Toronto Pursuits 2019: Community | July 14 to 19, 2019


The Gathering of Chaucer’s Pilgrims: The Canterbury Tales
with Denise Ahlquist
Our Hold on the World: Bodies in Community
with Emanuelle Burton
The Poetic Conversation
with Rosemary Gould
Seeing Through Clothes
with Betty Ann Jordan
No Man Is an Island: Icelandic Sagas
with Mark Cwik
The Second Sex 70 Years Later
with Wendy O'Brien
Like Light on Broken Glass: Stories and Plays of Anton Chekhov
with Sean Forester
Heart and Soul: Nationalism in Music
with Rick Phillips
“This particular web”: George Eliot’s Middlemarch
with Nancy Carr
NEW! Afternoon Seminar on the Odyssey
with Mark Cwik


A perfect prologue to Toronto Pursuits is a weekend of world-class theatre at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival with hosts Pat and Gary Schoepfel.

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Toronto Pursuits is a salon in the sun for inquiring adults from across North America. Each July, a convivial community gathers to engage with compelling literature, art, music, and film—works that move, provoke, unsettle, and inspire. We come to wrestle with questions and ideas that matter. We come eager to listen to and learn from one another, and ready to explore new points of view. We come to meet old friends and make new ones.


Choose one of our lively, focused, and participatory seminars, which are the anchor of the week. Seminars gather from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday to Friday and are followed by an excellent buffet lunch. Afternoons and evenings are devoted to social and cultural activities both on and off campus—talks, literary quizzes, museum visits, and concerts are just a few options to choose from. There’s a free and open approach at Toronto Pursuits that’s relaxing and stimulating at the same time.

We have put together a page on Preparing for Your Seminar that gives more information on how to get the most from your seminar and what you can expect from the experience.


Toronto Pursuits 2019 is from Sunday, July 14, to Friday, July 19, 2019.

The cost of Toronto Pursuits 2019 is C$1,520.

This includes one seminar Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19, coffee and newspapers all week, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, a travel bazaar, a new participant orientation on Sunday, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

A few optional activities are not included in the main cost (e.g., museum visits) and most can be paid on site. Check back soon for more detailed  information about the 2019 program.

The cost of the afternoon Odyssey seminar is C$200 for those already signed up for the full Toronto Pursuits program and C$400 for those taking the seminar as a standalone option. The standalone option includes the seminar and all evening activities. It does not include lunch or afternoon activities.

DISCOUNTS — one per person

  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
  • Register with a friend, and if one or both are first-time participants, each receives a C$215 discount.

A C$300 nonrefundable deposit plus HST is required. For the Odyssey afternoon seminar, full payment is required at registration. Refunds are issued for cancellations made before June 1, 2019, minus the C$300+HST deposit for morning seminars and a C$25 administrative charge for the Odyssey seminar.

Per Toronto Summer Music Festival policy, concert tickets are nonrefundable, nontransferable, and nonexchangeable.

Please see our Registration and Cancellation Policy and our Privacy Policy for full details on refunds and cancellations.

We encourage you to read the seminar descriptions carefully to make sure the topic and amount of reading are a good match for you. You can always find all readings listed on each seminar page and get details on length using book ISBNs. You are free to change your seminar before July 1, 2019, provided there is space in the seminar you want to move to and you are able to complete any preparation required. After July 1, we cannot accommodate any change in seminar.

Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations. Most out-of-town participants stay at in student housing at the University of Toronto or at our partner hotel, the InterContinental Yorkville.

The InterContinental Yorkville is taking bookings for Toronto Pursuits 2019. This newly renovated four-star hotel is located at 220 Bloor Street West, just 500 metres from Toronto Pursuits on the Victoria University/University of Toronto campus. To book at our group rate, call 1-800-267-0010 or 416-960-5200 and give the group code Classical Pursuits 2019/XA1. Or book online by going to the booking page. Select BOOK NOW, choose your check-in and check-out dates, and click SEARCH. We have a limited number of rooms at the group rate, so please book early!

Dorm accommodation is available at Victoria University’s Rowell Jackman Hall. Space is limited, and we encourage you to book without delay. Accommodation includes full breakfast and en-suite, but not private, bathrooms. Almost all rooms have air conditioning. Nightly rates for 2019 are C$77.25 for a single room and C$103 for a double. To place a booking request, visit Please read all details to ensure this accommodation is right for you.

Because of renovations that limit the number of rooms available at Rowell Jackman, we will also have accommodation available at Massey College, part of the University of Toronto. Rooms do not have air conditioning, but fans are available upon request. More information and a booking link will be available in spring 2019.

UPDATE, February 2019: Our rooms at Rowell Jackman are now sold out. We do still have a block of single and double rooms at Massey College, 700 metres from Victoria University where Toronto Pursuits takes place. We are still waiting on rate information, but rates will be similar to those at Rowell Jackman. Massey College will open bookings in late March or early April, and we will post the booking link as soon as we get it. Thank you for your patience and understanding; we are striving to make the construction work at Rowell Jackman have as little impact on Toronto Pursuits as possible.





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