Official Closing Party - Nuit Rose Festival: Between Venus and Mars

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm

The Nuit Rose Festival of Queer Art and Performance closes its 2017 edition with a public party for artists, curators, contributors and supporters. You all made this year's festival a truly stellar event! Please come to celebrate with us at OCAD University's new Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Avenue (Kensington Market).

The gallery is exhibiting work by Nuit Rose artists Shawn Postoff, Hillary Jane Licop, Lynn Strendin and Brad McDermott. We hope to see you all there.

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Avenue (in Kensington Market)
Free and open to the public
Nuit Rose

Anson Liaw's work featured at COW International Design Festival

A sample of Anson Law's work
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 5:00pm

Illustration, Sessional Instructor Anson Liaw's work has been selected for print and online exhibition for the COW International Design Festival ILLUSTRATION 2016, alongside the works from illustrators from Argentina, Austria, Brasil, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Canada, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, USA, Taiwan, Turkey and Ukraine.

The COW International Design Festival ILLUSTRATION 2016 exhibition & event runs from Friday, October 28 to Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in Dnipro, Ukraine at the Dniprovska Central Library.  [Voskresenska str, 23, Dnipro, Ukraine].

You can review the Top 10 best collections of illustration images selected by the judges here.


PERFORMANCES and EVENTS at OCADU as part of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 4:00am

PERFORMANCES and EVENTS at OCADU as part of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art

Thursday to Saturday, October 20, 21 and 22 – 10am to 4pm


Cindy Baker: Crash Pad

Thursday to Saturday, October 20, 21 and 22 – 10am to 4pm

The Anniversary Gallery, 100 McCaul, second floor

Crash Pad is a performance/installation about the artist’s "failing," disabled, or otherwise socially taboo body. Central to Crash Pad is a large sculptural object modeled after a single-pill blister pack. This pseudo-resting place will exaggerate the the unease of finding a comfortable resting position, and will make up the main element of this quiet performance.


Adrian Stimson: 150 Blows

Saturday, October 22 - 11am to 5pm

The Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St.

This performance work reflects upon the 150 years of occupation of Indigenous lands by the Canadian Federation, a British colony, by creating a participatory durational piece called 150 Blows. 

Stimson’s performances often examine identity construction, specifically the hybridization of the Indian, the cowboy, the shaman and the Two Spirit being. Buffalo Boy, The Shaman Exterminator, and The Lord of the Plains are three of his reoccurring personas.


Performance Art Daily Panel

Saturday October 22 - 12:30 pm

100 McCaul St., Room 284

Addressing cultural heritage through performance

Annie Onyi CHEUNG

Chun Hua Catherine DONG

moderated by Tanya MARS




Venue & Address: 
OCAD University
Pink poster with text details

An Evening with Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L'Hirondelle
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 10:30pm

The Faculty of Art of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to welcome performance artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle for a free public lecture on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m.

L’Hirondelle’s lecture is presented in conjunction with her visit to Toronto to perform her latest work, êkâya-pâhkaci (“don’t freeze up”; see description below), at the Toronto Free Gallery on October 16 at 8 p.m. L’Hirondelle is presented by the Fado Performance Art Centre during the 2008 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

Cheryl L’Hirondelle (a.k.a. Waynohtêw, Cheryl Koprek) is an Alberta-born artist and musician of Metis/Cree non-status/treaty, French, German, and Polish descent. Her creative practice is an investigation of the junction of a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time and space. Since the early 1980s, L’Hirondelle has created, performed and presented work in a variety of artistic disciplines, including music, performance art, theatre, performance poetry, storytelling, installation and new media. In the early 1990s, she began a parallel career as an arts consultant and programmer, cultural strategist/activist, and director/producer of both independent works and projects within national artist-run networks.

L’Hirondelle’s performance work has been featured in various texts including Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women, edited by Tanya Mars and OCAD Professor Johanna Householder, and Candice Hopkin’s Making a Noise: Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community. In 2004, L’Hirondelle and Hopkins were the first Aboriginal artists from Canada to be invited to present work at Dak’Art Lab as part of the sixth biennale of contemporary African art in Dakar, Senegal. In both 2005 and 2006, L’Hirondelle was the recipient of imagineNATIVE’s Best New Media award for her online projects: treatycard, 17:TELL and wêpinâsowina.

L’Hirondelle’s music has also garnered several nominations and awards, including Best Female Traditional Cultural Roots Album (2006) and Best Group (2007) from the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Fusion of Two Worlds, the first CD from her Aboriginal women’s ensemble, M’Girl.

êkâya-pâhkaci, a performance by Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Thursday, October 16 at 8 p.m.

Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West, Toronto | 416-913-0461

êkâya-pâhkaci [ee-guy-uh-puck-a-chee] (don’t freeze up) by Cheryl L’Hirondelle operates through an intersection of nomadic site-specificity, visual patterning, language, narrative, movement and rhythm. In this work, Cheryl stages a performance presented under an adaptable traveling tent from where she relates and offers information to the audience using her body, voice and graffiti/tagging. The audience, by proximity and in accepting her invitation to witness her activities ‘comes in from the cold’ and becomes part of her ‘camp’.

About Fado Performance Art Centre
Founded in 1993, Fado was established to provide a stable, knowledgeable and supportive forum for creating and presenting performance art works created by Canadian and international performance artists. Fado is the only artist-run centre in English Canada devoted specifically to this form. Fado’s activities include presenting performances, artist talks, festivals, residencies, exchanges and workshops, as well as publishing in a variety of formats, including video and for the web. For more information please visit

About the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 15 to 19, 2008
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The festival’s screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. For more information please visit

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

7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 5:00am

7a*11d is pleased to present the seventh International Festival of Performance Art from October 23 to November 2. Daily and evening performance art events take place at XPACE Cultural Centre and Toronto Free Gallery; with special events taking place at The Gladstone Hotel and the Fleishman Gallery at WonderWorks.

7a*11d is proud to announce our forthcoming 7th International Festival, a culmination of 11 years of working together as an artist-run collective. In order to celebrate this accomplishment, the 2008 7a*11d festival is nothing less than an international survey of global live art - progressive and provocative new performance works by over 30 local, national and international performance artists. The festival hosts residencies, performance art events, panel discussions, artists' talks, video/performance screenings, and workshops in 11 jam-packed days.

Artists participating in this year's festival include: Tomomi Adachi (Japan), Gustavo Alvarez (Mexico), Warren Arcand (BC), Francis Arguin (QC), Annette Arlander (Finland), Marilyn Arsem (USA), Sylvette Babin (QC), Natasha Bailey & Danielle Williams (Toronto), John G. Boehme (BC), Nenad Bogdanovic (Serbia), Ulysses Castellanos (Toronto), Simla Civelek (Toronto), BBB Johannes Deimling (Germany), Chaw Ei Thein (Burma), Angelika Fojtuch (Poland), Nicola Frangione (Italy), OCAD alumni Randy Gagne & Stacey Sproule (Toronto), Sini Haapalinna (Finland), Alejandra Herrera (Chile/USA), Mahan Javadi (Toronto), József R. Juhász (Slovakia), Essi Kausalainen (Finland), Risa Kusumoto (Toronto), Norbert Klassen (Switzerland), Will Kwan (Toronto), Glenn Lewis (BC), Jason Lim (Singapore), Pia Lindy (Finland), Joost Nieuwenburg (Netherlands), Robin Poitras (SK), Martin Renteria (Mexico), Don Simmons (Toronto), Tonik Wojtyra (Toronto) and Sakiko Yamaoka (Japan).

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre and more 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

ciudadMULTIPLEcity: Art & The City: An Experiment in Context

Gerardo Mosquera
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 11:00pm to Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 1:00am

Presented by A Space Gallery, in partnership with Salvador Allende Arts Festival for Peace and the Ontario College of Art & Design.
Gerardo Mosquera is a freelance curator and critic based in Havana, Cuba. For his talk at OCAD, he will discuss his role as curator of ciudadMULTIPLEcity, a 2003 project that gathered international artists, including Francis Alÿs, Ghada Amer, Gustavo Artigas, Cildo Meireles and Gu Xiong, who responded to Panama City's fascinating complexities.

Other recent curatorial projects by Mosquera include the Liverpool Biennial International 2006 and the Panorama da Arte Brasileira Contemporanea (Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Vigo, 2003-2004). He was the founder of the Havana Biennale and is currently Adjunct Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York and advisor at the Rijksakademie van Beeldenden Kunsten, Amsterdam. He is the author of numerous books and texts on contemporary art and art theory and has co-edited Over Here, International Perspectives on Art and Culture (Cambridge, 2004), and edited Beyond the Fantastic: Contemporary Art Criticism from Latin America (London,1995).

All are welcome; Admission is free.
Limited seating available. Guests are advised to arrive early.

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

25 FPS Film Festival: Panel discussion with Paulette Phillips

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 4:00am

Faculty of Art Professor Paulette Phillips will speak on a panel about film and architecture at the 25 FPS Film Festival in Zagreb, Croatia.

Phillips's installation The Walking Ferns for the Tatton Park
Biennale in the UK closes September 28, 2008 (info:

Venue & Address: 
Student's Centre Savska 25, Zagreb, Croatia


Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 4:00am

The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD),in conjunction with Steam Whistle Brewing, is proud to present “Hotshots” as part of Toronto's Annual Photography Festival - Contact 2008.

The show is comprised of 7 Third Year Photography students: Marino Imperio, Lee Kellough, Alex Kisilevich, Stella Mandrak-Pagani, Raffy Ochoa, Amanda Rataj & Kirk Wynter, whose work was selected through a juried committee. Grouped together based on artistic merit rather than overriding themes, these up-and-coming young artists offer unique insights into issues pertaining to the reinvention of the document, exploration of identity and historical vs. contemporary processes.

Venue & Address: 
Steam Whistle Brewing The Roundhouse 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario

Call for Submissions: LuminaTO at OCAD

Monday, April 14, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, April 18, 2008 - 4:00am

This year's LuminaTO festival (June 7, 2008) will focus on Queen West's artistic contribution from the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s... with a special focus on OCA (now OCAD), music, and performance arts. One of my tasks is to help organize the display of artifacts from the day: posters, photos, album covers, newspaper items, weird objects ... all the things that might contextualize the time.

We have the use of the "Great Hall" at OCAD for the day of June 7 for this exhibition of what production creator Martin calls "memorabilia". I am asking for contributions to this exhibition... anything that might evoke the period that you would be willing to share for a day.

If you are interested in submitting an artifact, please obtain a form for acknowledgment and return information from Kym Pruesse, Professor, Liberal Studies, OCAD at, and drop off your submission in an envelope clearly marked with the lenders’ name and contact information to the LuminaTO box in the Faculty of Liberal Studies office, Room 315, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. The office is open Monday Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. All artifacts will be returned!

Also, any volunteer help in managing the installation and take down would be welcome. Alumni and student involvement would be very helpful.

More info:
Kym Pruesse, Professor, Liberal Studies OCAD,
Henry Martinuk, Continent Productions,

Deadline: Friday April 18, 2008


Wayhome installation is in progress!

Person installing panels of Cloud installation
People hoisting up a sculptural installation
Cloud installation being lifted into place with cranes
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University Industrial Design students and alumni are hard at work assembling The Cloud, their installation for this weekend’s Wayhome Music and Arts festival.

Alexander Young, Christopher Snell (Industrial Design, 2015), Jurģis Miķēns (Industrial Design 2015) and Sisley Hu designed the structure made of wood, plastic and LED lights. This is the second time OCAD University students have built an installation for Wayhome, an annual festival set in Burl’s Creek in Oro Medonte, Ontario.