Make PREMUS 2016 a conference to remember with these social events
PREMUS 2016 is offering a number of social events that will allow you to engage with your peers in a relaxed and fun atmosphere—and allow you to explore some of what Toronto has to offer.
Greet old friends and meet new ones at the PREMUS 2016 welcoming reception, taking place on the Sunday evening before the conference starts. Register for the conference on site and then kick off your conference experience with complimentary refreshments and live music at Luma, a contemporary restaurant where the cuisine reflects the diverse cultural neighbourhoods of Toronto. Music is provided by the Sara Dell Trio, which offers up an upbeat mix of jazz, classical and pop with Sara Dell’s sultry voice and elegant keyboarding accompanied by upright bass and drums. Located in the heart of Toronto’s Theatre District, Luma is a 5-10 minute walk from the conference hotels. Dress is casual.
Enjoy good company and conversation over a scrumptious three-course dinner at Archeo, restaurant located in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. You’ll be treated to the offerings of chef de cuisine Andrew Loft, who specializes in contemporary Canadian fare with Italian and French influences. And you’ll be surrounded by the restored brick and reclaimed timber of a former whiskey distillery complex, now a cultural destination.
We will start the evening on the private restaurant patio (weather permitting), and then move inside to enjoy dinner in the restaurant, where large-scale photographs of on-site heritage architecture by artist Steven Evans serve as novel room dividers lending the large open-concept room a sense of relaxed intimacy. The Topaz duo, two talented musicians from the Toronto classical music scene, will entertain us on the harp and flute while we dine.
The Distillery District is about 45-60 minutes on foot, 25-30 minutes by streetcar and 10-15 minutes by taxi from the conference hotels. Enjoy the district’s galleries, shops and unique surroundings before the dinner. Visit the nearby brewery or one of the smart cafés for music after dinner to finish off your evening.
Upon registration, you will be allowed to indicate any dietary requirements, and once seated at the dinner, you will be asked to make your meal selection.
Tour the stylish Amsterdam BrewHouse and enjoy a tasting from their wide selection of delicious, award-winning beers. From wheats to American pale ales to cask, there is a beer here for everyone. Stick around for a full pint and dinner with your colleagues while you take in the view of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. The brewery is 2.5 km from the Allstream Centre—that’s 10-15 minutes by taxi, 20 minutes by streetcar or 30 minutes on foot.
The tours are now full. If you would like to join your colleagues for a beer at the BrewHouse please put your name on the social list.
See Toronto’s favourite sports team play the Arizona Diamondbacks, one of the rare games of the season when the American League Blue Jays play a team from the National League. This is your chance to watch the 2015 American League East Division Champions start their 2016 run for the World Series. We’ve booked some great tickets close to field level, just past third base.
See the cutting-edge iDAPT research centre credited with revolutionizing the science of rehabilitation. The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s iDAPT centre—short for Intelligent Design for Adaptation, Participation and Technology—is a unique space where the latest ideas are cultivated and tested to discover how adults with disabilities interact with their environment.
Visitors will see how researchers study the body’s response to heat and cold at the Climate Lab, how people react to sudden jolts at the Falls Lab, or how scientists assess diagnostic techniques and therapies at the Movement Evaluation Lab. The highlight of the tour is the Challenging Environment Assessment Lab, the only facility of its kind. This massive underground lab features the world’s first hydraulic motion simulator to mimic everyday environmental challenges faced by older people and those with disabling injury or illness. Three opportunities to tour the facilities are available. Located at the heart of the Discovery District, iDapt is 4.5 km from the Allstream Centre or 15 minutes by taxi.
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The Toronto Islands have been described as the city’s hidden gem, and it doesn’t take long to see why. Preserved as a car-free community and parkland, the islands offer Torontonians a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The short ferry ride to get to the islands also offers a postcard-perfect view of the skyline from the waterfront. Alec Farquhar, one of our colleagues and a long-time resident of Ward’s Island, will guide you on a walking tour of the quaint cottage community and a stroll on the beach and boardwalk. You can also get Alec’s tips and venture off on your own for a picnic or a dip in the lake. Stop at an island café to have a bite and take in the lovely view of the lake and the Toronto harbour, and then stick around for the sunset. If there are enough participants there may be an opportunity to hear a local indie band. Read more about what makes the Toronto Islands so special: a feature story by a member of the PREMUS organizing committee, Ron Saunders.
Please register to hold your space.
Please sign up for the events you would like to attend when you register for the conference. Space is limited for events, so sign up early.