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Zoltán Mága: From Budapest with Love Contest



October 31, 2015 • 3:00PM & 8:00PM

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Live in concert, enjoy the flair and passion of Zoltán Mága, Hungary’s foremost violin virtuoso! Experience fiery music and Hungarian folk dance brought to life by a cast of hand-picked singers, costumed ballroom dancers and chamber symphony orchestra. From heart-warming ballads, beautiful waltzes and beloved arias to the furious speeds of Zoltán’s Gypsy band, let these performers dazzle you with their masterful virtuosity.
If you loved Zoltán’s PBS Special, From Budapest with Love, then you’ll love the charm of this vibrant live concert celebrating the infectious energy of Hungary’s music and dance!

Audiences adore Zoltán for his style, warmth and his beautiful artistry. He has been honored to play before kings, heads of state, church dignitaries and world-famous stars. With musicianship that shines through his repertoire of traditional Hungarian folk melodies and classical rhapsodies, Zoltán is a master of his instrument, continually searching for new ways to communicate with his audiences.

Advance Screening of HE NAMED ME MALALA


CINSSU Presents an advance screening of HE NAMED ME MALALA on October 1st at Innis Town Hall, 8pm!

For a chance to receive tickets, email with the subject code MALALA.

Synopsis: HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

UC Follies’ AGAMEMNON Review

The UC Follies’ adaptation of Agamemnon held onto the core values of the original play. To quote the artistic producer, Agamemnon “explores gender and power”,  and incorporated the devotion to Greek gods and the seduction and destruction of war.

There is a clear disregard of a woman’s value throughout the play, especially between the chorus and the Queen, Clytemenstra. They honour her, but only in the King’s absence (a 10 year absence, and still they resent a woman in power). They say she’s “like wax, too easily softened”. Even the king, upon his return, says “A woman who fears nothing, is she a woman?” Well, to answer your question Agamemnon: hell yes.We think all women can relate to Clytemenstra with her sassy sarcastic adoration of her husband, and powerful defence of herself and her lost daughter (killed by her husband!). Continue reading UC Follies’ AGAMEMNON Review

A casual anime observer’s opinion on Attack on Titans

Watching anime and reading manga is a casual hobby of mine that I indulge in on occasion when I’m bored. I’m probably really late on this topic, but I’ve recently watched the most recent episodes on an extremely popular anime called Attack on Titans.

The plot is a post apocalyptic time period in which all races of men live together in a fortified wall city with several layers to defend against giant man eating monsters called the Titans. The main character, Eren Jeager, lives in the outermost layer of the city and witnesses Titans attacking his city after 100 years of peace. His mother is killed in the process, driven by his thirst for revenge, he joins the “Survey Corps”. soldiers who venture outside the wall city and fight to protect the citizens directly with Titans,

The story reminded me at first, a bit like Naruto. Let’s list the similarities shall we?
-Main character has no blood related relatives throughout most of the series, his mom definitely died for sure
-Main character has two dynamic friends who prove to be talented in their own ways and are loyal to him
-Main character has some extremely rare gift that is a totally unfair advantage (but also a personal curse). This curse was given to him by his own father (thanks dad).
-Main character is extremely eager to die, but doesn’t, which is awfully brave, but also slightly stupid in the beginning
-Main character is moral, his values and character are unwavering
-Main character will save everyone (inevitably)

Nonetheless, I really enjoyed it. The story has a lot of violence in it, and the society’s lack of technology (but amazing invention of gas tubes that let you fly) is somewhat silly as it is a time period ahead of current modern age, but I’ll take it for what it is.

The anime’s “Titans” are not the kind you would expect from watching that childhood show “Teen Titans” on Cartoon Network, or the weird monster/God like creatures from Greek mythology. These monsters are pure horror, allowing you to witness gruesome scenes of humans getting eaten and basic human like cruelty from them. Which, I must say, is epic.

Learning how to kill these monsters is really cool, apparently they can only die from slices off the back of its neck, so watching humans kill them with their 3D flying gear maneuver thing is freaking bad ass.

I actually liked Eren Jeager’s plot twist, where he could become a Titan and regenerate his body all the time. It would have been a little more satisfying, however, if he had enough skills to just take down a bunch of Titans like Levi Ackerman. But then we would never understand the Colossal or Armored Titan’s true nature.

Long story short, it is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested but hesitant to watch it. I would recommend watching anime as an extremely efficient study break indulgence as most episodes are only 20 minutes (not an extreme investment of time) and it is much more satisfying than watching you tube (which can be addicting and quickly add up to much more time you had originally planned on spending on it).

Dear U of T, what are you trying to say? Sincerely, a cynical student.

As a commuter, I’ve never paid attention to student residences at U of T. Although I admit I feel like I’m missing out on an invaluable experience, I’m grateful that the hassle of the residence life at U of T was one less problem I had to deal with as a first year student. On the other hand, as an architecture student, I find the current construction of a new student residence greatly intriguing, especially since this new residence is different from the previous student housing projects in that it will not be built by the university itself, but, by a private, for-profit architecture firm known as the Diamond Schmitt Architecture Firm.

Thinking of the people who will be reading this article, I wonder, why would you care? This residence, to students, would seem like any other residence…except it’s not! Here’s the catch: this residence in particular has raised a lot of controversy: local city staff and residents are not too happy about it while others gladly embrace it.

First of all, the design for the students’ residence is unique. This residence, like the Royal Ontario Museum on Bloor Street, will stand out in contrast to the more medieval-like buildings that will surround it. I personally admire the complexity and technology involved in the construction of this building. In a fast-growing metropolis like downtown Toronto, I feel like the College Street residence is just the start of many more complex, abstract designs to come. A lot of people, though, would disagree with me, as I am speaking from the perspective of a commuter who goes to school for only a few hours a day and then returns home, and so I’m more concerned with the aesthetic quality of U of T, in terms of flexibility as a result of technological advancement, rather than the preservation of open, natural space.

Local city staff and residents, however, are worried that the College residence will change the appearance of downtown Toronto (making it gloomy) by obstructing views for citizens and casting shadows.
The original proposal for the residence called for a 45-storey block but through the course of negotiations, the height was reduced to 25 storeys— about 80 metres. The current density restriction for this area is 2.5 times the square footage of the lot however the residence is 12.1 times the square footage, significantly more than the recommended limit. The city council considers this an over-development of the site; however, despite the city council expressing disapproval, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has approved the proposed design—residents and students (myself included) find it frustrating that the OMB can override the city council’s decision considering that the OMB is not democratically elected by people who live in the city.

The university defended vertical development by claiming that “there will be many mid- and high-rise residences around our St. George campus in the years ahead – notwithstanding the rhetoric of some, the only issue here is whether one site on College Street should move forward sooner rather than later for vertical development to accommodate a few hundred fine young people seeking higher education”, and to be honest, I agree with the first half of the statement. Vertical development can be avoided for only so long; through the simultaneous explosion of modern technologies and human population on limited territories, urban developers are forced to find solutions to support this unprecedented growth—vertical development.
The University has rising international and out-of-province enrolment, and a shortfall of students’ residence. International students bring significant academic benefits to U of T, and so the university is delighted to welcome them. Though I agree with the university’s justification of vertical development, it seems to me as though the second half of the statement is guilt tripping local residents and students by questioning their gesture of choosing aesthetics over the accommodation of young people seeking higher education in downtown Toronto (basically they’re asking, would you rather have a pretty place or would you rather educate young, eager students?!).

Another relevant perspective was offered by the U of T Students’ Union where they claimed that the main concern was not the location of the residence, but the fact that it is led by a private, for-profit company, that has little to no institutional oversight. This, they said, would result in students not having access to the same amenities and institutional support as they would at any other U of T residence. “As we have seen with some services at U of T, such as the food services, this may come at the expense of quality”. Students are also concerned that this might be the beginning of a harmful trend where the university (a public institution) cedes its responsibility to private companies (and rightfully so). Such conflicts, however, are anticipated in a site like Toronto, considering ‘a contemporary city is simultaneously a site of joyful encounters and a site of exploitation and conflict’; a simultaneous utopia and dystopia. The reason why the university has chosen to yield the responsibility of student housing to a private company rather than to build it themselves like the other residences is beyond my knowledge. Perhaps the university, as a public institution, is attempting to make a political statement by doing so. Perhaps it is in the pursuit of self-interest to increase the university’s output. Yet even so, they create a more privileged space of languages, knowledge, affects, codes, habits and practices with innumerable perspectives- “a space of the common” that we, as students, are privileged to experience. ‘We are nothing without diversity and multiculturalism, whether it is linguistic, cultural, artistic, or architectural; if we don’t understand, treasure and share our own roots and identities, we will never be able to respect others’’.

To conclude, I think the university really does need more students’ housing to support the increased enrolment of both local and international students. Vertical development is reasonable, if not necessary in our contemporary world; however, I would like to consider the purported necessity for yielding the responsibility to a private company… Personally, I’m sure that U of T has enough money to fund a student housing project, so why isn’t it doing so? What is U of T trying to say/do?!

I would be delighted to hear the opinions and comments of my fellow students!

 Martin, Reinhold. “Public and Common(s).” Places Journal. 2013.

(Thank You, Professor Zeynep Celik and Professor Paolo Frascà)

It’s Up to One Direction to Change the World

So One Direction just lost its most attractive member, Zayn Malik. But this isn’t important. What I want to know is why this band still hasn’t harnessed its iron grip on pop culture in order to give my generation its own Swinging Sixties.

1D’s build-a-teen-idol image is nothing new. What is in fact newer is the notion of a musical group writing and performing their own songs. It was only with the rise of rock n’ roll in the 50s that lyrics and instrumentation composed within a group became the norm. Today, it seems that the music industry, ravaged by online pirating and slumping sales, has degenerated into the assembly-style formula of hit-making of the musical Dark Ages, relying on a relatively small number of producers and song-writers with proven hit-making track records to produce the vast majority of all Top 40 bands. Essentially, the music industry today has cultivated a musical landscape strikingly similar to that of the pre-rock n’ roll era. All we need now to launch our own cultural revolution is our very own Beatles, a watershed group that will pave the way for a flood of talent to follow. I believe One Direction is that band.

The similarities between grandpa and grandson are striking; both bands embody the youthful best of the pop music of their time, sparking sexual frenzy in teens and succeeding in conquering America courtesy of their legions of devoted British fans. While One Direction has so far followed their predecessors’ steps faithfully, the Invasion bands before them proved that true success and historical impact can only come when an artist forges a unique path on their journey for an innovative sound, the process of discovery and experimentation being the ultimate catalyst for musical revolution. The blueprint-busting impact of the Beatles in particular highlights the global impact possible when a proven hit-making group is given the creative license to explore new avenues of inspiration, from American R &B to Eastern mythology, this freedom giving the Beatles the opportunity to produce ground-breaking albums that were as much historical events as records. The success of The Beatles and their relentless pursuit of originality prodded wary record companies to mine the world for “the next Beatles”, this trickle-down effect launched by the Fab Four clearing the way for equally talented bands to add their voice to the soundtrack of the 60s. The Beatles took full advantage of the spotlight cast on them defying their fellow artists to challenge their undisputed reign over popular music, resulting in a collective body of music transcending genres that together marked pop culture’s Golden Age.

One Direction has already proven that it has the world’s attention. I’m afraid that One Direction might not take their chance to be the ones who change popular music as we know it. But I’m excited, because they more than any other group in the world have the best shot.

UofT In One Word: A Photography Book All About The Students

I have found that most, if not all, publications that focus on our beautiful school tend to dehumanize us. I am not saying this is anyone’s fault. The size of UofT makes it difficult for anyone to encapsulate the average student’s experience. Because of this, we’re often referred to in numbers. We’re always just 1 of roughly 67,000 students.We’re always going up or going down in various world university rankings, which is yet another numerical measure. It’s no wonder why it’s hard for an outsider to hone in on what it really feels like to be a member of the University of Toronto. Each and every one of us knows our personal experiences, and the fact that UofT lacks a rigid identity in many ways, is the very trait that gives it a unique one.

With this project and book, I hope to add to a narrative that to me, is in its infancy. I want to create what I think is lacking in the way that UofT is perceived. It will be a photography book, focusing on students in their favourite locations. I’ve chosen to go with only one word to be given by each participant because of its simplicity but also its poignancy. By just reading one word and seeing one portrait, the reader has an idea of what UofT is like for the student in front of the camera, but it still is also up to the reader’s interpretation. It will leave the reader guessing, while simultaneously giving them insight into the day to day student life at UofT.

If you would like to be a part of this project, you can sign up here

My photography can be found at the following links; my portfolio, my flickr, my instagram, and my vsco grid.

Feel free to contact me via email if you want more information about the book. Thank you for listening. Let’s create something beautiful.


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