OFF Course - Work in progress by design students of OCAD University

2017-OffCourse-SteinWang-OFF Course
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 2:00pm to Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

17 students from the Industrial Design and Graphic Design programs at OCAD University feature their self-authored work-in-progress through print, prototypes, and full scale models. The projects raise questions and respond to global issues through visual, physical, and interactive outcomes. Reflecting the varied passions of students, topics include urban agriculture, gender equality, cosmology, immigration, and automation.

The exhibition is mounted with an intention to engage the public, such that conversation and observation may be thoughtfully integrated into graduation projects: a culmination of four years of study within a Bachelor of Design at OCAD University.

Visitors to the exhibition will find students working in the space, which has been created to foster collaborative opportunities across the Industrial Design and Graphic Design departments at OCAD University.

Paolo Aguila |
Sonia Aryan
Victoria Biglands |
Sisley (Siyun) Hu |
Topher (Christopher) Kong |
Jasmin Liu
Rebecca Manoharan
Kiefer Shanks
Lucas Stanois
Kristen Thomson |
Stein Zhenyu Wang |
Annie Zheng

Calvin Calenda
Hailey Kuckein
Saadia Kardar
Lisa Qin
Lulu Skachkova

Karin von Ompteda, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, OCAD U |
Koby Barhad, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design, OCAD U |
Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Associate Professor & Program Chair of Industrial Design, OCAD U |

Venue & Address: 
12 Ossington Ave Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7
OFF Course TO DO Festival

Tables, Chairs & Other Unrelated Objects - Six

TODO Tables, chairs
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 5:00pm

For those who make furniture it is not always the object alone that is pursued.

Students of OCAD University are encouraged to explore and develop their thinking around the role of furniture as a medium for personal expression, as a reflection of social and cultural norms, and as an influence upon human behavior.

Presented by the OCAD U Student Gallery, this exhibition showcases furniture for much more than its aesthetic and functional existence, but for the messages it can convey.

Now in its sixth year, ‘Tables, Chairs & Other Unrelated Objects’ is exhibiting as part of ‘Come Up To My Room’ (CUTMR) at the Gladstone Hotel, curated by recent graduate Alisa Maria Wronski.

Exhibition ticketed hours (CUTMR):
Thursday: Jan 19, 6-8pm
Friday: Jan 20, (Student Day) 11am-8pm
Saturday Jan 21, 11am-11pm
Sunday Jan 22, 11am-5pm

via TO DO Festival

Venue & Address: 
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West Toronto ON M6J 1J6
Jan 19-22: from $10
TODO Tables, chairs

Come Up To My Room 2017

Come Up To My Room 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 5:00pm

‘Come Up To My Room’ (#CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between intention and interpretation. Freed from the constraints of traditional practice, CUTMR encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories, and our perceptions of reality. The exhibition challenges participants to push their everyday practice by offering a blank canvas upon which to explore new themes and ways of working. Framed within the backdrop of the historic 126-year-old Gladstone Hotel, CUTMR invites artists and designers to create site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike.

The 14th instalment of #CUTMR2017 will take place between January 19 and January 22, 2017. Submissions will be from individuals, collectives, and multidisciplinary teams from Canadian and international participants. Our relationship with the world and those around us, from local to global and our exchanges in-between have been affected by global issues, media and digital social interaction. Ideas, knowledge and culture expressed in the exchanges between individuals are constantly evolving; transferred from one place to another. The act of transplantation is a phenomenon to be explored. Everything converges and diverges to reemerge as a collective entity, translated into experiences and things that we have yet to foresee. If so, are we going to be immersed in disruptive or disciplined environments?

Through our dealings with the fast-evolving environment surrounding us — designers and artists in a global context — we are left working to define our place in the chaos.

This year’s curators are Christophe Jivraj, Jana Macalik + Lukus Toane


Venue & Address: 
The Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West Toronto ON M6J 1J6
From $10 at the door or in advance

Poster Design Workshop

TO DO Poster Workshop 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 5:30pm

Introducing participants to the expanded field of visual communication and the broad definition of the discipline. This workshop is an exploration in research, concept development, illustration, photography, and typography.

Participants will be given a theme, and are required to research and develop the concept through a series of two or more over-sized posters. The objective is to create a cohesive and unique solution to a given problem. This workshop is meant to challenge design thinking, processes, methods, and to help participants explore typography and composition in an experimental and purposeful way.

Click here for a PDF with full event details or visit the TO DO website.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street, Room MCA 554 Toronto ON M5T 1W1
RSVP contact: Participants are required to submit a short bio and a few points of interest to
$210 per person
TO DO Poster Workshop 2017