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Midi Onodera Artist

Midi Onodera is an award-winning filmmaker and media artist who has been making films and videos for more than 35 years. In 2018, Midi received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts. Her work is laced with markers of her experiences as a feminist, lesbian, Japanese-Canadian woman. She has produced over 25 independent shorts, ranging from 16mm film to digital video to toy camera formats. Continue reading

Last Update:April 28, 2018

— Our People


Critical Distance is committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable environment and welcomes the participation of people and partners who represent the diversity of our local, national, and international communities. 


Shani K Parsons
Founding Director

Noa Bronstein
Curator, Special Projects

Emily Cook
Education and Accessibility Programs

Luke Parsons
Installation Assistant

Daniella Sanader

Board of Directors

Mimi Joh


Ingrid Jones
Tara Smith
Ting Xu

Programming Committee
Liz Ikiriko

Toleen Touq

Advisory Committee
Adi Baker

Kate Benedict
Alison Cooley
Katherine Dennis
Nicolas Fleming
Peggy Gale
Katelyn Gallucci
Matthew Kyba
Katie Lawson
Claire Leighton

Susan Low-Beer
Marina Mandic
Crystal Mowry
Sarah Munro
Heather Nicol
Midi Onodera

Alice Pelot
Ricky Varghese
Jayne Wilkinson

Technical Advisor
Vio Achim

Legal Advisor
Liana DiGiorgio

The Space

Critical Distance occupies a small but beautiful third floor gallery and office space within Artscape Youngplace, which is in turn a 75,000 square foot cultural community hub housing an exciting mix of arts, cultural, and social mission organizations. Some of our wonderful neighbours include the Koffler Gallery, Paperhouse Studio, Canadian Bookbinders and Artists’ Guild, SKETCH Working Arts, Small World Music Society, Intergalactic Arts, the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, College Montrose Children’s Place, and Luminato, as well as artists Heather Nicol, Vid Inglevics, Lyla Rye, Midi Onodera, Ruth Adler, Miriam Grenville, and Eve Egoyan.

Located within the former Shaw Street School, a heritage building just blocks from the vibrant arts and culture scenes on West Queen West, Dundas West, and Ossington Avenue, Critical Distance is ideally situated to participate and collaborate with the local arts community in producing new and engaging exhibitions, editions, and related events.

The project space itself is an intimate venue for curatorial and artistic experimentation, with approximately 325 square feet devoted to exhibitions and events. Adjoining the gallery is a small office/reception area featuring two nine-foot tall windows facing downtown Toronto. Ceilings are 14 feet high.

Critical Distance floorplan (PDF)


Artscape Youngplace is fully accessible by Ontario standards, with a wheelchair ramp at the 180 Shaw Street doors, an elevator servicing every floor and a fully accessible washroom on every level. The nearby 63 Ossington bus on the TTC is wheelchair accessible.

Land Acknowledgment


Our land acknowledgement has been collectively written by all of us at Critical Distance. We see a land acknowledgment as an opportunity to convey our understanding that we exist always in relation — in relation to past/present/future, in relation to the place upon which we stand, and in relation to each other.

And so we at Critical Distance take this opportunity to acknowledge that our organization operates on land that has been the home of Indigenous people and nations long before colonial documentation of time, specifically the Wendat, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, and the Haudenosaunee, people who continue to live and work here in what is currently known to some as Toronto.

This territory is under the One Dish, One Spoon Wampum belt, a peace treaty dating back to before the 18th century which is a mutual agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Anishinaabek people to share land and resources. Continuing in this spirit we wish to share this space and our resources as well, and encourage all who visit CDCC to join us in solidarity and support for Indigenous communities against the forces and effects of colonialism, capitalism, and white supremacy. Support can look like many things, including working within institutions to dismantle systemic racism and inequities, ending violence against Indigenous women, 2spirit individuals and girls, and advocating for Indigenous rights to and stewardship of land. A list of Indigenous-run organizations and initiatives that you can support is always on display in our gallery for anyone to refer to for more information.

Some local Indigenous-led community groups and initiatives to support include:


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