Welcome Day 2019

The Campus Life and OCAD Student Union (OCAD SU) collaborative Welcome Day will see nearly 1,000 new and first-year undergrads descend upon campus to kick off the 2019/2020 academic year. Watch your (personal/ non-OCAD U email) Thursday, August 22 for schedule details
and Team assignment!

Image graphic showing OCAD U's Butterfield Park as it will be set up for orientation Welcome Day.

The morning is comprised of a structured schedule of helpful and informative activities. In the afternoon, eat lunch and choose from a number of fun and engaging options!

Participation is encouraged but not mandatory.

Update: August 26, 2019

Accessibility, food and photography

Be sure to refer to our notes on accessibility, food and photography found on our orientation landing page!


Tuesday, September 3: morning

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Photo ID Cards & Locker Rentals

There will be no Photo ID or Locker Rental services on Welcome Day. 
See the schedule for July 9 to August 28 and/or September 4 to 6.

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Good morning!

10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul St. (MCA)

Team Cyan! Team Magenta! Team Yellow!
Get your Team pins and free stuff! 
Connect with your Team Captains and peers!

Wear your team colour. Watch your personal (non-OCAD U) email on Thursday, August 22 for team assignment! 

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Official Welcome

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)

Territorial acknowledgment and welcome from Indigenous Student Centre; words of wisdom and welcome from Dr. Sara Diamond, President/Vice Chancellor; and OCAD Student Union (OCAD SU).

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Concurrent Team Activities

10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
100 McCaul Street (MCA)

Your Team Captains will escort you to a number of informative and welcoming concurrent activities:

  • Service Expo
  • OCAD SU Anti-Oppression workshop
  • face2face: postcard exhibition and Grab 'n Go Snacks
  • Draw the Line workshop 

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Chill Zone

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Student Lounge, Room 247, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
Facilitated by OCAD Student Union and Heath & Wellness Centre

Feeling like you want to hit pause on this loud, busy day? We do too! Come hang out with us in a relaxed space with calming music, wellness activities, active listeners, and snacks. We will also be running watercolour painting!

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The OCAD U (online) Store will be on campus as part of O-DAYS! Visit their tables Tuesday, September 3 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and in the lobby on the first day of classes (Wednesday, September 4, 10 a.m to 3:30 p.m.). Check out the OCAD U clothing, merchandise and swag available for you! Get your gear early for maximum selection and the best pricing.

Store staff will be on-site to answer any questions, help you find an item, or just say hi! Make sure to bring either debit or credit; our table will be cashless.  Be sure to stop by and check things out!  

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Tuesday, September 3: afternoon

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O-DAYS! Corn Roast

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul St. (MCA)
Get your wristband for free lunch* during morning concurrent activities!
Gourmet sweet corn with real butter (or margarine), salt, pepper and a variety of condiments and seasonings. Roasted in its own husk by Mr. Corn!
Choose from fried Chicken Samosas (Halal/Kosher) / baked Veggie Samosas (Halal/Kosher) / or Lentil Pakuras (Halal/Kosher/vegan/gluten-free) by Regent Park Catering Collective!

*It is your responsibility to email us and notify us of any allergies or dietary restrictions so that we may do our best to accommodate you. Please do so at your earliest convenience, no later than August 22.

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Annual Above Ground Art Materials Fair (AMF)

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul St. (MCA)

Don't miss the annual Above Ground Art Materials Fair, a great place to see the latest art and design materials from leading suppliers, see demonstrations, ask questions and get free samples. Standing room only!

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Annual Community Fair

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul St. (MCA)

New students can meet, interact and connect with student groups, campus departments/services and members of the OCAD U community.

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When attending the Annual Community Fair, make plans to visit:

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Toronto-based artist and OCAD U alumna Saira Hussain will have a table at the Annual Community Fair, adorning students and staff with Henna Art! Visit Sarah (first-come, first served) for a complimentary 2-minute session in natural, lavender-infused Henna!

Having completed her degree in Fine Arts, with a minor in Material Art & Design, Sarah is celebrating her 10th year as principal for Breath of Henna, implementing her roots while using Henna in a global setting and travelling for destination weddings and corporate events. Sarah also continues her thesis in Henna as she is the first artist in North America to use Henna in an academic setting. Thank you OCAD University for letting us celebrate with you! Welcome new students!

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Campus Tours

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. or 
3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Departs main lobby, 100 McCaul St. (MCA)

Join a brief guided campus tour led by an OCAD U Peer Mentor!

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Community Fair Entertainment

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul St. (MCA)

Isla Den, the brainchild of Ellie Manning and Michael Reale, is a Toronto-based new age electronica duo. They will be playing live and DJing during the Annual Community Fair!

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Mature Student Coffee Break

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Room 225, Ada Slaight Gallery, Level 2
100 McCaul St. (MCA)

Campus Life invites you to hit "pause" and stop by for an informal opportunity to connect with other (25+) students over coffee. Featuring Krispy Kreme coffee and doughnuts!

FREE > Click here to RSVP and attend this activity!

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Indigenous Student Coffee Break

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Room 410, Level 4
113 McCaul Street (MCC)

The Indigenous Student Centre invites you to take a break from Welcome Day activities to join us for coffee and snacks. Connect with other Indigenous students and check out the resources available in the centre.

FREE > Click here to RSVP and attend this activity!

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International Student Coffee Break

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick St.
or access via Grange Foodcourt, 113 McCaul St.
100 McCaul St. (MCA)

Take a break from Welcome Day activities and stop by the Learning Zone for coffee and snacks. This casual drop-in event is a great way to connect with other international students!

FREE > Click here to RSVP and attend this activity!

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The multi-faith space on campus is available for use by all members of the OCAD University community for spiritual and religious practice, meditation and quiet contemplation:

Room 657
Level 6, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)

  • Remove shoes at the door
  • Refrain from eating or drinking in the space
  • Keep the space tidy and clean

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Tuesday, September 3:
late afternoon/evening

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Student Union Open House

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
OCAD Student Union, Room 620, 230 Richmond St. West (RHB)

Join us at the OCAD Student Union Open House to learn more about your Student Union. Check out the space, learn about our services, and meet the team. Here you are welcome to spend time throughout the year, whether you are working on class assignments or needing a quiet place to relax. We will be opening the space with a land acknowledgement, as well as celebrating the start of your new chapter with snacks, games and party dress-up for our Evening Social event!

FREE > No RSVP required.

Exhibition Opening & Conversation

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
OCAD Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St. West, Ground floor
Exhibition: September 3 to 6. Gallery open daily 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Workshop with Angie Ma (see September 4)

Angie Ma
Pam Patterson
Leila Talei
Vicky Talwar

How might we explore the political and cultural implications of histories and stories, both personal and collective, around the intersection of land and cultural disruption and change? Often this historical and contemporary crisis is as a result of an inherited colonial legacy. The construction is about power. Many who were able to flee and/or were lured to Canada bear the trappings of the rewards they reaped from this place to which they migrated. But didn’t the acquisition of privilege and power have something to do with why they/we left in the first place?

Troubled by this complex relationship of land, loss and potential acquisition, Angie Ma, undergraduate student, Faculty of Art; Pam Patterson, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Art; Vicky Talwar, graduate student; and Leila Talei, OCAD U staff, as settler/immigrants, in exhibition and conversation, occupy a problematic liminal space, a space adrift.

At a moment at OCAD U when we are embracing a holistic indigenous curriculum, such conversations are key to examining complex and often troubling relationships. This multi-media exhibit invites the community to explore their own histories and stories within this context in exhibition, conversation and workshop. 

FREE > No RSVP required.

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Student Union Evening Social

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Butterfield Park and Lambert Lounge, Room 187, 100 McCaul Street
Facilitated by OCAD U Student Union

Kick off the school year with great music, delicious food, and the Student Union in Butterfield Park! Desserts will be whipped up by our Hot Lunch team, awesome craft activities will be running, and prizes can be won at the Student Union Variety Game in Lambert Lounge. There will also be a guest performer hosting karaoke! 

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Accessibility, food and photography

Be sure to refer to our notes on accessibility, food and photography found on our orientation landing page!

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