Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and Decolonization

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 9:00am

Discussions about Indigenizing the academy have abounded in Canada over the past few years. And yet, despite the numerous policies and reports that have been written, there is a lack of clarity around what pedagogical methods could help to decolonize our institutions. Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and Decolonization edited by Sheila Batacharya and Yuk-Lin Renita Wong demonstrates how the academy cannot be decolonized while we still subscribe to the Western idea of mind over body. The book acknowledges and draws attention to the incommensurability between decolonization and aspects of social justice projects in education.

The contributors to this collection, including OCAD U’s Susan Ferguson, Director of the Writing and Learning Centre, argue that connecting the body, mind, and the spirit is integral to decolonization projects and to the reimagining of pedagogy. By providing a useful range of embodied ways of teaching, learning, and knowing for scholars to consider, this “field-building” book maps out an area for embodiment scholarship in education.


Venue & Address: 
University of Toronto OISE 252 Bloor St. W. Room 5-260
poster for book launch

Gord Peteran: Furniture

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Gord Peteran: Furniture 

Book Launch & Reception

Tuesday October 30, 2018, 6-9 pm

The Art Gallery of Guelph’s latest publication, Furniture, features the work of Toronto-based artist Gord Peteran with texts by artists, curators, and collectors including Glenn Adamson, William Anderson, Matthew Brower, Ian Carr-Harris, David Dorenbaum, Charles Hummel, Ernie Kerr, Judith Nasby, Michael Prokopow, and Ron Shuebrook

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
199 Richmond St. W. (ground floor)
Toronto, ON


Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University 199 Richmond St. W. (ground floor) Toronto, ON
Gord Peteran: Furniture, Book Launch & Reception poster with image of a cabinet door and an axe, text on red background

Book Launch: Toronto Lit Up: The Unpublished City II

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:30pm

After the release of Toronto Book Award nominated anthology, The Unpublished City, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and Book*hug invite you to the release of its sequel, The Unpublished City II. It this iteration, the collection features creative non-fiction from Toronto’s emerging literary talents as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.

The anthology is edited by Phoebe WangCanisia Lubrin and Dionne Brand with a foreword by Tracey Lindberg.

Phoebe Wang is a staff member at OCAD U's Writing & Learning Centre (WLC).


From the Festival of Authors website (

Orient yourself in the city with these nineteen works of creative non-fiction that offer a different, more multifarious wayfinding. In this second volume of The Unpublished City, imagination is the means by which these writers find detours, shortcuts and convergences. Even as they are inventing and imagining the city, these emerging Toronto-based writers find themselves marked through tender and violent encounters. For them, the city is more than backdrop, but a witness, an accomplice and a lover.

This anthology’s maps of experience bring us beyond the city’s limits to the cul-de-sacs and vertical dimensions of Mississauga, Vaughan, North York and Scarborough. They follow buried creeks and migratory bird corridors, they chase highs and confront colonial landmarks, they navigate waiting rooms and prop up fallen strangers. Shaped by the city, their visions also shift and plot its architectures of living in an endless symbiosis.

Venue & Address: 
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
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Gord Peteran: Furniture

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Gord Peteran: Furniture
Book Launch and Reception

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
7 – 9 pm | Free

Please join us for a reception marking the launch of a new publication, Furniture, featuring the work of Toronto-based artist Gord Peteran with texts by artists, curators, and collectors including Glenn Adamson, William Anderson, Matthew Brower, Ian Carr-Harris, David Dorenbaum, Charles Hummel, Ernie Kerr, Judith Nasby, Michael Prokopow, and Ron Shuebrook.

Over the last four decades, Peteran has built an impressive and innovative body of work around the historical, conceptual, and psychological meanings of furniture. At the intersection of art, craft and design, the hybridity of his work challenges both expectations and language, offering insight into the vast malleability of the world of things.

The book launch and reception will take place at the Art Gallery of Guelph. All are welcome to attend; refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The Art Gallery of Guelph is grateful to the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts whose investments support such inquiry, informing new art histories.


Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Guelph
Gord Peteran, book launch and reception

Koyama Press Double Launch with Fiona Smyth & Michael Comeau

Fiona Smyth book launch
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 7:00am to 10:00pm


"Collecting a career in comics from 1983-2017 by a joyous, feminist contemporary of Julie Doucet, Seth and Chester Brown. 

A comics collection by Canadian cartoonist, painter, and illustrator Fiona Smyth. Over thirty years of comics that feature Fiona’s world of sexy ladies, precocious girls, and vindictive goddesses is revealed in all its feminist glory. This is recommended reading for sleepwalkers on a female planet.

FIONA SMYTH is a Toronto based painter, educator, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her feminist artwork has exhibited internationally. Fiona collaborated with writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg on the kids’ series What Makes A Baby in 2013, and Sex Is A Funny Word in 2015, published by Seven Stories Press."


"Collage and comics combine in this fotonovela about the psychology of space travel and the limits of exploration.

In the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Silent Running, this genre-bending photo and comics hybrid presents the final years of a mission to seed a planet in a distant constellation and the failings of both human and artificial psyches in the face of the vastness of space.

MICHAEL COMEAU works on the wall, the print sheet and the page. Creating window displays and paste-up murals utilizing generations of street posters he created for parties, gigs, etc. His comic trilogy Hellberta won the Doug Wright award for experimental comics in 2012."

Fiona & Michael will be holding a conversation with each other about their work, among all the other goings-on. This event is sort of a soft open for TCAF, so we're looking to make it kind of a BIG DEAL. We hope to see you there!

Venue & Address: 
The Beguiling, 319 College St.
Digital Screen: 

Book Launch for Andy Patton and Julian Jason Haladyn

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Little Testament (2016) by Andy Patton is a limited edition book that explores the author’s relationship with China and Chinese culture through two texts, as well as full-colour images of his artwork. This volume also includes Roo Borson and Kim Maltman’s translation of two poems by Su Shi, as well as an afterword by J. J. Haladyn. Paperback, 73 pages, printed in Florence in an edition of 200 copies.

Aganetha Dyck: The Power of the Small (2016) by Julian Jason Haladyn is the first major publication on the artistic practice of this important Canadian artist. This book considers the history of Dyck’s engagement with the small throughout her career as an artist, most prominently in her long-term collaboration with the bees. In addition to the main text, this publication includes “A Note on Other-Than-Human Beings” by Miriam Jordan-Haladyn, a collaborative essay on Dyck’s collaborative work with William Eakin and an extensive interview with the artist. This is the latest volume in the Canadian Artist Monograph Series (CAMS). Hardcover [full colour] / paperback [b/w], 204 pages.

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul St room 187
Free to the Public
Book launch info

Book Launch for Slow Twisting

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 4:00pm

Book Launch for Slow Twisting with the anonymous author present who will be interviewed by Judith Doyle

APPEARING Sat.Nov.18 at 4pm
Christoper Cutts Gallery 21 Morrow Ave Toronto

Venue & Address: 
Christoper Cutts Gallery 21 Morrow Ave Toronto
poster. back of woman's head, long blonde hair

Puneet Dutt launching debut poetry collection on November 19

Puneet Dutt, Student Communications Administrator at OCAD U’s Office of the Registrar, is celebrating the launch of her debut poetry collection, The Better Monsters on November 19 at the Mansfield Press Toronto Launch.

Blair Drawson launches his new book, An Odd Sea

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 12:00am to 3:00am

An Odd Sea, in 256 pages of text and with 41 black and white illustrations, retells Homer's Odyssey with naughty humour and a freewheeling disregard for time or historical fact.

Please join Blair on Dec. 8. Pick up a copy. Pay for it.
Have it signed, if you like. Only $39.50!

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Lobby
Blair Drawson

Book Launch: A Caledon Sketchbook

Caledon Sketchbook
Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Meet artist and former OCAD faculty member Richard Nevitt, and celebrate the launch of his new book of drawings, A Caledon Sketchbook. A collection of reflective
writings and more than sixty pen-and-ink drawings, A Caledon Sketchbook illustrates moments of solitude, highlighting the
spiritual side of the Caledon Hills.

Venue & Address: 
McMichael Canadian Art Collection 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario