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July 10, 2014

Canadian Stage/York U collaboration brings “Titus Andronicus” to High Park

Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus, doesn’t have the memorable soliloquies of his better known plays, but the Canadian Stage/York University Theatre Department collaboration now on stage at Shakespeare in High Park is a bloody good show, action-packed and easy to follow, reported Post City July 7. Read full story

July 07, 2014

Design grad lands Facebook job

An Abbotsford student who graduated from York's Department of Design has been hired by Facebook after she developed an interactive tool to manage her migraine headaches, reported The News July 4. Shayna Lauer, who moved from Abbotsford to Toronto to attend York University, suffered from migraine headaches so badly that she almost didn't know if she would be able to complete her schooling. Read full article

Grad Student wins Grand Prize in Kingston Art Salon

Michelle MacKinnon is no stranger to success when it comes to the Kingston Arts Council's Juried Art Salon. Two years ago, she won the emerging artist award. This year, she was even more successful, taking the grand prize for her portrait "Jessica", reported Kingston EMC May 29. MacKinnon is currently working toward her MFA in Visual Arts at York. Read full story

May 22, 2014

York graduate student awarded Canadian Art Editorial Residency

Natasha Chaykowski, an emerging writer and curator and a graduate student in Art History at York University, has been awarded the Canadian Art Foundation Editorial Residency for 2014 reported Canadian Art May 22. The award comprises a 10-week summer residency and a $7,000 prize.  Read full story.

April 25, 2014

York Film alumni premiere feature documentaries at Hot Docs 2014

Feature productions by two York Film alumni receive their wold premieres at the 2014 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, running April 24 to May 4.

The Secret Trial 5, directed by Amar Wala (BFA 2008), tells the searing story of five Muslim men imprisoned for years without charge on Canadian security certificates. While there are plenty of quietly political films [among the Canadian features at Hot Docs], Wala’s is the only one to directly challenge the federal government on one of the hottest issues of the day, reported The Globe and Mail on April 25 [read full story].

Billed as “a masterpiece of documentary art and contemporary dance cinema”, Before the Last Curtain Falls by Thomas Wallner (BFA 1991) looks at the off-stage lives of six aging Belgian transvestite and transsexual performers, integrated with scenes from their ballet Gardenia.  Xtra published an interview with Wallner April 25 about the making of the film. For screening dates, times and venues, visit the Hot Docs website.

February 28, 2014

Acclaimed theatre director Weyni Mengesha talks about building bridges, parental angst and her Ethiopian roots

Weyni Mengesha is known for directing plays that reflect the experiences of diverse communities, whether it’s Toronto’s Caribbean population (Da Kink in My Hair - the first play Mengesha directed after graduating from York University's theatre program) or the city’s Korean immigrants (Kim’s Convenience). Her latest assignment - Lungs, opening March 4 at Tarragon Theatre - has her staging a work that mirrors the anxieties of a whole generation, said The Grid TO in a profile published Feb. 28 Read full story

February 11, 2014

The Beatles 50 years later

When the Beatles performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964, "it was a transformative moment," Rob Bowman, Grammy-winning pop music historian at York University, told The Toronto Star. Read full story

November 11, 2013

Oscar Peterson award to be handed out at York U gala

Hollywood has its Oscars gala. We now have our gala for Oscar, reported the Toronto Star Nov. 7. That’s the celebration of the Oscar Peterson Scholarship, the annual $40,000 prize given to a first-year York University jazz student. The inaugural gala is being held Friday, Nov. 8 at York University’s Tribute Communities Recital Hall. The scholarship is named for Oscar Peterson, the superstar Canadian jazz pianist/composer who taught through the ’90s at York’s music department before his death in 2007, aged 82. Read full story.

Boys breaking ballet stereotypes

Canada’s National Ballet School has the highest percentage of boys in its entry-level Grade 6 class in its history, wrote Isabel Teotonio of The Toronto Star. Popular TV shows and films are making all dance forms, including ballet, accessible to the general public, says Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt, professor of dance at York University. “Boys, their parents and their teachers are seeing more examples of young men in dance,” says Fisher-Stitt. Boys and young men may initially be attracted to other dance forms, but realize to go further they need more training, which may include ballet, she says. “For all dancers in this day and age, the wider your dance vocabulary, the more opportunities you have in the professional environment,” says Fisher-Stitt. She suspects Ontario’s public school curriculum — dance is now required from kindergarten to Grade 8 — may be piquing the interest of some youngsters. “Those students might decide to carry on with their training — it could be somewhere like the National Ballet School, or an arts high school, or maybe it will be in a university.” Read full story

October 31, 2013

Art History Prof Curates AGO show opening next spring

York University Visual Art and Art History Professor Dan Adler curates a landmark show of painter Francis Bacon and sculptor Henry Moore in an exhibition organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the University of Oxford’s famous Ashmolean Museum. Titled Francis Bacon and Henry Moore, the show, opening April 5, 2014, for a three-month run at the AGO in Toronto, will feature more than 60 works by these two titans of 20th-century art, supplemented with photographs and archival materials dating to the Second World War wrote James Adamas of The Globe and Mail Oct. 30, 2013. Read full story