Onsite Gallery Grand Opening & Street Party

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

Onsite Gallery Grand Opening & Street Party
Saturday, September 16: noon to 6 p.m
Richmond St. W. between Duncan & Simcoe

On September 16, 2017 (noon to 6 p.m.), OCAD University will be holding a public Grand Opening of its newly expanded art gallery, Onsite Gallery. Onsite is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. To launch this new cultural space, we have a week of events culminating in a gallery grand opening and celebration on Richmond St. W. The street party will feature live performances and presentations by well-known Indigenous artists and remarks by political and community leaders (MP Adam Vaughan and Councilor Joe Cressy).

Acclaimed CBC host and arts reporter, Amanda Parris, will lead the afternoon’s events, which include onstage presentations and performances by:

  • DJ Classic Roots
  • Duke Redbird
  • Janet Rogers
  • Long Branch
  • Charlena Russell
  • Red Sky
  • Logan Staats

Save the date and join the celebration of the new Onsite Gallery


About Onsite Gallery
The new 8,000 square-foot location at 199 Richmond St. W. will house a state-of-the-art exhibition space and will reactivate the OCAD U collection. It will be a community hub serving the university and the general public, with the goal of fostering social and cultural transformations. Follow our photo blog to get a sneak peek of our progress!

Opening Exhibitions
We are excited to inaugurate the new Onsite Gallery with the following major exhibitions:

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)
Curated by Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U

Featuring: Barry Ace, Sonny Assu, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Christian Chapman, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Wally Dion, David Garneau, Tanya Harnett, Faye HeavyShield, Greg A. Hill, Mark Igloliorte, Jimmy Iqaluq, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Alex Janvier, Piona Keyuakjuk, Myra Kukiiyaut, Rachelle Lafond, Jim Logan, Kayley Mackay, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Lionel Peyachew, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Barry Pottle, Pitaloosie Saila and Tania Willard.

For This Land: Inside Elemental
Presented with community partner imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Featuring: 2Ro Media: Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers


Onsite Gallery's Grand Opening & Street Party is produced with the support of Our Children's Medicine program and HigherMe.

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.


Photo of DJ Classic Roots by Ogichidaa Arts.

Venue & Address: 
199 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor
416-977-6000, Ext. 262
Photo of DJ Classic Roots by Ogichidaa Arts

ReBlink - extended to April 18, 2018!

Reblink: AGO Exhibition
Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:00pm

Visitors won’t believe their eyes (or they’ll at least do a double-take) this summer as the AGO offers a magical new way to experience art. From Toronto-based digital artist Alex Mayhew comes ReBlink, an innovative augmented reality experience that taps into the power of leading-edge technology to give visitors the chance to see works from the AGO’s Canadian and European Collections in a whole new way. 

Using a custom app for smartphones and tablets, visitors use their device’s camera to unlock Mayhew’s modern twists on historical works of art. Mayhew highlights how much we have — and haven’t — changed over time, inviting visitors to look at paintings such as Evisceration of a Roebuck with a Portrait of a Married Couple, Drawing Lots and Marchesa Casati through his unique 21st century lens. By looking at a selected work using a smartphone or tablet, visitors will see something unexpected – the painting’s subjects coming alive, reflecting a vision of our daily reality in the 21st century.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1G4

Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita exhibition image
Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 8:00am to Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 9:00pm

The Indigenous Student Association at OCAD University is proud to present Terra Incognita, an exhibition that questions established narratives surrounding Canadian nationalism in light of #Canada150. Terra Incognita features work from a diverse group of emerging artists identifying as Indigenous, People of Colour and Settler-Ally working towards establishing a full, respectful  and  self- conscious future for Indigenous peoples.  

All 19 artists hail from all across Turtle Island, working in equally diverse mediums including painting, sculpture and new media:

Alexia Bread Anderson
Amanda Robertson-Hebert
Bernard Leroux
Connor Pion
Fallon Simard
Gabor Bata
Kaiatanoron Dumoulin Bush
Karalyn Reuben
Katsitsanoron Katty Dumoulin Bush
Kaya Dacosta
Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon Burning
Laura St. Amant
Mariah Meawasige
Megan Feheley
Michael Crawford
Oliver Roberts
Simon Shim
Seo Eun Kim
Ted Hoffie

Terra Incognita is supported by Artscape Daniel’s Spectrum, Indigenous Visual Culture and the Indigenous Student Association at OCAD University, and a generous donation from Lindy Green.


The Indigenous Student Association (ISA) is a group of students from OCAD U who wish to create a positive, nurturing, and inclusive community. The ISA strives to collaborate and unify perspectives and thoughts, through our artworks, community involvement, and exhibitions. We are active within our communities individually, but by coming together in the IASA, we can contribute collectively and work towards a common goal.



Venue & Address: 
Artscape Daniels Spectrum (2nd Floor), 585 Dundas St. East
Terra Icognita poster

LandMarks: Art + Places

LandMarks: Art + Places
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 11:00am to Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 4:00pm

LandMarks2017/Repères2017 invites people to creatively explore and deepen their connection to the land through a series of contemporary art projects in and around Canada's National Parks and Historic Sites from June 10-25, 2017.

These projects function like trail markers on a journey across the land. They focus on multiple experiences and stories to revisit the wys we understand our histories and envision our futures. Together, they enrich our knowledge of different places by inviting us to question their use and significance - symbolically, socially and environmentally. 

The artists involved in LandMarks2017/Repères2017 activate different aspects and interpretations of the word landmark:

- Michael Belmore. Coalescence
- Rebecca Velmore. Wave Sound
- Chris Clarke. Weaving Voices
- Raphaelle De Groot. Subsistences
- Maureen Gruben. Stitching My Landscape
- Ursula Johnson. re(al)-location
- Cheryl L'hirondelle. Freedom Tours
- Jeneen Frei Njootli. Being Skidoo
- Douglas Scholes. Wanderer: (re)Marking
- Camille Turner. Freedom Tours
- Bo Yeung. Weaving Voices 
- Jin-me Yoon*. Long View

*Assistant Professor, Art and Social Change, Faculty of Art invites the OCAD University community to join the exhibition:
LandMarks: Art + Places 

Opening Reception: Friday, 23 June, 11:00 am
Rouge Beach
Free bus from OCAD University (100 McCaul Street) to Rouge Beach. 
Leaves at 10 am and returns at 4pm.


Venue & Address: 
Rouge National Park
LandMarks: Art + Places

Claude A. Simard Retrospective

Painting by Claude A Simard
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 9:00am

Québec City invites the public to visit an exhibition of works by Claude A. Simard (1943–2014), titled Painting Happiness, presented at the Centre d’interprétation historique de Sainte-Foy presently to September 3, 2017.

Claude A. Simard studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto from 1962 to 1966. Head of advertising for Maison Simons and founder of Groupe Communikart, Simard then carved himself an important niche in the art market and his works were shown in prestigious galleries in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.

Known for his important contribution to visual arts and design, Mr. Simard was received by the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1981, at the age of 38. He designed eight stamps for Canada Post, including two Christmas stamps (1983 and 1987) and one commemorative stamp, Blue Poppy, issued in 1997. The first retrospective exhibition of his works was held in 1991 at Villa Bagatelle in Quebec City, which was then presented by the City of Paris at Château de Bagatelle. Both events were well received. Since his passing in September 2014, numerous art collectors and lovers have attributed to Claude A. Simard the ability to sublimate reality.

This retrospective exhibition pays homage to the artist, who is known for his colourful depictions of floral garden scenes, landscapes, still lifes, and figures. It features 50 works as well as a few travel notebooks and significant creations in the field of graphic design. Divided into 10 areas, the exhibition delves into various aspects of Claude A. Simard’s life and the key themes that were close to his heart.

The Honorary President of the retrospective is Mr. Peter Simons.

Venue & Address: 
Centre d’interprétation historique de Sainte-Foy 2825, chemin Sainte-Foy, Québec City (Québec) G1V 1W1

Parting Lines

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 5:00pm to Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 5:00pm
Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West
416-977-6000 x 2321
Parting Lines Poster

Study Abroad, Florence: Contemporary Consciousness Future Flourishing

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Contemporary Consciousness / Future Flourishing

OCAD U undergraduate students from the Faculty of Design (Environmental Design, Industrial Design and Illustration) and graduate students from IAMD and Digital Futures Masters programs are holding an Open Studio event at the OCAD University Florence Studio (Via Bonifacio Lupi 14) on Saturday June 10 from 2-5 pm.

The undergraduate presentations are the culmination of a four week intensive studio - The Future of Inhabited Form - design work for a site in Rome near the Maxxi Museum. Students spent two weeks at Sapienza University of Rome with OCAD U Professors Stuart Reid and Doreen Balabanoff and Professor Fabio Quici of the Sapienza Faculty of Architecture.
The graduate students are offering a glimpse into their work in progress towards their MFA or MDES research/practice.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Open Studio Via Bonifacio Lupi 14 Firenze, Italy
Poster Florence Open Studio

OCAD University invites you to celebrate the Class of 2017 at GradEx 102!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The exhibition, from May 3 to 7, takes place in three buildings across campus: the landmark Sharp Centre for Design at 100 McCaul St., and across the way at 113 and 115 McCaul St.

“This is a joyful time of year at OCAD University, when we welcome our local community to visit our campus and experience the immense talent of our graduating students as they prepare to set out for careers as creative professionals, researchers and entrepreneurs,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor. “Our graduates are problem-solvers, risk-takers, collaborators and flexible thinkers and makers who will bring the transformative power of art and design to whatever field they choose.”

One graduating student in each program is awarded the OCAD University Medal in recognition of their creativity, innovation, mastery of technique and high academic achievement. This year, 22 medals will be awarded undergraduate and graduate students who excelled in their programs.

Undergraduate Medal Winners:

  • Advertising – Justin Platnar
  • Graphic Design – Tucker McLachlan
  • Illustration – Andrew Watch
  • Environmental Design – Shahrzad Nasiri
  • Industrial Design – Martin Luu
  • Material Art & Design – Mary K. McIntyre
  • Digital Futures (co-medallists) – Parth Soni and Sally Luc
  • Visual & Critical Studies – Sylvia Evans
  • Criticism & Curatorial Practice – Tori Maas
  • Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies – Renee Hayward
  • Drawing & Painting – Tia Cavanagh
  • Integrated Media – Sid Tangerine
  • Photography – Aaron Moore
  • Printmaking – Jana Ghalayini
  • Sculpture/Installation – Maha Khan

Graduate Medal Winners:

  • Interdisciplinary Masters’ in Art, Media and Design – Annette Mangaard
  • Digital Futures – Fusun Uzun
  • Strategic Foresight and Innovation – Ryan J. A. Murphy
  • Inclusive Design – Elizabeth Morris
  • Criticism and Curatorial Practice – Elisha Lim
  • Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories – Émilie Uzoma Jacob

GradEx 102 runs Wednesday, May 3, through Sunday, May 7.

The public is invited to attend opening night celebrations on Wednesday, May 3, from 6:30. to 11 p.m.* Admission is free.

A variety of student works will be available for purchase at feature sales from programs such as Photography and Printmaking.

For details and a complete event schedule, visit www.ocadu.ca/gradex or download the free smartphone app with information on wayfinding, exhibitors, medal winners and more at www.ocadu.ca/GradExApp .

OCAD University’s annual Graduate Exhibition is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Mercedes-Benz Financial Services; Lead Event Sponsors Delaney Capital Management and First Capital Realty; Event Sponsor Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Broadcast Media Sponsor CP24; and Media Sponsor Metro News.

Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival - Photography by Design

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 5:00pm to Friday, June 9, 2017 - 5:00pm

OCAD University and the Faculty of Design are proud to present an exhibition of student and faculty work that emphasizes the role of design concepts within contemporary photography. Each work is a unique technical and conceptual exploration resulting in an exciting interpretation of the given subject, employing both traditional and alternative media practices.

*Reception: Thursday May 18 6pm - 8pm

Curated by Design Faculty
For more information click here

*Photo: Portrait in Black, Guy McCrum

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Great Hall
Guy McCrum Portrait in Black

This Machine Kills Fascists

photo of guitar machine robot
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00pm to 7:30pm

Gallery hours: April 27, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Performance: 5 p.m.

Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This project is a collaboration between artist Troy Richards, designer Ashley Pigford, and engineer Dustyn Roberts. Inspired by a statement written on Woody Guthrie’s guitar This Machine Kills Fascists (TMKF) is a guitar playing robot that performs traditional American folk music on a portable stage. Sheet music with the song lyrics are printed and left on the benches set up in front of the stage and audience members will be encouraged to sing along to the music. 

“How can we come together in ways that express a shared experience of community and mutual sympathy? Our music, much like our lived experience, is filtered through technology and is often isolating. TMKF presents a kind of homespun spectacle that can draw the attention of a skeptical public and entice to come together and learn/sing these songs that are woven into our collective DNA.

TMKF is very high tech and low-tech, combining the analog tradition of folk music and digital technology of robotics. Our project is inherently positive and seeks to bring people together through music. It uses a strategy of generating empathy and goodwill with an artificial intelligence to make us ask questions of the kind of community we may or may not be making with actual humans. With TMKF we hope to create a compelling experience that starts conversations.”

This event is free and open to the public.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, ground floor, 205 Richmond Street West
illustration of robot playing guitar - exhibition poster