Toronto City Centre

Womanifesto Toronto City Centre Logo
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:15pm

Part of a two-year research project out of OCAD University that is looking at how we as citizens can make change happen to build community and turn forgotten places into vibrant spaces in Toronto. How can design and art support community-based placemaking? This workshop will focus on Toronto City Centre and is proudly supported by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam from Ward 13.

Confirmed guest story tellers:
Sean Lee, Director of Programming of Tangled Art + Disability.
Jay Wall. Principal & Creative Director of Rally Rally.

Venue & Address: 
Committee Room 1 2nd floor of Toronto City Hall A Street Reception
Website: 
https://www.ocadu.ca/academics/faculty-of-design/womanifesto.htm
Email: 
cgiraudy@faculty.ocadu.ca
Cost: 
FREE and open to the public. snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Womanifesto information flyer

OCAD U Chancellor co-hosts #LOVEWINS

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Chancellor Salah Bachir, in partnership with Kate Alexander Daniels, is hosting a public event at Toronto City Hall in support of the city's LGBTQ community, its allies and the family and friends of the victims of the LGBTQ killings in this city. Part vigil, part celebration, the event is a way for everyone to come together and offer support to the community that has been left vulnerable and uncertain. 

The #LOVE WINS event features performance by:

  • John Alcorn
  • Jim Creegan, Kevin Hearn & Tyler Steward of the Barenaked Ladies with Carole Pope
  • Kayla Diamond
  • Forte Toronto Gay Men's Chorus
  • Elijah Woods, Jamie Fine & Poesy from CTV's The Launch
  • Thelma Houston
  • Molly Johnson
  • Billy Newton-Davis
  • Jackie Richardson
  • Theo Tams
  • Toronto All-Star Big Band 
  • and more...
Poster: 
Graphic features the same text as in the body of this story, lists performers

City Hall to review public art report

Dr Sara Diamond seated at a table speaking in City Hall chambers
Thursday, March 1, 2018

President Sara Diamond spoke at Toronto’s Economic Development Committee on March 1 to discuss a report created in collaboration by researchers at OCAD University and the University of Toronto. Published in Fall 2017, Redefining Public Art in Toronto makes a number of recommendations, including updating the city’s current public art policy, drafted in the 1980s, improving funding mechanisms and opening up the definition of “public art” to include digital and performance art, while integrating public art into all future planning.

“Public art increases quality of life for residents, it improves the value of the public realm. There are public art deserts outside of the dense downtown zones, and art must have a presence throughout Toronto,” said President Diamond.

The committee enthusiastically agreed that the research be reviewed by two city divisions: Economic Development & Culture, in collaboration with City Planning. City staff will report back with any recommendations and steps required to improve Toronto’s public art policies and practices.