House of Oriental: Northern Style

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:30am to Monday, May 27, 2019 - 6:00pm

Natalie Mark and co-curators Yasmin Emery and Samiya Karim deliver a new flavour of an exhibition in the Learning Zone Gallery - House of Oriental: Northern Style on through May 27.

Emery describes House of Oriental: Northern Style, as an exhibition of works exploring pan-Asian Canadian foods: recipes developed from hybridity, alienation, assimilation, survival, and poverty. The works in this exhibition aim to explore not the most “authentic” or “real” ethnic foods, but to present the foods and experiences born out of the land’s rich (or poor) newcomer history. The exhibition includes works ranging from paintings to photography as well as a recipe book, compiling the foods behind the art.

Featuring artwork by:

Abbey Chong

Natalie Chuck

Tina Chu

Kai Lumbang

Mel Low

Natalie Mark

Loretta Miauw

Noelle Mok

Pauline Nguyen

Becky Wu

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, 2529
House of Oriental: Northern Style Exhibiiton

COOKING CLUB - Baking Edition! Facilitated by the Health & Wellness Centre

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Registration is encouraged but drop-ins are just as welcome. This event is open to all OCAD U students.

We encourage students to bring their own reusable bottles/cups as well as reusable containers to bring goodies home. 

Advise our nurse Sarah of any dietary restrictions at, and feel free to contact her with any questions or to sign up in advance.

A special thanks to Nora Bahgat for designing our poster, and for sharing her baking talents with the OCAD U community!


Upcoming Cooking Club dates:  December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1 (Fridays 1-4pm)


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, room 187 (Lambert Lounge)
poster baking day dec 2018


Monday, January 14, 2019 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

OCAD U Student Group OCAD U MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION is having a bake sale. Proceeds support group programming.

Cupcake decorating

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a Muslim community within OCAD University that is run by students. The MSA assists and represents Muslim students in several matters, and works with the Administration, and Campus Security to ensure a safe environment for Muslim students on campus, as well as a maintained safe, peaceful space for prayer. All events are open to Muslim and non-Muslim students, faculty and staff.


Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)
MSA Winter Bakesale

Kathryn Ellis Wins HotBlack Coffee Prize!

Many thanks to all who submitted their Best Eats recommendations! Kathryn Ellis, Community & Events Coordinator, Imagination Catalyst, has won a HotBlack gift card. 

MMMMM…. Gendai Kitchen: A deliciously innovative curatorial concept

In the summer of 2016, Gendai Gallery — a Toronto institution with a focus on the intersection of East Asian perspectives and diverse cultures— launched the experimental culinary project MMMMM… Gendai Kitchen. This initiative presents programming that aligns itself with the seasons and focuses on a different natural food source in each iteration, or case in point: spring featuring sugar, summer featuring rock, fall featuring seed, and winter featuring salt. Two artists have been assigned to produce content for each season, and with OCAD U alumni including Myung-Sun Kim, Lisa Myers and Stuart Sakai on board, the results have been delectable.

 Summer: Lisa Myers with Myung-Sun Kim, miijim for time beings, 2016. Photo by Morris Lum. 

The program’s curators, Emily Fitzpatrick and Maiko Tanaka, have brought something refreshingly original to Toronto’s art scene. The concept includes more familiar offerings, such as artist-hosted meals, but also a subscription service. Subscribers receive an artist’s multiple for every season of the year, delivered right to their front doors! The multiples are created as collaborative pairings with the artist-hosted presentations in order to highlight and explore the multiple, which enhances the presentation, and vice-versa. For example, in the winter iteration of the project, Mitchell Akiyama’s multiple Elements of Exchange — a collection of synthetically crafted salts mimicking those found in bodily fluids, such as sweat and tears — was used in the food prepared by Stuart Sakai in his workshop Salt of the Body.


Fall: Diane Borsato, ALL OUR FLOURISHING IS MUTUAL, 2016. Photo by Morris Lum. 

The subscription, limited to just 50, is enticingly exclusive, and yet accessible. The price tag for this four-piece artwork delivery service is a mere $250. Furthermore, if the cost of a year-long membership is still out of reach, the programming around the multiples is free to all. Not only are the events free, but they also take place in various locations such as Artscape Gibraltar Point and the Theatre Centre, which engage and bring together different communities from across the city.


Winter: Mitchell Akiyama, Elements of Exchange, 2017. Photo by Jacob Pojar.

Beyond its creative and accessible format, MMMMM… Gendai Kitchen is also vanguard because of the ideas it tackles. The five Ms of MMMMM… Gendai Kitchen function as both a clever onomatopoeia and acronym. According to the prospectus, the Ms stand for Mapping, Myth, Mobility, Magic and Migration, and together act as “maxims for a deeper, complicated and historical engagement with contemporary food politics, economy and place.” For example, Diane Borsato’s event ALL OUR FLOURISHING IS MUTUAL (BREAD AND HONEY) at The Drake Hotel served up a sampling of five honeys produced throughout the GTA, which revealed distinct flavour variations among products from different neighbourhoods and beekeepers. The presentation encouraged visitors to reflect on the movements of flora and fauna throughout the city, the potential to integrate oneself into the ecosystem in a healthy way, and what one can learn from eating locally.


Winter: Mitchell Akiyama, Elements of Exchange, 2017. Photo by Jacob Pojar.

Although three seasons have already passed, it’s not too late to experience spring with Gendai Kitchen. The upcoming season will celebrate the motif of sugar with an event by Lesley Loksi Chan, and a multiple by Karen Tam. For more information please visit


By Emily Cluett, MFA, Criticism and Curatorial Practice, 2017
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Build Your Own Grilled Cheese!!!

Build your own Grilled Cheese poster, Illustration of a grilled cheese with arms and legs posing
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Printmaking Thesis and Publication Capstone’s fundraising initiative!  BUILD YOUR OWN GRILLED CHEESE!!!

Tuesday November 29th, 11 am- 2 pm

OCAD U Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street


The students are raising money towards renting a venue for an end of year group exhibition, as well as exploring the possibilities of a group trip.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
Build your own Grilled Cheese poster, Illustration of a grilled cheese with arms and legs posing

HWC Peer Wellness Educator Cooking Club!

Come learn an easy and economical gluten-free + vegan recipe, hang with nice folks and have a snack

Cheap Eats Cooking Club!

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Come learn an easy, economical recipe for free, while hanging with nice folks and having a snack! 

Organized by the HWC Peer Wellness Educators.

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge, rm 187, first floor, 100 McCaul
HWC Cooking Club Fri Nov 4

OCAD SU Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 9:30pm to 11:30pm


Join the Student Union for supper in the Lambert Lounge to eat and share your concerns about OCAD U. What could be better? What has your experience at OCAD U been like so far? 
We use these discussions to help us build campaigns and advocacy goals for the rest of the year, so share your concerns and help us GET SH!# DONE!!


Venue & Address: 
room 187 (Lambert Lounge), 100 McCaul
416-977-6000, x241
OCAD Student Union Roundtable Discussion poster with event info