AMPD News

April 11, 2024

INDUSTRY TALKS: Spotlight on R.T. Thorne at YUMMS

On Friday, February 23, York University Motion Media Studio (YUMMS) held the last of their INDUSTRY TALKS series. Hosted by Associate Professor Ingrid Veninger, the talk featured legendary Canadian filmmaker R.T. Thorne, whose most recent works include the Afrofuturistic sci-fi show Utopia Falls (2020) and CBC’s The Porter (2022). 


A photo of Iris Ng with a camera.
April 4, 2024

BFA Alumna Iris Ng Receives Hot Docs Spotlight

Iris Ng, a BFA ('01) alumna, is set to receive a spotlight alongside legendary director Raoul Peck at the 2024 Hot Docs festival. Hot Docs will be celebrating the remarkable careers of cinematographer Iris Ng and director Raoul Peck, according to an announcement from the festival.


March 25, 2024

40+ AMPD Alum among 2024 Canadian Screen Award Nominees

On March 6, 2024, The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced the nominees for this year's Canadian Screen Awards. Among the nominees, you will find over 45 York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) alums for Canadian Screen Awards across diverse categories, from Best Motion Picture and Best Cinematography to the Best Writing, Documentary. 


March 22, 2024

Professor Janine Marchessault among 2024 Killam Prize recipients

York University Professor, Dr. Janine Marchessault has been named one of the five recipients of the esteemed 2024 Killam Prize. She has been honoured for her work in community-based and site-specific public art exhibitions, research creation, and public outreach.


March 7, 2024

Exploring Philippine Folk Dance and Culture: A Summer Abroad Course with Dr. Patrick Alcedo

On May 27, 2024, students will embark on a cultural journey in the Philippines with the "Philippine Folk Dance and Culture" course offered by the School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design at York University. Led by dance ethnographer, specialist in Philippine traditional dances, and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Professor Patrick Alcedo, this experience will immerse students in the tapestry of Philippine folk dances, history, and culture. 


March 4, 2024

York University’s Noam Lemish Nominated for 2024 JUNO Award in Jazz Category

York University's Noam Lemish, a Professor of Jazz Studies, has earned a nomination for the upcoming 2024 JUNO Awards in the Jazz Album of the Year (Solo) category for his most recent album. The announcement was made on February 6 at CBC Studios in Toronto, marking a significant achievement for both Lemish and the Department of Music.


February 29, 2024

AMPD Professor Karen Burke’s Influence on Black Gospel Music Education in Canadian Academia

Karen Burke, Chair of the Music Department at York University, has been instrumental in advocating for the inclusion of Black gospel music in academia. Since 2005, she established the first courses of this kind at York, emphasizing the interconnectedness of gospel and jazz in African American musical traditions. Burke's influential efforts have played a pivotal role in shaping a more inclusive academic environment, including her mentorship of Darren Hamilton, who established the University of Toronto’s first Gospel Music course.


January 29, 2024

Final Mile Club: Strategic Thinking for the Creative Mind

The Final Mile Club (FMC) prepares emerging artists, makers, performers, and designers for life after graduation. As a project by York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD), FMC examines creatives’ unique challenges through conversations with prominent alumni and industry experts.