TBEX Toronto Experiences – 5/31

Tours 2 – 10

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Registration is now CLOSED for these tours

All Friday tours will be conducted from 9:30am-12:30pm and again from 2:00pm-5:00pm.
** Please note: tours are subject to change and some activities may be weather dependent

Tours 2-10 Tours 11-20 Tours 21-30

Important Information:

  • Registration for tours will open on Wednesday, April 17th at 12:00pm PST
  • You can sign up for tours at the bottom of the page
  • All tours are on a first come first serve basis
  • Only registered conference attendees can sign up for tours
  • To accommodate all attendees, you are only allowed on one tour on Friday

Shop ‘Till You Drop in Toronto

Tour Option #2A – 10:00 am – 1:00pm
Tour Option #2B – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Details: Max 12 participants

small---_DAC4108Toronto is a major style destination. From luxury designer items to some of the best vintage shopping in North America, there is no shortage of stores to reinvent your wardrobe or home. Toronto’s countless markets, boutiques, malls and galleries create a shopper’s paradise. Return home the envy of all your friends with your unique, trendy fashions from the hottest Canadian designers. Your personal style coach will take you through Toronto’s largest shopping districts from Kensington Market to Queen Street West and past the landmark Eaton Centre. Visit Yorkville, a must for any true couture lover, and explore the PATH, the largest underground shopping complex. Non-strenuous walking and transportation included. Interesting fact: In the 1960’s Yorkville thrived as an artistic Bohemian community and it is where the musical talents of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot, as well as then-underground literary figures such as Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen and Dennis Lee performed their work.

Toronto Island Life by Bike

Tour Option #3A – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tour Option #3B – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Details: Max 10 participants

small---_MG_0069After a short ferry ride across the harbour, explore North America’s largest car-free neighbourhood and the vast public parks and waterways of the beautiful Toronto Islands. Visit historic landmarks such as the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and the Royal Canadian Yacht club. Pedal past one of the Island cafés and enjoy the scenery, including the parks, beaches, cottages, and incredible views of the Toronto skyline. Along the way, you’ll hear stories about key people and events from the last 200 years of the island’s remarkable history, and learn more about them as a residential community, recreational area, transportation hub, scenic retreat, sporting facility, and even as a military asset. The tour is suitable for beginner to advanced riders, as you’ll move at an easy pace and make plenty of stops to talk and take in the sights. Includes transportation, use of a bicycle, helmet and water ferry ticket. Interesting fact: The Toronto waterfront is 76.5 meters above sea level and the shoreline stretches 43 km (as the crow flies) or 138 km when you factor in the bays and islands.

Art + Design District in Toronto

Tour Option #4A – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tour Option #4B – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Details: Max 15 participants

Queen WestJoin a cultural concierge through the ultimate insider’s tour of West Queen West, a vibrant and eclectic art + design district with a high number of art galleries and independent arts-and-design related boutiques and studios. Discover art, architecture, and the secret spots and neighbourhood gems only a knowledgeable local could show you. Along the way, meet gallerists, artists, and local characters. Whether you frequent Queen West regularly or it’s your first time visiting, you’ll enjoy this one-of-a-kind tour with equal parts art lesson, gossip session and a peek inside Toronto’s Art and Design district. Non-strenuous walking and transportation included. Interesting fact: Queen Street’s 501 streetcar is the longest streetcar route operating in North America and one of the longest streetcar routes operating in the world.

Paddle Toronto

Tour Option #5A – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tour Option #5B – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Details: Max 15 participants

small---Toronto-Island-credit-OTMPJoin this relaxing tour of the Toronto 13-island Archipelago as you travel in a historic Voyageur Canoe replica. Departing at a leisurely pace, be transported back to the days of the Voyageur Explorers and cross the inner Toronto Harbour on your way to visiting bird sanctuaries, exploring lagoons and enjoying the Toronto Island landscape from the water. These highly stable boats were originally designed to carry people and goods across Canada; now used to transport you throughout the many channels and lagoons of the Toronto Islands, a small paradise in Toronto’s own backyard. After a short break, continue your paddle back to the docks on Lake Ontario. All required equipment is provided. No paddling experience required. Interesting fact: While moving through the various lagoons know that you are not alone; the Toronto Islands is home to 35 different kinds of fish.

Shot on Location in Toronto

Tour Option #6A – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tour Option #6B – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Details: Max 15 participants

small---DPP_9610Known as “Hollywood North” this special behind-the-scenes tour of Toronto will include a visit to several distinct sites that have been used for filming throughout the city from early in the century to recent box office hits including Total Recall that transformed Lakeshore Boulevard into a futuristic speedway. Start with a tour of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, which has a rich history of entertainment. In the late 1920s, it was one of the first Toronto venues to show “talkies,” using a new type of projector to show some of Toronto’s first movies with sound. The hotel has been used as a film set, for such movies as “Amelia,” “Hollywoodland,” “Cinderella Man” and dozens more. Take the underground pedestrian walkway, the PATH, to Union Station, for a tour of this popular filming location. Its historic architecture lends to scenes from movies, including “Chicago” and “Amelia.” Visit other film locations in the city, including the Historic Distillery District, St. Lawrence Market, the 175-year old University of Toronto, the exterior of Casa Loma, Toronto’s historic castle, and Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) new home, TIFF Bell Lightbox. Non-strenuous walking and transportation included. Interesting fact: In film, Toronto has doubled for New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago and other US locales, as well as international cities such as Paris, London, Morocco, Saigon and Tehran.

Architecturally Toronto

Tour Option #7A – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tour Option #7B – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Details: Max 15 participants

small---xIMG_8033The city’s living spaces are defined by many things including the buildings that its citizens work, play and live within. Over the last 175 years Toronto’s buildings have been built and influenced by innovative and creative architects. Tour past Toronto’s first sets of skyscrapers in the 1960’s designed by Mies van der Rohe, Toronto’s new City Hall designed by Viljo Revell, and the renovations and additions of the Art Gallery of Ontario by one of Toronto’s very own, Frank Gehry. Toronto legend Jack Diamond contributed his contemporary designs throughout the city in all fields from the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts to learning and medicine with Osgoode Hall Law School and Women’s College Hospital’s master plan. The landmark Ontario College of Art and Design’s eye-catching campus was designed by Will Alsop, the spectacular arched glass atrium of the Allen Lambert Galleria is to the credit of Santiago Calatrava, and the University of Toronto’s Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building, which visually intrigues all who pass by, was the design of Norman Foster. Also visit some of the best examples of a defining Toronto architectural trend fusing elegant heritage buildings with gleaming modern expansions including MaRs the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Royal Ontario Museum. Non-strenuous walking and transportation included. Interesting fact: Through the doors of the TIFF Bell Lightbox you will find a three-storey public atrium, 5 public cinemas, 2 galleries, 3 learning studios, a centre for students and scholars, a bistro, a restaurant, and a lounge.

Leslieville Foodie + Culture Tour in Toronto

Tour Option #8A – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tour Option #8B – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Details: Max 12 participants

small-0-DSC01527Savour and discover the vibrancy of a community that began as a small village back in the 1850’s and has transformed itself into one of Toronto’s hippest neighbourhoods. Learn about its history and culture and how local citizens helped to shape the Toronto of today. Experience Leslieville’s small town feel despite its close proximity to downtown Toronto. Walk along historic Queen Street East meeting shopkeepers and tasting their succulent cuisine. From sweet to savoury your jovial tour guide, himself a Chef, will give you a ‘behind the scenes’ take on one of the city’s best kept secrets. See where celebrity chefs have hung out a shingle and be regaled with local stories as we tempt your taste buds every step of the way. Tastings include Ontario wines, sustainable seafood, olive oils, cheese, desserts and more. Non-strenuous walking and transportation included. Interesting fact: Nestled within the neighborhood you will find De Grassi Street, made famous by the television program the Kids of Degrassi (which is now Degrassi: The Next Generation) and watched around the world. The show was filmed in the neighbourhood for many years, but is now shot in larger Toronto studios.

Toronto Graffiti Tour

Tour Option #10A – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tour Option #10B – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Details: Max 15 participants

Queen WestGraffiti. Some people see it as public art that beautifies our streets, while others see it as vandalism indicative of urban decay and crime. Whatever you think, it’s an always changing, inescapable and a fascinating part of our culture. Stroll the back alleys and laneways of downtown Toronto with an expert local guide and learn about the history of graffiti, the different forms and styles, and the controversial place it occupies in our urban landscape. Understand the primary types of graffiti – from “tags” to “throw-ups” to “pieces” and visit an area in downtown Toronto with a reputation for having some of the best examples of street art in the city: Rush Lane (a.k.a. “Graffiti Alley”). Discuss the many sides of the graffiti issue and viewpoints of property owners, the police, the City of Toronto, the general public, and the graffiti artists themselves. This tour encourages debate and discussion – it’s more than just looking at painted walls. Even “haters” will agree that much of the art on this tour is incredible! Non-strenuous walking and transportation included. Interesting fact: Toronto’s Graffiti Alley is the equivalent to 11 football fields in length.