Toronto offers many opportunities for
(see also toronto.com), including
the third largest theatre community in the English speaking
world, a vibrant array of concerts,
dances, nightclubs, music, museums, bookstores, shopping, and even a
notable are the
Ontario Science Centre,
McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, and the
Metropolitan Toronto Zoo.
Royal Ontario Museum
Art Gallery of Ontario are centrally located, and therefore more
convenient to the conference.
is a must see day
My own particular choice for Saturday night, December 8, would be to try to experience Canada's national passtime by getting tickets (expensive and probably scalped) to the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, which are hosting the New York Rangers at the Air Canada Center at 7 PM. The game will also be televised by CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and can also be viewed in pubs throughout the city. For the more adventurous, bring your dancing shoes, as I'll be leading an expedition to Toronto's December 8 Contra Dance --- New England folk dancing, very social, and incredibly easy to pick up, music always live and with Celtic roots. For other options consult the online theatre and concert listings of Eye Magazine. And don't forget the Canadian Mathematical Society's Friday night welcoming cocktail and hors d'oevres reception.
Recognizable landmarks on the Toronto skyline include the CN tower --- at 553.33m the world's tallest free standing structure --- standing guard over the SkyDome, home of the Toronto BlueJays baseball team, and the world's only stadium with a fully retractable dome. The photo is taken from Toronto Island, a park and cottage oasis scattered with beaches and picnic sites sheltering Toronto's harbour from Lake Ontario. This pedestrian only island can be accessed from downtown Toronto by passenger ferry in minutes.
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