imagineNATIVE Film Festival

Book Now and Save! Special Travel Packages to the 12th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Now Available!

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It’s time to book your festival accommodation for the 12th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. From October 19 - 23, 2011 Toronto will become a mecca of Indigenous-made cinematic and new media works, and now is the time to ensure you’re a part of it by booking your stay!

imagineNATIVE is the largest international film and media arts festival of its kind in the world celebrating the latest works by Indigenous peoples at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. The festival is five days of entertainment with film and video screenings, live music performances, art exhibits, parties, and numerous opportunities to connect with film and media industry representatives and artists.

Highlights this year include a spotlight on the Indigenous people of South Africa, a concert headlined by Academy Award-winning and multiple Juno Award-winning songstress Buffy Sainte-Marie, a solo new media exhibition by Montreal-based artist Jason Lewis, and a collection of short films on all Air Canada flights!

imagineNATIVE Travel Packages
imagineNATIVE has put together amazing packages so you get the most out of your trip – whether you’re looking to experience the entire festival or get away for the weekend. Packages range in price, with these terrific options:

Package Single Occupancy Double Occupancy
Festival All Access (Oct. 19 - 24) $995 (incl. tax/fees) $560 (incl. tax/fees)
Cultural Dose (Oct. 21 - 23) $500 (incl. tax/fees) $320 (incl. tax/fees)
Weekend Getaway (Oct. 21 - 23) $435 (incl. tax/fees) $260 (incl. tax/fees)

FESTIVAL ALL ACCESS (Oct. 19 – 24) BUY NOW
$995 pp, single-occupancy
$560 pp, double-occupancy*

Retail Value: $1,450 per person for a total savings of at least $455 each!

This package is for film and media art enthusiasts, artists and industry folk – those who want to be here for the whole festival and see as much as possible. Our full programming schedule will be announced at the end of August but you can view last year’s line-up at www.imagineNATIVE.org for a sample of what we offer. This deluxe Festival All Access package provides you with:

  • Five nights accommodation at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown (Oct. 19 - 24)
  • A seat on the Great Indian Bus Tour (Oct. 23)
  • Vouchers at local restaurants, including:
    • Dinner at the brand new Keriwa Café, Toronto’s only Indigenous fine dining experience ($30 voucher per person)
    • Dinner at Joe Mamas ($20 voucher per person)
    • Lunch at KiWe Kitchen ($10 voucher per person)
  • All-Access Festival Pass, including:
    • Opening Night Screening Gala and After-Party
    • Closing Night Screening Gala and Awards Show
    • All regular screenings
    • Art Exhibits and Installations
    • Artist Talks
    • Industry Workshops and Panels
    • The Beat concert with Buffy Sainte-Marie

CULTURAL DOSE (Oct. 21 – 23) BUY NOW$500 pp, single-occupancy
$320 pp, double-occupancy*

Retail Value: $700 per person for a total savings of at least $200 each!

This package is for those interested in Canadian Indigenous arts and culture, past and present. You’ll see and experience contemporary film, video, radio, new media, art and music by international Indigenous artists. You’ll also meet the artists and gain an understanding of the history of Ontario-based First Nations on the Great Indian Bus Tour and at the Woodland Cultural Centre. The Cultural Dose package provides you with:

  • Two nights accommodation at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown (Oct. 21 - 23)
  • A ticket to the Woodland Cultural Centre, including travel (Oct. 22)
  • A seat on the Great Indian Bus Tour (Oct. 23)
  • Dinner at the brand new Keriwa Café, Toronto’s only Indigenous fine dining experience ($30 voucher per person)
  • Weekend Festival Pass, including:
    • Closing Night Screening Gala and Awards Show
    • All regular screenings from 9:00PM on Oct. 21 until the last show on Oct. 23
    • Art Exhibits and Installations
    • Artists Talks
    • Industry Workshops and Panels
    • The Beat concert with Buffy Sainte-Marie

WEEKEND GETAWAY (Oct. 21 – 23) BUY NOW
$435 pp, single-occupancy
$260 pp, double-occupancy*

Retail value: $640 per person for a total savings of at least $205 each!

This package is for those looking to escape for the weekend and have fun in the city! You’ll see and experience contemporary film, video, radio and new media work created by international Indigenous artists. You’ll also meet the artists and gain an understanding of the history of Ontario-based First Nations on the Great Indian Bus Tour of Toronto. The Weekend Getaway package includes:

  • Two nights accommodation at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown (Oct. 21 - 23)
  • A seat on the Great Indian Bus Tour (Oct. 23)
  • Dinner at Joe Mamas ($20 voucher per person)
  • Weekend Festival Pass, including:
    • Closing Night Screening Gala and Awards Show
    • All regular screenings from 9:00PM on Oct. 21 until the last show on Oct. 23
    • Art Exhibits and Installations
    • Artists Talks
    • Industry Workshops and Panels
    • The Beat concert with Buffy Sainte-Marie

*The double-occupancy rate is honoured when 2 (two) guests book at the same time. Guests will share 1 (one) room, and receive 2 (two) tickets, seats, vouchers and passes for each individual, as per the selected package.

imagineNATIVE’s Festival Hotels

imagineNATIVE has two partner hotels that are centrally located and range in price –the Hilton Garden Inn and Super 8. If you book now you can have your pick.

HILTON GARDEN INN TORONTO DOWNTOWN
www.hiltongardeninn.com
1-416-593-9200

Located in Toronto's Vibrant Entertainment District, the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown hotel is only steps away from the TIFF Bell Lightbox – imagineNATIVE’s central venue – in addition to Business, Financial and Shopping attractions. The Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Downtown proactively makes everything for both the busy executive and the leisure traveler easy by providing an abundance of Services and Amenities, including complimentary hot breakfast and WIFI, ensuring a productive and successful stay.

Booking your own travel? Take advantage of our Hilton discount now!

imagineNATIVE rate/night: $169+tax (regular rate/night: $220)
Discount Booking Code (online and by phone): imagineNATIVE

SUPER 8 DOWNTOWN TORONTO
www.super8toronto.com
1-877-605-7666

Located in Toronto’s Chinatown district, the most vibrant in North America, the Super 8 Downtown Toronto reflects the diversity of Eastern cultures and is only a short walk away from the TIFF Bell Lightbox – imagineNATIVE’s central venue – in addition to the trendy Queen Street West and eclectic Kensington Market. The Super 8 Downtown Toronto ensures optimal comforting during your visit, including fitness and shiatsu rooms and complimentary continental breakfast and WIFI.

Booking your own travel? Take advantage of our Super 8 discount until October 1!

imagineNATIVE rate/night: $93+tax (regular rate/night: $130)
Discount Booking Code (by phone): imagineNATIVE

ABOUT OUR PARTNERS

Great Indian Bus Tour
Learn the Indigenous history of Toronto with the Great Indian Bus Tour! This one-of-a-kind experience was adapted from the late scholar A. Rodney Bobiwash’s original 4-hour tour and integrates elements of geography, language, science and visual arts, along with lots of history. Starting at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, an Aboriginal hub within Toronto, the tour visits key points of interests, such as Spadina Avenue (which originates from the Ojibway word, Ishpaadinaa), Casa Loma (a historic Aboriginal settlement), Yonge and Bloor (the site of an ancient burial ground), and Yonge Street (an original path for by-foot messengers).
The Great Indian Bus Tour is a project within the Toronto Native Community History Project (TNCHP) of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. TNCHP was founded in 1995 and their current work revolves around three key components: Popular Education, Resource Centre and Youth Involvement. With its popular education program they run community classes and seminars on Native History and issues, and their "Great Indian Bus Tour of Toronto.”

Woodland Cultural Centre
The Woodland Cultural Centre is a First Nations educational and cultural centre. It was established in 1972 to protect, promote, interpret, and present the history, language, intellect and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe and Onkwehon:we. Its member nations include the Wahta Mohawks, Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.
The Woodland Cultural Centre demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in the practice, presentation, interpretation and collection of resources in Education, Museology, Arts, Language and Cultural Heritage in order to foster an appreciation of the intellect and promote an accurate image of First Nations in Canada and abroad.

Keriwa Café
Located in trendy Parkdale, Keriwa Cafe sources out the best quality ingredients, both locally and regionally, chosen at the peak of their seasonality and honouring their nature with an understated, rustic cooking approach. The Keriwa Cafe kitchen team is dedicated to preserving and honouring culinary traditions that have fostered in this country and abroad.  Aboriginal and non-aboriginal inspirations are represented in the seasonal menu.  In step with their kitchen counterparts, the front of house team adds to the experience that is Keriwa Cafe with a rustic, understated, but elegant dining room. 

Joe Mamas
Located in the heart of Toronto's entertainment district, Joe Mamas is the newest and hottest live entertainment venue to hit the King Street strip. Specializing in the classic sounds of Motown and rhythm and blues, Joe Mamas cooks Tuesday thru Saturday, call for seasonal Sundays, offering a true Southern Style Menu specializing in Steaks, Seafood and Ribs.

KiWe Kitchen
KiWe Kitchen has perfected the blend of familiarity and uniqueness in both its décor and menu offerings. Featuring a tantalizing selection of dishes and a newly renovated modern, yet inviting interior, KiWe Kitchen is the ideal place to lounge and dine for those who want to be in the hub of excitement and growth taking over the King St. West neighbourhood.

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