Toronto Experience: Let the Fun (and Eating) Begin!

Catch up with friends and make new connections at social activities during the conference.

Kick-Off Dinner

Don’t miss the first official conference event. Join us at the Hot House Restaurant and Bar on Thursday, June 5, at 7 PM for dinner and drinks. Directions, menu, and more are available online. Diners will receive separate bills. Please RSVP to with the subject line “Thursday dinner.” 

“Old Toronto” Walk with Muddy York Tours

Friday, June 6, 10 AM to 12 NOON

Get to know the history of Old Toronto on this fascinating walk, led by expert Richard Fiennes-Clinton of Muddy York Tours. Learn about notable landmarks such as St. Michael’s Cathedral, Massey Hall, and the Yonge Street theatre district. We’ll also wander through Toronto’s “Old Town District” and visit the world-renowned St. Lawrence Market, which was voted amongst the world’s best markets by National Geographic.

The tour distance will be up to 1.5 km. Cost: $10 cash, payable to your tour guide. RSVP to with the subject line “Muddy York Tours.”

“Magical Mystery Tour” of Coach House Books

Friday, June 6, 1:30 to 3:30 PM

Michael Ondaatje, Allen Ginsberg, Gwendolyn MacEwen… these are just a few of the literary luminaries whose stomping grounds have included Coach House Books over the past 40 years. On this free 45-minute tour, you’ll see everything from the 1917 linotype machine to the “Magical Sleeper Chair.” To register, RSVP to with the subject line “Coach House Books.”

On Friday, meet group leader Nancy Foran in the lobby of Li Ka Shing by 1:30 PM. You’ll need two TTC tokens, or $3 each way, for the subway.

Opening Reception

On the evening of Friday, June 6, join us for the opening reception in the Li Ka Shing Exhibit Hall, where George Elliott Clarke, Toronto’s poet laureate, will speak about the role of editing in poetry.

Awards Banquet

On Saturday, June 7, gather at the Eaton Chelsea hotel for a night of food, friends, and fun at the annual awards banquet, where we’ll recognize the winners of the President’s Awards for Volunteer Service, the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, and the Claudette Upton Scholarship. And, of course, there will plenty of laughs with the Oops Awards.

Breakfast with Friends

Squeeze in a little more networking over breakfast platters, smoothies, and more at our tasty pay-as-you-go breakfast on Monday, June 9. We’ve reserved tables at The Pickle Barrel (entrance on Yonge Street, just north of Dundas) from 8 AM to 10 AM — just drop in when you like, no RSVP required. Diners will receive separate bills.

For more information about your upcoming Toronto experience, check out the EAC Conference blog and the EAC Toronto Experience webpage.


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