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Announcing the next RBC Speed Networking event! Our next event will focus on Industrial Design, Digital Futures and Strategic Foresight & Innovation; current OCAD U students from any program are welcome to attend. This casual, online networking event gives students the opportunity to speak with alumni about their professional practices. To RSVP, visit the link in our bio to register and save your spot! 

Additional Event Details: 
Thursday, December 1st, 2022 
6:00pm-8:00pm EST 
Online Event 
To RSVP for *FREE*, CLICK HERE 

What is RBC Speed Networking? 
Have you ever wished you could have ten minutes for advice and conversation with an established alumni from your program? The RBC Speed Networking Program aims to connect current students with alumni from their program to gain valuable information on how to kickstart their careers. Sessions will be held throughout the fall and winter term. Information on upcoming sessions can be found on the OCAD U Speed Networking Instagram page. Each online speed networking session will be followed by a virtual reception where you can continue the conversation. 

Who can participate? 
Any current OCAD U student is welcome to participate! 

Questions? Send us an email at alumni@ocadu.ca 

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Announcing the next RBC Speed Networking event! Our next event will focus on Industrial Design, Digital Futures and Strategic Foresight & Innovation; current OCAD U students from any program are welcome to attend. This casual, online networking event gives students the opportunity to speak with alumni about their professional practices. To RSVP, visit the link in our bio to register and save your spot! 

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We are excited to announce our first RBC Speed Networking event! This upcoming event will focus on Drawing & Painting, Experimental Animation, and Integrated Media; current OCAD U students from any program are welcome to attend. This casual, online networking event gives students the opportunity to speak with alumni about their professional practices. To RSVP, visit the link in our bio to register and save your spot!

Additional Event Details:

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

6:00pm-8:00pm EST

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What is RBC Speed Networking?

Have you ever wished you could have ten minutes for advice and conversation with an established alumni from your program? The RBC Speed Networking Program aims to connect current students with alumni from their program to gain valuable information on how to kickstart their careers. Sessions will be held throughout the fall and winter term. Information on upcoming sessions can be found on the OCAD U Speed Networking Instagram page. Each online speed networking session will be followed by a virtual reception where you can continue the conversation.

Who can participate?

Any current OCAD U student is welcome to participate!

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FREE; RSVP Required
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We are excited to announce our first RBC Speed Networking event! This upcoming event will focus on Drawing & Painting, Experimental Animation, and Integrated Media; current OCAD U students from any program are welcome to attend. This casual, online networking event gives students the opportunity to speak with alumni about their professional practices. To RSVP, visit the link in our bio to register and save your spot!

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We are excited to announce the return of Evening Life Drawing for November 2022! Run by Alumni Relations, these non-instructional sessions are open to current OCAD U students, staff, and alumni. Bring your drawing supplies and come enjoy an evening of drawing on campus. 

This year, Evening Life Drawing is going cashless! Please RSVP and book your spot in advance.

The registration link will be published on our webpage the Thursday before each session. Sessions are $15/person, with profits going towards supporting funds for current OCAD U students. 

Additional Event Information: 

  • Room 617 at 100 McCaul St.  
  • Wednesdays, from November 2nd – November 30th 
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm 
  • Participants must bring their own supplies (drawing boards provided*).

Covid-19: OCAD U requires everyone to wear well-fitting, high-quality masks while in classes, shops, computer labs and the Dorothy H. Hoover Library. Please also mask in other offices and spaces where signage indicates. For full COVID-19 Safety Measures at OCAD University, please see Covid-19 Updates.

Please email us at alumni@ocadu.ca with any questions. 

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Room 617,
100 McCaul St
Toronto, ON
M5T 1W1
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$15.00
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alumni@ocadu.ca
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416-977-6000 x 483
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Wednesday evening, non-instructional life drawing sessions are returning for the month of November. These sessions are open to OCAD U students, staff, and alumni. RSVP required. 

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We are excited to announce the return of Evening Life Drawing for November 2022! Run by Alumni Relations, these non-instructional sessions are open to current OCAD U students, staff, and alumni. Bring your drawing supplies and come enjoy an evening of drawing on campus. 

This year, Evening Life Drawing is going cashless! Please RSVP and book your spot in advance.

The registration link will be published on our webpage the Thursday before each session. Sessions are $15/person, with profits going towards supporting funds for current OCAD U students. 

Additional Event Information: 

  • Room 617 at 100 McCaul St.  
  • Wednesdays, from November 2nd – November 30th 
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm 
  • Participants must bring their own supplies (drawing boards provided*).

Covid-19: OCAD U requires everyone to wear well-fitting, high-quality masks while in classes, shops, computer labs and the Dorothy H. Hoover Library. Please also mask in other offices and spaces where signage indicates. For full COVID-19 Safety Measures at OCAD University, please see Covid-19 Updates.

Please email us at alumni@ocadu.ca with any questions. 

Date
-
Venue & Address
Room 617,
100 McCaul St
Toronto, ON
M5T 1W1
Cost
$15.00
Email
alumni@ocadu.ca
Phone
416-977-6000 x 483
Website
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Wednesday evening, non-instructional life drawing sessions are returning for the month of November. These sessions are open to OCAD U students, staff, and alumni. RSVP required. 

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We are excited to announce the return of Evening Life Drawing for November 2022! Run by Alumni Relations, these non-instructional sessions are open to current OCAD U students, staff, and alumni. Bring your drawing supplies and come enjoy an evening of drawing on campus. 

This year, Evening Life Drawing is going cashless! Please RSVP and book your spot in advance.

The registration link will be published on our webpage the Thursday before each session. Sessions are $15/person, with profits going towards supporting funds for current OCAD U students. 

Additional Event Information: 

  • Room 617 at 100 McCaul St.  
  • Wednesdays, from November 2nd – November 30th 
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm 
  • Participants must bring their own supplies (drawing boards provided*).

Covid-19: OCAD U requires everyone to wear well-fitting, high-quality masks while in classes, shops, computer labs and the Dorothy H. Hoover Library. Please also mask in other offices and spaces where signage indicates. For full COVID-19 Safety Measures at OCAD University, please see Covid-19 Updates.

Please email us at alumni@ocadu.ca with any questions. 

Date
-
Venue & Address
Room 617,
100 McCaul St
Toronto, ON
M5T 1W1
Cost
$15.00
Email
alumni@ocadu.ca
Phone
416-977-6000 x 483
Website
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Wednesday evening, non-instructional life drawing sessions are returning for the month of November. These sessions are open to OCAD U students, staff, and alumni. RSVP required. 

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We are excited to announce the return of Evening Life Drawing for November 2022! Run by Alumni Relations, these non-instructional sessions are open to current OCAD U students, staff, and alumni. Bring your drawing supplies and come enjoy an evening of drawing on campus. 

This year, Evening Life Drawing is going cashless! Please RSVP and book your spot in advance.

The registration link will be published on our webpage the Thursday before each session. Sessions are $15/person, with profits going towards supporting funds for current OCAD U students. 

Additional Event Information: 

  • Room 617 at 100 McCaul St.  
  • Wednesdays, from November 2nd – November 30th 
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm 
  • Participants must bring their own supplies (drawing boards provided*).

Covid-19: OCAD U requires everyone to wear well-fitting, high-quality masks while in classes, shops, computer labs and the Dorothy H. Hoover Library. Please also mask in other offices and spaces where signage indicates. For full COVID-19 Safety Measures at OCAD University, please see Covid-19 Updates.

Please email us at alumni@ocadu.ca with any questions. 

Date
-
Venue & Address
Room 617,
100 McCaul St
Toronto, ON
M5T 1W1
Cost
$15.00
Email
alumni@ocadu.ca
Phone
416-977-6000 x 483
Website
Type
Department
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Wednesday evening, non-instructional life drawing sessions are returning for the month of November. These sessions are open to OCAD U students, staff, and alumni. RSVP required. 

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We are excited to announce the return of Evening Life Drawing for November 2022! Run by Alumni Relations, these non-instructional sessions are open to current OCAD U students, staff, and alumni. Bring your drawing supplies and come enjoy an evening of drawing on campus. 

This year, Evening Life Drawing is going cashless! Please RSVP and book your spot in advance

The registration link will be published on our webpage the Thursday before each session. Sessions are $15/person, with profits going towards supporting funds for current OCAD U students. 

Additional Event Information: 

  • Room 617 at 100 McCaul St.  
  • Wednesdays, from November 2nd – November 30th 
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm 
  • Participants must bring their own supplies (drawing boards provided*).

Covid-19: OCAD U requires everyone to wear well-fitting, high-quality masks while in classes, shops, computer labs and the Dorothy H. Hoover Library. Please also mask in other offices and spaces where signage indicates. For full COVID-19 Safety Measures at OCAD University, please see Covid-19 Updates.

Please email us at alumni@ocadu.ca with any questions. 

Date
-
Venue & Address
Room 617,
100 McCaul St
Toronto, ON
M5T 1W1
Cost
$15.00
Email
alumni@ocadu.ca
Phone
416-977-6000 x 483
Website
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Image: Coordinator of Alumni Engagement at OCAD University, Danyil Panasyev stands in the kitchen at C'est What? restaurant where he is also the Kitchen Manager. Panasyev has been working in kitchens for 15 years and cooking for almost a decade. 
 

A fundraiser for those displaced by the war in Ukraine organized by OCAD U staff

Danyil Panasyev is the Coordinator of Alumni Engagement at OCAD University. He and his family are from Kyiv, the capital and most populous city of Ukraine, a country that has been upended by war since Russia’s invasion in February 2022. 

According to the United Nations, almost 13 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine since the war began. More than six million have left for neighbouring countries and at least another 6.5 million people are displaced inside the country itself. 

Aggrieved by the devastation he’s witnessed from thousands of kilometres away, Panasyev wanted to take action and help. He has teamed up with Natalie Pavlenko, Strategic Communications Officer at OCAD U who also has Ukrainian roots, to organize a fundraiser that asks, “C’est What? Can you do for Ukraine?”, presented by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. 

“I acknowledge that I have privilege living in North America. I came here with my mother, who raised me by herself,” Panasyev shares. “Now, more than ever, is my time to give back in any way I can. Never has the Ukrainian community, including those who have come and are coming to Canada, needed more support,” he continues. 

Guests are invited to arrive at the fundraising event any time between 6 to 10 p.m. on May 30 at C’est What? in Toronto, where Panasyev is the Kitchen Manager, in addition to his role at OCAD U. Located at 67 Front St. East in Toronto, a two-minute walk from the St. Lawrence Market, the restaurant jumped at the chance when asked to lend a hand. 

The dinner and concert will support people displaced by the war arriving in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with very few belongings, through donations that will go to the Toronto Ukrainian Foundation. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $100 and for $125 at the door and include a full-course meal and performances by StarDust Jazz Duo, violinist Viera Zmiyiwsky and Ukrainian folk band Korinya. The evening’s à la carte menu will include borscht, a traditional Ukrainian soup made with beets and typically served with sour cream. Dinner can be ordered until 9:30 p.m.

“My hope is that this event will raise much-needed funds for Ukrainians displaced by war and boost awareness of this massive humanitarian crisis,” Pavlenko notes. 

The fundraiser is co-organized by Irene Solomon, a friend of Pavlenko’s and a board member of the Toronto branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Solomon is an active member of Toronto’s Ukrainian community in addition to her work in the television industry.

“My parents were born in Ukraine, and although I was born in Toronto, I grew up with deep ties to Ukrainian culture and the Ukrainian community,” says Pavlenko.  

“As the daughter of Ukrainian refugees who endured the horrors of the Second World War and the Holodomor (the Soviet-made famine of 1932-33), I am shocked and enraged that history is repeating itself,” she continues.  

For those who are unable to participate in the event in person you can still donate to the Toronto Ukrainian Foundation and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Toronto Branch’s joint campaign via their website. Funds will support Ukrainians affected by the war to settle in communities across the GTA.  

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Image Credit: OCAD U graduates, Rajni Perera and Shary Boyle stand in front of their mural at Inspirations Studio. Photo by Colin Medley.
 

OCAD U grads Shary Boyle and Rajni Perera collaborate on new mural

Esteemed OCAD U alumnae, Shary Boyle and Rajni Perera’s recent collaboration has resulted in a 15-foot mural that marks the reopening of Inspirations Studio. 

Together, the two internationally exhibited artists offered their time and talent to adorn a large wall at the organization's new location on Toronto's Church St. in advance of their reopening on October 26, 2021.  

"We are so grateful that two of Canada's most respected contemporary artists are collaborating and volunteering to create a mural in our new studio. This is a truly beautiful gift that will endure. It is such a lovely way to celebrate our reopening and to welcome our members back to work," says Inspiration Studio’s director, Gudrun Olafsdottir. 

Inspirations Studio is a ceramics workspace and storefront that supports low-income women who have been impacted by poverty, homelessness, trauma and displacement. 

“It's been my honour and pleasure to serve Inspirations Studio. I would like this to be just the beginning of my involvement with this wonderful enterprise. We must follow the studio's example and consider how we can be of service to others, especially those who need a helping hand,” says Perera of the project, who has been shortlisted for the 2021 Sobey Art Prize. 

The permanent painting features pottery from around the globe and across history in a cheerful palette of lilac, maroon, deep blue and teal. The mural’s ceramic vessels are depicted sitting on a large dining table, holding verdant plants and are flanked by two sets of hands extending into the scene from beyond the frame. 

If you look closely, you can see a reproduction of a vase by OCAD U graduate, Julie Moon, who is known for her whimsical botanical ceramic sculptures.

Starting out in a converted church on Toronto’s Queen Street West, Inspirations Studio has supported the creative pursuits of women from a diversity of backgrounds for over 27 years. The space offers a safe and supportive environment for its members to create ceramic works in. 

"I believe in art as a tool of justice, empowerment and healing. The benefit of making and experiencing art should be accessible to all people in all walks of life," says Boyle, who, like Perera, is a member of the steering committee at Inspirations Studio. Boyle represented Canada at the 2013 Venice Biennale and received an honorary doctorate from OCAD U in 2021. 

Since its founding in 1994, Inspirations Studio has grown into a means through which women can gain stability, express themselves, connect with community and transition towards more sustainable economic circumstances.  

At the studio, pottery is not only an art form but a channel through which the organization's members can gain financial independence. You can support Inspirations Studio and its members by purchasing ceramic works available in their retail store and online shop.  

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From February 22 until the end of March, OCAD University’s GradEx 105will showcase the work of 70 recent graduates through outdoor public art projections that will light up the OCAD U campus corridor. This is part of the activities for GradEx 105, which include an online exhibition and videos on OCAD U LiVE.

Hullmark is the presenting sponsor and the University received $170,000 from the Province of the Ontario Reconnect Festival and $12,500 from the City of Toronto’s Winter Activation to support GradEx105’s online transformation.

Produced with the support of the Province of Ontario Reconnect Festival, City of Toronto’s Winter Activations Grant, and in partnership with the Toronto Entertainment District BIA, these public activations will feature large-scale, outdoor projections from the windows of the University’s properties, and from strategically placed, flat-screen monitors along pedestrian routes.

Projections will take place nightly at OCAD U’s main buildings until the end of March:

  • 49 McCaul St.

  • 51 McCaul St.

  • 100 McCaul St. (The Rosalie Sharp Centre for Design)

  • 115 McCaul St. (The Rosalie Sharp Pavilion)

  • 205 Richmond St. W.

As part of GradEx 105, presenting sponsor Hullmark will also host a display of graduate work at one of its sites in Toronto’s west end (950 Queen St. W.).

POSTER EXHIBITION SERIES

An additional component of GradEx 105 is the Poster Exhibition Series, taking place at selected sites across the neighbouring Toronto Entertainment District BIA. Pop-up poster displays will launch throughout March at various locations in the entertainment district and on Queen St. W.

The multi-site presentation is designed to complement the continuous projections on the OCAD U campus.

The unique poster series is made possible with the kind support of the City of Toronto Winter Activations Grant, and with the coordination efforts of the Toronto Entertainment District BIA Office.

The Poster Exhibitions Series will coincide with on-campus video presentations in early March, at the following Toronto Entertainment District BIA locations:

Image above: Artists and designers

Top row, left to right: Yi Ming Li, Seiya Oliver and Leah Probst

Middle row, left to right: Madeleine LeBlanc, Anastasia Tarkhanova and Sadaf Ganjavi 

Bottom row, left to right: Callie DeWees, Juo-Yu Hwang and Ana Luisa Bernárdez 

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Projections will take place nightly at 49 McCaul St., 51 McCaul St., 100 McCaul St. (The Rosalie Sharp Centre for Design), 115 McCaul St. (The Rosalie Sharp Pavilion) and 205 Richmond St. W.


Presenting sponsor Hullmark will also host a display of graduate work at 950 Queen St. W.


The Poster Exhibitions Series will coincide with on-campus video presentations at the following Toronto Entertainment District BIA locations:
• PAI (Thai Kitchen), 18 Duncan St.
• Tim Horton’s, 148 Simcoe St.
• Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King St. W.
• Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner Blvd.
• Lee, 601 & 603 King St. W

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From February 22 until the end of March, OCAD University’s GradEx 105 will showcase the work of 70 recent graduates through outdoor public art projections that will light up the OCAD U campus corridor. This is part of this year's exhibition, that has also featured an online exhibition and videos on OCAD U LiVE.

Hullmark is the presenting sponsor and the University received $170,000 from the Province of the Ontario Reconnect Festival and $12,500 from the City of Toronto’s Winter Activation to support GradEx105’s online transformation. 

Produced with the support of Province of Ontario Reconnect Festival, the City of Toronto’s Winter Activation Grant, and in partnership with the Toronto Entertainment District BIA, these public activations will feature large-scale, outdoor projections from the windows of the University’s properties, and from strategically placed, flat-screen monitors along pedestrian routes.

Projections will take place nightly at OCAD U’s main buildings until the end of March and presenting sponsor Hullmark will also host a display of graduate work at one of its sites in Toronto’s west end (950 Queen St. W.).

POSTER EXHIBITION SERIES

An additional component of GradEx 105 is the Poster Exhibition Series, taking place at selected sites across the neighbouring Toronto Entertainment District BIA. Pop-up poster displays will launch throughout March at various locations in the entertainment district and on Queen St. W. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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