Ceiling Repair

Hullmark property management will be repairing the ceiling women’s washroom on the third floor of 230 Richmond

Photo ID and Locker Rental Orientation Schedule 2017

Photo ID and Locker Rental Orientation Schedule 2017


Please be informed that the domestic Hot and Cold water in 113 McCaul will be shut off for plumbing repairs. The work will be carried out on Monday July 24th, 2017 between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Please make sure that all taps are left in the closed position to avoid any flooding when the service resumes”

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Space to create: a glimpse inside innovative work studios in Toronto and beyond

Finding the right space to create in is integral to the creative practice , and right now there’s no question this is more challenging than ever—but it’s not impossible. As rents in Canadian cities continue to rise and neighbourhoods gentrify, independent creators pushed out of old warehouses and lofts are finding new places to work in. Sometimes this means joining a studio collective, taking over and transforming an unused room somewhere, or finding a spacious and affordable spot outside of Toronto. We talked to three OCAD U alumni who found or built studios they love.  

Jihee Min

Program: Sculpture/Installation, 2005

Professional practice: Multimedia visual artist with a focus on narrative explorations of identity, cultural displacement and personal experiences within the Korean diaspora. She belongs to Gallery 44 Members Gallery, where she’ll be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition, “A Few Flaps to Belong” (May 5 to June 3). She shows her work across Canada and internationally, including in the US, Italy, Finland and Korea.

Studio location: The White House Studio Project, Kensington Market, Toronto

The find: Min landed a Toronto Arts Council grant in 2016, enabling her to move her practice out of her home and into a studio. She joined The White House Studio Project in November 2016 after an extensive search. Her spot within the collective studio is eight by eight feet, and includes a shared open space where she can work on larger projects or host events.

The fit: The studio is within walking distance to where Min lives and offers plenty of natural light from large second-floor windows overlooking bustling Augusta Avenue. “In my new studio space I’m free to use materials that are messy,” she says. “I was really happy to find this spot. I get here in the morning, go home when the sun sets and I’m inspired by the energy of Kensington Market every day.”

More info: www.jiheemin.com

Photo of Jihee Min's workspace in her Toronto Studio


Artist: Joseph Clement

Program: Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design, 2011

Professional practice: Worked as a landscape architect prior to completing his MFA and brings a background in writing, film and interdisciplinary installations to his new art and design firm, DesignLAND. His feature documentary, Integral Man will also premiere in 2017.  

Studio location: A room in a shared house near Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto

The find: Clement needed a space where he could set up in to do drafting work on his computer, write at a desk, plan installations and collaborate with project partners. He realized a storage room in the four-bedroom house he shares with three friends had potential, so he cleared it out, ripped out four layers of laminate and linoleum flooring, painted the walls bright white and filled it with plants to create a studio.

The fit: “My studio features natural light and a view. If I need take a mental break I can stare out the window at the park,” he says. He also gave careful consideration to the studio set-up: “A thoughtfully organized space is so important. I know where everything is and my work is very fluid. I’m never searching for materials I need.”

More info: Instagram: _design_land_ and designland.ca


Artist: Melanie Janisse-Barlow

Program: Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design, 2014

Professional practice: Known for The Poets Series, her round-robin portrait series of North American writers. She also does other portrait painting, designs jewellery and writes poetry. Her first poetry collection, Orioles in the Oranges was published in 2009, and she recently completed two new manuscripts for publication.

Studio location: Artist’s studio in the historic Capitol Theatre, Windsor

The find: When she lived in Toronto (before rents skyrocketed), Janisse-Barlow enjoyed working in warehouse spaces, including one at Sorauren and Dundas and one on Brock Avenue. When she returned to Windsor to live and work two years ago she discovered there were vacant artists’ studios in an old theatre downtown. She enquired about the space and ended up landing a 350 square-foot studio. It’s a corner space with two banks of windows. The city, which owns the building, fixed it up for her: the windows are brand new, as is the wiring and ventilation. She rents the space from the building’s tenant: the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

The fit: “Living in a smaller city and working in an affordable space relaunched my creative practice,” she says. “There’s a lot of light, it’s full of old Persian carpets and beautiful furniture, including a vintage easel from Paris. I’m incredibly productive here. It’s very comfortable, like a home.”

More info: www.poets-series-project.com


Photo of Melanie Janisse-Barlow in her Windsor studio


Suzanne Alyssa Andrew is the author of the novel, Circle of Stones, the associate editor for Taddle Creek magazine and a bass player. She works out of a studio space in Artscape.

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Rosalie and Isadore Sharp donate $1 Million to OCAD University

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 5:00am

Benefactors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp, founders of the famed Four Seasons Hotel chain, have pledged an additional $1 million to OCAD University, Canada’s largest art, design and digital media university.

The latest Sharp donation follows the pledge of the previous commitment of $3 million, in 2014, to support the enhancement of the façade of the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion.

The Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, a separate building at the corner of McCaul and Dundas Streets, will house the OCAD University Experiential Learning Centre, a student-focused centre dedicated to studio-based learning across the university’s program areas, partnerships with community and industry, and training in professional and business skills.

Phased renovations are well underway at OCAD University’s Experiential Learning Centre, part of the Creative City Campus. The building currently serves as student thesis space before the full renovation is completed.

“We are very grateful to Rosalie and Isadore Sharp for supporting our strong tradition of experiential learning that takes place both in the studio and in the community,” says Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University. “This flexible, multi-use student complex will provide dedicated, maker-based work areas, as well as spaces for collaboration and engagement with visiting artists and designers.”

The Sharps also donated $5 million in 2004 towards building the internationally acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design, designed by famed British architect Will Alsop. The building has been lauded by architect and arts critics alike and is one of the must-see stops for visitors to Toronto.

“We are inspired by the creation of a centre that will be a hub for student activity and experimentation, and we have great respect for President Sara Diamond’s dedication and imagination,” says Rosalie Sharp.  “With this donation, we are helping mark the Dundas Street gateway to OCAD University’s campus and Toronto’s heart of creativity and innovation.”  Since 1998, Rosalie and Isadore Sharp have donated more than $9.5 million to OCAD U.



Take a tour of OCAD U with student Oscar Fletcher

Student Oscar Fletcher takes you on a tour of what you missed at OCAD U's recent Open House. Learn more about OCAD U or how to take a tour on your own

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OCAD U campus stars in Kim's Convenience

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:00am


OCAD University makes many  appearances on CBC’s acclaimed new weeknight comedy, Kim’s Convenience. Based on a play by Torontonian Ins Choi, the show portrays a Korean-Canadian family. The daughter Janet (played by actress Andrea Bang), is a photography student at OCAD U. Janet’s parents opened a convenience store in Regent Park when they immigrated to Canada.

The production company filmed on campus on July 19, primarily in Butterfield Park and on McCaul Street. The exterior of the Sharp Centre for Design can be seen in several episodes. The show’s producers also commissioned and leased photos by students Maddie Alexander, Antonio Giacchetti and Tess Siskay to represent the works of Janet and her classmates.

Kim’s Convenience is receiving praise for being Canada’s first TV sitcom led by Asian actors and for addressing social and intergenerational issues with humour and sensitivity.

The series runs on Tuesday evenings on CBC TV and can be watched online.

Elections Canada on campus

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

October 14 is a federal election day in Canada. Students (faculty and staff) who have questions about voter eligibility, registration, location of polls, and more can ask questions of Elections Canada.

Venue & Address: 
Lobby 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Yellow Staircase Project 2008 Launch

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

The Yellow Staircase Project, a student initiative with full administrative support, launched officially in September 2007. Join us to celebrate one year later as we launch the project for 2008. Students (individually or small groups) are welcome to submit proposals for original artwork in the staircase. Free the yellow staircase of its yellowness and replace it with colourful paintings and murals! The medium is paint but students from all disciplines are encourged to get involved.

Come out and pick up a copy of the submission guidelines and deadlines.

Venue & Address: 
Lobby 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario

Student Lounge Re-Design

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Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, April 25, 2008 - 4:00am

The Jim Meekison Student Lounge (Room 274, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street) is being re-designed and decorated. And it’s being done BY students, FOR students!

As part of their winter semester curriculum, Environmental Design students in Doreen Balabanoff and Marco Jacob’s ENVR 2B15: Colour and Form course were asked to submit proposals for a new look for the student lounge. They were required to consider the following:

The profile of space users; what spaces are currently available to students; what currently takes place in the student lounge; what could take place on campus given the appropriate space;
how space encourages interaction between students; how a space can be multifunctional; how a design can be sturdy, practical, flexible and affordable

From all of the submitted proposals, top designs will be chosen by a panel of representatives from the Student Union (OCADSU), Campus Life & Career Services, Facilities Management, and Doreen Balabanoff and Marco Jacob. The projects will be on display in the Great Hall for two days. Input from the wider campus community is welcome and will be considered in the selection of the winner. Cast your vote between 11 am and 2:30 pm. The winning project proposal will be implemented over the summer months and the successful student will have the satisfaction of overseeing the project. A “grand opening” celebration of the redesigned and improved space will be planned for September 2008.

This pilot project is intended to be the first in an annual effort to improve student space throughout the campus. It will send a positive message about student-designed and student-focused space to the OCAD community.

The project is funded by OCADSU and will be led with assistance from the Student Life & Support Services Committee.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall Level 2, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario