction, begins in his experience of blindness. Rod reveals how blindness may be understood as framing the scenes and activities of everyday life.


Devon Healey, OISE is a blind PhD Candidate, award winning actor and active member in the Toronto arts community working with directors such as Guillermo del Toro on ‘The Strain.’ Her work explores how blindness makes an appearance in culture and is informed by disability studies, phenomenology and Erving Goffman’s dramaturgical model.  Her most recent article, “Eyeing the Pedagogy of Trouble: The Cultural Documentation of the Problem Subject” can be found in the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.

 Co-sponsored by Peripheral Vision Lab, Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, VISTA, The Departments of Theatre and Cinema and Media Arts, the Canada Research Excellence Fund, the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series, and the Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies.

Winters Café
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Winters Café @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

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!

the Collective – 4090 painting group exhibition
Feb 4 – Feb 14 all-day

Photo of a concrete floor with many paint splattersFeaturing the works of the students in the 4090 painting and installation classes, the Collective focuses on the exploration of contemporary questions and concerns regarding the body, the environment, urbanity, and cross-cultural overlays. A space for experimentation and new discoveries, the Collective invites you to ask critical questions of the art and of yourself and open up to a collection of work that is both completely unique and yet wholly connected. 

the Collective is hosted in the Gales and Special Projects galleries, February 4th-14th. 

Please join the artists at the closing reception on February 14th from 12:30-2:00pm for refreshments, engaging discussion, and celebration.

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

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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

Nat Taylor Tuesdays: Faculty of Horror
Feb 5 @ 12:45 pm – 2:30 pm

close up of a woman on the phone

Faculty of Horror is coming to York! Alexandra West and Andrea Subissati tackle everything from New French Extremity to the Slasher genre through a critical feminist lens in their game-changing podcast, Faculty of Horror. Join Subissati and West as they discuss their careers in Horror journalism, academia and podcasting. Q&A to follow.

Sponsored by the York Graduate Film Student Association.

Admission is free and all are welcome