June 21-23, 2018
LMDA is pleased to announce that its next annual conference, "Crossing Borders" will be held in Toronto, Ontario on June 21-23, 2018. In this announcement you will find general information to help you begin making your travel plans, and a call for proposals.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Once again, we're putting out a call for proposals on the theme of 'Crossing Borders'. We seek diverse voices at the conference and invite LMDA members to propose contributions related to the conference theme. Contributions can take the form of panels, individual papers, lecture performances, praxis sessions, roundtables, workshops, performances, installations, etc.
Please submit your proposal of no more than 200 words using our online submission form by Friday, February 16, 2018. Please make sure your LMDA membership is current and that your profile bio is up to date on www.lmda.org. Notification of accepted proposals will be made by March 1, 2018.
Conference Venue: The Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre, is located in the Canary District - named after a greasy spoon called The Canary - one of the newest and fastest growing neighbourhoods in Toronto. A mix of old and new, the new buildings in the area were built to host to the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Athletes Village. The area is now home to the Cherry St YMCA, George Brown College's first student residence, and the 18-acre Corktown Common park. It is also steps away from the Distillery District (an area full of restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries and Soulpepper Theatre). The conference venue, in one of the new George Brown residence buildings (where conference attendees will also be able to stay), is fully accessible, has 3 fully-equipped convertible meeting spaces, a lounge area with kitchen, and free WiFi throughout. There are numerous restaurants, coffee shops and other amenities in the area and the 514 Cherry/KingSt Streetcar is steps away.
Conference Banquet: The Hot House Restaurant located in the historic St Lawrence Market neighbourhood and offers great food in a casual atmosphere. Our banquet will be held on Saturday, June 23.
Hotel: We've booked a block of rooms at the Bond Place Hotel - located at 65 Dundas East - at the rate of $229 CAD per night. It's about 2.4km or 1.5 miles from the conference venue - 20 minutes by streetcar or 10 minutes by car (Lyft and Uber are both available in Toronto).
Student Residence: You'll have the option to book a room at the George Brown College residence - located right on the site of the conference venue. The suites are double occupancy (two private bedrooms that share a small common kitchenette and bathroom) and the rate will be $120/night and the suites can be shared by up to 4 people ($10.00 per head if added to the suite for triple or quad occupancy).
There are other hotels nearby including the Broadview Hotel, the Omni King Edward, Westin Harbour Castle and the Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre - just note that they are pricier than our conference hotel. There's also a nice, nearby hostel - the HI Toronto Hostel for as little as $40/night for a shared room and up to $143/night for a private room.
Air travel: There are 2 airports in Toronto - the largest, Lester B. Pearson Airport (or Pearson as its called locally) is about 45 minutes (depending on traffic) from the city. If you don't want to take a cab (about a $70 ride), you can take the UP Express (or Union/Pearson Express) which is a 25 minute train ride that goes from Terminal 1 directly to Union Station where you can catch a bus to the conference venue or a cab or even walk. The cost is $12.35 one way.
The other airport is Billy Bishop, which is our smaller commuter airport that is in the city and there's a free shuttle bus that takes you from the airport to Union Station.
Access: LMDA is committed to making this conference accessible in every way we can – price, venues, transportation, remote access, etc. Please let us know how we can better accommodate YOU!
Registration: Conference registration through the LMDA website will open by March 15, 2018.
Lots will be going on in Toronto including Luminato, an international mulit-arts festival - we'll have ticket offers and discounts for conference goers. Pride will also be happening that weekend in Toronto with the Parade happening on Sunday - its HUGE!
The 2018 LMDA Conference is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.