Welcome to Toronto!

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Some practical information to help orient you as you arrive and prepare for the Col.loqui:

The site of the conference, Victoria College in the University of Toronto is located steps away from the Museum subway station. Registration on Friday will take place in Victoria College Alumni Hall. The Victoria College building (also known as Old Vic) is in the middle of the Victoria quad. One easy way to find it is to go to the Isabel Bader Theatre at 93 Charles St. West and simply walk behind it into the quad. Alumni Hall is right off the foyer on the main floor of the large building with scaffolding. The “EM” beside room numbers in the program denotes Emmanuel Hall, which forms one side of the Victoria quad.

The Curricula session on Friday afternoon is an unstructured opportunity for people to talk both about the possibility of mounting shared courses online and a chance to simply exchange experiences in teaching Catalan subjects. What novels/films/stories/topics/approaches have really worked well for you? Or not? Think about this on your way to Toronto and then do drop by and share your tips and tricks.

You will have noticed that there is no formal banquet. We encourage you to come to the pub night on Saturday at the Duke of York and then take advantage of Toronto’s incredible selection of restaurants.

Getting around Toronto is very easy; the subway runs frequently and the area around campus is eminently walkable. Taxis are extremely plentiful although rather expensive compared to other North American cities.

We wish you an excellent stay in our city and a very engaging and enjoyable Col.loqui!

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Free Mobile Apps for your Visit toToronto

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Registration Rates and Payment

The registration rates for the 2013 NACS Colloquium are as follows:

Registration: Until March 31, 2013

  • Lecturer or Professor, any rank = $ 130 CAD
  • Student = $ 70 CAD

Late and On-Site Registration: April 1 – May 24, 2013

  • Lecturer or Professor, any rank = $ 160 CAD
  • Student = $ 100 CAD

Refunds for cancellations before March 31 will be subject to a $30 CAD administrative fee ($15 CAD for Students). Cancellations before April 31 will be subject to a $70 CAD administrative fee ($35 for Students); after May 1, no refunds will be issued.

Please, follow the link at the top of the page for payment via PayPal or click https://nacstoronto2013.wordpress.com/rates/

Where to Eat in Toronto?

Bring your appetite when you visit Toronto. Its cultural diversity has spawned one of the most vibrant and eclectic food scenes in the world. Our city boasts an all-star lineup of talents, including Lynn Crawford (Ruby WatchCo), Susur Lee (Lee) and Jamie Kennedy (Gilead Café and Bistro), plus newcomers to the city like Daniel Boulud (Café Boulud, Four Seasons), Jean-Paul Lourdes (Shangri-La Hotel) and David Chang (Momofuku) – to name but a few. You can eat your way around the world in our city’s ethnic neighbourhoods. Sample butter chicken in Little India or grilled souvlaki and saganaki in Greektown. Or nibble through interesting fare with a visit to one of the city’s Chinatowns. Fill up on pasta and pizza served alongside a great espresso in our own Little Italy and Corso Italia.

We offer the following websites to help you navigate the incredible array of restaurants in the city. Keep in mind that lunch service usually runs from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, and dinner from 5:00 pm onwards.

  • BlogTO: Ongoing restaurant reviews, lists of best in the city, and interactive map with search options by restaurant category and neighborhood.
  • Toronto Life: Authoritative reviews, and the latest restaurant and nightlife buzz.

What to Do in Toronto?

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After a productive day at the colloquium, you might want to visit some of Toronto’s great neighbourhoods:

  • Bloor-Yorkville. A well-loved shopping area that used to be a hippie hangout in the 1960s and today is home to the “Mink Mile”.
  • Queen West. A trendy mix of textile stores, tattoo parlours, chic boutiques, loft spaces, vintage stores, spas, bars and indie fashion outlets.
  • Kensington Market. Often ranked as one of the best street markets in North America, it houses a mix of Caribbean, Latin American, European and Middle Eastern shops and restaurants and is also peppered with second-hand/vintage clothing stores, street musicians and cafés.
  • Chinatown. Find the flavours of Szechwan, Hunan, Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese cuisines here.
  • Church-Wellesley Village. The gathering place for the city’s LGBT community (Canada’s largest), this neighbourhood offers restaurants, shops, coffee hangouts and clubs where everyone is always welcome to visit.

Some of the city’s finest attractions include:

Transportation in Toronto

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From Pearson International Airport:

  • By public transit: From Ground Level in Terminal 1, or Arrivals Level in Terminal 3, take the 192 Airport Rocket Bus to Kipling Station. This service operates from 5:30 am to 2:00 am, seven days a week; One-way travel time is approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Then, travel by subway eastbound to the station closest to your destination.
  • By shuttle: Toronto Airport Express is a scheduled luxury motor coach service that travels directly between the airport and 9 different downtown locations. The service operates 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and departs approximately every 30 minutes.
  • By limousine or taxi: Limousine service from Pearson International to most downtown hotels will cost approximately $70 to $80 CAD; taxi service will be slightly cheaper. Be sure to arrange the price before departing to your destination.

From Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport:

  • Please consult the Toronto Port Authority website for more information on transportation options to and from this airport: Getting to Billy Bishop.

In the city:

  • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
  • Taxis. As of June 2012, these are the rates set by the City of Toronto:
      • One to four passengers
      • For first .155 km, or part thereof                 – $4.45
      • For each addition .155 or part thereof          – $0.25
      • For each 31 seconds of waiting while under engagement     – $0.25

Hotels

As any big, cosmopolitan city, Toronto has a myriad of lodging options for every taste and budget.
The grand majority of hotels in the downtown core are just a short subway ride away. However, we want to bring to your attention – as a reference – some hotels within walking distance of the colloquium site:

The Hazelton Hotel (5 stars)
Windsor Arms Hotel (5 stars)
Park Hyatt (4 1/2 stars)
InterContinental Toronto Yorkville (4 stars)
Holiday Inn Bloor Yorkville (3 stars)