Crafting Sustainability

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 4:00am

Crafting Sustainability is a two-day conference that brings together makers, researchers, educators, and students to interrogate the pairing of craft and sustainable practice. Co-organized by Craft Ontario and the Material Art and Design Department (MAAD) at OCAD University, the conference offers a platform for assessing the role of craft in fostering new paradigms for production and consumption in the 21st century.

Come out and join the discussion! Twenty guest speakers will cover a range of topics, including explorations of disposable culture, conversations about what makes a viable craft practice, customizable 3D printed prosthetics, video game programming in Inuktitut, and ‘craftwashing’ strategies.

Generous support for the Crafting Sustainability conference is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council. Crafting Sustainability is sponsored by Harbourfront Centre, the Sheridan Craft & Design Program, and Haliburton: Fleming College for the Arts, and is taking place as part of Craft Year 2015.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St.

Sparks From A Launch Junkie: How You Can Innovate Your Way to Sucess

Photograph of Stephen Tapp
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:00am to 1:00am

The Strategic Innovation Collective will host a fire side chat with Stephen Tapp, the new director for the Imagination Catalyst. This event is open to the public. Questions for Stephen can be emailed to prior to the event.  

As a veteran in challenging the status quo, and as the new director of the Imagination Catalyst at OCAD U, Stephen will share some of his time-tested strategies on how to create game changing innovations at the intersection of business, technology, art and design. 

Having played an instrumental role in the of launch of TSN, Viewer's Choice Canada, PPV and XM Satellite Radio Canada, Stephen Tapp is an internationally recognized leader in media & entertainment with over 25 years of experience in building and operating profitable subscriber and advertiser supported businesses.

The Strategic Innovation Collective is a student-led initiative with the goals of:

• Creating opportunities for SFI alumni to remain engaged with the program.

• Working with faculty to increase recognition of the SFI brand.

• Utilizing sLab to expose students to industry connections, topical issues, and learning opportunities to compliment sLab's existing initiatives and course content in the SFI program.

• Providing opportunities for portfolio building within OCAD on volunteer basis.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St. W. 

A Tale of Two Cities

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 5:00am

Emergin Young Artists 2015 Group Exhibition presents 23 leading and emerging artists from ten different universities across Canada and globally. In a time of rapid global changes, the theme of A Tale of Two Cities explores modern life struggling between the roots of our past and the constant interruption of our present.

Opening Night will feature two guest speakers: Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University, and Jill Birch, CEO & Publisher of the Canadian Art Foundation, and Canadian Art Magazine.

Opening Night Preview:
Date - Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: EventBrite

Public Hours: 
February 28 to March 3, 2015
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
Arta Gallery Distillery District 14 Distillery Ln.

DF Lecture Series Winter 2015

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:00pm to 11:00pm

Our Lecture Series continues next week Thursday, Feb. 5th with a talk from Dr. Jennifer Jenson, Professor of Pedagogy and Technology in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Institute for Research on Learning Technologies at York University.

Dr. Jenson's interest and work include: Digital game studies, new media, pedagogy and technology, gender and technology, multimedia and online content/design issues in education, educational gaming, and cultural studies of technology, and the design and development of educational games.

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday @ 5pm in the Music Hall at St. George the Martyr Church - 197 John Street.

Venue & Address: 
The Music Hall in St George the Martyr Church 197 John St. Toronto

OCAD U Library Used Book Sale

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 2:00pm to Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10:00pm

Amazing art and design books at even more amazing prices!

Come out to support OCAD U Library Services and discover some new and used gems to add to your bookshelf! The books are mostly duplicate copies of titles in the OCAD U Library, donated by alumni, faculty and friends. Every book you buy translates into more new resources on the library shelves to support learning and exploration at OCAD U.


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Lobby

Remaking a Living - Economies That Work for All of Us

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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:30pm to Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 2:00am

Natalie Zend and Peter Jones

Coordinated by Natalie Zend (Awakening the Dreamer) and Peter Jones (OCADU Design with Dialogue). These dialogues will be gently guided by various skilled facilitators, drawing from a variety of methods and tools such asThe Work that Reconnects, Art of Hosting, and Awakening the Dreamer, with the occasional guest speaker to inspire the exchange.

We are seeing the emergence of new ways of thinking about wealth and money, of doing business, of exchanging with each other and with the earth, that reflect the age-old world views of connectedness held by indigenous peoples throughout the world.  

The first session of a new series on Economies that Work - For All of Us

Session 1 - Idle No More as a love story

The life support systems of our planet are being destroyed by the growth imperative of capitalism and the stolen commons, making it harder to live in peace with the Earth. The First Peoples of this land can no longer tolerate the destruction of their Mother. Nor can we as allies sit idly by.

What might an economic system based on the traditional teachings of balance and harmony look like in a modern urban context?

How best can we indigenous and non-indigenous city dwellers learn to bring about the necessary changes in governance and economic relationships that will enhance the quality of life for all of us?

Join us for a session with special guests Philip Cote (OCADU and widely known artist and Aboriginal arts advocate) and Kevin Guest (Land and Mining Activist) for a dialogue on restorative economics in 2015 in this our first session of the series.

Venue & Address: 
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education 252 Bloor Street West   

OCAD University's 100th Graduate Exhibition (GradEx)

Poster with characters illustrated by Gary Taxali
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:30pm to Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 9:00pm

For Information about the 2016 Graduate Exhibition, GradEx 101, please visit


More than 900 promising young artists and designers are exhibiting at the biggest GradEx ever -- OCAD University's 100th! This year, GradEx expands to a five-day exhibition spread across four buildings on campus including the iconic Sharp Centre for Design. The university will throw open its doors, inviting the community to see works by the creative minds of OCAD U’s Class of 2015.

Students from undergraduate and graduate programs will show their final thesis work to an audience of more than 25,000 guests, some of whom attend the show to recruit new talent for their own galleries and firms.

Undergraduate programs represented in this year's GradEx are: Criticism and Curatorial Practice, Drawing & Painting, Integrated Media, Digital Painting and Expanded Animation, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture/Installation and the specialization Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications in the Faculty of Art; Advertising, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design and Material Art & Design (jewellery, fibre and ceramics) in the Faculty of Design. The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies will present work from the Digital Futures and Indigenous Visual Culture programs.

OCAD U's graduate programs are: Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories, Criticism & Curatorial Practice, Digital Futures, Inclusive Design, Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation

Feature sales provide the opportunity to purchase work from emerging talent at reasonable prices:
Graphic Design - Room 636, 100 McCaul St.
Material Art & Design (MAAD) - Room 253, 100 McCaul St.

Printmaking - Room 387, 100 McCaul St..
Publications - Room 384, 100 McCaul St.

GradEx Schedule:
Opening Night: Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 to 11 p.m.
Thursday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Secondary school visits can be booked on both Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1 between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Book your high school visit to GradEx now!

TTC Directions: Get off at St. Patrick Subway Station and walk west on Dundas to McCaul (south of Dundas).

OCAD University’s annual Graduate Exhibition is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. Other sponsors include: C.A. Delaney Capital Management Ltd., First Capital Realty, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, CP24 (Media Sponsor), NOW (Media Sponsor) and Steam Whistle (Event Sponsor). Cultural partners include the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Chealsea Hotel, Toronto.

This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

Poster artwork and design by OCAD U alumnus Gary Taxali

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. 60 McCaul St. 52 McCaul St. 49 McCaul St.

Hult Prize at OCAD University

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 5:00am to Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 5:00am

How will you change the world with $1M in start-up capital?

The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities. Named as one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine, the annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to identify and launch the most compelling social business ideas—start-up enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people. Winners receive USD 1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.

The Hult Prize is offered in partnership with Former US President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative. It is hosted and supported by Hult International Business School. And it is generously funded by Swedish entrepreneur Bertil Hult and his family. It has been called the "Nobel Prize for Students" by Nobel Prize Winner and annual jury member, Professor Muhammad Yunus. 

Open to universities, colleges and students on every continent, the Hult Prize has grown to become the world’s largest student movement for social good. It is also the world’s largest crowd-sourcing platform. Participating annually are thousands of students from 130 countries, representing over 350 institutions of higher education. Competing schools included Stanford, Harvard, INSEAD, Hult International Business School, NYU, Columbia, American University Beirut, LBS, Hitotsubashi, St. Petersburg, and Tel-Aviv University. Nearly all of the Financial Times’ Top 100 MBA programs participate.

Each year, a critical social problem is selected by President Bill Clinton and a challenge issued. Teams of 4-5 students are challenged to develop an innovative start-up enterprise to eradicate the problem. Access to Education. Clean water. Affordable housing. Clean energy. Solar Power. These are a few of the issues competitors have tackled since the competition’s inception.

It’s a win-win for the world.

Solving Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum

The 2015 Hult Prize "President's Challenge" will be Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum and beyond, as selected by President Bill Clinton at this year's Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York. The challenge specifically asks teams to build sustainable and scalable social enterprises to address the early childhood education gap in kids 0-6 years old.

December 17: Final Application Deadline 11:59pm EST


Neighbourhood Arts Network TELUS Social Club

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 11:00pm to Friday, November 28, 2014 - 1:00am

Are you a newcomer artist looking to expand your network? 

Join the TELUS Social Club, a new series of networking events for newcomer artists. These social clubs will connect newcomer artists with key leaders from Toronto’s arts community.

The evening will kick off with refreshments, a lively speed-ideating* networking session, facilitated by the Neighbourhood Arts Network, followed by round table discussions with arts leaders.

*Speed ideating is a fast-paced, creative and thought-provoking networking activity designed to spark new ideas and community connections.

Snacks and beverages will be provided 

Organized in part by OCAD U alumna Nadia Galati.

Venue & Address: 
TELUS House 25 York Street, 2nd Floor

A Personal Photo Narrative Exhibition

Black and white photographs
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 4:00am to Monday, November 10, 2014 - 5:00am

Students from Assistant Professor Ron Wood's Introductory Photography: Black and White PHOT2B03 course exhibit their first assignment, "A Personal Photo Narrative." The students used analogue cameras, developed their own film and worked in wet labs to produce their own prints. For many of the students, this was their first time in the darkroom. The originals of this work are showing in the display cases on the 4th floor Photography Department of 100 McCaul Street.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 4th Floor Photography Department Display Cases 100 McCaul St.