Toronto SSA's Game Night

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The OCAD U Sikh Student Association invites you to the Toronto SSA's Game Night for an evening of fun, laughter, games and snacks. Hope to see you there!

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The OCAD U Sikh Student Association—under the umbrella organisation of Experience Sikhi-The Sikh Youth Federation—aims to provide a welcoming environment for all students, regardless of whether they come from a Sikh background or not. Our goal is to educate one another to understand and raise awareness about what Sikhi is. This allows us to break barriers and misunderstandings that may exist about Sikhi and Sikhs. Through various events such as Game Nights, Paint Nites, and exploring Sikh Art History, along with prayer evenings and discussions with guest speakers, we will create a friendly community to experience Sikhi.

For more information about this and other student-run groups, visit

Venue & Address: 
UC177, 15 King College Circle (UofT), Toronto

Different Games Toronto

Different Games
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 12:00pm to Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 10:00pm

For four years, the Brooklyn based Different Games conference has presented a diverse and interdisciplinary venue known for featuring emerging voices and perspectives not typically supported by the commercial industry. Created by the Different Games Collective, a grassroots organization aimed at fostering diversity and inclusivity in games, the event seeks to amplify the creative and critical voices of marginalized participants in games culture. Geared towards accessibility and radical inclusivity, each annual volunteer-led conference features presenters of all professional backgrounds, from indie devs, and DIY creators to students, critics and scholars. 

This year we’re joining forces with members of Toronto’s indie games scene to bring a brand new program to OCAD University’s 49 McCaul Street gallery, which will include an arcade exhibition featuring the best of alternative games, VR, and performances from local and international developers, and a one day conference featuring local developers and creators.

Opening Arcade Party at OCAD U, 49 McCaul Street: May 31, 8 p.m. $10
Arcade Exhibition at OCAD U, 49 McCaul Street: May 31 to June 2, 12 to 5 p.m. FREE
Conference, at OCAD U, 49 McCaul Street: June 3, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: $20 (includes snacks)
Artist Talk by Zeesy Powers at Gamma Space, 862 Richmond Street West: June 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
Closing Party at Gama Space, 862 Richmond Street West: June 3, 8 p.m. FREE

Tickets are available at:

In collabration with OCAD University & Gamma Space Collaborative Studio

Sponsored by MailChimpUbisoft Toronto & Sheridan College

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul Street
Ticket prices vary

Emma Westecott

Emma Westecott has worked in and around the game industry for over twenty years. She originally achieved recognition for working closely with Douglas Adams as programmer then producer for the best-selling Starship Titanic (1998, Simon & Schuster). Emma directed zerogame for The Interactive Institute, an applied games research lab based in Sweden and organised Women in Games 2007 (

OCAD GAMA: Extra Life 2016

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Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 10:00pm to Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD U student group GAMA (Gaming, Anime, Manga Association) will be participating in Extra Life 2016, a charity gaming event in which you play games, streamed across the internet, to raise money for SickKids hospital.

GAMA is looking for anyone willing to be volunteers or contribute.


  • Twitch Streamers to raise money with us through their steams on the night of the event
  • Help with setup and equipment on the event day itself
  • Consoles and games available for play
  • and other general volunteers!
Venue & Address: 
Room 230, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)


This SSHRC Partnership Development Grant examines novel forms of cross-disciplinary and cross-sector partnerships necessary for creating world class academic research on digital media. It also intends to provide novel insight for private industry and for commercialization, as well as new venues for the innovative work of artistic and cultural organizations. This research partnership develops a digital economy trading zone that connects the diverse interests, knowledge and values from a diverse set of partners. Its focus is on a developing aspect of digital media, namely, the increasing materialization of digital media and the related interweaving of physical and virtual modes of engagement. The project therefore brings together working groups in order to develop concrete projects that provide value to each of these groups. The three groups include members from academic institutions, cultural organizations, and private SMEs, and are organized around the following inter-related themes; Space, Play, and the Self.

The grant includes as co-applicants, Professor Sara Grimes from the Faculty of Information, Professor Megan Boler from OISE, and Professor Mary-Lou Lobsinger from the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, as well as Professors Kate Hartmanand Professor Emma Westecott from OCAD University, and Professor Jason Nolan from Ryerson University. The project runs for three years and primarily provides salaries and stipends for masters and PhD students.


IOT Theme # 2 - Play

In this working group, we will explore how digital games and other play technologies enable multi- modal practices that traverse and integrate the virtual and the material in a variety of ways. Examples of this include the production of tangible “ludic artifacts” (Tolino, 2009), the interplay of situated and digital practices within mobile gaming, the phenomenon of alternate reality games (ARG), and the incorporation of physical motion within kinetic game systems (such as Wii Sports). With the rise and spread of pervasive gaming and portable devices, digital play becomes resituated as a transitory, in- between and oftentimes liminal activity, as play is reintroduced into a broader range of the spaces and activities of everyday life. Our academic team includes Sara Grimes, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information who has published extensively on the political economy of games and game play, Associate Professor Jason Nolan who runs the EDGE gaming lab at Ryerson University, and collaborator Emma Westcott, an assistant professor at OCAD. Game developers Play Dynamics Inc. and HugeMonster are our private partners.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 7:15pm

Board Games Night for Faculty, Staff, and Students

Board Games Night for Faculty, Staff, and Students
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 9:00pm

An evening of pizza, pop, snacks, and games for faculty, staff, and students

Before you delve into exam/critique period, give yourself some time to have fun and relax. Come to Board Games Night; an evening of pizza, pop, snacks, and games for faculty, staff, and students.

This event is jointly hosted by the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, The Writing & Learning Centre, and First Generation.




Venue & Address: 
Room 1512 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario