Special Events

Registration Instructions

The special events listed below are free of charge but have limited capacity, and require delegates to register in advance through the Registration form. For further clarification, please follow instructions outlined on the Registration Information page.

Emerging Scholars Pub Night

Thursday October 17, 8:30 – 11:00 PM 
Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas Street East
7 minute walk from the Chelsea Hotel

We welcome all graduate student delegates to join us at a favourite local student pub for a night of networking over live music and drinks. This is an opportunity for budding scholars to connect with like-minded students and socialize in a relaxed setting, just steps away from the Chelsea Hotel.

Art Museum at the University of Toronto Tours

Tour 1:
Friday October 18, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Tour 2:
Friday October 18, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

15 King’s College Circle
18 minute walk from the Chelsea Hotel, or 15 minute transit

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is one of the largest gallery spaces for visual art exhibitions in Toronto. Exhibits include Qaggiq: Gathering Place, a selection of video works by the internationally renowned Isuma artist’s collective that presents Inuit perspectives, and God of Gods: A Canadian Play, in which Toronto-based artist Deanna Bowen revisits The God of Gods (1919), a play written and directed by Carroll Aikins, the founder of the first national theatre.

MSA delegates also have free access to this institution during hours of operation.

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Ryerson Image Centre Tours

Friday October 18, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
33 Gould Street
5 minute walk from the Chelsea Hotel

Located at Ryerson University’s campus, the Image Centre is a prominent site of artistic expression, cultural critique, and social engagement. Exhibits include Lucy Lu: Da Pi Yuan, a photographic meditation on Lu’s memories of the gated community in China she spent her formative years, and The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture, which revisits the history of African photographic portraiture through the perspectives of women.

MSA delegates also have free access to this institution during hours of operation, and are welcome to join their daily tours at 2:30 pm (no registration required).

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Searching for Winnetou: Screening and Q&A

Friday October 18, 8:30 – 10 PM
SLC Amphitheatre, 341 Yonge Street
5 minute walk from the Chelsea Hotel

Join us for an inspired viewing of Searching for Winnetou by Drew Hayden Taylor, an Ojibway playwright, author and journalist from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario who uses humor and satire to explore issues of cultural appropriation of Indigenous heritage. Along with the film screening, the event includes refreshments and a Q&A with Janine Willie, who was part of the making of the documentary.

Poetry Night

Saturday October 19, 8:30 – 10:00 PM
Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas Street East
7 minute walk from the Chelsea Hotel

Local and Ontario-based literary talents perform live readings of their cutting edge, contemporary poetry at a landmark hub of Toronto’s historic poetry scene. Featured poets include:

  • Stephen Cain, a poet and professor at York University whose writing incorporates avant-garde movements, sound and concrete poetry, and blends pop culture with academic literary theory and political concerns.
  • Liz Howard, an Anishinaabe writer and Griffin Poetry Prize recipient whose poetry combines scientific jargon, western academic thinking, and an appreciation of the environment to work through broader themes of identity, selfhood and race.
  • Canisia Lubrin, a teacher, critic, and award-winning poet hailing from St. Lucia whose writing explores black identity through themes of anti-colonialism and cross-generational trauma.
  • Jay MillAr, the founder of the independent Canadian literary press Book*hug whose poetry is notable for its sequences and spacing, mixing the subject of the natural environment with experimental form.

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Conference host

The Modern Literature and Culture (MLC) Research Centre was the host of MSA Toronto 2019. Stay up-to-date with the Centre’s research initiatives, projects, and events.

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