Yorkville Village and OCAD University Kick Off Annual Arts Festival with Gala Event


Exhibition and Programming to be Open to the Public November 4th-9th

TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - The third annual Yorkville Village Arts Festival officially began last night with a gala event unveiling the exhibition of one-of-a-kind contemporary art pieces created by 28 OCAD University students and recent graduates. The exhibition will be open to the public starting today through Wednesday, November 9th.

Over 200 guests attended the opening gala where they were privy to a first look at the transformed and recently renovated Yorkville Village, interwoven with displays of art throughout the centre and retail wings. Artists were present to discuss their work while a live painting demonstration by Dahae Song captivated attendees.

"For the past 6 years, First Capital Realty has embarked on art initiatives across the country allowing us to support local artists and make contributions to the communities in which we live and work. Through our collaboration with OCAD University, First Capital Realty provides students with an opportunity to nurture and showcase their incredible talent," said Adam Paul, First Capital Realty President and CEO. "This is the third year we're doing the Yorkville Arts Festival and our goal is to build it into a premier art event and to help launch the careers of new artists."

"It's tremendously exciting for emerging artists to have their work exhibited to the public in such a beautiful, welcoming space," said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD University President and Vice-Chancellor. "We are grateful to First Capital Realty for inviting us again this year and for their ongoing support of our students."

The artwork presented at the festival was chosen through a rigorous jury process and will span photography, sculpture, painting and video installation. All artworks are for sale to the general public for the duration of the festival.

Also part of the Arts Festival is the Yorkville Village Arts Festival Pop-Up Shop, open today until Saturday, November 12th. The shop will offer for sale a dynamic selection of student, alumni and faculty work including textiles, ceramics, artist multiples, cards, jewellery and more from 50 different artists. 90% of all sales will go to the creators and 10% will be donated back to OCAD U to support this initiative.


November 4 - 9, 2016: Exhibition*

November 4 - 12, 2016: Yorkville Village Arts Festival Pop-Up Shop*

*Open during Yorkville Village business hours

Saturday, November 5: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Digital Painting Workshop

Saturday, November 5: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. – Meet the Artists

Saturday, November 5: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. – Live Painting Event


Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Road



Instagram: @YorkvilleVillage

Twitter: @YorkvilleV   

Facebook: /YorkvilleVillageToronto

Website: YorkvilleVillage.com



Sandra Levy, First Capital Realty

Christine Crosbie, OCAD University

28 OCAD University artists


Gala images available here: https://we.tl/fW4pLIoNFD

Images of artists and artworks available immediately.


Yorkville Village is a premier retail destination located in the heart of Toronto's luxury Bloor-Yorkville district. Owned and operated by First Capital Realty, Yorkville Village consists of the retail centre formerly known as Hazelton Lanes as well as a number of boutiques on Yorkville Avenue comprising of over 330,000 square feet of retail space. The transformation of the centre in summer 2017 will welcome prime new retailers, including several first-to-market luxury brand introductions to the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood.

For more information, visit www.YorkvilleVillage.com, or follow @YorkvilleVillage on Instagram, @YorkvilleVillageToronto on Facebook and @YorkvilleV on Twitter.

First Capital Realty is one of Canada's largest owners, developers and managers of grocery anchored, retail-focused urban properties where people live and shop for everyday life. The Company currently owns interests in 161 properties, totaling approximately 25.2 million square feet of gross leasable area.

OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada's university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research, and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

SOURCE First Capital Realty

Image with caption: "First Capital Realty representatives and OCAD University faculty with a select group of artists featured in the third annual Yorkville Village Arts Festival held from November 4-9, 2016 (CNW Group/First Capital Realty)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161104_C2348_PHOTO_EN_812044.jpg

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Image with caption: "OCAD University (CNW Group/First Capital Realty)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161104_C2348_PHOTO_EN_812050.jpg

Image with caption: "Yorkville Village Arts Festival (CNW Group/First Capital Realty)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161104_C2348_PHOTO_EN_812048.jpg

For further information: Lolin Soenardjo, 647.477.5909, lolin@asc-to.com

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