Events

Feb
14
Thu
Winters Cafe & DIY Valentine’s Crafts
Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Winters Cafe & DIY Valentine's Crafts @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

Our February edition of Winters Cafe will be extra sweet! Drop in for hot cocoa, snacks and Valentine’s crafts. Come hang out and feel the Winters love! Interested in performing? Sign up here: https://ampd.apps01.yorku.ca/machform/view.php?id=71929

Mar
7
Thu
Winters Cafe
Mar 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Winters Cafe @ Junior Common Room (012), Winter's College

Our March edition of Winter’s cafe is here!
Drop in for hot cocoa, snacks. Come hang out and feel the Winters love!

Mar
11
Mon
Devised Theatre Festival
Mar 11 – Mar 17 all-day

Group shot of the Devised Theatre Festival teamThe 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.

Each show is presented by a production company formed by a student ensemble within Devised Theatre.

The four shows are dead skin, a grotesque and physical exploration of the darkness within by Four Eyes Collective; #Filters, which challenges the way we connect on a daily basis by Transcendence Theatre; Refraction, a supernatural thriller where a woman is confronted by her past by Catapulse Collective; and After George, a revealing drama which plays out inside a high school anniversary reunion by Atomic Oddity Productions.

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

Mon March 11 – 7.30 PM: PREVIEWS/INVITED DRESS Series A: dead skin – #Filters

Tues March 12 – 7.30 PM: PREVIEW/INVITED DRESS Series B: Refraction – After George

Wed March 13 – 7.30 PM: OPENING Series A: dead skin – #Filters

Thu March 14 – 7.30 PM: OPENING Series B: Refraction – After George

Fri March 15 – 4:00 PM:  Matinee Series A: dead skin – #Filters

Fri March 15 – 8:00 PM:   Series B: Refraction – After George

Sat March 16 – 3:00 PM:      CLOSING Matinee Series B: Refraction – After George

Sat March 16 – 7:30 PM:     CLOSING Series A: dead skin – #Filters

Venue:  Begin in the Festival Lounge space in  Accolade East Building room 209 to sign in, shows will take place in ACE 207.

Admission: Pay What You Can. Suggested $10.

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

 

Mar
27
Wed
2019 Wendy Michener Lecture: Anna Maria Tremonti
Mar 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Dispatches from Inside the Newsroom Revolutions in Journalism and Our Changing World”

Anna Maria TremontiAnna Maria Tremonti is the host of CBC Radio One’s flagship network morning news program, The Current, where she has devoted hours of coverage and questions to issues that range from world politics, to social and demographic shifts to economics. For this memorial lecture, she will draw on her extensive experience as a reporter, a correspondent, and a host to examine the dynamic changes and challenges facing the field of journalism.

Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.

Mar
31
Sun
York University Wind Symphony
Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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The York University Wind Symphony presents a concert featuring various classical works.

William Thomas, conductor
Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors
Box Office: Purchase tickets online or phone 416-736-5888

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May
2
Thu
Public Talk: Torkwase Dyson in the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

[caption id="attachment_101601" align="alignleft" width="500"]The artist Torkwase Dyson with installation *Nautical Dusk*, 2018. Photo by Gabe Souza courtesy of the Colby Museum of Art. The artist Torkwase Dyson with installation *Nautical Dusk*, 2018. Photo by Gabe Souza courtesy of the Colby Museum of Art.[/caption]

Torkwase Dyson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. She describes the themes of her work as “architecture, infrastructure, environmental justice, and abstract drawing.” In 1999 she received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA from Yale School of Art in painting/printmaking in 2003. In 2016, Dyson was elected to the board of the Architectural League of New York as Vice President of Visual Arts. In 2017, she was on the faculty of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is a visiting critic at Yale School of Art.

 


Exploring the theme of Crossing the Line: Contemporary Extensions of Drawing as a Medium, the 2019 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts comprises a graduate intensive and three public lectures.

The other two public lectures in the series are curator Connie Butler (May 7) at the Art Gallery of Ontario and curator and writer  Kate Macfarlane (May 9) at the Power Plant.

The Summer Institute is named in recognition of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, longstanding supporters of York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, whose generous gift has made this annual residency program possible.

May
7
Tue
Public Talk: Connie Bulter in the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Connie Butler HeadshotConnie Butler joined the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles as chief curator in 2013. She was chief curator of drawings at MoMA from 2006–2013, where she organized major exhibitions including On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century and Greater New York at MoMA PS1. She served as curator at MOCA from 1996–2006 where she organized the internationally acclaimed exhibition WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution.

Exploring the theme of Crossing the Line: Contemporary Extensions of Drawing as a Medium, the 2019 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts comprises a graduate intensive and three public lectures.

The other two public lectures in the series take place at the Power Plant and feature artist and scholar Torkwase Dyson (May 2) and curator and writer Kate Macfarlane (May 9).

The Summer Institute is named in recognition of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, longstanding supporters of York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, whose generous gift has made this annual residency program possible.

Connie Butler is presented by AGO in collaboration with Crossing the Line: Contemporary Extensions of Drawing as a Medium, the 2019 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute of the Department of Visual Art & Art History, York University

May
9
Thu
Kate Macfarlane Acts of Resistance: Choreographic Drawing in the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

[caption id="attachment_101604" align="alignleft" width="500"]Kate Macfarlane, photo by Dan Weill Kate Macfarlane, photo by Dan Weill[/caption]

ACTS OF RESISTANCE: CHOREOGRAPHIC DRAWING introduces artistic strategies that exploit the salient attributes of drawing whilst resisting its conventions and testing its limits. Works by seven women contemporary artists are considered through the lens of choreography, including Monika Grzymala’s spatial drawings, Aleksandra Mir’s collectively-made murals, Florence Peake’s performances, Kate Davis’s revision of Amedeo Modigliani’s nudes, Kathy Prendergast’s remapping of continental Europe, and figurative drawings by ruby onyinyechi amanze and Nicola Tyson.

Kate Macfarlane is a curator and writer based in London, UK, and is co-founder and co-director of Drawing Room, London. Recent curatorial projects include A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings (Drawing Room and Modern Art Oxford) 2018; Dove Allouche – Mea Culpa of a Sceptic (The Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris)2016; Line (Lisson Gallery, London) 2016. Recent writing includes: ‘Graphic Witness’ a chapter for The Companion to Contemporary Drawing, Wiley Blackwell (2019); ‘Intimate Reflections’ in Auto Fictions – Contemporary Drawing, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Germany (2018).


Exploring the theme of Crossing the Line: Contemporary Extensions of Drawing as a Medium, the 2019 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts comprises a graduate intensive and three public lectures.

The other two public lectures feature artist and scholar Torkwase Dyson (May 2) at the Power Plant and curator Connie Butler (May 7) at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The Summer Institute is named in recognition of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, longstanding supporters of York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, whose generous gift has made this annual residency program possible.

May
23
Thu
Odette Sculpture Residency: Public lecture Brendan Fernandes
May 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

[caption id="attachment_101613" align="alignleft" width="500"]Brendan Fernandes headshot courtesy of The Banff Centre. Photo by Anna Springate-Floch. Brendan Fernandes headshot courtesy of The Banff Centre. Photo by Anna Springate-Floch.[/caption]

NB the start time is 2:30pm, not 2 as previously posted

Chicago-based Visual Art alumnus Brendan Fernandes (BFA ’02) is the 2019 Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence at York University. He will be on campus May 6 to 10 and 20 to 24, with a hiatus in between where he installs a work for the 2019 Whitney Biennial. The residency in conjunction with the Intensive Sculpture Workshop, a fourth-year course offered by the Department of Visual Art & Art History which provides a valuable apprenticeship/mentorship experience for students, allowing them to work closely with a renowned artist.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Fernandes is a internationally recognized Canadian artist working at the intersection of dance and visual arts. His projects address issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest and other forms of collective movement. Always looking to create new spaces and new forms of agency, Fernandes’ projects take on hybrid forms: part Ballet, part queer dance hall, part political protest…always rooted in collaboration and fostering solidarity.

Fernandes discusses his  recent work in dance, queer politic and contemporary forms of agency and resistance in a public talk. Admission is free and all are welcome. 

The Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence program is made possible with the generous support of the P. & L. Odette Charitable Foundation. The program strives to create a dynamic learning environment which supports the advancement of the art of sculpture, and where students benefit from participation in, and observation of, diverse professional studio practices. The residency provides the opportunity for upper-level undergraduate visual arts students to develop an enhanced working understanding of sculpture techniques from the perspective of eminent guest artists.

[caption id="attachment_101614" align="alignleft" width="700"]"I'm Down" 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery “I’m Down” 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_101615" align="alignleft" width="700"]"Ballet Kink" 2019 Image courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum. Photography by Scott Rudd Events. “Ballet Kink” 2019 Image courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum. Photography by Scott Rudd Events.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_101616" align="alignleft" width="700"]"Steady Pulse" 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery “Steady Pulse” 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery[/caption]

Oct
27
Sun
The Ashley Plays 2019
Oct 27 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

[caption id="attachment_99589" align="alignright" width="263"]ashley-plays The Ashley Plays. Photo: Judith Rudakoff[/caption]

The Ashley Plays is an annual performance cycle of short, devised, site-specific monodramas, written by the playwrights and developed by the dramaturgs in the 3290 and 4290 Playwriting & New Play Dramaturgy courses taught by Professor Judith Rudkoff in York University’s Department of Theatre.

Each piece in the cycle is thematically linked, relates to the site in which it takes place, and involves a character named Ashley,

The audience is divided into three pods of moving spectators. Each group is led through the cycle by a guide to experience the monodramas up close.

Meeting Place:
Audience members are asked to assemble outside the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre in the lobby of the Centre for Film and Centre. Please arrive by 12:45 pm for instructions and to be grouped into pods.

Map & Directions

While admission is free, voluntary donations will be collected for Oxfam Unwrapped, an online charity from which we will be purchasing life-changing resources for communities worldwide.

Nov
29
Fri
York University Gospel Choir
Nov 29 – Nov 30 all-day

The York University Gospel Choir directed by Professor Karen Burke presents a rafter-raising concert of works by Hezekiah Walker, Edwin Hawkins, Kirk Franklin and other gospel greats.

The 100+ voice choir is backed by a rhythm section directed by Corey Butler.

Karen Burke is a pre-eminent singer, music director, choral conductor and composer in the field of African-American vocal music. An authority on the history and performance practices of Gospel music, she has worked with many major choral ensembles and organizations including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Youth Choir, Toronto Choral Society and Ontario Choral Federation, as well as numerous schools and church congregations. In 1988, she co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir and continues to serve as its principal director, touring nationally and internationally.

Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors

Friday, November 29th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, November 30th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Box Office: ampd.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice | 416-736-5888

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Mar
5
Thu
2020 Wendy Michener Lecture: Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Wendy Michener Memorial Lecture presents Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)

Wafaa Bilal will discuss specific bodies of work including Domestic Tension (aka Shoot an Iraqi), The Things I Could Tell…, and his most recent project 168:01, elaborating on the evolution of his work and reflecting on his personal experiences living in both the conflict zone of Iraq and the comfort zone of the United States. Bilal’s work explores both the trauma of conflicts and post-conflict relationships through social engagement.

His dynamic, participatory work blends technology and performance to engage viewers in dialogue and places him in the role of the artist as platform initiator, helping to shift and change the distribution channels in the media. The controversial aspects of his work spark deeper conversation and provoke passive viewers to take an active stance with regard to social justice and their own personal/political realities

Location: Tribute Communities Recital Hall
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.

Mar
9
Mon
Mental Health Week at Winters College
Mar 9 – Mar 13 all-day

Join us at Winters College from Monday, March 9 to Friday, March 13 for Mental Health Week! Feeling overwhelmed? Come plant succulents with us. Need an excuse to move your body? Join us for some mindful belly dancing. We have multiple events throughout the week to relax, recharge and re-energize.
Winters College understands how stressful and overwhelming this time of year is – but we got you. Have a hot chocolate and add to our Journeys of Resilience Mural available in the JCR all week long for anyone to share their story.

Come self-care with us!

Mar
10
Tue
Devised Theatre Festival 2020
Mar 10 – Mar 14 all-day

Devised Theatre Festival 2020
March 10 – 14, 2020

The Devised Theatre Festival premieres three captivating new productions, each conceived, created, produced, and performed by fourth year Devised Theatre students in the Performance, Creation, and Research stream in York University’s Theatre program.

This year, the theme for the Devised Theatre Festival is: Escapism in the age of the Experience Culture, wherein we ask questions about how we try to escape, why we might feel the need to escape, and why this desire to escape may be problematic.

The three shows featured in this year’s festival are: Auto-nomy, a seductive physical theatre piece about companion robots who gain sentience, by The Vector Regime; Five, an intermedial physical theatre piece about four young women who are trapped inside a video game, by Mind Yo’ Business Productions; and Goodnight, Sunny, a magic realism piece about two siblings, Jonathan and Jamie, who go on one final adventure with their imaginary friend, Sunny.

Each show is presented by a production company formed by a student ensemble within Devised Theatre.

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

Tuesday, March 10th: Company A: The Vector Regime (7:00pm) | Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (8:30pm)

Wednesday, March 11th: Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (7:00pm) | Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (8:30pm)

Thursday, March 12th: Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (7:00pm) | Company A: The Vector Regime (8:30pm)

Friday, March 13th: Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (3:00pm) | Company A: The Vector Regime (4:30pm) | Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (6pm)

Saturday, March 14th: Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (3:00pm) | Company A: The Vector Regime (4:30pm) | Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (6pm)

Venue:  207 Accolade East Building | York University Keele Campus

Admission: Pay What You Can. Suggested $10 (cash only please)

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

Mar
11
Wed
Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction
Mar 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction

This movement-based workshop utilizes belly dance vocabulary designed for self-soothing. Learn movements that support the reduction of stress and anxiety symptoms. Participants will leave with applications on how stress responses can be experiences on a spectrum from hyper-arousal (feelings of overstimulation) to hypo-arousal (feelings associated with low-energy or burnout). Belly dance used as mindfulness offers gentle wavey movement designed to down-regulate physical stress responses. This workshop also combines more energizing vocabulary through shimmying and shaking as well as core engagement to support up-regulation of the nervous system, based on internal rhythm and percussion.

 

About the Facilitator :

Shaila is completing her Masters in Dance at York University. She concurrently training as a Dance Movement Therapist through the National Centre for Dance Therapy in Montreal. Her work focuses on belly dance practices that use sensuality as a healing tool within dance interventions. Her movement offerings look at building resiliency, decoupling stress responses and promoting body positivity. Shaila provides a unique framework that maps belly dance vocabulary for nervous-system regulation. Shaila has been an active member of the Toronto belly dancing community for over a decade, both as a performer and instructor. She currently works as a Health Educator and Training Specialist and enjoys offering students training on mental health and well-being.