Toronto, Ontario | October 4 – 8, 2017

A unique creative spirit thrives in cosmopolitan Toronto!

Wednesday – Sunday, October 4-8, 2017 

Toronto is a beautiful city filled with color and fascinating imagery, all set against a backdrop of stunning architecture and inspired by the city’s vibrant diversity. 

Join Art Encounter’s Artistic Director Joanna Pinsky and painter/sculpture Jill King for an art-packed trip to Canada’s largest city overlooking the shores of Lake Ontario. Toronto abounds in excellent museums and fascinating art districts. We’ll explore the Art Gallery of Ontario with its Frank Gehry designed addition, the Gardiner Museum featuring outstanding ceramics, and the architecturally stunning new Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Art designed by internationally renowned architects Fumihiko Maki of Japan, Charles Correa of India and landscaped by Vladimir Djurovic. We’ll also stop by the Bata Shoe Museum, dedicated to collecting, researching, preserving and exhibiting footwear from around the world. Meet artists in their studios and visit outstanding private collections. Sample delectable cuisine from the world’s most ethnically diverse city including Portuguese, Japanese, Hungarian and Caribbean.

  • We’ll be staying at the Park Hyatt, a luxury hotel in the upscale Yorkville neighborhood, home to one of Canada’s most exclusive shopping districts, The Mink Mile, along with numerous art galleries and restaurants.
  • Visits to galleries featuring contemporary art and Inuit art unique to Canada
  • Discussions with artists in their studios
  • Private art collections
  • Tours of the city’s major art museums

ITINERARY (Subject to change)

(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Wednesday, October 4  (D)

  • Check into Park Hyatt,  located in beautiful Bloor-Yorkville, downtown Toronto
  • Meet the group in lobby at 1:30 pm for introductions
  • Bus city tour with stop at The Distillery Art and Victorian Arch Center
  • Gallery reception at The Power Plant
  • Welcome dinner

Thursday, October 5   (B, L)

  • Art Gallery of Ontario, including more than 80,000 works spanning the first century to the present day
  • Private art collection
  • Gardiner Museum, Canada’s national ceramics museum

Friday, October 6  (B, L, D)

  • Aga Khan Museum, a museum of Islamic art, Iranian art and Muslim culture in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Explore St Lawrence Market for lunch
  • Visits Artists studio visit
  • Private home collection

Saturday, October 7  (B, L, D)

  • Bata Shoe Museum, the collection has over a thousand shoes and related artifacts (from a collection numbering over 13,000) in architect Raymond Moriyama’s award-winning five-floor structure
  • West Queen West Art & Design District, the creative center of artistic innovation in Toronto, Ontario
  • Visit to artist Joseph Drapell’s studio

Sunday, October 8  (B, L)

  • TD Gallery of Inuit Art, sponsored by TD Canada Trust and a must-see collection for all fans of Inuit Art
  • Final lunch


Accommodations for four nights, group airport transfer on Sunday, Oct 8, all breakfasts, lunches, three of four dinners, all activities described in itinerary, all museum/site admissions, local luxury motor coach transportation, services of personal escorts Joanna Pinsky and Jill King, behind-the-scenes privately guided tours for several site visits


Airfare, airport transfer upon arrival, one dinner, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, gratuities, porterage, travel insurance

Please note:
Membership is required ($50 individual, $75 family) and can be handled along with trip registration.
Trip deposit of $500 is non-refundable unless the trip minimum registration is not reached.
Pricing is based on current exchange rate of US$=C$1.32.  An exchange rate shift might require a surcharge.

Email for registration form and questions.