OCAD community sends love to the land: Tahltan Nation Relief Fund. Thank you!

Tahltan Fundrasier
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

On December 6th the OCAD University community gathered to raise just under $5000 to assist in the rebuilding of the Tahltan Nation Community through the sale of photo-documentation. The event was also a celebration of the end of the calendar year in Graduate Studies.

A thank you from Peter Morin:

I don’t think I can add anything. Except for gratitude. It means so much that we can send love, and money, to folks back home. So much was lost. homes. structures. memories. Fire can takes away everything that we imagined as home. Its important that we can help out those in need. Its also important to recognize and prioritize decolonization methodologies and send back resources to Indigenous territories and communities. Meduh to everyone who could donate, Meduh to everyone who sang. Meduh to everyone who shared their good energy and joy during our event. We did good. The Tahltan Nation, and communities across the country, have been working tirelessly to help our community members return home by the end of December. There is still a lot of work to do but we make it easier when we work together. 


See photos of the event by Arash Safavi





Sending Love to the Land: a Tahltan fundraiser & end of year gathering in Grad Studies

Sending Love to the Land: a Tahltan fundraiser and end of year gathering in Graduate Studies
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

In the summer of 2017, Peter Morin presented a series of performances on Tahltan territory, northern B.C. This was a performance on the land for ancestors and animals. Cathleen Morin and Curtis Rattray helped out and photos were taken by Ashok Mathur.

The place where we performed was devastated by the fires of the summer of 2018; so much of the territory burned. Homes were lost. In recognition, we will be raising funds for the Tahltan community through the sale of photo-documentation from that performance.

We will also have karaoke by donation.

Food and drink also by donation.

Peter will sing some Tahltan songs, and food will be prepared by him, Ayumi Goto, Immony Men, and others.

And in the spirit of regeneration, we will also treat this as a celebration of the end of the calendar year in Graduate Studies.

Please join us in this act of remembering and rejoicing.

Venue & Address: 
Grad Gallery 205 Richmond St. W.
Karaoke, food & drink by donation

Alumnus Dr. John Semple walks the runway at Fashion Week

Dr. John Semple and David Dixon on runway
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 9:45pm

An expansive horizon, vibrant colour and innovative design – it was an exciting artistic collaboration at Toronto Women’s Fashion week in early March. A captivating watercolour of a figure standing on a sun-drenched beach served both as a stunning runway backdrop and as inspiration for the latest collection from one of Canada’s leading clothing designers.  David Dixon premiered his Fall/Winter 2018 line of women’s fashions. The painting is a work by Dr. John Semple (AOCA, 1975). At the end of the show, the painter and the designer, Dr. Semple and Dixon, were met with a standing ovation as they walked the runway together.

Former Chair of the OCAD U Board of Governors, Dr. Semple is a surgeon at Women’s College Hospital where he specializes in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. He studied painting at OCA and then earned a BSc in medical illustration at the University of Toronto before entering medical school at McMaster University.

Dr. Semple’s painting was also featured on a silk scarf created in partnership with Dixon. The colourful scarf will be sold to raise funds for Women’s College Hospital Foundation, in support of women’s cancers. The scarves can be ordered online.

To read more about the Semple and Dixon collaboration, visit the Toronto Women’s Hospital site and Fashion magazine.  



Model on runway wearing dress with watercolour image

Dr. John Semple teams up with fashion designer for hospital fundraiser

Two men holding up a large silk scarf depicting a man looking at the ocean
Monday, November 13, 2017

Dr. John Semple, world-renowned breast cancer surgeon and Chair, OCAD University Board of Governors, has collaborated with Canadian fashion designer David Dixon on a Women’s College Hospital Foundation fundraising initiative. Together, they have created an exquisite silk scarf featuring a watercolour painting by Dr. Semple that is now available for purchase.

Proceeds from the scarf will support the highest priority needs of Women’s College Hospital, including the new Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers – an innovative new partnership between WCH and the Canadian Cancer Society with a vision to transform care for women’s cancers across Canada. 

Dr. Semple, Professor, Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, is a gifted artist who graduated from OCAD University prior to entering medical school. The painting depicted on the scarf was inspired by the extraordinary courage and resilience of women facing cancer – an inner strength that Dr. Semple has witnessed time and again throughout his career at Women’s College Hospital. 

A quote from the philosopher Albert Camus helped guide Dr. Semple’s vision for the final design: “In the depth of winter I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” Drawing on the quote’s tribute to the power of inner strength, Dr. Semple’s design shows a woman walking on a beach facing an open horizon, empowered by the “invincible summer” that resides within her.

Dixon also designed a beautiful collection of dresses based on Dr. Semple’s watercolour that was unveiled at the Foundation’s Women for Women’s gala luncheon on November 8.  A video depicting the extraordinary collaboration between David Dixon and Dr. John Semple can be viewed online.


Halloween photoshoot and bake sale fundraiser for INTAC 2018!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

INTAC will be holding a photoshoot and bake sale to help fundraise for INTAC 2018.  

In the Cove studio between 11am-5pm on Tuesday October 31st!

Costumes and props are welcomed but will be provided if needed!

Digital copy $2 and Polaroid $5. 

Venue & Address: 
The Cove Studio 100 McCaul st. Room 406 Toronto, ON
spooky face graphic with fundraier details

SBFPS Pockets Art Fundraiser with Anita Kunz and Friends

Part Of Us Version 3 by Anson Liaw
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

OCA Alumni Anita Kunz, OCAD University Faculty of Design members Kathryn Adams, Blair Drawson and Anson Liaw have created some artwork that will be donated to help raise money to feed and house previously distressed and/or abused monkeys at the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary.

Illustrator artist and OCA Alumni, Anita Kunz is organizing this event in-conjunction with the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary and has received and collected over 70 plus pieces of artwork from various wonderful contributing illustrators and artists which will all be auctioned off. 

All money will be donated to help feed and house the monkeys at the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary.

A one day fundraiser event is scheduled to happen on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6:00 to 11:00 pm at a location to be announced soon.


SBFPS Pockets Art Fundraiser

with Anita Kunz and friends


March 30th, 2017 6:00 to 11:00 pm


For more information and updates, please review the information on this link on the www.storybookmonkeys.org website and on Anita Kunz's latest Facebook profile update about this event:





Venue & Address: 
TBA - Toronto

INTAC 2017 students' fundraiser

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 12:00pm to Friday, February 3, 2017 - 5:00pm

Come and support INTAC 2017 students' fundraiser.

Art sale! bake sale! button sale! print sale!

Opening reception: Wednesday 25th January 12 - 5pm.

All proceeds go to helping the INTAC students to attend their exhibition in Osaka, Japan!

To view the work available for sale online, please visit intacfundraiser.tumblr.com  

Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Gallery
INTAC 2017 poster, exhibition details on organge background with white rectangles

Visual and Critical Studies' Freaky Friday Bake Sale

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Finish off the first week of classes with something sweet!

Students within the Visual and Critical Studies program will be hosting a bake sale on Friday, January 13th, 2017.


Where: Main lobby, 100 McCaul Street

When: 10am - 3pm, Friday, January 13th


All proceeds will support extracurricular activities for the Visual and Critical Studies program students, such as field trips and lectures by international guests. 

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
Freaky Friday Bake Sale

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

Visual and Critical Studies Program Fundraising Book Sale

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 3:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us on Monday, November 28th in the lobby of 100 McCaul St. for the Visual and Critical Studies program fundraising book sale! All proceeds will support extracurricular activities for the Visual and Critical Studies program students, such as field trips and lectures by international guests.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Main Lobby
Poster for the Visual and Critical Studies Program Fundraising Book Sale