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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ICECUBE LED Display [ILDm^3] by Mark-David Hosale, James Madsen, and Robert Allison
Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join Sensorium members Mark-David Hosale and Rob Allison, and James Madsen (University of Wisconsin River Falls) for the premiere of their new piece and a lecture at Propeller Gallery in Toronto!

Colour: What Do You Mean By That? is a cross-disciplinary exhibition that presents work by artists, designers and scientists using or investigating colour phenomena, qualities, and meanings. What is colour: frequency, wavelength, energy… resonance, material, sensation… perception, illusion, association… emotive embodied experience? The question opens up connections between diverse understandings and ways of knowing.

Exhibition location: Propeller Gallery | 30 Abell Street, Toronto
Exhibition Dates & TimesMar 7-25; Wed – Sat: 12 – 6pm, Sun: 12 – 5pm
Opening ReceptionThursday Mar 8, 6:30 – 9:30pm
LectureSun Mar 18, 1:30pm
Art-Science in the development of ICECUBE Volumetric LED Displays
by Mark-David Hosale, Rob Allison, and James Madsen

A conversation between artist, scientist and engineer about visualization and colour, in the conception and development of the ICECUBE LED Display [ILDm^3]. The ICECUBE LED Display [ILDm^3] is a cubic-meter (1/1000th scale) model of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a cubic-kilometer telescope made of ice just below the surface at the South Pole. While scientifically precise, the display uses art methodologies as an optimal means for expressing imperceptible astrophysical events as sound, light and colour in the domain of the human sensorium. The 45 minute talk will be followed by Q&A period.

Mark-David Hosale is a computational artist and composer work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as SIGGRAPH Art Gallery (2005), International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2006), BlikOpener Festival, Delft, The Netherlands (2010), the Dutch Electronic Art Festival (DEAF2012), Toronto’s Nuit Blanche (2012), Art Souterrain, Montréal (2013), and a Collateral event at the Venice Biennale (2015). His interdisciplinary practice that is often built on collaborations with architects, scientists, and other artists in the field of computational arts, resulting in the creation of interactive and immersive installation artworks and performances that explore the boundaries between the virtual and the physical world.

James Madsen is the chair of the physics department at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls and an associate director of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, where he leads the education and outreach team. He has deployed five times to Antarctica, and presented science talks on five continents. He enjoys providing opportunities to participate in astrophysics research that range from one-time talks for general audiences to extended research experiences for teachers and students, including field deployments at the South Pole.

Robert Allison is a Professor at the Centre for Vision Research and in the departnemnt of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University. My main work involves basic and applied research on stereoscopic depth perception and virtual reality. I study how the brain, or a machine, can reconstruct a three-dimensional percept of the world around us from the two-dimensional images on the retinas and how we use this information to move about and interact with our environment. I am also interested in the measurement and analysis of eye movements and the applications of this technology.

Artist, Mark-David Hosale (York University, Toronto, Canada), and Physicist, James Madsen (University of Wisconsin, River-Falls, USA) have been working regularly with each other since 2012 and have realized several projects that explores the visualization and sonification of data sets collected at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. Rob Allison (York University, Toronto, Canada) joined the collaboration in 2015.

*Postponed* Sensorium Salon: Laura Levin in conversation with Signy Lynch
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm

Jess Dobkin in The Magic Hour at The Theatre Centre, 2017. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

Join us at the home of Sensorium Student Caucus member Melanie Wilmink for an evening of conversation between Sensorium Graduate Student Caucus member Signy Lynch (PhD Student, Theatre & Performance Studies) and Laura Levin (Theatre & Performance Studies). They will be discussing Laura’s new book project on performance and political culture in Canada, as well as the performativity of digital activism on social media platforms and in emerging social movements.

Preceding the talk will be an informal potluck dinner! Please RSVP to Michael Palumbo at <> for location.

Laura Levin is Associate Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies at York. She is associate editor of Canadian Theatre Review (former editor in chief); editor of Theatre and Performance in Toronto and Conversations Across Borders (with Guillermo Gómez-Peña); co-editor of Performance Studies in Canada (with Marlis Schweitzer); and co-editor of journal issues on space, technology, and political performance. Laura is author of Performing Ground: Space, Camouflage, and the Art of Blending In, winner of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s Ann Saddlemyer Award. She is currently writing a book on performance and political culture in Canada and co-editing a CTR issue on Choreographies of Assembly (with Alana Gerecke). Her writing on the Women’s March and its relation to feminist performance art was recently commissioned by The Theatre Centre and appears here. Laura’s research focuses on contemporary theatre and performance art; performing gender and sexuality; site-specific and urban intervention; intermedial, digital, and political performance. She is co-investigator for the SSHRC Partnership Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas.

Signy Lynch is a PhD student in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at York. Her research investigates how direct audience address in contemporary performance can help audience members and performers to negotiate the complexities of inhabiting a twenty-first century globalized Canada. Signy is a member of the Centre for Spectatorship and Audience Research at the University of Toronto and secretary of the board of Cahoots Theatre.




Salons are organized and hosted downtown by the Sensorium Graduate Student Caucus. Following a potluck dinner, invited speakers are paired with a graduate student for an informal presentation and conversation about their work. All are welcome to attend!

Devised Theatre Festival
Mar 12 – Mar 17 all-day

Devised Theatre Festival

The Devised Theatre Festival premieres three 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.

Through physical storytelling, Peeled explores the painful yet liberating path of accepting loss. New members of a grief meeting reconcile with the changes in their lives. Journey with them to trace their roots, accept their present, and reclaim their future.

Metanoia follows four people’s participation in a YouTube interview series prompting them to contemplate their achievements, regrets, and fears about the future. Through abstract physical explorations, Metanoia examines what incites people to change and how we grapple with it.

In 2026, 5 explorers aboard the EVREN were sent out to discover what lies within a black hole. 70 years of secrecy later, the NARSA Space Agency will now release the findings of the EVREN mission to the general public.


(please note: In light of the CUPE 3903 contract workers’ strike the performance schedule has been adjusted. The Devised Theatre Festival respects CUPE 3903’s decision to go on strike, and the following schedule will be in effect if the strike continues through March 12-17, 2018.)

Mon, March 12 – 7.00 PM: Peeled – Metanoia – E V R E N

Tues, March 13 – 7.00 PM: Peeled – E V R E N

Wed, March 14 – 7.00 PM: E V R E N – Metanoia

Thu, March 15 – 7.00 PM: Metanoia – Peeled

Fri, March 16   – 7.00 PM: Metanoia – E V R E N – Peeled

Sat, March 17 – 7.00 PM: Peeled – Metanoia – E V R E N

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 evening 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!

AMPD World Café
Mar 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!

Juried BFA Graduation Exhibition at Gallery 1313
Mar 14 – Mar 25 all-day

student artwork installed in Gallery 1313

This exhibition showcases the creativity of 19 talented students selected by a faculty jury who will be graduating from York’s studio arts program this spring.

Featured artists are Nima Arabi, Danielle Clarke, Christina Chiarelli, Haley Cobran, Elham Fatapour, Ana Ghookassian, Sophia Goshulak, Shannon Hyatali, Alissa Leung, Gloria Li, Danjing Lin, Carlie Mackrell, Tyler Matheson, Catherine Orav, David Sicilia, Laura Sbrizzi, Malina Sintnicolaas, Camden Wallenwein, Robert Warner

The works on view span a wide range of media and artistic approaches, from expressionist to minimal, conceptual to pop. The diversity of subjects is equally varied, reflecting the personal concerns, interests and commitment of these rising young artists.

Reception: Thursday, March 15, 6:30-9:30pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1-6pm

Gallery 1313 website:
Gallery 1313 phone: 416-536-6778


York University World Music Festival – CANCELLED
Mar 15 @ 11:00 am – 7:30 pm


York University’s World Music Festival is a cross-cultural celebration spotlighting musical traditions of five continents.

Produced by Professor Sherry Johnson, this global sonic tour presents a sampling of the 20+ international cultures represented in York’s world music program.

The festival packs ten free concerts into two days: March 15-16

On March 15, performances take place in two locations:

  • Martin Family Lounge (MFL), 219 Accolade East Building
  • Tribute Communities Recital Hall (TCRH), 112 Accolade East Building
11:00 am Cuban Ensembles TCRH
11:30 am Klezmer Ensemble MFL
1:00 pm West African Drumming (Ghana) TCRH
3:00 pm Escola de Samba TCRH
4:00 pm West African Drumming (Mande) MFL
 6:30 pm Caribbean Music Ensemble TCRH

Free admission.

Maps and Directions

York University World Music Festival – CANCELLED
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm


York University’s World Music Festival is a cross-cultural celebration spotlighting musical traditions of five continents.

Produced by Professor Sherry Johnson this global sonic tour presents a sampling of the 20+ international cultures represented in York’s world music program.

The festival packs ten free concerts into two days: March 15-16

On March 16, performances take place in two locations:

  • Tribute Communities Recital Hall (TCRH), 112 Accolade East Building
  • Martin Family Lounge (MFL), 219 Accolade East Building
12:00 pm Korean Drum Ensemble TCRH
1:00 pm Celtic Ensemble MFL
2:15 pm Chinese Classical Ensemble TCRH
7:30 pm Balkan Ensemble TCRH

Free admission.

Maps and Directions

Theatre@York presents Dido, Queen of Carthage
Mar 18 – Mar 24 all-day

“Worlds of Exile,” Theatre @ York’s 2017-18 season, culminates in Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage, an epic story in an intimate and innovative new production directed by acclaimed director, dramaturg and playwright Peter Hinton.

Shadowed by war, Dido, Queen of Carthage is the original tragic love story with its hero Aeneas, the exiled prince of Troy, compelled by Fate to leave his beloved Dido, Queen of Carthage to fulfil a political destiny. Aeneas, the son of Venus, is one of the Trojans who escapes from the city after it is destroyed. In his exile he seeks refuge in Carthage. Learning of Aeneas’ experience and loss, Dido falls in love with him, only to be forsaken shortly after. Torn between her personal abandonment and national sacrifice, Dido performs an ultimate act of resistance.

Dido, Queen of Carthage is Marlowe’s first play, written when he was just 19 and still a student at Cambridge. Inspired by the fourth book of Virgil’s Aeneid, the story of Dido and Aeneas has stimulated artists for two millennia; from Ovid to Henry Purcell to modern-day science-fiction like Battlestar Galactica, with its exiled travellers seeking a prophesied new home. It isn’t hard to see the story’s appeal.

Performance Schedule: March 18 to 23 at 7:30pm

Box Office Information: Tickets are available online or over the phone 416-736-5888

Previews: $7.00 March 18 & 19

Relaxed Performance: $5.00
Thursday March 22  7:30pm

All Other Performances:

Tickets: $20.00
Student/Senior $12.00

Groups of 10 or more : $10.00
(Group price applies when all group tickets are purchased at once for a single performance. Not available online, please phone or visit the box office)
Sold-out Show Advisory:  Cash only Rush Seats are usually available at the door for sold out shows. If the show is sold out, please check back as seats may become available.  There is NO GUARANTEE that seats will come available and the timing of seats coming available varies. We recommend booking early & coming early!
York University Concert and Chamber Choir’s performs Haydn’s The Creation
Mar 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The York University Concert and Chamber Choirs
Dr. Lisette Canton, Conductor
Matthew Larkin, Organ

Join the York University Concert and Chamber Choirs as they perform Haydn’s The Creation.

Advance Ticket Admission: $20 | $10 students & seniors (advance purchase until Thursday, March 15, 2018)
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or call 416-736-5888

Tickets at Door: Tickets (advance and at door): 20 adults, $10 students/seniors

Location: Grace Church on-the-Hill
300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, ON M4V 1X4


York University Jazz Festival: Small Ensembles – CANCELLED
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


The York University Jazz Festival, running March 19-22, showcases rising young talent directed by leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene.

Catch the next generation of outstanding jazz artists, right here on campus – and with no cover charge!

Monday, March 19 features small ensembles directed by Roy Patterson, Lorne Lofsky and Mark Eisenman.

Admission is free |  Maps & Directions
York University Jazz Festival: Vocal Ensembles and Small Ensembles – CANCELLED
Mar 20 all-day

The York University Jazz Festival, running from March 19-22, showcases rising young talent directed by leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene.

Catch the next generation of outstanding jazz artists, right here on campus – and with no cover charge!

Tuesday, March 20

12:30 pm – Vocal ensembles directed by Mike Cado
                      Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building

8:00 pm – Small ensembles directed by Anthony Michelli, Artie Roth and Kelly Jefferson
                    Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building

Admission is free |  Maps & Directions
*Postponed* Sensorium Speaker Series: Taien Ng-Chan – Places and Things: Locative and Object-Oriented Storytelling
Mar 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 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.

from Taien’s most recent work Stratigraphic City (2017)
Taien Ng-Chan (Cinema & Media Arts) is a Hamilton-based writer and media artist, whose research investigates everyday urban life through experimental and locative media, cartography, poetry, and documentary. Place and mobility have been central themes in her works, which have been shown across Canada, in the US, Korea, New Zealand, Sweden, and the UK. She has also published four books and anthologies, produced multimedia websites, and written for stage, screen, and radio.

Currently, Taien is developing The Trajectories of Things, which proposes to trace the movement of people through objects that act as repositories of memory. The concept is based on the idea of “thing poetry” (as practiced by poets such as Francis Ponge and Pablo Neruda) and what Taien calls “object-oriented storytelling.” Taien is a founding member of the Hamilton Perambulatory Unit (HPU), an artist-research collective that gives performative walking events, as well as the NEW Committee, a group dedicated to increasing the visibility of BIPOC artists in the Hamilton arts community.

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!

FREE Zumba Class
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

FREE Zumba in the Junior Common Room (012 Winters College) from 2pm to 3pm.