Open Life Drawing Studio

Model on Drawing Table
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 12:00am to 3:00am

All are welcome!

Room 615, 100 McCaul

Life Drawing (no instruction), open to all
Interested in drawing a professional model? These sessions are perfect for people looking for life drawing without instruction.

While this studio time is offered by the OCAD University Alumni Association, you don't have to be a student or alumni to attend - they're open to everyone!

Bring a board and materials - no reservation is required. Payment may be made to the monitor.

Wednesday sessions 7:00-10:00pm

Winter 2014 Semester Schedule

Wednesday, January 8, 15, 22, 29
Saturday, January 11, 18, 25

Wednesday, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, February 1, 8, 15, 22

Wednesday, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
*Saturday March 1st extended pose for painting or sustained drawing.

Wednesday, April 2, 9, 16
Saturday, April 5, 12

100 McCaul St.
Toronto, Ontario
$10 per session

Venue & Address: 
Room 615 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
$10 $10.00

Glam North: Doris McCarthy and Her New Contemporaries

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:00pm to Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Reception & 10th Anniversary Party: Wednesday, February 26, 5 - 9 pm

Exhibition of works by a number of OCADU faculty members

Work by David Clarkson, Sarah Anne Johnson, Colette Laliberté, Angela Leach, Doris McCarthy, Alex McLeod, Laura Millard, Samonie Toonoo and Robert Wiens

Curated by Jennifer Rudder and Alexander Irving

Remarks & Launch of Doris McCarthy Fundraising Auction Wednesday, February 26, at 7:30 pm

Curator's Talk at 8 pm

*Free shuttle bus* departs OCAD (100 McCaul) at 6 pm, returning at 9 pm

Venue & Address: 
Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough 1265 Military Trail Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Wearables Meetup 26

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 12:00am to 2:00am

Social Body Lab

Eric Boyd, Sensebridge

North Paw is a compass anklet created by Sensebridge that vibrates to tell the wearer which way is North. It provides a haptic sense of direction. Customers purchase the North Paw kits, which they have to solder together themselves. From 2009 to 2010, Eric bought parts and stuffed kits for North Paw himself, in his bedroom. In the fall of 2010, he began working with a Chinese company to have the kits made in China. As with all manufacturing, the devil was in the details. In this talk, Eric will discuss the process of having a product “made in China”.

Eric Boyd is the founder of Sensebridge, a wearable electronics company., and is President of, a technology community space.

Alex Haagaard, Designer/Artist

Alex Haagaard is a designer and artist based in Toronto. She received her M.Des. in Interdisciplinary Design from OCAD U in 2013. Alex works at the interstices of science and technology studies, industrial design and jewellery design. Her main research interests lie in the design of medical and assistive devices, in particular, participatory design approaches to engaging with the conflicting needs of the multiple user groups involved with medical things. She is currently continuing with research related to her M.Des. thesis project, and is planning to pursue a Ph.D. at Lancaster University, studying the epistemic and sociological implications of the situated boundary role of medical identification jewellery.
The Toronto Wearables Meetup is a monthly lecture series and gathering of people interested in wearable technology, fashion, wearable electronics, soft circuits, electronic textiles, emerging materials, and other creative and innovative approaches to things that live on the body. This Meetup is a gathering for artists, fashion designers, industrial designers, textile enthusiasts, engineers, researchers, students, and anyone interested in these emerging and intersecting fields.

Venue & Address: 
Room 7401 (4th floor) 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario &nbsp;
Please RSVP

Cultural Community Expo 2014

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 5:00pm to 10:30pm

Contemporary Art. Local Insight. Global Trends.

The inaugural Cultural Community Expo is geared towards helping senior undergraduate students in the Faculty of Art consider the various pathways and professional options available to them in the local visual arts community. This special event is also open to Graduate students from OCAD University and other invited schools.

Join us to hear from prominent private and corporate collectors, influential dealers from significant commercial galleries, exciting opportunities for studio space and much more!

How Collectors Collect: Looking at Past and
Future Trends in Collecting Emerging Artists

Keynote: Robin Anthony (Art Curator, RBC) in
conversation with Bruce Lawson (Collector)

Daniel Faria - Daniel Faria Gallery
Robert Birch - Birch Contemporary
Erin Stump - ESP (Erin Stump Projects)
Wil Kucey - LE Gallery
Rachel Anne Farquharson - O’Born Contemporary

Workshops: STEPS Initiative, Walnut Studios
and the OCAD U Student Gallery

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall Room 230 at 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
<p>416-977-6000 x3843</p>

The Artist Project 2014 Art Chats

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Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Opening Night Party: Thursday, February 20 from 7 to 11 p.m. in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and Why We Ink

A talk between Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of the Faculty of Art and recent OCAD U alumni

The Artist Project celebrates its 7th year with another exciting show featuring original works from over 250 top contemporary artists. Artists from a variety of geographic and creative backgrounds will converge and connect with patrons looking to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s Art Stars. From seasoned collectors and first time art buyers, to gallerists and interior designers, visitors will find this art fair a unique opportunity to meet and purchase work directly from artists from Canada and abroad.
Discover all mediums and experience special features, Art Chats and docent-led tours. The Artist Project takes place from February 20 to 23, 2014 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto.

OCAD Alumni: Navigating The Contemporary World
Vladimir Spicanovic, Artist and Dean of Art at the Ontario College of Art and Design, interviews and engages in a lively exchange with four recent OCAD University alumni to hear what they are doing now! This exciting group of graduates will present their recent work and discuss the meaning of their art practices in the context of our contemporary culture shaped by technological innovations, social media and hyper aesthetic images.

Venue & Address: 
Better Living Centre Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Charrette: Responsive Buildings

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:00am to Monday, February 24, 2014 - 5:00am

Open to all OCAD University students

Attention OCAD University Students!!

You're invited to participate in a Design Charrette, with other students from design schools around the world, themed around responsive buildings, hosted by the Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College.

This opportunity will allow you to:
• meet students and faculty from local and international Universities and Colleges enrolled in Architecture, Art, Design and Media studies
• sharpen your agile artistic and design skills
• acquire skills on a focus, fast-pace challenge
• learn how to co-create within a team of your peers
• meet potential employers (industry partners and participating advisors)
• you will receive a certificate of participation
• food and supplies will be covered, this is a voluntary participation

If you are interested in participating:
please contact Monica Contreras at
office: 416-977-6000 x2462
or mobile: 416-554-6416

Participating schools include George Brown College’s Institute without Boundaries (IwB), Advanced Digital Design (ADD), Architectural Technology (AT), StudioLab, and Design Management with international students from Copenhagen School of Design & Technology, (KEA Copenhangen, Denmark), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT Dublin, Irish Republic), École de Communication Visuelle (ECV Paris, France ), Illinois Institute of Technology, (Chicago, USA) Parsons DESIS Lab (New York, USA), and the Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

City of Toronto, Metrolinx, Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, GTAA, Toronto Community Foundation, ARUP and CMHC.

School of Design, 230 Richmond Street, East
GBC Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive, for main opening lecture


Thursday February 20
9:00am: Student meet their team at the IWB, School of Design, 230 Richmond East
10:00am - 4:30pm: Team do site visits
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Lecture by Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation at George Brown College waterfront campus: 51 Dockside Drive, Toronto
7:00pm: Teams Check-in in lobby of the GBC Waterfont campus

Friday February 21 (230 Richmond Street East)
8:30am: Breakfast Provided
9:00am - 12:30pm: Work Session
12:30pm: Guest Lecture
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch provided
2:00pm - 4:00pm: Work Session
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Advisor session # 1
5:00pm - late (building is open all night)

Saturday February 22 (230 Richmond Street East)
8:30am: Breakfast Provided
9:00am - 1:00pm: Work Session
1:00pm: Guest Lecture
1:30pm - 2:00pm: Lunch provided
2:00pm - 4:00pm: Work Session
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Advisor session # 2
5:00pm - late: (building is open all night)

Monday February 24 (230 Richmond Street East)
9:30am - 3:15pm: Presentations, School of Design, 230 Richmond East
3:15pm - 4:00pm: Panel deliberates
4:15pm - 4:35pm: Presentation by Jennifer Keesmat
4:35pm - 5:00pm: Panel presents charrette results
5:00pm - 5:30pm: Cake and Champagne
7:00pm: Charrette closing party, location TBA

A Design Charrette is an intensive, collaborative process that brings together a community of experts and professionals to develop a broad range of ideas and innovative solutions around a central theme. A Design Charrette that involves the user/beneficiaries ensures practical, comprehensive and implementable actions.


These sites have been selected based on their locale and the ability to enhance existing neighbourhoods or establish new, emerging neighbourhoods that offer unique living, learning, playing and working environments. The sites selected include:
• Woodbine Racetrack
• Centre Ave. Parking Lot (City Hall)
• Bloor Collegiate
• Meadowvale

The above sites each have unique characteristics, but offer opportunities to transform residential neighbourhood planning to create complete and unique neighbourhoods that cater to a variety of users. The vision for these sites should set new standards for neighbourhood development and explore inclusive, mixed-use development models that are flexible and adaptable to change over time.

Transit Nodes:
These sites are key areas of transit intersection, providing mobility choices that enable the flow of people and goods both locally and regionally. The sites have been selected based on planned local and provincial transit expansion initiatives, and the need to transform our current transportation networks to adapt to intensification of urban centres. The sites selected include:
• Kennedy Mobility Hub
• Dundas West – Bloor Mobility Hub
• Finch West Mobility Hub
• Bramalea Go Station

These sites have the ability to transform how people move throughout the region and can set new standards for mobility hubs locally and globally. Each site will explore a unique challenge and cater to local contextual needs while considering its effect on regional mobility development. The sites also offer the opportunity for intensification to create places that can act as “social condensers” or places of exchange.

Preservation Districts:
As intensification of urban centres continues to gentrify neighbourhoods and consume green space, it is essential to consider the preservation of environmentally, culturally and historically significant sites. These sites directly contribute to the identity of communities. They can also play key roles in promoting well-being, educating the public, and maintaining unique community identities by providing attractive places to live, work, learn and play. The sites chosen for this charrette include:
• Black Creek Pioneer Village
• The Guild Inn
• Mirvish Village
• Downtown Brampton

Each of these sites have distinctive challenges that require unique solutions to ensure their long-term preservation, viability and existence. Teams will be encouraged to explore ideas that build off the existing attributes of these sites and contribute culturally, socially and economically to the greater communities and region in which they exist.

Industrial Districts:
As much of world’s industrial and manufacturing networks have shifted to offshore markets in the east this has resulted in vacant industrial districts that offer opportunities for redevelopment as countries shift toward more creative economies. However, these industrial uses play an important role in the economy and should be rethought through a new economic lense to expand job creation within the region. The chosen sites include former and current industrial lands:
• Christie Factory
• Malton Industrial District
• The Hearn
• Heartland Town Centre

These sites should be reimagined through the lens of economic development and social/environmental sustainability to create innovative new mixed land use that address key functions, including energy production, job creation, and identity. Teams will focus on how to transform these often single use lands into vibrant and economically driven centres that include a mix of uses and attract new employees, residents and investment.

Venue & Address: 
Institute Without Boundaries 230 Richmond St East Toronto, Ontario
416-977-6000 x2462

The Artist Project 2014

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:00am to Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 5:00am

Opening Night Party: Thursday, February 20 from 7 to 11 p.m. in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and Why We Ink

Supported by OCAD University

The Artist Project celebrates its 7th year with another exciting show featuring original works from over 250 top contemporary artists. Artists from a variety of geographic and creative backgrounds will converge and connect with patrons looking to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s Art Stars. From seasoned collectors and first time art buyers, to gallerists and interior designers, visitors will find this art fair a unique opportunity to meet and purchase work directly from artists from Canada and abroad.
Discover all mediums and experience special features, Art Chats and docent-led tours. The Artist Project takes place from February 20 to 23, 2014 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto.

CAD University will be involved in two ways this year:
1. Sponsor of The “OCAD University AWARD” for $250. The winner is chosen by a panel at the Artist Project

2. President Dr. Sara Diamond will be participating in a panel moderated by Vandana Taxali for the Artist Project scheduled on Friday, February 21 at 6 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
Better Living Centre Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario
Tickets on sale

How To Build Your Professional Online Portfolio using 4ormat

How To Build Your Professional Online Portfolio using 4ormat - Event Poster
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

A hands-on workshop that will walk you through the process!

OCAD University has developed an exciting partnership with 4ormat to provide FREE access to their online portfolio-building tools for current students and faculty so that they can effectively showcase creative content using a sophisticated, customizable platform.

Take advantage of Reading Week and use this workshop to set up your custom online portfolio from start to only 90 minutes!

Venue & Address: 
Room 1516 113 McCaul St., Room 1516 Toronto, Ontario
416-977-6000 x3843

Design With Dialogue

Black and white logo with a speech box
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 10:00pm to Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:00am


The issues facing working parents are most often posed at either the individual level (“How can I achieve better work-life balance?”) or at the level of society at large (“Should Canada have a national child-care strategy?). On Wednesday October 8, Jane Thompson will lead a Design With Dialogue session centred on the question “How can community-level change help working families?”. Can local initiatives like babysitting co-ops, community kitchens and pedestrian school-buses transform the lives of working parents?  Jane would like your help considering this question.


Jane will introduce the session with an overview of the issues facing working moms and dads, and how reframing our understanding, at both the individual and the family level, can help us navigate our way to greater resilience and sanity.


While these family issues are played out against the backdrop of broad social policies (including paid parental leave, child-care subsidies, and full-day kindergarten), this session will focus on how we can address the challenges of working families at a community level. Please join this lively workshop conversation.



Jane Thompson is the author of Resilient Woman: Weaving Together Work, Family, and Self. She writes and speaks on the challenges and opportunities faced by working families.  A working mother herself, Jane has a PhD in women’s history, as well as a business degree, and a certification as a life coach. As part of her broad commitment to helping people live their best lives, she also works as the executive director of a national scholarship program, granting $1.4 million in undergraduate funding each year.


Design with Dialogue (DwD) is an open community of practice learning together to lead organizational & community change through participatory design, strategic dialogue and emerging facilitation methods.

We gather monthly to convene workshops as a practice in social design to engage the organizations, projects, and civic communities to which we're committed.

Join us from 6-9pm on the second Wednesday of every month at OCAD's Lambert Lounge.

DwD is coordinated by:

Peter Jones
OCADU professor and Principal at Redesign

Greg Judelman
Chief Design Officer at The Moment

Kaitlin Almack
Process Facilitator at ICA Associates

Christopher Lee
Principal at Potluck Projects

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Lambert Lounge, Room 187 100 McCaul Street M5T 1W1 &nbsp; &nbsp;

6th Annual T24 Project

T24 Logo
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 12:30am

Hosted by the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival including work by OCAD U alumnus Maikol Pinto

The Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival hosted their annual T24 Project, a unique twist on the 24-hour film challenge format for local emerging filmmakers, on January 17-18, 2014. Thirteen teams from across the GTA participated in the film challenge where they had to create a short film that answered an essay-style question. Eight teams completed their film on time.

This year the theme is ApocalypT.O. Filmmakers were asked to examine and provide commentary on what could cause "the end of days" in Toronto and how the population can deal with such an event. The T24 Project tests young filmmakers' ability to think on their feet and exercise their skill in film production under an intense but exciting experience. “Most 24 hour film contests are very minimal. They give you a prop, they give you a sentence but [the festival] gave us an idea to work with,” said Gorjan Veletic, co director of the T24 Project film Peaches.

Though the idea of apocalyptic cinema may bring out many standard tropes from horror and science fiction, teams were
creative in their incorporation of the theme, applying it to many situational narratives that transcend the genre. “For me, it
was how we can make it not go in that direction,” said Anne Phitsanoukanh, director of Stiffilis, a short based around the concept of social media and memes. “I wanted to try something more refreshing other than the whole zombie or dead people aspect.”

At the film screening, one of the eight teams will be awarded the Visual Thesis Award by an esteemed panel of industry professionals. Jury members include Arthur Yeung (co-host of Frameline on Radio Regent and winner of a 2013 Trailblazer Award at the ReelWorld Film Festival), Bern Euler (Festival Director of the Canadian Film Festival), Milica Dodic (programmer for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s Canadian Screen Awards), Joshua Ostroff (senior editor at the Huffington Post Canada), and Kania Lou Gagliardini (Production Coordinator at the Emmy Awardwinning interactive agency, Secret Location). They will also be providing feedback of the films at the event.

"I don’t think there’s any better way to pay tribute to something you love than to imagine its ultimate destruction. It’s for
that reason we were excited to present this year’s T24 Project challenge question to the filmmakers, and it’s the reason we're excited to present their films,” said John Gallagher, Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival programming coordinator.

The T24 Project film screening takes place Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto (2 Sussex Ave). Single tickets cost $8.50 and a group package of ten tickets costs $50 when purchased in advanced at This is an 18+ event.

The following list of films will be presented at the T24 Project screening:

Directed by Ryan Liu (Broadcasting student at Centennial College)
Starring Paul Dods, Stephanie Bergeron, and Nick Aliwalas
Stuck in their house with very little food left, a couple and a mutual friend try to get through the days without driving each
other crazy. Soon their resources are depleted and they are forced to go outside in order to survive.

Directed by Chelsea Chen (TV Writing and Producing student at Humber College)
Starring Albert Zablan, Chloe Chen, and Roy Wang
A power outage interrupts the daily lives of four disparate individuals, forcing them to come together.

Directed by Jacky Vuong (freelance filmmaker and York University alumni)
Starring Hourmazd Farhadi, Jennifer Carolina Meneses, Emma Alimi, and Meesun Kim
A couple suddenly loses their libido in the middle of a session and they seek help.

Directed by Maikol Pinto (freelance filmmaker and OCAD alumni)
Starring Alexander Mann
On a barren night in a cold, industrialized future, one man wanders aimlessly seeking asylum.

Directed by Jamie McMillan (graphic artist and web designer)
Starring Deidre Hennigar
A lonely scientist who is desperate for friends and company takes in a stranger.

Directed by Adrienne Knott (University of Toronto student and member of Raindance on Campus)
Starring Jordan Policicchio and Matthew Griffith
43 days after an unknown event that silenced the city, a man hopes to find someone to talk to. Anyone.

Directed by Greg Fox, Gorjan Veletic and Adrian Gentili (Film Studies students at Ryerson)
Starring Hannah Gordon and Oresiri Oputu
A woman keeps a video diary of her days after a hydro facility contaminates the water system and kills most of the

Directed by Anne Phitsanoukanh (Media Studies student at University of Guelph Humber)
Starring Mark Browning, Winnie Wong, Tina Seepersad, and Nathan Chan
A new meme becomes a universal sensation but one man finds this joke to be more severe than it appears.

About the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival
The Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival is a showcase of cinematic work from local emerging filmmakers aged 14-28 in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The festival provides a professional platform for young filmmakers to network with peers, present their films on the big screen, and receive adjudication by industry experts.

Venue & Address: 
Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto 2 Sussex Ave. Toronto, Ontario
$8 Single / $50 Group of 10