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
4
Mon
all from one – an exhibition of large scale found object paintings by Catherine Hois
Nov 4 – Nov 14 all-day

Mother Nature’s Hand, by Catherine Hois, 2018, 4ft.5”x 6ft.1”, found object painting

all from one is an exhibition of large scale found object paintings by 4th year visual art studio student Catherine Hois exploring the artist’s fascination with the everlasting connection of all living things to the earth.

Artist Statement: This group of works represents my belief that we are protected and taken care of by the earth, because we are connected to the earth as living beings.  Why are humans provided everything we need to survive and live a healthy life on earth? Is it coincidence? I believe that is it not. All species on this planet are genetically connected; we are a part of the harmony and flow of life, not apart from it as superior beings, and all atoms that make up life are in constantly rearranging from one living thing to another. Humans are organisms that consist of many functions; we ingest food, absorb nutrients, and excrete waste, we have senses, we have memories, we get sick when we are poisoned, along with many other functions. I think of Mother Nature; life itself as one organism with many functions as well; similar to our own bodies. My inspiration sprouts from these themes and phrases: Intertwine, interconnected, “circle of life,” and “All from one.”

My art works connect to these concepts with the materials I use, the colours, the gestural brush strokes, and the overall unity that I aim for in every piece. The found objects I use are all recycled materials, for example plastic bags, water bottles, plastic containers, old toys, old Christmas decorations, egg cartons, old Tupperware, broken instruments (the list goes on and on). My idea was not only to be less wasteful, but to bring life to the items that would have gone into the trash and disguise “garbage” as lively works of art. In creating these works, I tried to be as environmentally friendly as possible, from using empty paint containers, paint rags, coffee cups, and even snack wrappers; all waste that I produced throughout my painting process.

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

Lifelines (Hilda) – solo sculpture and time based art show by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford
Nov 4 – Nov 14 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101740" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Detail from A Lament, by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, 2019, Acrylic Yarn, 15ft x 5ft x 10ft Detail from A Lament, by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, 2019, Acrylic Yarn, 15ft x 5ft x 10ft[/caption]

Lifelines (Hilda) is a solo sculpture and time based art installation by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford focused on the theme of lamentation and mourning of someone who is no longer present.

Artist statement: The exhibition will focus around ideas of life, death, loss, and remembrance, interplaying with one another. 87 knitted tubes in neutral colours will be suspended within the gallery space, arranged to create guided pathways and a knitted canvass for video projection.

The installation will be curated in order to showcase a metaphorical image of the lifelines of a particular life; that of a woman named Hilda, whom the footage collected belonged to. 87 knitted tubes will be used within the installation showcasing the number of years Hilda lived until she passed away on January 6th, 2019. The video shows Hilda and her family throughout several years of their lives and will be played on loop throughout the exhibition. A slight distortion will be used in order to hide or blur certain images within the video frame, as well as the projection onto the knitwork will add its own distortion. This is meant to symbolize the memories we don’t always get to keep with us, even when someone has left us.  As one of Hilda’s favourite pastimes and a skill that she passed onto the next generation of her family, the knitwork could not more perfectly summarize the complicated, yet beautiful framework of a life. In this installation we experience the feelings of remembrance and loss and face the concepts of life and death as we witness the lifelines of somebody who is no longer with us through the process of lamenting.  It opens the possibility for reflection and the ability to express gratitude towards such a life.

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm

Free admission

Reception: Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Games Night
Nov 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Games Night

Monday, November 4th, 2019

5:00-8:00pm

Sensorium Research Loft (4th Floor of the CFA, Room M333)

You are invited to the inaugural Games Night co-organized by the York Popular Culture Working Group, Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology and the Department of Computational Arts! This recurring event aims to encourage discussions of digital practices in popular culture by engaging faculty and students in the experience of play.

Games Featured will include:

Journey: A multi-award winning indie adventure game developed by Thatgamecompany and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. In Journey, the player controls a robed figure in a vast desert, traveling towards a mountain in the distance. Other players on the same journey can be discovered, and two players can meet and assist each other, but they cannot communicate via speech or text and cannot see each other’s names until after the game’s credits. The only form of communication between the two is a musical chime, which transforms dull pieces of cloth found throughout the levels into vibrant red, affecting the game world and allowing the player to progress through the levels. https://thatgamecompany.com/journey/

Everything: An interactive experience where every object in the Universe is a playable character – from animals to planets to galaxies and beyond. Travel between outer and inner space, and explore a vast, interconnected universe of things without enforced goals, scores, or tasks to complete. Everything is a procedural, AI-driven simulation of the systems of nature, seen from the points of view of everything in the Universe. https://store.steampowered.com/app/582270/Everything/

Untitled Goose Game: It’s a lovely morning in the village, and you are a horrible goose. Made by House House and friends, and published by Panic. https://goose.game/

Manifold Garden: Rediscover gravity and explore an Escher-esque world of impossible architecture. Witness infinity in first-person, and master its rules to solve physics-defying puzzles. Cultivate a garden to open new paths forward, where an eternal expanse awaits. https://manifold.garden/#home

The Quiet Year: The Quiet Year is a map game. You define the struggles of a community living after the collapse of civilization, and attempt to build something good within their quiet year. Every decision and every action is set against a backdrop of dwindling time and rising concern. The game is played using a deck of cards – each of the 52 cards corresponds to a week during the quiet year. Each card triggers certain events – bringing bad news, good omens, project delays and sudden changes in luck. At the end of the quiet year, the Frost Shepherds will come, ending the game.  https://buriedwithoutceremony.com/the-quiet-year

CineSiege 2019: A Juried Showcase of York Film
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Catch a rising wave of electrifying film talent!

Now in its 17th 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.

The films selected for CineSiege 2019 were chosen from a shortlist, culled from 186 productions made last year.

The nominees were reviewed by five jurors: Maya Bankovici, Franci Duran, Stuart Hands, Adina Pintilie and Ravi Srinivasan.

Jurors will be in attendance at CineSiege to introduce the winning films and explain why they were selected.

CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of

Cinespace Toronto   Paradise Theatre


After Party

Immediately following screening (approx. 10:30pm)
The Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton St, Toronto, ON M6J 2N8

Nov
5
Tue
Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Atelier
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Toasterlab is delighted to announce our first Mixed Reality Performance Symposium, hosted by the Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University. The event is free and open to the public!

This event is free and open to the public!  REGISTER HERE

Event Information
The Mixed Reality Performance Symposium: York is the first of six symposiums hosted by mixed reality producers Toasterlab, and will explore extended and mixed reality performance. Artists and new media creators will share modes of working and recent successes in VR, AR, and immersive theatre. Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers across Canada and the U.S. The full program is forthcoming. We’re excited to see you there!

Presentations include:

  • After Dan Graham – David Han, York University (Toronto)
  • Albion VR Project – Erin Brandenburg, Kitchenband (Toronto)
  • Blue Hour/36Q – Blue Hour/36Q, Paul Cegys, Project Leader (Waterloo / Prague)
  • Bury the Wren – Beth Kates, Playground Studios (Calgary/Toronto)
  • Jacqueiries – Jacob Niedzwiecki (Toronto/Calgary)
  • Groundworks – Dancing Earth Creations: Groundworks (San Francisco)
  • HistArch3D – Harrison Forsyth, York University (Toronto)
  • Parkway Forest VR – Friends of Parkway Forest Park, Toasterlab (Toronto)
  • Public2 – Jane Gotch Dance, Jane Gotch, Choreographer (Toronto/Kansas City)
  • Remember Me – Sharon Reshef (Toronto / Prague)
  • The Stranger 2.0 – Dopolavoro Teatrale (DLT), Daniele Bartolini, Artistic Director (Toronto)
  • TrailOff – Swim Pony, Adrienne Mackey, Artistic Director (Philadelphia)

 

Best of Cinesiege 2019
Nov 5 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

York Cinema & Media Arts and Nat Taylor Tuesdays present Best of Cinesiege 2019

For those who will miss out on Cinesiege 2019 this Monday, November 4th downtown, here’s your second chance to watch celebrated works by York University undergraduate students, with filmmakers in attendance.

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

 

Nov
7
Thu
Drum Clinic with John Riley
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

DRUM CLINIC with JOHN RILEY
Sponsored by the Oscar Peterson Fund

Please join us for a free drum clinic with jazz drummer and educator, John Riley. This event is sponsored by the Oscar Peterson Fund.

JOHN RILEY
John began playing drums at age eight, after receiving a snare drum as a gift. With the support, encouragement and patience of his parents, John and Mary Ann, he played in the school band and began drum lessons with a good local teacher, Tom Sicola. While under Tom’s guidance, he gained control of the snare drum through work on the rudiments and reading. Eventually, he acquired a complete drumset and lessons expanded to include “beats of the day,” coordination and reading studies for the drumset. At age twelve, John began playing in rock bands and heard his first jazz recordings, the soundtrack to The Gene Krupa Story and Max Roach’s Conversation. Two years later, he played his first “professional” gig, which he obtained through an audition played over the telephone. John began studying with Joe Morello in 1971, after meeting him at a drum symposium. John went on to attend the University of North Texas, where he was introduced to a larger world of music and percussion. While at UNT, he played in, toured, and recorded with the famed One O’clock Lab Band. In 1976, he moved to New York City and was soon called to join the Woody Herman Band. Following that great experience, John returned to New York and began freelancing with a wide spectrum of world class musicians including Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, Bob Berg, and many others.

John has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and Kutztown University, and is an Artist in Residence at Amsterdam Conservatory, Holland. John is also the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer’s Workshop, The Master Drummer DVD, and has taught master classes around the world.

Free Admission.

Faculty Concert Series: Leaving Kansas Compositions by Dorothy de Val
Nov 7 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Faculty Concert Series: Leaving Kansas Compositions by Dorothy de Val

Faculty member, pianist and musicologist Dorothy de Val reflects on her twenty years at York with a lighthearted program of original songs and instrumental music.

Dorothy de Val, piano
Paula Arciniega, mezzo soprano
Susanna McCleary, soprano
Anne Lederman, fiddle
Kye Marshall, cello
Patricia Wait, clarinet
Barbara Ackerman, flute

Dorothy de Val is a musicologist and pianist whose research interests include Scots Gaelic song, the first English folksong revival, pianos and pianism, and Haydn reception in England. Particular research interests include early 20th-century collectors and arrangers of folksong, particularly Broadwood and Grainger, and collectors of Gaelic song (Tolmie, Broadwood, Murray and Kennedy-Fraser).

Dr. de Val is the author of In Search of Song: The Life and Times of Lucy Broadwood, published by Ashgate in July 2011. She is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and many music reference works including The Haydn Companion, and is a regular reviewer for the journal Music and Letters. With Patricia Debly of Brock University she organized a conference on Haydn in 2009, sponsored by York University, SSHRC and The Wirth Institute. She is also a member of the North American British Music Studies Association, whose conference she organized at York in 2008.

Professor de Val’s research extends into the field of dance, focusing on English social dance and Morris dance (especially Mary Neal and the Esperance Club). She co-organized a conference at York on English country dance in the summer of 2010, and performs regularly as pianist for English country dances with her group, Playford’s Pleasure, with a focus on the life and times of Jane Austen. Her most recent project involves performing music from Jane Austen’s own collection, featuring composers such as Pleyel, Sterkel, Storace and Kotzwara.
Dr. de Val has taught at the Royal Academy of Music (London), Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford, and served as assistant curator of musical instruments at the Royal College of Music (London). She joined York University’s Department of Music in 1999 and served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Fine Arts from 2004 to 2007, and as Graduate Program Director in Dance from 2009 to 2011.

Admission: Free

Maps & Directions

York University Wind Symphony & York University Symphony Orchestra Preview Concert
Nov 7 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The York University Wind Symphony, under the direction of William Thomas, joins forces with the York University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Interim Director’s David Lum and Mark Skazinetsky, in a preview concert featuring selected works from their upcoming end-of-term concerts.

Admission: $10

Box Office

Maps & Directions

 

Nov
12
Tue
AIDS Activist Cinema & The Queer Canadian Underground with Ryan Conrad and Thomas Waugh
Nov 12 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

AIDS Activist Cinema & The Queer Canadian Underground with Ryan Conrad and Thomas Waugh

York Cinema & Media Arts, Nat Taylor Tuesdays, and Archive/Counter-Archive are delighted to welcome scholars Ryan Conrad and Thomas Waugh to present their research on AIDS Activist Cinema and Underground Canadian Queer Cinema! Tuesday, November 12 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

 

Nov
13
Wed
York University Chamber Choir
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The York University Chamber Choir
Master’s Recital
Craig Garnham, guest conductor
Edward Moroney, piano

The choir will be performing works by Palestrina, Schütz, Monteverdi, Mendelssohn and Britten.

Ticket Admission:$15 adults | $10 students & seniors
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or call 416-736-5888

 

 

 

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

World @ Midday: Ensemble Jeng Yi | Korean Drum and Dance
Nov 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

ENSEMBLE JENG YI is a Korean performing arts ensemble based in Toronto. Since their formation in 1998, the group has entertained audiences with their exciting repertoire of original compositions and traditional pieces.Building upon the conventions of Korean performing arts, Ensemble Jeng Yi has created a variety of innovative productions including intimate mu

sic recitals, site-specific works, interactive performances for young audiences, and ambitious multi-disciplinary productions. Not just talented drummers, the members are also accomplished performers of the ribbon-hat dance in which each member spins a ribboned-hat called the sangmo–all while dancing and drumming.

Guest Artist
Joo Hyung Kim, Kayagum

Joo Hyung Kim is an accomplished performer of the Kayagum,the traditional Korean zither. Born in Korea, she began her traditional Korean music training at the age of six. She majored in traditional Korean music at Kyung Buk University, and completed her M.A. in traditional music at Sook Myung University. She immigrated to Canada in 2005 and has been an active performer and composer.

Admission is free.

 

Improv Soirée
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

An evening of improvisation in a participatory “open mic” set-up, hosted by the improve studios of Matt Brubeck.

Performers and observers welcome.

Admission is free.