Performance Period Manifesto!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

A Performance Workshop with Holly Timpener

Share your period stories and create a new manifesto for a new shameless future for menstruation.
We will perform this manifesto together in the halls of OCADU!

Presented with FEMINIST FOMONOMO and the support of OCADU (Learning Zone, ODESI & Faculty of Art), FAC & WIAprojects.

Venue & Address: 
The Learning Zone at OCADU 113 McCaul - (main floor rear, off St Patrick Street)
For more information contact Julia Pereira at

How Many Performance Artists Does it Take to Eat Brunch

Photographer: David Hawe
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Brunch Talk
Saturday, April 18
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Onsite [at] OCAD University
Join Jess Dobkin and Martha Wilson for an intimate conversation and reflection on the performance, How Many Performance Artists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb (For Martha Wilson) and discussion of the relationship between contemporary live performance and documentation.

As the founder of the Franklin Furnace, a pioneering artist-run space that has led the exploration, promotion and preservation of performance art, Wilson has been a trailblazer in preserving the history and documentation of live art practices. She will be speaking to the role of documentation in live art.

This event is being co-presented by The Images Festival April 9 - 18, 2015. Please visit for more information.

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

Onsite [at] OCAD U (230 Richmond St. W.) has fully accessible entrances and washrooms. There is a single-user, gender neutral, restroom on the ground level that is wheelchair accessible.

** The closest accessible subway is Osgoode Station. Exit the subway at Osgoode Station and walk west on Richmond St W towards Simcoe Street. It’s a 3 minute walk to the gallery from Osgoode Station.

This event is being co-presented by The Images Festival April 9 - 18, 2015. Please visit for more information

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD University 230 Richmond St. W. Toronto, ON
416-977-6000 EX 456

In Fragments: New Media Works by Lindsay Fisher

Photograph of a human eye looking to the left
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:00am


In Fragments is a collection of new media works by Lindsay Fisher that break down and critique perceptions of the deviant body. Through youTube videos and digital self portraiture, Lindsay utilizes the style of animated GIFs to investigate a visual culture of “spectacle” in the form of feminism, freakery and the everyday act of performing ourselves.

Opening reception:
Friday, October 24, 6 p.m.
Accessible, free, and open to the public

This exhibition is part of the University Arts Association of Canada on disability arts and culture; and the Common Pulse Festival and Symposium funded through SSHRC. This event is co-sponsored by Tangled Art + Disability.

Venue & Address: 
Open Gallery 49 McCaul St.

Jillian Mcdonald named 2012 Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 4:00am

(Toronto—March 21, 2012) Andy Fairgrieve, Curator of the Glenfiddich International Artist in Residence program and OCAD University announced today that internationally acclaimed video and performance artist, Jillian Mcdonald is the 2012 Canadian winner of the highly-respected Glenfiddich Artist in Residence award. Ms. McDonald's haunting video and performance art reflects her fascination with the American horror film genre and its use of fear as entertainment. Unlike horror films however, Mcdonald's images of ghosts, zombies and vampires avoid extreme gore and violence as part of her narrative.

Edmonton born Mcdonald divides her time between New York City and Canada, and is notably one of only eight artists from around the world to be awarded the art community's coveted prize to live and work at the distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. The three-month residency, valued at roughly $20,000 per artist, represents Glenfiddich's commitment to the arts and the communities it serves.

Upon learning of the award, Ms. Mcdonald shared that, "I have never been to Scotland and I am so excited to create masks and costumes inspired by the folklore and the romance of the gothic landscape which evoke all sorts of horror associations."

While in Dufftown the artists live in crofts at the distillery and are encouraged to find inspiration from their unique setting in the Scottish Highlands. One of the special benefits is the opportunity to work in an international artists' community, to share in a dialogue with one another and to foster cross-disciplinary ideas. The Artist in Residence program covers the cost of travel, living expenses and working materials while at the residency.

Mr. Fairgrieve underscores that, "The program's ethos is about encouraging people to take inspiration from their experience living at the distillery, whether that be the pioneering heritage of Glenfiddich, the surrounding environment, or the daily life of the distillery and local community, and to be as pioneering as possible — a mission our artists live and breathe during their three-month residency."

"We are very proud that the Artist in Residence program appeals to so many of Canada's leading and emerging artists," says Mr. Fairgrieve. "The range and scope of the submissions is a true reflection of the creative exploration going on in Canada today."

Over 100 artists from the far-reaching corners of Canada submitted proposals. Along with OCAD U Curator and Associate Professor Charles Reeve, the selection committee also included Lisa Deane Smith, OCAD University Assistant Curator; Vlad Spicanovic, Dean of the Faculty of Art at OCAD U; and Dave Dyment, 2008 Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence. Reeve points out that the "geography, age and interests provided a rich and broad range of entries as sweeping as the country and a collection of work that spans multiple genres, mediums and perspectives from the traditional to the avant garde."

The Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence program has sponsored more than 40 artists since its inception in 2002. Canadian artists have included Helen Cho (2011), Damian Moppett (2010), Arabella Campbell (2009), Dave Dyment (2008), Jonathon Kaiser (2007), Annie Pootoogook (2006) and Myfanwy Macleod (2005).

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University ( is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

About Onsite [at] OCAD U
Formerly called "The Professional Gallery," Onsite [at] OCADU ( was launched in 2007 with Rirkrit's first solo exhibit in Canada. Since then, it has hosted solo and group shows featuring dozens of nationally and internationally significant contemporary artists and designers, enriching OCAD U's educational experience while helping to make this university an indispensable cultural resource for the region.

About William Grant & Sons
William Grant & Sons is an independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and today still controlled by the fifth generation of his family.  The Company distils some of the world's leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world's favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, the handcrafted range of The Balvenie® single malts and one of the world's best loved blended Scotches, Grant's®, as well as selected other spirits, including Hendrick's® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum and, most recently, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 

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For more information contact:

Sharyn Thomas / Alexandra Sockett
Jesson + Company Communications
77 Bloor Street West, Suite 1903, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1M2
T: (416) 323-7828 E: /

Festival of the Body

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 8:30pm

Presented in conjunction with President's Speaker Series

With special guest Bill Shannon

Please join us for Bill Shannon's President's Speaker Series talk “Retaining Neutral Palette Through a Forest of Heroic and Tragic Positions” on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. More information...

“Bill Shannon’s performance videos”

From September 18 at noon until September 20

Location: Open Gallery, Inclusive Design Institute
OCAD University, 49 McCaul Street


4:30 p.m. Festival of the Body kickstarts with improvisation dancing in Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street

CRUTCH (video)

5:00 p.m.
Art exhibit The body curated by Assistant Professor Natalie Waldburger, including a discussion group moderated by Faculty of Art Instructor and Manager of Student Experience Projects Spencer J. Harrison.
Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street

5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
“Reimagining Access & Inclusion at OCAD U”
A discussion about the meaning of access and inclusion in creative educational settings, led by OCAD U Recruitment Coordinator Nadia Galati
Learning Zone
122 St. Patrick Street (also accessible via Village by the Grange food court)

7 to 9 p.m.
Screening of William Kurelek's The Maze followed by a Q&A session.
Presented by Jutta Treviranus, Director of OCAD U's Inclusive Design Research Centre and Lisa Brown, Founder, Workman Arts.
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street


416-977-6000 x2855



Venue & Address: 
Various locations - see description for details 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario