Book Launch: Bewilderness by Catherine Black

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 3:30pm to 6:00pm

Bewilderness by Catherine Black, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdiscipinary Studies, at Guernica Editions’ Fall Launch. 

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue

3:30 P.M. -6:00 P.M.

Gary Barwin writes, “In Bewilderness, each item in the notebook of everything is connected by an invisible thread to each other thing. Catherine Black weaves her poems with these threads, connecting the luminosity, resonance and being of the everyday, its complex web of perceptions and emotions with evocative sensory and conceptual allure. We are “bewildered” in that everything, even the familiar, is newly discovered, wild to possibility, observation and poetry. As the book reads our world, we read this book: with eyes wild open.”

Venue & Address: 
Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue
Free Admission

Book Launch: From Bear Rock Mountain by Antoine Mountain

FROM BEAR ROCK MOUNTAIN, by Antoine Mountain 2
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 5:30pm

In this poetic, poignant memoir, Dene artist and social activist Antoine Mountain paints an unforgettable picture of his journey from residential school to art schooland his path to healing.

In 1949, Antoine Mountain was born on the land near Radelie Koe, Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. At the tender age of seven, he was stolen away from his home and sent to a residential school—run by the Roman Catholic Church in collusion with the Government of Canada—three hundred kilometres away. Over the next twelve years, the three residential schools Mountain was forced to attend systematically worked to erase his language and culture, the very roots of his identity.

While reconnecting to that which had been taken from him, he had a disturbing and painful revelation of the bitter depths of colonialism and its legacy of cultural genocide. Canada has its own holocaust, Mountain argues. As a celebrated artist and social activist today, Mountain shares this moving, personal story of healing and the reclamation of his Dene identity. For more information on the book:

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 115 McCaul Street, Level 3

Sonnet L'Abbe: Sonnet's Shakespeare

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award-winning poet SONNET L’ABBE returns with her third collection in which a mixed-race woman decomposes her inheritance of Shakespeare by breaking open the sonnet and inventing an entirely new poetic form.
Join us for the Toronto launch of Sonnet’s Shakespeare with special guest readers.

This reading and book launch is supported by the OCAD University Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, the OCAD University Creative Writing Program, the League of Canadian Poets, and Penguin Random House Canada.

Books sold by A Different Booklist.

This is a free public event in a fully accessible venue.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Room 270, The Great Hall
Book cover on a pink background. White text reads Sonnet's Shakespeare on black background,


Sepia photo of two male snake charmers sitting on marble steps
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The Office of Research and Innovation and Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies are pleased to present a talk by Assistant Professor Gabrielle Moser, recipient of the 2018/2019 OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.

Tuesday, March 12th
4:00pm – 5:00pm
100 McCaul St., Room 258
(George Reid Wing Community Room)


This talk meditates on the research methods and archival strategies that developed out of a multiyear project on the Colonial Office Visual Instruction Committee: an unusual scheme sponsored by the British government that used a series of lantern slide lectures combining geography education and photography to teach schoolchildren around the world what it meant to look and to feel like an imperial citizen. Reflecting on the modes of looking
deployed by the viewers of these original lectures and the kinds of looking that are required by a contemporary archival researcher, the talk will introduce some of the themes addressed in Moser’s new book, Projecting Citizenship, which elucidates the impact of this vast collection of photographs that circulated around the British Empire between 1902 and 1945 in classrooms from Canada to Hong Kong, from the West Indies to Australia.

About Gabrielle Moser

Dr. Gabrielle Moser is a writer and independent curator. Her writing has appeared in venues including Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Canadian Art, Fillip, Flash Art, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and the Journal of
Visual Culture
. She is the author of Projecting Citizenship: Photography and Belonging in the British Empire (Penn State UP, 2018). She has organized exhibitions for Access Gallery, Gallery TPW, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Oakville Galleries and Vtape. Gabrielle has held fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art, Ryerson Image Centre, the University of British Columbia and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in
the department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University in 2017. She is a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar, and a founding member of EMILIAAMALIA feminist working group.


This talk coincides with the launch of Dr. Moser’s recent book, Projecting Citizenship: Photography and Belonging in the British Empire, (Penn State University Press, 2018).

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 258 (George Reid Wing Community Room)
Sepia photo of two male snake charmers sitting on marble steps; Talk description

Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and Decolonization

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 9:00am

Discussions about Indigenizing the academy have abounded in Canada over the past few years. And yet, despite the numerous policies and reports that have been written, there is a lack of clarity around what pedagogical methods could help to decolonize our institutions. Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and Decolonization edited by Sheila Batacharya and Yuk-Lin Renita Wong demonstrates how the academy cannot be decolonized while we still subscribe to the Western idea of mind over body. The book acknowledges and draws attention to the incommensurability between decolonization and aspects of social justice projects in education.

The contributors to this collection, including OCAD U’s Susan Ferguson, Director of the Writing and Learning Centre, argue that connecting the body, mind, and the spirit is integral to decolonization projects and to the reimagining of pedagogy. By providing a useful range of embodied ways of teaching, learning, and knowing for scholars to consider, this “field-building” book maps out an area for embodiment scholarship in education.


Venue & Address: 
University of Toronto OISE 252 Bloor St. W. Room 5-260
poster for book launch

Gord Peteran: Furniture

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Gord Peteran: Furniture 

Book Launch & Reception

Tuesday October 30, 2018, 6-9 pm

The Art Gallery of Guelph’s latest publication, Furniture, features the work of Toronto-based artist Gord Peteran with texts by artists, curators, and collectors including Glenn Adamson, William Anderson, Matthew Brower, Ian Carr-Harris, David Dorenbaum, Charles Hummel, Ernie Kerr, Judith Nasby, Michael Prokopow, and Ron Shuebrook

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
199 Richmond St. W. (ground floor)
Toronto, ON


Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University 199 Richmond St. W. (ground floor) Toronto, ON
Gord Peteran: Furniture, Book Launch & Reception poster with image of a cabinet door and an axe, text on red background

Book Launch: Toronto Lit Up: The Unpublished City II

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:30pm

After the release of Toronto Book Award nominated anthology, The Unpublished City, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and Book*hug invite you to the release of its sequel, The Unpublished City II. It this iteration, the collection features creative non-fiction from Toronto’s emerging literary talents as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.

The anthology is edited by Phoebe WangCanisia Lubrin and Dionne Brand with a foreword by Tracey Lindberg.

Phoebe Wang is a staff member at OCAD U's Writing & Learning Centre (WLC).


From the Festival of Authors website (

Orient yourself in the city with these nineteen works of creative non-fiction that offer a different, more multifarious wayfinding. In this second volume of The Unpublished City, imagination is the means by which these writers find detours, shortcuts and convergences. Even as they are inventing and imagining the city, these emerging Toronto-based writers find themselves marked through tender and violent encounters. For them, the city is more than backdrop, but a witness, an accomplice and a lover.

This anthology’s maps of experience bring us beyond the city’s limits to the cul-de-sacs and vertical dimensions of Mississauga, Vaughan, North York and Scarborough. They follow buried creeks and migratory bird corridors, they chase highs and confront colonial landmarks, they navigate waiting rooms and prop up fallen strangers. Shaped by the city, their visions also shift and plot its architectures of living in an endless symbiosis.

Venue & Address: 
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
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Gord Peteran: Furniture

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Gord Peteran: Furniture
Book Launch and Reception

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
7 – 9 pm | Free

Please join us for a reception marking the launch of a new publication, Furniture, featuring the work of Toronto-based artist Gord Peteran with texts by artists, curators, and collectors including Glenn Adamson, William Anderson, Matthew Brower, Ian Carr-Harris, David Dorenbaum, Charles Hummel, Ernie Kerr, Judith Nasby, Michael Prokopow, and Ron Shuebrook.

Over the last four decades, Peteran has built an impressive and innovative body of work around the historical, conceptual, and psychological meanings of furniture. At the intersection of art, craft and design, the hybridity of his work challenges both expectations and language, offering insight into the vast malleability of the world of things.

The book launch and reception will take place at the Art Gallery of Guelph. All are welcome to attend; refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The Art Gallery of Guelph is grateful to the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts whose investments support such inquiry, informing new art histories.


Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Guelph
Gord Peteran, book launch and reception

Koyama Press Double Launch with Fiona Smyth & Michael Comeau

Fiona Smyth book launch
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 7:00am to 10:00pm


"Collecting a career in comics from 1983-2017 by a joyous, feminist contemporary of Julie Doucet, Seth and Chester Brown. 

A comics collection by Canadian cartoonist, painter, and illustrator Fiona Smyth. Over thirty years of comics that feature Fiona’s world of sexy ladies, precocious girls, and vindictive goddesses is revealed in all its feminist glory. This is recommended reading for sleepwalkers on a female planet.

FIONA SMYTH is a Toronto based painter, educator, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her feminist artwork has exhibited internationally. Fiona collaborated with writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg on the kids’ series What Makes A Baby in 2013, and Sex Is A Funny Word in 2015, published by Seven Stories Press."


"Collage and comics combine in this fotonovela about the psychology of space travel and the limits of exploration.

In the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Silent Running, this genre-bending photo and comics hybrid presents the final years of a mission to seed a planet in a distant constellation and the failings of both human and artificial psyches in the face of the vastness of space.

MICHAEL COMEAU works on the wall, the print sheet and the page. Creating window displays and paste-up murals utilizing generations of street posters he created for parties, gigs, etc. His comic trilogy Hellberta won the Doug Wright award for experimental comics in 2012."

Fiona & Michael will be holding a conversation with each other about their work, among all the other goings-on. This event is sort of a soft open for TCAF, so we're looking to make it kind of a BIG DEAL. We hope to see you there!

Venue & Address: 
The Beguiling, 319 College St.
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Book Launch for Andy Patton and Julian Jason Haladyn

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Little Testament (2016) by Andy Patton is a limited edition book that explores the author’s relationship with China and Chinese culture through two texts, as well as full-colour images of his artwork. This volume also includes Roo Borson and Kim Maltman’s translation of two poems by Su Shi, as well as an afterword by J. J. Haladyn. Paperback, 73 pages, printed in Florence in an edition of 200 copies.

Aganetha Dyck: The Power of the Small (2016) by Julian Jason Haladyn is the first major publication on the artistic practice of this important Canadian artist. This book considers the history of Dyck’s engagement with the small throughout her career as an artist, most prominently in her long-term collaboration with the bees. In addition to the main text, this publication includes “A Note on Other-Than-Human Beings” by Miriam Jordan-Haladyn, a collaborative essay on Dyck’s collaborative work with William Eakin and an extensive interview with the artist. This is the latest volume in the Canadian Artist Monograph Series (CAMS). Hardcover [full colour] / paperback [b/w], 204 pages.

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul St room 187
Free to the Public
Book launch info