AMPD Events

Photo Exhibition of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement
Oct 2 – Oct 15 all-day

The Umbrella Movement is a loose pro-democracy political movement that was created spontaneously during the Hong Kong protests of 2014. Its name derives from the recognition of the umbrella as a symbol of defiance and resistance against the Hong Kong Government , and the united grass-roots objection to the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) of 31 August –Wikipedia

A collection of photos related to the movement will be installed on the 4th floor of the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) building in the design corridoor.

This exhibition and related events are co-sposored and organized by: MA Programme in Cultural Management, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Canada-Hong Kong Link; Master of Design Program, Department of Design, York University; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University

“Reflect”: a drawing exhibition by Matthew Malone
Oct 5 @ 10:30 am – Oct 16 @ 4:00 pm

Fourth year drawing student Matthew Malone‘s "Reflect" is a solo exhibition intended to expose how we view others alongside how we view ourselves.

A series of portraits in soft pastel by Malone will be layered under self portraits drawn by Malone’s models on acetone. The portraits will be the same dimensions and both the artist and the model/artist will share the same source material.

The layered portraits will invite the audience to contemplate the subjective view, the artist’s gaze, as well as shifting perceptions and self expression.

Preliminary sketch for Reflect exhibit 01, 2014, 8×24, soft pastel and ink, By Matthew Malone

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

Admission is free. All welcome.

“woven into fine print”: An Exhibition by Karen Luk
Oct 5 @ 10:30 am – Oct 16 @ 4:00 pm

Fourth year visual art student Karen Luk‘s solo mixed media show woven into fine print, draws connections between language, printmaking, and textile processes.

Knitting and weaving are linked by one word in Cantonese, and colloquially, the one word would be used to refer to either one of them creating some confusion over which is the referent where both are possible contenders. Similarly, some patterns in knitting and weaving mirror one another and even share the same name: linen stitch imitates the look of plain woven linens, and the herringbone pattern is found in knitting and weaving both. Luk will knit and weave cloths in these stitches and patterns, and pairing the fabrics with intaglio prints and books that more directly reference the written word.

Examples of Luk’s work can be found at

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 4pm

Luk’s weaving in progress, 2015

‘Looking China’ Documentary Shorts Screening
Oct 13 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Eight York University cinema and media arts students recently participated in Looking China, an all-expenses-paid trip to Kaifeng in east-central Henan Province, from July 17 to Aug. 6, to make 10-minute documentaries on the theme of “individual, family, nation.”

Image: A film still from Mehrtash Mohit’s poetic ‘More vivid than sculpture: a visual journey into Chinese generations’

Organized by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture, Beijing Normal University and the Huilin Foundation, 100 young film students from 20 universities in 19 countries participated. The trip culminated with two days in Beijing to take part in a final screening ceremony where six films, including one by a York University student, selected by a Looking China jury, were screened.

This free, public screening will showcase the York University student productions.

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Vocal Masterclass with tenor Darryl Edwards
Oct 16 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Internationally acclaimed, tenor Darryl Edwards leads a masterclass with young singers from the classical vocal performance studios of York music faculty Catherine Robbin, Stephanie Bogle, Norma Burrowes, Michael Donovan and Karen Rymal.

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

Darryl Edwards is an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Toronto, Canada, where he has initiated significant innovations in performance training. He is the Artistic Director of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (Canada’s leading and most comprehensive opera training program in Europe) and the Concert Opera Group, dedicated to the development of emerging vocal artists through “Extraordinary Opera Training!” His international demand for master class and lecture appearances includes the Czech Republic (Charles University, Prague), New Zealand (University of Auckland), England (Royal College of Music, London), and China (Central Conservatory, Beijing). In 2013 he was inducted as a distinguished alumnist to the “Wall of Fame” of the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University: London, Canada.

Dr. Edwards’ voice students regularly appear in leading roles with major companies and orchestras across Canada,the United States and Europe (Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, New York City Opera,Philadelphia Opera, San Francisco Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper – Munich, Zurich Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, and the Canadian Opera Company).

As a tenor, Darryl Edwards has appeared to critical acclaim in oratorio, recital, and opera in England, Germany, France,Italy, Corsica, the United States, and across Canada. His performances included appearances with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Hans Graf and the Calgary Philharmonic, Noel Edison and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Christian Kabitz and the Heidelberg Bach-Chor, and Franz-Paul Decker and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Critics praise him as a “rich-voiced, cultured tenor who mastered the high notes effortlessly” (Coburg Tageblatt, Germany), and an “effective communicator who expressed the text with sensitivity and fervour” (Hamilton Spectator). His recordings and broadcasts include performances on American Public Radio (NPR) the Canadian Music Centre (Centrediscs), and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC Radio 2). His representative repertoire includes Britten’s War Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ, Handel’s Samson, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Puccini’s La Bohème, and Verdi’s La Traviata.

The Ashley Plays
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Ashley Plays is a cycle of short, devised site-specific one person performances by York theatre students.

Photo credit Sabah HaqueEach cycle begins the development process with the participants collaboratively delineating a profile of a non gender-specific character named Ashley. Ashley must be the focus of the work, but need not be a character who actually appears. Each “play” is created at an assigned site: for this cycle, every site is within York University’s Centre for Film and Theatre.

IMAGE: Photo by Sabah Haque

In performance, the monodramas are viewed by moving pods of spectators. Each pod is lead through a prescribed route by a guide. There is no linear narrative, but simply a common character that each playwright interacts with in their own unique and inspired way.

The Ashley Plays is conceived and dramaturged by Theatre Professor Judith Rudakoff.

Admission is free of charge with voluntary donations accepted to Walking With Our Sisters, a crowd funded commemorative art installation for the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Canada and the USA.

Please arrive between 12:30 and 12:45pm to be assisnged into groups.

“Streaming Connections”: An Exhibition by Claire Scott
Oct 19 @ 10:30 am – Oct 30 @ 4:00 pm

Fourth year visual art student Claire Scott‘s solo exhibition "Streaming Connections" features painting, drawing and mixed media collage on the theme of the energy, patterns and connections shared throughout the natural world.

From deep spiritual experiences to small moments of beauty that happen every single day, Scott explores the emotional realm through both abstract and realistic expression.

Her work in art mixed with fashion can be found at her retail site

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Rock crystal (1), January 2015, 8.5 by 11 inches, mixed media; pencil & photography on paper

Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert
Oct 19 @ 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.

Music @ Midday: Student Showcase
Oct 20 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

York University music students showcase their talent.
Free admission. Everyone welcome.


CineSiege 2015: A Juried Showcase of York Film
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Catch a rising wave of electrifying film talent!

Now in its 13th year, CineSiege presents a collection of short films – riveting fiction, cutting-edge alternative works and provocative documentaries – selected by leading lights of the Canadian film and media scene.

Screening one night only, this juried showcase features the best productions created in 2014-2015 by AMPD’s talented undergraduate filmmakers. The winning films are chosen from a shortlist of 32 nominees, culled from a total pool of 137 productions.

For details on the nominees and the jury, visit the Cinesiege 2015 website.

Jurors will be in attendance to introduce their picks.

Admission is free. All are welcome.

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CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of  

A Streetcar Named Desire studio performance
Oct 22 – Oct 23 all-day

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams is considered one of the great masterpieces of American realist drama. It centres on Blanche du Bois, a woman with an aristocratic air, a penchant for glamour, and one of the most alluring and enigmatic female characters in the history of western theatre. In the midst of a sweltering heatwave in New Orleans, Blanche appears on the doorstep of the low-rent, two-room flat of her younger sister Stella and boorish brother-in-law Stanley heralding ill tidings, with an artfully constructed veneer that masks her many secrets.

Interpreted in four distinctive and arresting ways in an intimate studio setting by the current cohort of MFA directing candidates, this taut, sexually charged drama is performed by students from the third year acting conservatory.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Performance Schedule: Thursday, October 22 at 7pm,

Friday October 23 at 2pm & 7 pm

Saturday October 24 at 7pm

Music @ Midday: Gospel Joy Choir
Oct 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Gospel Joy is community choir from Poland. The Choir was established ten years ago and is currently under the direction of Baca (Agnieszka Tomaszewska-Górska). In 2013 Gospel Joy qualified to be one of the semifinals on Poland’s Got Talent. Gospel Joy has released three albums over the course of their musical history  “That’s Him”, “Gospel Joy Live” and “Gospel Joy Christmas Carols”. They have performed in Germany, The Netherlands, USA and Canada. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this very talented choir in action.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

Improv Soirée
Oct 22 @ 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.


G.I.V.E Gospel Inter-Varsity Explosion
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Imagine the power of more than 150 voices raised in chorus. Now imagine that power expressed through gospel music.

The York University Gospel Choir joins forces and voices with other university choirs including the University of Toronto Gospel ChoirMcMaster University Gospel Choir and Humber Gospel Choir in a rafter-raising celebration of gospel music as part of the ninth annual Gospel Inter-Varsity Explosion (G.I.V.E).

Music Professor Karen Burke, founding director of the York University Gospel Choir and director of the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, is the powerhouse behind G.I.V.E. Special guests will include the Toronto Mass Choir and Gospel Joy Choir from Poland. 

The concert features performances by all the participating choirs, first individually and then as a massed gospel choir backed by a professional rhythm section directed by Corey Butler.

"G.I.V.E. is a unique platform in Canada, bringing together and showcasing gospel choirs from various Canadian post-secondary institutions. The individual performances are so exciting and when all of the choirs sing all together on stage, it’s an experience not to be missed", says Burke.

A renowned singer, choral director and composer in the field of African-American vocal music, Burke is recognized as 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, the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, Ontario Choral Federation/Choirs Ontario and Poland’s Pro Novis Foundation. She co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, a gospel choir that has been touring and recording in Canada since 1988.

Admission: $15 | $10

Tickets:  online or tel. 416-747-7208

Address: Islington Evangel Centre | 49 Queen’s Plate Dr, Toronto (Highway 7 and Rexdale Blvd) 

Music @ Midday: Singing our Songs
Oct 27 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Young artists from the studios of Catherine Robbin, Norma Burrowes, Stephanie Bogle, Michael Donovan and Karen Rymal in York’s classical vocal performance program share the stage in a series of concerts featuring arias, art songs and ensemble pieces.

Admission is free.