It's with heavy hearts that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we've had to cancel this year's student gallery.  But please, take a moment to check out our amazing student's work!
Also, head to our editions page for our latest magazine edition featuring Odyssey creators!

We've all experienced a series of events that have led us to where we are now; students of the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business. Something nudged at you to come here. Whether you're in your first year, or your fourth year, you continue to grow and are a different person from when you first applied to GBDA or MDEI.

This year's gallery theme is based on our individual journeys. We might all be in the same program, but we each have a unique story. We want to learn about you. What started your journey as an entrepreneur, designer, coder, etc? Where are you now? What are your current challenges? Where do you want to be in five years? What has shaped your individual journey?

Food & Drinks

A catered event offering a wide selection of dinner and snack options, as well as coffee and other refreshments.

Lightning Talks

Students, instructors, and industry professionals will take the stage to start an insightful conversation about their personal journeys.


An incredible opportunity to foster new connections with other creative minds. 

Student Artwork

With 90+ submissions, ODYSSEY will house a diverse collection of amazing artwork varying from audio to visual works. 

Evening Itinerary

06:00 Buses Depart Waterloo

Buses come to Hagey Hall at the University of Waterloo's main campus.

07:15 Opening Ceremonies

Some quick opening notes from our organizing team to welcome you to ODYSSEY!

07:00 Gallery Opens & Dinner

Event sign-in. Food and drinks will be provided throughout the event.

07:25 Market Opens

Local and student vendors.

06:45 RETHINKING Culture - Lightning Talks

RETHINKING Culture is a time for us to reflect on our relationship to our campus and

  • 6:45 - York Lane Art Collective: York Lane Art Collective is a volunteer-run, creative art space for artists to express themselves, collaborate with others, and fuel inspiration. Sometimes a gallery, sometimes a concert, YLAC is an ever-evolving space where disciplines are practiced, experienced and expressed.This place thrives on sustaining an artistic community. We emphasize on collaboration, where individual skill sets are exchanged to expand horizons and grow artistic visions.We respect and encourage all forms of art and creativity.Located in the alley of York Lane behind Ontario street, you will be intrigued to discover Stratford’s vibrant, inspirational, local art scene. After our first full year open, we have curated 12 gallery exhibitions, screened local artists’ films, hosted local theatre productions, play-readings, book readings, poetry nights, a ton of live music and concerts, held classes and given opportunities to artists to sell work.
  • 7:00 - La'Osa - La Osa, heading into it's second year as a brick and mortar shop, WASN'T born overnight. La Osa has evolved into a dreamy place filled with carefully curated vintage goods, hand-picked treasures and beautifully crafted jewellery, including Pamela's own jewelry line, created on site. She believes in and supports the slow-fashion movement, encourages the appreciation of vintage and handcrafted items and promotes the environmental benefits of wearing and buying second-hand clothing. Hear about her creative journey from hobby to side hustle to full-time business, developing a business plan, making the most of the resources available to you and building community around your brand. Community involvement is a big part of her business - she is the co-founder of Perth Pop-Up market series, on the organizing committee for Stratford Trashion Week and the board of directors for Stratford's City Centre BIA.
  • 7:15 - BRIDGE from the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture: BRIDGE Centre for Architecture and Design is an independent, student-run initiative at the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture that supports student art and design initiatives and connects the school to the community. Our talk is broken down into three parts that explain the digital and physical platforms of BRIDGE Centre for Architecture and Design: the website, the storefront and special events. Our website is a hub for students at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture to share their opinions, travels, academic work and extra-curricular projects. The storefront, which has a very public presence in downtown Galt hosts a variety of community events, such as exhibitions, talks and performances. Our special events sections include the Future School workshops, where BRIDGE collaborated with local public schools on a design project, as well as "Common Waters", an upcoming community initiative that consists of art exhibitions, walks, lectures and other mixed-media events centred around the large topic of water. Common Waters is being curated in collaboration with Cambridge Art Galleries.

10:00 Bus Departs

Heads back to Waterloo's Hagey Hall.

07:45 Lightning Talks

7:45: Lauren Dagworthy - My journey with Branding and Creative Design 8:00: Sim Purba - 8:15: Alexandra Middleton - Making music for 365 days 8:30: Amandreo Cortes - Life after University in Tech and Design 8:45: Carolina Perz - How Frida Kahlo has impacted my life 9:00: Markus Grupp

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