January 18-27, 2019

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Cosy Up to Toronto

2018 Festival Information


Embrace design this January and visit the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.  We’ve made it even easier to enjoy Toronto with hotel discounts, shopping discounts, travel info, and more.

TO DO 2018 Tickets

There are over 100 events, exhibitions, and window installations happening at TO DO 2017, and most are free.  Here are some events that require tickets:

TO DO Festival Party, Jan 15, 2018

TO DO Talks Symposium, Jan 20, 2018

*Stay tuned for an updated list of ticketed TO DO events.

Staying in Toronto: Gladstone Hotel

The Gladstone Hotel is Toronto’s boutique art hotel, located in the city’s art and design district. Choose from 37 unique, artist-designed rooms starting at $259 per night.


The Gladstone provides access to locally-made artwork 365 days a year. Partnering with community organizations (including TO DO) and arts curators, the Gladstone produces a wealth of exhibitions and programs for its visitors.

TO DO is proud to partner with the Gladstone Hotel to present Come Up To My Room 17 and the Love Design Party, our official closing party.

TO DO 2018 guests will receive 15% off Standard Global Rate with code TODO2018. 

Guests can call (416-531-4635) or email [email protected] for reservations.

Guests can also make reservations on the Gladstone Hotel website by following these instructions:

  • Visit the ‘Book a Room Page’
  • Choose your arrival date, number of nights, room type, and number of adults in the room
  • Enter the Group Code TODO2018 in the ‘Corporate ID’ field
  • Click ‘Check Now’

*Bookings are on a first come, first served basis. Holds on hotel rooms are not permitted. Offer valid only on rooms booked between January 14 – 23, 2017.


Getting to Toronto

By Car

Toronto is easily accessible by several highways, including Highways 2, 401, 407, and the Queen Elizabeth Way. The nearest Canada-U.S. border crossings are at Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, and Windsor.

By Train

VIA Rail and AMTRAK bring visitors directly into downtown Toronto’s Union Station, which connects to the subway by underground tunnel.

By Plane

Toronto is served by two airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Toronto Pearson International Airport is is Canada’s principal airport with travel connections to every continent. When you land, there are a number of ground transportation options you can use to get to downtown Toronto.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is located on Toronto Island, and is connected to mainland Toronto by pedestrian tunnel. Minutes from the downtown core access into the city can be made by shuttle or taxi service. It is served by both Porter Airlines and Air Canada.

Shopping + Museum Discounts

If you want to shop and visit Toronto’s best museums, then buy a TO DO Membership. You’ll receive up to 20% off at museums like the Royal Ontario Museum, Gardiner Museum, and Design Exchange, and 15% off purchases at shops like MADE Design and Umbra, who sell Canadian designed goods.

Learn more about the Membership here.

Festival Planning Tools

Festival Mobile App

Plan your TO DO 2017 experience using our Festival Mobile App, available for iPhone and Android. The app features a complete list of Festival Week exhibitions, openings, parties, and events; photos and photo navigation; a Festival map and calendar; a news feed from the Festival website; and automatic updates for new events and photos.

My Festival Schedule

My Festival Schedule on the TO DO website lets you save your favourite events and exhibitions, and look at them later. To use it, login and then “heart” events you like in the Festival Schedule. Our website is mobile-friendly, so you can login directly from your smartphone, and access your personalized list of events during Festival Week.

Festival Map

Use the Festival Map to plan your festival week expedition. Don’t forget that there are usually several event clusters in each area of the city.

Printed Festival Guide

The TO DO Festival Guide is a detailed and informative design week tool. This printed guide is a handy companion, providing a comprehensive map of all venues and detailed information for all events taking place Festival Week.

Sign up to become a TO DO Member today, and we’ll send a copy of the Festival Guide to your home.

Transportation around Toronto

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

The TTC is $3.25CAD per ride and a quick, convenient, and safe way to get around Toronto. The subway system is linked with buses and streetcars to get you to your TO DO destination.

Purchase a weekly pass for $42CAD with unlimited rides from January 16-22, 2017, or explore other pass + fare options.


Uber connects you with a reliable ride — from low-cost uberX and uberXL to premium UberBLACK and UberSELECT — in minutes. One tap and a car comes directly to you. Download the app today.


Beck Taxi is an iconic part of the city of Toronto. The distinctive fleet of orange and green vehicles are instantly recognizable, citywide. Download the app, or call 416-755-5555 to order your taxi today.


Accessible Customer Service Policy

As outlined in TO DO’s Accessible Customer Service Policy TO DO will accommodate service animals and support persons. People with disabilities may use their service animal in all parts of our events that are open to the public, unless the animal is excluded by law, such as in food preparation areas.  In this case, we will ensure that appropriate alternative arrangements are made to ensure that the person can access the service.

Accessibility Requests

Our staff are assigned to respond to accommodation requests and barriers in advance of the Festival, working in conjunction with the venues that host the events. If you have an accessibility request, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or 647-309-5494. In the event that you cannot reach them, please contact [email protected].  If you have an on-site request please find a TO DO Volunteer or venue operator in order to make them aware of your requests. Both will have contact information for the Volunteer Coordinator if they can’t help you.

Accessibility Feedback

TO DO welcomes feedback on its accessibility policies and practices.  Please relay feedback to our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or 647-309-5494. In the event that you cannot reach them please contact [email protected].

Wheel-Trans – Accessible Public Transportation

Wheel-Trans (run by the TTC) is $3.25CAD per trip, and provides registered users door-to-door accessible transit service for persons with disabilities using accessible buses, contracted accessible taxi minivans, and sedan taxis. To register as a user, contact Wheel-Trans Customer Service department at 416-393-4111 or [email protected], Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm.

Wheel Chair Taxi

Wheel Chair Taxi provides  Wheelchair and accessibility device friendly accessible transportation in Toronto and the GTA. For the most expedient service, book your trip with Wheel Chair Taxi 12 hours ahead of time. Their drivers will be available promptly at the prearranged location, ready to attend to your needs. For more information on our accessible taxi service, call them at 416-766-9922, email them at [email protected] or book online here.


85% of Festival Week projects are independently produced by designers, businesses, and institutions. In order to provide more information on accessibility about venues, we have indicated on the Festival Schedule venues that offer accessible access from the street with a wheelchair icon.

Please note that this icon does not mean venues necessarily have accessible washrooms. If you have a mobility device, or unique mobility, we recommend that you plan your route in advance, and contact each venue to ensure that they can meet your needs.

Stay in touch


Sign up for the TO DO Newsletter to stay up to date with news, events, and all things design. TO DO Newsletter subscribers will receive daily ‘What TO DO’ newsletters during Festival Week, informing you of engaging exhibitions, innovative installations, exciting events, and more. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Click here to sign up for the TO DO Newsletter

Social Media

Share your #TODO17 experience with your friends back home! Tag us in your Festival photos and posts, and be sure to check out our social channels for live updates throughout the week.

Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

Register your exhibition, talk or installation by October 5!Learn More