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2023 Yonge-Dundas Square
Indigenous Student Centre
Digital Exhibition Call for Artists



Alexis Nanibush-Pamajewong

Alexis Nanibush-Pamajewong, a 2s Anishinaabe interdisciplinary artist from  Shawanaga First Nation. Alexis is  studying for their BFA in the INVC program at OCADU. Their practice  includes exploring mediums such as: performance, installation, beadwork,  photography, and video. 

Instagram: @alexisnanibush_pamaj

Kikki Guerard

A Two-Spirit Cree from Treaty 9 territory, Kikki is an art director, photographer, and storyteller. They are a member of Taykwa  Tagamou First Nation and currently reside in Tkaron:to. Kikki’s work explores themesof identity, revealing the magic and vulnerability of their Two-Spirit + Indigiqueer Kin. Through thepower of visual storytelling, they hope to create spaces for healing and transformation.

Instagram: @fashioncamera

Quinn Hopkins

Quinn "Nigaan Noodin" Hopkins is a Toronto-based AR artist and 3D animator. An OCAD U alum, Quinn blends Indigenous Futurism and digital mediums to create immersive experiences. Specializing in Blender and 8th Wall, he's passionate about storytelling that bridges ancestral wisdom and future possibilities.

Instagram: @noodinstudio

Click on the QR codes below to see Quinn Hopkin's AR works on your device.

Woodland Be[AR] 
3D Animation & Augmented Reality 

Woodland Shaman
3D animation & Augmented Reality 


Yonge-Dundas Square and the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce a digital exhibition Career Launcher providing an exhibition opportunity for three (3) artists from the OCAD U’s Indigenous community to exhibit their work on the Square’s digital screens. Artists are invited to submit existing artworks to be displayed across five (5) digital screens for the duration of November 2023, reflecting on the theme of storytelling.

Storytelling has been a way for Indigenous people to share knowledge from generation to generation. Artists are encouraged to select existing artworks that explore the theme of Indigenous storytelling. This can reflect the artist’s lived experiences, as well as their relationship to collective storytelling within family, nation, and community. Artists are also welcome to draw inspiration from several events in November including Inuit Day, Indigenous Veterans Day, Treaties Recognition Week, Métis Week, Louis Riel Day and Native American Heritage Month. Artists are invited to take over two horizontal screens (960 x 480 pixels) and three vertical screens (448 x 608 pixels) on the Square.

Applicants can virtually tour the square here
Location of 5 screens in Square can be viewed here

This opportunity is for artists who identify as Indigenous, Inuit, First Nations or Métis. The successful applicants will each receive an exhibition fee ($500) provided by the CEAD.


This Career Launcher is presented by the OCAD U Indigenous Student Centre and RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers with Yonge-Dundas Square.

The OCAD U Indigenous Student Centre offers a welcoming environment with a wide range of specialized services to support academic, cultural, social and emotional well-being of Indigenous students at OCAD University.
Learn more:

The Career Launchers program by OCAD U's RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (RBC CEAD) supports the career development of emerging artists and professionals by connecting them with real world opportunities to exhibit and share their art. Yonge-Dundas Square is a unique focal point of the downtown Toronto community. The Square is designated for use as a public open space and as an event venue that can accommodate events of various sizes.


  • Contact info (Name, phone, and email)
  • Current creative CV
  • Website and/or social media handle  
  • Artist statement/bio (150 words max) 
  • A brief statement reflecting on your work and the theme of storytelling (150 words) 
  • 5 - 8 images or video links (Vimeo, Youtube, etc) of existing work to be submitted for consideration. 
  • A corresponding list for the support images including: artist name, title, year, medium, size, and duration (for time-based work). 
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Career Launcher opportunity. 


  • Week of October 9, 2023 – Artists are selected and notified 
  • Mon, October 18, 2023 - High-resolution artwork files scaled for screen dimensions due. 
  • November, 2023 - Digital exhibition


The OCAD U RBC CEAD is committed to promoting substantive equality for equity-seeking groups that are under-represented in the creative sector. We encourage applications from first-time applicants to the program and graduates of equity-seeking communities including racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities / expressions. Applicants are welcome to advise the CEAD of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. 

Applicants who need assistance with their submissions are invited to connect with the RBC CEAD for Advising supportClick here to learn more about how to book an advising appointment.


Yonge-Dundas Square
1 Dundas St E
Toronto, ON M5B 2R8


  • Work closely with Yonge-Dundas Square, OCAD U ISC and the CEAD to ensure high resolution and properly sized artwork files are delivered to YDS by October 18, 2023. 


  • Current Indigenous OCAD U undergraduate and graduate level students and recent grads (class of 2023 or 2022). Are you an Indigenous OCAD U student or alumni? Click here to learn more.
  • Selected artists must have a screen-based practice including but not limited to static, moving images, and multi-channel. 
  • Please note that artworks must comply with YDS Display Policy available here and City of Toronto’s Municipal Code Chapter 694 - 18, E, (4) and (5) regulations available here


  • $500 Artist fee 


Monday, October 2, 2023 at 8:00 AM ET


Apply via Typeform here.

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