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ALMEDA: Up to the Sky Exhibition
 
February 1 to 9, 2023
Great Hall, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
Opening Reception: February 1, 7 pm

 
This exhibition features artwork from the perspective/experiences of the Black student body at OCAD University. With strong influence from the “Black is Beautiful” movement of the 80s; our exhibition focuses on the beauty of individual truths. Our truth is what we say to ourselves when our social mask is off. How does the world perceive our physical attributes such as hair, culture and how do we internalize those experiences?

Participating artists:
Osatohmwen Adeniyi
Razan Ali
Brandon Baghaee
Kayla Bullen
Nicole David
Uzoma Ekpunobi
Wuliyah Hankey
Nai Faguharson
Pixel Heller
Steve Williams Jr.
Shem Joslyn
Jade Kent-Brewster
Jamilah Lambert
Tegra Ndala
Stella Mohire Obedi
Chimemelie Okafor
Shamika Pierre
Liyah Vaiti

Poster made by @ahmeddkm

To learn more about this student group and others at OCAD U, visit ocadu.ca/studentgroups

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A group show by student group Almeda Collective!

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Chill out with the Campus Life Welcome Squad and cozy up along a 220-metre figure-eight skate trail, located under the Gardiner Expressway. Enjoy hot chocolate and other goodies available for purchase. Free skate rentals are offered on Fridays while supplies last (5 to 9 pm).

Friday, February 10, 5 to 7 pm
The Bentway Skate Trail, 250 Fort York Boulevard
Free

RSVP required. Register through this link...

Meet at Butterfield Park at 4:15 pm to walk with the group (30-minute walk) or meet the group at the venue at 5 pm.

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We strive to provide inclusive, accessible opportunities for our community to engage safely. To confidentially request an accommodation for this activity (including transit fare to off-campus locations), contact Campus Life (by noon the day before the event) at bjames@ocadu.ca

To ensure the safest work and learning environment for our community, participants of Welcome Squad events are required to adhere to OCAD U’s policies and procedures, including COVID-19 health and safety protocols as required on-campus, or by off-campus venues.

Scented products and fragrances can aggravate health problems for people with respiratory illness, allergies, scent- or multi-chemical sensitivities. Your cooperation in avoiding the use of perfume, scented hair products, cologne, scented deodorant, aftershave, etc. at this event is appreciated. Read more...

Photography: OCAD U-hosted events may be documented through photography and video and may be used by the University for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes. By participating in our events, both on-campus and off-site, you consent to allowing us to document and use your images and likeness. If you do not want to be photographed or included in video, please let us know.

 

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Meet at Butterfield Park at 4:15 pm to walk with the group (30-minute walk) or meet the group at 5 pm at the venue, The Bentway Skate Trail, 250 Fort York Boulevard.
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Free
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ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
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All OCAD U students welcome! Connect! Network! Socialize!

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Come along with Campus Life Welcome Squad to one of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) free concerts. Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni will delight audiences with sweet and melancholy melodies.

Tuesday, February 7, 11:45 am to 1 pm
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. West
Admission: free

RSVP required. Register through this link...

Meet at Butterfield Park at 11:15 a.m. to walk with the group (or meet the group at 11:45 am at the venue.

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We strive to provide inclusive, accessible opportunities for our community to engage safely. To confidentially request an accommodation for this activity (including transit fare to off-campus locations), contact Campus Life (by noon the day before the event) at bjames@ocadu.ca

To ensure the safest work and learning environment for our community, participants of Welcome Squad events are required to adhere to OCAD U’s policies and procedures, including COVID-19 health and safety protocols as required on-campus, or by off-campus venues.

Scented products and fragrances can aggravate health problems for people with respiratory illness, allergies, scent- or multi-chemical sensitivities. Your cooperation in avoiding the use of perfume, scented hair products, cologne, scented deodorant, aftershave, etc. at this event is appreciated. Read more...

Photography: OCAD U-hosted events may be documented through photography and video and may be used by the University for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes. By participating in our events, both on-campus and off-site, you consent to allowing us to document and use your images and likeness. If you do not want to be photographed or included in video, please let us know.

 

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Meet at Butterfield Park at 11:15 a.m. to walk with the group (or meet the group at 11:45 am at the venue, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. West).
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Free
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ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
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All students welcome! Connect! Network! Socialize!

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The International Student Support office and Campus Life Welcome Squad invite you to join us for a field trip to the Bloor-Yorkville IceFest. Let's celebrate the magic of winter and check out one of the MUST-VISIT places in Toronto. More than 40 ice creations are made from over 60,000 lbs. of ice. We can't wait to show you the WOWs!

Saturday, February 18, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Village of Yorkville Park, 115 Cumberland Street
Admission: Free

RSVP required. Register here...

Meet in front of Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street at 11:30 am. Please arrive on time.
We will take public transportation*.

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We strive to provide inclusive, accessible opportunities for our community to engage safely. To confidentially request an accommodation for this activity (including transit fare to off-campus locations), contact Campus Life (by noon the day before the event) at bjames@ocadu.ca

To ensure the safest work and learning environment for our community, participants of Welcome Squad events are required to adhere to OCAD U’s policies and procedures, including COVID-19 health and safety protocols as required on-campus, or by off-campus venues.

Scented products and fragrances can aggravate health problems for people with respiratory illness, allergies, scent- or multi-chemical sensitivities. Your cooperation in avoiding the use of perfume, scented hair products, cologne, scented deodorant, aftershave, etc. at this event is appreciated. Read more...

Photography: OCAD U-hosted events may be documented through photography and video and may be used by the University for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes. By participating in our events, both on-campus and off-site, you consent to allowing us to document and use your images and likeness. If you do not want to be photographed or included in video, please let us know.
 

 

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Village of Yorkville Park, 115 Cumberland Street
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Free
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ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
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All OCAD U students welcome! Connect! Network! Socialize!

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Image description: student-designed graphic shows a variety of ice sculptures: trees, animals, lumberjack and a cabin. Text as found above.
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The 2SLGBTQIA+ (2-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) Drop-in is designed to be a fun, positive space where OCAD U's queer community feels welcome, safe, and represented.

Fridays starting February 3 (to April 14)
1 to 3 pm
Room 187, Level 1, 100 McCaul Street

Coordinated by OCAD U’s Student Wellness Centre (SWC) and Campus Life office.

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We strive to provide to provide inclusive, accessible opportunities for the OCAD U community to engage safely. To confidentially request an accommodation for this activity (including transit fare to off-campus locations), contact Brent E. James in OCAD U’s Campus Life office (by noon the day before the event) at bjames@ocadu.ca

To ensure the safest possible work and learning environment for our community, all participants of Welcome Squad events are required to adhere to OCAD University’s policies and procedures, including COVID-19 health and safety protocols as required by the University on-campus, or by off-campus venues.

Scent: scented products and fragrances can aggravate health problems for people with respiratory illness, allergies, scent- or multi-chemical sensitivities. Your cooperation in avoiding the use of perfume, diffusers, scented hair products, cologne, scented deodorant, aftershave, etc. at this event is appreciated. Read more...

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Lambert Lounge, Room 187, 100 McCaul Street
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Free
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ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
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Join us for connection, networking and opportunities for learning and sharing.

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The International Student Support office and Campus Life Welcome Squad invite you to drop by and make some Valentine’s (or anti-Valentine’s) crafts for that special person. Supplies free, though limited.

Tuesday, February 14, 11 am to 3 pm
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street


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OCAD U strives to provide inclusive, accessible opportunities for the OCAD U community to engage safely. To confidentially request an accommodation for this activity (including transit fare to off-campus locations), contact Brent E. James in OCAD U’s Campus Life office (by noon the day before the event) at bjames@ocadu.ca

To ensure the safest possible work and learning environment for our community, all participants of Welcome Squad events are required to adhere to OCAD University’s policies and procedures, including COVID-19 health and safety protocols as required by the University on-campus, or by off-campus venues.

Scent: scented products and fragrances can aggravate health problems for people with respiratory illness, allergies, scent- or multi-chemical sensitivities. Your cooperation in avoiding the use of perfume, diffusers, scented hair products, cologne, scented deodorant, aftershave, etc. at this event is appreciated. Read more: https://bit.ly/3GI7amM

Photography: please be advised that OCAD U-hosted events may be documented through photography and video. These images may be used by the University for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes.

By participating in our events, both on-campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD U to document and use your images and likeness. However, if you do not want to be photographed or included in video, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event.

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Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
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Free to participate, but we recommend you bring a small, new, unwrapped toy for donation to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children!
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ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
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All OCAD U students welcome! Connect! Network! Socialize!

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Do you have clothing you no longer need?
Are you looking to swap out for something unique and new to you?
Clean your closet and drop into our Clothing Swap!

 

Monday, January 30, 1 to 4 pm
Room 556, Level 5, 100 McCaul Street

  • Clothing must be clean.
  • A minimum of three clothing items is required to participate.
  • The number of items you take should be equivalent to what you bring.  
  • (eg. bring three, take three).
  • Old clothing for use in crafts or other projects also welcome.  

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OCAD U strives to provide inclusive, accessible opportunities for the OCAD U community to engage safely. To confidentially request an accommodation for this activity (including transit fare to off-campus locations), contact Brent E. James in OCAD U’s Campus Life office (by noon the day before the event) at bjames@ocadu.ca

To ensure the safest possible work and learning environment for our community, all participants of Welcome Squad events are required to adhere to OCAD University’s policies and procedures, including COVID-19 health and safety protocols as required by the University on-campus, or by off-campus venues.

Scent: scented products and fragrances can aggravate health problems for people with respiratory illness, allergies, scent- or multi-chemical sensitivities. Your cooperation in avoiding the use of perfume, diffusers, scented hair products, cologne, scented deodorant, aftershave, etc. at this event is appreciated. Read more: https://bit.ly/3GI7amM

Photography: please be advised that OCAD U-hosted events may be documented through photography and video. These images may be used by the University for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes.

By participating in our events, both on-campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD U to document and use your images and likeness. However, if you do not want to be photographed or included in video, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event.

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Room 556, Level 5, 100 McCaul Street
Cost
Free
Email
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
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All OCAD U students welcome! Connect! Network! Socialize!

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If you have an interest in supporting emerging local artists, then OCAD Artist Alley is for you! This student-run initiative showcases talent from current OCAD U students and alumni from across all programs. Enjoy an afternoon shopping for unique art, crafts and design where you'll find a wide variety of posters, prints, zines, stickers, greeting cards, ceramics, fashion, jewellery items and more!

Saturday, February 11, 11 am to 5 pm
Great Hall, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
Admission: free

This event is open to the public. We recommend bringing cash as most artists do not have card readers.

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Great Hall, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
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Free Admission
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ocadartistalley@gmail.com
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Enjoy an afternoon shopping for unique student art, crafts and design!

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Bring a book and leave it for someone else to take and enjoy. Take a book that catches your interest. Hangout and join in book discussions with other students or make a bookmark while you enjoy a free hot chocolate or tea.

Wednesday, January 18, 12 to 2 pm
Lambert Lounge (Rm 187), Level 1, 100 McCaul Street
Free

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OCAD U strives to provide inclusive, accessible opportunities for the OCAD U community to engage safely. To confidentially request an accommodation for this activity *(including transit fare to off-campus locations), contact Brent E. James in OCAD U’s Campus Life office (by noon the day before the event) at bjames@ocadu.ca

To ensure the safest possible work and learning environment for our community, all participants of Welcome Squad events are required to adhere to OCAD University’s policies and procedures, including COVID-19 health and safety protocols as required by the University on-campus, or by off-campus venues.

Photography: please be advised that OCAD U-hosted events may be documented through photography and video. These images may be used by the University for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes.

By participating in our events, both on-campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD U to document and use your images and likeness. However, if you do not want to be photographed or included in video, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event.

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Venue & Address
Lambert Lounge (Rm 187) Level 1, 100 McCaul Street
Cost
Free
Email
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
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All OCAD U students welcome! Connect! Network! Socialize!

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Stop by the welcome table in the main lobby  for a free hot chocolate or tea, engage with our Welcome Squad student leaders (and find out how to become a Peer Mentor on Team '23)!

January 5 to 11, 2023
9 am to 3 pm
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street

Stop by again on the dates below to also chat with some friendly OCAD U staff:

Friday, January 6: Financial Aid & Awards
Monday, January 9: Student Wellness Centre
Tuesday, January 10: International Student Support Office
Wednesday, January 11: Writing & Learning Centre

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Main lobby, 100 McCaul Street
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Free
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Welcome to the winter term OCAD U!

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