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U of T Festival of the Arts

Creativity takes centre stage during the inaugural U of T Festival of the Arts, celebrating the University of Toronto’s resident artistic talent. From March 3 – 20 a spotlight is thrown on activities at all three U of T campuses, showcasing a vibrant range of artistic expression across numerous disciplines. With the presentation of over 100 events in music, theatre, visual arts, dance, film and multimedia, including over 20 juried student projects, the U of T Festival of the Arts showcases the depth and diversity of artistic activity that enliven the University of Toronto throughout the year.

The rich range of festival programming includes some exciting highlights, such as: 

Monitors, Minotaurs and the Close-Up: Atom Egoyan

March 4, 7 pm

Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College, 93 Charles Street West.

Admission: Free, but tickets are required.

Visit or call 416-978-8849.

Renowned Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan delivers his second public presentation as the Dean’s Distinguished Visitor in Theatre, Film, Music, and Visual Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

The Trojan Women and Lysistrata: New versions by Ellen McLaughlin

March 6-8 and 11-15.  Times vary.

Erindale Studio Theatre, UTM, 3359 Mississauga Road N., Mississauga

Admission: $9 (concessions) or $14.

Visit or call 905-563-4369.

Theatre Erindale’s mainstage season presents these brilliant new streamlined adaptations of Ancient Greek theatre. Achingly passionate and outrageously funny, together they remind us why women and war have been mortal foes ever since the discovery of peace.

Readings: Vincent Lam, Alissa York, Marina Nemat and Edward Carson

March 6, 7:30 pm

Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

Admission: Free

Enjoy readings by authors associated with U of T’s School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program. Vincent Lam won the Giller Prize in 2006, Alissa York was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2007, Marina Nemat’s memoir Prisoner of Tehran is an international bestseller and Edward Carson’s book of poetry is being released in March 2008. Book-signings will follow the readings. Co-sponsored by the U of T Bookstore.

AA Bronson’s School for Young Shamans

March 10, 7pm

Room 140, University College, 15 King’s College Circle

Admission: Free

U of T 2007-08 artist-in-residence AA Bronson has worked alone since his partners in General Idea both died of AIDS in the 1990s. But he is never really alone. As an artist, mentor, healer and gay role model, he remains a collaborator. Performance has been his primary medium since the 1990s, specifically as a self-described healer. For his recent exhibition in New York, he collaborated with artists of various generations to produce AA Bronson's School for Young Shamans. In this lecture he will show new work and reflect on his life and his art.

H'Art Crawl @ Hart House

Monday, March 17, 5-10 pm

Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

Admission: Free

Similar to a pub crawl, Hart House hosts this accessible, interactive and free Art Crawl experience. Come explore different areas of the House and discover art, drama, music, improv, film and dance. You'll be able to participate in sessions like Belly Dance, Hip Hop and Swing. Recharge with food and beverages. Choose your own path around the House and find art along the way in every nook. You'll be surprised at what you'll find!

Artists: U of T’s best kept secret

March 19, 8-10pm

One Spadina Crescent

Admission: Free

For the first time, the University of Toronto will be giving the public a glimpse of its best hidden treasures - the artists who teach and work here. Over a two-hour period, you will be guided through studios and classrooms where artists from architecture, drama, music, film, visual arts and English demonstrate their work.  The evening wraps up with a moderated panel, including artists Djanet Sears, Alexina Louie, John Massey and George Elliott Clarke, among others.

Amanda Martinez: Music of All Latitudes

***NEW DATE*** April 26, 7:30 pm

ARC Theatre, Academic Resource Centre Building, UTSC, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough

Admission: $10 & $12

Visit or call 416-978-8849

Award-winning Latin Jazz vocalist Amanda Martinez stars in this concert, part of the 'Music of All Latitudes' series presented by U of T Scarborough’s Cultural Affairs Department.

The U of T Festival of the Arts is administered by the U of T ArtsZone office - a fresh initiative designed to celebrate the vast array of artistic activity that makes the University of Toronto a dynamic place to learn, work and live. U of T ArtsZone works with academic departments, galleries, performance groups and student organizations across the three campuses of the University to foster engagement in the arts and raise the profile of the University’s arts scene.

Information about all 100+ events can be found at the U of T Arts & Culture website:

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