Call For Submissions: Living Queer Icons

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 4:15pm to Monday, June 24, 2019 - 12:00am

The Peer Wellness Educators are a diverse team of students at the OCADU Health and Wellness Centre who have come together to install a series of portraits that celebrate living queer icons.


an orientation, identity, and a sense of community that challenges the societal normalization of heterosexuality, gender identity & gender expression*

Submission Requirements:
-All submissions must feature a living queer icon.
-Swearing and profane language is to be used responsibly and purposefully. No slurs will be tolerated.
-Ideas and work should not perpetuate existing assumptions, generalisations, stereotypes & stigma.
-Submissions must celebrate individuals living with disabilities, diversity, gender identity, and the overarching aim of the project.
-Please avoid romanticising substance use and illness.
-Once submitted, artists are consenting to their work being photographed, shared, reproduced, and printed.

*As defined by Peer Wellness Educators at the Health & Wellness Centre.

Please submit portraits to HWC by email under the subject header “Submission Pride” to Alex McLaren at by June 23rd

Venue & Address: 
Health & Wellness Centre, 230 Richmond W.
queer defn

Francisco-Fernando Granados

Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Toronto-based artist and writer. His practice extends from performance and drawing into a range of media that includes site-specific installation, moving image, text, public and participatory projects. He uses abstraction as a conceptual strategy to challenge perceptions regarding the stability of identity categories.  Born in the midst of the Guatemalan Civil War, his experience of coming to Canada as a refugee informs the aesthetics and politics of his practice.

Gabrielle Moser

Assistant Professor, Aesthetics and Art Education, Faculty of Education, York University
Adjunct Faculty, OCAD University

OCAD U Student Exhibition

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 10:30pm to Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 2:30am

As part of OCAD University's Major Cultural Partnership with Pride Toronto, we are pleased to present an OCAD U Student Exhibition to unite and empower our students in their diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.

Featuring work by Madelyn Alexander, Dominique Crowley, Adam Filek, John Holland, Lara Aphrodite Isaias, James Patrick Knott, Emily Norry, Jules Reeves, Cecilia Salcedo, Sean Sandusky, Morgan Sears-Williams, Michael Seleski, Ronald Siu and Sarah Alinia Ziazi.

Curated by Wrik Mead

Alongside the OCAD U Student Exhibition is a show presented by Onsite Gallery, Cheryl Pope: Objects for Listening. The new site-specific work in this exhibition was developed through workshops with OCAD U students and the local community, creating objects for listening.

Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith

Both exhibitions run concurrently:
June 8 to July 4, 2016
OCAD U Great Hall
100 McCaul Street
Second Floor

Opening party: June 8 at 6:30 p.m.


  • DJ Mary Mack
  • DJ Cozmic Cat
  • Don’t miss House of Monroe’s mini-Ball and performance at 8:30 p.m.

Event is FREE, all are welcome
ASL provided for opening remarks and to interpret the works
Snacks available from The Steady Café
The space is wheelchair accessible through use of elevators from the ground floor
Fully accessible with gender-neutral washrooms
Presented as part of OCAD U's Major Cultural Partnership with Pride Toronto

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U's Great Hall: 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor
I want To Be Proud Cheryl Pope & OCAD U Student Exhibitions poster with event info

Pre-Party! Sweet Dreams of Rhythm and Dancing

Photograph of a group of individuals in costume
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm

The OCAD U Student Gallery is where you should be to primp and preen to be fresh for the scene. DJ Amy Wood co-founder of Drunk Feminist Films will be pumping the jams for our afternoon pre-party and the amazing Miss Margot will deck you out with a fierce, new book look for the school year! We have a DIY nail art bar and cotton candy machine, so the sugar and tunes will be spinning. Leave on a sugar high from our Student Gallery Pre-Party before you check out Petra Glynt’s performance at Xpace.

Start your OCAD U adventure on a sweet note, Berghain might have Ice cream, but the Student Gallery has cotton candy. This is no time for summer time sadness, we want to see you here!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery 52 McCaul Street
Photograph of a group of individuals in costume


WorldPride 2014 logo courtesy Pride Toronto.
My Dolly is Prettier than Your Dolly by Jared Prince. Image courtesy Graduate Gallery.

Generations of Queer is the feature exhibition during WorldPride at OnSite [at] OCAD U, the university’s professional gallery at 230 Richmond Street West. It features the work of Robert Flack, John Greyson, Elisha Lim and Kiley May, curated by Lisa Deanne-Smith. The exhibition also has spawned a Facebook storytelling forum, Generations of Queer The Queer Chronicles, where people are invited to share their stories of Pride.

Special events during WorldPride are:

Monday, June 23: 7 p.m.: Clocked, Don Pyle and Martin Sorrondeguy look at queer content in their punk photographs
Wednesday, June 25, 8 p.m.: DUORAMA, a performance by Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson co-presented by Fado Performance Art Centre.
The university’s Graduate Gallery at 205 Richmond Street West is mounting Bending the Horizon, an exhibition in celebration of the work, diversity and lives of the university’s LGBTQI2-S students, World Pride Toronto, and our collective future. It runs June 19 to 28, with opening night celebrations on Saturday, June 21, 7 p.m. to midnight.

OCADSU, the OCAD University Student Union, is joining forces Ryerson University’s Pride office and George Brown Students’ Association on a post-secondary float in the World Pride parade on Sunday, June 29. OCAD U community members interested in participating in the parade are invited to meet at Rosedale Valley Road at 12 noon and look for registration spot: 33G. Call or Text the Equity & Campaigns Organizer at 416-899-2256 if you get lost. Free T-shirts and bandanas will be provided for participants.

OCADU students and community members are also invited to the events listed on this page, which OCAD U departments and the Student Union also helped to support.

Find out more

Check out the complete Pride schedule