Plan Your Stay

The fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is perhaps the most ethnically diverse city on the planet.  Toronto is home to more than 200 distinct ethnic groups, and half the population is foreign-born.  A place where international ideas intersect with Canadian culture, Toronto is a centre of rare openness, warmth, energy, and style.  Toronto’s skyline includes the CN Tower, one of the Modern Wonders of the World, and glass skyscrapers juxtaposed with Victorian red brick houses.  Toronto is a business and academic centre, and its lively music scene and restaurants from every conceivable cuisine offer experiences for every taste.

Toronto’s international airport makes it easily accessible from anywhere in the world.

Traveling to Canada

For information about travelling to Canada, including visa and passport requirements and other useful tips, please check out these sites:
Government of Canada – Visa Information
Destination Canada

Our Conference Venue

Our conference venue is the Gladstone Hotel – an internationally recognized, historic Victorian/turned Art Hotel. Each of the 37 hotel rooms is designed by a different artist – including visual artists, interior designers, architects and material-based artists – reflecting the diversity of talent in the city of Toronto.  The Gladstone is easily accessible by public transportation; a streetcar stops right outside its door.


The Gladstone Hotel is located in the “Queen West West” area.  Availability permitting, conference attendees may receive a discount on rooms at the Gladstone by quoting Corporate ID #83649.  Visit this page to book online.

Most of the nearby accommodation is boutique hotels, B&Bs and vacation rentals.  Mainstream hotels featuring pools etc. are about 10 minutes away by cab (25 minutes by streetcar.)

Some accommodation suggestions include:

Boutique Hotels


Mainstream Hotels with Pools/Gyms


If you’re thinking of doing the AirBnb thing, you can find something in one of the cool neighbourhoods near the Gladstone by using the following search terms:

  • West Queen West
  • Little Portugal
  • Trinity Bellwoods
  • Liberty Village
  • Dufferin Grove
  • Little Italy
  • Parkdale

Some Things to Know

  • Canada is the second biggest country in the world, so distances between major cities can be quite significant: Ottawa and Montreal are both about 5 hours drive by car, and Vancouver is a 4.5 hour flight.
  • Toronto is an 1.5 hour flight from New York City and a 2 hour flight from Chicago
  • While some of Canada’s most beautiful scenery is Ontario (the magnificent Canadian Shield), the countryside around Toronto is primarily farmland.
  • The Canadian Shield is about 3 hours drive away. However, it would be worth considering extending your visit by renting a cottage or staying at a resort for a week in Muskoka, the Haliburton Highlands or the Kawarthas.
  • Toronto gets quite hot in the summer. The average temperature in July is 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit), but it frequently gets much hotter.