Carrianne Leung’s book The Wondrous Woo shortlisted for Toronto Book Award

Cover art for the book "The Wondrous Woo"
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 3:15pm

Writing and Learning Services Coordinator and Sessional Instructor Carrianne Leung’s book, The Wondrous Woo, has been shortlisted among 5 finalists for the 40th edition of the Toronto Book Awards.

The Wondrous Woo tells the story of Miramar Woo who is the quintessential Chinese girl: nice, quiet, and reserved. The eldest of the three Woo children, Miramar is ever the obedient sister and daughter ... on the outside. On the inside, she’s a kick-ass kung fu heroine with rock star flash, sassy attitude, and an insatiable appetite for adventure.

Leung is being recognized alongside impressive company. The other four finalists are:

  • Anthony De Sa for Kicking the Sky, published by Doubleday Canada;
  • Charlotte Gray for The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country, published by HarperCollins Canada;
  • Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis for The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, published by Random House Canada; and
  • Shyam Selvadurai for The Hungry Ghosts, published by Doubleday Canada.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the awards, each shortlisted book has also been paired with a Toronto champion who will promote the book and provide an introduction at the awards ceremony. Champions include television personality Elaine Lui (The Wondrous Woo), Maureen Jennings of Murdoch Mysteries fame (The Massey Murders), food policy analyst Wayne Roberts (The Stop), filmmaker John Greyson (The Hungry Ghosts), and the Toronto Star’s Chris Hume (Kicking The Sky).

Each finalist receives $1,000, with the winning author receiving a grand prize of $10,000. The winner will be announced on October 16 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library.

John Gould (1929 - 2010)

Image: John Gould, QUIXOTE ONE 22.75 x 17 Inches, Conté
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 4:00am

Opening Sale and Reception
Saturday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m.
i Gould will be present at the opening reception from
11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

A celebration for an extraordinary artist

A retrospecitve exhibition of former OCAD U faculty member and almnus, John Gould.

Image: John Gould, QUIXOTE ONE
22.75 x 17 Inches, Conté





Venue & Address: 
Roberts Gallery 641 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario

Fall/Winter Town Hall

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 1:00pm

For OCAD University Faculty and Staff

Please join OCAD University President Dr. Sara Diamond and other members of the university's cabinet for a briefing and discussion on the following topics:

(1) Government update including strategic mandate agreement, differentiation and OCAD U specific metrics - President & AVP University Relations (15 minutes)
(2) Update on space and capital planning - VP Finance & Administration (10 minutes)
(3) Update on upcoming fundraising campaign – VP Development and Alumni (15 minutes)
(4) Update on process for review of academic administrative structure – VP Academic (5 minutes)
(4) Q & A (45 minutes)

All faculty and staff are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend where possible.




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

Professional Development Day for Student-Facing Staff

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 1:00am

Hosted by the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Students

Learn from your colleagues who will share their knowledge and perspectives. Develop opportunities to collaborate and enhance the student experience at OCAD U. Attend the whole day, a single session, or anything in between. My overview presentation will be repeated (morning and afternoon.) A light lunch is provided and everyone is encouraged to join us at a local pub at the end of the day for a little mingling.

The day is designed for administrative staff at OCAD U who work with students, whether or not you're part of the Student Affairs portfolio. (Staff are encouraged to get clearance from supervisors to attend; faculty are welcome if interested.)

Please rsvp to Laura Penny <>.

Because space is limited, we ask you to indicate in your RSVP the following:

1. Sessions you will attend (just cut and paste into your rsvp):
State of the Student Experience – 9 AM
State of the Student Experience – 4 PM
Social Media – 9:40 AM
Collective Intelligence Gathering – 11 AM
Lunch 12 Noon
Delivering on the Promise – 12:40 PM
What we know about our Students – 1:40 PM
The Graduate Student Experience – 3 PM
End of Day Social 4:30 PM

Also include:
2. Any dietary restrictions

3. Any accommodations you require in order to fully participate in the day

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Please RSVP

Venue & Address: 
Room 81015, 10th Floor 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

Artists Teaching Artists

image credit: Hudson Christie
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 4:30am to Friday, November 29, 2013 - 11:00pm

An exhibition of reflections on the art of teaching by OCAD U students and alumni

In speaking to art and design education, one tends to reference curriculum, the students taught, the educational contexts, and teachers’ pedagogy; but what about our own unique experiences of, and affective, experiential and aesthetic responses to teaching and learning? Our process as artists inextricably intertwines art making and multileveled learning. We are responsive to and responsible for our own personal and project development and their realization. As art and design educators we reflect on our teaching moments and in doing so inform our art practice; this is a reciprocal and complex relationship.

Two concurrent exhibitions at OCAD University and at OISE, University of Toronto strategically and evocatively map artist-teachers learning as process, as evocation and as provocation.

Artists Teaching
Learning Zone, 122 St Patrick Street, OCAD University
Opening Oct 30th 12:00-2.30pm. Artist talk at 1:00pm
Runs Oct 30-Nov 29.

Students and graduates of OCADU’s Art and Design Education Lab (ADEL) present visual and new media work that reveals and explores the anxieties, pleasures and challenges they have encountered as emerging educators in their art and design learning and teaching.

Artists: Hudson Christie, Megan D’Angelo, Nazli Nahidi, , Hareem Qureshy, Peter Rahul, Julia Sardinha, Angelina Stoilkova, Cassidy Tam.

Curatorial Advisors: Marta Chudolinska, Pam Patterson, Daniel Payne, Leena Raudvee.

Teaching Artists
CWSE Hallway Gallery, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West 2nd floor, University of Toronto
Opening: Oct 28th 5.30-7pm.
Informal Artist Talk: 6pm, Oct 28th.
Runs Oct 28-Nov 29.

OCADU faculty and visual artists JJ Lee, Mei Lee Ogden, Amy Swartz and Natalie Waldburger present work in paint and scripto-visual drawing that addresses both the playfulness and complex nature of the art and learning relationship. Lee’s life-sized works on paper, painted collaboratively with her young daughter Mei, speak to the nature of risk, trust, care, creativity and mutuality found in this unique art making and learning relationship. Swartz’s and Waldburger’s intertwined texts draw and map a process of joint discussion, negotiation and mutual reflection.

Curatorial Collective: Pam Patterson, Peter Rahul, Leena Raudvee, Jay Smith.

image credit: Hudson Christie



Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Level 1 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

e-Leo exhibit Symposium

e-Leo exhibit Symposium
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 3:00pm

Main doors (and door to 4905) Open to the Public between 9:00AM to 4:30PM

An interactive gallery showcase of OCAD U student, alumni and faculty work alongside some of the world's top designers

An academic symposium of invited guests from academic institutions in Canada and the United States. The symposium will be hosted by President Dr. Sara Diamond and Tom Barker and will include a workshop, panel discussion and keynote addresses by Steve Mann, Edward Gajdel, Tom Barker and Sara Diamond.

OCAD University's, e-Leo exhibit is an interactive gallery showcase of student, alumni and faculty work alongside some of the world's top designers. OCAD University’s influential and world class Digital Futures undergraduate program combines art, design, technology and enterprise along with core skills. Graduates have a multidisciplinary toolkit to work from that helps them innovate and sets them apart from other designers.

The e-Leo exhibit includes pieces previously exhibited in MOMA and the Smithsonian but seen for the first time in Canada in this exhibit.

Student and Faculty exhibit:
On display:
New and experimental smart products, Augmented reality games, wearable technology, digital and hybrid games, cities of the future, video and sound installations.

A collaborative project between OCAD University’s DFI program and artist Marina Abramović.

Featured works by world renowned design thinkers:
Steve Mann
Edward Gajdel
Tom Barker
Nathan Phillips
Jason Mrdeza
Maryam Nabavi

As part of Project e-Leo the exhibit includes a modern-day recreation of Leonardo da Vinci created by some of Canada’s top design thinkers.

Project e-Leo Academic Research:
Project e-Leo is an academic research study that aims to answer two questions:

• Are the best design universities in the world accepting the most talented multi-disciplinary candidates or is the application process getting in the way?

• Would truly genius multi-disciplinary candidates be accepted to design programs in the world's top universities if they didn’t fit the usual mold?

The study is based around the theory that an ever changing digital world full of social enterprises will require designers with a multi-disciplinary skill set, that a traditional design education does not address. This study is also a challenge to the theory of the ‘T-shaped Designer’ put forth by the IDEO consultancy at the turn of this century which stated that to compete designers would need a core competency (the stem of the ‘T’# and to branch out #the top of the ‘T’) into other areas to be more able to adapt and deliver useful design solutions in a world with a rapid pace of change and technological advancement.

The world's top universities have developed design programs that target this problem of creating multi-disciplinary designers, but has the recruitment process changed along with their curriculum and goals?

For the purpose of this study we determined that a truly multi-disciplinary candidate would have a mix of skills in the areas of science, technology, art and enterprise with a core competency in design. We call this an ‘X-shaped Designer’. The four points of the ‘x’ being art, science, enterprise and technology while the centre of the ‘x’ is a core design competency. We further decided to create a composite character with a portfolio comprising the talents of some of the worlds top design thinkers based on one of the greatest multi-disciplinary design thinkers of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. Hence the project name ‘e-Leo’.

In order to challenge the recruitment process of the design programs we applied to, our modern day Leonardo, like Leonardo da Vinci himself, did not have a formal education. Because the portfolio was comprised of the work of such influential and recognised design thinkers, there should have been no question of talent when applying for these programs. We incorporated Leonardo da Vinci’s own thoughts on design, as well as his own words into the application letters and statements of purpose.

The results of the study were varyingly encouraging and disappointing. Some universities clearly are doing what they say they are and looking for future design innovators, while others are held back by their own application process and protocols.

We will be releasing the exciting results of our study and revealing the design talent included in the e-Leo portfolio in an exhibit hosted by OCAD University in Toronto on November 29th running until December 5th, 2013. The exhibit will also include an academic symposium and industry conference on the subject. The symposium and industry conference are by invitation only, but the exhibit will be open to the public on select days including the launch on November 29th, 2013.

Please Contact:
Sabrina Lindo
Assistant, Digital Futures Initiative
T 416.977.6000 x4581



Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 49 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario