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Celebrate Canada’s best Indigenous art, culture and music at the grand opening of OCAD U’s Onsite Gallery with two must-see exhibitions.

The new gallery and street party are on Richmond Street West between Duncan and Simcoe.

OCAD U’s Onsite Gallery is Toronto’s newest public contemporary art and design gallery. The street party will feature live performances and presentations by well-known Indigenous artists and remarks by political and community leaders.

Opening Exhibitions (September 16 to December 10, 2017):

We are excited to open the new Onsite Gallery with the following major exhibitions:

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 – 2015)
Curated by Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U.

Featuring: Barry Ace, Sonny Assu, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Christian Chapman, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Wally Dion, David Garneau, Tanya Harnett, Faye HeavyShield, Greg A. Hill, Mark Igloliorte, Jimmy Iqaluq, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Alex Janvier, Piona Keyuakjuk, Myra Kukiiyaut, Rachelle Lafond, Jim Logan, Kayley Mackay, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Lionel Peyachew, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Barry Pottle, Pitaloosie Saila and Tania Willard.

raise a flag presents selected works from a national heritage collection representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis art. Housed in Ottawa, managed by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Indigenous Art Collection is one of the most important and comprehensive art collections of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada and beyond. In light of and in tandem with Canada’s 150 commemorations, raise a flag represents alternative discourses and uncovers missing narratives from the framework of a national identity. The works in raise a flag focus on recent acquisitions, obtained from 2000 to 2015, which chronicle recent significant national narratives reflecting upon Canadian heritage, diversity and collective memory.

For This Land: Inside Elemental – multi-media installation by 2Ro Media: Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers. Presented with community partner imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

2167: 2167 is an Indigenous VR project envisioning the future through three unique experiences by artists Danis Goulet, Scott Benesiinaabandan and Postcommodity. Presented by imagineNATIVE, TIFF, Pinnquaq and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Two new projects will join the main exhibition October 17 – December 31st at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

About Onsite Gallery 
The new 8,000 square-foot location at 199 Richmond St. W. will house a state-of-the-art exhibition space and will reactivate the OCAD U collection. It will be a community hub serving the university and the general public, with the goal of fostering social and cultural transformations. Follow our photo blog to get a sneak peek of our progress!


Onsite Gallery’s Grand Opening & Street Party is produced with the support of Our Children’s Medicine program and HigherMe.

Onsite Gallery gratefully acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes.

raise a flag is also produced with the support of the Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, courtesy of the Indigenous Art Centre/Collection des Affaires autochtones et du Nord Canada, courtoisie du Centre d’art autochtone; Our Children’s Medicine program and HigherMe; the Canada Council for the Arts; the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University; and, the Delaney Family Foundation.

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Onstage presentations and performances by:

  • DJ Classic Roots
  • Duke Redbird
  • Janet Rogers
  • Long Branch
  • Charlena Russell
  • Red Sky


Onsite Gallery

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 0H4, Canada

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