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Hotel Accommodations at the Gladstone Hotel



Thinking of visiting Toronto for DesignTO? Book an artist-designed hotel room at the historic Gladstone Hotel for stays between January 18-27 and get our design week special rate, which includes a welcome cocktail, complimentary access to the hotel-wide exhibition Come Up To My Room (Jan 17-20), as well as a DesignTO Guided Bus Tour* of festival exhibitions.

Rates are $179 for a Classic Room and $229 Gimme More Room. Book online by clicking here. Use the “Corporate ID” code DESIGNTO to access these rates.

The Gladstone provides access to art 365 days a year. Partnering with community organizations (including DesignTO) and art curators, the Gladstone produces a wealth of exhibitions and programs for its visitors.

DesignTO 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.

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

*Bookings are on a first come, first served basis. Substitutions may be offered. Holds on hotel rooms are not permitted. Offer valid only on rooms booked between January 18-27, 2019.

DesignTO Guided Bus Tours

Love local expertise? Then join us for bus tours of DesignTO Festival hotspots led by local design and art experts: journalist Alex Bozikovic, innovation designer Heather Daam-Rossi, arts entertainer Kaleb Robertson, and OCAD U’s Dean of Design Dori Tunstall.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons of Festival Week, a Toronto arts and culture personality leads you on one of four guided bus tours to exhibitions at Harbourfront Centre, Artscape Youngplace, and more locations to be announced. Each guide brings their unique insight and expertise to their tour, with special stops selected by the guide. (Note that tour itineraries will vary.)

All tours will start and end at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West. Meet in the hotel’s lobby for a 1pm departure.


Sat, Jan 19 – Kaleb Robertson
Sun, Jan 20 – Dori Tunstall
Sat, Jan 26 – Alex Bozikovic
Sun, Jan 27 – Heather Daam-Rossi

Come Up To My Room

Framed within the backdrop of the historic 130-year-old Gladstone Hotel, ‘Come Up To My Room’ invites artists and designers to create a 4-day site-specific, immersive installations that stimulates the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike. #CUTMR2019 will feature over 20 projects with over 50 participants! Join CUTMR2019 curators Jana Macalik, Jennie Suddick, and Lee Petrie in celebrating 16 years of art and design at Toronto’s leading art hotel.

‘Come Up To My Room’ (#CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design and at the edges between intention and interpretation. Freed from the constraints of traditional practice, CUTMR encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories and our perceptions of reality. The exhibition challenges participants to push their everyday practice by offering a blank canvas upon which to explore new themes and ways of working. CUTMR is a platform for artists and designers to challenge themselves and try new things in an unconventional setting. It is also a safe space to explore difficult content in an experimental context. For the viewer to fully engage in shared and unique experiences we must employ an open and willing mind, and create a space where our uncertainties and preconceptions can speak to our communal empathy and compassion. And amid any apprehension, artists and designers signal willingly—this is the time to build new connections and forge new narratives.


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