Photography Area Exhibition
Feb 27 – Mar 2 all-day


Upper-level students from the Department of Visual Art & Art History showcase new works in photo media.

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 10:30am – 4:00pm

Free admission


AMPD World Café
Feb 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Enjoy an afternoon of drop-in activities with students from around the world. FREE admission, coffee, and snacks!

Feb 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FREE hip-hop dance workshop. All are welcome!

Goldfarb Lecture – Sandra Meigs: “Painting Liminal Spaces”
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Sandra Meigs HeadshotPainter Sandra Meigs is the featured speaker for the 2017 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts.

Throughout her career Meigs has explored possibilities for painting as a model of the mind, the physical world, and metaphysical thought. She will speak about her use of personal experience as a greater source for universal discovery. In her works throughout the past four decades from “Performance with 20 Dresses” (1974), to “Room for Mystics” (2017), there is a common thread of inquiry into what painting actually is: enchantment with form.

For over 35 years Meigs has created vivid, immersive and enigmatic paintings that combine complex narratives with comic elements.  She derives the content of her work from her own personal experiences and develops these to create visual metaphors related to the psyche.

Born in Baltimore in 1953, Meigs studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (B.F.A. 1975) and Dalhousie University (M.A. 1980).  She has lived and worked in Canada since 1973.  Recently retired, Meigs has been a dedicated teacher at the University of Victoria for 24 years and has mentored hundreds of visual art students throughout her professorship. She now resides in Hamilton, Ontario.

Admission is free. All welcome.

Campus Maps & Directions


The Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts is made possible through the generous support of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, longstanding benefactors of York University’s Department of Visual Art and Art History and AMPD.


Sandra Meigs work in exhibition

Feb 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Everybody is welcome! FREE with no experience required.

Mar 1 @ 8:45 am – 10:00 am

Come celebrate Winters College’s 50th anniversary with a FREE BREAKFAST! All are welcome.

Jazz @ Midday: Faculty Jam Session with guest artist Mike LeDonne
Mar 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


World-class jazz pianist and organist, Mike LeDonne is the Department of Music’s 2018 Jazz Artist-in-Residence. During his residency, he will deliver masterclasses on jazz piano and composition, conduct a rehearsal with the York University Jazz Orchestra, and coach small jazz ensembles.

This jam session offers a unique opportunity to hear LeDonne in performance with faculty members in the Department of Music’s jazz program. The setting is informal. Bring your lunch and enjoy the music. Admission is free.


About the Artist

Pianist Mike LeDonne started playing piano at the age of 5 and was raised in his parent’s music store. By the age of 10 his father, a jazz guitarist, began booking him on gigs. He is now an internationally renowned pianist and organist with the unique experience of having played with a wide spectrum of jazz masters from Benny Goodman to Milt Jackson and Sonny Rollins. He has won praise not only from critics but from master musicians: Oscar Peterson picked him as one of his favorite pianists of today.

At age 21, Mike graduated from New England Conservatory in 1979 and moved to New York City with the Widespread Jazz Orchestra. In 1981, he left Widespread to travel to the UK with Panama Francis and the Savoy Sultans. On returning, he began a two-year stint as the house pianist at Jimmy Ryan’s, then one of New York’ s oldest jazz clubs. It was there that he came under the influence of and played with many old masters such as Roy Eldridge, Papa Jo Jones and Vic Dickenson. He spent 1982-1983 with the Benny Goodman sextet and went on to play with Buddy Tate, Al Grey, Ruby Braff and many others. Later he worked 1 year with the Art Farmer-Clifford Jordan Quintet, went to Paris with Grady Tate, and played with more modern masters like James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Charles McPherson, Sonny Rollins and Bobby Hutcherson. He also spent time as accompanist to singers Ernestine Anderson, Annie Ross and Etta Jones.

In 1988 he started playing with the Milt Jackson Quartet (along with Mickey Roker and Bob Cranshaw). Mr. Jackson recorded Mike’s compositions and arrangements. Mike also became the band’s musical director. In the fall of 1992, Mike was chosen to be part of a group of top young musicians for the Phillip Morris Superband World Tour. Mike served as musical director for that group, which featured Ryan Kisor on trumpet, Joshua Redman on tenor saxophone, Jesse Davis on alto saxophone, Christian McBride on bass and Lewis Nash at the drums. Around this time, Mike toured with the Newport All-Stars in lineups that featured Harry “Sweets” Edison and Clark Terry. Mike has been playing and recording with Benny Golson since 1997. He has also been leading trios that have included greats like Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Hart, Pete LaRoca and Louis Hayes.

Mike is on over 100 CD’s as a sideman and starting in 1988 recorded his first of 16 CD’s as a leader. Five on Criss Cross Jazz, three on Double Time Records, seven on Savant and one on Cellar Live. Many of hem award winning and include the greatest musicians around today including Tom Harrell, Gary Smulyan, Dennis Irwin, Kenny Washington, Steve Nelson, Ryan Kisor, Jim Rotondi, Joshua Redman, Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, Peter Bernstein, Eric Alexander, Jeremy Pelt, Joe Farnsworth, John Webber, Bob Cranshaw, Mickey Roker and Ron Carter.
In 2003 Mike recorded his first CD as a leader on the Hammond Organ, an instrument he’s been playing since he was 10. It documented the music of his organ band The Groover Quartet with Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein and Joe Farnsworth. The CD went to #1 and together they’ve held down a now legendary gig on Tuesday nights at Smoke in NYC. He has since released 3 more CD’s of this band, on the Savant label, which he calls The Groover Quartet. They’ve toured in Europe and Japan as well as the States. Mike also caught the ears of George Coleman, Lou Donaldson and David Fathead Newman who all hired him to play organ in their bands. The Jazz Journalists Association nominated Mike for Best Keyboards 2012 for his “Keep The Faith” CD. Also in 2012, Mike won the Downbeat Rising Star Award for Organ.

Mike is the co-author of Jim Snidero’s Jazz Conception for Piano and Piano Comping books, on Advance Music. In Sept. In 2002 he joined the faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and spent 4 years there. He is also one of the founders of the Jazz For Teens program at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J.

Mike LeDonne’s residency is made possible by the Oscar Peterson endowment at York University, which also supports the Oscar Peterson Scholarship in Jazz Performance, an annual entrance scholarship that provides up to $40,000 over four years to an incoming music student.

Faculty Concert Series: Catherine Robbin and Friends
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Catherine Robbin is joined by soprano, Vania Chan and mezzo soprano, Lillian Brooks along with collaborative pianists, Susan Black and Doreen Uren Simmons as they perform works by Handel, Schubert, Brahms and Mahler along with French duets, Canadian contemporary songs, and English songs.

One of Canada’s best known mezzo-sopranos, Catherine Robbin established an international reputation from her debut year in 1972, performing with
leading conductors throughout the world. Miss Robbin’s illustrious thirty-year performing career included performances and recordings with conductors John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock, Christopher Hogwood, Bernard Labadie, John Nelson, Andrew Davis and many others in concert halls from Rome to Tokyo. She performed and recorded a wide range of vocal music but is particularly noted for her interpretations of Baroque and Romantic repertoire in oratorio, opera and recital.

In 2003, Catherine Robbin retired from a performing career, giving her farewell concert at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto with Tafelmusik. Since then she has been the director of classical vocal studies in the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University in Toronto. Her students have won numerous awards and have gone on to graduate studies at many Canadian, American and European universities. July 2018 marks the end of her academic career as she takes a second retirement.

Miss Robbin is often called upon to adjudicate and to give masterclasses at universities across Canada and for young artists’ intensive programs. Catherine is an honorary patron of The Toronto Children’s Chorus, The Women’s Musical Club of Toronto and Pax Christi Chorale. Throughout her career Miss Robbin has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including a Juno Award, a Grand Prix du Disque and a Grammy nomination. In 2011, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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

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

Maps & Directions

Improv Soirée
Mar 2 @ 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

York University Chamber Choir: Mozart’s Requiem
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The York University Chamber Choir
Dr. Lisette Canton, Conductor

Join the York University Chamber Choir, University of Toronto Schola Cantorum, Ottawa Bach Choir and Theatre of Early Music, orchestra and soloists as they perform Mozart’s epic unfinished masterpiece, the Requiem

Advance Ticket Admission:$30 adults, $20 seniors and $10 students (advance purchase until Thursday, March 1, 2018)
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or call 416-736-5888

Tickets at Door: $30 adults, $20 seniors and $10 students

Location: Church of the Redeemer
162 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON M4V 1X4


Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert – CANCELLED
Mar 5 @ 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

Free Zumba
Mar 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Free Zumba in the Junior Common Room (room 012 Winters College) from 2pm until 3pm on Tuesday, March 6th & 20th.

*Postponed* Sensorium Speaker Series: Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s DISRUPTER X PROJECT
Mar 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

*Postponed* Sensorium Speaker Series: Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s DISRUPTER X PROJECT will be rescheduled at a later date. Please visit  if you’d like to subscribe to the Sensorium newsletter for updates.

The DISRUPTER X PROJECT is an ongoing collaboration between Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (Visual Art & Art History) and Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi. The artists liberally describe this multimedia performance work as an ‘anti-opera’. The world of the anti-opera is created by video projections, live internet streaming, dioramas, holograms, handmade replicas of archival objects, original music created from archival instruments and live performers. ‘IF YOU DO IT RIGHT’ was the first iteration of the project and was performed in Nantes, France in 2013. In 2014 they presented ‘DISRUPTERS, THIS IS DISRUPTER X’ in Bayreuth, Germany. In 2015 they installed ‘NOTES FROM THE ANCIENTS’ in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s multidisciplinary work encompasses drawing and animation, and alludes to mythology, geology and theories on the nature of the universe. Her drawings, narrative landscapes that appear simultaneously futuristic and ancient, shift between representational and fantastical depictions of volcanic, subterranean, cosmological and precipitous landscapes.

Sensorium hosts an annual Speaker Series that profiles the research of Sensorium members, invited artists, and scholars. The series seeks to promote knowledge mobilization, artistic and/or research collaboration, and engage with other disciplines and communities across the York campus.

All are welcome to attend; no RSVP required!

Piano Masterclass with Shoshana Telner – CANCELLED
Mar 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Pianist Shoshana Telner leads a masterclass with young artists from the classical piano performance studio of York University Music Professor Christina Petrowska Quilico.

Observers are welcome at the masterclass, but please use discretion when entering and exiting the hall.

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Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner  has performed across Canada and abroad. Described as  “an authentic musician with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit) and “full of fire and warmth” (The New York Times), Telner made her solo orchestral debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since appeared as soloist with several other orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra and National Academy Orchestra. Festival engagements include the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Elora Festival, Kincardine Summer Music Festival and Brott Music Festival. She has been awarded honors at the CMC International Stepping Stone Competition, the Esther Honens International Piano Competition, and the Canadian Concerto Competition. Her recordings include solo works by Canadian composer Colin Mack (2009), J.S. Bach’s keyboard partitas (2012), and Grieg’s violin/piano sonatas with Jeremy Bell (2015).

Telner earned her Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University and holds a Master’s from the Juilliard School and a  PhD in performance from McGill University. She has taught piano and coached ensembles at McGill, the University of Ottawa and Wilfrid Laurier University, and currently teaches piano at McMaster University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions and serves as an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Mar 8 @ 2:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The March 8 Maker Day is cancelled. For information  about future Maker Days you can check out the Digital Media Students Association on Facebook


The Digital Media Student Association invites you to its Winter Maker Day!

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This fun-focused event is a drop-in “make” session. York U community members are invited to come and build toys and gadgets from a wide array of DIY (Do It Yourself) kits. These electronic kits encompass a range of skill levels, from complete beginner to seasoned metalworker. Solar-powered cars and robots are just some of the contraptions you can create. (Some kits require soldering skills.)

Maker Day provides a strong, open platform for socialization and collaboration. It’s creative. It’s fun. And it’s free!

Refreshments are provided. And best of all: you get to take home anything you make.

The event is open to all students, in any major.

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