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Winter got you feeling down? Join AEP for the 3rd Annual Winter Blues Festival

With a late arrival of winter, now is the perfect time to join Arts and Events Programming’s 3rd annual Winter Blues Festival to help you get through the worst of the wintertime.

The weeklong event from January 30 to February 3, 2012 hosts a variety of arts and culture events at UTSC and provides a platform to showcase the work of UTSC’s Visual and Performing Arts students. Events are held across the campus and all events are open to students, staff, faculty, and the general public.

“For the third year, the Winter Blues Festival showcases the diversity of arts and culture here at UTSC. There new events and old favourites that are open to everyone and we hope that the festival will help you beat the winter blues,” explains Andrew Hercules, communications coordinator for AEP.

The festival will start off with a bang with two of the most anticipated events of the festival. One is a must-see production by the UTSC Drama Society of “Closer”, a play by Patrick Marber which was made into a movie starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen, and Natalie Portman.

Earlier on Monday, the 1st Annual UTSC Piano & Guitar Competition will take place. Open to all students and experience levels, the competition will showcase the musical skills of UTSC students with a winners’ showcase happening the following day.

“The competition is a great idea,” says Daniel Mitra, a contestant in the guitar competition.

“There isn’t much going on for guitarists, but this gives us an opportunity to show what we can do. It is a bit more challenging than usual but the competition gives everyone with different levels of experience a chance to showcase their talents.”   

The week continues with many student showcases, open house rehearsals and a past favourite, Poetry Idol. There will also be performances by the UTSC Concert Choir, the Jazz Orchestra, and Vocomotive, UTSC’s a cappella ensemble.

The festival comes to a close with another hotly anticipated event – a free World Rhythms concert by the Canadian, critically acclaimed, cutting-edge, world music ensemble Autorickshaw on February 3rd at 7:30pm in the Leigha Lee Browne Theatre. The ensemble will bring their fusion of jazz, funk and music to UTSC and the concert is free, so make sure you confirm your attendance as seating is limited.

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