Gingerbread House Competition

gingerbread house
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

It's time to get festive and full of holiday cheer. Teams of three are needed to participate in this construction and decorating competition. Gingerbread kits and decorations will be provided but teams are welcome to "get creative" and bake their own architectural creations if they wish.

Finished houses will be judged and you could win some great prizes!

To sign-up, please e-mail Amelia at

COST: Free, but each member of your team is asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Food Bank.

Non-perishable food examples: canned milk or milk powder, canned tuna, mac and cheese, canned stew, canned chili, canned pork and beans, canned vegetables, canned fruit cocktail, peanut butter, jelly, boxed sugar...

Another great student initiative supported by Campus Life & Career Services!

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall Level 2, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario

SpeakEasy's Annual Holiday Sale

Friday, December 7, 2007 - 1:00am to 5:00am

Chestnuts roasting, sleigh bells ringing, and the season starts a-swingin'!
Join us for holiday cocktails, a few good tunes, and another fantastic show at The Gladstone.
The annual 'SpeakEasy Holiday Sale' will be held on Thursday, December 6th at The Gladstone Hotel, from 8 pm to midnight. It's an evening of arts, crafts and seasonal fun. It's a chance to shop for hand-crafted holiday gifts. It's an opportunity for the public to see the work of 40 local artists, ranging from quirky one-off ceramics to handmade soap, jewellery and hand painted Christmas cards.

Venue & Address: 
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario
PWYC - $4 suggested donation

University Closed for Labour Day

Monday, September 3, 2007 - 4:00am

OCAD is closed for Labour Day.

Closed for Thanksgiving

Monday, October 8, 2007 - 4:00am

OCAD is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.


OCAD U Alumni Holiday Social Reception & Presentation: “100 Years of Title Design in Film, TV, and Beyond”

OCAD U Alumni Holiday Social Reception & Presentation: “100 Years of Title Design in Film, TV, and Beyond”
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 11:00pm to Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 1:00am

Can you imagine James Bond without that iconic opening gun barrel shot? Or Star Wars without the opening crawl?

Mix and mingle in the Bell Blue Lounge with fellow OCAD U alumni, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and holiday cheer. Then take in a stunning look at 100 years of title design, an art form at the nexus of filmmaking, graphic design, and marketing.

In this engaging presentation, commissioned exclusively for our Holiday Social, Lola Landekic and Will Perkins of Art of the Title will explore the vast, beautiful, and under-appreciated field of title design – from its origins at the beginning of the film industry, through its golden ages and renaissances, into the explosion of television, and its recent spread into video games and beyond. 

Ticket includes private catered reception in the Bell Blue Room followed by a presentation in Cinema 4 exclusive to our guests.

Venue & Address: 
TIFF Bell Lightbox King St W at John Street

MAAD alumnae deck the InterContinental halls

Adelle Dubblestyne and Liane Vaz
Liane Vaz and Adelle Dubblestyne
Christmas tree decoration
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 9:30pm

On December 3, the InterContinental Toronto Centre hotel presented its first annual Festive Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. At the centre of the festivities was a 12-foot tall tree decorated by Material Art & Design alumnae Liane Vaz (BDes, Jewellery, 2013) and Adelle Dubblestyne (BDes, Jewellery, 2013).

With the support of OCAD University’s Career Development office and Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Vaz and Dubblestyne prepared portfolios for submission to the hotel’s public relations team, which then chose the duo as their tree designers. On November 26, Vaz and Dubblestyne met with InterContiental staff to pitch four different themes based on the hotel’s desire for a “classic and elegant” design approach that used red, gold and silver. “We brought those colours in different shades, such as deeper reds and paler golds,” Vaz explains, “and we introduced texture by using fabrics and unusual shapes. Being jewellers, we are very detail-oriented, and working on a project this size meant we had to create large, dramatic pieces, but we also wanted to add little details other designers may not have thought of.”

With just five days to source and make all the decorations, Vaz and Dubblestyne had to scramble to get the project completed on time. “We actually worked through the night,” Vaz explains, “from 9 p.m. on December 2 until 6:30 a.m. on December 3. Like elves!”

Winter Feast

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 11:00pm to Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 3:00am

Join the Student Union for its 3rd Annual Winter Feast!
Grab your tacky holiday sweaters and get ready to join us for a night of food, music and activities. We're hosting a dinner to bring everyone together for the holidays at their "home away from home." Here's what you have to look forward to:

Photo Wall
Board Games
Amazing Food*
Tacky Sweater Contest

*While the event is catered, we encourage everyone to bring a favourite holiday dish to share. Please ensure that you bring a full ingredient list.

Please RSVP via the ticket link or by filling out the form here:

Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall, 100 McCaul St.
416-977-6000, ex 241

OCAD U Holiday Food Drive 2015

People in silhouette
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 2:00pm to Friday, December 18, 2015 - 9:00pm

OCAD University faculty, staff, students, alumni, neighbours and friends can make a difference by donating non-perishable and non-expired food items to OCAD U’s Annual Holiday Food Drive in support of the OCAD Student Union (OCADSU) Student Pantry, supporting OCAD U students in need.

Please contribute and help us fill the Student Pantry!
The most needed items include:

- peanut butter
- canned fruit and vegetables
- dried pasta and tomato sauce
- lentils and beans
- powdered, canned or Tetra Pak milk
- almond milk or soy milk
- canned fish and meat
- rice
- cans of soup or stew
- macaroni and cheese

Please bring your non-perishable donations to any convenient on-campus location.

Please consider encouraging your guests/attendees to bring non-perishable items to campus in support of this Food Drive!

Venue & Address: 
115 McCaul Street, Level 2* (outside Office of Registrar) 113 McCaul Street, Learning Zone, Level 1* 100 McCaul Street, Lobby (north wall) 51 McCaul Street, (adjacent to the front desk)* 205 Richmond St. West, Lobby* 230 Richmond St. West, Lobby* *Please note that five of the above locations will have small donation boxes, the contents of which will be collected weekly, while a larger box will be located at 100 McCaul Street.
416 977 6000, Ext 275

OCAD U Campus Life Mini Community Fair

Carved pumpkin silhouettes
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

> Halloween treats and pumpkin carving!
> Meet the friendly faces behind ‪#‎ocadustudentgroups
> Meet the friendly faces behind University services
> Campus Life CONNECT U co-hosted by OCAD University Library
> Winter coat and sock drive supported by zipcar!

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
416 977 6000 Ext. 275

Persian New Year

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

ED Grad Ex fundraiser celebrating the Persian New Year. We will be selling pastries, eggs, serving free tea.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul 5th Floor Open Studio Space