GAL's Second Annual Art Auction Fundraiser

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Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 11:00pm to Friday, December 4, 2015 - 2:00am

Kelly Mark! Shary Boyle! Adrienne Marcella Kammerer! Amy Wong! Rob Macinnis! Beth Frey! Cody Cochrane! Meghan Farbridge! Milena Rodglic! Diana Lynn VanderMuelen! Maryanne Casasanta! Mary Ma! Kristen McCrea! Catherine Toews! Colleen McCarten! Dessa Harhay! Ilene Sova! Tomas Del Balso! Eunice Luk! Brynn Higgins-Stirrup! Nicole Aline Legault! David Woodward! Liz Little! Sagan Editions! Juliana Neufeld! Christy Kunitzky! Shellie Zhang! Meghan McKnight! And so many more, the submissions keep piling in.

DJ Mary Mack and DJ Chanteclair will be bringing the good vibes all night!

We are hosting our second annual art auction fundraiser at OCAD U, in support of Girls' Art League. We have so many amazing artists participating, we are over the moon. There will be tunes and refreshments, and wonderful times to be had. Silent auction ends at 9 pm - so be sure to come and get your bids in by then!

If you'd like to submit work, we have an open call until November 10th. Please email for more info.

Girls’ Art League (GAL) is a Toronto-based art centre with the mission of empowering girls and women through the visual arts. Girls of all artistic abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, and lived experiences should have the opportunity to develop and exercise their artistic voice. We believe that this artistic voice and an empowered creative practice is cultivated when we connect, share, and learn from each other.

We provide the knowledge and resources for girls and women (GALs) to develop their artistic practice, express themselves visually, and build artistic confidence - all within a safe and supportive environment. Our team of artists and educators teach a variety of 2D, 3D, and time-based mediums, and present direct connections to successful female artists working today. GAL offers these teaching through regular 8-week courses, workshops, artist talks, self-directed learning programs, and mentorship programs. We are dedicated to building a vital community of girls and women interested in the arts in Toronto.

We are looking to continue the programming that was so successful last year. We would like to reach out to further social service organizations, and offer art education to women and girls who otherwise would not have access to such programming. Last year we offered workshops to Sheena’s Place (women affected by eating disorders), Gilda’s Club (women affected by cancer), Working Women Community Centre, Central Toronto Youth Services and other such organizations. We would like to expand this program, as well as provide weekly courses for women and girls. These programs, and rent for a space to host weekly courses are costly, and your art donations will help make this all possible!

For more information on who we are and what we do, visit us at

You can donate at:

Much love,
Girls' Art League

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street
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Call for Submissions for MESH’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser

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Friday, October 23, 2015 - 4:00am

This is a call for submissions for MESH’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser, giving OCAD U students an opportunity to display and sell their artwork in a social setting. The inspiration for MESH comes from the idea of bringing all kinds of people together from different backgrounds, practices and walks of life. This exhibition will “MESH” the unique individuals of both the faculty of art and design, giving students a platform to showcase their talents as well as working together to raise money for a greater cause. This will be your chance, your platform to speak and be seen. We are looking for creative artists looking to change the world and address the social issues of today with their innovative ideas. We're looking for art that reflects raw human emotions and narratives. Art related to isolation, change, war, lost hope, confusion, compassion and anything related to what the Syrian refugees must feel being displaced from their homeland. We want to have everyone embrace Canada's decision to welcome these refugees through showing the reality of what is happening in their world.

It will be a grand social event with music, performances, drinks and fun! Let's all celebrate life.

The proceeds from this event (as well as fees) will be donated to Syrian refugees displaced in this current world crisis. It is optional for artists/vendors to donate some of their profits for the cause, but it is encouraged. It is crucial for us to come together and help those in need in any way possible. Details of the charity are in this link:

Please submit the following to by Friday, OCTOBER 23
1. Your name and the faculty you belong to 2. A description of your artwork/product/entrepreneurial venture (50-100 words) with a picture of your artwork/product 3. A link to your website or portfolio 3. Price range of your art/product (if selling)

Our timeline is as follows:
Submission Deadline October 30
Jurors Selection Announced November 1
SHOW Friday, November 13, 7 to 11 p.m. (49 McCaul)

For any questions or inquiries please direct them to

After the submission deadline, this link will serve as an event page.

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INVC Fall Gathering

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Join INVC in celebrating our 2015 graduates!


Madeskimo is the project of Geronimo Inutiq - electronic music producer, DJ and multimedia artist. Originally from Iqaluit, his musical explorations are at the crossroads of different traditional and modern cultural currents - creating an experimental platform through which he processes sounds of the world. Madeskimo’s music draws on the use of instruments, digital and analog synthesizers, as well as the remixing and processing of samples from a large variety of sources—including traditional inuit, aboriginal, and modern electronic, and urban music—in order to create an experimental platform. He has performed in many festivals internationally and his work has been exhibited in group exhibitions in Canada and Switzerland. He has studied anthropology and sociology at Concordia University, and is an active member of the Aboriginal community in Montreal.

Live paint with AME PAPATSIE

Ame Papatsie is an award winning Inuit artist, animator, and story teller from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, who creates artworks inspired by his cultural heritage. Famous for his perfected technique of two handed painting, Ame is one of the most exciting live painting artists in Canada.


Powwow Boot Camp allows participants to learn or practice skills in Indigenous dance forms of Powwow and Onkehon:we (Iroquois) social dances. These dances are performed in combination with exciting and chal- lenging cardiovascular/physical conditioning exercises, contemporary dance, as well as incorporating the Muscle and Bone system.
Focusing on body and spatial awareness through full-bodied movement sequences Powwow Boot Camp targets core strength in addition to muscu- larity of the legs. Move, dance, sweat, energize your body-mind-spirit, while listening to fabulous music in a social and invigorating environment.


Venue & Address: 
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street OCAD University, Toronto, ON Rain Location: The Great Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 McCaul Street OCAD University, Toronto, ON
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Pre-Party! Sweet Dreams of Rhythm and Dancing

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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm

The OCAD U Student Gallery is where you should be to primp and preen to be fresh for the scene. DJ Amy Wood co-founder of Drunk Feminist Films will be pumping the jams for our afternoon pre-party and the amazing Miss Margot will deck you out with a fierce, new book look for the school year! We have a DIY nail art bar and cotton candy machine, so the sugar and tunes will be spinning. Leave on a sugar high from our Student Gallery Pre-Party before you check out Petra Glynt’s performance at Xpace.

Start your OCAD U adventure on a sweet note, Berghain might have Ice cream, but the Student Gallery has cotton candy. This is no time for summer time sadness, we want to see you here!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery 52 McCaul Street
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Concert-goers party with Block Heads at WayHome festival

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Block Heads installation
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 4:00am

A whimsical, experiential and interactive installation by five OCAD University students and alumni provided hugs, photo-ops and more than a few laughs to the 35,000 concert-goers at the inaugural WayHome Art & Music festival on July 24 to 26.

The installation, called The Block Heads, consisted of nine quirky characters some three metres tall with floppy arms, hair, fur and scales. Faculty of Design students and alumni, Ashley Mauerhofer, Kristin Ryan, Maeve Wallace, Sarah Eldershaw and Zeynep Sen, won first place in a joint Faculty of Design and Faculty of Art competition for their concept, receiving a prize of $5,000 and a budget of $18,000 to build the installation.

Set in the farmlands of Ontario’s Oro-Medonte township, WayHome featured 72 bands and musicians, including Neil Young, St. Vincent, Future Islands and Alt-J, alongside 15 visual artists.

Organizers say the festival will return in 2016 from July 22 to 24.


WayHome Music and Arts Festival and OCAD U Competition

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 9:00pm

WayHome Music and Arts Festival and OCAD U have joined forces to create a Faculty of Art Competition.
1st place winners will receive a prize of $5,000 and a budget of $18,000 to design and build an interactive installation on site at the festival.

The Competition:
WayHome Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with OCADU, is pleased to announce a competition for the design and construction of an interactive/experiential, site-specific installation. We are looking for enthusiastic teams of students who will think outside the box to design (and eventually build) an installation, experience or spectacle, to be displayed at WayHome.

Competition Schedule and Submission Materials
Phase one: 1 page written concept and sketches (min. 3, max. 5) are due at 5:00pm, April 1, 2015. Late submissions will not be accepted. Confirmation of receipt by the OCAD project manager is required.

Please send digital proposals (In PDF form send digital sketches, or any other form of submission) to, along with the signed application form.

Each team must submit 2 contact email addresses and phone numbers.

5 finalist teams will be selected by April, 15, 2015.

Phase two: Budgets and 3D model from the 5 finalists will be due on May 1, 2015.

1st and 2nd place proposals will be selected on May 15, 2015. .

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AGO First Thursdays

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:00am to 4:30am

Guest-curated by OCAD U MFA Criticism and Curatorial Practice Students

Excerpt from AGO News Release:

OCAD U teaches AGO how to party with an Art Spiegelman–inspired First Thursday

Toronto electro-pop artist Lowell headlines March art party dedicated to comics, zines and illustration

TORONTO — March comes in like a lion at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) as First Thursdays returns on March 5, 2015, with a fierce lineup of artist projects, live music and pop-up talks, all inspired by the work of groundbreaking comics artist Art Spiegelman. Party-goers at this 19+ event will see the AGO transform into an after-hours artistic and cultural hub from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Guest-curated by OCAD U MFA Criticism and Curatorial Practice students, this special edition of AGO First Thursdays promises an exciting lineup of young and emerging talent, including a performance by Toronto’s own electro-pop lioness Lowell. Praised by the CBC for releasing one of the top 20 albums of 2014, her first album, We Loved Her Dearly, debuted in September to rave reviews on and off the dance floor. Lowell takes the stage in the AGO’s Walker Court at 10 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at Regular-priced tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission for AGO members is $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Party-goers can purchase $22 advance combo-ticket packages to see Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time. The exhibition will be open until 10 p.m., with the last entry at 9 p.m. AGO members enter the exhibition for free but are encouraged to book tickets early. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended as First Thursdays consistently sell out and tickets are not held back for at-the-door sales.

The March First Thursday lineup also includes:

Art Spiegleman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective
Visitors are invited to explore the work of Pulitzer Prize–winning New York artist Art Spiegelman on view on the second floor of the AGO. A tireless innovator, Spiegelman creates work that references politics, the Holocaust, Cubism and hard-boiled detective fiction among other subjects. Representing the breadth of Spiegelman's career, the exhibition features 300 works on paper ranging from trading cards to magazine covers, including rarely seen works from Spiegelman's teens and 20s, original drawings for In the Shadow of No Towers (2004), illustrations for a 1994 edition of the Flapper Age epic poem The Wild Party and original manuscripts of his award-winning graphic novel Maus, rarely exhibited due to their fragility. The exhibition will close March 15.

Pop-Up Talks
Join AGO curator of Canadian Art Andrew Hunter, curator and critic Dr. Matthew Ryan Smith and Toronto artist Nina Bunjevac for a trio of pop-up talks beginning at 8 p.m. in the McLean Centre for Canadian Art. Hunter will discuss Speigelman’s influences, while Dr. Smith will explore autobiography in art and literature and Bunjevac will speak about her installation Out of the Fatherland, currently on view.

Artist Projects
Toronto artists Fiona Smyth and Alexandra Mackenzie (a.k.a Petra Glynt) will bring the AGO’s Fleck Gallery to life with a series of large-scale projections celebrating Toronto female artists. Entitled The Walk, Smyth’s silent six-minute film tells the of story of woman’s life from birth to death, while Mackenzie’s drawings come to life in the video Propaganda, a video work inspired by her song of the same title from her 2014 album Petra Glynt. In the Edmond G. Odette Family Gallery on the first floor illustrator Ness Lee surprises with a series of life-sized figures and scenes, entitled Head in the Hole. In Walker Court, from 7 to 10 p.m., En Masse, a live drawing collective with members from Toronto and Montreal, will gather to create art.

Zine Lounge
Brooklyn-based Canadian artist Jason McLean invites visitors to pull up a chair and explore Soapbox Pillow, an installation of more than 20 zines, culled from his own extensive collection. Featuring collaborative publications from the 1990s to the present, this temporary library will be on display in the Reuben Wells Leonard Memorial Gallery on the first floor. As part of the project, McLean invites visitors to submit a title for his new book.

Fake Injury Party
Merging performance, comedy and improvisation, Derrick Guerin, Scott Leeming and Paul Tjepkema are Fake Injury Party, a three-man artist collective. Join them at 8 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. on the fifth Floor of the AGO’s contemporary tower as they present Men of the Rose, an interactive performance.

Art Making
Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in three different art-making projects during First Thursday. Button-making stations will be set up in Galleria Italia, and on the fifth floor of the contemporary tower, visitors can take inspiration from Spiegelman’s Garbage Pail Kids trading cards and make their own. In the shadow of the Group of Seven, visitors are also invited to participate in illustrated storytime, as they draw to the sounds of live storytellers. Art-making activities run all evening.

DJ Donna Lovejoy will be spinning tunes all night long in Galleria Italia and DJ Barbi will get the crowd going in Walker Court from 7 to 10 p.m.

Additional local artists, speakers and interactive projects will be announced in the coming weeks at The evening will also feature an Out of the Vaults exhibition of rarely seen works from the AGO collection, as well as delicious food and drinks (cash bar; ID required).

For all the latest details on First Thursdays programming, visit and follow #AGO1st on Twitter and Instagram.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street W, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1G4 Canada
Tickets are on sale now at Regular-priced tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission for AGO members is $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Party-goers can purchase $22 advance combo-ticket packages to see Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time.

Graduate Studies Welcome Reception

Graduate Studies Welcome Reception
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 10:30pm

Party Down with all the New Grad Students at the Rex!

Please join us in welcoming our 2013 cohort of New Graduate Students!

When: Tuesday September 3rd, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Rex, 194 Queen Street West

Refreshments will be served
Cash Bar and Dj

If you stay on for the band after 9:30 there is a small cover charge

Hope you will be able to join us!


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Venue & Address: 
The Rex 194 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario

O-DAYS! Student Union Day

O-DAYS! Student Union Day
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 4:00pm

We hope to see you again today!

Another afternoon of fun, creativity, info and live entertainment from the Butterfield Park stage--brought to you by your Student Union!

Student Union members, student Peer Mentors and the O-TEAM (enthusiastic orientation volunteers) will again be on hand to greet and help orient you to a new life at OCAD U!

Visit for details!

Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email us (corrected link) prior to August 23, 2013 so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Lunch and snacks will be provided at O-DAYS!
It is your responsibility to email us (corrected link) and notify us of any allergies or dietary restrictions so that we may do our best to accommodate you.

Please be advised that OCAD U hosted events may be documented through photographs and video. These images may be used by the University for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes. By participating in our events, both on campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD University to document and use your image and likeness. However, if you do not want us to use a photo or video of you, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event. You’re also welcome to get in touch with OCAD University’s Campus Life office.

Venue & Address: 
Main Building & Butterfield Park 100 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario

Box Autumn Salon

Monday, October 7, 2013

With work by faculty member, Stan Kryzyzanowski

An evening of short words, film, performance and music by:

Cherie Dimaline
Peter Dudar
Clara Engel
Stan Kryzanowski
Laura Nanni
Steve Pulchalski
Michael Snow
Jessica Westhead

The Box is a quarterly salon night of readings, performances, screenings, interventions and networking that aims to bring diverse communities and audiences into an environment of artistic and social intermingling.

Cherie Dimaline is a Metis author living in Toronto with her husband and their three children. Her first award-winning book, Red Rooms, was published in 2007. She is currently the Writer in Residence for First Nations House at the University of Toronto and is the Editor-in-Chief of both FNH and Muskrat magazines. Her first novel, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy has just been released by Theytus Books.

Peter Dudar began his career as a painter and transitioned into conceptual art. In the early 1970s, he created the performance art partnership Missing Associates in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Lily Eng. Their partnership produced a unique hybrid of conceptual art, experimental dance and multimedia art. They were prime movers of the first wave of Toronto and international performance art and experimental dance in the 1970s. Post Missing Associates, Dudar screened internationally as a filmmaker. American Film Festival, New York, USA, 1983: “Peter Dudar's film DP is powerfully evocative. Many striking images and creative effects. The juxtaposition of words with related film clips is absolutely brilliant.” Currently, Peter Dudar makes video and photo-based artwork. His 2011 video Starlings (at Nightfall) won the Steam Whistle Homebrew Award at Images Festival “in recognition of its arresting cinematic composition and elegant study of movement.” Just recently, his video Shamans, the Cunning won the Best Experimental Film Award at the TUFF Festival, after screening on Toronto's subway system to 1.3 million commuters. Peter Dudar's just-released eBook: Missing Associates: Lily Eng and Peter Dudar documents Missing Associates' origin in Canada and subsequent progression throughout the Americas and Europe.

Clara Engel is an independent, multi-faceted artist and musician based in Toronto, Canada. She has independently recorded and released eight albums, and has collaborated with musicians and artists from the UK, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, and the US. Engel's music has been played on Italian National Radio, as well as BBC Radio 2, making it onto Tom Robinson's show "BBC Introducing" on several occasions. Record labels Vox Humana (UK) and Backwards Music (IT) have released Engel's work on vinyl. Some artists with whom Engel has collaborated: Aidan Baker (Musician, Berlin/Toronto), Larkin Grimm (Musician, NYC), Bruno Capinan (Musician, Brazil/Toronto), Stefan Orschel-Read (Fashion designer, UK), Nick Fox-Gieg (Animator, Toronto/NYC), Ebrahel Lurci (Artist, Turkey). Engel recently wrote and recorded a soundtrack for the short film "We Are Not Here" directed by Aaron Mirkin, due out in early 2013, and is currently mixing a new album "Ashes and Tangerines," due for release in 2013 through Talking Skull, a Montreal-based label.

Stan Krzyzanowski is a Toronto-based multi-media artist and instructor at OCAD University, teaching in fabrication. His teaching and research frequently investigates trees, growth and the changeable nature of wood. He has a strong interest in experienced-based learning and process-based work, often involving photographic and video time studies. During the past decade his work has branched into electronics and online projects. His pine cone oscillator, made in response to his discovery that cones open and close with changes of moisture, serves as a watching station and time-lapse recording device. His “Interval” web-site is a very large online archive of video-work generated from such observations and is a comprehensive compilations of time-lapse, stop-motion and interval-based photography. His work can be seen at and at

Laura Nanni is a Toronto based artist and curator. Her performance and installation work has been shown across Canada, the US, the UK and Europe. She is currently heading into her 4th year as the Rhubarb Festival Director. Most recently she completed a residency at Videofag based in Kensington Market.

Steve Puchalski was used to being the centre of attention. As an actor, you'd recognize him from his appearances in commercials and TV shows. However, Steve needed to get away from it, as far away from it as possible. You can't just leave acting; it's like the mafia, you need to disappear. Puchalski packed his personal effects, his acoustic guitar and headed to Berlin where he joined the elusive and mythical cult of the Roadie. He hauled gear from Stockholm to Warsaw, setting up and tearing down in 400 year-old castles and open-air festivals. Hard Sell was more or less written by the time Puchalski touched down in Victoria after nearly a year of being a road-worn stranger overseas. He bought an old Chevy S10 and trekked across Canada, coming back to his hometown of Toronto and assembled the band: Adam White, Gavin Maguire, Jim Bowskill and Ian McKeown. You can't get two roles more opposite than actor and roadie, but it was these two career paths Puchalski chose that eventually birthed the singer songwriter that he is today. In the end, the hard sell was the plan, or lack thereof. No one expected the journey to turn out like this, and Puchalski wouldn't have had it any other way.

Michael Snow was born and lives in Toronto. He works in many mediums: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, holography, film and video. He is also a musician who has made many recordings and has done sound installations. He has produced many book-works such as Michael Snow/A Survey (1970), Cover to Cover (1975) and BIOGRAPHIE (of the Walking Woman 1961-1967) (2004). His films have been widely presented at festivals in North America, Asia and Europe. His work is in many major private and public collections worldwide. Solo exhibitions of Snow’s visual art have been presented at museums and galleries in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Bonn, Boston, Brussels, Istanbul, Kassel, Lima, Los Angeles, Lucerne, Lyons, Minneapolis, Montreux, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Pittsburgh, Quebec City, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Vienna and elsewhere. He has executed several public sculpture commissions in Toronto, notably Flight Stop at Eaton Centre, The Audience at Rogers Centre, and The Windows Suite at the Pantages Hotel and Condominium complex.His numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1972), Order of Canada (Officer, 1982; Companion, 2007), and the first Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2000) for cinema. Snow was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres, France, in 1995, and received an honorary doctorate in 2004 from the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, àngels barcelona, Martine Aboucaya in Paris, and Galerie Klosterfelde in Berlin.

Jessica Westhead’s novel Pulpy & Midge was published by Coach House Books in 2007. Her short story collection And Also Sharks, published by Cormorant Books in 2011, was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book and a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Short Fiction Prize.

+Door treats from Alert Music, Arc Poetry Magazine, Carousel, Descant, Coach House Books, Dandyhorse, DC Books, Geist, John Kamevaar, Grain Magazine, House of Pomegranates, Hunter and Cook, Mercer Union, Pedlar Press, Public, The Malahat Review, Matrix, Shameless, Tightrope Books, Transit Publishing, Worn Journal and others.

Many Thanks to the Toronto Arts Council.




Venue & Address: 
The Rivoli (backroom) 334 Queen St. W. Toronto, Ontario