New Year’s Resolutions for Every Artist

Written by Chevon Gilzene

So it’s a new year, and it’s time for those all-too-familiar New Year’s resolutions… or not! Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions that every Arts student should make and actually follow. Read More

Stuff To Do This Winter In Toronto: A SAM Guide

Written by Alex Colle

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, friends. You know, that time of year when you’re knee deep in assignments. Or when you’re struggling to study for your exams. Or when you’re much too lazy to go outside because it’s so darn cold. Yes, it can get pretty miserable. But there’s a light at the end of this long and grueling tunnel. That light, of course, is winter break.

The beauty of the winter break, you see, comes with the fact that you can do whatever you want with it.
Go back home for the holidays.
Hang out and charge your brain for a while.
It’s entirely up to you.

BUT! If you are staying in Toronto for the break, why not check out some fun activities the city has to offer? From skating rinks to Christmas Markets to food festivals, there is truly something to do for everybody. Here’s a list of some winter activities the city has to offer… Read More


Written by Zachery Eng
 (All photos taken by yours truly)

Photography: a mystical and wonderful ability to capture and save any moment forever! It is one of the things in life I love most. It captures moments, has the ability to create varied emotions, and ultimately allows me to escape the limitations of reality through its ability to convey surreal imagery. Many people believe in order to take an amazing photograph you need an expensive DSLR camera, but that is not the case. All you need a bit of creativity, a dash of inspiration, and a lot of passion! As long as you have a camera in hand, anyone has the ability to create a superb photo. Here are a few tips and tricks that I use to improve my shots! Read More

Creative Writing Playlist

Written by Alex Colle

For a long time, I wrote in silence. My easily distracted mind would work in such a way that allowed only one focus at a time, causing any outside sounds, smells, and interactions to become annoying distractions. My mom was the master of these distractions: talking loudly on the phone in the other room, cooking delicious soup that emitted the mostly heavenly scent of all scents, entering my bedroom to tell me about the latest Globe & Mail article related to the diminishing powers of social media. To be honest, all of these things still distract me.

But the one recent thing I’ve learned to use to my advantage while I write is music.

Formerly labeled as one of these distractions, I slowly began to discover how music could be used to help me write. It was simple: the music put my emotions on the forefront, and this allowed me to pick up and utilize whatever I was feeling. The problem, however, was finding the right song with the right emotions. It wasn’t something as simple as finding a sad song for a sad piece of writing. I needed a song or a piece that flowed with the pacing I attempted to emulate: something that complimented the setting of the world I was building – something that I saw in the actions of my characters. It’s not easy finding the right song. But when I do, the inspiration is incredible. Broken up into genres of writing, I’ve compiled a list of songs I love to write creatively to. Some are purely instrumental, some have words, and some have words you can’t understand. All of them, however, should be light enough to not take too much of your attention while you write. I hope you find something you enjoy amongst this list. Happy listening, and even happier writing! Read More

AMPD’s Third Ever World Cabaret

Written by Clara Ziane, with photos by Kateryna Vatsyk

img_5966On October 18th, 2016 at 6:00pm sharp, the doors of the Winters Dining Hall open onto AMPD’s third ever World Cabaret.

The School of the Arts, Media, Performance, & Design is a true home away from home for hundreds of international students, who come from around the world and enrich the faculty in countless ways. For that reason, it became one of AMPD’s top priorities to make these students’ journeys at York unforgettable!

In the fall of 2015, AMPD launched the International Student Engagement Program, which aims to provide international students with a real support system, as well as a network in Canada. The program started off with the first World Cabaret, which gave international students a stage to showcase their talents and be awarded a $50 Bookstore gift card. Artists and performers were selected by a team of Student Ambassadors and Mentors (SAMs) upon auditioning for the event. Past performances have included music, theatre, bubble shows, spoken words, and dance. In addition, art exhibits and film viewings have also been part of the cabaret.

The International Student Engagement Program has grown since our first event. The attendance at the World Cabaret has doubled in one year, and events have been added. For the first time this year, AMPD organized an international student orientation to facilitate the transition of students who had just arrived in Canada. In addition, the faculty and Winters College co-host a bi-weekly world café in the Junior Common Room, where students can enjoy yummy treats and a free cup of coffee or tea while mingling with their peers.

As students of AMPD and Winters College, it is important for us to show our appreciation for the cultures of our peers; as well as to give them equal opportunities to showcase their talents and be rewarded for their work.

More events will be taking place this semester as part of the International Student Engagement Program! Stay tuned!


Written by Jessica Ortaleza

Whether you’re a musician, visual artist, designer, filmmaker, or dancer (like myself), there are apparent reasons as to why we have become so invested in our art. It’s an outlet for our emotions, it keeps us in shape, it keeps us thinking, it makes us feel worth something, it connects us to people, and it’s super fun.

Most of the time we love it, and other times we hate it, but most if not all of the time, our art is teaching us valuable, transferable life lessons that we can learn to use in any type of setting. Particularly, interviews. Read More

Staying in touch with your inner Artist

Written by Dani De Angelis

Last year, I realized that the issue that a lot of VISA students – nay, AMPD students – struggle with is that we don’t give ourselves enough time to connect with our own art styles. We’re often feeling stressed and overloaded and trying to manage our lives within the “College Triangle Diagram.”


For many AMPD students, I would argue that this should be a square, since we often neglect giving ourselves free time to create what we want to explore creatively. We stifle the brilliant ideas and moments of inspiration that pop up so that we can focus on whatever grade-related task is at hand. That got me thinking, and it led me to I develop an important reminder that I personally try my best to live by:

Do what made you want to come here.

Experimenting with your creativity outside of class time can be difficult as far as time allocation goes, but even if you find two minutes to doodle, you’re engaging your otherwise neglected inner artistic passions. If you can manage to reserve an hour to cultivating your creativity in whatever manner and medium you choose, you’re even better off. This is super critical, and I feel as if I can’t adequately stress how critical it is. At the end of the degree, you’ll have developed the skills, techniques, and familiarity with the arts to keep you going, but there is no professor or assignment telling us what we should be doing with our art and ideas, is there? There are no grades, there is no GPA to maintain. It’s all up to you. So where do you go with that muse that you’ve suppressed? How can you make sure it’s expressed – loud and proud?

Use your assignments as stepping stones in your own art. Maybe a particular technique doesn’t have much use for you, but every class you take changes the way you think about art – your art – and how you wish to express yourself and your unique style. Even if it’s not your area of interest, you’re still being tested and pushed from your comfort zone, which I find inspires crucial creativity.

As art critic John Ruskin put it, “When Love and Skill work together, expect a Masterpiece.” At the end of the day, it’s your passion for art that keeps you here. What will you do to nurture it?