CNSC 2005 Venue

[photo of exterior of Great Hall] [photo of interior of Great Hall]
[photo of interior of Conversations Room, Great Hall]

The Canadian Championship moves this year to the Great Hall at 1087 Queen St. W., on the southeast corner of Dovercourt Rd., in the West Queen West Art & Design District. The Great Hall was built around 1890, features a 40-foot vaulted ceiling, a horseshoe-shaped balcony, and has hosted a wide range of cultural, social and political events in its long history.

Getting There by Public Transit

If you look at the official Toronto Transit Commision "Ride Guide" map, we are just west of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Depending on which direction you're coming from, you can take the subway to Dufferin and then a southbound Dufferin 29 bus, the subway to Ossington and then a southbound Ossington 63 bus, or the subway to Osgoode and then a westbound Queen 501 streetcar. The entrance is on the north side of the building, and is not handicapped-accessible.

Getting There by Car

The Great Hall is not easily identifiable by satellite photo at, but the wide expanse of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to its east is. Be careful about following online map site directions, as they may route you through heavy downtown traffic a few kilometres east of the hall. From the east, exit the Gardiner Expressway at Spadina and either take Spadina north to Queen and turn left (west), or Lakeshore Boulevard to Strachan north to Queen and turn left (west). From the west, exit the Gardiner Expressway or Lakeshore Boulevard at Jameson, go north to Queen and turn right (east).

As far as I have been able to determine, all on-street parking is either metered or limited to one hour, and if you park illegally you are likely to receive a $30 ticket. There are two parking lots nearby. Two blocks west, at the southeast corner of Abell, is a 25-space municipal lot which charges $0.75 per half hour with a maximum of $3.50 until 18:00 and $3.00 thereafter. Deposit change or use your credit card in the machine (if you ask for maximum time, it will stop at 18:00, but if you ask for more time, it will give it to you), display the receipt on your dashboard. A little further east on the same block as the Great Hall is the visitor parking area for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which has over a hundred spaces but charges slightly more: $0.75 per half hour, $7.00 maximum until 18:00, $3.00 maximum from 15:00 onward, but only $3.00 all day on Saturday. It uses the same "pay-and-display" system.