Welcome To Toronto!
Cyber-surveillance in Everyday Life: An International Workshop takes place in the Campbell Conference Facility, at the Munk School for Global Affairs, in the heart of the University of Toronto’s downtown campus.
Although we have a packed and exciting program and expect to keep you busy for the duration of the Workshop, you might find some extra time to do a little exploring. The Workshop is situated in The Annex, both the student quarter and gentrified neighbourhood. Within walking distance of the Workshop are the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Bata Shoe Museum, and the very funky, must-visit Kensington Market. Tourism Toronto can help orient you to the city and get you on your way.
We have reserved a block of non-smoking rooms at the Holiday Inn – Toronto Bloor Yorkville, with one queen bed and free high speed internet for check-in beginning May 12 and check-out ending May 15.
Workshop participants receive the University of Toronto preferred rate of $129.99 per night, per room + HST (13%). Guests will be required to provide a credit card at check-in or a $200 cash deposit. The group name is Cyber Surveillance Workshop and the reservation code is CSW. You must reserve your room by 15 April 2011 to receive this special offer.
Be sure you pick up a NOW Magazine when you’re in town, the city’s oldest and coolest alternative weekly, where you’ll find the inside scoop on the tdot, plus great local entertainment listings. The Torontoist is a critically acclaimed news website that reports passionately about all things Toronto. BlogTO is another great online resource for food and drink guides, and the skinny about local culture.
Although Toronto is highly walkable, sometimes you just want to “ride the rocket.” The Toronto Transit Commission provides a quick and convenient way of getting about the core, so feel free to venture further than your feet will take you! If cycling is the ride for you, Toronto’s Bixi Bike system is up and running. You can grab a Bixi bike from 80 locations around downtown.
If your tootsies are tired and you need to call a cab, one number fits all: 416–TAXICAB is the only number you need to know.
Eat & Drink:
Again, we hope to keep you well fed and watered but if you do find yourself in need of some sustenance, here are some cafes, restaurants and bars we recommend:
Bar Mercurio (270 Bloor St. W @St. George) Simple Italian bistro fare, known for its wood-fired pizzas.
Bodega (30 Baldwin St. @McCaul) In Baldwin Village, a small enclave just east of Chinatown, this resto offers fine French cuisine in an elegant setting.
By the Way Café (400 Bloor St. W. @Bathurst) An Annex mainstay, this intimate bistro has a good variety of wine & draught beer plus coffee and a mid-east inspired menu.
Burrito Bandidos (362 Bloor St. W.) Cheap. Superyum.
Chippy’s Fish & Chips (490 Bloor St. W, E. of Bathurst) Toronto’s premier Rock and Roll chip shop. Nuff said.
Future Bakery (483 Bloor St. W @Brunswick). An Annex institution. Coffee, pastries, all-day breakie AND beer. So great and easy on the pocket book too.
Harbord House (150 Harbord St. @Major St.) Urban-style tavern in a reno’d Victorian House. Comfort food and craft beer on tap.
James Joyce (386 Bloor St. W. @Dalton) Irish pub with the usual fare, student-heavy crowd, pool tables, big TVs, nightly live music.
L’Espresso (321 Bloor St. W @St. George). Budget-minded bistro with the range of Italian coffee and cuisine.
Ronnie’s Local (69 Nassau St. @Augusta Ave.) Whet your whistle at this hipster joint in cool Kensington Market. Cash only.
Sammy’s Student Exchange (Hart House, U of T) Healthy. Fresh. Fast. Hot. Cheap. Tasty. Licensed. Recommended!
Sunny Café (322 Bloor St. W. @Spadina) Toronto’s first all-organic, vegan resto featuring Mediterranean-influenced mains, at very affordable prices.
The Madison (14 Madison @Bloor St. W.) A maze of interconnected rooms, all red velvet banquettes and brass draft pumps, this classic pub takes up two 3-storey Victorian houses.
Trane Studio (964 Bathurst St.) Cajun/Caribbean resto & jazz club that looks like a beat poet hangout from the 50s, replete with nightly live performances.