July 19-20, 2023
OCAD University

Toronto, ON, Canada

The award-winning, critically acclaimed, industry insiders’ favorite show returns live to Toronto for a special 2-day event in the heart of the city.

About The Event

VRTO presents an international symposium, exhibition, and think tank for immersive business, education, enterprise, creators, and philosophers!

Virtual Humans & Production | AI, GPT-3, GANs, ML, Processing, Image to Text, Computer Vision, Chatbots | Marketing, Retail, & Commerce | The Spatial Web | Immersive Game & Experience Design | Live Performance & Events in Virtual & Hybrid Worlds | The Future of Work & Play | Education, Training, Metrics & Analysis | Accessibility, Neurodiversity, Design & Communications | Health, Data Capture & Visualization | Enterprise | Law, Ethics, Privacy and much more.

Strange New Worlds Season 1
Phil Jones
Kristin Patterson

Super Session - July 21, 2022

Exploring Strange New Worlds with Pixomondo Virtual Production

At VRTO 2022, Pixomondo showcases its virtual production work on large-scale streaming shows like “Star Trek” to smaller, short-form commercial work. Learn what goes into pulling it all off successfully and meet the artists, producers, and technicians responsible for the magic.

VFX and Virtual Production Supervisor Nathaniel Larouche
VFX and Virtual Production Supervisor Phil Jones
Virtual Production Producer Linda Vo
VFX and Virtual Production Producer Kristin Patterson
Virtual Production Producer Chris Cox


Workshops Pass


  • Features 2x1-hour deep dive sessions with global leaders in Virtual Production and Virtual Performance Arts including key members of Emmy Award winners Pixomondo and Active Replica.
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Full Conference Pass


  • Include the full 2-day conference. Sessions are where the real symposium takes place—with some of the world’s leading developers, designers, producers, philosophers, and technologists come together for a series of tightly curated talks that extend from one idea through to the next, creating a powerful sequence of learning and inspiration designed to challenge even the most radical thinkers in the space. This is what VRTO is best known for.
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Exhibits Hall (sold out)

Free (limited)

  • Features a variety of projects and technologies pushing the boundaries of this rapidly expanding, complex, and nuanced industry. Meet game developers, entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers, educators and artists in our interactive gallery—Oh! And free pinball!—It will be free of charge to visit, and requires an Eventbrite exhibits registration. 

Limited slots available. Runs 12pm-630pm daily.
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On the set of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Workshop - Day 1 - July 20th

Virtual Production Workshop Presented by Pixomondo

Meet with Oscar and Emmy Award-winning VFX and Virtual Production House Pixomondo and its Virtual Production Academy to learn how VP content is made for such shows as Star Trek: Discovery, Strange New Worlds, and more.

Take a journey through one of the Unreal projects from these shows, from first mesh to final shoot. Find out how the Virtual Art Department works in hand with the DPs. Directors, other PXO departments, and the stage crew, to get a final frame in-camera.

Your instructors:
PXO’s Head of Virtual Production Content Asad Manzoor
Head of VAD/Art Director Mujia Liao
VAD Supervisor Zachary Dembinski

Workshop - Day 2 - July 21st

Low Poly Performance Art: How VR and Ancient Theater History Reveal the "Invisible Body"

Learn techniques to utilize the expressive potential of embodied movement in webVR. A special live performance workshop features Award-winning Performer, educator, Ari Tarr going on a deep dive for the secrets to using WebXR as the greatest expressive stage in history by updating ancient theater techniques. In partnership with Active Replica, a company creating Cross-platform 2D and 3D virtual spaces and events that allow for true-to-life communication through conversation, movement, activities and entertainment. The workshop is assisted by Tyler Graham, co instructor and virtual theater PhD student

Your instructors:
Performer, educator, Ari Tarr
Co-instructor and virtual theater PhD student Tyler Graham

Speakers 2022

Event Partners

VRTO would simply not be possible without the generous support of our partners. Please visit them to learn more about these amazing companies.

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