Grange Community Meeting

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 12:30am to 2:30am

A Community Meeting will be held on Monday, December 8, 2008, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm at CTV, 299 Queen West (at John Street).

Professor John Polanyi, Nobel Laureate and Grange resident and Councillor Adam Vaughan will be guest speakers at the founding meeting of the Grange Community Association (GCA).

GRANGE PARK: The Grange Park Advisory Committee (GPAC) will give an update the revitalization plan for Grange Park. On May 21, 2008 a community meeting held at 168 John Street unanimously endorsed a proposal to establish the Grange Park Advisory Committee (GPAC) under the auspices of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

GRANGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: In May 2008, the neighbourhood was presented with a proposal to establish a Grange Community Association GCA. The Steering Committee will present a slate of persons to serve on the Founding Board of he GCA.

The Grange Community Meeting has been arranged by the Steering Committee of the Grange Community Association (GCA) and the Grange Park Advisory Committee (GPAC) in co-operation with Councillor Adam Vaughan, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto Community Housing, the University Settlement Recreation Centre, Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), St. George the Martyr Church and CTV.

Mandarin and Cantonese interpretation will be available.

To confirm attendance, or to obtain additional information, please send an e-mail to the Grange Community Association at

Venue & Address: 
CTV 299 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Join the O-TEAM! Volunteer for O-DAYS!

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 2:00pm to Friday, July 21, 2017 - 11:45pm

Volunteer to help with OCAD University orientation...

O-DAYS! 2017

Positions open to students, staff/faculty and alumni.
To sign up, please visit

Venue & Address: 
Campus Life
416 977 6000, Ext. 4021
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Student leaders celebrated for giving back to the community

Student leaders with Sara Diamond and Amanda Hotrum
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:00am

The Diversity & Equity Excellence Awards were handed out at a reception in March to acknowledge OCAD University’s exceptional student leaders and their tremendous contributions to advancing equity at the institution. This year, with generous support from Office of the Vice-President, Academic; Office of the President; and Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, the selection committee chose to give out three awards rather than one.

The recipients were:

  • Rouzbeh Akhabari
  • Zviko Mhakayakora
  • ​Amanda Robertson-Hebert

The contributions of this year’s winners ranged from advancing equity in OCAD U’s governance and policy through community initiatives in art and design creation and in the learning environment.

At the same event, the Peer Mentor Awards were given to students who made outstanding contributions to the Student Mentor Program, demonstrating enthusiasm and positivity while providing helpful advice and support to their student mentees.

This year’s recipients were:

  • Ahmed Bokhari
  • ​Jacqueline Lee

Tracy Cai and Madison Leeson were recognized by Andre De Freitas, Manager, Financial Aid & Awards, for their excellence in Financial Literacy. They collaborated to produce CreativeFunds, a series of videos that teach students how to manage and budget their finances.

Brent Everett James, Campus Life Coordinator, recognized the students behind two student initiatives on campus: 

  • Sofy Mesa and Oliver Roberts coordinated a winter clothing drive and soup kitchen community members in need.
  • Tooba Syed took on an active role with Textbooks for Change, coordinating the collection of donated textbooks on campus, repurposed to create social impact and improve the educational landscape for students around the world.

The awards celebration was made possible by the First Generation Program; Financial Aid & Awards; Alumni Relations; and the Office of the President. Contributions to Diversity, Equity & Excellence Awards were made by the Student Union; the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Students; the Office of the Vice-President, Academic; the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives; and the Office of the President.

Call for Submissions: Propeller's Annual Curated Exhibition with guest Curator Barbara Astman

Propeller logo and brief submission details
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 7:00pm

"Come Together" - Curated by Barbara Astman | Deadline: Sat. April 9th @ 3:00PM

Propeller's Annual Curated Exhibition with guest Curator Barbara Astman Exhibition Dates: April 27 - May 15

Deadline: Sat. April 9th @ 3:00PM


Propeller gallery presents our much-anticipated annual guest curated exhibition, now in its 19th year. Each year Propeller invites a prominent figure within the arts community to contribute their knowledge and experience in developing a theme and selecting works for a completely unique exhibition. This year we have the pleasure of hosting Toronto-based artist Barbara Astman as curator. The theme, Come Together invites artists to submit their most compelling work, exploring ideas around community and unification.

Curator’s statement:

The theme for the Propeller curated exhibition is “Come Together”. This is obviously based on the title of the well-known Beatle’s song from 1969. The song was written originally to facilitate building bonds and uniting as one.

I am applying those very words to the art community. “Come Together” makes the case for community both personal and public. It also addresses human attachment, love, intimacy, togetherness, human interaction and longing. I would like to see work submitted that takes this theme and runs with it, pushes it and expands upon it. I am not looking for literal or illustrative interpretations of community whether that is personal or public, but I am looking to be surprised and hopefully challenged by what you submit.

Since this exhibition will be taking place during Contact photography festival, it would be exciting to see some photo-based works that tackle this theme amongst the entries, but all mediums will be considered. I encourage submissions of time-based works, perfomative, audio and or text based works (maybe even photo-based work made without a camera). Artists should think broadly about the theme, I am looking for diversity in the submissions and work that speaks to your community, whether that be personal or public. I want to see what “Come Together” means to you and from there I will endeavor to create an exhibition/event that fully explores what community can mean on a broader scale. I would encourage you to think about not only the walls, but the windows, floors and the outdoor park across the street from the gallery.  There is limited space, but I challenge you to surprise and delight me with some outrageous ideas that can use the space in unique ways. Come together right now over me. (go ahead and sing it.)

-       Babara Astman, Artist.


Submission Requirements: 

*Name, address, email, phone number

*Artist Statement and CV

*One image per submission, with a maximum of three artworks submitted (2000 pixels on the longest edge @72dpi) please include accurate label information (title, date, medium, dimensions, value).

*Short narrative text to accompany work(s) (maximum 500 words)

*Video links will be accepted

*You agree to allow us to use your submission material, without compensation, in our catalogue/publication of this exhibition

*Submission fee: $45 CDN for the first entry, $25 for each additional entry (*please note, submission fees are non-refundable)

Important Dates:

Sat. April 9th: Submission deadline

April 23rd & 24th: ART WORK DROP-OFF – at Propeller Gallery April 28th – Opening Reception 6:30 - 9:30 May 15th – Artwork Collection Additional Information:

25% commission will be collected on any work sold as a result of this exhibition. For more information visit the gallery's website:

The artists whose work is selected will be contacted by email. Delivery instructions will be given at that time.


Barbara Astman’s work has received national and international recognition. Since the 1970s she has explored a wide range of photographic and mixed media. Her work is represented in many museum, corporate, and private collections, in Canada, United States, and Europe. Astman has degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen, and Ontario College of Art. Active in the Toronto arts community, Astman has sat on numerous boards and advisory committees. She was a Trustee on the Board of Trustees at the Art Gallery of Ontario and an appointed member to the Canadian Curatorial Committee at the AGO from 2009 – 2013. Currently she is the Chair of the Art Advisory Committee, Koffler Gallery, Toronto.

In 2008 Astman and AGO Associate Curator, Canadian Art, Georgiana Uhlyarik collaborated on a curatorial project for the Transformation AGO Exhibition, dealing with Joyce Wieland and early feminist practice.

Astman’s photo-based work was included in the AGO exhibition titled: Beautiful Fiction, fall 2009. In May 2011, her recent installation, dancing with che: enter through the gift shop, opened at the Kelowna Art Galley and toured to the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON, MOCA, Calgary and MOCCA, Toronto in the spring of 2013.

She was recently in the two group exhibitions, Art Gallery of Ontario, Light My Fire Part I: Some Propositions About Portrait and Photography through October 20, 2013 Astman was commissioned to create a photographic installation for the opening exhibition at the Koffler Gallery, Toronto in November 2013 - February 2014.   Most recently, April 2014, she had a solo show at the McIntosh Gallery, London, ON, accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue.  Canadian Art Magazine had a feature profile of Astman’s career in the Spring 2014 issue.  In the fall of 2014, her works held in the collection of the Duetsche Bank, NY, were exhibited in Herland, 60 Wall Gallery, Deutsche Bank, New York City, New York.  Currently Astman’s’ work is featured in Look Again: Colour Xerography Art Meets Technology at the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.  In the fall of 2015 her most recent work, I as artifact, opened as a solo show at the Corkin Gallery, Toronto.

Please direct inquiries to: Nathan Heuvingh Gallery Director
Submission fee: $45 CDN for the first entry, $25 for each additional entry (*please note, submission fees are non-refundable)

TALKxTALK Presents Lawrence Alverez

Image of a man wearing a protective mask
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 4:00pm

Lawrence Alvarez is the co-founder of the Toronto Tool Library, a membership based service that give Torontonians access to hundreds of tools in locations across the city ranging from band saws to laser cutters. He is also the president of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy, an organization founded on challenging people’s perceptions of ownership and our relationship to the Earth’s resources.

Through his experience with the Toronto Tool Library, a community tool sharing program, Lawrence will speak from experience on the logic of collaboration and access over ownership. With 3 locations opened in just over 2 years, and having completed over 20,000 successful tool loans, the tool library is an example of a project that maximizes the potential of the invested energy and resources within our single-use items, while releasing members from the burden of ownership.

On a planet with finite resources it makes sense to wisely use our irreplaceable ground-gifts while keeping the longevity of our collective human family in mind.

RSVP on the Facebook Page:

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, room 656

Cultural Community Expo 2014

Event Poster
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 5:00pm to 10:30pm

Contemporary Art. Local Insight. Global Trends.

The inaugural Cultural Community Expo is geared towards helping senior undergraduate students in the Faculty of Art consider the various pathways and professional options available to them in the local visual arts community. This special event is also open to Graduate students from OCAD University and other invited schools.

Join us to hear from prominent private and corporate collectors, influential dealers from significant commercial galleries, exciting opportunities for studio space and much more!

How Collectors Collect: Looking at Past and
Future Trends in Collecting Emerging Artists

Keynote: Robin Anthony (Art Curator, RBC) in
conversation with Bruce Lawson (Collector)

Daniel Faria - Daniel Faria Gallery
Robert Birch - Birch Contemporary
Erin Stump - ESP (Erin Stump Projects)
Wil Kucey - LE Gallery
Rachel Anne Farquharson - O’Born Contemporary

Workshops: STEPS Initiative, Walnut Studios
and the OCAD U Student Gallery

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall Room 230 at 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
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