Media Architecture Summit 2016
Sep 29 – Oct 1 all-day

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Beyond mere decoration, civic spectacle and city branding, media architecture shapes our collective identity through digital place-making, 24-hour architecture, and reanimating public space

The Media Architecture Summit 2016 explores the role of urban screens, interactive media façades, and large-scale public projections in architecture, public art, civic engagement and urban renewal.

Held for the first time in North America, MAS 2016 brings together an international group of artists, designers, architects, scholars, and representatives from the cultural sector and industry, presenting a wide range of projects including context-aware illuminated spaces, architectural projection, animated building facades, and interactive installations inviting spontaneous public performance.

MAS 2016 opens with an evening keynote by internationally acclaimed media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and continues with a day of featured talks and panel discussions, followed by an evening social hosted at InterAccess. The final day of the summit comprises a morning panel at the University of Toronto and afternoon workshops and industry sessions held at OCADU.

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Featured presenters at MAS 2016 include experimental sculptor and architect Philip Beesley (University of Waterloo, Canada); Amahl Hazelton, communications director of Moment Factory (Montreal); media architecture scholar Scott McQuire (University of Melbourne, Australia); and art historian and urban studies scholar Dietrich Neumann (Brown University, USA).

Panelists and workshop presenters include artists/researchers Di Mainstone (UK), Veronika Pauser (Austria), Nathan Whiford (Canada) and Ali Momeni (USA); Isabelle Rousset of Derivative and Mason White & Lola Sheppard of Lateral Office (Toronto); curator/researcher Tanya Toft (Denmark); and Graham Wakefield, Canada Research Chair in Active Information Visualization (York University).

Complementing the summit proceedings, MAS 2016 presents Nuit Talks, a series of conversations and presentations by artists whose large-scale public art installations are featured in this year’s Nuit Blanche Toronto, MAS closes with a curated walk at Nuit Blanche Toronto, one of the world’s largest outdoor dusk-to-dawn art events.

Registration for MAS 2016
General Admission: $90
Students and Underemployed: $50
Registration includes access to the keynote, featured talks, panels, workshops and events.
Nuit Talks are free and open to the public.

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“The Pass System” – Film screening and panel discussion
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Pass System, directed by York graduate film student Alex Williams, is a powerful documentary that illuminates Canada’s hidden history of racial segregation. The film investigates how, for over 60 years, the Canadian government illegally denied many Indigenous peoples of the prairies the basic freedom to leave government-assigned reserves, and forced them to carry a pass when they did so.

Alex Williams

The Pass System is a result of a five year investigation involving extensive, pan-Canadian archival research and elders’ oral history testimony. Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot elders tell their stories of living under and resisting the pass system, and link their experiences to today’s struggles for Indigenous rights.

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Williams researched, wrote, shot, directed and produced the film, which is narrated by acclaimed Cree actor and activist Tantoo Cardinal. The Pass System is currently in the running for two 2016 Canadian Screen Awards given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. It has been nominated for Best History Documentary Program or Series (APTN – Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) and for the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research.

York University’s Vice-Provost Academic, Dr. Alice Pitt, will introduce the film and filmmaker. Knowledge Keeper Amy Desjarlais will perform a smudging ceremony before the screening.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with Alex Williams, Osgoode Hall Law School/Environmental Studies Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice Deborah McGregor, Theatre Professor Michael Greyeyes, History Professor Carolyn Podruchny, Education Professor Celia Haig-Brown and Environmental Studies Lecturer Lisa Myers.

Admission is free. All welcome.  |   Campus Maps  & Directions

This event is presented by Cinema Politica York, the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, Graduate Film Student Association, Centre for Aboriginal Students Services,  Office of the Vice Provost Academic and OPIRG York.

Devised Theatre Festival
Mar 20 – Mar 26 all-day

The Devised Theatre Festival premieres four riveting new collaborative productions — each conceived, created, produced and performed by fourth-year students in Devised Theatre in the Department of Theatre’s Performance Creation & Research program.

The playbill features an original musical about student and thespian life; an immersive physical theatre work about night terrors; a comedic cabaret about issues faced by Millennials; and a gripping interactive piece set in a circus that explores spectacle and loneliness under the big top.

Each show is presented by a production company formed by a student ensemble within Devised Theatre. Festival production managers are Kait Gallant and Shannon Farrell.

The Devised  Theatre Festival runs in two series, each presenting a double bill:

Cast! The Musical – Pretendtious Theatre
REM – SomatiKs Theatre

Mon. March 20 – 7:30pm (preview)
Wed. March 22 – 3:30pm
Thur. March 23 – 7:30pm
Fri. March 24 – 7:30pm
Sat. Mar. 25 – 1:30pm

Jennaration Y – NonCents Theatre
Inverted Spotlight – typo theatr

Tues. March 21 – 7:30pm (preview)
Wed. March 22 – 7:30pm
Fri. March 24 – 3:30pm
Sat. March 25 – 7:30pm
Sun. March 26 – 1:30pm

For full details about the shows, the production companies, the artists, and blog posts, visit the Devised Theatre Festival website.

The first show in each series takes place in Room 209, Accolade East Building. The audience then moves next door to Room 207 for the second show in the series.

Admission is by donation at the door (cash only).
Suggested donation: previews $5 | regular performances $7

Seating is limited. Sign up online to reserve your spot!

Jazz @ Midday: Adrean Farrugia Quartet
Feb 8 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Adrean Farrugia – piano
Brad Goode – trumpet
Jim Vivian – bass
Adam Nussbaum – drums

Free Admission.

Award winning pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano.

Adrean comes from a musical family. His father Bruno is a professional drummer in the music scene. His grandfather Joseph Ivan Arsenault was a Maritime fiddler. Adrean studied classical piano with Shirley Coit and Donald Cook before discovering a love of jazz music in college.

In 1992 Adrean enrolled in the Mohawk College Applied music program studying with Mark Eisenman, Dave McMurdo, Mike Malone, Christopher Hunt, and Brian Dickinson. In 1996 Adrean continued his Education at the University of Toronto Jazz Performance program studying with Gary Williamson, Kevin Turcotte, and Phil Nimmons. Also in 1996, Adrean attended the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Summer Jazz Workshop where he studied and performed with Don Thompson, Hugh Fraser, Kenny Wheeler, Pat and Joe Labarbera, and Norma Winstone. Adrean has also received private instruction from jazz legends Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Benny Green, and British pianist John Taylor.

Since the late 1990s Adrean has been in high demand as a freelance performer and teacher. Keeping a busy touring schedule, mainly as a sideman, Adrean has toured extensively across Canada and the United States as well as in venues across Europe and in Japan. Adrean has performed/recorded with some of jazz’s greatest and most diverse artists including: Larry Carlton, Curtis Fuller, Tom Scott, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Chris Potter, Joel Frahm, Matt Penman, Brad Goode, Kenny Wheeler, Darcy James Argue, Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Kevin Turcotte, Kelly Jefferson, and Pat Labarbera.

Jazz Masterclass and Drum Clinic with Adam Nussbaum
Feb 8 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm


 A very versatile drummer who generally plays in advanced settings, Adam Nussbaum is considered a major asset no matter where he appears and one of the finest jazz drummers of the 1990s. Although he started on piano, bass and alto, he eventually settled on drums.

Nussbaum studied at the Davis Center and City College of New York, and by 1978 was making a strong impression in the jazz world, playing regularly with both Dave Liebman and John Scofield (1978-83). Other important associations through the years include Stan Getz (1982-83), Gil Evans, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Gary Burton, Steve Swallow, Michael Brecker, Don Grolnick, James Moody, Sonny Rollins, Art Pepper, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, NHØP and Charles Lloyd, along with countless others.

Free Admission.

INTERCUT 2018: Staged Readings of Original Screenplays
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm

An evening of staged readings of original screenplays by AMPD’s very own!

Undergraduates and graduate students in the Department of Cinema & Media Arts’ production and screenwriting programs were invited to submit short screenplays or fully realized scenes. Selected scripts were chosen for revision with story editors and workshopping with actors from the Department of Theatre.

In a spirit of feedback and dialogue, the results will be presented in this live performance of short scripts and scenes. The readings will be followed by a Q & A with the screenwriters.

Intercut is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Admission is free. All welcome.

Presented by Winters College in collaboration with the Department of Cinema & Media Arts and Department of Theatre in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Sensorium Salon: Janine Marchessault in conversation with Melanie Wilmink
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm

Join us at the home of Sensorium Director Michael Longford for an evening of conversation between Sensorium Graduate Student Caucus member Melanie Wilmink (PhD Student, Art History & Visual Culture) and Dr. Janine Marchessault (Cinema & Media Arts). They will be discussing Janine’s new book, Ecstatic Worlds: Media, Utopias, Ecologies, published by MIT Press.

Preceding the talk will be an informal potluck dinner! Please RSVP to Claudia Sicondolfo at <>.

Janine Marchessault is a Professor of Cinema and Media at York University, where she co-founded the Future Cinema Lab and served as Sensorium’s Inaugural Director. She is the author of Ecstatic Worlds: Media, Utopias and Ecologies (MIT 2017); Cosmic Media: Marshall McLuhan (Sage 2005); and (co)editor of numerous collections. Co-edited collections in preparation include: The Oxford Guide to Canadian Cinema and Process Cinema: HandMade Film in the Digital Age. Exhibition/Festival in preparation: XL OuterWorlds: Artists Celebrating Imax (Cinesphere 2019).

Melanie Wilmink is a PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Culture at York University, with honours such as the 2014 York University Elia Scholars Award, and a 2015 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Her dissertation examines the inter-connectivity between spectatorial experience and exhibition spaces, and aims to determine how public art situations act as vehicles for metaphoric and physical transportation.


Concerto Competition Winners in Concert with the York University Symphony Orchestra
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Professor Mark Chambers conducts the York University Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring  2017 Concerto Competition winners.

Kira Braun (soprano) will be featured singing Porgi Amor from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Isabel Santos( flute) will be features in Cécile Chaminade’s Flute Concertino in D major, Op. 107

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

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

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Remote Collaboration & Use of Technology – Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage
Feb 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Challenges of Remote Collaboration and the Use of Technology: Where to go from here?

Nelson Tagoona

Baker Lake Musician and inspirational speaker Nelson Tagoona in conversation with Canadian composer and media artist Eliot Britton and Executive & Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance, Sandra Laronde.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

Organized by:

Department of Music, Graduate Music Student Association & Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH)

Improv Soirée
Feb 9 @ 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

Music @ Midday: Student Showcase
Feb 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


York University music students showcase their talent.

Free admission. Everyone welcome.

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AMPD World Café
Feb 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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

Visual Art Speaker Series: Brian Sholis
Feb 13 @ 2:30 pm
Brian SholisBrian Sholis is executive director of Gallery TPW in Toronto. He brings to the role fifteen years of professional experience in the United States, where he has worked as a curator and programmer for museums; as an editor and author of books, magazine articles, and online texts; and as a professor, visiting critic, grant panelist, prize juror, and public speaker. He was previously Curator of Photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and, prior to his time in Ohio, he worked as an editor at Aperture Foundation and at Artforum. Sholis is the author of the 2016 book Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954–1974 (Yale University Press) and the editor of two previous anthologies published by the New Museum and Sternberg Press. A longtime
art critic, he has written catalogue essays for numerous museums and has been published in Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, Aperture, and elsewhere. Sholis has taught at five American universities and has been a visiting critic or guest lecturer at two dozen more.

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.

Feb 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Enjoy some FREE arts and crafts in the JCR!

Art History Presents: Niamh O’Laoghaire
Feb 14 @ 12:30 pm


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Niamh O’Laoghaire, director of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham speaks on her 25 years in the art world and her life as an art historian, curator, writer, educator, lecturer, publisher, strategic planner, tour guide and more.

O’Laoghaire earned her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Toronto with a dissertation on the influence of Van Gogh on Matisse, Derain, and Vlaminck. Previously a professor of Modern and Canadian art at McMaster University (1991-99) and founder of SCAM Contemporary Art, O’Laoghaire was appointed Director of the University of Toronto Art Centre in 2001 where she remained until 2013. Under her leadership, UTAC mounted over one hundred exhibitions and received three Ontario Association of Art Galleries “Best Exhibition of the Year” Awards. She has also served as president of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (2007-09). O’Laoghaire became Director of the Varley Art Gallery in 2014.

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.