Writing in Dangerous Times: Survival, Resistance, Joy

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

This event is a collaboration between Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP), TIA House (University of Calgary), and OCAD University, Creative Writing, co-sponsored by the Writing and Learning Center and organized in conjunction with the CCWWP board meeting to take place Sunday, October 29th at OCADU.

The October 28th 2017 program is free and open to OCAD University students and faculty, students and faculty from across Turtle Island, CCWWP members, Toronto writers and the general public. Please write cblack@faculty.ocadu.ca to confirm your presence using the subject: Writing in Dangerous Times RSVP.

OCAD U is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free experience to students, faculty, staff, and visitors with accessibility needs. This event is fully wheelchair accessible. All panels will take place in OCADU’s Learning Zone, on the ground floor, room #110, 113 McCaul. The Learning Zone is a wheelchair accessible space with two accessible washrooms and no fixed seating. This is a mic’d event.

The Learning Zone is accessible through the McCaul or St. Patrick Street entrance at 122 St. Patrick St. Parking is available in the underground lot directly below the venue, with handicapped parking closest to the elevator at the McCaul Street entrance. The cost of parking is $15 daily maximum, $6 evening maximum.

Please contact 416-977-6000 extension 2205 or accessibility@ocadu.ca for information on the best barrier-free routes on campus, Wheel-Trans pick-up and drop-off points, locations of elevators and accessible washrooms, requests for ASL translators, or information in alternate formats.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick Street, Level 1 (also accessible from 113 McCaul Street)
Writing in Dangerous Times Poster

Elections Canada on campus

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

October 14 is a federal election day in Canada. Students (faculty and staff) who have questions about voter eligibility, registration, location of polls, and more can ask questions of Elections Canada.

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

Culture & Politics: Creating Change

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 9:00pm

To establish support for culture at a political level, the arts must first create a greater legitimacy with citizens, and find new ways to build democratic consensus about its importance. John Holden, author of 'Cultural Value and the Crisis of Legitimacy', asserts that establishing a different alignment between culture, politics and the public will require courage, confidence and radicalism. Drawing on his recent publications, John will show how different groups in society value culture in different ways, and he will examine how the changing role of the arts and culture in contemporary society can influence public policy.
You can read more about John Holden and his work at http://www.demos.co.uk/people/johnholden
Sponsored by The Laidlaw Foundation, Ontario College of Art & Design, The Department of Canadian Heritage, The Ontario Arts Council, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Metcalf Foundation , The Ontario Ministry of Culture, City of Toronto Culture, The Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Community Foundation and Business For the Arts.
RSVP by January 26, 2008 to sbrand@laidlawfdn.org

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Free (RSVP required)

Six Years Old

Six Years Old
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 4:00am

Gosia Komorska, Zlatka Kovac and Charlotte Mikolajewski will address issues of war and peace through painting. The work explores landscapes of war zones, dimensions of dreams, as well as haunting memories and longing. There is a thread of fear and restless anxiety in all the works. The exhibit is titled after a poem by William Wordsworth.

Venue & Address: 
Transit Space 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
cswiderski@ocad.ca, ldsmith@ocad.ca

Eye that don't see hearts that don't feel

This is a short clip of the upcoming full length documentary film on Asylum Process in the US, entitled "Eyes That Don't See, Hearts That Don't Feel" by Producer/Director Paula Gardner

Screaming figures
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 3:00pm

Art + Politics @ OCAD

Poster for ASOC student committee with figurative illustration
Monday, December 14, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Art & Social Justice Student Committee
….building a critical space for Art & Social Justice at OCAD and beyond!

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, Room 284

Society of Publication Designers

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 11:30pm to Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 2:00am

OCAD Illustration alumni Anita Kunz and Barry Blitt, headlining a special talk by the Society of Publication Designers in New York on their portraiture of President Obama. It’s a testament to Canadian’s unique perspective and influence on the US politics and our program’s global contribution to the profession.

Venue & Address: 
The Helen Mills Theatre - NEW YORK 137 W26th Street New York City
$10 for members $20 non-members
Illustration of Barack Obama with a beard and hat imitating Abraham Lincoln

Be heard – Vote in the federal election on Oct. 19

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 4:00am

Ontario’s university presidents have signed a pledge to support student participation in the upcoming election. According to the Council of Ontario Universities, in the 2011 federal election voter turnout among youth aged 18 to 24 was 39 per cent – far below the 75 per cent participation rate for citizens aged 65 to 74.

This year OCAD University will be hosting a polling station for the Spadina-Fort York riding only. If you do not live in the riding, you must vote in the riding of your residence.

As a student, you have another option: Elections Canada offices will be open on 39 college and university campuses from October 5 to 8. Any student can vote at these offices, regardless of where their home is located. Nearby locations include University of Toronto and Ryerson University (please note, OCAD U is not among these office sites)

For complete information visit the Election Canada’s website



Jack's Got Your Back unveiled by local dignitaries. Photo by Martin Iskandar.
David Pellettier at the sculpture unveiling. Photo by Martin Iskandar.

David Pellettier, a professor in OCAD U’s Faculty of Art, and the former chair of the Sculpture/Installation program, created a long-lasting bronze sculpture memorial honouring the legacy of beloved Toronto politician and federal New Democrat Party leader, Jack Layton.

Jack’s Got Your Back. Stronger Together: The Layton Memorial, was unveiled in a special tribute ceremony on August 22, 2013, two years from the day Layton passed away on in 2011. It’s located at the newly named Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, 9 Queens Quay West, at the foot of Bay Street.

The life-sized sculpture depicts Layton on the back of the tandem bicycle he often rode with his wife, Olivia Chow. It’s a fitting memorial to things Layton loved and championed in this city, including cycling, the waterfront, the Toronto Islands and working together. The installation also includes a flower bed, donor wall and Layton’s final message to Canadians: “So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

Chow, the NDP MP for Trinity-Spadina, the riding OCAD U is located in, is a trained sculptor herself. She studied at OCA during her university years and worked professionally as an artist for years, prior to becoming a politician. After Layton’s death she made her own memorial sculpture of him for his gravesite.

Chow credits Toronto Island residents for the initial idea for the public ferry terminal sculpture. She took the idea and approached MST Bronze Ltd., a well-known foundry in Etobicoke, and worked closely with Pellettier in the process of its creation. 

Pellettier, who balances his studio teaching at OCAD U with his own work at his studio in Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts on Toronto Island, says he appreciated Chow’s input in capturing his expression, and getting his smile right.

“Right from the beginning she’s been a big part of this,” said Pellettier. “She has far more intimate knowledge of Jack as far as getting his presence fully there.”

The sculpture was funded by the Ontario Federation of Labour and the City of Toronto donated the land for it. It’s estimated that two million people will walk by and interact with the sculpture every year—it’s designed so that you can have a seat on the bicycle and have your photo taken.

Learn more:

Jack Layton Memorial comes to life