13th International Milton Symposium: Resources

13th International Milton Symposium

University of Toronto | 10-14 July 2023


We’ve compiled a number of resources for attendees and presenters below, including a presenter handbook and ideas for adventures you might enjoy.

Click here to access a detailed map of Victoria University.

Toronto has a vibrant arts and culinary scene, and the Greater Toronto Area features some of the finest theatre and wine destinations in the world.

Looking for activities for the whole family? Look no further!

Interested in a day trip? There’s lots to do within a reasonable drive’s distance.

Don’t forget: You can also look for other ideas (or maybe new friends to join in on an adventure) in the discussion forum.

Transportation to and around the University of Toronto

Getting to the Conference

The TTC is Toronto’s public transit network of buses, subway trains, and streetcars. The closest TTC subway stations to the University of Toronto are St. George Station and Museum Station. Maps and schedules for the TTC are available online.

To travel on the TTC, you need either a PRESTO preloaded card; or single-ride, two-ride, or PRESTO day-pass tickets; or exact cash. Tickets can be purchased at fare vending machines in Toronto subway stations or in Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Toronto. Single fares cost $3.35 for an adult, $2.30 for seniors (65+) and $2.40 for youth (age 13-19). Single-ride, two-ride and day-pass tickets are sold at only TTC adult fare rates; they are not available at youth or senior rates. Children aged 0-12 ride free on the TTC.

A PRESTO card is a preloadable payment card that is valid on the TTC, as well as on the GO Transit, Union-Pearson Express, and 8 other public transit systems in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton. Presto cards cost $6, and can be purchased in person at TTC subway station fare vending machines, select UP Express stations (TVMs at Pearson, Union, and Weston stations only), and Shoppers Drug Mart retail stores. Funds can then be preloaded on the card to use for fare payment (a minimum load of $0.50c)

Go Transit is a regional transit service of trains and buses that connects the city of Toronto with cities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. The GO Transit hub in Toronto is at Union GO Station and Union GO Bus terminal.

Fares depend on the distance travelled between two specified points, called fare zones. Children 12 years and under are free. PRESTO cards are valid on the GO Transit, and you can also pay your fare by tapping your debit or credit card on the Presto fare device. Schedules and fare information are available online; tickets can be purchased online as well.

To get to the University of Toronto, walk from the GO Train platforms or the GO Bus Terminal at Union Station to the TTC subway, and take the University-Spadina line north to St. George Station (additional $3.35 TTC fare applies).

VIA Rail is Canada’s national passenger rail service, offering intercity rail services connecting large cities as well as smaller regions across Canada. The VIA Rail hub is at Union Station in Toronto, from where passengers can connect to the TTC or GO Transit. 

To get to the University of Toronto, walk from the VIA Rail platforms at Union Station to the TTC subway, and take the University-Spadina line north to St. George Station (additional $3.35 TTC fare applies).

Interior of the Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

Pearson Airport is the major air hub for the Toronto metropolitan area and Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe. It is located North West of the Toronto city centre in Mississauga, Ontario.


TTC buses connect Pearson International Airport to the TTC subway lines, on which you can travel to downtown Toronto. There are TTC bus stops at both Terminal 1 (Ground level) and Terminal 3 (Arrivals level).

  • The 900S Airport Express provides all-day, regular accessible express bus service between Pearson International Airport and Kipling Station on the Bloor-Danforth Subway. From Kipling Station, travel eastbound to St. George Station. Travel time is about 25 minutes from the airport to Kipling Station and a further half hour from Kipling to St. George station. The cost of the total trip is a TTC fare ($3.35 TTC fare)
  • The 952 and 52A Lawrence West bus routes provide all-day, regular accessible bus service between Pearson Airport and Lawrence Station with a connecting stop to the subway at Lawrence West Station. From Lawrence West Station, travel south on the subway to St. George Station. The trip should take around 45 minutes. ($3.35 TTC fare)

Schedules and ticket information for TTC buses from Pearson airport can be found online.

Union-Pearson Express: The UP Express is a light-rail line between Pearson Airport and Union Station downtown with stops in between at Weston Station and Bloor GO station. Trains run every 15 minutes, from 5am to 1am daily. The UP Express station at Pearson Airport is at Terminal 1. To travel between Terminal 3 and Terminal 1, please take the Terminal Link Train.

To get to the University of Toronto, get off at the Bloor GO station ($5.65 one way; $11.30 return) and walk (approx. 4 minutes) to Dundas West Station on the TTC subway. Head east to St. George Station (additional $3.35 TTC fare required).

Tickets for the UP Express can be purchased online in advance, or in person from kiosks at any UP Express stop. PRESTO cards are valid on the UP Express, and you can also now pay your fare by tapping the PRESTO payment device at UP Express stations with your debit or credit card.

Schedules and further information can be found here.

Airport Taxis & Limos

Taxis to hotels in downtown Toronto cost between $50 CAD and $60 CAD, plus tip, and take about 40 mins. Limousines are comfortable sedans that operate similarly to taxis, but offer a higher standard of service and newer vehicles; limo travel to hotels in downtown Toronto costs between $55 CAD and $65 CAD, plus tip. The City of Toronto licenses the car services at Toronto Pearson International Airport to ensure safety standards and fare consistency. Rates are predetermined based on the time and distance to your destination within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Airport limos can be booked in advance (416-445-1999).

A number of further options to get to and from the airport are listed on Pearson’s website.

Billy Bishop Airport runways with the CN town in the backgorund

Billy Bishop Airport is a regional airport located on Toronto Island. Its central location is in close proximity to the University of Toronto’s St. George campus and Toronto’s downtown area.

  • Public Transit (ferry, shuttle bus, and subway)From the airport terminal, you can cross to the mainland by either taking the ferry (free for pedestrians) or walking through the pedestrian tunnel. Catch the complimentary shuttle bus from the mainland in front of the Main Terminal / Passenger Access Tunnel Building to downtown on the west side of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel (across from Union Station). The shuttle is open to anyone going to the airport, whether or not they are travelling. Walk from the shuttle drop-off point to Union subway station and travel north on the University-Spadina line to either Museum Station or St. George Station ($3.35 TTC fare).
  • Taxis: There is a taxi stand immediately upon exiting the airport, just outside the ferry terminal. Standard city rates will apply.

Parking Information

Parking close to the venue is available for $16 per day from 8am to 7pm. You must purchase the parking spot at the front desk of Margaret Addison Hall (the pin on the map shows where the entrance is, from the driveway)  on a first come first serve basis.
Annesley Hall – 8 spaces
MAH (Margaret Addison Hall) Quad – 6 Spaces
MAH North – 12 Spaces 

For further assistance, we recommend searching for available parking options around Victoria College, Toronto on the Parkopedia website.


The conference organizers are pleased to recommend hotel and residence accommodations at rates secured for IMS attendees. 

Food and Dining

Distances are measured from Victoria College (VC)

$ = <$20
$$ = $20-$40
$$$ = $40-$60
$$$$ = $60+

Ned’s Café $

Located on the lower level of the Goldring Student Centre across the road from the Bader Theatre. 

150 Charles St W.
1 min walk

Dessert Lady $

Warm, light-filled bakery and café serving desserts, coffee, salads, and sandwiches. A CRRS staff favourite! 

1 Sultan St
4 min walk

Starbucks $

47 Charles St
4 min walk

Aroma Espresso Bar $

1110 Bay St
4 min walk

The Oats Kafé $

Vietnamese Café

31 Phipps St
7 min walk

Goldstruck Coffee

130 Cumberland St
8 min walk

Coco Espresso Bar

29 Bellair St
9 min walk

L’Espresso Bar Mercurio $

Italian Café and an English Department favourite. 

321 Bloor St W
9 min walk

The Alley $

Bubble Tea

5 St. Joseph St
9 min walk

Coffee Island
925 Bay S
9 min walk 

Clay Restaurant at the Gardiner Museum $$

A seasonal lunch menu offering fresh, local fare served inside the Gardiner Ceramics Museum.  

111 Queen’s Park
3 min walk

Pi Co $$

Toronto chain serving neapolitan-style pizza and salads

1200 Bay St
5 min walk

Okonomi House $-$$
Japanese-style pancakes; a Toronto staple since the 1970’s

23 Charles St W
6 min walk 

Eataly — Il Gran Caffè $-$$

Italian café with seating inside an upscale Italian supermarket. Open for dinner too! 

Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor St W
7 min walk

Cabano’s Cheeseburgers $-$$

Fried chicken and burgers

75 St. Nicholas St
7 min walk

Sang-Ji Fried Bao $

One of Toronto’s best dumpling spots!

3 Charles St E
7 min walk 

Naan Kabob $$

Afghan and Middle Eastern 

691 Yonge St
10 min walk

FLOCK rotisserie + greens $$

661 University St
11 min walk

KOKO Share Bar $$

Modern Korean Japanese

81 Yorkville Ave
9 min walk 

Tokyo Sushi

33 St. Joseph St
8 min walk

Ramen RAIJIN $

Japanese noodle bar

24 Wellesley St W (Rear)
9 min walk

Summer’s Ice Cream $

A student favourite!

101 Yorkville Ave
10 min walk

Hemingway’s $$

Famous for its rooftop patio, this iconic Toronto spot offers 24 beers on tap and classic pub fare. 

142 Cumberland St
7 min walk

The Writer’s Room Bar $$$

Enjoy signature cocktails and gorgeous views at this rooftop bar at the Park Hyatt Hotel. 

4 Avenue Rd
7 min walk

Bar Reyna $$$

Mediterranean snacks and signature cocktails served in a sophisticated space with a patio. 

158 Cumberland St
7 min walk

The Oxley $$$

Traditional British gastropub in a house-like space with two patios. 

121 Yorkville Ave
8 min walk

Cibo Wine Bar $$$

Authentic and rustic Italian food and wine served in a trendy, industrial setting.

133 Yorkville Ave
8 min walk

The Pilot $$

Classic pub with an eclectic menu and live jazz music on the second floor every Saturday. 

22 Cumberland St
9 min walk

Bar Volo $$

Craft Beers & Italian Snacks

17 St. Nicholas St
9 min walk

Artful Dodger Pub $$

Laid-back tavern with classic pub fare and two patios. 

10 Isabella St
9 min walk

The Duke of York $$

This neighbourhood alehouse serves standard pub fare and beers on tap and is a favourite among the U of Toronto community

39 Prince Arthur Ave
10 min walk

7 West Café $$ 

Open 24/7, this award-winning, multi-level café serves a variety of pastas, pizzas, and sandwiches 

7 Charles St W
6 min walk 

Enigma $$$$

Intimate, modern European fine dining restaurant

23 St. Thomas St
6 min walk


Innovative plant-based restaurant serving cuisine inspired by all parts of the world. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner

1221 Bay St
7 min walk

Sassafraz $$$

French-inspired Canadian cuisine served in an upscale dining room or café area with a small patio

100 Cumberland St
8 min walk

Alobar $$$$

A Michelin-starred cocktail bar and restaurant with cosy indoor seating and a patio

162 Cumberland St
8 min walk

Trattoria Nervosa $$ 

Classic Italian dishes and drinks served inside a house in the Yorkville neighbourhood with a rooftop patio

75 Yorkville Ave
9 min walk

Kasa Moto $$$$

Contemporary Japanese restaurant with a rooftop patio in the heart of Yorkville

115 Yorkville Ave
9 min walk

The Fry $$ 

A casual spot for Korean comfort food specialising in fried chicken 

528 Yonge St
12 min walk

Gyubee Japanese Grill $$$

An exciting all-you-can-eat Japanese-Korean BBQ restaurant

335 Bloor St W
12 min walk

Café Boulud $$$

A French brasserie with a vintage feel and seasonal menu 

60 Yorkville Ave
12 min walk

Osteria Giulia $$$$

A Michelin-starred, seafood-focused Italian eatery in a warm and comfortable space 

134 Avenue Rd
14 min walk

Smoke’s Poutinerie Spadina $

457 Spadina Ave
17 min walk

Le Paradis $$

A classic bistro with a small menu of French fare  

166 Bedford Rd, Toronto
18 min walk

PAI $$

Thai food

18 Duncan St
31 min walk

Toronto’s famed Kensington Market, a 25-minute walk from the conference, is a bohemian neighbourhood packed with vintage shops, hipster bars, cafes, and innumerable restaurants and food stalls.Some of our recommendations appear below.  

Pancho’s Bakery $


214 Augusta Ave
20 min walk

Seven Lives Tacos y Mariscos $

Mexican Tacos
72 Kensington Ave

The Dirty Bird $

Chicken and Waffles 
79 Kensington Ave

Pamenar $

Middle Eastern Café and Bar
307 Augusta Ave

Wanda’s Pie in the Sky $

287 Augusta Ave

Film Café $

Japanese Café
230 Augusta Ave

Rasta Pasta $

Jamaican Fusion
61 Kensington Ave

Via Mercanti $$ 

188 Augusta Ave

Fresco’s Fish and Chips $$

201 Augusta Ave

Out and About in Toronto

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Tues & Thurs 10:30am-5pm
Wed & Fri 10:30am-9pm
Sat & Sun 10:30am-5:30pm

Admission: $25.00 General Admission and special exhibitions.

Free for members and annual passholders and anyone under 25 years old.

* General admission on Wednesday is free, but we encourage booking tickets in advance.

One of the largest art museums in North America, attracting approximately one million visitors annually. The AGO Collection of more than 120,000 works of art ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art to significant works by Indigenous and Canadian artists and European masterpieces.

Current Exhibitions July 2023

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

158 Sterling Rd., Toronto, ON

M&T Closed
W-Sun 11am-6pm,
Friday until 9pm


Adults: $14
Students and Seniors: $10
18 & under: Free

Free on Fridays 5-9pm

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto aims to be ambitiously inclusive, interdisciplinary, and internationally renowned through their work with artists. A place for everyone to explore that provokes ideas and discussion and challenges the current cultural moment.

July Exhibitions:

  • Kapwani Kiwanga 2023, Remediation – Focuses on the tensions between toxicity and regeneration between humans and the environment
  • Imposter Cities – Explores the identity of Canada’s architecture
  • Emmanuel Osahor – An installation focusing on the sky as a site of wonder and possibility, emphasizing natural spaces as a complicated sanctuaries

Gardiner Museum

Mon-Tues 10am-6pm
Wed 10am-9pm
Thurs-Fri 10am-6pn
Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

General Admission: 

  • Free for students, youth/children, and Indigenous Peoples
  • Free Wednesday* 4-9pm
  • $15 adults
  • $11 seniors

*Various drop in classes Wednesdays and Saturdays

Kids classes

Exhibitions July 2023: TBA

Power Plant Art Gallery


M 10am-5pm
T&W Closed
Th 4-8pm
F-Sun 10am-6pm

Free admission

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is Canada’s leading free public art gallery dedicated to presenting art, ideas, and conversations. 

231 Queens Quay W, Toronto ON, M5J 2G8

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)


Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5:30pm


General Admission: $14-23

Featured Exhibitions July 2023:

Included with general admission:

General admission + surcharge:

62nd Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Free admission 

July 7–9

Location: Nathan Phillips Square

How to get there: 30-minute walk from University of Toronto, or by subway and streetcar.

Salsa in Toronto


July 8–9

Location: St. Clair West Avenue, Toronto

A vibrant street festival featuring over 350 Canadian and international  performers of Latin music, delicious Latin cuisines, and plenty of dancing in the streets. 

How to get there: Subway and Streetcar

Beaches International Jazz Festival

Free admission. 

July 6-30

Location: The Beaches community, along Queen St E

35th anniversary of Canada’s largest free jazz festival featuring international as well as local jazz performers. Nearly 1,000,000 attendees

How to get there: Subway and streetcar

The Cameron House

408 Queen St W, Toronto, ON
Open 7 days a week.

Check their website for show listings

The building was first coined “The Cameron House” in 1896, by the 1920’s it was a working hotel.

Today, it is a staple of the Toronto music scene, having been a home to local bands and artists since 1981. Described as a Toronto crossover of CBGB’s and The Chelsea Hotel in New York. It remains a cultural hub on Queen West, providing musicians a place to perform, meet, mingle, drink, live and work.

The Rex Hotel

194 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON
Open 7 days a week.

Check their website for show listings.

From humble beginnings, The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar has grown into a musical mecca presenting 14 shows per week.

Since the late 1980s, The Rex has been at the forefront of Toronto’s thriving local jazz scene. The casual atmosphere, eclectic mix of retro-chic decor, and wide selection of Ontario craft beer combine to make The Rex feel like a second home.

The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar continually attracts Canada’s finest musicians and is unique in that it remains distinctly inexpensive and affordable for the budget-conscious.

Toronto Summer Music Festival

July 6–29

Location: Performance venues in and around the University of Toronto.

How to get there: Walk from University of Toronto

Concerts taking place July 10–14:

Monday, July 10
Walter Hall, University of Toronto
Ana Maria Martinez, soprano
Martinez performs in a fiery recital of Spanish-language  songs accompanied by acclaimed pianist Craig Terry. 
Tuesday, July 11
Walter Hall, University of Toronto
Parting Wild Horse’s Mane
The Ironwood Quartet are joined by the Tai Chi Chuan players in a combined ode to Chinese martial art and Canadian artistry. The Quartet’s performance frames Tai Chi Chuan demonstrations of forms and weapons in a mesmerizing performance. 
Wednesday, July 12
Walter Hall, University of Toronto
The Butterfly Project
Teiya Kasahara reimagines Puccini’s famous opera Madama Butterfly with live and recorded sound, electronics, and classical singing. 
Thursday, July 13
Church of the Redeemer, corner of Bloor and Avenue Rd.
The Goldberg Variations
Bach’s Goldberg Variations – the 18th century’s most outstanding work in this form – arranged for a string trio in the beautiful and resonant Church of the Redeemer. Limited tickets available.
Friday, July 14
Walter Hall, University of Toronto
The Miró Quartet
The Miró Quartet provides a mini-history of chamber music, with Haydn’s String Quartet No 50 and Brahms’s String Quartet in C minor bookending contemporary Pulitzer-Prize winning American composers George Walker (Lyric for Strings) and Kevin Puts (Home). 

Looking for more music? Check the discussion forum.

The Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario

Experience world-class theatre & music at Stratford Festival–the ultimate cultural event. Immerse yourself in the world of classic plays, reimagined with modern flair.

Located in the picturesque town of Stratford, Ontario, The Stratford Festival is North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company. Each season, from March through November, it presents a dozen or more productions across four venues. The Festival produces classics, contemporary dramas, and musicals, with a special emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare. 

Make it a day trip! Find out how.

Shaw Theatre Festival in Niagara on the Lake

The Shaw Festival began in 1962 as a celebration of the plays of George Bernard Shaw, but has expanded to include a broad range of 20th-century and contemporary dramas, musicals, and concerts. This year’s offerings include plays by Bernard Shaw as well as J.M. Synge, Tom Stoppard, and Noel Coward, the musical Gypsy, and a dramatization of C.S.Lewis’ Narnian chronicle, Prince Caspian

Highlight: Pierre de Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chance. Marivaux’s classic romantic comedy highlights the wildness of love. To match its spirit, the production will be played by a different cast each time – and there will be no learning of lines. The play will be improvised each time it is played. Literally anything can happen.

Make the most of your trip. Details here.

Mirvish Presents: Hadestown

July 5–Aug 20

Location: The Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St W

Tickets to be purchased in advance

Intertwining the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice, and King Hades and Persephone, Hadestown is a love story for today…and always. This soaring folk-opera by singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell won 8  Tony Awards in 2019, the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, as well as multiple Drama Desk Awards and Outer Circle Critics Awards.

How to get there: Subway and streetcar

Mirvish Presents: Hamilton

Until August 20, 2023

Location: The Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St W

Tickets to be purchased in advance

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award, Grammy Award, Olivier Award  and Pulitzer Prize winning musical retelling of the founding of America. 

How to get there: Subway and streetcar

Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival

July 5–16

Location: Takes place over dozens of downtown Toronto theaters

12 days of drama, comedy, musicals, improv, and also children’s productions.

How to get there: Subway and streetcar

Lavazza IncluCity Film Festival

June 27 – July 21

Location: The Distillery District

Tickets to be purchased in advance

The Distillery District transformed into an international-cinema village, featuring films from over 20 countries. 

How to get there: Subway and streetcar

The Bard – Poetry, Music, & Comedy Open Mic
Tues, July 11, 10pm | Coin 8, 927 Dupont St, Toronto ON 

Toronto in Literature Book Club, “The Missing Millionaire”
Thurs, July 13, 7-8pm | Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto ON

Lost in the Sauce Comedy
Saturday, July 15, 8pm | The Comedy Lab at The Lab 416, 298 Brunswick Ave, Toronto ON

Need more recommendations?

You can also check out and for the latest news about the festivals, concerts, markets, theatre shows, and any number of events going on in and around Toronto.