Collaboration Mural Project at OCAD U

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 4:00am

On Saturday March 19th, Jon Todd – Assistant Professor from OCADU’s Illustration Program, led a Collaboration Mural Project Workshop for OCADU students. 

20 OCADU students participated in the four hour workshop which featured a presentation from guest speaker, Jacquelyn West, Agency Director & Strategist, Hermann and Audrey, who provided the students with important information on submitting mural pitches, networking and executing successful mural/urban installations.

Students were then divided into groups and had 3 hours to produce a large scale unified art piece, with help and support from Jon Todd and guest artist Tessar Lo (mixed media artist, Toronto Ontario).  

The workshop encouraged confidence, self-expression and collaboration. It also provided students with experience working with a team on a large-scale piece. 

Paintings from the workshop are currently on display in the 6th floor Open Studio.

Thank you to the following guest speakers and students for their participation in the project. 

Guest Artist: Tessar Lo

Guest Speaker: Jacquelyn West, Agency Director & Strategist Hermann and Audrey  

Group #1:  Jean Demers, Christopher Dupon-Martinez, Zachary Oliver Monteiro, Nicki Park, Kyle Stewart, Jinkie Wang

Group #2: Natalie Bochenska, Ramsay Mariah Drover, Courtney Gillatly, Adam Glowienka , Erin Mccluskey, Lily Taylor

Group #3:  Meghan Dearlove, Jennifer Victoria Fryer, Kaitlin Maclean, Shelby Mcleod, Sam Roe, Ann Phillips Somers, Meghan Way, Jenn Woodall

Jon Todd

CLTA Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design

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Congratulations to Doug Panton

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:45pm

Creative Quarterly 43 New York, Doug Panton, Illustration Faculty

Winner in the Fine Art Professional Category

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ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present Sessional Instructor Daniel Hutchinson'a solo exhibition: Mirror, Mirror

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Friday, March 4, 2016 - 5:00am to Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 4:00am

ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present Sessional Instructor DANIEL HUTCHINSON: MIRROR, MIRROR, an exhibition of recent paintings by the Hamilton-based artist. The exhibition will be on view in the Main Gallery space from March 4 to April 2, 2016. An opening reception will be held on FridayMarch 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

While a glancing impression of the artist’s deceptively austere and minimalist canvases may lead one to see Hutchinson’s work in the lineage of Malevich who inaugurated the black monochrome as a sign of painting’s endgame in 1915 (two years before Marcel Duchamp exhibited his equally apocalyptic Urinal in 1917) or the black monochromes of Ad Reinhardt or black on black paintings of Pierre Soulages, Hutchinson’s paintings are monochromes only semantically. Certainly, the artist often uses low tonal value dark paint (an assumption this show will challenge), but his pictures are rather teeming with pictorial incidence and delicate, refined brushwork. And while Hutchinson prizes the compositional aesthetic of the allover, his pictures are resolutely pictorial and sensual, instead of calculatedly non-objective. But like Soulages and Reinhardt, Hutchinson’s pictures promote and reward long durations of immersive looking as they dramatize the gaze of the viewer. And what he also shares with the most advanced modernist painters is an impulse to reduce his parameters of expression in the hopes of plumbing and mining them for their full creative potential.  

His fourth solo-exhibition at Angell Gallery promises even those familiar with Hutchinson’s corpus several surprises. First, the artist moves even further away from the figurative and towards full-blown abstraction, facing head on the problem of ornament and the decorative. Second, while the motif of the dark monochrome persists, Hutchinsonintroduces vibrant colours and floral motifs drawn from local textile stores and visits to the nearby tropical greenhouse. One work the artist showed me was produced through a technique similar to Surrealist grattage where the artist picked up patterns from the wood panel floorboards of his studio space.


Venue & Address: 
Angell Gallery 1444 Dupont St., Unit 15 (Entrance off Campbell Ave.) Toronto, Ontario

FOLAS Reading Series in Association with INVC Presents: Janet Rogers and Phinder Dulai

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:30am

On Tuesday, February 23, please join us as we welcome esteemed poet (and NIGIG Visiting Artist) Janet Rogers, as well as Vancouver poet Phinder Dulai (who appears courtesy of Talon Books) for a night of poetry and community (the second in our new reading series, a collaboration between Creative Writing and English at OCADU).

Arrive early, as OCADU Library Services will host a pop up library outside of the event, beginning at 7pm.

About Janet:
Janet is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music and script writing. Janet is a radio broadcaster, documentary producer and sound artist. 
Her literary titles include; Splitting the Heart, Ekstasis Editions 2007, Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing 2010,Unearthed, Leaf Press 2011 and “Peace in Duress” Talonbooks 2014. Her poetry CDs Firewater 2009, Got Your Back 2012 and 6 Directions 2013 all received nominations for Best Spoken Word Recording at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and the Native American Music Awards. You can hear Janet on the radio as she hosts Native Waves Radio on CFUV fm. Her radio documentaries “Bring Your Drum” (50 years of indigenous protest music) and Resonating Reconciliation won Best Radio at the imagaineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011 and 2013.

Janet Rogers and Ahkwesase Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs make up the poetry collective Ikkwenyes which produced the poetry CD Got Your Back and won the Loft Literary Fellowship prize 2014. 2Ro Media is the newly incorporated production company she and Mohawk media artist Jackson Twobears own and operate. They are producing NDNs on the Airwaves a short documentary on CKRZ fm Six Nations radio. Janet is currently producing a 6-part radio documentary series titled NDNs on the Airwaves focused on the current history of native radio in Canada, due for release in February 2016. 

About Phinder:
Phinder Dulai is the Vancouver-based author of dream/arteries (forthcoming in Fall 2014 from Talonbooks) and two previous books of poetry: Ragas from the Periphery (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1995) and Basmati Brown (Nightwood Editions, 2000). His most recent work has been published in Canadian Literature and Cue Books Anthology. Earlier work appeared in Ankur, Matrix, Memewar Magazine, Rungh, the Capilano Review, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Toronto South Asian Review, subTerrain, and West Coast LINE. Dulai is a co-founder of the Surrey-based interdisciplinary contemporary arts group The South of Fraser Inter Arts Collective (SOFIA/c).

Venue & Address: 
Room 544, OCADU, 100 McCaul St, Toronto

Fashion & Sustainability with Kate Black & Kelly Drennan

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Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 9:00pm to 11:00pm

How can we mitigate the social and environmental impacts of a trillion dollar industry? 

Health, ethics and environment interact on a global scale in the fashion industry. Mass-production of fast-fashion garments and toxic beauty products has long been the accepted practice within the arcane affairs of the fashion supply chain. Who is driving meaningful change towards social and environmental responsibility? Join us for a talk by Kate Black, author ofMagnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-Toxic Beauty, followed by a response and questions from Kelly Drennan, PR and event planner at Fashion Takes Action. 

Kate Black is the founder and editor-in-chief of, the digital source for eco-fashion and sustainable living and EcoSessions®, a global platform bringing together designers, industry and consumers to discuss change. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Kate has lived and worked in many fashion centers of the world and written over 1,000 articles about designers and ethical fashion from her decidedly global perspective. Her book,Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-toxic Beauty, was published in September.

Kelly Drennan (@ecofashionista) is a social entrepreneur devoted to making change within the fashion industry– known for its negative social and environmental impacts including labour, energy, waste, water, and the use of toxic chemicals. Kelly brings her many years of experience as founding executive director of Fashion Takes Action, a non-profit organization that brings social and environmental awareness to the fashion industry.  

Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a centre for research and innovation at OCAD University. sLab integrates applied research, professional engagement, education and skills development to assist private, public, and not-for-profit organizations attain their goals. sLab trans-disciplinary teams draw on the growing SFI community of researchers and practitioners, design and business professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about creative economies and sustainable futures.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University  205 Richmond St. W., 5th floor, Room 510  sLab (Strategic Innovation Lab)

Hip Hop Psych: Demystifying Mental Illness Through Hip Hop Beats and Lyrics

Poster with break dancer and bright colours
Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 12:00am to 3:30am

The evening features neuroscientists Akeem Sule and Becky Inkster from Cambridge and Oxford Universities, & Juno award winner and OCAD University Professor Lillian Allen.

Lyrics may include explicit language. Recommended for ages 16 and older

Get a SNEAK PEEK of this event in this blog by HIP HOP PSYCH's co-founders.

Pay what you can at the event - recommended donation $20

Venue & Address: 
Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto  100 Front Street West  Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

Open Access Week 2015

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 4:00am to Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 4:00am

Open Access Week is a global event which provides the academic and research community with an opportunity to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation.  OCAD University is planning events, including information sessions, panels, presentations, and a film screening during the week of October 19 to 23, 2015.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University

Wendy Coburn Memorial

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 11:00pm
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Please join us in honouring the life and work of Wendy Coburn Thursday, September 24th, 7:00 p.m. 100 McCaul St., room 190 (the Auditorium)       

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at OCAD University

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Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 11:00pm to Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 11:00am

OCAD University will be exploding with music, lights, video and thought-provoking exhibits on Saturday, Oct. 3, as it opens its doors to thousands of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche revelers. OCAD U is one of the 10 major cultural organizations partnering with the City of Toronto in the 10 for 10thMemory Lane exhibition curated by Che Kothari. With an additional four independent projects on display, there will be more to see than ever before under the iconic “tabletop” of the Sharp Centre for Design. 

“Scotiabank Nuit Blanche continues to bring active engagement with the compelling power of visual art to a wide range of Torontonians, often for the first time as well as attracting significant cultural tourism. For this reason OCAD University has participated in and actively built Nuit Blanche since its launch and we are thrilled to partner with the City of Toronto as one of the 10 for 10th venues,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, president of OCAD University and chair of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Advisory Committee. “In addition, we are exhibiting four Independent Projects that challenge the notion of time and memory, while providing an unforgettable experience for visitors.”

10 for 10th – Memory Lane installation

Co-produced by OCAD U and the City of Toronto in association with New Adventures in Sound Art, Jane Tingley and Michal Seta’s Re-Collect will fill the Great Hall with sound and light. Fibre optics, LEDs, speakers and microphones are combined in a tree-like form that interacts with visitors as they move through the space. 

Independent Projects

Signs of Life presents four art installations curated by Maiko Tanaka for OCAD University in response to the theme Memory Lane. The exhibition explores memories that emerge from human and non-human relationships, shifting from the idea of memory as the preservation of the past, towards the marking of wondrous forms of life in the present and future. 

Vanessa Kwan
This bloom your nightly companion

public art installation
Location: Butterfield Park

A moonlight garden in an overlooked section of Butterfield Park is the setting for this work. Offering a quiet zone for nightly contemplation the piece is a gentle, botanical monument to the nocturnal energies of Nuit Blanche, accompanied by poetic texts that evoke stories of plant and human companionship. Pre-dawn visitors will receive limited-edition packets of seeds of the night-blooming plants. The moonlight friendly plants will quietly proliferate long after the event thanks to the support of OCAD U’s Onsite Gallery. 

Landscape design by Emily Hogg gardens. 

interactive gestural performance and projection
Location: Auditorium

Public Visualization Studio invites participants to pair their mobile phones with others to search for signs of life on a far-away planet in this immersive and interactive installation. Set in a time long after Earth’s extinction, the terra-forming activities of participants will be projected onto a gigantic, fifty foot wide screen and will be accompanied by a series of sonic performances by Egyptrixx over the 12 hour duration. Participants can connect via the local Wi-Fi network to interact with the piece.

Julie Nagam
where white pines lay over the water

mixed media installation
Location: Main Lobby

A collection of voices of historians, archaeologists and elders comprise a virtual 360 degree soundwalk of the Humber River Valley. Accompanied by archival images and a map of the walk, the piece invites viewers to see the layers of knowledge buried in the land and to hear the environment, which sings the songs of the transformation of time, space and memory. Created from an Indigenous perspective, the piece functions as an alternative tour guide to competing settler accounts of the area. 

Visitors are invited to take this Humber River soundwalk on their own time.

Linda Duvall
The Hole

video and photo installation
Location: Transit Space

Acting on instinct, the artist dug a hole in a piece of land she inhabits on the Prairies, “to see what the soil looked like and felt like and smelled like under the thick prairie grasses and the wild rose bushes.” Since then, the hole has evolved over time, becoming populated and used by various critters, becoming a space of interspecies curiosity and co-habitation. For this iteration of The Hole, Duvall is using projection, photographs and ambient sound to recreate sections of the hole. 

Don’t miss Martha Ladly’s CBC Newsworld Holodeck at OCAD U’s Open Gallery, 49 McCaul St. The Holodeck features a Big Data visualization of CBC Newsworld broadcasts, allowing viewers to search for and view hundreds of news stories using spoken phrases, movement and keyword browsing in a gesture-driven video display.  


Linda Duvall is a Saskatoon-based visual artist whose work exists at the intersection of collaboration, performance and conversation. In most projects, Duvall starts by setting up conditions or a framework and then she pays attention to what happens. Duvall focuses on how unique individuals emerge and are revealed within a societal context. An OCAD U alumna, Duvall’s work has been exhibited in Guatemala, Ireland, Spain, Slovenia and across Canada.

Vanessa Kwan is a Vancouver-based artist and curator. Her practice often involves the production of work in public space and a negotiation of collaborative, spatial and social parameters. Recent projects include a permanent public artwork called Geyser for Hillcrest Park (with Erica Stocking); Sad Sack, a series of collaborations on the subject of melancholy; and Everything Between Open and Closed, a study of signs. She is a founding member of the performance collective Norma, which was honoured with a City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Public Art in 2011.

Julie Nagam was recently appointed the first UWinnipeg/WAG Chair in the History of Indigenous Arts in North America. A past assistant professor in OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture program, her research, curatorial, and artistic practices are grounded in concepts of Native space. Nagam’s work where white pines lay was shown in Brazil and France in 2013, and singing our bones home was shown at Landslide/Possible Futures in Markham, Ontario.

PVS (Public Visualization Studio) is a collective of artists, creative technologists, designers and researchers. Members have exhibited nationally and internationally, and have worked in a variety of areas, including public projection, media architecture, locative media, video installation, exhibition design, and media and design scholarship. PVS is comprised of recent OCAD U graduates and current OCAD U faculty, including Bohdan Anderson, Maggie Chan, Dave Colangelo, Patricio Davila, Chao Feng, Immony Men, Symon Oliver and Andrei Vasilios.

Michal Seta is a researcher and developer at Society for Arts and Technology and research assistant at matralab (Montréal, QC), composer/improviser, performer and digital artist. His works have been exhibited/performed in Europe, USA and Canada.

Jane Tingley is an Assistant Professor in Hybrid Media in the Dept. of Fine Arts and the Stratford Campus at the University of Waterloo. Her work combines traditional studio practice with new media tools. She has participated in exhibitions/festivals in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at OCAD University is presented in conjunction with the 10 for 10th program at OCAD U, Re-collect by Jane Tingley and Michal Seta, co-produced by the City of Toronto and OCAD U, with the support of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA).

Image credit: Chthuluscene, PVS

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario Enter exhibition at Butterfield Park – south side of building Accessible entrance at OCAD University's main doors on McCaul St.
Admission is free and all are welcome!
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Toronto Urban Film Festival: One Last Dance

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 4:00am

The Film Festival for Commuters - Featuring Silent, 60-second Film, Video and Animation

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) is North America's largest commuter film festival, reaching over one million daily commuters on subway platform screens across the Toronto transit system every September. New programs now extend TUFF's reach across Canada. Our 2015 Guest Judge is accomplished Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema.

OCAD University Assistant Professor Michelle Astrug's short film, One Last Dance, was an official selection for this year’s TUFF. The short will be showing on subway platforms throughout the day next Tuesday, Sept 15.

One Last Dance has been included in Programme 4: Eye of the Tiger:  


Venue & Address: 
Toronto Transit Commission Subway Platforms