Insite Exhibition Tour with MaryAnn Camilleri

Event Poster
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:30pm

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds special event.

Insite Exhibition Tour with MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder of the Magenta Foundation and Director of the Flash Forward Festival.

Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 p.m.
Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD U 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

Insite Exhibition Tour with Peter Sramek

Event Poster
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:30pm

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds special event.

Insite Exhibition Tour
with Peter Sramek, Professor, OCAD U

Sramek studied photography at MIT and has taught at OCAD U since 1976. He is Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices. Represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, his works are in many collections, notably the Musée Carnavalet (Paris), Toronto Archives, Art Gallery of Hamilton, National Library of Canada, the Allan Chasanoff Collection (NY) and MOMA (NY).

Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

Portfolio Reviews [at] Onsite

Upside down plant box
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds special event.

Portfolio Reviews with Patrick Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts, Harbourfront Centre; Nicholas Pye, artist; and Meeramargaret Singh artist. With a Sharing Table facilitated by, April Hickox and Jennifer Long.

Open to emerging and mid-career photographers with a cohesive body of work. Space is limited. Please email for details.

Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

Artist’s Talk with Meryl McMaster

Meryl with work
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 4:30pm

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds speaker series with Meryl McMaster

Artist’s Talk with Meryl McMaster
Friday, October 31, 12:30 p.m.

McMaster will discuss her career since graduating from OCAD U. Her work explores questions of identity, representation, perception, myth, memory and the environment. Her recent exhibitions include In-Between Worlds at the Art Gallery of Hamilton Design Annex, the 2014 CONTACT Photography Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto, and RED: Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis

Friday, October 31, 12:30 p.m.
Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds Opening Reception

Image of a residential street with a red car parked
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:00pm to Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 1:00am


An exhibition celebrating Flash Forward's 10th anniversary curated from OCAD University photography alumni who have been past winners of Flash Forward.

Featuring Sebastián Benítez, Kotama Bouabane, Danny Custodio, Nathan Cyprys, Adrian Fish, Jinyoung Kim, Alex Kisilevich, Sanaz Mazinani, Meryl McMaster, Geoffrey Pugen, Stacey Tyrell and Elise Victoria Louise Windsor

Curated by MaryAnn Camilleri and Lisa Deanne Smith

Opening Reception
Saturday October 25, 6 to 9 p.m.
Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD U 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

Wearable Wednesday Toronto

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:30pm to Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 2:00am

Wearable Health Panel & Thalmic Labs

Come join Wearable Wednesday Toronto’s inaugural meetup at the MaRS Centre, the new home of WWTO! We are pulling out all the stops for March with tons of wearable startups at the event including OmSignal, Thalmic Labs, Bionym, PUSH Strength, Kiwi Wearables and OCADU's Social Body Lab.

This month, MaRS is partnering with WWTO to release a MaRS Market Insights whitepaper on wearables with an emphasis on health. We will kick off the night with a panel discussion on wearables and health:

• Panelists: Daniel Debow, Entrepreneur and one of Canada’s most active Angel Investors; Isabel Pederson, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture; and Jesse Slade Shantz, Chief Medical Officer of OMSignal

• Moderator: Hadi Salah, Senior Industry Analyst, MaRS Market Intelligence

After the panel, Kitchener-based startup Thalmic Labs will be presenting and demoing it’s gesture-controlled armband Myo which is set to change the way we interact with any smart device around us.

After the sessions, be sure to check out the Wearables Innovation Showcase. Startups will be demoing their tech and answering your questions in the demo table area. Expect to see Kiwi Wearables, PUSH Strength, OMSignal, Thalmic Labs, OCADU Social Body Lab, and many more!

6:30 – 7:00pm: Doors Open & Registration

7:00 – 7:45pm: Panel Discussion - Wearables & Health

7:45-8:00: Thalmic Labs presents Myo

8:00-10:00PM: Wearables Innovation Showcase and Social (Refreshments will be served)

Eventbrite tickets are needed to enter. Capacity will be based on the Eventbrite ticket numbers. Get your FREE ticket here:

A big thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.

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Venue & Address: 
MaRS Discovery District 101 College St. Toronto, Ontario  
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Beyond our Roots 2014

Postcard with information on the exhibition
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:00am


Opening: October 16, 6 to 10 p.m.

Artist Talk: October 18, 2 to 4 p.m.

The Beyond our Roots 2014 Visual Arts Exhibition is a contemporary multi-disciplinary Visual Arts Exhibition presented by the Latino Canadian Cultural Association that shows the fusion between the different cultures and roots of the Latin American and artists from other parts of the World and the influence of the multicultural society where they work and reside. The artists' starting point is their own cultural background and experiences, going through the discovery first, and then the sharing of other cultures, to finally, develop and transform them into a new and original product.


Co-Curated by Alejandro Freeland and Hugo Ares


Born in Buenos Aires. Freeland established himself as an artist in Toronto. He is the executive director of Latino Canadian Cultural Association. Freeland received his formal training in photography, film and video at the Ontario College of Art & Design. During the past few years, Alejandro has been programming and curating for different festivals and visual arts exhibitions including: "Latin-Afro Fest II" (2008), "Latin-Afro-First Nations Festival", "Latin-Afro-South Asian Festival" (2010) and "Rhythms of the Earth Festival" (2011). He has showed his work in several contemporary art events in Canada and abroad such as: Light Bringers Art Show (Collective) at Gallery 1313, Alter Toronto (Collective) in collaboration with Georgeta Marcus at Gallery 1313, Beyond our Roots (Collective) at Gallery 61, EBB & FLOW (Collective) at Gallery 1313, AlucinArte (Collective) at Gallery 1313, Gothic Buenos Aires, with painter Gustavo Ferreira, at Danish church, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Latin American Group(Collective) at OCAD.


Hugo is an independent visual art curator, programmer and art administrator based in Toronto, Canada. I completed my degree in Multimedia Arts at the National Institute of Art, at the University of Buenos Aires City and a Post-degree in Visual and Critical Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). I have been working as a curator, and programmer and art manager for artist-run centres, arts collectives and cultural associations like: Espacio Ecléctico; Southern Currents Film and Video Collective, aluCine–Toronto Latin Media Arts Festival, "Digital Event" by -e-fagia-Visual & Media Art Organization; and ArtsXplosion Cultural Society.



I carry in my blood legends that echo passionate love, unity, terror, loss and hope. I have in my blood the stories that my mother and father shared with me about their home, about their lives, about why I am here and not there. I have in my blood, in my voice, and in my gaze, our stories of survival. I have in my blood the beautiful colours of this land. And here I am, with my feet standing firmly on Canadian soil, while my hair dances along with Andean winds. To those southern winds that knot my hair, I thank you for your truths and for your folklore. It is with your truths and your folklore that I have become this woman. I am a Canadian Chilean storyteller, multidisciplinary artist, community builder, and strong believer in equalitarian values. I am the living dualities, contrasts and contradictions that exist between the North and the South. I wish to create atmospheres that will transcend viewers into a world of magical realism. By creating stories, characters and new worlds I take them on a dark and mysterious voyage, where different thresholds of meaning and value systems can be explored. The various mediums I work with include: video, performance, writing, sound, costume making, puppetry, muralism, graffiti, street art, and installation. My artistic work speaks through these various mediums to create spaces that question the truths and beliefs that surround me; their subtleties, and the boundaries of their generally assumed connotations. There are questions that must be asked, so that we do not take for granted where we came from, and so that we know where we are headed. It is a responsibility, a privilege and a gift to question this vast and ever changing reality.


For over 20 years she has been a Notorious Deluge of Paintings and Illustration that often conspicuously feature a rag tag cast of young Misfits rockers Oddballs and cute Monsters and obsessive love to detail modified physiques. Operating a busy art studio, showing in galleries and selling at the Art Fairs of Toronto since 2009, born in Ottawa she has also left her mark on New Orleans Montreal Ottawa and SF/Oakland. Her work is sold at a number of Galleries in Toronto and around the Continent. Her work has been featured at Ryerson University 2014, contemporary pop art factory SuperWonderGallery 2012-2014, The Gladstone Hotel 2013, Gallery Videofag 2013, Morgan Page's and Michael Mackid's Projects at Buddies in Bad Times 2012, Come As You Are 2011, and Unit2 2011. From 2005 to 2008 she founded and administered the Termite & Vine Artist's and Musicians Homesteaders Studio Collective Co-operative Association in New Orleans Louisiana and was Collected and Shown by Barristers Gallery. Trained in parade float construction by Julian Schnable from Royal Floats, she has Moonlighted a tech for giant group sculpture performance projects including Rockaway Armada 2007, The Cult of The Little Lambs Trash Noise Rock Band 2008. See her Portraits of North American Traveling Strippers and Punk Rock Freight Train Culture, 91 foot longCommissioned Historical Mural for the Church Wellesley Village/ World Pride 2014, 11 foot wide triptych depicting a "Window Girl" fight in Amsterdam, and work with Bipolarbear Productions Animated Cartoons on her Epicly Enormous Website.


Born in Mexico City in 1971, I was always preoccupied with drawing and painting. I grew up as an only child within an abusive but artistic family. I was a very solitary, odd and curious girl and painting was not only my escape but also the only way in which I gained some attention and recognition. I confronted my emotional situation through art. I was told that I had that gift and spent my childhood and early adolescence always trying to be close to artistic forms, whether it was an alternative movie or an art book or a painting show. In 1988, being only 17 years old, I formally started my inception into the Arts participating in the now extinct counter-culture performance group "El Sindicato del Terror" (The Syndicate of Terror) and a few months later opening an underground art gallery "El Ghetto". Some of the artists I curated at the time are now well known and respected - such as Francis Alÿs, Nahum Zenil, Alejandro Arango, Adolfo Patiño, etc. After three years of University level Communications studies in Mexico City, I moved by myself to Toronto and applied to the Ontario College of Art (now ODADU) with my drawings and paintings and was accepted. Originally, I wanted to pursue a painting career but became fascinated with Toronto's flourishing cyber culture of the 90´s. So I joined the Integrated Media program earning my Honours Diploma in Fine Arts four years later. In 1999 I received a grant and completed a Masters program in Barcelona in Digital Arts. I have just received a grant by the OAC to produce first documentary and I enjoy sporadically making my own experimental videos and working in collaboration with other artists. After all these years I decided to return to OCADU to complete my degree and obtain a BFA. Further, after all these years the experience of being back in a creative environment stirred in me the desire to accomplish what originally inspired me to study Art but that I never did: painting. Subsequently, I am currently entering my second career as a painter under the mentorship of two Toronto based professional painters. These are some of my first paintings, arising purely from the core of my naivety and my lack of style or experience. They are the beginning of an exploration of multiple layers of interest and self-expression and the beginning of a much-desired personal journey.


Jennifer Humphries won first place in the Toronto-wide Graphix Art Competition Scholarship in 1992. She then graduated from OCADs' 4-year Drawing & Painting program and has an upcoming solo exhibition entitled "The Shining Series." Jennifer also paints commissioned portraits, often of client's dogs. The paintings in this show capture iconic villains taken from stills in classic horror films. By delving into the paradoxes of existence both terrible and beautiful, powerful, yet sublime, these three paintings centre around the philosophy of Nietzsche's concepts of evil, the will to power, the necessary destruction and overcoming before creation and the affirmation of life in the face of great suffering. This body of work also addresses one of the unique features of our time, the domination of the screen, be it a television, Smartphone or computer. All three images have been painted directly "from the non-life" of a television screen reflecting both the isolating factor of a viewer removed from the characters and drama on the screen and the replacement of direct contact with a virtual reality, which has become not only a replacement for reality, but also a main factor of today's reality itself.


Aramika Kliavin, was born in Eastern Europe, Belarus, is a Toronto based contemporary visual artist and sculptor. She received her BFA in Fine arts at OCAD University in 2012. In her work she employs traditional European techniques and ongoing western traditions and concepts. Presently Aramika exhibits around Toronto and does public commissions, as well as artworks for private collectors. I create conceptual, at times surrealistic artwork that captures the essence of my imagination. I combine traditional European techniques in new and innovative ways. I approach my work with a unique perspective that takes into account your needs and your individual style. My style and technique are broad and flexible, developed over years of training and experience.


Rosa Mindreau is a Toronto-based visual artist. A graduate of the Art Institute of Toronto, and she will be soon to be graduate at Toronto School of Art, Rosa specializes in multiple forms of printmaking such as Screen-printing, Block Printing and Etching. She also creates mixed media pieces that range from 2D to 3D, with elements of encaustic and acrylic painting, screen-printing, found objects and collage. She has exhibited and sold work widely across the city including at the Artist Project, Queen West Art Crawl, The Gladstone (as part of Come Up To My Room), North by Northeast, Whippersnapper Gallery, AWOL Gallery, and many others. Rosa is dedicated to alternative and accessible learning opportunities for emerging artists. She has conducted printmaking workshops at her own studio, as well as at PARC (a drop-in centre in Parkdale), Queen West Community Health Centre, Pathways to Education (in Rexdale), and Sketch Working Arts. She avidly supports social justice and grassroots community endeavors—Rosa has donated original artwork for exhibitions and auctions to support Sketch Working Arts, the United Way, and GBLGay Youthline, among others. Her work has been featured in the Toronto Star and online art forums.

Gomo George is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer who immigrated to Canada in the mid 1970's from Dominica. His academic achievements include a B.F.A. from The University of Manitoba and a M.F.A. from the University of Western Ontario. Gomo has shown his work in group and solo exhibitions in galleries across Canada for more than two decades. Gomo has worked as an art instructor (Red River College 1982-83, University of Western Ontario 1995-7), storyteller, and artists in the schools and in community settings as a counselor and program coordinator. Gomo has received grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. The author/initiator of several developmental projects in the arts, notably curator of landmark exhibition X-Position 1983, the Project "Positive Manoeuvres" a African Canadian visual arts festival, and "The Last Stop" projects bearing the objective of promoting African Canadian Art and Artists. Gomo also founded and directed ColoLux Studios the first and only Alternative Art Gallery run by African Canadian artist, 1984-1987. Gomo's work is represented in various collections including the Canada Council Art Bank.


I am originally from South Wales in the UK. South Wales is a beautiful part of the world which I feel privileged to have grown up in and taken inspiration from. The Welsh are proud and passionate people. We're certainly not afraid to show our feelings. Most of my artwork represents mood and emotion. I often translate my feelings through eccentric colour palettes, but lately have been drawn to using textured white surfaces. All of my art creations have been created to catch the light and have impact. You will also notice that all of them of them use the colour black, which I think echoes the dark moods that often haunt me. I have always been one to wear my feelings on my sleeve, so recording my feelings on canvass was a natural step forward for me. Apart from a few key phrases to describe the theme of each painting, I always avoid giving away too much information. It really is half the enjoyment looking at a piece of art and finding your own interpretation. My piece "Lost" is about the re-occurring dream. Trying so hard to get back to you.


Static Flow is an opportunity for me to showcase the images that I collect and compose on my day to day. They are reminders of the many wonders that surround us all the time, everywhere, and also of the possibilities of what the ordinary can become when you look through the window of your imagination. These images are a sampling of the work that I have done so far. I hope you enjoy them and come back soon as I will be updating the site from time to time. Please visit Static Flow Imaging on Facebook at and if you see something that you like please press the "like" icon or leave a comment.


John Nobrega is a Toronto-based artist best known for accomplished figurative paintings that engage with art- historical imagery. In recent years he has focused increasingly on drawing and video projects. He has been exhibited widely and is featured in several public collections, including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston. He is represented in Toronto by the Edward Day gallery.


Carolina Favale paints under the pseudonym “Cuore” and is one of the most inspirational street artists working in Buenos Aires. Her murals stand out for their striking characters, vivid colours, beautiful compositions and powerful imagery. Beneath the surface there is also deep thought, care and sensitivity behind her creations. Her art also mirrors elements that have touched her own life as well as the world around her and draws inspiration from personal journeys, experiences, relationships and moments of introspection and reflection.
Carolina studied Fine Art at the Antonio Berni School of Visual Arts in San Martín, Buenos Aires, graduating with an honours degree while also specializing in engraving. And her influences come from painters such as Mark Rothko, Antoni Tapies, Anselm Kieffer and Egon Schiele, and she points to Interesni Kazki (Ukraine), Herbert Baglione (Brazil), Kenor (Spain) and Inti (Chile) as some of the street artists whose work she admires most. Despite only starting to paint regularly in the street two years ago under the name “Cuore”, She has painted more than 20 murals in her home town and is now painting outside almost every week. “I was a painter before becoming a street artist and I was working with images and concepts a long time ago,” Carolina reveals. “I think that art should be a way to connect with other people and to help us think about who we are and it should carry a message.”



Faisal Anwar is a digital media artist/ interactive producer / UI/UX expert (Toronto/ Pakistan). He is founder of an interactive art studio, DigitalDip and Co-founder Me A Monster Inc. His project series, Oddspaces, brings together art, culture and technology in an odd configuration to explore our perceptions towards architectural space, private or public spaces and social interactivity in modern urban cultures. He has shown at the Winter Olympics 2010, and performed nationally and internationally. He has directed five other sort films which were part of various festivals in Canada and abroad, such as Monitor 3 South Asian Film and Video' presented by SAVAC Toronto, 2007, 'Pollution' presented by INTERart, Romania, 2007, aluCine Toronto Latin Festival, 2007, and at TPW Gallery Toronto, 2007. Anwar is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's Habitat-LAB, Interactive Arts and Entertainment Program 2004, Anwar did his Bachelors in graphic design from the National College of Arts Pakistan 1996. Faisal volunteered on the Programming Committee of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and taught part time at Centennial College. 

Venue & Address: 
Gallery 1313 1313 Queen St. W.

David Altmejd Public Talk

Sculpture Work
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 10:30pm

Public Talk

Tuesday, March 25
6:30 p.m.

An opportunity to hear a prolific contemporary artist speak about his work

David Altmejd (b. 1974 in Montreal) is a sculptor fascinated with the extraordinary potential power of the object, and convinced that the act of making can generate meaning.

David has shown internationally, such as the Whitney Biennial, Gallery Met at The Metropolitan Opera House, the Istanbul Biennial, MOCA Cleveland, and in 2007 he was chosen to represent Canada in the 52nd Venice Bienale. His work is in public collections including: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; MOCA Los Angeles; The National Gallery of Canada; The AGO, Toronto. David lives and works in New York.

This event is sponsored by the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund

Detail of: The Flux and The Puddle, 2014, Photograph by James Ewing , © David Altmejd, Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

IT'S A START Finalists Announced

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 4:00am

A pitch competition for digital entrepreneurs

Supported by the Digital Media Research and Innovation Institute and the undergraduate and graduate Digital Futures Program of OCAD University.

Digifest is proud to announce a unique opportunity for individuals to participate in the IT’S A START pitch competition.

What is IT’S A START?
IT’S A START is a pitch competition for digital entrepreneurs.

This competition is open to creative professionals, budding entrepreneurs, start-ups, students and recent graduates looking to pitch their ideas in a competitive format. Finalists will have an opportunity on stage during the festival to show the jury why their project deserves to win one of the prizes, which includes financing and incubation space in the George Brown College Digital Media & Gaming Incubator and OCAD University’s Imagination Catalyst Incubator. We are looking for the most innovative ideas from individuals, start-ups or digital companies who have special projects that they want to take to the next level. There is no fee to apply for this competition.

How does the contest work?
The contest will be developed in the following phases.

Phase 1 – The competition officially launches in October 2013. Contestants have two months to submit their application.

Phase 2 – Applications will be accepted until Friday January 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. All entries will be reviewed by the IT’S A START Committee and the first round of finalists will be announced on Monday January 27, 2014.

Phase 3 - First round finalists will have an opportunity to attend a Creative CampSaturday February 8 & Sunday February 9, 2014) where
entrepreneurs in residence will provide mentorship support and help the finalists evolve their projects.

Phase 4 – In order to be considered for the pitch contest finale, finalists must re-submit their updated project proposals by Friday March 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. All entries will be reviewed by the IT’S A START Committee and the second round of finalists will be announced on Monday March 24, 2014.

Phase 5 – All of the second round finalists will have an opportunity to present to their mentors from the Creative Camp on Saturday April 5 or Sunday April 6, 2014 and receive coaching and feedback for the pitch contest finale.

Phase 6 – The Pitch Contest Finale Part 1 will take place during Digifest on Friday May 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Corus Quay building located at Toronto’s Waterfront. Twenty semi-finalists will have 60 seconds on stage before a live audience to convince the jury why their project deserves to win. The jury will then select 10 finalists to present in the Pitch Contest Finale Part 2 the next day.

Phase 7 – The Pitch Contest Finale Part 2 will take place during Digifest on Saturday May 10, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Ten contestants will have 3 minutes on stage to present to the jury and a public audience (please note that this is not a Digifest ticketed event).

Final Presentation Pitch Contest Rules for Part 1, Friday May 9th
• Only one individual from the team can deliver the 60 second pitch at Digifest on
Friday May 9, 2014.
• Each contestant will have two minutes to respond to judges’ Q & A, directly
following their pitch.
• Audio-visual equipment, PowerPoint presentation slides, prototypes etc. are NOT
permitted during the pitch competition. However, finalists have an opportunity to
showcase presentations/prototypes for their projects in the festival exhibit area.

Final Presentation Pitch Contest Rules for Part 2, Saturday May 10th
• Only one individual from the team can deliver the final 3-minute pitch at Digifest
on Saturday May 10, 2014.
• Each contestant will have two minutes to respond to judges’ Q & A, directly
following their pitch.
• PowerPoint presentations are mandatory for this part of the presentation
• May 10, 2014 at Corus Quay building Main Stage area where the winners will be
• NB: For technical purposes, all finalists are required to attend a dry run
of their pitch presentation before Digifest on Tuesday May 6, 2014 at The
Corus Quay building located at Toronto’s Waterfront.

What are the prizes?
We will be announcing the It’s A Start 2014 prizes soon.

It’s a Start prizes for 2012 included more than $8,000 in cash prizes, mentorship and
incubation space at George Brown College Digital Media & Gaming Incubator and OCAD
University’s Imagination Catalyst Incubator.

What Projects are eligible?
Project Criteria

The focus for Digifest 2014 is “future cities” and digital urbanism. For the IT’S A START competition, we are looking for creative, cutting-edge projects driven by conscientious and dedicated individuals that will help us solve some of today’s pressing urban challenges. Do you have an original idea that can improve the way we live, work and play? Have you developed an application or technology that will allow us to manage
complexities and build more resilient cities? Does your project connect people and
networks, ultimately enabling us to live better lives? If your project or idea fits the above-mentioned criteria then please keep reading.

Project Eligibility
• Project entries or ideas must be the original work of the applicant(s).
• Applicant(s) who have submitted to IT’S A START competition in the past and
have not qualified as a finalist can re-submit a proposal, however, you must be able to demonstrate how the project or idea has changed.

What projects are NOT eligible?
• Submissions that have won in previous IT’S A START competitions.
Who can enter?
• Start-up companies
• Entrepreneurs
• Students or recent graduates
• NB: George Brown College and OCAD University students/graduates/faculty are eligible to participate in the competition,
however, you must disclose this information in your application.

Who is on the IT’S A START committee?
The committee is made up of experts from industry, academia and finance.

What are the selection criteria?
The committee will use the following criteria to determine the finalists for the
• Originality (Has this idea been presented this way before? How does your idea
compare to existing projects/ideas that address similar issues)
• Marketability (Is there a demand for your idea? Why would someone buy it?)
• Market Readiness (How much more development is needed?)
• User friendly (How easy is it to use?)
• Creativity & Design (How is the project executed? Is the overall design clear and
• Feasibility (How realistic is your plan to execute this project? Does your budget
take into consideration the logistics, production, technical requirements and
other expenditures?)
• Probability of Success (With the right investment and support, could this idea
become a successful business?)

The first IT’S A START competition was held in Monza, Italy organized by Regione Lombardia, Provincia Monza Brianza and Camera di Commercio di Monza in June 2012. The next competition “IT’S A START Canada” premiered at Digifest Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Contact Us
For more information and general inquiries about the competition, contact Miriam
Brookman at or at (416) 415-5000 ext. 3556.

For sponsorship inquiries about the competition, contact Lucia Piccinni at or at (416) 415-5000 ext. 3152.


Open Life Drawing Studio

Model on drawing table
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

10:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday March 22, 2014

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.

Saturday sessions - 10:00 - 1:00pm

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