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  • TORONTO, CANADA (September 2019) – Feel the cool air rush into Canada’s Downtown as fall descends on Canada’s largest city. While the leaves begin to change colour, Toronto continues to evolve with new city changes, restaurants, exhibits and fall-focused experiences! Read through our latest “What’s New” for a list of notable updates and happenings around the city.

    Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

    1. Early Rubens
    October 12, 2019 – January 5, 2020
    www.ago.ca/exhibitions/early-rubens

    The AGO is thrilled to showcase Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) in a new exhibition featuring the North American debut of some of his most ambitious works. Rubens is one of the most revered painters in Western art – widely recognized for his riveting, dynamic and even cinematic style, known as the Baroque. The exhibition highlights works the Flemish master produced between 1609 and 1621 – a crucial time that was the artist’s most innovative and inspired.

    2. Hito Steyerl: This is the Future
    October 24, 2019 - February 23, 2020
    www.ago.ca/exhibitions/hito-steyerl-future

    Hito Steyerl is an acute observer and interpreter of globalized and digitized cultures; her work often blends the personal with the political and irony with seriousness as she investigates how images are created, packaged and consumed. This exhibition will be the first solo show in Canada for the German artist, filmmaker, writer and cultural critic. Taking up all of Level 5 of the David & Vivian Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art, the exhibition includes some of the artist’s most iconic works to date, ranging from single-channel projections and video monitor works, to elaborate architectural environments.

    The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

    Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches
    November 16, 2019 – March 22, 2020
    www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/bloodsuckers-legends-to-leeches


    Discover the fascinating science lurking beneath the surface of history's most enduring legends at the ROM this fall with Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches. Vampire bats and birds, live leeches and lampreys, and more of nature’s most bloodthirsty animals star in this ROM-original exhibition.

    Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

    Age of You
    September 4, 2019 — January 5, 2020
    www.museumofcontemporaryart.ca/age-of-you-programmes-2019

    Age of You
    is a timely exhibition about how the self has become more extreme, and what it means to be an individual today. It is curated by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist, with graphic design by Daly & Lyon and over 70 visual contributors from the worlds of art, design, filmmaking, photography, performance and electronic music. A series of public programmes will run in parallel and expand upon the exhibition’s themes. Age of You has been commissioned and produced by MOCA Toronto.

    The Bentway

    Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram
    September 10-15, 2019
    www.thebentway.ca/event/museum-of-the-moon

    From September 10-15, The Bentway brings the Moon under the Gardiner with a presentation of Museum of the Moon – a seven-metre wide touring sculptural work by UK artist Luke Jerram, which fuses lunar imagery to bring the moon’s surface to life on earth. Visitors will be able to reflect on the moon through moon gazing and moonlight meditation, turning The Bentway into an open air planetarium.

    Ryerson Image Centre (RIC)
    The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture
    September 11 – December 8, 2019
    www.ryersonimagecentre.ca/exhibition/the-way-she-looks-a-history-of-female-gazes-in-african-portraiture

    Drawn from the extraordinary holdings of The Walther Collection, The Way She Looks revisits the history of African photographic portraiture through the perspectives of women, both as sitters and photographers. Guest curated by rising scholar Sandrine Colard and organized by the RIC in collaboration with The Walther Collection, The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture features contemporary works by female artists alongside twentieth-century studio portraits and early colonial images and albums.

    Escape Manor
    Elevator Pitch

    Opens September 17, 2019
    www.escapemanor.com/toronto

    Elevator Pitch is a new semi-permanent experience at Escape Manor. The escape room will be designed for four adventurous guests and will be a 25-minute experience. The experience will be based on the namesake novel, "Elevator Pitch" by renowned Canadian Best Selling Author, Linwood Barclay.

    Aga Khan Museum
    Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

    September 21, 2019 – February 23, 2020
    www.agakhanmuseum.org/exhibitions/caravans-of-gold

    Aga Khan Museum has partnered with African nations and members of the African diaspora to bring Toronto the ground-breaking exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time. In relation to this exhibit, guests can also experience an Afrofuturist art installation made of Lego and world-class thought leaders and performers who reveal new dimensions of this vast and complex continent.

    Ontario Science Centre
    1. Life of the Earth
    September 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020
    www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

    This large-scale artwork by Canadian contemporary artist Director X reflects on humanity, environmental degradation and Anthropocene extinction. This multimedia installation shows the past, present and future of the Earth as if seen from space. Life of the Earth runs simultaneously with the Brampton-raised artist’s monumental Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 project Death of the Sun. Life of the Earth, a collaboration between the Science Centre and the City of Toronto, is part of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019.

    2. MindWorks
    September 28, 2019 – April 26, 2020
    www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

    Through intriguing, thought-provoking experiences that task visitors to use their bodies and minds, this new exhibition researched, designed and fabricated by the Science Centre will spark moments of mindfulness, challenging visitors to question themselves and discover answers experientially. Visitors will learn more about their own minds and how they think, feel and react.

    Meridian Arts Centre
    Mandela: Struggle for Freedom presented by TO Live

    October 10, 2019 – January 7, 2020
    www.tocentre.com/events/mandela

    Mandela: Struggle for Freedom - a major exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg in collaboration with the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa – opens in Toronto at the Meridian Arts Centre (formerly the Toronto Centre for the Arts) on October 10th. Mandela is an exhibition that looks at Nelson Mandela and the movement that formed around him. Follow Mandela into hiding after he is declared an outlaw, and then join him inside a replica of the prison cell that was his home for 18 years. Experience the bittersweet joy of his release, after 27 long years of imprisonment. Finally, witness South Africa’s first democratic elections, and find out about Mandela’s efforts to rebuild a nation shattered by racism and injustice.

    Square One
    The Dr. Seuss Experience
    Starts October 26, 2019
    www.drseussexperience.com

    Square One is excited to be the global-premiere location of the The Dr. Seuss Experience launching this October 2019. A massive 15,000 square foot experience with 360-degree immersive spaces, the Seuss-tacular spectacle is an Instagrammable playground and presents a journey through the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss. The experience will include beloved stories and characters of Dr. Seuss, including “The Cat in the Hat”, “Horton Hears A Who!” and “The Lorax” as well as other timeless favourites, and will be travelling to multiple cities across North America.

    StickerYou
    www.StickerYou.com

    StickerYou has recently opened the world's largest sticker store at 677-679 Queen Street West. In addition to the new store, StickerYou is also opening a permanent sticker museum this fall to showcase the history of stickers, from "labels" attached to commodities in ancient Egypt to decalomania, the creation of bumper stickers and the growth of sticker art culture. The store is also planning a temporary sticker art exhibition that will be held within the museum that will expand on the sticker art culture of North America and will feature sticker art by a range of artists, including Shepard Fairey and Matthew Hoffman.

    FESTIVALS & EVENTS

    Thursday Night OVERTIME at Hockey Hall of Fame
    Starts September 26, 2019
    www.hhof.com/Overtime

    Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) is a venue like no other. For the first time ever, HHOF is opening their doors for a series of 19+ after-hour events: Thursday Night OVERTIME at the Hockey Hall of Fame. It will be an evening for attendees to experience the museum while enjoying some of the best live entertainment, local food vendors, and beverages this city has to offer.

    Event Dates:

    • Thursday, September 26th, 2019 – Season Opener
    • Thursday, October 31st, 2019 – Halloween Bash
    • Thursday, November 28th, 2019 – Kickin’ Country

    Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
    September 5-15, 2019
    www.tiff.net

    For the first time ever, the TIFF 2019 Opening Night Gala Film is a Canadian-made documentary. Titled Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, the documentary is a touching tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band.

    In total, there are 333 titles at TIFF this year with 36% of them being directed, co-directed, or created by women.  

    Yorkville Murals
    September 12-14, 2019
    www.yorkvillemurals.com

    Toronto is about to get a bit more colourful! Yorkville Murals, a brand new festival presented by INK Entertainment, is an artistic initiative celebrating contemporary muralism from September 12-14. Featuring local and international artists RISK, Ben Johnston, Mr. Brainwash, Whatisadam and more, Yorkville Murals will transform the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Avenue into a paradise of public art, becoming a hub for social gatherings and elevated cultural experiences. Alongside the murals, the festival will feature artist talks, panels, film screenings and pop-up parties.

    The Word on the Street Festival
    September 21 – 29, 2019
    www.thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto

    Celebrating its 30th year, The Word On The Street Toronto 2019 Festival delights audiences of all ages with author readings and featured programming alongside Canada’s largest open-air book fair. This September, the festival will return to Harbourfront Centre for a birthday party like no other, celebrating the past and future of Canadian literature with an exciting lineup of debut authors alongside perennial favourites. Beloved Canadian entertainers Sharon & Bram will share a special free performance on the Harbourfront Concert Stage for their official Farewell Tour.

    Toronto Biennial of Art
    September 21 – December 1, 2019
    www.torontobiennial.org

    Launching on September 21st,  the Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) is a new international contemporary visual arts event that is as culturally connected and diverse as Toronto itself. For 10 weeks every two years, the city will be transformed by exhibitions, talks, and performances that reflect the local context while engaging with the world’s most pressing issues of our time. In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, the Biennial’s free, citywide programming aims to galvanize citizens, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations from a variety of perspectives.

    29Rooms “Expand Your Reality” experience by Refinery29
    September 26 – October 6, 2019
    www.29rooms.com/toronto

    For the first time ever, 29Rooms is bringing an immersive experience to Toronto. The Expand Your Reality Experience is the newest artistic wonderland of interactive installations and thought-provoking performances brought to you by the creators of Refinery29. Developed in collaboration with brands, visionaries, and emerging creative voices, come and find yourself at this real-life wonderland from 29Rooms. The event will be hosted in the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place.

    Big Draw Festival 2019
    September 28-29, 2019
    www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/the-big-draw

    For the first time ever, the City of Toronto will be hosting Big Draw Festival – the world’s largest celebration of drawing. Taking place at the City’s Toronto History Museums, the free all-ages event invites everyone who loves to draw to make a mark on their city by creating artworks using paints, pencils and crayons, and participating in a collaborative art project. This year's theme, "Drawn to Life: creativity and well-being," is all about health and well-being, more specifically a positive, accessible "can-do" attitude with the creativity essential to a fulfilling, healthy life.

    Toronto Tequila Festival
    October 4, 2019
    www.tequilafestival.ca  

    On October 4th, visit Toronto’s Berkeley Church to experience the city’s first ever Tequila Festival! Drinks, tacos, entertainment and more; the Toronto Tequila Festival has it all for both the tequila aficionados and those looking to discover their new favourite spirit. Guests can also look forward to free, fun, interactive educational sessions hosted by local tequila expert and owner of Drink Tank, Jon Gray, throughout the event.

    Toronto Food Film Fest

    October 4-5, 2019
    www.torontofoodfilmfest.com

    For its inaugural year, the Toronto Food Film Fest launches October 4th, 2019. This is Toronto's only multi-day food film festival. Don't miss your chance to screen mouthwatering, thought-provoking, conversation-starting independent films about food from around the world. Curated snacks paired with every screening, panels, workshops and meals make this event your best excuse to wear sweatpants - two days in a row. Toronto Food Film Fest is truly a celebration of independent filmmaking, food and culture!

    Toronto Railway Museum Presents the John Street Roundhouse’s 90th Birthday Party
    October 5, 2019
    www.torontorailwaymuseum.com/trm2018/roundhouse90th

    This year is the 90th birthday of the John Street Roundhouse. To celebrate, the Toronto Railway Museum will present to the public an event 90 years in the making. On Saturday October 5th, 2019, visit the Toronto Railway Museum at 255 Bremner Blvd, Stall 17 and experience scavenger hunts, guided tours, and more! The museum will also feature live music, mini train rides, and turntable rides!

    Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019
    October 5-6, 2019
    www.toronto.ca/nuitblanche

    The 14th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto will fill the city's streets with nearly 90 contemporary art projects created by more than 300 local, national and international artists starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th. This year's event will present two City of Toronto-produced, curated exhibitions in Scarborough and at Fort York, and a large-scale artist installation at Nathan Phillips Square will be presented under the event-wide theme, “Continuum”.

    Rouge National Urban Park’s Earth Run & Fall Festival
    October 19, 2019
    www.parkscanada.gc.ca/rouge   

    The Rouge is home to many historic and significant travel paths. Indigenous peoples used these paths since time immemorial, running from community to community delivering messages, for protection, for ritual and for sport. Then, and now, Indigenous athletes are considered masters of distance running, and are counted among the most esteemed runners in Canadian history. In celebration of this proud and enduring legacy of Indigenous athleticism, Rouge National Urban Park invites visitors to reconnect with nature and follow in the footsteps of more than 10,000 years of human history within the Rouge Valley.

    The Earth Run in the Rouge consists of a 10k and 5k course. Not a runner? Take part in a series of free, drop-in guided walks with Indigenous content and fall themes!

    Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA)
    October 24 - November 3, 2019
    www.festivalofauthors.ca/festival

    Canada’s largest and longest-running festival of words and ideas celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. TIFA connects curious readers of every kind with leading authors and provides forums to showcase Canadian talent to the world. This year’s festival includes lively conversations between world renowned authors, a Toronto Poetry Slam showcase, a special TIFA at 40: An Anniversary Exhibition and more!

    Art Toronto
    October 25-27, 2019
    www.arttoronto.ca 

    Art Toronto, Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art, will fill the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with creativity and conversation as it marks its 20th year with bold new leadership and cues from Portugal’s flourishing arts scene. As one of Canada’s most important annual art events, Art Toronto has attracted top leadership talent on both a local and international level with the appointments of Mia Nielsen as the new director of Art Toronto and esteemed curator João Ribas for this year’s FOCUS: Portugal, an exhibit featuring work from Portuguese galleries and artists.

    Hot Docs Podcast Festival
    November 6-11, 2019
    www.hotdocscinema.ca/c/podcast

    The Hot Docs Podcast Festival, presented in partnership with CBC Podcasts, is back this November with an exciting program featuring the best and brightest in non-fiction audio storytelling. Canada’s premiere podcasting event, this year’s Festival will present an expanded six-day program of live podcast performances and a three-day edition of its annual Creators Forum, the country’s top industry conference for seasoned and aspiring podcasters.

    PERFORMING ARTS

    Mirvish Productions
    www.mirvish.com

    The 2019/20 Mirvish Theatre season kicks off with the continuation of the award-winning production, Come From Away, which continues at the Elgin Theatre until December 1st and then transfers back to the Royal Alexandra Theatre beginning December 13th. Additional highlights for Mirvish Productions include:

    • the Canadian premiere of the critically-acclaimed, smash-hit Broadway musical (and the winner of 10 Tony Awards), The Band’s Visit takes the stage at Ed Mirvish Theatre from September 17-October 20;
    • the Toronto premiere of Piaf/Dietrich from September 17-December 8 at CAA Theatre;
    • the Canadian premiere of Girl From The North Country from September 28-November 24 at Royal Alexandra Theatre;
    • Mozart Don Giovanni - Opera Atelier from October 31- November 9 at Ed Mirvish Theatre;
    • Mandy Patinkin in Concert: DIARIES presents the acclaimed actor/singer/storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer on November 12 & 14 at Ed Mirvish Theatre;
    • the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS, is on from November 27-January 5 at Princess Of Wales Theatre;
    • and the Canadian premiere of Anastasia takes the stage from December 3, 2019-January 12, 2020 at Ed Mirvish Theatre.

    Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO)
    www.tso.ca

    The Toronto Symphony Orchestra kicks off their 2019/20 season this fall starting with Dynamic Duo: Hannigan & Storgårds on September 19 & 21. Additional highlights for TSO include:

    • the return of the ever-popular Star Wars Film Concert Series with Star Wars: Return of the Jedi—In Concert from October 3-5;
    • incoming Music Director Gustavo Gimeno conducts Daphnis et Chloé on October 9, 10 & 12;
    • the TSO’s Pop Series pays tribute to the suave and immortal secret agent in James Bond: The Music on October 15 & 16;
    • the Young People’s Concerts Series Symphony Spooktacular on October 27th;
    • Interim Artistic Director Sir Andrew Davis conducts Thaïs Grand Opera in Concert on November 7 & 9 and Russian Masters on November 13th;
    • and TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow leads the orchestra in Vivaldi's Four Seasons on November 16, 17, 20 & 21.

    Canadian Stage
    www.canadianstage.com

    Canadian Stage’s 2019/20 season opens with the world premiere of The Book of Life, created and performed by international praised Rwandan director, author, actor, feminist, humanitarian and professional dreamer, Odile Gakire (Kiki) Katese, September 17-29. Additional highlights for Canadian Stage include:

    • the Argentinian internationally celebrated comedy/dance sensation Un Poyo Rojo makes its Toronto debut from October 3-11;
    • Chinese choreographer Yang Zhen, a rising international star of contemporary dance, makes his North American debut with Minorities from October 17-27;
    • Canadian theatrical greats, Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks, present the world premiere of Let’s Run Away from October 31-November 17;
    • and Australia’s internationally renowned, Bangarra Dance Theatre, visits Toronto for the first time to perform Spirit from November 8-9.

    Cirque du Soleil: Alegría
    September 12 - December 1, 2019
    https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/alegria

    Cirque du Soleil: Alegría is coming to Toronto’s Ontario Place this fall! Alegria first premiered in 1994 and was seen by more than 14 million spectators over the course of its 19-year run. Now they’re reviving the show for the shows 25th anniversary. This is a first for Cirque du Soleil.

    RESTAURANTS

    Eataly Toronto
    www.eataly.com

    Opening fall 2019, Eataly Toronto will be the first-ever Eataly in Canada. You will be able to find them within the Manulife Center, located in the desirable Yorkville neighbourhood. The new location will offer 50,000 sq ft of high-quality Italian food. Whether you're looking for an on-the-go snack or a delicious meal to savor, Eataly’s cafés, takeaway counters, and restaurants will have something for you. Eataly Toronto also allows you to shop both local and Italian products and learn how to recreate their recipes with live demonstrations, cooking classes, and complimentary tastings.

    Xango
    www.facebook.com/xangotoronto

    Slated to open mid-September, Xango Toronto, a new fixture of Toronto’s King West social scene will focus on Latin Cuisine, twisting both Latin and Asian flavours to create a breakthrough restaurant experience that encompasses both authentic dishes and inspired new favourites. Xango will combine the incredible talents of celebrity Chef Claudio Aprile (MasterChef Canada) and Toronto’s hospitality impresario Nick Di Donato (Liberty Entertainment Group). Xango’s global cuisine will serve fresh bright flavours in a contemporary and eclectic setting.

    Dasha
    http://dashatoronto.com/

    Opening this fall, Dasha is a new restaurant from Honeycomb Hospitality, the same group that brought you Baro and Petty Cash. The restaurant will be backed by Michelin Star Chef, Akira Back. The restaurant will offer specially curated cocktails, Chinese cuisine and karaoke rooms galore for all entertainment needs.

    Pétros82
    www.petros82.com

    Bringing authentic flavours of the Aegean seas and the art of Greek hospitality to Toronto, Pétros82 will open inside Hotel X Toronto on September 12th. Featuring prime steak and fresh seafood with an emphasis on a Greek-style of cooking, this Mediterranean restaurant and raw bar uses only fresh, natural ingredients and adds a flair of the unexpected.

    ēst
    www.estrestaurant.ca

    New to the city as of this fall, ēst is a progressive tasting menu and cocktail restaurant located in the heart of the vibrant Queen Street East community of Riverside, Toronto. Featuring the creations of world-recognized Chef Sean MacDonald, ēst’s cuisine is truly Canadian and influenced by the many cultures within Canada’s borders.

    LOV
    www.lov.com

    This September, Montreal’s beloved 100% plant-based restaurant opens its doors in Toronto at 620 King Street West. LOV’s newest expansion will be a bright and inviting space featuring planet-conscious dishes that offer a refreshing twist on plant-based possibilities. Guests can expect a fast fine dining experience when they visit the restaurant that perfectly combines culinary excellence and elegance with affordable pricing and quick service - a triple threat for the city that’s always on the go.

    Beaches Brewing Company
    www.beachesbrewing.com

    Set to open mid-September, Beaches Brewing Co. will provide a healthy selection of craft beers in a cozy, community environment that is sure to become a staple Beaches neighbourhood establishment for both residents and visitors to the area. Additionally, Chef Michael Kirkwood will bring his experience from working in classic Toronto restaurants such as Avalon, Toro and Opus to the kitchen. This is the company’s first-ever brick-and-mortar location.

    The Green Wood
    www.eatgreenwood.com

    Leslieville neighbourhood favourite, The Green Wood, has two exciting announcements for the fall. In addition to their popular brunch/lunch menu, the restaurant has added dinner service to their offerings. What’s more, in late October The Green Wood will be opening its second location, this time in the west end at 461 King Street West. Both The Green Wood East and West will be serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and exist as spaces in which private events can be hosted. Both locations will continue their commitment to Toronto’s sustainable food movement.

    Smoke Bar & Kitchen
    www.facebook.com/smokebarandkitchen

    Toronto has a new Southern BBQ inspired eatery and brunch hub in the heart of Queen Street West. This new smoke-inspired hot spot is the latest from the group behind the successful Hogtown Smoke chain; however, it is very different from Hogtown. The most notable shift seen is the number of menu items dedicated to delicious vegetarian dining, while still keep with the contemporary BBQ theme (think Smoke’d Watermelon “Ham” & Cheese). Now both meat-eaters and vegetarians can dine happily together in a cool casual setting.

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    ABOUT TOURISM TORONTO
    Tourism Toronto is the official destination marketing organization for the region, “Canada’s Downtown” – encompassing Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton. With sales and marketing programs in key markets around the world, Tourism Toronto promotes the Toronto region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travelers. Tourism Toronto operates in partnership with the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. For more information please visit SeeTorontoNow.com.

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  • TORONTO, June 19, 2019 – Tourism Toronto is launching a new destination marketing campaign, Let Yourself In – fresh on the heels of the Raptors capturing the NBA title and Toronto’s sense of welcome and diversity seizing the world’s attention. The campaign also arrives as Toronto celebrates another record year in visitation having welcomed 44 million travellers into the city in 2018.

    “Right now, Toronto’s having a real moment – you can feel the incredible sense pride and energy here. Now, with the world watching, we’re inviting travellers to be a part of that pride and energy,” said Jon Mamela, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Tourism Toronto. “Toronto is the front door to Canada, and our message to travellers is simple – Let Yourself In – be a part the excitement, diversity and unapologetic progressiveness that defines who we are.”

    Let Yourself In launches this week in select markets in the U.S. and Canada with an integrated digital strategy. The campaign is anchored by video, using a variety of digital channels and new digital tools to target potential travellers including original content, co-created stories with select publishers and influencers and social media featuring #openyourcuriosity. The campaign serves as the platform for Toronto’s sales and marketing programs over the next two years. Videos from the Let Yourself In campaign can be viewed on Tourism Toronto’s website See Toronto Now.  

    The new platform follows Tourism Toronto’s award-winning The Views Are Different Here campaign launched two years ago and watched more than 50 million times.

    Toronto’s meeting, conferences and events industry will also leverage Let Yourself In in global sales efforts. Business Events in Toronto have seen tremendous success in 2019 including tech conference Collision, Canada’s premier tourism marketplace Rendez-vous Canada, and Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress that coincided with the Raptors Championship parade. Last year, Toronto hosted more international delegates from meetings, conferences and events than any other city in North America.

    Let Yourself In is an open invitation to visitors from business event delegates and decision makers, to sports fans and leisure travellers, said Mamela. “It’s an invitation to revel in the moments that make Toronto great. From moments of small connections with our people, neighbourhoods, attractions and culture, to moments so big they’re seen all around the world.”

    ABOUT TOURISM TORONTO

    Tourism Toronto is the official destination marketing organization for the region, “Canada’s Downtown” – encompassing Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton. With sales and marketing programs in key markets around the world, Tourism Toronto promotes the Toronto region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travellers. Tourism Toronto operates in partnership with the City of Toronto, the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. For more information please visit SeeTorontoNow.com.

  • TORONTO, December 13, 2018 – Tourism Toronto and its meetings, conferences and events unit Business Events Toronto, announced today that 26 citywide conventions were held in 2018 – a new record for the number of citywide conventions held in a single year. The total tops the previous record of 18 citywide conferences set in 2017.

    “The record number of citywide conferences speaks to Toronto’s place as the hub for innovation, technology, finance and business within Canada,” said Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “Our team at Business Events Toronto taps into Toronto’s strength in these key economic sectors and uses the vibrancy of Canada’s Downtown to attract these major events to the region.”

    Tourism Toronto defines a citywide convention or event as one that consumes 1,100 hotel rooms on peak night, a minimum of two hotels for delegates, and the use of a convention centre or event complex.

    “Business events are a thriving and vital part of our tourism industry that contributes $33 billion in direct spending in Canada, directly employs 229,000 people and $19 billion of GDP,” said Heidi Welker, Chair of Meetings Means Business Canada. “Great things happen when people come together, whether in a meeting room, on a convention floor, or out experiencing a destination. Our industry within Canada and in Toronto excel at bringing people together in an exceptional way.”

    Following the success of citywide conferences in 2018, the momentum continues into next year. Tourism Toronto is pleased to announce that Jehovah’s Witnesses will be hosting their 2019 international convention in Toronto, bringing an expected 45,000 delegates. That convention joins other meetings and events secured for 2019 including MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC) – the signature event for meeting professionals. WEC gives Toronto the opportunity to showcase itself to the professionals planning meetings, conferences and events across the globe.

    TORONTO AS A HOST DESTINATION FOR MEETINGS, CONFERENCES, SPORTS AND EVENTS

    In 2018, Toronto was named Canada’s top convention destination by Cvent, and consistently ranks among the top five in North America. Toronto was also among the top-ranked destinations selected by meeting planners in the 2018 Watkins Report, which rates the most positive overall experience for major conventions in North America.

    Toronto offers planners a destination that is open, diverse and safe – a city that blends the best of Canadian inclusiveness with iconic events, attractions, restaurants, culture and festivals. The region, as Canada’s Downtown, is home to North America’s second largest financial services centre, third largest technology sector and the country’s largest combined life-sciences sector, providing access to industry thought-leaders and businesses driving innovation in their field.

    2018 BUSINESS EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS:

    The banner year for Business Events Toronto include direct service support for 1,025 events hosted in 2018 including citywide conferences. Those meetings represented 500,208 delegates and an economic spend of $565 million.

    Some of the key conferences, meetings and events that took place in 2018 included:

    • NU SKIN China – May 2018 (4,000 delegates)
    • Pediatric Academic Societies – May 2018 (9,100 delegates)
    • VMWare – May 2018 (4,050 delegates)
    • Rotary International Convention – June 2018 (24,000 delegates)
    • Enterprise World 2018 – OpenText – July 2018 (4,000 delegates)
    • Primerica Canadian Convention – July 2018 (7,000 delegates)
    • 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer – September 2018 (7,500 delegates)
    • Cyber Security Connect East (Palo Alto Networks) – September 2018 (3,515 delegates)
    • Family Medicine Forum – November 2018 (3,000 delegates)

    ABOUT TOURISM TORONTO

    Business Events Toronto is the meetings, conferences and events unit of Tourism Toronto – the official destination marketing organization for the region, “Canada’s Downtown” – encompassing Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton. With sales and marketing programs in key markets around the world, Tourism Toronto promotes the Toronto region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travelers. Tourism Toronto operates in partnership with the City of Toronto, the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. For more information please visit SeeTorontoNow.com and businesseventstoronto.com.

  • TORONTO, May 23, 2019 – Two new tourism ranking reports further cement Toronto’s place as a top global travel destination. Toronto hosted more international delegates from meetings, conferences and events than any other city in North America in 2018; the city has also been named the number one North American travel destination preferred by students and teachers. The rankings come as Toronto continues to reach record-breaking levels with 44 million visitors to the city that spend more than $9 billion, annually.

    Toronto hosted more international meeting delegates in 2018 than any other city in North America

    Toronto has broken the North American record for number of delegates attending international association meetings and conventions, according to the 2018 International Congress and Conventions Association (ICCA) City Rankings Report. The record-breaking 2018 saw 84,600 international attendees, more than any other city in North American history.

    Globally, Toronto ranked 7th for international attendance and was the only North American city in the top 10. Toronto also ranked second overall for the number of meetings hosted in North America.

    “Meetings, conventions and events are economic drivers for Toronto with an economic impact of more than $565 million,” said Tara Gordon, Vice President, Business Events at Tourism Toronto. “Attracting international meetings is an economic growth strategy for Toronto and it’s also an opportunity to showcase key sectors like tech, finance and health care. We’re seeing Toronto’s outstanding reputation being elevated in these sectors with the number of international attendees that now surpasses every other city in North America.”

    In addition to the North American record, Toronto remains the only Canadian city to grow the number of international meetings year-over-year.

    “The meetings and events industry is very competitive, and we are proud of Toronto’s continued success,” said Lorenz Hassenstein, President and CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “These impressive results speak to the positive sentiment for our city on an international level, and also to our ability to deliver exceptional experiences for delegates with the help of key partners.”

    ICCA 2018 Report Highlights:

    • Toronto hosted 84,600 international attendees – breaking the North American record.
    • Toronto was the only Canadian destination to grow the number of international meetings in 2018 (75 meetings versus 73 in 2017).
    • Toronto placed 7th globally in international attendance, the only North American city in the top 10.
    • Toronto breaks its own record number of international meetings hosted in a single year (75).
    • Toronto hosted six international conventions and meetings with more than 3,000 attendees, the most for a Canadian city.
    • Toronto hosted the second most meetings in North America (for back-to-back years).

    Toronto named #1 North American destination favoured by students and teachers

    Toronto has also been selected as the number one travel destination favoured by students and teachers, according to tour operator members of Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA) in its 2019 Student Destinations list. The non-profit professional trade association promotes student and youth travel worldwide.

    “Toronto is Canada’s hub for education, entertainment, and culture – a city invigorated by nine colleges and universities where student life thrives,” said Andrew Weir, Executive Vice President, Destination Development for Tourism Toronto. “We know that travellers want experiences that change them – experiences they are proud to share with their friends and family. Toronto is a city with a deep sense of welcome, inclusiveness and openness, and that resonates and appeals to students from all over the world.”

    ABOUT TOURISM TORONTO

    Tourism Toronto is the official destination marketing organization for the region, “Canada’s Downtown” – encompassing Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton. With sales and marketing programs in key markets around the world, Tourism Toronto promotes the Toronto region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travellers. Tourism Toronto operates in partnership with the City of Toronto, the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. For more information please visit SeeTorontoNow.com.


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  • TORONTO AT A GLANCE

    • Toronto is the fourth-largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York and Los Angeles
    • Centrally located between New York City, Chicago and Montreal, Toronto is within a 90 minute flight for over half the U.S. and Canadian population.
    • Toronto is the top Canadian domestic business travel destination and the most popular choice for U.S. sponsored association meetings outside the U.S.
    • There are 36,000 hotel rooms in over 170 hotels
    • Toronto is home to the largest convention centre in Canada ranking among the top ten largest continuous-space facilities in North America
    • Famous for its diversity, Toronto may be the world’s most global city, with 50 per cent of the population born outside of Canada.
    • Some 130 languages and dialects are spoken in Toronto; The City of Toronto publishes information for residents in 30 languages.
  • Host your next meeting in Toronto
    Toronto is your gateway to Canada. Renowned for its big-ticket events, top attractions, unique restaurants and vibrant nightlife, it is the largest and most-visited destination in the country....

  • TORONTO AT A GLANCE

    • Toronto is the fourth-largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York and Los Angeles
    • Centrally located between New York City, Chicago and Montreal, Toronto is within a 90 minute flight for over half the U.S. and Canadian population.
    • Toronto is the top Canadian domestic business travel destination and the most popular choice for U.S. sponsored association meetings outside the U.S.
    • There are 36,000 hotel rooms in over 170 hotels
    • Toronto is home to the largest convention centre in Canada ranking among the top ten largest continuous-space facilities in North America
    • Famous for its diversity, Toronto may be the world’s most global city, with 50 per cent of the population born outside of Canada.
    • Some 130 languages and dialects are spoken in Toronto; The City of Toronto publishes information for residents in 30 languages.
  • Host your next meeting in Toronto
    Toronto is your gateway to Canada. Renowned for its big-ticket events, top attractions, unique restaurants and vibrant nightlife, it is the largest and most-visited destination in the country....

  • TORONTO AT A GLANCE

    • Toronto is the fourth-largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York and Los Angeles
    • Centrally located between New York City, Chicago and Montreal, Toronto is within a 90 minute flight for over half the U.S. and Canadian population.
    • Toronto is the top Canadian domestic business travel destination and the most popular choice for U.S. sponsored association meetings outside the U.S.
    • There are 36,000 hotel rooms in over 170 hotels
    • Toronto is home to the largest convention centre in Canada ranking among the top ten largest continuous-space facilities in North America
    • Famous for its diversity, Toronto may be the world’s most global city, with 50 per cent of the population born outside of Canada.
    • Some 130 languages and dialects are spoken in Toronto; The City of Toronto publishes information for residents in 30 languages.

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