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Shake off the winter blues with arts and cultural events

WINTER BLUES FEST AT UTSC: Don't let winter get you down. Enjoy many artistic and cultural events being organized from February 1 to 5. (Photos by David Hou.)

by Eleni Kanavas and Mary Ann Gratton

Winter got you down? Don’t be blue … Arts & Events Programming (AEP) at the University of Toronto Scarborough will lift your spirits with Winter Blues Fest.

A lively slate of music and cultural events has been organized for the first week in February by the AEP office, representing the Department of Humanities.

“The first annual Winter Blues Fest offers a ‘pick-me-up’ for everyone,” said Lynn Tucker, director, AEP. “We’re offering musical performances, cool talks and workshops, and art exhibits – including free snow cones being given away at the Doris McCarthy Gallery – and another must-see, UTSC Poetry Idol.”

The activities take place from February 1 to February 5. Scroll down for a listing of upcoming events.

All of the activities are free and open to the public, and AEP encourages everyone to come out and enjoy them.


JANUARY 13 to FEBRUARY 24 Art exhibition, Doris McCarthy Gallery, featuring Toronto-based artist Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions. Tues.– Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Wed. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sat. – Sun. 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. Visit

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 – Brighten a cold winter afternoon with music from the UTSC String Ensemble, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., Meeting Place.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 – Music Performance Lecture Series features percussion music by TorQ, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., AA303. Join Toronto-area percussionists as they showcase their high energy repertoire.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 – Enjoy the sounds of jazz and blues with the UTSC Jazz Band, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., Meeting Place.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 – Poetry Idol, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Rex’s Den, Student Centre. Join professor and poet Daniel Scott Tysdal in the search to find UTSC’s best poets.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3 – Lecture by Dean Rick Halpern, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Doris McCarthy Gallery. Learn about the history of the Deep South through “Hellhound on my Trail: Black Life in the Mississippi Delta through the Blues”.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 – UMAP’s Songwriters’ Circle, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Rex’s Den, Student Centre. Student musicians showcase their compositional and performance skills.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 – Sound Poetry Workshop with professor and poet Daniel Scott Tysdal, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Doris McCarthy Gallery. Sign up on the intranet.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 – World Rhythms Performance Series: Meneka Thakkar Dance Company, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Leigha Lee Browne Theatre. Seating is limited, sign up on the intranet or email

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 – UTSC Sculpture, Rex’s Den, Student Centre. Student sculpture work on display.

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