grOCAD Community Garden Meetup

grOCAD Community Garden
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

A call to OCAD U gardeners – students, staff or faculty who are interested in supporting grOCAD’s community garden project, located on the grounds of St. George the Marty at 197 John Street. We need volunteers to help plant/water/harvest herbs and vegetables in summer through fall.

Join us Wednesday June 20 for a planting day. It’s a great opportunity to share and learn about urban gardening. For those who can't attend the meeting but would like to get involved, email us

grOCAD is a group of students, faculty and staff who are working together to integrate plant life to our everyday experience by cultivating areas in andaround OCAD U's campus. grOCAD's aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life and heighten awareness to urban agricultural practices.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.

Proud At OCAD U Art Show

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:00pm to Friday, June 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

Proud at OCAD U coordinators, Casey Helm and Teddy Schaub curated this exhibition and here is their perspective on this art show:

The PROUD at OCAD U Exhibition features the work of LGBTQ+ identifying students here at OCAD. Art Exhibition spaces can be inaccessible spaces, especially for those whose identities intersect in different ways. The theme is simple: there is none! The participants were encouraged to bring in work they felt like showing off. PROUD is a community space and focuses on claiming our own space here at OCAD. Copies of the PROUD Community Zine are also available for free in the Learning Zone!

Participants list:

Casey Helm

Jazmin Cordon-Ibanez

Rachel Finlay

J. Lee Bertram-French

Heidi Ku

Vincy Lim

Rachel McCormick

Emily Saunders

Teddy Schaub

Matt Xie

On until June 29

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
Proud At OCAD U Art Show poster

Digital Literacy Day in Toronto

Digital Literacy Day in Toronto May 31
Monday, May 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 2:45pm

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library (TPL) are collaborating with a diverse spectrum of more than 35 local companies and organizations to host and produce more than 110 free events for all ages across the city.

Come to the Learning Zone on May 31 from 1 - 2:30 pm and sign up for a Toronto Public Library card. Librarian Irene Gotz will be on hand to answer any questions about services and content you can get for free with your Toronto Public Library card.



Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
461-977-6000, ext. 2529


Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 11:00am to Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:45pm

Sign up to assist with O-DAYS! (OCAD U orientation) 2018.
Help welcome new students to the OCAD U community next September.

Positions are open to students, faculty, staff and alumni.

416 977 6000, Ext. 275
Join the OTEAM

grOCAD Workshop Series: Seed Paper Making

grOCAD Workshop series logo overlaid onto of seed paper including OCAD Student Union logo.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Join us with grOCAD for a Seed Paper Making Workshop, Tuesday March 27, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Enjoy a cup of tea while learning to plant your seeds everywhere with plantable paper.

This workshop will be lead by Heidi Persaud.

Open to OCAD U students. Free, material included.

For more information please contact grOCAD at:

Thank you to OCAD Student Union for supporting grOCAD.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.

Housing Info Fair: fall term 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 11:30am to 2:30pm

Finding appropriate student housing takes dedication and time.
In an ongoing effort to make this process as easy as possible, a variety of housing information services will be on campus to answer your questions.

Connect with the friendly faces from:

  • CampusOne
  • Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
  • Chestnut Residence
  • Harrington Housing
  • Hoem on Jarvis
  • Parkside Student Residence
  • Toronto HomeShare
  • U of T Student Housing

More information:

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
416 977 6000, Ext. 4021
Housing Info Fair graphic

Zine Library Workshop Series: Intro to Self-Publishing

OCAD Zine Workshop Series: Publish It Yourself
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

This intro self-publishing workshop will teach you steps in planning your publication, learn how to layout your file in Adobe inDesign, choosing a production method and setting a reasonable price for your work.

Offered as part of the OCAD Zine Library Workshop Series, funded by the First Generation Program, administered by the Writing & Learning Centre, with support from the OCAD U Library.

The workshop is open to OCAD U students. Free, including materials.

Maximum attendance is 20, first come, first served.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
416-977-6000, ext. 2529


Painting with abstract forms highlited in orange.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:30pm to Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Learning Zone Gallery presents a group exhibition called Perspectives.

This exhibition was organized by International Eyes, a student group which represents a community of students from culturally diverse backgrounds. It includes work in a variety of mediums, from painting to photography.

Contributors: Kalore Jingmei Cao, Raquel Gouvea Jose Felicia da Costa, Tim Hu, Nataly Kais, Ji Woo Lim, Kaylee Meyer, Tony Mulo, Ehiko Odeh, Michelle Scholz, Zhiyi Qian and Chenjun Zhu.

‘Perspectives’ is an exhibition showcasing the work of international students at OCAD U. While being international means different things to each student, it is oftentimes a big part of one’s identity. This is a small insight into the diverse body of work that international students are creating that highlights their abilities, personalities and passions.

On until March 17

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, ext. 2529

Call for Submissions: JVCS

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 11:30am to Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:45pm

The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies editorial committee is seeking submissions from all OCAD U students in the following formats. We encourage students to submit work that they have written for courses and would feel proud to share with the OCAD U community.

Exhibition and Performance Reviews
250-500 words
Reviews about exhibitions, performances, or art-related events that happened after April 2017. We welcome reviews that are local, national, or international in scope.

Critical Essays
1000-2000 words
We publish academic essays about art, design, and visual studies. We are open to a wide range of methods and analyses, including experimental writing on aesthetic experiences and interdisciplinary research. We can accept excerpts from larger essays.

Abstracts of Thesis Projects
150-250 words
Art or design students may submit up to 3 images to contextualize their abstract.

Journal Cover
We accept images of art or design work to feature on the Journal’s cover. Keep in mind that the dimensions of the cover will be 5x8 inches.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Submissions must be sent, either as an email attachment or as a Google Drive file, to
  2. Writing must be submitted as a Word document (.doc, .docx) and Chicago style citations are encouraged
  3. Images submitted must be 300dpi
  4. In your email, include your name, your program, and the year of your program (for ex: Jade, Digital Futures, 3rd year student)

DEADLINE: Friday, February 9, 2018

The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies collects and celebrates some of the best undergraduate academic writing at OCAD University. Comprising critical essays, exhibition reviews, artist portfolios, creative non-fiction, and thesis abstracts from students across all disciplines, this annual publication reflects the unique approaches to art history and visual culture that are being undertaken here. We value and emphasize interdisciplinary research methods and modes of thinking to provide diverse perspectives. The JVCS welcomes new editorial committee members every year, offering students the opportunity to help sustain the publication through peer-to-peer education about the publishing process.

For more information abou this and other student-run groups, visit

Venue & Address: 
Exhibition venue to be determined.
JVCS poster

Call for Submissions: Conquering Me

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 3:45pm to Friday, February 23, 2018 - 11:45pm

Students from all undergraduate programs are invited to submit works for an upcoming exhibition, entitled Conquering Me.

Conquering Me focuses on the themes of “Anxiety & Depression”. Its aim to uplift voices that have faced these challenges in an effort to combat stigma and raise awareness about mental health. We encourage interpretations of Conquering Me in any medium, including writing and interactive works.


  • Interactive work encouraged
  • BIPOC, LGBT, and disability friendly. We strongly encourage marginalized persons to apply.
  • Please let us know if your work has been exhibited elsewhere.
  • We will not accept work more than five years old.

Email: and include "Submission" in the subject line.
Inside the email:

  • Title
  • Medium
  • Year of your work
  • Your full name
  • student number
  • Program and year of study

Please write something to let us know how your work fits in with the theme.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, February 23, 2018

EXHIBITION LOCATION to be confirmed.

Venue & Address: 
OCADSU, Level 6, 230 Richmond St. West
Conquering Me poster