Know your City: Take a Walk

Friday, March 7, 2008

Take an hour-long algorithmic walk -- where each turn is predetermined by a simple formula, removing choice and likely leading to an undiscovered part of the city. The walks designed by Shawn Micallef co-founder of the location-based mobile phone documentary project [murmur] will be followed by a collaborative psychogeographic map making party at University of Toronto Art Centre.

Venue & Address: 
University of Toronto Art Centre 15 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario
Free. Cash Bar

DrakeSalon: Nick and Sheila Pye

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 11:00pm

Join the Drake Hotel for the next installment of DrakeSalon with special guests Nick and Sheila Pye, OCAD alumni. Enjoy a Grolsch or a cocktail on the raised lounge, for an evening of cultured conversation exploring notions of love and intimacy in a collaborative art practice with the internationally renowned Mr & Mrs Pye.

Don't miss this chance to enjoy an evening with the Pyes, before they leave for an extended residency in Europe.

Seats are limited so reserve yours today by calling 416 531 5042 x 230 or email

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

Cdot Design Pioneers

Friday, March 28, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 4:00am

If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development. – Aristotle

Cdot Design Pioneers is an exhibition honouring Toronto's design pioneers--the majority of whom graduated from or taught at OCAD. These pioneers include Clair Stewart, Don Watt, Stuart Ash, Allan Fleming, Heather Cooper, Carl Dair, Hans Kleefeld, Burton Kramer, Ken Rodmell and many more.

A major objective of Cdot, the Communication Designers of Toronto, is to, “learn from and honour local communication design pioneers.” Our Association is the perfect platform for recording the history of communication design (commercial art/graphic art/graphic design) in Toronto. This exhibition honours veterans who had a profound effect on Toronto’s design industry and document their contributions.

As the communication design discipline progresses, it is important to look back and recognize those who contributed to our industry, enabling Toronto’s communications designers to enjoy a professional career today.

Presented by Cdot – Communication Designers of Toronto
Communication Designers of Toronto (Cdot) is a non-profit organization focused on uniting the largest design community in Canada. One of our key objectives is to record and preserve Toronto's design heritage.

Venue & Address: 
Open Studio, Level 6, Sharp Centre for Design 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Architecture Days

Architecture Days
Monday, September 24, 2007 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 4:00am

Visit the CN Tower for a new Architectural Digests (AD) "Architecture Days" display identifying some of Toronto's most important structures. Show any AD "Architecture Days" event ticket at the CN Tower ticket counter and save 30% off the Look Out and Glass Floor Experience!
Ticketed AD "Architecture Days" events in Toronto are available for September 26-30. Use the above navigation to find event listings and purchase tickets for each day.
Check out our 'Hot Spots' listings for recommendations on self-guided places to visit while you're enjoying Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
CN Tower 301 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Square Foot 2007

AWOL Gallery presents Square Foot 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007 - 4:00pm to Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 4:00pm

It is truly incredible when you walk in to the installation for the first time. There are so many pieces representing so many artists, and it's amazing how differently each individual artist has used their allotted space. There are so many variations of medium, materials, application, concept, and subject matter, it is somewhat overwhelming. But the longer you look, the more you start to detect common elements, themes and ideas that run like threads throughout the installation as a whole. It is a true visual representation of the sheer volume of diverse creative energy that is present throughout our community, and our city as a whole. With the presence of so many international artists that idea is not only limited to our city, but is a true representation of diverse global creative coexistence that equates an extremely unique visual art experience.'
Paul Robert Turner, Co-Founder & Co-Director of AWOL Gallery

Venue & Address: 
AWOL Gallery 100A Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Neighbourhood Art Tour with Anique J. Jordan

construction hoarding with 'post no bills' warning
Anique standing in front of her artwork on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 4:00am

On September 8, graduate students from the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design  and Criticism and Curatorial Practice programs joined artist Anique J. Jordan for a unique neighbourhood tour that highlighted the hidden history of a construction site close to OCAD University.

The tour started behind City Hall on Chestnut Street where the new provincial courthouse building is planned for construction. Anique shared with the group that this site has a deep history that is obscured by the large, grey, hoarding that now traces the perimeter of the lot. Upon beginning construction, the development company discovered thousands of cultural artifacts from the site’s history as the location of a British Methodist Episcopal church, rooted in one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the city called The Ward. Originally built in 1845, the church was a crucial site for Toronto’s black community playing an important role as a spiritual, community, and cultural centre.

Now the site is surrounded by imposing hoarding that demands to ‘post no bills’; it offers no narrative or suggestion of the site as one of historical civic significance. Anique is particularly interested in what she perceives as an erasure of the histories of the black and immigrant communities that previously thrived in that neighbourhood. With no signage, no commemoration, and no invitation for conversation, the current construction site illuminates a complicated relationship between historical preservation and the high-speed drive for new development in Toronto.

From this former church site Anique led the tour group to the Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibition The Idea of North, where works by contemporary artists are exhibited alongside paintings by the iconic Canadian artist Lawren Harris. Anique’s works in the exhibition speak directly to the history of the black community within The Ward that Harris also used as a subject in many of his early paintings. Her works, that directly reference the Chestnut Street site, create a contemporary history that speaks back to the historical narratives that are currently being built over, in an attempt to recreate a more accurate and honest conversation about the history of our city and its citizens.

This artist tour was organized by Dr. Andrea Fatona, the Graduate Program Director for the Criticism and Curatorial Practice program. It was part of Graduate Studies Orientation week where all new students were welcomed to OCAD U - and its surrounding neighbourhood!

For more on Anique’s work in The Idea of North exhibition, see her interview:

For more on Anique’s work:

For more on the British Methodist Episcopal church construction site:

For more on OCAD University graduate programs:


Images courtesy of Karina Iskandarsjah

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the orignal owners and custodians of the land on which we stand

Doors Open OCAD U - Sharp Centre for Design

OCAD University's Sharp Center for Design
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

OCAD U - Sharp Centre for Design

Educational Institute Library or Archives, Built after 2000

100 McCaul St., Level 5&6 (map)

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Days Open

Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 5:00 pm


Year: 2004
Style: Contemporary (1995 – Present)
Original Architect: Will Alsop in partnership with Toronto-based Robbie/Young + Wright Architects Inc.

Building Description

This centre opened in 2004 as part of a major campus redevelopment. The award-winning, black-and-white 'tabletop' structure stands above OCAD University's main campus building on 12 multi-coloured steel legs. The centre is named after benefactors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp. It was designed by acclaimed British architect Will Alsop in partnership with Toronto-based Robbie/Young + Wright Architects Inc., along with structural engineers from Carruthers & Wallace Ltd. and MCW Consultants Ltd. In 2013, critic Christopher Hume named it one of the 'five most influential buildings' in Toronto. Awards include: Royal Institute of British Architects Worldwide Award, 2004; Award of Excellence, Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards, 2005; Most Outstanding Technical Project, Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, 2005; and Benjamin Moore Contract Exterior Award, 2006 (Awarded to Will Alsop).

Visitor Experience

Walk around the award-winning Sharp Centre and take a sneak peek at OCAD University's amazing teaching facilities. This is a unique opportunity to peer behind the scenes at some of the most popular courses including: the textiles and fibre studio, screen printing, watercolour, chair design, animation and wearable media. Meet some of OCAD's students and the outstanding professional faculty members that are artists and designers with active practices in their respective fields.


Tours throughout the day but non-scheduled.

Photography / Filming

Interior photography permitted, including tripod
Interior filming permitted, including tripod

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Sharp Centre for Design 100 McCaul St., Level 5&6

Re:Orientations...THREE DECADES LATER. A new film by Tenured Professor Richard Fung

poster for the premiere with photograph of three young men of south asian background behind a camera
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 4:30pm

WORLD PREMIERE / Inside Out: Toronto LGBT Film Festival

Saturday May 28 at 12:30pm / TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2


Re:Orientations, 2016, 68 min

In 1984, Richard Fung released his seminal first documentary Orientations: Lesbian and Gay Asians. Featuring 14 women and men in Toronto of South, East and Southeast Asian backgrounds, Orientations was the first documentary to explore the experiences and perspectives of queer Asians in North America. Re:Orientations revisits seven of the original participants as they see anew the footage of their younger selves, and reflect on their lives and all that has changed over the intervening three decades. Their interviews are deepened and contextualized by conversations with six younger queer and trans activists, scholars and artists.

Venue & Address: 
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

Student Gallery Island Residency Call For Applications!

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 10:00pm

Student Gallery Island Residency

Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island

Student Gallery Island Residency is a week-long interdisciplinary residency open to current OCAD University students. Artscape Gibraltar Point will be your weeklong home base to practice, create and explore the intersections of nature and culture. We encourage artists and designers from all OCAD U programs to apply. This is a weeklong self-directed residency and is the perfect opportunity to explore your practice and the sounding landscape of Toronto Island.

Your home base will be a large city facing studio at AGP that will be shared with OCAD U Student Gallery staff. 5 ferry tickets will be provided.

Student Gallery Island Residency is open during 3, one-week residencies in June, July and August.

  1. June 20 - 25
  2. July 15 - 19
  3. Aug 22 – 27


May 16th:  Applications due

June 10th: Applicants notified of acceptance

All applicants must be current OCAD U students.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Please submit a 250-word application letter telling us about yourself, your practice, what program you are in and why you would like this opportunity. Submit 8 images that best represent your body of work or what you would like to work on during your stay and a current CV.

Please send proposals by e-mail to by Monday, May 16th, 2016 with the subject line: “Student Gallery Island Residency


Application Guidelines (Attachments or Dropbox Links):

  • Application letter (250-word maximum .doc or PDF)
  • Current CV (.doc or PDF)
  • Up to 8 images (jpegs, maximum 1M each) of past work or/ proposed project
  • For time-based projects, maximum 5 minutes of video-support material (.mov, .m4v, vimeo or youtube)
Venue & Address: 
Please send all applications to 52 McCaul Street OCAD U Student Gallery
OCAD U Student Gallery Island Residency with event info and photo of seagulls on beach