Nurturing Your Art by Supporting Others

Written by: Lucia Llano

As emerging artists, it is often that we find ourselves promoting our work and constantly seeking support for our art. However, how often do we see a theatre show, a dance performance or visit an art gallery? How often do we actually support our fellow art students?

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The Gospel InterVarsity Explosion

Written By: Emilio Bernardo-Ciddio

On Saturday, October 21st at 7pm, a collective of university gospel choirs came together to spread love and happiness to their audience in YorkU’s own Tribute Communities Recital Hall.

The performance is an annual event that brings together Toronto student gospel choirs to share their music with each other and with their audiences. This year, the performance brought together the YorkU Gospel Choir (YUGC), the University of Toronto (UofT) Gospel Choir, and the McMaster Gospel Choir.  Unfortunately, Humber was not able to make it due to the labour disruption.

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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!

Discounted Performance Announcement

Written by Emilio Bernardo-Ciddio


This weekend, the Pax Christi Chorale is performing “Elijah.” This will be a fantastic performance, and they have been generous and set up a special student preview performance. York’s own professor Stephanie Martin is the Artistic Director of the ensemble, so a presence of York music students would be welcome! On Friday night at 7pm, any student can attend the performance at a (very) low cost of only $5! Students may either purchase a cheap ticket at the door (just tell them you are a student, and have your student ID on you just in case), or purchase a ticket online. Read More

Upcoming music performances in toronto

Compiled by Emilio Bernardo-Ciddio



  • 21st – Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble @ Koerner Hall (works by Rossini, Mozart, and Schubert)
  • 21st – Canadian Opera Company performing Bellini’s “Norma”
  • 21st – Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra @ Martingrove CI, performing Gershwin and more
  • 22nd – Taylor Academy Showcase @ Mazzoleni Concert Hall
  • 22nd – Toronto Symphony Orchestra @ Roy Thomson Hall presents “Symphony Spooktacular”
  • 22nd – Canadian Opera Company performing Handel’s “Ariodante”
  • 23rd – Nathalie Paulin, Monica Whicher, Robert Kortgaard, and Peter Tiefenbach @ Mazzoleni Concert Hall
  • 23rd – Shen Yun Orchestra @ Roy Thomson Hall
  • 23rd – Canadian Opera Company performing Bellini’s “Norma”
  • 23rd – Orchestra Toronto with Maria Soulis @ Toronto Centre for the Arts (works by Elgar, Holst, and R. Vaughan Williams)
  • 23rd – Esprit Orchestra @ Koerner Hall (works by Schafer and more)
  • 25th – Janina Fialkowska @ Jane Mallet Theatre, performing Chopin
  • 25th-26th – Talisker Players with Miriam Khalil, Lauren Segal, and Stewart Arnott @ Trinity St Paul’s Centre
  • 25th, 27th, 29th – Canadian Opera Company performing Handel’s “Ariodante”
  • 26th and 18th – Canadian Opera Company performing Bellini’s “Norma”
  • 26th – Toronto Symphony Orchestra @ Roy Thomson Hall (works by Reich, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Kodaly)
  • 28th – Exultate Chamber Singers
  • 29th-30th  – Toronto Symphony Orchestra with the Orpheus Choir @ Roy Thomson Hall, performing “Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton”
  • 30th – Judy Loman @ Mazzoleni Concert Hall (works by Salzedo, Renie, and more)
  • 30th – Kyiv Chamber Choir @ Koerner Hall
  • 30th – St. Philips Jazz Vespers with Jorge Lopez and the Mexico Amigo Mariachi @ All Saints Anglican Church
  • 30th – The Voicebox Chorus with Michael Nyby @ St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts


  • 2nd, 3rd, 5th – Toronto Symphony Orchestra @ Roy Thomson Hall (works by Milhaud, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich)
  • 2nd-6th – Tafelmusik Chamber Choir @ Jeanne Lamon (works by Handel, Zelenka, Steffani, and Rameau)
  • 3rd and 5th – Opera York @ Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, performing Tosca
  • 4th – Canadian Opera Company performing Handel’s “Ariodante”
  • 5th-6th – Pax Christi Chorale with the Bicycle Opera Project @ Grace Church-on-the-Hill, performing Elijah
  • 5th – Toronto Mendelssohn Choir @ Koerner Hall, performing Elijah
  • 5th – Nagata Shachu with Shogo Yoshii @ Kobayashi Hall
  • 5th – Canadian Opera Company performing Bellini’s “Norma”
  • 6th – Steven Schick @ Mazzoleni Concert Hall, works by Liang, Applebaum, Cage, and Xenakis
  • 6th – Weston Silver Band @ the Glenn Gould Studio (works by the Beatles and other works)
  • 6th – Toronto Operetta Theatre @ St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, performing a Tribute to Kalman and Lehar
  • 10th – Generation Next (Charles Richard-Hamelin, Tony Yike Yang, Alexander Seredenko, Stephane Tetreault, and Emily D’Angelo) @ Koerner Hall
  • 11th – That Choir @ Church of the Holy Trinity
  • 11th – David Briggs @ Lawrence Park Community Church (works by Bach, Franck, and Elgar)
  • 11th-12th – Toronto Consort presents The Italian Queen of France @ the Living Arts Centre
  • 12th – Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra (works by Bruckner and Tchaikovsky)
  • 12th – Robert Michaels with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic
  • 13th – St. Philip’s Jazz Vespers with The Pat LaBarbera Quartet @ All Saints Anglican Church
  • 18th – the Syrinx Concerts via the Canadian Art Song Project with Martha Guth, Peter Barrett, Allyson McHardy, Helen Becque, and with Matthew Whitfield @ Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, performing “the Art Song of Healey Willan”
  • 20th – Voicebox Choir @ St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, performing The Capulets and the Montagues
  • 27th – St. Philip’s Jazz Vespers with Yvette Tollar, Dave Restivo, and Mike Downes @ All Saints Anglican Church, the Music of Joni Mitchell


  • 1st-3rd – Adam Sherkin @ St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, performing Mozart piano works
  • 1st  – Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Canadian Children’s Opera Company @ Roy Thomson Hall, performing “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring”
  • 1st-4th – Tafaelmusik with Cristina Zacharias @ Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (works by Corelli, Vivaldi, and more)
  • 2nd – Elmer Iseler Singers with the Amadeus Choir, Allison Angelo, Andrea Ludwig, Zach Finkelstein, Peter McGillivray, Patricia Wright, Robert Venables, Robert DeVito, and more @ Metropolitan United Church, performing Handel’s “Messiah”
  • 2nd-3rd – China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra with the Ottawa Bach Choir @ the Sony Centre, performing Masterpieces of Chinese Music
  • 3rd – Collaborative benefit performance featuring the True North Brass, Bach Children’s Choir, That Choir, Hedgerow Singers, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir, Alexis Gordon, and Kenneth Welsh @ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
  • 6th – Tafaelmusik with Cristina Zacharias @ Toronto Centre for the Arts, works by Corelli, Vivaldi, and more
  • 7th – Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with the Canadian Staff Band and David Briggs @ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
  • 9th – Exultate Chamber Singers
  • 9th – Canadian Men’s Chorus
  • 9th-10th, 11th – The Toronto Consort presents “A Medieval Christmas”
  • 10th – Bach Children’s Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir @ Toronto Centre for the Arts
  • 10th-11th – Pax Christi Chorale with Shannon Mercer and the Aslan Boys Choir @ Grace Church on-the-Hill, works by Parry, Palestrina, and Part
  • 12th – Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto @ Roy Thomson Hall
  • 14th-17th – Tafelmusik Chamber Choir with Guest Soloists @ Koerner Hall, performing Handel’s “Messiah”
  • 17th – Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra with Valerie Tryon and the Tryptych Concert and Opera, works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Menotti
  • 17th – Mississauga Symphony Orchestra @ Hammerson Hall, performing Highlights from “Messiah”
  • 17th – Pax Christi Chorale @ Church of St. Mary Magdalene, performing “Children’s Messiah”
  • 17th – Toronto Children’s Chorus@ Roy Thomson Hall, performing “A Child’s Christmas”
  • 18th – Tafelmusik Chamber Choir with Guest Soloists @ Massey Hall, performing Handel’s “Messiah”
  • 18th – That Choir with the Wexford Collegiate Chamber Choir @ St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
  • 19th – Nadina Mackie Jackson with top Toronto Bassoonists such as Michael Sweeney, Catherine Chen, and Samuel Banks @ Heliconian Hall, performing Vivaldi concerti
  • 27th, 30th, 31st – Toronto Operetta Theatre @ St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, performing “The Pirates of Penzance”
  • 31st – Strauss Symphony of Canada with Guests @ Roy Thomson Hall, performing “A Salute to Vienna,” consisting of Viennese repertoire to celebrate the coming new year


  • 6th-8th – Toronto Operetta Theatre @ St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, performing “The Pirates of Penzance”
  • 29th, 31st – Talisker Players, performing the best of the Gershwin Songbook


  • 2nd – Victoria Cholars Men’s Choral Ensemble and the Choirs of St. Michael’s Choir Scool @ Roy Thomson Hall, performing Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and more
  • 11th – Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra with the Tryptych Concert and Opera, works by Puccini and Tchaikovsky
  • 25th – Canadian Men’s Chorus


  • 2nd – Mendelssohn Singers @ Roy Thomson Hall
  • 11th – Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra with the UTSC Concert Choir, Saint Joseph’s R.C.C Parish Choir, and the Grand River Chorus, works by Faure and Mozart
  • 8th – Chris Botti @ Roy Thomson Hall
  • 23rd – Marc-Andre Hamelin @ Jane Mallet Theatre, works by Haydn, Feinberg, Beethoven, Scriabin, Chopin
  • 24th – Exultate Chamber Singers
  • 28th-29th – Talisker Players, performing Songs of Canada’s first European Settlers


  • 7th – Nathaniel Dett Chorale @ Roy Thomson Hall
  • 7th-9th – Nagata Shachu @ Aki Studio Theatre
  • 29th – Canadian Men’s Chorus


  • 16th-17th – Talisker Players
  • 26th – Exultate Chamber Singers
  • 27th – Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra with Ballet Jorgen

Finding the Positive

Written by Chevon Gilzene

I have come to a point in my life where I am learning not to allow anything that life throws at me to disturb my peace. Take today, for example. I got to class early only to realize that my class had been moved to the other side of campus for the day, had my hair messed up by the wind, ended up being late for class, forgot my phone in the washroom after class and didn’t notice until after arriving at work (late), plus it was raining. But throughout all of this, I was determined to keep a positive outlook. This may seem bizarre to most people — I mean, my day started off horribly — but the way I see it, getting upset wouldn’t make my day any better. I wouldn’t get my phone back by getting mad at the world, and being devastated about my hair certainly wouldn’t fix it. The only thing that could turn my day around is insisting that I remain happy.

This has not always been my outlook on life. Actually, it was quite contrary. My favourite past time was ranting, as most of my friends can confirm, and although I wasn’t a negative person per say, I did allow my emotions to dictate how the rest of my day went. I always secretly envied those who could put a positive spin on anything, but didn’t think I could be one of those people. I’d often tell myself, “That’s just not my personality,” or, “I’m not negative, I’m realistic,” and I was content with that until I eventually got tired of complaining. I just wanted to be happy, and while doing research for my History of Gospel Music class, I came across Kirk Franklin’s at the time new single “Wanna Be Happy.” I listened to it out of curiosity and was really encouraged by the lyrics to take my life into my own hands. I came to the realization that I don’t have to allow outside circumstances to have control over my happiness.

Being positive can be difficult, especially when everything around me seems to say otherwise, but it gets easier everyday as I fill my mind with positive thoughts to replace the negative ones that I used to live by.