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Registration, Lodging, Getting Around, Extracurriculars


~ Off the Books: Making, Breaking, Binding, Burning, Leaving, Gathering  ~

9-11 October 2015

University of Toronto



$75.00 (USD) Students/Non-regular Faculty/Artists/Thought Artisans

$175.00 (USD) Late Registration, Full-Time Faculty (post-September 15th)

*If you are University of Toronto faculty or student, there is no charge for attending the conference; if you are not presenting and want to pre-register and have a name-badge and conference program set aside for you, pay registration fee through one of the links above (if applicable) and then please send an email to:



Preferred Discounted Hotels:

We have reserved rooms in hotels that are closer to the conference location, and a couple that are further away, but cheaper and easily accessible by the Toronto subway. Information on each of the rooms is below; if you attempt to make a reservation and are told that the block is full, please contact Liza Blake ( immediately and she will arrange for more rooms to be set aside. Amounts indicated below are in Canadian dollars and the exchange rate, for those traveling from the US, will make these rates even more affordable.

Within walking distance to the conference:

  • Holiday Inn on Bloor; rooms blocked for Oct. 8-11; $129.99/night for single or double with one queen bed; $134.99/night for single or double with two double beds, $139.99 triple, $144.99 quad (plus taxes)

Book online at, and enter the group booking code. The Group Name is Babel Conference 2015, and the Group Booking Code is BCO. Book by Sept. 8, 2015 for special rates.

Contact reservations manager Michael Arteaga [ or phone 416.324.5890], and state you would like to make a reservation for the BABEL Working Group Conference, or use the Block Code: VH3 when reserving online and state your arrival and departure dates. Book by Sept. 8, 2015 for special rates.


Please tell them you are part of the BABEL Conference group. They have agreed to include complimentary wifi for our group. Book by Sept. 8, 2015 for special rates.

Please book your room reservations via:  Should you need to call, use the toll free number: 1-800-235-4670. Book by Sept. 8, 2015 for special rates.




If you are flying in you have two options: Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ — and Billy Bishop / Toronto City Centre Airport (YTZ — VERY IMPORTANT: For non-Canadian citizens, valid passports are required for travel in and out of Canada.

Billy Bishop is in downtown Toronto, and has shuttles from the airport to Union Station (on the Toronto subway line, which also connects to the conference location and the hotels designated as “walking distance” from the conference location, above). It is a very small airport, located on an island, and its primary airline, Porter, flies to limited cities (though they’re a nice airline if yours is one of their cities).

Toronto Pearson is a major international hub, and while it is further out it is possible to get from Pearson to downtown Toronto either by flat-rate taxis (, or by taking the TTC 192 “Airport Rocket” bus to a western arm of the subway line and then connecting to downtown by subway ( More instructions, directions, and schedules can be found on the Toronto Pearson website. Please keep in mind when scheduling your flight that, when you leave, if you are flying to the US you will need to clear customs in addition to security before leaving Toronto (rather than upon landing at your US destination, so factor in up to an additional hour to be at the airport).


From Pearson Airport (YYZ ):
CAB: To downtown Toronto takes about 45 minutes and costs about $60.
TRANSIT: The 192 Airport Rocket bus will take you from the airport into Kipling Sta-tion; from there, take the 2 Bloor subway line east to St. George station. The Holi-day Inn and the Intercontinental Yorkville are near St. George (see map, 13), and the conference venue is a few blocks away. If your hotel is near Union, transfer at St. George for a southbound 1 train. This takes about an hour total and costs $3 in exact change (or a token).
UP EXPRESS: The Union Pearson Express is a new train that runs from Pearson to Union Station. It costs $27.50, takes 25 minutes, has free wifi, and is by far the most relaxing option. See below for how to get from Union Station to the conference venue (which is a separate fare).

*When travelling from Pearson to the US, you go through customs before boarding the plane; give yourself extra time to account for this.

From Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ ):
CAB: To downtown Toronto takes about 20 minutes and costs about $25.
TRANSIT: There is a free shuttle from the airport to Union Station (after which, see below). The stop to get to the airport for your return flight is outside of a Starbucks.

From Union Station to the conference venue:
Follow the signs for the TTC Subway; take the 1 University line to St. George station. This costs $3 and takes 15 minutes.




There are many nearby restaurants and pubs, especially along Bloor, Yonge, Bay, Cumberland, and at Church & Wellesley. A bit further away, there are several nice restaurants on Harbord a few blocks west of Spadina. PLEASE call ahead about accessibility if that is an issue as many food/drink establishments in Toronto have accessibility issues (old buildings + steps, in many but not all cases):

L’Espresso Bar Mercurio, 321 Bloor St. W, lunch ($$)

Bar Mercurio, 270 Bloor St. W (next to the Holiday Inn), lunch/dinner ($$$)

Over Easy, 208 Bloor St. W, breakfast ($$)

b espresso bar, 273 Bloor St. W (in the Royal Conservatory), coffee & light meals ($)

Fresh on Bloor, 326 Bloor St. W, vegetarian lunch/dinner ($$)

Museum Tavern, 208 Bloor St. W, brasserie/tavern, great cocktails ($$)

Bedford Academy, 36 Prince Arthur, pub ($$)

Madison Avenue Pub, 14 Madison Avenue (the Annex), pub ($$)

Sushi Inn, 127 Cumberland, lunch/dinner ($)

Hemingway’s, 142 Cumberland, pub ($$)

Lola’s Kitchen, 634 Church, dinner ($$)

KOKO! Share Bar, 81 Yorkville Avenue, lunch/donner, Korean ($$)

THR & Co, 97 Harbord, dinner ($$$)

Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue, pub ($$)

Ned’s Cafe, 150 Charles St. W. lower level, cafeteria/lunch ($)

The Harbord Room, 89 Harbord, dinner ($$$)


Bar Fancy, 1070 Queen Street West, Delicious Comfort Food (think fried chicken + PBRs)

Mean Bao, 167 Bathurst Street, Bao/Dim Sum

Ka Chi, 585 Bloor Street West, Korean

Famosa, 386 Bloor Street West, Neapolitan/Pizza

Playa Cabana, 111 Dupont Street, Mexican

Bar Hop, 391 King Street West, Pub Food

Mother’s Dumplings, 421 Spadina Avenue, Chinese Comfort Food

Sea Witch Fish & Chips, 636 St Clair Avenue West, Fish & Chips (surprised?)

The Tiffin Box, 938 Bathurst Street, Indian

Korean Grill House, 754 Yonge Street, Korean Grill (surprised again?)

For takeout or casual dining in often smallish-spaced (some with patios) restaurants serving up a wild variety of cuisines and nestled among cool, funky shops and food markets, check out the offerings in Kensington Market, a short hop from the conference venue.


For the FOODIES among you who might want to reserve dinner tables in advance, behold Toronto’s recently-named 20 BEST RESTAURANTS (with a few other besties thrown in; not all of these are expensive!):

Barchef, 472 Queen Street West, the “ultimate cocktail experience”

Buca Yorkville, 53 Scollard Street, Italian

Dandylion, 1198 Queen Street West, Nordic/Canuck (great for vegetarians/vegans)

Yasu, 81 Harbord Street, Japanese/Sushi

Dailo, 503 College Street, New Asian + Chinese/French Fusion

Boralia, 59 Ossington Avenue, Historic Anglo-Canadian

Byblos, 11 Duncan Street, Eastern Mediterranean (great for vegetarians/vegans)

Flor de Sal, 501 Davenport Road, Mediterranean Comfort Food + Iberian/Italian fusion

Nana, 785 Queen Street West, Thai

Rasa, 196 Robert Street, Gastropub

Los Colibros, 220 King Street West, Upscale Mexican (good for vegetarians/vegans)

Branca, 1727 Dundas Street West, Argentinian-Inspired

Yunaghi, 538 Manning Avenue, Japanese/French Fusion

Mr. Flamingo, 1265 Dundas Street West, Nouveau Asian Fusion

Colette, 550 Wellington Street West, Saint Tropez-style French Bistro

Luckee, 328 Wellington Street West, Dim Sum + Nouvelle Chinois

Fat Pasha, 414 Dupont Street, Israeli + European Jewish

Montecito, 299 Adelaide Street West, Farm-to-Table + Californian

Patois, 794 Dundas Street West, Carribean Meets Asian Soul Food

Momofuko Shoto, 190 University Avenue, Counter-Style Tasting Menu + Gastro-WOW

Bar Raval, 505 College Street, Spanish/Barcelona Tapas


New to BABEL? Want to meet other intellectual vagabonds? We will be inciting some radical conviviality over the dinner table. BABEL stalwarts will be leading small groups (6-8) of dinner-goers on Friday and Saturday night. Contact Julie Orlemanski ( or Ben Ambler ( to sign up, and spend the evening with a nomadic becoming-fed friendship-assemblage!

  1. laura hall permalink

    lol ok this is wonderful and amusing but where/how do I hand over my registration fee as a presenter?

  2. You should choose the price that reflects your status ($150 or $75), and click on that hyperlinked number to go to Paypal to pay the fee.

  3. laura hall permalink

    found it, thanks!!!!

  4. Anna Wilson permalink

    Do I understand correctly that faculty/students at U of T who are presenting at the conference do not need to register?

  5. That is correct, Anna!


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