Our Entry to the ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Pride Sweepstakes!

We are excited to share with you our entry into the ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Pride Sweepstakes!  We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting this video together.  You may recognize some faces… including your own!

Don’t forget to come out to our next event on High-Performace Computing and Graphics!  See you next week!

A Virtual Success!

Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH and TorCHI at AMD with Michael Macedonia

The year 2015 continues with our first event in partnership with TorCHI, Toronto ACM SIGCHI Chapter. We were delighted to bring our guest, ACM Distinguished Speaker Dr. Michael Macedonia, to give his presentation on “Next Generation Virtual Worlds” not once, but twice!

Our day began with a short trip to Markham, where our sponsor AMD hosted the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter for the first time.  The short road trip gave us an opportunity to chat with Mike and hear a few stories that he would not have time to cover.  Once we arrived, we were overwhelmed… A whopping 200 eager attendees filled the conference room to listen to Michael’s perspectives on the current state of Virtual Reality!  A fantastic showing and exciting beginning to our day!!

Later that evening we arrived at UofT for our evening session, sponsored by KMDI.  Upon welcoming our attendees, we found that some of them had come from as far away as Montreal!!  Delicious snacks were provided by TorCHI which were quickly gobbled up by our hungry audience.  Their appetite for Virtual Reality was then satiated by Mike’s amazing content and personable presentation style.

After the presentation, the group proceeded to a local pub for some relaxed networking and good cheer.

We invite you to share in the excitement of the evening by browsing through our photo collection on our Facebook page. While you are there, Like our page and follow us on Twitter.

We would like to thank TorCHI for their collaboration on this event.  Thank you also to our sponsors AMD and KMDI for their generous sponsorships. This event would not have been possible without the generous contribution of time and travel from our presenter Dr. Michael Macedonia. Finally we’d like to thank the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program for making all of this possible.

Shhh!! Quiet in the (Electronic) Theater!

Electronic Theater 2014 Screening Image

What a great start to an amazing event season here at the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter!

We had the pleasure to bring the SIGGRAPH 2014 Computer Animation Festival (CAF) Electronic Theater to the Monarch Tavern on Thursday March 5th. It was fantastic to see everyone who came out to join us from all over Ontario. Due to technical difficulties with the audio system, we were able to inadvertently delight those silent-filmophiles amongst us. In particular, Entracte, a short involving a mime, drew loud cheers from the audience.  Make sure you visit our Facebook page for more photos!

We would like to thank Roy Anthony, Chair of the SIGGRAPH 2014 CAF Production Sessions, for making the event possible. Roy will reprise his role as Chair of the CAF Production Sessions at this year’s upcoming SIGGRAPH Conference in Los Angeles, California, USA and hopes to see us all there.  We congratulate Roy on being selected SIGGRAPH 2018 Conference Chair!

Much like we were, the audio system was left speechless by the unbelievably amazing animations and new technological advances that were shown on the screen.  We cannot wait to see what SIGGRAPH 2015‘s upcoming festival will bring!

Thanks again to everyone who came out and we look forward to seeing you again at our next event.

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Holiday Party, Stereo D Open House and Election Results

Lots of toys!

Season’s greetings to the Computer Graphic community of Toronto! Thank you so much to everyone who braved the rain, sleet and snow to donate a toy to Toronto Fire Services Hall 315. Over 20 toys (2 boxes) will be given to needy children, distributed across our local neighbourhood. Thank you to Stereo D for bringing your team out and inviting our Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter to your December 10th open house. 
See photos on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TorontoACMSIGGRAPH
And congratulations to Stereo D  for your incredibly successful Open House event at The Shangri-La.  Computer graphics professionals of all backgrounds and specialties were present to meet the newest team in town. Stereo D http://www.stereodllc.com/ is currently hiring Depth Artists, Paint Artists, Tracking Artists, as well as for development, pipeline, animation, production, technical and support roles.  Cheers to your 3D reel presentation, a moving collaboration of pieces, featuring Stereo D “art, science, and work.“ Blockbuster movies such as Pacific Rim, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hercules, Godzilla, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Titanic were showcased.  If you missed it, you can still submit your resume to jobs@stereodllc.com
We are pleased to announce the results for the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Board of Directors elections.  Kristine Oel will continue to be our chapter Vice President.  We’d like to congratulate Sukhmani Kaur on becoming our new Treasurer and Ruzette Tanyag our new Web Master. We also welcome Gillian Chesnais as our new Member-at-Large.  
To become a member of the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter please check out our easy form https://campus.acm.org/public/qj/chapqj/chapqj_control.cfm?chap=103529
Finally we would like to wish everybody happy holidays! Keep your eyes and ears open as the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH team reconvenes right after the New Year celebration to unveil our first event of 2015. Thank you for your continued chapter support!

Tech Talks II

Tech Talks II

At our Tech Talks II, we had the pleasure of seeing both new faces and dedicated Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter members, at the Monarch Tavern. The evening began with refreshing beverages, followed by two great presentations, bringing the spirit of SIGGRAPH home to Toronto. Thank you members and thank you speakers.
Our first guest speaker, Mark Elendt of Side Effects Software, was Dailies Program Chair for SIGGRAPH 2013 and 2014. He took us inside the challenges of game and video production from a CG perspective with a series of short artistic videos ranging from robots to ragdolls. You can learn more and submit http://s2015.siggraph.org/submitters/dailies
Our second guest speaker, James McCrae, gave us a virtually realistic peek at his entrepreneurial project flatfab which gives the computer graphics community a cool and easy to use way to design and test 3D objects, then recreate and assemble in real life. Check it out at http://flatfab.com.  We also took look at James’ second project, JanusVR, a web browser that allows you to view HTML pages in 3D. 
We will see you and your TOY, to be donated to Toronto Fire Services No.315 on December 9th2015 for our Annual Holiday Party. We will also announce the results from our Election! There will be party games, prizes and a lot of good cheer circulating within the Chapter. http://toronto.siggraph.org/event/holiday-party-toy-drive/
In addition, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter has been invited to the Stereo D Canada Open House 
Wednesday Dec. 10th 5pm – 9pm
Shangri-La Hotel 188 University Ave, Toronto ON M5H 0A3

Event will include presentation of S3D reel in the Shangri-La Screening Room, along with meet and greet of key Stereo D Staff.

Please register at  
The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter would like to wish our President, Jacky B, the best of luck in Shenzhen, China for SIGGRAPHAsia 2014. As the International Resources Committee Chair, Jacky leads a global initiative to facilitate worldwide collaboration within the SIGGRAPH Community. Jacky thank you for all your volunteerism, we appreciate the best practices you continually share leading our professional chapter. 
Check out our Facebook Page to see photos of the events the professional chapter hosts and attends. Follow us on Twitter for realtime coverage and updates. Thank You for your continued interest in the Toronto computer graphics industry and chapter social support.
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