OCAD University at the Yorkville Village Arts Festival

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 9:30am

On Thursday, November 2, Yorkville Village and OCAD University launched the fourth annual Yorkville Village Arts Festival with a gala evening.

The festival (November 3 to 8) showcased 60 original contemporary art pieces created by 28 OCAD U students and recent graduates. The artworks were chosen through a rigorous jury process spanning a range of practices including photography, sculpture, painting, digital media and video installation. 

Activities over the weekend included live painting demonstrations and opportunities to meet some of the artists.

One of the standout pieces included a collaborative work by OCAD U alumnus Hudson Christie and more than 200 students from Jesse Ketchum Public School. The students created representations of themselves with hardened polymer clay and the figures were assembled on a green playing field, representing a playground. A large photograph of the work was auctioned off, with proceeds going to the school.

Many thanks to First Capital realty, a generous supporter of OCAD University.

A diptych of paintings representing astronaut and Indigenous person
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Two paintings of abstract faces

OCAD U artists shine at Yorkville Village Arts Fest

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Monday, November 7, 2016 - 5:00am

The third annual Yorkville Village Arts Festival kicked off with a gala event on November 3, unveiling the exhibition of one-of-a-kind contemporary art pieces created by 28 OCAD University students and recent graduates. The exhibition is open to the public through to Wednesday, November 9.

Over 200 guests attended the opening, where they were privy to a first look at the transformed and recently renovated Yorkville Village, interwoven with displays of art throughout the centre and retail wings. Artists were present to discuss their work while a live painting demonstration by Dahae Song captivated attendees.

"For the past 6 years, First Capital Realty has embarked on art initiatives across the country allowing us to support local artists and make contributions to the communities in which we live and work. Through our collaboration with OCAD University, First Capital Realty provides students with an opportunity to nurture and showcase their incredible talent," said Adam Paul, First Capital Realty President and CEO. "This is the third year we're doing the Yorkville Arts Festival and our goal is to build it into a premier art event and to help launch the careers of new artists."

"It's tremendously exciting for emerging artists to have their work exhibited to the public in such a beautiful, welcoming space," said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD University President and Vice-Chancellor. "We are grateful to First Capital Realty for inviting us again this year and for their ongoing support of our students."

The artwork presented at the festival was chosen through a rigorous jury process and will span photography, sculpture, painting and video installation. All artworks are for sale to the general public for the duration of the festival.

Also part of the Arts Festival is the Yorkville Village Arts Festival Pop-Up Shop, open until Saturday, November 12. The shop offers for sale a dynamic selection of student, alumni and faculty work including textiles, ceramics, artist multiples, cards, jewellery and more from 50 different artists. 90% of all sales will go to the creators and 10% will be donated back to OCAD U to support this initiative.


OCAD University at the Yorkville Village Arts Festival

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Friday, November 4, 2016 - 4:00am to Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 5:00am

OCAD University at the Yorkville Village Arts Festival, November 4 – November 9
OCAD U is excited to announce its participation in the Yorkville Village Arts Festival where they will be showcasing work by students, alumni and faculty at the newly renovated Yorkville Village shopping mall (formerly known as Hazelton Lanes). Art will be displayed on both levels of the central, light-filled atrium, Oval Square. The upper level will feature an exhibition of recent OCAD U students, while the lower level will include an exhibition of works by winners of the prestigious First Capital Realty Public Sculpture Competition and Imagination Zone Competition. OCAD U will also host a Pop Up shop that will be filled to the brim with exciting merchandise made by students, alumni and faculty.

Some of the highlights of the week include:

OCAD U Pop Up Shop, Friday November 4 – Saturday November 12
As part of the Yorkville Village Arts Festival, OCAD U will be celebrating the stunning creativity of its students, faculty and alumni through a retail Pop Up Shop at Yorkville Village from November 4 - 12, 2016. The OCAD U community is diverse and inventive, playing an active roll in change-making design and art production, both locally and around the world. The OCAD U Pop Up shop will showcase a small selection of this creative force. With art and objects from more than 50 artists and designers, this shop will offer a multitude of reasons to support local artisans. Come to the store to buy the popular Tkaronto vs. Akwe:kon t-shirts (Mohawk language for “Toronto vs. Everybody”) designed by Kaia’tanoron Bush for the Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University. Also on display, a diversity of pieces including finely crafted jewellery, hand-made books, limited edition scarves, stickers, toques, ceramics, bow-ties, prints, paintings, photography, quilts and more. Ninety per cent of the sales proceeds will be given to the creators and ten per cent will be donated back to OCAD U to support the administration of this exciting initiative.

Digital Painting Workshop, Saturday November 5 (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Dahae Song invites the public to join her in this interactive digital workshop where participants are encouraged to turn selfies into self-expression through digital painting. She will have the participants consider how human existence and contemporary experience are increasingly mediated by technology. This digital painting workshop acknowledges this contemporary reality as it engages in both the physical (self-portraits) and the digital through the creation of a hybrid form of art. This workshop will enable the public to participate in this process and to turn a photograph of their face into a contemporary, digital masterpiece.

Meet the artists, Saturday November 5 (2 – 5 p.m.)
Artists who have work in the exhibition will be in attendance on Saturday to meet with anyone interested in finding out more about their art practice and the processes utilized in creating the artworks on display.

Live Painting, Saturday November 5 (2 – 5 p.m.)
Dahae Song is a Toronto based interdisciplinary artist who is currently completing her thesis year at OCAD University. Song invites the public to observe her painting process as she works on a new work that forms part of her ongoing, how to fill a void series. The live painting will occur during the opening night (invitation only) and on Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. Her work is concerned with the digitization of human existence and expresses the intersections between physical and virtual worlds. Song does not see the digital and the virtual as oppositional and uses the medium of painting to bring these disparate forms together. Amorphous, hybrid forms of painting are created to communicate ways in which the abstract and the representational, the digital and the tangible, cease to be seen as contradictions.

Yorkville Village Arts Festival, November 4 - 9
Yorkville Village
55 Avenue Road
Toronto, Ontario

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Twitter: @YorkvilleV
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Venue & Address: 
Yorkville Village shopping mall (formerly known as Hazelton Lanes)

Yorkville Village Arts Festival Pop Up shop - Call for submissions

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 5:00pm to Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:00am

Yorkville Village Arts Festival Pop Up Shop 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: OCAD U Students, Alumni & Faculty


We are looking for a diverse selection of artworks (ceramics, prints, jewellery, illustrations, textiles, artist multiples, bags, cards, paintings, small sculptures…) that showcase the talents of the OCAD U community.  The selected work will be sold at the OCAD U Pop Up Shop in Yorkville Village from Nov 3-13th as part of the Yorkville Village Arts Festival. 


Each artist will set their own price.  We recommend submitting work priced between $2 to $50 and framed/large-scale work that is under $1000.  Please note that 10% of the sales price will be deducted to cover the costs of shop staffing and management.  (Example, if you price your work at $20.  You will receive $18 and the Pop Up Shop will keep $2.)

Selected artists will be notified by Tuesday, October 18th.  

Display ready prints and objects must be delivered to the Faculty of Art Office located in room 401, 4th floor of 100 McCaul before FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH before 4:00 pm.

Pieces accepted for the shop will require the following:  

*Each work must have a business card/artist information securely attached

*A price list/removable price tag for each object.

*A list of all work and supplies delivered

*Packaging materials:

  • Fragile items (ceramics, 3D objects…): bubble wrap/boxes
  • 2D prints:  each image packaged in a clear bag with a white backing board.  (These are available at Aboveground Art Supplies.)
  •  Textiles (scarfs, bags, shirts…) please let us know if your works require hanging or if they can be displayed on tables.
  • Small objects: bags/specialized displays if needed
  • Note: the Pop Up Shop will provide medium-sized bags for customers

* Unsold work will be available for pick up the week of Nov 14th and payment for sold works will be distributed in mid-December – mid-January.


*In a Dropbox folder, please include the following:

  • Up to 10 jpgs (1024 pixels on the longest side) of the objects you are proposing for the sale.  Files should be titled as follows: File number_1st FirstInitial_Last Name_Student/Alumni/Faculty.jpg  Example: 01_A_Hup_Student.jpg
  • Info sheet (.doc) that contains:  Your name and contact info (email and phone number), Image list (title/object, size, medium, date and price.  Please include framing/display information for large-scale pieces.)

*Share this Dropbox folder with ocadupopupshop@gmail.com

*Works for the Pop Up Shop will be selected by a diverse jury with representatives from the Faculty of Art & Design.

*Please note: Although we will not be able to confirm receipt of the work, we will contact all that applied with the results. 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?  PLEASE CONTACT Jenn Long at jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca or Jennie Suddick at jsuddick@faculty.ocadu.ca.  Please include “Pop Up Shop” in the email title.

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