Dance Professor Patrick Alcedo’s documentary wins at Cannes Indies Cinema Awards

Dance Professor Patrick Alcedo’s documentary wins at Cannes Indies Cinema Awards A film by York University Associate Professor Patrick Alcedo earned the Best Short Documentary award at the Cannes Indies Cinema Awards on July 10. The film, titled They Call Me Dax, tells the story of 15-year-old Dorothy Echipare who struggles to survive as a high-school student and ballet dancer […]

CineSiege 2021 Nominees Announced

CineSiege 2021 Nominees Announced CineSiege features a juried selection of shorts chosen by program alumni and leading practitioners in film and media culture. Professors’ shortlist nominated films from all 200 films produced by students from all levels of the program in 2021.   The nominated films include fiction, documentary and experimental works. Those chosen for CineSiege are […]

Music Professor Ron Westray to release autobiography this fall

Music Professor Ron Westray to Release Autobiography this Fall Originally featured on York YFile York University Associate Professor Ron Westray, in the Department of Music, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, is releasing an autobiography this September titled Life in Reverse: Tales of a Very Stable Narcissist (Anthem Press). “It is possible that we exist in […]

Luis Ramirez to Premiere with Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Music PhD Student to Premiere with Toronto Symphony Orchestra The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has announced that Luis Ramirez, a York University PhD candidate in Music, has received a commission for an original composition in their 2022 season. His “Celebration Prelude” will be making its world premiere, and will be conducted by Gustavo Gimeno, the Toronto […]

Message to the AMPD community

A Message from the Dean To the community of AMPD: A rainbow flag at half-mast: perhaps no image better captures the painful mood of this June. The revelation of the 215 Indigenous children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. has been a tragic reminder of the […]

Political and Personal: Images of Gay Identity

Eric Birkle is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Visual Art & Art History at York University. As part of his research, Birkle curated a museum exhibition at the Flint Institute of Arts called Political and Personal: Images of Gay Identity. The exhibition is currently running until July 11th, 2021, and it features selections […]

Finding Balance Through Our Roots

Sophie Dow (BFA 2019) is a queer and indigenous dance and music artist. Inspired by their Métis-Assiniboine roots, and in dialogue with Elders and Knowledge Keepers, Dow created Medicine Duets, a dance film that will screen at Buddies in Bad Times on June 24th as part of their “2-Spirit Cabaret”. We spoke with Sophie about […]

AMPD Celebrates Pride

The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design has a rich 2SLGBTQIA community. We pride ourselves as a place where students can find their community; where they can express themselves fully, and be loved by their friends, peers and mentors for it. The 2020-21 school year was a reflection of this, our time spent […]

Dean’s Student Leadership Award

Announcing the Dean’s Student Leadership Award Recipients The Dean’s Student Leadership Award was created in 2021 to recognize exceptional contributions by undergraduate students to the environment and well-being of all students in AMPD. Nominated by their fellow students, faculty members and staff, this award serves both to highlight the contributions of exceptional individuals within the […]