Book Launch: Let That Bad Air Out: Buddy Bolden's Last Parade

Let the Bad Air Out by Stefan Berg
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 1:00am

David Mirvish Books in Toronto presents a book launch for Let That Bad Air Out: Buddy Bolden's Last Parade, published by the Porcupine's Quill, a graphic novel by student Stefan Berg.
"Very little is known of Buddy Bolden, his music was never recorded
and there is only one existing photograph, yet he is considered to be the first bandleader
to play the improvised music that has since become known as jazz," said Berg.
In his new book, Berg portrays the culture of New Orleans parade music through the narrative of Buddy Bolden's final parade.
The novel consists of 70 images cut from linoleum. Stories told in pictures have a universality that transcends the boundaries of any spoken or written language providing the reader with a unique experience of a narrative akin to a silent film.
Let That Bad Air Out, is the first in a series of wordless novels to be published by The Porcupine's Quill. Feature books include David Helwig's Smuggling Donkeys and George
Walker's Images From The Neocerebellum. Let That Bad Air Out will be sold at selected
book stores including David Mirvish Books on Art, Pages and Chapters.

Venue & Address: 
David Mirvish Books/Books on Art 596 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario


David Mirvish (left) and Daniel Solomon (right) in the 60s.
David Mirvish (left) and Daniel Solomon (right) today.

Daniel Solomon, now a painter and professor in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University, met David Mirvish, now a prominent theatre producer, art collector and art dealer, in 1968 back when they were both beginning their careers. The two became lifelong friends. On Tuesday, November 12, in a rare opportunity, the OCAD U community becomes privy to one of their wide-ranging conversations about art. Their talk is presented by the Drawing and Painting Thesis and Advanced Painting classes.

Solomon was an architecture student at the University of Oregon in the early 1960s and relocated to Toronto in 1967. From 1968 to 1970 he worked full time at the David Mirvish Gallery and later went on to exhibit there, as well as at major galleries both in Canada and around the world. He divides his time evenly between his painting career and his teaching at OCAD U. Solomon’s paintings, watercolours, sculptures and stage sets are characterized by intense, vibrant colour and complex pictoral space.

During the 1960s and 1970s the David Mirvish Gallery was regarded as one of the most important venues for contemporary art in Toronto. It was located on Markham Street, around the corner from Mirvish’s father’s landmark discount store, Honest Ed’s in a neighbourhood. As his career evolved and diversified into other areas of the arts community, including theatre production and bookselling, his passion for contemporary art never wavered. Mirvish is one of Canada’s foremost art dealers and collectors and a longstanding donor and supporter of OCAD U. His Mirvish+Gehry development project proposed for King Street in Toronto’s Entertainment District includes plans for the Princess of Wales Centre for Visual Arts at OCAD University, a 25,000 square foot arts education facility. A significant part of the development plan is also the creation of a new Mirvish Collection museum.

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Daniel Solomon
Mirvish Productions

OCAD U names new facility at Mirvish+Gehry Toronto The Princess of Wales Centre for Visual Arts

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 5:00am

(Toronto—February 14, 2013) OCAD University announced today that it will name its new 25,000-square-foot facility at the proposed Mirvish+Gehry Toronto project The Princess of Wales Centre for Visual Arts at OCAD University. The new facility is one of two cultural centrepieces of a multi-year, multi-phase project announced in October that will transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district.  The Mirvish+Gehry Toronto project, which will also feature a new Mirvish Collection museum, is the largest and most significant urban commission to date for Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry.

“The Princess of Wales has long been associated in Toronto with excellence in the arts,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD U. “This new arts-dedicated facility provides a means to honour a legacy that associates the creative and socially transformative virtues of art with the Princess of Wales’s legendary dedication to young people, intergenerational exchange and social concerns such as violence, poverty and HIV education.”

OCAD University received approval to transfer the Princess of Wales name, originally granted in 1993 to the Mirvish family to name the then-new Princess of Wales Theatre, which will be replaced as part of the project plans. The letter sent on behalf of Their Highnesses, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, reads: “Their Royal Highnesses are extremely grateful to you for raising this matter, since Toronto always held a very special place in their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales’s heart.”

The Princess of Wales Centre for Visual Arts at OCAD University’s proximity to the Mirvish Collection museum provides an unprecedented opportunity for partnership and collaboration.

“It is wonderful news that the Princess of Wales presence will continue its historic relationship to our cultural projects that began in May of 1993 with the Princess of Wales theatre,” said David Mirvish. “OCAD University, its staff and students share a broad range of interests that coincide with mine. I can imagine a collaboration that starts with curatorial studies and extends to shared public lectures. Our relationship will be an evolution where we will work together to find opportunities.”

The university also released more details about the vision for the Princess of Wales Centre for Visual Arts, which will become an arts showcase and learning facility, featuring studios, seminar rooms, gallery facilities and a public theatre and lecture hall to promote and enable the making, study and exhibition of art.

“This project will transform Toronto’s downtown cultural district and advance the area’s future as a thriving creative centre,” said Dr. Diamond. “OCAD University shares David Mirvish’s vision in, through his extraordinary collection and the educational programing we will bring, creating a valuable resource for the public and our students that will enrich the downtown experience.”


Mirvish+Gehry Toronto:
On October 1, 2012, David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and world-renowned architect Frank Gehry unveiled the conceptual design for the mixed-use project that will bring new cultural, residential and retail spaces to a site immediately next to the Royal Alexandra Theatre and create a new visual identity for the city’s premier arts district.

Mirvish+Gehry Toronto is the vision of David Mirvish, who through his family’s support of the arts has helped make the city a major international centre for performing arts and has transformed the downtown King Street Entertainment District. Bordered by many of Toronto’s leading cultural institutions including the Royal Alexandra Theatre and Roy Thomson Hall to the east, the Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox to the west, and the John Street Cultural Corridor to the west culminating at the Art Gallery of Ontario to the north, the project will have at its centre The Princess of Wales Centre for Visual Arts at OCAD University and the Mirvish Collection museum.

The Princess of Wales Centre for Visual Arts at OCAD University
A dedicated entrance off the east side of Duncan Street will take the public and students to the third and fourth floors of the development. At the heart of the 25,000-square foot, two-storey space will be a 250-seat in-the-round theatre/lecture hall to be used for performance art, lectures, dialogues and equipped for videoconferencing.

In addition, the Centre will house the following programs and initiatives:

Exhibition and Visual Research Centre

  • Public Gallery to showcase the university’s permanent collection (currently in storage and inaccessible)
  • Faculty Gallery dedicated to showcase current faculty work in art and design
  • Visual Research; a collaborative experimental studio for the community
  • Artist in Residence studio
  • Documentation room / photo studio

Art History, Curatorial and Critical Studies Centre

  • Criticism and Curatorial Practice workshop space
  • Gallery space for exhibiting student-curated exhibitions
  • Curator in Residence studio

Publication and Printmaking Research and Production Centre

  • Layout and editing workspace
  • Bookbinding studio
  • Publication project meeting space
  • Publications Research lounge with displays 
  • Writer in Residence studio

Printmaking Studios & Archive

  • Screenprinting and relief studios with a digital editing suite
  • Rapid Prototyping and 3D printing studio

Continuing Studies

  • Digital media lab and two seminar rooms geared to Continuing Studies

Print Archive and Print Sales

  • Print OnDemand bookmaking service centre (serving the OCAD U community, visiting researchers, artists and general public) 
  • Print archive exhibition space, sales program and storage

All residence programs will have community engagement and outreach projects at the core of their mandates, with activities to take place in a collaborative experimental studio.

The university’s undergraduate programs in Printmaking, Criticism and Curatorial Practice and a new Publications specialization will be rooted at the Princess of Wales Centre for Visual Arts, along with graduate studies in Criticism and Curatorial Practice as well as undergraduate art history students and graduate students in the Master of Arts in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories.

The Princess of Wales Centre for Visual Arts continues the south campus of OCAD University, which has classroom, gallery and office space at 205, 230 and 240 Richmond Street West. The university is also developing a new professional gallery at street level of 199 Richmond Street West as part of the Studio Condominiums project current under construction at that site.


OCAD University (OCAD U):
OCAD University ( is Canada’s “university of imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 x327 (mobile x1327)

In Conversation: David Mirvish and Dan Solomon

In Conversation: David Mirvish and Dan Solomon
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 5:00pm

A couple of old friends talk about art

Presented by the DRPT Thesis and Advanced Painting

OCAD U Community and invited guests

Dan Solomon is a painter and professor in the Drawing and Painting program at OCAD University. He worked full time at the David Mirvish Gallery from 1968 to 1970, and exhibited there in 1977 and 1978.

David Mirvish opened his gallery in 1963 and focused on exhibitions of Color Field artists. Since closing the gallery in 1978 he has worked primarily in the theatre and has continued to collect, building on the foundation of artists shown in the gallery. He is currently planning the creation of a museum to exhibit the collection in the Mirvish/Gehry project on King Street West. The project includes the Princess of Wales entre for Visual Arts at OCAD U.

David Mirvish and Dan Solomon have been friends since 1968; soon after, Dan moved to Toronto from Portland, Oregon.


Free - Limited to OCAD U students


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