About Toronto

Welcome to Toronto!

Toronto is one of the most exciting, vibrant and multicultural cities in the world. With something for everyone, why not take advantage while you're here?

Looking for a nice Japanese or Italian restaurant? Perhaps a traditional Irish pub or a dance club? Interested in visiting some museums, seeing a show, or checking out some of the city's unique neighbourhoods? Scroll down to see some of the places Toronto has to offer.


Sushi Queen - 204 Queen St. W - Map
An affordable spot with a large variety of rolls, sushi and sashimi ($$)

Il Fornello - 214 King St. W - Map
Traditional Italian fare and a solid wine list, all at reasonable prices ($$)

Babur Restaurant - 273 Queen St. W - Map
Great selection of Indian food at very reasonable prices ($$)

Sandwich Box - 67 Richmond St. W - Map
A great place to grab a light lunch with a wide variety of sandwiches and salads ($$)

Gourmet Burger Company - 212 Adelaide St. W - Map
A variety of different burgers and sides at reasonable prices ($$)

Ki - 181 Bay St - Map
A high-end Japanese restaurant with a wide selection of cocktails and sake ($$$)

HY's Steakhouse - 120 Adelaide St. W - Map
A high-end steakhouse with an elegant setting ($$$$)

Khao San Road - 326 Adelaide St. W - Map
Considered to be one of the best Thai restaurants in the city ($$)

Lai Wah Heen - 108 Chestnut St. - Map
An upscale dining experience with a wide variety of Chinese dishes; Dim Sum is served at lunch time ($$$)

Mamma's Pizza - 405 Richmond St. W - Map
A convenient place to grab a slice of thin-crust pizza ($)

Bars & Clubs

The Rex Jazz and Blues Bar - 194 Queen St. W - Map
Known as the city's best jazz bar, the Rex has a casual and inviting atmosphere along with some great draught beer.

Woody's - 465 Church St. - Map
Once featured on the TV series "Queer as Folk," Woody's is one of Toronto's hottest gay bars, complete with five different bars.

Crews & Tangos - 508 Church St. - Map
Known as Toronto's best drag bar, Crews & Tangos features two separate dance floors and some well-known local DJs.

Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant - 212 King St. W - Map
Visit this spot for a classic British pub experience, complete with the requisite draught beer and fish & chips.

Byzantium - 499 Church St. - Map
Known to have one of the best martinis in the city, this spot also has a great menu and becomes a funky lounge space after 11 pm.

Slack's - 562 Church St. - Map
By day, Slack's boasts an affordable menu and a great drinks list; by night, it turns into a nightclub.


Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) - 317 Dundas St. W - Map
Spanning 45,000 square metres, the AGO is comprised of more than 80,000 works from the first century to the present. Along with the largest collection of Canadian art, the museums' exhibits include paintings, photographs and sculptures. Adult passes range from $20 to $25 and the gallery is open until 5:30 p.m. every day except Wednesdays, when it closes at 8:30 p.m.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) - 100 Bloor St. W - Map
Known around the world, the ROM has more than six million items and forty galleries. A museum of natural history conveniently located near Queen's Park, the ROM will have the special exhibit "Ultimate Dinosaurs" on display at the time of the conference. Adult passes range from $15 to $25 and the museum closes at 5:30 p.m. every day except Fridays, when it closes at 11 p.m.

The Second City - 51 Mercer St. - Map
With John Candy and Bill Murray once passing through its doors, Second City is an improvisational comedy grouping. "The Fall 2012 Mainstage Revue," a collection of comedy sketches and songs, will take place on November 11th while the interactive "Improv All-Stars" is scheduled for the 13th. Tickets cost $24 or $29 for the former and $20 for the latter.

Theatre Listings

The Gay Heritage Project – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre - 12 Alexander St.- Map
Three of our country's most gifted creator/performers set out to answer one question: is there such a thing as gay heritage? In their search, they uncover a rich history not often shared, shine new light on contemporary gay culture, and fantasize about the prospect of legacy. The result is a hilarious and moving homage to the people who came before us and the events that continue to shape our lives.

Les Misérables – Princess of Wales Theatre - 300 King Street West- Map
Cameron Mackintosh presents his acclaimed new production of Boublil & Schönberg's legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes.

God of Carnage – Panasonic Theatre - 651 Yonge St. - Map
This hilarious award-winning comedy begins when two sophisticated couples meet to discuss a playground incident involving their children. What starts as a civilized get-together quickly devolves into a scrappy, laugh-out-loud evening that The New York Times called "A study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct."

Aladdin – Ed Mirvish Theatre - 244 Victoria St. - Map
Aladdin, Disney's new Broadway-bound musical, is adapted from the hit film and featuring some of the best-loved music by Academy and Tony Award-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Beguelin.


Kensington Market – between College St. and Dundas St., and Bathurst St. and Spadina Ave. - Map
Attracting the young and the old, this is one of the most distinctive neighbourhoods in Toronto, great for fresh food and vintage clothes.

Little Italy – College St. between Bathurst St. and Ossington Ave. - Map
Italian cafés, bars, restaurants and, of course, gelato shops, line this strip.

Greektown – Danforth Ave. between Chester Ave. and Donlands Ave. - Map
Delicious Greek food and cafés are located in this very tasty area of Toronto.

Chinatown - Spadina Ave. between College St. and Queen St. W - Map
Whether you're looking for Chinese restaurants or bakeries, bubble tea or Dim sum, you won't want to miss this historic strip of Toronto, first established in the 19th century.

The Village – Church St. between Yonge St. and Gerrard St. - Map
The hub of the Toronto LGBTQ community, this strip includes bars, clubs and restaurants.

Yorkville – located north of Bloor St. between Avenue Rd. and Yonge St. - Map
Best known for its lavish shopping, this is the place to come for Burberry, Prada, Gucci, and the like.

Price Legend

  • $ - under $10 per person
  • $$ - $11-$30 per person
  • $$$ - $31-$60 per person
  • $$$$ - more than $61 per person

BIXI Bikes

BIXI is Toronto's bike-share system. With bike stations located across the city, riders can pick up a bike, ride to their destination and then return it to the nearest convenient bike stand. All you need is a credit card. The first 30 minutes of riding is free and the bikes are accessible 24/7.

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