Note: All events listed are optional ‘extras’ planned by MagNet’s  Experience Toronto Host Committee to complement your conference  program.

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Experience Toronto with friends or venture out on your own. We provide a list of Shopping Spots and Best Brunches in the city to visit during your stay!



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EXPERIENCE TORONTO
TOP 10 Shopping Destinations
1. West Queen West Art & Design District
As artists move farther west on Queen Street to more affordable quarters between Bathurst Street and Gladstone Avenue, so too do the independent and experimental art galleries and the clothing shops show-casing funky Canadian designers. The abundance of antique and used furniture, trendy kitchenware, and off-beat and vintage clothing shops guarantees interesting finds.
6. Yorkville
Clustered in this upscale district, choice boutiques and fine art galleries offer everything the well-heeled and moneyed traveler desires. Even the local mall, Hazelton Lanes, harbors luxury shops such as a Rolls Royce dealership and Whole Foods Market, which tempts with mouth-watering but pricey prepared foods to fill the picnic basket.
2. Queen Street West
Artists after cheap rent settled among the textile shops along Queen Street between University Avenue and Bathurst Street in the early 1980s. Galleries and shops bursting with art, hip clothing, handcrafted jewellery, and home-décor items followed. These days, chains such as Montreal-based Le Chateau, The Gap, and Banana Republic have a definite presence as well.
7. Chinatown
You may think you're in Hong Kong as you browse along Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street, speculating on the use of exotic ingredients such as dried shrimp and the odoriferous durian fruit, or eyeing the dizzying array of Chinese house wares, knickknacks, and herbal medicines on offer. A terrific place to find unusual souvenirs at low prices.
3. Kensington Market
This chaotic enclave is a true gem. Once a Jewish market, the predominant ethnic flavour is now Portuguese and West Indian, with strong hints of Asian and Hispanic. The many food shops reflect this, stocked as they are with cassava, cornbread, pulses, cheese, salted cod, and spices. Fruit and veggies are some of the freshest-and cheapest-in the city. The waft of incense and strains of Reggae will lead you to the dimly lit secondhand clothing stores, many with a goth or hippie flair, nestled in Victorian houses.
8. Toronto Eaton Centre
Anchored on each end by a major department store-The Bay and Sears-this shopping oasis has something for every taste and bank balance. Books, plasma TV's, gourmet cookware, fashion-the range of goods across hundreds of stores is huge.
4. Toronto Antique Centre
This market brings over 20 dealers together under one roof-an antique lover's dream. Georgian silver, majolica, vintage luggage, militaria, prints and maps, and furniture are just some of the treasures awaiting you.
9. St. Lawrence Market
Considered by gastronomes around the globe as one of the world's best markets, a visit here is reason enough for food lovers to travel to Toronto. A huge selection of meat, fish, cheese and produce, as well as handcrafted gifts, make for a one-of-a-kind experience. Vendors pushing food samples and huskers add to the dynamic atmosphere; frequent special events and festivals liven things up even more. When you can't carry another thing, visit the free parcel check on the west side of the lower level, outside.
5. Queen Street East
Lovers of vintage clothes, radios and vinyl, and furniture from the 2960s and 1970s-some from well-known designers-will have a shopping fest along this eclectic stretch. Perhaps inspired by their trendy retro design neighbors, modern home-décor shops and interior design firms are also making this area home.
10. Bloor Street
Bloor Street between Church Street and Avenue Road is lined with international designer boutiques; Gucci, Tiffany's, Hermes, Chanel, and Max Mara, as well as excellent homegrown stores. Drop by fine jewelers Birks; William Ashley China, a top-notch china and glass store; Holt-Renfrew, a small department store specializing in high-end clothing; Harry Rosen, a superb men's clothing store with impeccable service; and the Roots flagship store, offering quality leather and sportswear.
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EXPERIENCE TORONTO's BEST BRUNCHES
Get a group of  friends together for a informal farewell brunch at some of the top spots for morning and mid-day eats and entertainment!
Bluegrass Brunch @ The Dakota Tavern
249 Ossington at Dundas W.
416-850-4579
This west-side basement saloon may be better known as a rootsy live music venue, but every Sunday morning it's home to one of the rockin'-est brunches in town. For $12, the
happening honky-tonk dishes up substantial all-you-can-eat platters at communal tables to the obligato of live bluegrass.
Open Sunday 11am-3pm
Gayley's 1424 Dundas W. at Gladstone
416-538-3443
Rarely crowded, the relaxed room always has stacks of newspapers to read, and its competent kitchen whips up a respectable all-day breakfast that goes for only $5.95!
Open Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm
Sunday 8am-4pm.
Cash only
Lula Café @ Lula Lounge1585 Dundas W. at Brock
416-588-0307
A riot of clashing tropical turquoise and pink, this small cantina in the popular Latin concert club opens to the cacophony of the street. As expected, chef Derek Crinson's morning menu also reflects the club's island aesthetic.
Bonus: salsa lessons!
Open Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm.
Bella's Bistro at Free Times Café 320 College at Major
416-967-1078
One of the last hippie hold-out's in town, Judy Perly's eatery offers a first-rate Jewish grandmother-style $19.95 all-you-can-eat (and eat and eat and eat) Sunday spread that can make you feel like a mensch no matter what your ethnicity.
Bonus: Live soulful klezmer soundtrack!
Citizen 730 Queen St. E at Broadview
416-465-0100
The east-side's hottest eatery just got even more difficult to get into now that co-owner Rodney Bowers of Rosebud has returned to helm the kitchen. An accessibly priced and
expertly executed card, smooth service and a buzzing room add further to the experience.
 

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Experience Toronto at 2010 MagNet Events June 2-June 6
*Note: Please register for both paid and free events.
We encourage you to use our convenient on-line registration. Alternatively, cheques should be made payable to PWAC Toronto and mailed to Magazines Canada c/o Edra Sefton 425 Adelaide Street West, Ste. 700 Toronto, ON M5V 3C1. Please indicate on the cheque which events you will be attending.
Toronto Reference Library Tour

Cost: Free


Wednesday, June 2nd 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
MagNet presenter Sue Young will take you on a tour of the Toronto Reference Library, flagship of the largest public library system in Canada. The tour will highlight special collections, the periodicals and newspapers centre, the business information centre as well as other interesting aspects of the collections and services including the library's electronic capabilities.
The Imagined City: A Literary Walking Tour of Downtown Toronto

Cost: $10


Wednesday June 2nd 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Join geographer Amy Lavender Harris, author of Imagining Toronto, on a literary walking tour. A short talk about how Toronto's urban geography informs and enriches the work of its leading writers will be followed by a walk to explore literary representations of a variety of iconic downtown settings. Highlights include City Hall, Queen Street, the CN Tower, Spadina Avenue and Kensington Market. The tour will be accessible to participants using mobility devices.
Pub Crawl

Cost: $25 / food and drinks extra


Wednesday, June 2nd 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Gather with fellow writers, editors and magazine professionals for a crawl around the eclectic pubs of downtown Toronto. A bus will pick you up at 89 Chestnut and take you to our first destination, where those of you who are hungry can fuel up with good food. We’ll hit two more spots with seating reserved for MagNet participants before the bus delivers us back at the hotel.
   
Music and Shakespeare Social, PWAC Only Event

Cost: Free/BYOB


Thursday June 3rd 8 p.m. onward
After the PWAC dinner and gala, change into something more comfortable and head over to PWAC National Headquarters at 215 Spadina Ave.
(see google map) for a night of music, wine, chocolate and Shakespeare. We'll start off with a playful bit of Shakespeare, and then the evening will morph into part jam session and part sing-along, with plenty of time to just kick back, socialize, and have fun. Members who play an instrument are encouraged to join in the jam.
   
House Party @ 326 Rusholme Rd., PWAC Only Event

Cost: Free/BYOB


Friday June 4th 8 p.m. onward
Convene with fellow writers at the home of PWAC Toronto Chapter President Virginia Heffernan, for a fun and relaxing night of conversation, light snacks and some dancing (for those in the mood). Virginia lives just a few subway stops from the conference centre (see Google Map) and is looking forward to hosting a rip-roaring send-off.
   
Toronto Ecowalk

Cost: Free (pay-your-own lunch)


Saturday June 5th 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join environmental journalist Craig Saunders as he explores the growing phenomenon of urban agriculture in downtown Toronto. Expert guests, including CBC Radio foodie and Locavore author Sarah Elton, and gardening guru Lorraine Johnston, author of Urban Farmer, will present a variety of projects. The walk will end at a restaurant featuring local food.
Prince Edward County Wine & Cheese Tour PWAC Only Event

Cost: approximately $150 includes transportation, accommodation (double occupancy) and breakfast.


Saturday, June 5th 2p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday June 6th
This overnight get-away will take you through some of the most picturesque scenery in Southern Ontario. Only two hours from Toronto, you will enter an area where "take it easy" has real meaning. We'll leave the big city by coach on Saturday afternoon, June 5th, arriving in Prince Edward County in time to stop at Sandbanks Winery for a tour and tasting. We'll then head to our accommodation hotel at Huff Estates. On Sunday, we’ll enjoy visits to wineries, cideries cheesemakers and a unique bookstore. We’ll have you back to Toronto in time for your night flight home, with a direct stop at the airport.
Note: This tour is capped at 26 people on a first-come-first-served basis. To RSVP please make an on-line deposit of $75. The remainder will be paid directly to the hotel at check out. 



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