Call for Applications - TODO Programs Coordinator

Call for Applications - TODO Programs Coordinator
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, September 28, 2018 - 11:45pm


DEADLINE: Friday, September 28, 2018 

Working with and reporting to the Artistic Director, the Programs Coordinator contributes to the planning, administration, and implementation of Festival programming, including exhibitions, events, outreach, and special initiatives. With a keen interest in art, design, and community, this role requires effective ideation, communication, collaboration, and execution. Valuable attributes include excellent writing and editing, attention to detail, self-motivation, and a willingness to learn. This is a part-time position, requiring an average of 10 hours of work per week, and increased hours during Festival Week. 

This position is supported through the Career Launchers Program. 


  • Collaborate with the Artistic Director and programming team to achieve Festival goals and long-term vision; 
  • Contribute to overall programming efforts by developing, organizing, and implementing initiatives and projects, including research, outreach, and calls for submissions; 
  • Contribute to Festival website by researching or interviewing designers, writing for the blog, and populating the Festival Week schedule of events; 
  • Maintain good communication with the art and design community, partners, and stakeholders as appropriate to each project; 
  • Be responsible for the progress and outcomes of initiatives and projects you lead and/or coordinate; 
  • Contribute to grant applications and reporting by writing narratives and collecting data, as applicable 
  • Support festival events and projects by being an on-site point-of-contact and/or lead; and 
  • General responsibilities including but not limited to: maintain regular and timely correspondence with team members; attend regular team meetings; act as an ambassador for the Festival; attend and facilitate Festival events. 

RATE: $16/ hour with flexible weekly schedules 

TERM: Part-time, January, 2019 - January, 2020 (13 months) 


  • Must have graduated from OCAD U in 2017 or 2018. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Demonstrated curatorial and programming experience in arts and design 
  • Ability to take directions and execute tasks 
  • Ability to work independently and take initiatives 


  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) and a current CV 
  • A cover letter outlining interest and relevant background 
  • One (1) short writing sample 


  • Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Tak Pham 

For more information, please visit 

Venue & Address: 
TO Design Offsite Festival
(416) 877-600 x361

OCAD U exhibitions selected for TODO’s Festival Features

Friday, January 12, 2018

Two exhibitions created by OCAD University faculty and students have been included in the Toronto Design Offsite Festival Features, a juried selection of the ten shows not to be missed.

Hacking Black Futures

Date: January 17 to February 12, 2018
Location: Band Gallery and Cultural Centre
19 Brock Ave., Toronto, ON

This exhibition presents design speculations on Black-centric societies that are devoid of oppression, discrimination, and systemic racism. What do these societies look like? How do they function? How can these futures be achieved? Participants provide opportunities to explore these questions in an immersive and collaborative environment.

Works of design speculation across a variety of mediums are on display, including prototypes, videos, and interactive experiences. Co-curators, Andre Baynes and Chiedza Pasipanodya showcase the intergenerational talents of twenty OCAD University Black-identified designers/makers and partners.

The Hacking Black Futures exhibition aims to directly address the erasure of Black people in speculative design as well as represent the growing ownership of our own future narratives and practices of making.

Designing for Health, Wellness, Action and Destigmatization

Date: January 16 to 21, 2018
Location: OCAD U Great Hall
100 McCaul St., Toronto, ON

This exhibition by the Faculty of Design’s undergraduate and graduate Design for Health and Wellness students includes a ‘how to’ guide’ for pop-up supervised injection sites (SIS) in response to the urgent need to provide safe spaces for those risking overdose, alongside re-imagined Naloxone (opioid overdose antidote) kits for various public locations.

Another group of Design students created solutions for independent learning and play for students with cognitive and physical impairments. A shortlist of the most successful projects will be on display, several of which have been manufactured and donated to a special needs school. Design students gained empathy through observation and benefitted from feedback of the teachers and occupational therapists working with the children.

This research project is supported by St. Clements School and the OCAD U Research and Innovation office.

Festival Features is a shortlist of 10 events, exhibitions, and/or window installations selected by a jury. The criteria for selection is entirely up to each juror, while considering the calibre of the work or event program, and appeal to a general public and specialist audience. This year’s jurors are Anahita Azrahimi (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition), Nina Boccia (Design Exchange), and Brendan Cormier (Victoria and Albert Museum).

Visit the exhibition listing in the Festival Schedule to learn more about the exhibition.


OCAD U Industrial Design Department

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 5:00pm to Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:15pm

1.)     Title: Designing for Health, Wellness, Action and Destigmatization” – showcasing selected 3rd Year ID students and Master of design for Health student work from the Fall term including first aid kits for naloxone and assistive products for children with mental & physical challenges.

Location: Great hall, 2nd floor, 100 McCaul Street

Reception: Tuesday 16th January 2018, 5-7 pm


2.)     Title: OFF COURSE - work in progress by OCAD U Industrial Design and graphic design 4th year Bachelor of Design students

 Location: Radiator, 358 Dufferin Street, Suite 103, Toronto, ON (Gallery entrance from west side of parking area off of Dufferin Street)

Reception: Thursday 18th January 2018, 7-11 pm


3.) Title: OCAD U x YSM (Regent Park): Elevation through creative collaboration.

In a collaboration between OCAD University and the Yonge Street Mission, a group of second year Industrial Design students at OCAD U were challenged to design marketable textile goods to be sewn and distributed by Regent Park’s Creative Women’s Collective.



OCADU x YSM [Regent Park] : Elevation Through Creative Collaboration

306 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON

 Reception: Thursday 18th January 2018, 7-11 pm


4.) Tables, chairs and other unrelated objects

Location: Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Avenue, and

Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON

Receptions: Opening Reception at Daniels Spectrum: Thu, Jan 18, 6-9pm
Opening Reception at Ignite Gallery: Sat, Jan 20, 6-10pm


Please make sure that you check out other Todo events as well as the IDS show for design work & lectures.


Venue & Address: 
See listing below