Housing and Travel

Housing in Toronto

 

This year, as the workshop is not being hosted by a college, we are arranging housing privately.  We’ve reserved a set of adjoining apartments through AirBnB,  and are offering them at a rate of $70 USD/night for a bedroom with a single bed, or $40 USD/night for a shared bedroom with two beds.  There are 5-6 bedrooms per apartment, all of which are being rented to workshop attendees.  The rooms are available from Saturday July 13th at 3pm (the day before the workshop begins) with checkout no later than Sunday July 21st at 11am. 

The apartments have full kitchens and are cozy for hanging out:

Sample Bedroom


Rooftop patio with view of city


Living room with kitchen in background

They are located about a 15 minutes walk/streetcar ride from Tranzac (the venue where rehearsals and classes are held.)  The streetcars run every few minutes, all day every day.  The area is one of Toronto’s most vibrant, Chinatown, near Dundas and Spadina avenue:

Map from workshop apartments to Tranzac

You can share a room with someone you know from a previous workshop! The registration form will provide you with an option to add your roommate name(s).

All prices include all taxes and fees.

Food is not included in price.

The dorm cost per person must be paid in full at least a month before your workshop begins (June 22).

Refund Policy: Refunds are only possible if accommodation is canceled more than 15 days before the start date of the workshop.

Alternative Housing

Toronto is a city full of short term rentals.  You are welcome to use AirBNB to obtain a place to stay on your own.

TRAVELING TO TORNTO:

Toronto has two airports.  The small airport downtown is called “Billy Bishop” (code YTZ) and is serviced by Porter Airlines from a few US cities and several Canadian cities.  If you are flying from one of those cities, this is a great option as it literally lands on an island next to a streetcar that will take you to the apartments in 25 minutes.

https://www.flyporter.com/en-ca/book-flights/where-we-fly

Map from Billy Bishop airport to the apartments

 

From other places, the airport to use is “Toronto Pearson International Airport”, code YYZ.  From Pearson, a train leaves every 15 minutes, called the “UP express” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pearson_Express) which costs $12.  It takes you to Union Station in 25 minutes, and from there it is a 12 minute streetcar ride to the apartments:

Route from Union station to the apartments

 

Taxis, Ubers, and Lyfts are also in ready supply, if you prefer that to public transit.

Parking and Transportation:

Parking: Parking around chinatown is available in several lots for about $10-15 / day.  https://en.parkopedia.ca/parking/underground/chinatown_centre/m5t/toronto 

Transit: Parking and driving in the city is complicated and it is recommended to use public transit.  The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) is the group that operates the streetcars and subways in the city.  It’s recommended to purchase a “Presto” (https://www.prestocard.ca/en) card, for $6, available for purchase at Pearson airport when arriving or in most subway stations.  Buying that card immediately saves you $3 on the train from the airport.   After that, the card can be used for the streetcar and subway ($3/ride).  You can recharge the card at any station with a credit/debit card or with cash.  The Spadina streetcar runs north and south between the apartments and the Tranzac venue, every few minutes.

Dining:

You are in a city brimming with food of every possible origin.  But if eating out isn’t your thing, the apartments have full kitchens and nearby Kensington Market will sell you everything from fresh veggies, seafood, meats, breads, and anything else you can imagine eating.  We’ll be organizing an opening night dinner Friday evening, place to be determined.