Vengeance in the Heart of U of T

"Titus Andronicus, the fourth and final show of Hart House’s regular 2017–18 season, is certainly one of the more resistant works, but Director James Wallis’ production responds effectively by leaning into the melodrama of Shakespeare’s early experiment in baroque tragedy."

Demonstrating Protest, Collaboratively

"The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is Canada’s leading non-profit public art gallery that is solely dedicated to contemporary visual art from Canada and around the world. As a camp, we walked to The Power Plant, explored the different visual art exhibits at no cost, and learned about various artists and their visions."

Showcasing Canada’s Cultural Diversity

"Though all the pieces in the exhibit are fascinating works of talented artists, there was one piece in particular that stood out the most: Gordon Shadrach’s painting "In Conversation." It depicts a confident and comfortable-looking young woman with shoulder-length curly hair, holding a silver iPhone in her right hand, as if she were going to take a self-portrait."

Urban Jungle

"There’s something about being enclosed within such a beautiful space that allows people to open themselves up to making conversation, no matter how much the stress from work, school, or life may loom over their heads."

The Mike’s Spring Playlist

"With the winter season behind us, The Mike has prepared a spring playlist including multiple genres such as hip-hop, R&B, classic rock, alternative rock, indie rock, jazz, and some uplifting electronic music. With the start of spring indicating a warmer and sunnier season, the playlist incorporates these aspects with up-tempo instrumentals and relaxing melodies."

A Baltimore Fairy Tale

"It must immediately be acknowledged that the Troubadours have assembled an impressive ensemble this year and are willing to play to the strengths of its members. Hairspray is a better fit for a student drama society than previous efforts like Evita, where much of the play’s quality relies on the Herculean efforts of a single lead performer."

The Story Behind the Actress

“I'm so fortunate that the U of T values the arts as much as I do, and offers ample opportunities for students to exercise their creative skills. Theatre is such an important platform, especially in today’s political and social climate, that encourages the expression of voice unlike any other platform. Hairspray, for example, tackles important contemporary issues like racism and ableism in an artistic way that appeals to a widespread audience."

The King Lives

"I have never really been a fan of superhero movies, or even the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general. The last one I had seen was the first The Avengers film! But Black Panther is so much more than your average superhero flick; it is history in the making."

USMC Hits the Big Stage

"The opportunity to see and view a play written by a St. Mike's student is amazing in itself, but to have it also be performed and directed by St. Mike's students is also an honour, to say the least."

A Night At the U of T Drama Festival

"The University of Toronto (U of T) Drama Festival occurred between February 8 to February 10. Each night, three short plays were presented, all created entirely by students belonging to one of the University’s drama organizations. As suggested by the second night of the festival on February 9, it is with live theatre that the voices of the younger generation emerge the clearest and the most authentically."

Mirvish Productions Speaks for the Trees

"The stage adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss story stays true to its origins. The witty rhymes and the liveliness of the Lorax were truly commendable. While they didn’t venture into the Truffula forests of Toronto and find a real Lorax to play the part, the three puppeteers that maneuvered every action, David Ricardo-Pearce, Laura Caldow and Romina Hytten, brought the character to life."

1692 Meets 2018 at Hart House Theatre

"The Crucible dramatizes the 1692 wave of accusations, arrests, and executions surrounding the crime of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. It focuses on several girls of the Puritan community who are discovered dancing in the woods at midnight. As this impropriety is discussed and one of the girls faints due to shock, the jealousies and superstitions of various townspeople manifest as a fear of the Devil."

The Sublimity of Nature Captured

"Lewis Blackwell, Chair of the jury, explained, “What these images achieve is up to you. You may pick up a camera. You may travel. You may have a mission.” With this advice, I wandered through the exhibit and admired each image as a way to provide clarity in a world of obscurity."

Where the Highway Ends, Adventure Begins

"The east side of the bay is a rugged peninsula covered in trees and framed by the massive coastal mountains far in the distance on the other side of Queen Charlotte Sound. It is a beautiful place haunted by the shrouds of mist that are omnipresent on the west coast in winter."

Hard Work and Dedication Shown in a Traditional Ballet 

"The Nutcracker is symbolic of the various rites of passage that a dancer at The National Ballet of Canada experiences throughout their career. In Act II, the little lambs are children from The National Ballet School under the age of seven. The children in the opening act are grade six to eight students at The National Ballet School that participate every year."