The Joy of Laser Cutting

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Laser cutters are powerful and versatile tools that can introduce significant untapped potential to artists. However, currently available learning materials for working with these machines are not designed with artists’ needs or interests in mind. To address this gap, Alda developed the Joy of Laser Cutting, a project based on her own experience as an artist looking to engage with these machines. This project uses recipes, food and visual language from the world of cookery as tools to reframe online DIY tutorials and appeal to the interests and needs of artists while encouraging creative engagement with the material. This show presents the work that was developed for the Joy of Laser Cutting as well as the journey that led Alda to develop it in the first place.


Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery - 205 Richmond St W.
The Joy of Laser Cutting Exhibition Poster

Yorkville Village Arts Festival

Yorkville VIllage Arts Festival logo
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 10:00am to Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

In the best spirit of artistic collaboration, the Yorkville Village Arts Festival is a joint initiative between First Capital Realty and Faculty of Art at OCAD University. Held annually at Yorkville Village, this cultural event showcases contemporary art works and events to promote the arts and cultural exchange in the heart of Toronto’s historic Yorkville district.

The Festival is a “one of a kind” project developed between FCR and OCAD U that features a juried exhibition of art by OCAD U students and recent graduates and a set of dynamic events that are programmed exclusively for the festival during the six-day event.



Kaiatanoron Bush

Jasmine Cardenas

Tia Cavanagh

Chief Lady Bird

Hudson Christie

Michelle Cieloszczyk

Nicholas Crombach

Nicole Del Medico

Fiona Evans

Simon Falk

Jana Ghalayini

Mike Goldby

Brian Harvey

John Holland

Lindsay Kerrigan Holton

Kenny Lam

Vanessa Maltese

Pablo Oh

Pasi Paltanen

Rajni Perera

Wei Qi

David Constantino Salazar

Michael Seleski

Virginia Gail Smith

Louis-Philippe Tremblay-Chapdelaine

Quentin VerCetty

Alex Wood

Alex Yardley


Venue & Address: 
Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Rd, Toronto
Yorkville Village Arts Festival flyer

Red Slam, Music With a Message: We Are Still Here

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Red Slam in collaboration with the Faculty of Design and the Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre at OCAD University humbly presents: WE ARE STILL HERE an immersive one-hour live concert connecting the public to a celebration of indigenous resiliency and re-imagining our future together through live music, live art, audience interaction and positive vibrations.

All those with an open mind and heart are welcome, let's kick off a new school year with a renewed sense of purpose and solidarity.


Artist Bio:

Red Slam Collective, a TD~Toronto Arts Foundation Diversity Arts Award Finalist is an indigenous hip hop fusion arts movement formed in 2009 and based in Tkaronto; whose 4Directions Urban Arts workshops, musical projects, artist residencies and audience engaged performances uplift, self-identify and promote unity through Spoken, Lyricism which Arranges Meaning (SLAM). Red Slam known as the #1 Protest Musical Performance Group in Tkaronto has performed in places like: Port Credit, Kingston, Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Brantford, Six Nations, Akwesasne, Manitoulin Island, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, and New Mexico. Opening for such notable artists as: Tanya Tagaq, Martha Redbone, Veronica Johnny and the Johnny’s, Plex, Inter-Tribal, Kinnie Starr, Digging Roots and most recently Hip Hop Legends Main Source. 2016 they performed at AGO in Long Dragon House; Summer Works in Intent City and Headlined at UNITY HipHop Festival. 2017 they released Right Level a mash-up of lyricism, HipHop beats; live music, and oral telling of today’s indigenous way. You can catch Red Slam next as the headlining opening musical act for the 2017 Nuit Blanche Festival at Nathan Phillips SQ  Sept 30th 7pm.

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We Are Still Here Collective Contributors:

Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw (The Woman Who Walks In The Light) is a Haudenosaunee Mohawk/Mi'kmaw drum talk poetic rapologist; poet, musician, hip-hop MC, arts educator, radio host, curator, facilitator, Director of Programming for Neighbourhood Impact for the TD Centre of Learning Regent Park and TAC Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow. Vocals, Hand Drum, Shaker. 

Skratchwon, Dene from Alberta. About a year and a half ago Skratch won founded Indagenius a hiphop crew about social awareness through lyricism and clothing designs, and skate boards. Skratch won also facilitates hiphop education workshops through Sketch and does Murals across Turtle Island. Vocals, Beat Box, Beats.

Ruben “Benny” Esguerra, Indigenous from Bogota, Colombia is a musician, poet, educator, activist and the current P.E.A.C.H: Programme Coordinator and Instructor in the Jane and Finch Community. As the lead creative behind the New Traditions Project Ruben has released two recording projects which explore indigenous-afro identity within South America and the Condor and Eagle prophecies of alliance of the South and the North. Percussion's and Flute.

William Charbonneau, songwriter, musical composer, and multi instrument musician (Guitar, Bass and Keys). He is currently the Public Service Assistant and occasional Branch Head, at both Centennial Library and Toronto Public Library. Guitar, Vocals.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Auditorium (MCA190)
Red Slam @ OCAD U
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Workshop: Surviving Art School - Toolkit for Artists & Designers of Colour

collage image of artwork attributed to Raju Rage
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 3:30pm

Surviving Art School: An Artist of Colour Toolkit
with artist + activist Raju Rage

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 3:30–5 PM
Lambert Lounge (MCA 187), 100 McCaul St
OCAD University

Co-presented with the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives and OCAD Student Union
Hot Lunch will be served starting at 2:30pm ($3 suggested for meal)

Using the 'Surviving the Art School' publication, produced by Collective Creativity (of which Rage is a member) and published by Nottingham Contemporary (UK), as a starting point, the talk and workshop will ask what this visually entails. During this workshop participants can expect to learn and share strategies for decolonising education. Participants are encouraged to bring with them a 'problem' of the institution to collectively strategise and create a surviving the art school toolkit. This workshop is open to students from all disciplines. 

A presentation of Collective Creativity: a Queer, Trans* Intersex People of Colour artist collective in London UK which aims to create radical, grass roots space for QTIPOC to interrogate the politics of art, in relation to queer identity, institutional racism, and anti-colonialism. CC is dedicated to creating space for conversations that challenge institutional racism and white supremacy within a cultural framework. We are concerned with how we decolonise our art educations, unlearn the histories that replicate the colonial gaze, re-formatting our own art educations and a re-positioning of this canon by re-centring artists and cultural producers of colour.

Raju Rage is an interdisciplinary artist who is proactive about using art, education and activism to forge creative survival. Based in London and working beyond, they primarily use their non-conforming body as a vehicle of embodied knowledge; to bridge the gap between dis/connected bodies, theory and practice, text and the body and aesthetics and the political substance. They work in performance, sculpture, soundscapes and moving image, focusing on techniques of resistance and utilising everyday objects and everyday life experiences in communicating narratives around gender, race and culture. They investigate history, memory and trauma, with an emphasis on colonial legacy, its continuation and impact on the body and contemporary diasporan identity. They are an organiser and member of Collective Creativity arts collective. 

For any accessibility accommodation requests to fully participate in this event, please contact Shamina Chherawala at or 416.977.6000 ext.3840 in advance.

Venue & Address: 
Thursday, September 14 at 3:30 PM - 5 PM Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul Street
416.977.6000 ext.3840
Workshop is free! OCAD Student Union will be serving Hot Lunch from 2:30pm onwards (suggested $3)

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Art + Feminism Edit a Thon
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

This Edit-a-Thon kicks off at 11:00 am with a conversation on contemporary feminism, ceramics, and community featuring artists Janet Macpherson and Helen Cho, and moderated by Karine Tsoumis, Curator, Gardiner Museum. 

Following the discussion, participants are encouraged to form breakout groups and spend the afternoon ensuring a gender inclusive history within Wikipedia’s vast database.


You can register here.

Venue & Address: 
Gardiner Museum. 111 Queens Park, Toronto ON

Project 31

Project 31
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

Project 31 is an auction event offering up stunning paintings, photography, multi-media work, sculptures, illustration and digital media by OCAD University’s talented faculty members and alumni. Participating artists choose an area of need they wish to support through the sale of their work, such as scholarships, bursaries for students in financial need or the purchase of specialized studio equipment. Through the auction, guests are able to access work by OCAD U’s award-winning faculty members and alumni — a pool of creative talent found nowhere else in Canada — while enriching the learning experience for the next generation of artists and designers.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

OCAD University
100 McCaul Street 
The Great Hall, Second Floor
Toronto, ON

6:00 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Live Auction

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul. St., The Great Hall, Second Floor, Toronto, Ontario
416.977.6000 x 4861

Principles of Clay Workshop with Jade Reyes

A cartoon with two sections - on the left a person thinking of an idea, on the right, that person sharing the idea with others
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us for the first in our 5-part workshop series of creative art & design workshops taught by OCAD U students... who are paid for their work and time :D. 

Principles of Clay Workshop with Jade Reyes:
Using three methods of forming clay pieces, such as pinching, coiling, and slapbuilding, students will learn how to make basic clay shapes and experience the plasticity, shrinkage, and the texture of clay. Students should wear old clothes that they don’t care might get dirty. All materials will be provided. 

Workshops are open to current students at OCAD U.

This workshop series is presented in partnership by the OCAD U Library's Learning Zone and the Writing & Learning Centre and supported by funding from the First Generation Program, administered by the WLC.

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

Annette Blum

Annette Blum, MA, BFA, RGD, obtained her Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University, her Fine Arts degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and studied graphic design at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and the Salzburg Academy of Fine Arts in Austria. She has extensive experience in corporate identity, signing-wayfinding systems and environmental graphics. Clients include CIBC, Cingular Wireless, Ontario Science Centre, Trent University, York Region District School Board and the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts.

For This Land: Inside Elemental

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Onsite Gallery at OCAD University’s stunning new location at 199 Richmond St. W. includes a Category A designed exhibition space and media lounge as well as collection storage, study and exhibition zones. We are excited to inaugurate this 8,000 square-foot build with the following major exhibitions:

For This Land: Inside Elemental 
2Ro Media: Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers
Presented with community partner imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

For this Land: Inside Elemental is part of a multi-project series by 2Ro Media,  comprised of Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers—both Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) artists from Six Nations of the Grand River. The artists, who currently live outside their traditional territory, produce work collaboratively about ‘returning home’, which typically involves creating site-specific narratives using video, sound, poetry, performance and multi-media installation.

With Inside Elemental, the artists engage in a series of conversations with the Kana:ta Village on traditional Haudenosaunee territory in order to create an immersive multimedia installation using sound, video, performance and digital languages. Inside Elemental is an exploration of the internalization of one’s traditional territory, and in general about how external environments are deeply intertwined with identity, self-understanding, and the interiority of personal and collective experience. The exhibition brochure is available online here.

Also on view is raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015).

For This Land: Inside Elemental

Jackson 2bears is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia installation/performance artist and cultural theorist originally from Six Nations of the Grand River. He is currently based in Lethbridge, Alberta. Since 1999, 2bears has exhibited his work extensively across Canada in public galleries, museums and artist-run centres, as well as internationally, in festivals and in group exhibitions.

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario. She has been living as a guest on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people in Victoria, British Columbia, since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. Janet is also a radio broadcaster, a documentary producer, and a media and sound artist.

imagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival
imagineNATIVE is the international centre for Indigenous-made media arts. Through year-round presentation, promotion and professional development activities, it is committed to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.

Public Events
- Saturday, September 23, 4 p.m.: Canadian Art Magazine’s Gallery Day with talk by Lindsay Nixon
- Saturday, September 30, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.: Nuit Blanche at Onsite Gallery
- Tuesday, October 10, 7 p.m.: Lisa Myers Artist Talk
- Friday, October 20, 5 p.m.: imagineNATIVE Art Crawl Kick-Off
- Saturday, November 4, 2 p.m.: Mark Igloliorte Artist Talk
- Thursday, November 16, 12 to 4 p.m.: Wiki-Edit-a-Thon with the Inuit Artist Database
- Thursday, November 16, 6 p.m.: Panel Talk: Indigenous Tattoo Revitalization with Native Women in the Arts
- Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m.: Land Claims: raise a flag Pennant Workshop and Artist Presentation
- Sunday, December 3, 2 p.m.: Indigenous Art Today: Lindsay Nixon & Ryan Rice


Onsite Gallery gratefully acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W.
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Janet Rogers and Jackson 2bears

Shipping container exhibition in Butterfield Park tackles sexual violence

Colourful container with "It's Never OK" on the side
Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 5:00am

This fall, OCAD U students responded to the issue of sexual violence by participating in a workshop series that culminated as a traveling exhibition, Unknotted — the OCAD U activation of Sexual Assault: The Roadshow.  Led by professor Lillian Allen and sexual assault activist Jane Doe, the exhibition features community-led art that responds to sexual violence across the province. It remains in Butterfield park through November 25. 

Participating students, from across several disciplines, focused on building a nuanced understanding of social justice, oppression, consent culture and bystander intervention to resist and reimagine sexual violence in the OCAD U community.  At the container, situated in Butterfield Park, visitors view an evolving fabric installation representing four grounding principles of by-stander intervention. Visitors can navigate the space and share an experience, ask questions, send a message or co-sign their commitment to responding to sexual violence, by tying written messages into the fabric of the installation.

The retrofitted container will travel on a flatbed truck to 15 cities/areas in Ontario over a three-year period. At each stop, local artists will work with anti-violence experts and community participants to create, curate and exhibit art that “talks back” to sexual assault.

The project was facilitated by Sheila Sampath, assistant professor in the Faculty of Design and creative director at The Public Studio and sponsored by OCAD U’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Working Group.  The project was created and informed by OCAD U students Wil Brask, Leilah Dhoré, Morgan Elena, L-fy Delgado, Natalie Mark, Dana McCool, Khadijah Morley, Lizz Khan and Francis Tompkins.

Learn more about OCAD U’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Working Group


Banners inside the exhibition
Students standing in front of the exhibition