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.
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INFO
All full-conference registration fees are per person and include one banquet ticket.
- $150 (USD) Early Bird LMDA Early Career Member ($200 after April 30)
- $300 (USD) Early Bird LMDA Individual/Institutional Member ($350 after April 30)
- $430 (USD) Non-Member
DAY RATE REGISTRATION FEES - $150/day (does not include banquet ticket)
CONFERENCE HOURS + SCHEDULE (Subject to change):
Day 1 - Thursday, June 21st, 10am-6:00pm
Day 2 - Friday, June 22nd, 10am-5:00pm, followed by an LMDA Canada Reception
Day 3 - Saturday, June 23rd, 10am-5:30pm, followed by the LMDA Conference Banquet
Session descriptions are forthcoming.
*Toronto is a busy city in June and hotels fill up fast. Please plan accordingly and book your travel and lodging ASAP.
Conference 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).
LMDA attendees must book by May 21st to receive the discounted conference rate.
Please book your room through this link.
George Brown 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 $129 CAD/night and the suites can be shared by up to 4 people ($10.00 CAD per head if added to the suite for triple or quad occupancy).
LMDA attendees must book by May 18th to receive the discounted conference rate.
Please email or call our George Brown contact, Linda Chanthaboury to reserve. Linda can be reached at email@example.com or (416) 761-8175. Don’t forget to mention that you are with LMDA!
If you are looking for a suitemate -- reach out to our membership on the Listserv!
We will be offering childcare in collaboration with the Cooper Koo YMCA and Unicorn Day Care for the subsidized cost of $25 CAD per child per day. The Cooper Koo YMCA is located right next door to the Lucie & Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre, where the LMDA Conference will be held. Children 2 months and up will be supervised by professional childcare givers from Unicorn Day Care at the YMCA.
- Lunch and snacks will be provided.
- YMCA Childcare will be available an hour before the conference begins each morning and will run a half hour past the last session.
- You will be able to reserve childcare through the online Conference Registration.
- If your childcare needs change, please let us know by May 21st.
Thursday, June 21st 9am-6:30pm
Friday, June 22nd 9am-5:30pm
Saturday, June 23rd 9am-6pm
LMDA Conference Topics will include (subject to change):
- The Dramaturg as Catalyst for Organizational Change (Jenna Rodgers)
- Playwrights Under the Radar (Michael Evans)
- Aiming the Canon at Hoy (Ben Gunter & Theater with a Mission)
- “Literary Management” vs. “Literary Access”: Rethinking Gatekeeping (Ilana Brownstein)
- Dramaturgy in the Stacks: Dramaturgs, Libraries & Research (Haviva Avirom)
- Bridging the Intercultural Divide in New Work Dramaturgy Relationships (Elise LaCroix)
- Theater under Settler-Colonialism: A Phenomenology of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Off the rails (Waylon Lenk)
- Beyond the Nobel Prize and the Invention of the Americas: Walls and Bridges in Mexican Dramaturgy (Emilio Mendez)
- Crossing Borders: From the Academy into the Profession (Judith Rudakoff)
- and many more!
Events (subject to change):
- First Story Toronto Bus Tour: This 3-hour tour of pre-contact and historical landmarks illustrating the Indigenous presence in Toronto. Join us and discover the cultural geography/indigenous history of this land.
- LMDA Canada Cocktail Hour at The Globe & Mail Centre
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!
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.