Bread & Circuses: The Costs & Benefits of Art Festivals

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Nuit Talks in partnership with Canadian Art

Despite the success of many large art festivals, some artists and curators dismiss them as "spectacles" that drain funding from public galleries and museums. Others appreciate the large public audiences such festivals provide - especially in an era when many institutions focus on international "art stars" rather than local talents.

Moderator: Leah Sandals, Canadian Art Online Editor

Panelists: Gwen MacGregor, Artist and University of Toronto Geography PhD Student, Janine Marchessault, Curator and York University Canada Research Chair and Murray Whyte, Toronto Star Art Critic

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

AGO First Thursdays

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:00pm to Friday, September 5, 2014 - 3:30am

With OCAD U 2013 and 2014 Scultpure/Installation Medal Winners Shannon Lea Doyle and Alex Beriault

On September 4, Toronto’s most popular cultural night returns with a special celebration of the exhibition Alex Colville. Join us and headliner Bry Webb, frontman of the newly reunited band The Constantines, to celebrate this extraordinary exhibition, featuring more than 100 works by the internationally renowned Canadian icon, marking the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date.

Experience one-night-only artist projects and performances, stimulating tours and talks, as well as an interactive opportunity to engage with Colville’s oddly familiar scenes in surprising ways. The night will feature performances from contemporary dancer Katie Ewald, musician/artist Tor Lukasik-Foss, as well artists Alex Beriault and Shannon Lea Doyle who will present a three hour durational performance. Want some expert, on-the-spot info on Colville? The night will also feature Pop-up speakers including the exhibition’s curator Andrew Hunter, artist Simone Jones, academic Amy Lavander Harris and AGO Associate Curator Georgiana Uhlyarik.

In addition to Bry, the musical lineup also includes The Weather Station, result of our partnership with SappyFest, the beloved music festival in Colville’s adopted hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick, as well as DJ Leon Taheny.

Plus, one of the most talked about destinations at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Grolsch Open House, brings its creative spirit to AGO First Thursdays. Featuring a performance by River Tiber, this dynamic Grolsch Open House teaser will take place in AGO's Galleria Italia, and will also include a DJ and interactive art-making.

Of course, it wouldn't be a First Thursday without amazing music from local DJs, the Out of the Vaults exhibition of rarely seen works from the AGO collection, delicious food and drinks, and a few creative surprises!

Tickets for the September First Thursday are on sale now. Regular-priced tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission for AGO members is $10 in advance and $13 at the door.

Party-goers can also purchase $22 advance combo-ticket packages for Alex Colville and September’s First Thursday. The exhibition will be open until 10 pm, with the last entry at 9:30 pm. AGO members enter the exhibition for free but are encouraged to book tickets in advance.

Image: Alex Colville, To Prince Edward Island, 1965, acrylic emulsion on masonite, 61.9 x 92.5 cm, Purchased 1966, National Gallery of Canada (no. 14954) © A.C.Fine Art Inc.

AGO First Thursdays Media Partner: NOW Magazine
AGO First Thursdays Supporting Sponsor: JOE Fresh
AGO First Thursdays Official Beer Partner: Grolsch Beer

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) 317 Dundas St. W. Toronto, Ontario
$10-$15 Admission (19+ Cash Bar)

OCAD Etsy Made in Canada Market

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

The Made in Canada Market is a national grassroots initiative celebrating the crafters, collectors, and artisans in local communities across Canada.

30+ Canadian cities will be participating in this one-day event marking the first ever national marketplace movement. Vendors range from art to fashion to homeware. Join us for the first ever "Etsy: Made in Canada!!"

9 ETSY Sellers Will Be Attending:

RawBarrelCards Event will have Etsy vendors of varying backgrounds including stationary, household, vintage, fine art, and prints.

FlockofTeaCosy Smart, modern tea and coffee cosies, trivets and festive garlands in thick European wool felt. Nothing fussy or Victorian about them.

scting Handmade to be cute and quirky, these one-of-a-kind paper products and handmade accessories are everything you've ever wished for.

PrintsandNeedles Screen-printed apparel & accessories, including canvas zipper pouches & lunch bags

lifelonglove Handmade & Hand Lettered Treasures! Banners, Mini Chalkboard Signs, Illustration Prints & Buttons and Original Art. Please pop by!

CoolStuffIWant What do handcarved stamps, sassy greeting cards and enamelled jewellry all have in common? They look great with grumpy cats on them!

FitzyDesign Modern Leather Accessories: wallets, sunglass cases, bow ties, cord keepers, and some jewellery on sale.

contrabotanic Handmade felt succulents.

ROSECLIFFVINTAGE Jackets, sweaters, and boots OH MY! Get ready to bundle up in these great vintage finds!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Great Hall 100 McCaul Street (2nd Floor) Toronto, ON M5T1W1
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The Perimeter Series: Design and National Identity

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:30am

A0 (ALSO Collective + Mason Studio) invites you to The Perimeter Series—a series of panel discussions on issues related to contemporary design practices, academia, and industry. 

This third and final panel of our 2014 Perimeter Series tackles a topic close to home—or distant depending on your vantage point. Design and National Identity investigates the interplay between design, geography, politics, economics, history, and how they shape—and are shaped by—national identity.

This event is hosted by the Design Exchange, and moderated by Shauna Levy. The panelists are:

+ Michael Prokopow, OCAD University
+ Vanessa Eckstein, Blok Design
+ Todd Falkowsky, Canadian Design Resource
+ Catherine Osborne, Azure Magazine

The Perimeter Series was developed by A0, the joint efforts of ALSO Collective and Mason Studio. The studios share philosophies of design, but originate from two distinct practices. ALSO occupies a space in digital media and graphic design, while Mason inhabits physical interior space. The PerimeterSeries was developed as an opportunity to share in the conversation between the studios to explore a shift in the boundaries of design. Come take part in our discussions!

Venue & Address: 
Design Exchange 234 Bay St. Toronto, ON M5K 1B2
Free (registration required)

Forgotten Places

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:00pm

Thursday September 11, 2014 to Sunday September 21, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 11, 7 p.m.

Features OCAD U alumna Christina Tjandra's complete collection of highly detailed architectural illustrations

Forgotten Places is a collection of work that draws attention to Tjandra’s love of vernacular architecture, accidental dwellings, the beauty of density, and her childhood memories of living in Java – the most populated Island in Indonesia.

Presented in large scale as detailed line drawings on paper, Tjandra’s work references the Batik and Wayang aesthetics of her native Indonesia. By transporting the audience to an unknown place filled with curiosity and uncertainty, Forgotten Places is a visual narrative that pushes architectural boundaries to create conversations on possibilities, reality and fantasy.

4-10 TUES-FRI,
2-8 SAT,
12-5 SUN

Venue & Address: 
Hashtag Gallery 801 Dundas St. W. Toronto, Ontario
Free, RSVP for opening

Citizen Centric Innovation - International Certificate Course

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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, September 26, 2014 - 4:00am

The Program
This program provides intensive executive training on methods and techniques to address complex or so-called “wicked” social problems in a multidisciplinary way. This particular session focuses on food waste in modern urban context as an example of a complex social problem to address. The methods and techniques learned are transferable to other complex social and environmental challenges.

What you will learn
You will receive intensive training in a range of disciplines including human factors, design thinking, system mapping,sustainable business models, and co-creation techniques and methods.

More importantly, you will apply your learning to find creative solutions to a complex problem: food waste in urban centres. The program includes daily field explorations of food-related aspects in each city, including visits to innovative social food enterprises such as Not Far From The Tree, The Stop Community Food Centre, and a private Jane’s Walk in Toronto; participating in a Tapas Lab; going on a Hidden City Tour of Barcelona (unique guided tour through the old town led by homeless guide); and engaging with organic farmers to understand the interdependencies and trade-offs in the complex urban food system.

Who we are
This special program is hosted in Toronto by the Strategic Innovation Lab at OCAD University (Canada's largest art and design school and third largest in North America). It is hosted in Barcelona by the Bau Design College of Barcelona affiliated with the Vic-Central University of Catalonia. Participants who complete the program successfully will receive a Certificate.

Who should attend
-Directors and managers in food related industry
-Government officials interested in urban and social issues
-Program Managers in foundations pursuing change in urban settings
-Directors of CSR in large corporations
-Executive directors of incubators for social entrepreneurship
-Politicians with interest in food security, resilient commuities or sustainability
-In general leaders or leadership candidates seeking to enhance their careers through acquiring new practical knowledge about addressing complex social problems.

When & Where
This session starts on Monday September 15, 2014 and ends on Friday September 26, 2014. Participants will spend one week in Toronto (Canada) followed by one week in Barcelona (Spain).

Citizen Centric Innovation (CCI) combines a human-centric participatory design approach with methods of multidisciplinary collaboration to enable exploring root causes of such complex challenges, reframing their issues differently, and developing innovative solutions.

We bring together a group of participants selected among highly talented professionals from around the world, with a team of instructors who are thought leaders in their fields. We leverage the power of such an intellectually rich and diverse environment to teach participants the leadership skills necessary for developing and implementing new solutions to old persistent problems.

You will work in small teams mentored by experienced instructors and innovation professionals on developing new out-of-the-box solutions to a specific problem, in this case food waste in the city of Barcelona and its potential impact on a range of other social problems such as poverty, health and environment.

Program fees are in U.S. Dollars and include: all program materials, welcome receptions, hotel accommodation in both cities (four-star, single occupancy), breakfast and lunch every day, visits to museums and exhibitions included in the program, one hosted dinner in each city, economy airfare Toronto to Barcelona, and local transportation during the program.

Visit the Eventbrite page for more information on instructors.

Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a centre for research and development in design, innovation and strategic foresight at OCAD University. It is a growing community of scholars and practitioners, designers, business and policy professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about envisioning possible futures. Located in the heart of Toronto, sLab operates on a model that integrates academic research, professional engagement, education and skills development for participants in the private, public, not-for-profit, and for-benefit sectors. sLab is closely linked with OCAD University’s Masters Program in Strategic Foresight and Innovation.

Bau Design College of Barcelona, Spain is a centre affiliated with the Vic-Central University of Catalonia that provides higher education in the field of design. Located in Barcelona, one of the leading cities in the field of design, Bau is situated in an industrial area of over 8,000 m2 equipped with custom studios and multi-purpose spaces designed to support research, creativity and innovation. The training offered at Bau leads to university degrees in graphic, audiovisual, interior and fashion design as well as Master’s and Postgraduate degrees. The college also offers other courses such as the Diploma in Design ‘Bau Nit’ (Bau Evening), in the specializations of Graphic Design and Interior Design, and the Summer University, in addition to a wide variety of monographic courses and workshops.

Registration required

Venue & Address: 
Strategic Innovation Lab (OCAD U) & Bau Design College (Barcelona)