The Toronto Comic Arts Festival exists to celebrate comics, graphic novels, and the people who make them. It is in that spirit that we aim to provide an inclusive, creative, and fair space for both exhibitors and attendees.

As we grow it’s harder to assume that good intentions will necessarily turn into action; it’s not practical and fair to count on folks piping up so that we can address barriers on an individual basis. With that in mind, we’re taking these steps this year:

  • We have assembled an explicit statement of commitment to accessibility
  • We are actively seeking feedback about these topics from people involved previous years, and those who didn’t participate due to barriers to accessibility and inclusion
  • We are actively seeking representation from people who may have been excluded other years
  • We are taking deliberate steps to give an accessible, inclusive and welcoming experience to exhibitors, attendees and volunteers
  • We will be monitoring how things go this year so we can do better next
  • We will be actively seeking feedback after the event so we can have it in mind for planning next year

We know this year won’t be perfect but we are committed to doing better – every year.

We are currently unable to provide the following for general attendees:

  • Attendant care
  • ASL interpretation for all programs (nor on-demand)

We welcome any feedback from exhibitors, volunteers, and attendees about accessibility. Please contact us at access@torontocomics.com.

Venues

TCAF takes place across several venues, and the rest of this page will detail each venue. We are fortunate to be able to leverage these venues, however, there will be aspects of each venue that are beyond our control, and we will continue to evaluate which spaces are appropriate for the festival and its creators and attendees.

Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8. View map)

Directions

  • Closest major intersection: Yonge Street and Bloor Street. Located one block north of Bloor Street, on the east-side of Yonge Street
  • Public transit: TTC subway station Yonge. Walk north on Yonge street, towards the library
  • Parking: Paid – parking lots on Asquith Ave and Church Street

Planning your visit

  • The Toronto Reference Library is a busy public space, and becomes even busier over the course of the festival
  • In its peak hours or during author signings, festival floors can become crowded
  • I you find that you need to take a break from the crowds, move away from the exhibitors; the periphery of the library is generally less crowded (out towards the shelfs/stacks), or floors 4-5 are completely unoccupied by the festival
  • The least busy times are right in the morning of both days of the festival, right when the festival opens
  • The 2nd floor “Bram and Bluma Appel Salon” may have a line-up to get into during its busiest times, due to fire code/safety regulations

Accessibility

  • Entrances are accessible
  • Elevators are available

Accessible washrooms

  • 1st floor: available
  • 2nd floor: 2 locations; 1 towards the right of the elevator (when exiting the elevator); 1 that can be accessed through the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
  • 3rd floor: TBA

For more details and up-to-date information, please visit the Toronto Public Library’s Accessibility page or contact Accessibility Services:

Floor maps

Toronto Reference Library | first floorToronto Reference Library | second floorToronto Reference Library | third floor

Toronto Masonic Temple (The Concert Hall, 888 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2J2. View map)

Directions

  • Closest major intersection: Yonge Street and Bloor Street. Located three blocks north of Bloor Street, on the west-side of Yonge Street
  • Public transit: TTC subway station Yonge. Walk north on Yonge street, towards the library, and continue north towards Church St/Davenport Rd
  • Parking: Paid. Limited street parking on Davenport Rd., west of the Masonic Temple

Planning your visit

  • If you are planning to attend programming at this venue, we recommend that you arrive early to ensure a great spot, as popular programming can become crowded

Accessibility

  • There is a ramp on the Davenport Rd. side of the building
  • The entrance on the Yonge St. side of the building is not accessible
  • Elevators are available

Accessible washrooms

  • 1st floor: available

For more information, please visit The Concert Hall / Toronto Masonic Temple’s page.

Floor maps

The Masonic Temple | first floor

 

 

 

Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel (90 Bloor Street East, Toronto ON, M4W 1A7. View map)

Directions

  • Closest major intersection: Yonge Street and Bloor Street. Located one block east of Yonge Street, on the north-side of Bloor Street
  • Public transit: TTC subway station Yonge. Walk east on Bloor street, towards the hotel
  • Parking: Valet parking, fee: ~40 CAD daily. The parking height restriction is 6 feet / 1.8 meters.

Planning your visit

  • If you are planning to attend programming at this venue, we recommend that you arrive early to ensure a great spot, as popular programming can become crowded; an elevator ride is required to get to all programming rooms

Accessibility

  • To enter the main lobby of the hotel from street level, you will need to enter from Bloor Street and through the “Valet Parking & Hotel drop off” to access the ramp
  • Routes to wheelchair accessible rooms and meeting rooms are wheelchair accessible
  • Elevators are available

Accessible washrooms

  • Programming floor: available

For more details and up-to-date information, please visit the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel’s accessibility page, or phone +1 416-961-8000.

Floor maps

Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel | meeting room floor

Zineland Terrace @ Cumberland Terrace (2 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G1. View map)

Directions

  • Entrance: The primary entrance for the zine fair is at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Cumberland St. There are a number of entrances along Cumberland St between Yonge St and Bay St. The zine fair is on the second floor in the hallway – there is one elevator and a number of stairways leading upstairs
  • Closest Major Intersection: Yonge St & Bloor St
  • Transit: Yonge-Bloor Subway Station
  • Parking: Paid. Limited street parking on Cumberland, parking lots on Asquith Ave  and Church St

Planning your visit

  • Zineland Terrace takes place at a shopping mall type complex called Cumberland Terrace

Accessibility

  • Ground floor entrances are all level with the sidewalk
  • There is a single elevator closest to the Yonge St entrance (at Cumberland); the elevator is on the left hand side, opposite the staircase
  • There are no steps for entering or moving through each floor

Accessible washrooms

  • TBA

Floor maps

Zineland Terrace @ Cumberland Terrace | first and second floors

Accessibility around Toronto

Transportation options

Other resources

  • AccessTO: in-depth reviews of the physical environments for social endeavours (e.g., restaurants, pubs, cafes, etc.) in Toronto; a page specific to the Yorkville area (where TCAF is primarily held) can be found here

 

Are you an exhibitor, volunteer, or attendee?

  • If you are an exhibitor or volunteer and have specific accessibility-related needs, please let us know as early as possible; while we can not guarantee that we can meet every request, we will do our best to explore what is possible
  • If you are an exhibitor, volunteer, or attendee and have experienced accessibility barriers while at the festival, please get in touch; it’s important for us to know what is/isn’t working, so that we can continue to improve the festival over time
  • If you have any questions, or would like to provide feedback or input about accessibility, please email us at access@torontocomics.com