BACK TO SCHOOL: Party & Programming Launch

Xpace event poster
Friday, September 7, 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Join Xpace Cultural Centre for our annual back-to-school party, featuring a musical performance by Myst Milano, DJ yummy baby, art by Allana Mae Cooper, Natalie King, and many more - plus snacks and drinks!

TTC from OCAD U: Take the 505 Dundas West streetcar west to Lansdowne Avenue.

Xpace is a membership-driven artist-run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union and dedicated to providing emerging and student artists and designers with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting.

Venue & Address: 
Xpace Cultural Centre, 2-303 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto
416 849 2864
xpace event poster

ZINE POWER: The OCAD U Zine Library 10-Year Anniversary Party & Exhibition Reception

Text repeated in multiple colours, flanked by two hearts: Zine Power, the OCAD U Zine Library 10-Year Anniversary Exhibition
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The OCAD U Zine Library is celebrating our 10-year anniversary on November 14th. We hope you can join us as we celebrate the amazing and potentially transformative power of zines!

The collection’s founder, Alicia Nauta, will open the evening with a short talk about their reasons for starting the collection and the importance of zines to their life. This will be followed by a short show and tell by various students talking about zines that changed their lives. Staff from Broken Pencil magazine will be on site recording an episode of their new podcast, so come to share and record your experience with zines! The night will feature even more zine fun with snacks, collaborative zine making, button making, a zine reading nook, and a roundtable discussion with zine creators organized by students of Prof. Sheila Sampath’s Nano Publishing class.

The ZINE POWER exhibition will feature work by 15 artists from the OCAD U and Toronto zine community. The exhibit will feature completed publications, as well as the rough notes, sketches and other process documents that are generated in the making of a zine to give viewers a deeper insight to the experiences of zine creators. The ZINE POWER exhibition is up from November 6 to December 1, 2017.

The OCAD U Zine Library was launched on November 14, 2007 by former OCAD U student and Toronto artist Alicia Nauta. Since Alicia’s graduation, OCAD U Library staff have continued to maintain and grow the collection. Over 2000 zines in our collection have been catalogued and are available to search and browse on our online catalogue, launched in the Spring of 2017:|collections|7731595||OCAD20University20Zine20Collection20|||

This event is open to the general public andl all members of the OCAD U community. The Learning Zone is an accessible space with two gender neutral bathrooms. 


Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, level 1 of 113 McCaul Street, also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000 ext.2529

Free Drawings Issue #2

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 4:00am

Peruse the exhibited drawings and pick up your copy of Free Drawings for zero dollars. The party features DJ Jenny Orenda, Vomit Mountain, LSDoubleDcup, Yomul Yuk, and the Bush League.


XPACE is a non-profit artist- and student-run centre committed to the exposure of multi-disciplinary emerging artists in a professional context that is recognized within the local and international contemporary art and design community. Their goal is to build a bridge between art and design students and their professional counterparts by offering a platform in which they may exhibit their works and be externally recognized, which in turn promotes relevant programming that instigates public discourse and propels the development of contemporary art and design.

All OCAD students are members of XPACE Cultural Centre, which is a membership driven organization governed by The OCAD Student Union Board of Directors.

Venue & Address: 
X-space 58 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Collage Party

Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 5:00am to Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 4:00am

Derek Sullivan, OCAD Faculty of Art Instructor, is part of the Collage Party Artist Team.
Collage Party, Paul Butler's nomadic world-wide studio experience lands at the JMB Gallery and you are invited to participate!
On Sunday, March 9, join in this free-form art jam-session: make collages with local artists and take advantage of an exploratory, informal space organized around play, interaction and experimentation.
Starting Thursday, March 6, a select team of local artists (specializing in a spectrum of media work) will transform the gallery space into a shared studio/lounge, where invited artists will be free to experiment like an art school, but without the teachers or assignments.
From March 9 through March 12, everyone is invited to join in the activities; drop by the JMB Gallery to make some art, listen to music, collaborate, and see what the Collage Party Artist Team has been up to. Hang out and contribute to the creation of an autonomous zone designed to assemble, connect, and engage.
Artists in attendance on Sunday, March 9.
Supplies provided, but feel free to bring some of your own to the mix!
Collage Party Artist Team: Micah Lexier, Derek Sullivan, Roula
Partheniou, Maura Doyle, Tyler Clark-Burke, Sandy Plotnikoff, Anitra
Hamilton, Kristan Horton, Dave Dyment, Zin Taylor, Kerri Reid, Katie
Bethune-Leamen, Jon Sasaki and more...
Paul Butler is a Winnipeg artist and has organized Collage Party all around the world for the past several years. He is also the director of The Other Gallery, a web-based nomadic gallery.
This event is part of the U of T Festival of the Arts which runs March 3-20. Where Creativity Takes Centre Stage. For details visit

Venue & Address: 
JMB Gallery, Hart House, U of T 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, Ontario

O-DAYS! Xpace Back to School Party & Launch

image of the inside of Xpace
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 11:00pm to Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 3:00am

Join Xpace Cultural Centre for our annual back-to-school party, featuring a performance by Bizzarh, DJ Amy Wong, art by Stacie Ant, Kiera Boult, Bonerkill Collective, Sofy Mesa, @gothshakira and Dana Prieto, plus snacks and drinks! All ages.

Directions: TTC from OCAD U: Take the 505 Dundas streetcar west to Lansdowne Avenue.

Xpace is a membership-driven artist-run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union and dedicated to providing emerging and student artists and designers with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting.

Venue & Address: 
Xpace Cultural Centre, 2-303 Lansdowne Ave.
416 977 6000, Ext. 4021

O-NIGHT! with MxD!

O-NIGHT event image showing dancers from MxD - OCAD Dance group
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 10:00pm to Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 3:00am

O-NIGHT! is a welcoming party hosted by MxD - OCAD Dance, with support from the OCAD Student Union (OCADSU). Designed to provide new undergrad students the opportunity to continue connection and integration, creating those oh, so important, peer-to-peer relations! Get familiar with student-run initiatives coordinated by MxD and our collaborating partners, as well as learn more from upper-year students.

About MxD:
If you like music and smiles, then join us in MxD, where no matter how good you are (or not) at dancing, you are guaranteed to have some fun. So join us! You won’t only become more confident, but you will have a new skill that is calming and entertaining! Learn more about student-run clubs on campus.

Venue & Address: 
Room 230 (Central Hall), Level 2, 100 McCaul St.

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
INVC Fall Gathering poster with event infant pictures of various performers

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!


416.977.6000 x4367



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

Shift: Processes Launch Party

 Shift: Processes Launch Party
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:00pm

Presented by the OCAD U Student Press

The OCAD U Student Press invites you to join us for the launch of the 6th edition of the Shift series. Shift: Processes looks at the creative methods employed by over 20 OCAD U students and alumni and is divided into 3 sections, Unprocessed, Processed, and Post-Processed.

Join us on September 26 at the OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul St. from 7-10 PM to celebrate the launch and pick up your copy. Books will be sold at $10 for students and $20 for non-students. We look forward to seeing you there!

The OCAD U Student Press is a student-run group based on a model of dissemination, exploration, cross-disciplinary inclusion and community involvement. In addition to our annual publication Shift, we publish Rivet, a bi-annual publication focusing on experimentation and alternative processes. We also run a series of Workshops throughout the year, and host a Pecha Kucha style lecture series called Function that takes place once in the fall and once in the spring.

Visit us online for more information about the Press and our initiatives.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery 52 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario

PUSH & Sprout Guerrilla Launch Party

 PUSH & Sprout Guerrilla Launch Party
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 10:00pm

Indiegogo/OCAD U Partnership launch party. Sponsored by OCAD University's Imagination Catalyst and Vega

Launch party for PUSH Strength, Sprout Geurilla, and the Indiegogo/OCAD U Partnership. Sponsored by OCAD University's Imagination Catalyst and Vega.

Come and help us celebrate our new partnership (Canada’s first) with Indiegogo, a premium crowdfunding platform, and also help two OCAD U student-driven start-ups (SPROUT GUERILLA & PUSH TECHNOLOGIES) launch their fundraising campaigns. Doors open at 6pm followed by 1 hour networking opportunities, and campaign launch presentations at 7pm. This event is by invitation only. If you plan to attend, please RSVP.

NOTE: Registration for the event will close once we reach 300 RSVPS. This will be measured on a first-come-first-serve basis. Thank you for your support and interest!

19+ Event - Coat Check Available

Dress Code: Dress to impress!



Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD U 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario