Creative Arts

UTSC has always enjoyed a rich mix of arts, from performance to literature to visual art

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Our campus has been a source of inspiration for writers, artists and performers of all kinds. Here’s a snapshot of UTSC’s artistic history.

ArtSideOut, an annual event and UTSC’s largest multidisciplinary arts festival, will continue to engage the campus on October 9 with its kaleidoscope of sculptures, painting, musical performance, dance, poetry and drama.

Writers-in-Residence have enhanced the UTSC literary tradition by mentoring the next generation of writers at UTSC:
• 1972: Martin Myers, who wrote his novel The Frigate while at UTSC.
• 1983: Canadian author Sheila Watson, best known for her novel The Double Hook, served a one-week term.
• 1983: Gwendolyn MacEwen, a Canadian poet and author, and winner of the 1969 Governor General’s Award for poetry.
• 1988: Award-winning Saskatchewan poet Lorna Crozier, known for her books Crow’s Black Joy, Humans and Other Beasts, and The Garden Going on Without Us.
• 2014: The Writer-in-Residence program returns with novelist Miriam Toews, winner of the Governor General’s Award for fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for A Complicated Kindness.

In 1974, Canada’s oldest alternative theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, serves as Artists-in-Residence.

Scarborough Fair, the UTSC student literary and arts magazine, has been integral to the campus arts scene since the 1960s.

The much-admired UTSC music program celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014. Thousands of students have participated in its vocal and instrumental groups throughout the years.

In 2005, UTSC’s South Asian Alliance dance team took first place at the annual South Asian Dance Competition, an event featuring groups from 14 Canadian universities.

UTSC served as a venue for the annual Scarborough Film Festival in its inaugural year, 2013, and again this year.

UTSC’s deep connection to Doris McCarthy, the late Scarborough artist and alum, was front and centre as her namesake campus gallery turned 10 years old in 2014. McCarthy’s estate donated many of her works to the campus.