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Sept. 13–17

Gala night: Sept. 16, 6–10pm

This week-long showcase features games from local indie game developers and beyond— professionals, well-known names and bedroom coders alike. For a variety of reasons these games might be considered art.

Play free indie games on multiple screens at OCAD University’s Great Hall. Come to see and start a discussion about how digital games are growing into a modern art form.

The Start Show is graciously hosted by OCAD University, and features media support from The Hand Eye Society, TO Jam and Gamercamp.

The Start Show Crew:

Emma Westecott

Assistant Professor, Games Design, Digital Futures Initiative

Faculty of Design, OCAD University

Benjamin Rivers

Game Designer&Sessional Instructor,

Faculty of Illustration, OCAD University

Jim McGinley&Emilie McGinley

Co-organizers, TOJam and The Hand Eye Society

Event Partners:

OCAD University

OCAD University has more depth and breadth in visual arts and design programs than any school of its kind in Canada. OCAD offers its students a unique environment that combines studio-based learning with critical inquiry. Programs lead to a BFA or BDes and, as of 2008/2009, an MA, MFA or MDes.

The Hand Eye Society

The Hand Eye Society is a not-for-profit coalition of projects and people in support of Toronto’s videogame communities. We have three goals:

1. To help people make games.

2. To connect game makers with each other and with an audience, offline.

3. To foster diversity in game creation and public perception of games.


The Toronto Independent Game Development Jam (TOJam) is a free, annual game-making event open to the public. or the last 4 years, we've gathered together the craziest game makers in the world for a 3-day, around-the-clock game making binge. TOJam attracts a mix of hobbyists, students, and professionals. For some, it's an opportunity to try new ideas, for others it's a chance to focus.


Gamercamp is Toronto's festival celebrating the art and creativity in video games. Last year, 150 game enthusiasts and developers came out to see demos of in-progress games and to hear from speakers like Mare and Raigan of Metanet (behind N+), Craig Adams (Superbrothers) and Nathan Vella of Capy (Critter Crunch) on how they create games. Watch for Gamercamp II in November 2010.

Games PressGames Press is the leading online resource for games journalists. Used daily by magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, online media and retailers worldwide, it offers a vast, constantly updated archive of press releases and assets, and is the simplest and most cost-effective way for PR professionals to reach the widest possible audience. Registration for the site and the Games Press email digest is available, to the trade only, at