Whether you’re planning your first trip to AVConnect or you’re an enthusiastic regular attendee, the entire AudienceView team is super excited to welcome you to Toronto from April 30 to May 2, 2019.
As live events professionals, we know you love to be entertained. And what’s more entertaining than an awesome selfie you can post to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter?
Here are 16 recommendations that are sure to bring the likes and instil a whole lotta FOMO in your colleagues back home.
1. CN Tower. If you don’t take a selfie with the CN Tower, were you ever really in Toronto? Some will say no, so be sure to get a shot of you and this iconic landmark. There are many experiences to choose from and a restaurant that is open daily for both lunch and dinner. Or, if you’re adventurous, you can even try Edge Walk, which the CN Tower bills as “Toronto’s most extreme attraction.” It’s exactly what you’re thinking – an opportunity to walk around the top of the Tower’s main pod 116 storeys above the ground.
2. Ripley's Aquarium. If you think you cod do better, you’ll definitely want to sea the ocean critters that o-fish-ally live at Ripley’s Aquarium, located near the base of the CN Tower (sorry, we can’t resist a good fish pun!). Don’t miss the jellyfish wall, rainbow reef and conveyor belt shark dome where you can get your own shark selfie.
3. Rogers Centre. Okay, some of us still call it Skydome. Home to the Toronto Blue Jays and host to the biggest concert tours that come through town, the venue is in the same area as the CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium. The Jays are on the road during the days of AVConnect, but the Oakland A’s are in town if you arrive on the weekend prior. Tours are available if you want to join an expert guide to learn about the venue, its architectural innovation and entertainment experiences.
4. Brookfield Place. Yes, this is an office building. But it's one that you won’t want to miss because of its Allen Lambert Galleria. The six-story atrium is popular for photos and as a backdrop for movies, TV programs and news reports. You’ll see why when you visit.
5. Hockey Hall of Fame. Score twice when you visit Brookfield Place, which houses the Hockey Hall of Fame in an opulent former bank. Even if you’re not a sports fan, this is an attraction you won’t want to miss. Home to the Stanley Cup and the finest collection of hockey artifacts in the world, you can test your skills in a model hockey rink and as an on-camera sports anchor. Lights, camera, selfie!
6. Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square. This is super close to the conference hotel – less than 200 meters (or 650 feet for our American guests). Just walk south on Bay street towards City Hall. If you hit Queen Street, you’ve gone too far.
7. Yonge Dundas Square. This is Toronto’s version of NYC’s Times Square. Located just a block east of the conference hotel, it’s used as a public open space and an event venue. Depending on the time and day that you visit, there will likely be street performers of all types in the area too.
8. Incredible venues. From the Mirvish theatres and Canadian Stage to Scotiabank Arena and Maple Leaf Gardens, there are many venues you can visit to take selfies and partake in our city’s finest entertainment offerings.
9. Distillery District. After your visit to Canadian Stage, we recommend heading over to this pedestrian-only area, with cool restaurants and boutiques located along cobblestone streets. There are tons of places to take great selfies. I'm a big fan of the streetscapes, architecture and the love lock installation to name a few.
10. Kensington Market. Like the Distillery District, this is another eclectic, walkable neighborhood. It’s fun. It’s trendy. It’s lively. It’s free-spirited. It’s a hub for artists. You’ll find vintage shops, many places to eat, drink and be merry, musicians and street performers, coffee shops, public art and so much more.
11. Toronto Chinatown. We’re an incredibly multicultural city and this stretch along Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West is something truly special. Try one of many Asian restaurants or enjoy the colorful shops. Whatever you choose to do, it’s a vibrant hub of activity.
12. Graffiti Alley. Called “Toronto’s most unexpected tourist attraction” by BlogTO, this is a legal graffiti zone where artists showcase their talents. Don’t be surprised to see a guided tour, photo shoot or music video production when you’re there.
13. Royal Ontario Museum. One of the largest museums in North America, the ROM is home to a variety of exhibitions and galleries. Don’t forget to take a selfie in the dinosaur galleries while you’re there. It’ll be dino-mite, really!
14. Casa Loma. Not quite downtown, this tourist spot is just a quick Uber or transit trip away. But it’s an actual and majestic castle – and totally worth the trip.
15. Niagara Falls. You’ll need at least half a day to visit this famous site and selfie in front of the Falls. The drive from downtown typically takes about 90 minutes, but it can be a bit longer if there’s traffic. Once you’ve arrived, there are a number of experiences from which you can choose – many are great for selfies – from Journey Behind the Falls and helicopter tours to boats that will take you into the heart of the mighty Falls.
16. AudienceView headquarters. Okay, we admit our office can’t compete with the majesty of Niagara Falls. We’re not high atop the city like the CN Tower. And we don’t have a dinosaur (hold any old folks jokes, please!). But we do have an entire team that would love to meet you for a group selfie. Oh, and we always have snacks and cold beverages.
If you haven’t already registered for AVConnect, what are you waiting for? We look forward to hosting you in our hometown.