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Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods, and many visitors enjoy wandering through sections of the city and enjoying the local fare. Here is a brief guide to help you navigate the city and some of its cultural offerings.

Events by our Community Partners
Exploring Neighbourhoods
Film
LGBTQ Politics & Culture
Museums, Public History & Heritage
Music, Dance & Theatre
Weekend Festivals
Walks, Hikes, Streetscapes & Parks
Day Trips & Excursions

Events by our Community Partners

Big Berks exclusive discount for Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty at the AGO!

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait II (After the Lifemask of William Blake)

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait II (After the Lifemask of William Blake)

Don’t miss your chance to see this unrivalled exhibition of sculpture and painting as the AGO brings together two giants of 20th-century British art! Francis Bacon and Henry Moore is the first Canadian exhibition of Bacon’s work and includes never-before-seen Moore artworks, from both the AGO collection and elsewhere.

Big Berks Delegates will receive free admission to the AGO on May 23rd, and a reduced entrance fee of $15 on May 22, 24 and 25. Delegates will also receive an exclusive offer to see the Francis Bacon and Henry Moore throughout the conference of $5.50 with general admission.

Exploring Neighbourhoods

Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods, and many visitors enjoy wandering through sections of the city and enjoying the local fare. For urban streetscapes and city shopping, Bloor St., College St., and Queen St. are recommended.

Neighbourhoods and Public Markets near the University of Toronto campus include:

Film

Toronto offers many movies and film festivals throughout the year.  For more information, please consult the following listings:

See also:

LGBTQ Politics & Culture

Toronto has large and changing queer cultures that touch and transform all parts of the city. For the last several decades, the “main” queer village has been in the Church/Wellesley neighbourhood, located several blocks east of the University of Toronto campus. Here you’ll find the 519 Church Street Community Centre, the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives, Glad Day Books, and various LGBTQ bars, clubs, restaurants, and businesses. Another popular queer neighbourhood, sometimes called Queer West, is on Queen West. Here you’ll find the Drake and Gladstone Hotels, various art galleries, and more LGBTQ-friendly bars, restaurants, and shops.  For more information, please see:

Museums, Public History & Heritage

Toronto features a large and diverse set of public history and heritage sites. Click here for a useful public history directory for the Greater Toronto Area produced by York University’s History Department.

For the Toronto Historical Association’s directory of local heritage museums, click here.

Toronto’s downtown is home to an excellent set of museums, all of which are located within a short distance from the University of Toronto campus. Among the best are featuring some Berks-related programming and much else. They are:

For the Toronto Historical Association’s directory of local heritage museums, click here.

Music, Dance & Theatre

On the weekend of May 22-25, the following performance arts activities are taking place:

Music:

Art of Time Ensemble

Canadian Opera Company

Koerner Hall – Royal Conservatory of Music

Sony Centre

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Dance:

Ballet Creole

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (dance show)

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie

Toronto Dance Theatre

Theatre:

Factory Theatre

Mirvish Productions

Tarragon Theatre

Soulpepper Theatre Company

For additional information about music, dance and theatre happenings, please consult the following links:

For a link to blues bars and another to jazz bars that serve dinner

Walks, Hikes, Streetscapes & Parks

For the City of Toronto’s directory of trails and parks, including information about the Toronto Islands, see:

For maps of parks, walks, and trails, see:

For Discovery Walks (“a program of self guided walks that link city ravines, parks, gardens, beaches, and neighbourhoods”), see:

The newest Discovery Walk, “The Shared Path,” features significant First Nations content:

The Downtown Toronto Discovery Walk may also be of interest:

For information about Jane’s Walk, which was founded in Toronto and celebrates the work of Toronto urbanist Jane Jacobs, see:

For a 2013 Jane’s Walk that focused on “the past and present of Toronto women’s activism and engagement,” see:

Weekend Festivals

Between May 22 and 25, 2014 the following festivals are occurring in Toronto:

Day Trips & Excursions

If you have time before, during, or after the Berks, there are excellent day-trip possibilities to many sites, including Black Creek Pioneer Village and the Toronto Islands within Toronto. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Niagara Falls, and the Royal Botanical Gardens are located in nearby cities, as are the world-class Shaw and Stratford Theatre Festivals.

See also the listings for parks, walks, and trails.

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