Mayor John Tory visits Winter Stations

Mark Tholen, Jason Wong, John Tory and Mary-Margaret McMahon
Group of students and professor inside Steam Canoe
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 5:00am

Environmental Design professor Mark Tholen and his students were applauded by the Toronto mayor and city councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon on Sunday during a visit to the Steam Canoe installation.

Part of the Winter Stations exhibition on the Toronto Beaches, the structure is made of laminated wood panels curved like the prow of a canoe. Solar tubes at the rear of the structure generate fog by turning snow into steam.

Students Curtis Ho, Jungyun Lee, Monifa Onca Charles, Reila Park, Hamid Shahi, Lambert St‐Cyr, Jaewon Kim and Jason Wong worked with Tholen to create and install the temporary shelter.  

The exhibition, themed Freeze/Thaw, consists of seven installations built over lifeguard towers which visitors can enter, climb and interact with. OCAD U, Ryerson and Laurentian University were invited to submit their designs, while international artists and designers were selected via juried submission.    

Freeze/Thaw runs on the waterfront from Woodbine to Victoria Park avenues and continues through March 20.

OCAD U Zine Library Open House

Art Book Week: OCAD Zine Library Open House July 10, 1 - 6 pm
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Come visit and browse a collection of over 2500 zines, from uniquely handmade multiples, minicomics, poetry chapbooks, perzines, and much more! We will have a special display of recent acquisitions with a focus on indigenous voices, decolonization and multilingual publications.

This event is part of Art Book Week, a week-long series of events and activities that parallels the Toronto Art Book Fair. Art Book Week 2018 takes place from July 4-11 at various locations across the city. The goal of Art Book Week is to celebrate the unique artists’ book community in Toronto, as well as increase the visibility of new and exciting projects, spaces and artists.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.

Digital Literacy Day in Toronto

Digital Literacy Day in Toronto May 31
Monday, May 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 2:45pm

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library (TPL) are collaborating with a diverse spectrum of more than 35 local companies and organizations to host and produce more than 110 free events for all ages across the city.

Come to the Learning Zone on May 31 from 1 - 2:30 pm and sign up for a Toronto Public Library card. Librarian Irene Gotz will be on hand to answer any questions about services and content you can get for free with your Toronto Public Library card.



Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
461-977-6000, ext. 2529

President’s message

Happy new year to all faculty and staff! I hope you had a chance to relax and re-energize during the holiday break and I wish you much success in 2018. My time is focused on an intensified lobby for funding for OCAD University prior to the provincial election. The goal is to establish a wider base of partners, industry collaborations and donors; to continue to press for design policy and support; and to refresh cultural policy at all levels of government. As well, I am in conversation with the City of Toronto on its future cultural and economic development policies, Smart City initiatives and overall support for public art. 

Launch: Zerofootprint Carbon Calculator

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

OCAD President Sara Diamond and the university’s new Sustainability Task Force wish to invite you to the OCAD launch of the Zerofootprint energy calculator.

Sara Diamond and Ron Dembo, Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint, will be on hand to launch the Zerofootprint Calculator to the OCAD student, faculty and staff community and to speak about the partnership between OCAD and Zerofootprint.

About Zerofootprint:
The City of Toronto is partnering with Zerofootprint to launch Zerofootprint Toronto, the first ever community-wide initiative aimed at engaging all citizens to fight climate change on a massive scale.

"Zerofootprint targets large organizations such as collections of cities, multinational corporations, universities, schools and multinational communities, which may span many countries. We enable them with infrastructure that can measure, aggregate, track and manage their individual and combined footprint. We also provide them with the tools to foster a local marketplace with news, events and green commerce."

OCAD Sustainability Initiative:
OCAD is committed to advancing responsible environmental practices and promoting sustainability both through research and programs, as well as operationally. OCAD wishes to engage our community, both internally and externally, in dialogue and actionable means for waste reduction, recycling and reducing carbon emissions. The university will continue to support and launch a number of initiatives that reflect the concern the OCAD community shares regarding sustainability, and will continue to champion innovation that brings solutions to this important issue.

Venue & Address: 
Room 187, Level 1 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Enid Robbie - In Praise of Cities

Enid Robbie
Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 5:00am

City of Toronto Culture, through its Market Gallery program, presents:
"In Praise of Cities by Enid Robbie"
from December 1, 2007 to March 2, 2008.
This exhibit provides the viewpoint of a committed urban artist and is the first retrospective of Enid Robbie's work from 1952 to 1987.

Venue & Address: 
The Market Gallery, South St. Lawrence Market 95 Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario

Digital Futures graduate students exhibit at City Hall anniversary

3D City Magic installation by Mehnaz Aydemir
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 4:00am

1965 was a rather amazing year: Canada got its own flag, Martin Luther King, Jr., marched from Selma to Montgomery, Sonny & Cher released their hit single “I Got You Babe” and Toronto’s futuristic new City Hall opened for business.

As part of the 50th-anniversary celebrations for City Hall – one of Canada’s most distinct architectural landmarks – two students in OCAD University’s Digital Futures graduate program created and mounted installations (OCAD U was an official exhibit partner for the anniversary event).

Beam Me Up!

With her interactive installation Beam Me Up!, Monica Virtue sought to transport visitors through time. Inspired by the Star Trek transporter set, Virtue incorporated sensors and wireless radios, as well as videos she created from images drawn from the City of Toronto Archives, Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Film, Television and Digital Office.

3D City Magic

Mehnaz Aydemir’s interactive installation featured a replica of City Hall created on site during the day by a 3D printer. In addition, Aydemir produced a children’s game that involved participants selecting and holding Plexiglas models of 12 historic Toronto buildings and activating a screen that provided information on the structures they had selected.


Grange Park Revitalization Project Community Meeting

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 10:30pm to Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 12:30am

Organized by the Grange Park Advisory Committee (GPAC)

Please come to this community meeting to review the feedback that was received from our April 22 meeting and to learn more about the design that has been developed for the Grange Park revitalization project.

In co-operation with:
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Grange Community Association (GCA)
Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U)
St. George the Martyr Church University Settlement
City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation

For more information, please contact:
Bev Carret, AGO –
Ralph Daley, GCA -
Joan Heeler, St. George the Martyr Church –
Ena D’Altroy, University Settlement -

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario
416-979-6660 ext. 477