Fine Art, Dance, and Performance Clubs

Fine Art, Dance, and Performance Clubs

Fine Art, Dance, and Performance Clubs

Learn to draw, show off your vocals, or steal the show with your dance moves!

Alegria Contemporary Ballet Company

Alegria is McGill’s first and only contemporary ballet company, founded on the goal of incorporating ballet technique into innovative contemporary dance. In addition to performing showcases throughout the year, Alegria offers drop-in classes in various styles of dance once a month as well as tickets to Les Grands Ballets Canadiens performances at a 40% discount. Our aim is to bring ballet culture to campus!

Chromatones A Cappella

Chromatones is McGill’s freshest A Cappella group, aimed at creating a safe and welcoming environment for its members to explore their love and talent for music and vocal performance. Our repertoire is constantly growing and evolving to reflect the unique styles of our members, and to push ourselves to become the best that we can be. With genres from Rock to R&B, Pop to Jazz, and everything in between, you can find us performing at events on McGill campus, around Montreal, or at one of our end-of-semester concerts!

Classical Music Club (CMC)

If you’re a lover of classical music, you’ve come to the right place.

McGill Students’ Classical Music Club finds you student-affordable tickets for exciting concerts you can experience with fellow aficionados.

If you crave to jam with other students, we can group you with other talented musicians in our Chamber Music Group!

Want to show off your skill? We also provide recitals and other performance opportunities so you can proudly display your artistry.

Dance Pack

Dance Pack is a small group of about ten dancers with a variety of backgrounds in hip-hop, jazz, ballet, modern, and tap. We’re generally a hip-hop group and mostly do a blend of hip-hop and jazz styles. We hold auditions in the fall and work together as a team throughout the year so that everyone gets a chance to contribute choreography, costume, and musical ideas. We perform at various events during the year such as McGill sports games and charity events like Watercan and CASCO. We also guest perform in Urban Groove and MOSAICA’s showcases. Join Dance Pack if you love to dance, have fun, and make lifelong friends in the process!

Learn more about the mandate and structure of Dance Pack in their club constitution.

Effusion A Cappella

We’re McGill’s finest a cappella ensemble! Formed over 20 years ago, Effusion started off a small and humble group of musicians who laid a foundation of soul haunting repertoire and mind-numbing good looks for future generations to build on. 20 years, 3 CDs, and countless road-trips and weekend retreats later, Effusion is still laughing, good-time-ing, and making sweet sweet a cappella. Effusion performs at events, soirees, dinners, festivals, and student functions in and around Montreal, QC. The group has competed in many renowned competitions such as the International Competitions of Collegiate A Cappella and the Montreal Chinese Community and Cultural Center’s Making the Band ’09, in which we placed 2nd in the ’09 Northeast division and first overall. Music sans instruments is our passion, and we draw our influences from across the musical spectrum. R&B, soul, gospel, pop, folk, rock, and jazz influences can all be heard in our repertoire.

Franc-Jeu

Franc-Jeu is the only French-speaking Theatre Club at McGill! We are a dynamic student association, bringing the francophone drama repertoire to McGill and providing you with the opportunity to play in French. We organize plays every year and host weekly workshops in a friendly and non-judgemental atmosphere. Calling for actors, directors, costume designers… Joignez-nous!

Inertia Modern Dance Collective

Inertia Modern Dance Collective is founded on the assertion that contemporary dance is a constantly evolving art form. Participating in rehearsals, classes, and workshops, members of the company seek to contribute to the expansion of this medium through experimentation with movement and choreographic development. We believe that the creative process is just as important as the final product – our ideas, discussion, dancer, and community involvement all contribute to this belief. We hold bi-annual fundraisers, involving other artists at the McGill Community, we have a Holiday show and a Year-End show, and we host open classes for any student interested in dance.

Inertia Modern Dance Collective

Inertia Modern Dance Collective is founded on the assertion that contemporary dance is a constantly evolving art form. Participating in rehearsals and workshops, members of the company seek to contribute to the expansion of this medium through experimentation with movement and choreographic development. We believe that the creative process is just as important as the final product – our annual holiday and spring dance performances. Ideas, discussion, talented dancers and fundraising are what keep our collective strong!

Learn more about the mandate and structure of Inertia Modern Dance Collective in their club constitution.

K-RAVE

K-RAVE is a dance and culture club focused on K-POP/K-Hip Hop/K-R&B music and dance. From K-POP fans to Korean culture enthusiasts, we have something for everyone! Some activities that we do are dance covers, workshops, guest performances, and a year-end performance showcase. We’re always open to new ideas, and there is bound to be something you’ll be K-Raving to join! We’ve got both a Performance Team and Executive Team to provide you the best experiences possible and give you opportunities to meet people with similar passions. If you love dancing/singing and performing, then consider auditioning for the Performance team. Not so much of a dancer? Join our Exec Team! Not up for either? Make sure to follow our YouTube channel and social media!

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kraveKPOPclub

Les Muses Chorale

Les Muses Chorale is a choral ensemble of fun and passionate young women dedicated to performing challenging contemporary and classical choral music at a high level. Under the direction of our fabulous conductor, Gohar Manvelyan, we perform two major concerts a year alongside other exciting performance opportunities in the Montréal music scene. We have participated in the Montréal Bach Festival, the Montréal Choral Institute’s Master Class, and in November 2018, we had the unique privilege of performing at Nuit Couture, the 58th Edition of the Musée des Beaux-Arts Ball. We also received 3rd place in the 2017 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. In addition to singing, we frequently spend time together at socials and on retreats to promote a positive group dynamic. We look forward to singing with you or seeing you at one of our concerts!

McGill Choral Society

One of the largest student groups on the McGill campus, the McGill Choral Society gives members of the University community the chance to explore and enjoy making music together. Each year, we perform two major classical choral works accompanied by a small orchestra and professional soloists. Our audiences range from 500 to 1000 people! In the second half of our concerts, we perform a selection of seasonal and popular music. There are no auditions and sight-reading skills are not required, but all are encouraged to give their heart and voice to the joy of making music. Through benefit concerts, the choir has raised significant funds for groups such as the McGill Aids Centre, the Farha Foundation, Sun Youth and the McGill Assault Centre, and to support research into Lou Gehrig’s disease and lymphedema.

McGill Fantasia Students Club

We are a group of student performers who showcase our talents at charity concerts at hospitals, residences, and shelters in the Montreal area. We entertain the elderly, the impaired, or the terminally ill patients. Our amateur musicians from a diversity of Faculties and backgrounds share their love of music, while other talented performers sing, dance, and juggle.

McGill Student Street Dancers (MSSD)

The McGill Student Street Dancers (MSSD) club strives to foster a positive and inclusive community of street dancers (i.e. bboys, poppers, lockers, waackers etc.) at McGill University, at any skill level. MSSD aims to organize and provide on-campus practice sessions and street dance events, as well as connect its members to the wider Montreal dance scene.

Learn more about the mandate and structure of the McGill Student Street Dancers (MSSD) in their club constitution.

McGill Students Chapter of Jam for Justice

Jam for Justice is a non-profit organization that supports social development and well-being through music. We organize events around Montreal that highlight local and emerging talent. The money raised goes to support charities that are involved in providing musical instruments and education to young children, or to promoting music and the arts in the general Montreal community. We also coordinate Concerts for Comfort, in which we rally local artists to play a musical set at retirement homes or nearby hospitals. Our goal is to engage the McGill community by highlighting musical talent, and using music as a positive and powerful way to bring people together, while helping and fundraising for the community.

McGill Students Comedy Club

The McGill Students Comedy club is the place for McGill comics or aspiring comedians or people who just love comedy to meet up, work together on projects, bounce ideas off one another, and organize/perform stand-up comedy shows. If you like comedy you found the right place.

Learn more about the mandate and structure of the McGill Students Comedy Club in their club constitution.

McGill Students Spoken Word Associated Youth (McSWAY)

McSWAY Poetry was founded on October 13, 2012 with the mission of reintroducing spoken word poetry to the McGill community.

As the only poetry club at McGill University, McSWAY is a space for Montreal writers and artists to share their work, amplify their voices, and build a creative community through workshops, poetry shares, open mics, art shows, and more. McSWAY strives to use sustainable, anti-oppressive practice to create a safe space for all. Everyone is welcome at McSWAY events, students and non-students alike! We support poets and artists of all backgrounds and all levels.

McGill Students’ Ballroom Dance Club

Ballroom dancing is a wonderful, timeless activity that incorporates creativity, coordination, music, and teamwork! Our goal is to make ballroom dancing accessible to students who want to learn a few steps and meet some fellow ballroom dancers.

This year we will be teaching numerous dances! We will be offering a beginner and intermediate class.

McGill Students’ Chinese Music Society

McGill Students Chinese Music Society (MSCMS) is a club that promotes various styles of traditional Chinese music and facilitates the exchange of occidental and oriental music. Formed by students with a passion for Chinese music in 2013, we have since grown from a small group of passionate individuals to an extensive society. Currently, we have thirty ensemble members and over three hundred general members, and the size of our club is continuously growing.

The aim of our society includes the promotion of traditional ensemble-playing and the development of students’ interest in Chinese music. We strive to build an atmosphere for music appreciation within the university and throughout the community at large. Rehearsing once a week, the ensemble is constantly preparing music for performances at events organized by many other McGill student organizations and local Chinese Associations and senior homes, in hopes of spreading awareness of the beauty of Chinese music.

McGill Students’ Improv

McGill Improv is a student-run, alumni-supported improv club. We teach and perform improvised theater with workshops every Saturday from 1:00-3:00pm. All skill levels welcome, from first-timers to improv gurus. E-mail for more information!

We also perform around campus and downtown Montreal. Keep your eyes open or just listen for the thunderous applause.

If you would like for McGill Improv to perform at your next show email us at mcgillimprov@gmail.com

McGill Students’ Visual Arts Society

Whether you’re a beginner doodler or an expert artist, the McGill Students’ Visual Arts Society welcomes you! This is a community for all students who wish to develop their visual arts skills in a creative and casual space. Events are hosted weekly and include model life drawing, tutorials (beginner, intermediate, and expert), Open Sketch, watercolour and acrylic sessions, and field trips! An annual Year-End Art Show is also held near the end of the winter semester, where all members can display their artwork. Art supplies and materials are provided by the club. No previous drawing experience required and new members are always welcome!

McGill Swing Kids Association (MSK)

The McGill Swing Kids (MSK) is a student organized club that works to provide affordable dance lessons to students. Although the majority of our members are students, we welcome dancers of all ages and skill level. Founded in 1999, the club was created by swing dancers who wanted to share their passion by providing a fun, friendly and lively approach to swing dancing. MSK members aim to continue this mission as well as providing a launchpad to the greater swing community in Montreal. So let us teach you all you need to swing like a jitterbug, join us for outings at the most swinging venues in town, and ask us for tips or school recommendations — that’s what we’re here for!

McGill University Photography Students’ Society (MUPSS)

The McGill University Photography Students Society (MUPSS), founded in 1978, is one of McGill’s oldest clubs. Today, the club offers a variety of services and resources for McGill students and the greater Montreal photographic community.

Basic membership covers equipment rental, use of our computer and film scanners during office hours, admission to all workshops and contests, and discounted rates on film and paper. Darkroom membership includes all the benefits of basic membership plus access to our fully stocked black and white and color darkroom and all the included chemistry.

Learn more about the mandate and structure of the McGill University Photography Students’ Society (MUPSS) in their club constitution.

Mosaica Dance Company

Mosaica is one of the oldest dance companies at McGill! We are an egalitarian dance company and welcome all different styles of dancers. All company members have the opportunity to create and perform in dances in our year-end showcase, as well as other performances throughout the school year!

Raag Fusion A Cappella

When the colorful and vibrant melodies of Bollywood come together with the smooth and cool tunes of everyone’s favorite pop songs from the radio, the results are magic. Our arrangements truly showcase the subtle harmony (ha!) that can come from two seemingly unrelated songs. We pride ourselves on musical diversity while also sticking to our roots. From mixes of just two songs to medleys with nine songs, we’ve tried it all. Our mixes so far have included English, Hindi and Tamil, with potential for many more to come! Whether you’d like to come sing with us or just watch us perform, you’re bound to hear something you like!

Recreational Dance Company (RDC)

>Recreational Dance Company (RDC) is a dance club at McGill! We are a student group of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU). It offers an opportunity where anyone can come to dance and learn a diversity of styles. There are classes a few times a week but no competitions or performances, meaning if you can’t make it, no stress! It also means there are no costs except the studio rental, keeping it affordable.

If you are a more experienced dancer, we also hold auditions each semester for our executive team. Dancers of all styles are always welcome! The executive team is responsible for choreographing and leading each class, in addition to behind the scenes planning. Outside of the execs, the club is open to anyone…no auditions! If you are looking for a recreational club where you can stay fit, make friends and just dance, then RDC is for you!

Salseros

Salseros McGill brings students affordable beginner and intermediate salsa and bachata classes, practice sessions, parties (our Latin Socials) and fabulous outings which introduce our students to the Montreal salsa scene. So if you share our passion for latin music and dance or simply want to learn some fiery moves while having fun, come join our beautiful and lively community!

School of Music Montreal (SoMM)

School of Music Montreal (SoMM) provides free music lessons to low-income students at local elementary schools. Our volunteers from McGill create our logistics team, site coordinators, and teachers. At the end of every year, we host a recital for parents and teachers to come see what students have accomplished.

Seeing Voices Montreal – SSMU

Seeing Voices Montreal’s mission is to provide educational and collaborative opportunities to build connections between D/deaf* and hearing people.​ Our vision is a D/deaf* aware and accessible community with opportunities for D/deaf* talent. We are a diverse group of volunteers ranging from native ASL users, native LSQ (Langue des signes québécoise) users, ASL students and other hard-working individuals from the Montréal D/deaf* community.

*Deaf, hard-of-hearing, orally Deaf, and deafened

Learn more about the mandate and structure of Seeing Voices Montreal – SSMU in their club constitution.

Soulstice a Cappella

McGill’s finest a Cappella group. Performing a wide range of music from Top 40 hits to classic Jazz standards, Soulstice is a talented and welcoming group of singers that seeks to improve the McGill and Montreal communities by sharing their love of singing for all to hear!

SSMU Symphonic Band Club

Symphonic Band is a concert band open to all McGill students who play traditional band instruments, no auditions required! We play medium difficulty band pieces and students are encouraged to set up their own small ensembles. Past repertoire has included everything from World of Warcraft to Wagner. We sharpen our pop culture knowledge with games during break time and have other non-music related activities throughout the year.

Tashan Dance Company

Tashan Dance Company is a professional and competitive dance group based in Montreal, that operates under SSMU (Students’ Society of McGill University). Our specialty dance styles include Bollywood, Hip Hop, Indian Classical, Dancehall, Contemporary, and Bhangra.

The McGill Savoy Society

The McGill Savoy Society is the oldest university-affiliated Gilbert & Sullivan performance troupe in Canada. For more than 40 years, we have entertained the greater Montreal area with high-quality main-stage productions of G&S operettas as well as galas, variety shows, charitable performances and other sideshow productions.

We are a student society composed of actors, singers, musicians, stage crew, creative and technical designers, production and promotional agents. We come together from both amateur and professional backgrounds and all areas of the Montreal community to create and perform highly entertaining shows, and to have a fantastic time doing it!

Tonal Ecstasy A Cappella

Tonal Ecstasy is the oldest of four auditioned A Cappella groups on campus. We meet twice a week to rehearse music arranged by members and we perform at our two semester-end concerts as well as for various events and charities. We all come from different academic and musical backgrounds and this group grants us all the opportunity to create high quality music while making life-long friends.

Urban Groove (UG) Dance Project

Urban Groove (UG) was formed in 2003 at McGill by a group of students who shared a love and passion for hip-hop dance. Today, UG consists of 30 dancers from many different backgrounds, mastering styles from breaking to contemporary, all while fostering a strong sense of artistry, family, and dedication.

UG has come to establish a reputation that goes beyond McGill and into the greater Montreal community. Apart from biannual shows, which consist of a Winter showcase in November and a Spring showcase in April, UG also performs at athletic events, parties, and competitions. Our other activities include hosting dance workshops and participating in charity fundraisers such as the Breast Cancer Foundation Run for the Cure.