Toronto – venue, travel and accommodation

Conference Venues:

Tuesday 26 September – Altmetrics17 Workshop – Room 508 on the 5th floor at the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre (SLC) (341 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1S1, Canada)

Wednesday and Thursday 27-28 September – 4:AM Conference – Sears Atrium, 3rd Floor, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre (245 Church St, Toronto, ON M5B 1Z4)

Friday 29 September – 4:AM Hack Day/ Do- a-thon – Room 508 on the 5th floor at the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre (SLC) (341 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1S1, Canada)


The Conference is kindly being hosted by The Social Media Lab at The Ted Rogers School of Management, (Ryerson University), in Toronto. Set up in 2010, The Lab studies how social media is changing the ways in which people communicate, share information, conduct business and form communities; analysing how these changes impact the social, economic and political structures of society.

About Toronto:

Toronto is the most populous City in Canada. It’s also very multicultural; over 140 languages are spoken in the City and it’s estimated that over half of the population were born outside of Canada. The City is situated along Lake Ontario’s north-western shore and is a bustling metropolis with a centre of soaring skyscrapers, most notably the iconic CN Tower. As well as a busy arts and media scene the City has many green spaces, including the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park, which has walking trails, sports facilities and zoo.

Visit See Tourism Toronto or to see what’s happening in the city.

Travel to the Conference

Flights to Toronto are available from most major airports, with flight times being between 8-10 hours from Europe and 13 hours to the Middle East.

You can fly into one of two airports:

1. Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

  • Union Pearson Express Train – $12 (one way) (~25 min between the airport and downtown Union train station).
  • Taxis to downtown Toronto. Cost ~$55 + tip (~ 30-60 minutes). Follow signs to the taxi queue.
  • Public Transit – Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) There is no direct public transit, but there are city buses that connect to the subway system. Cost $3.25 (~ 60-90 minutes).
    • 1. You can catch the 192 Airport Rocket bus on the lowest level of either terminal (column R4 in terminal 1, columns C8-C12 in terminal 3).
    • 2. At Kipling subway station (the last stop on the bus), transfer to the eastbound Bloor/Danforth subway line.
    • 3. For most downtown hotels, transfer to a southbound subway train at either St.George or Yonge station.
    • 4. Make sure you find out the closest stop to your hotel in advance.  Note that not all subway stations have elevators or escalators, so you might have to climb a flight of stairs.

2. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) via Porter Airline

  • The airport is located in downtown Toronto.
  • There is a complimentary shuttle that will take you to Union Station so you can take the subway to the nearest stop to your hotel.
  • Taxis are located in-terminal and cost about $10 to downtown.

Visa/Entry Requirements

All visitors to Canada (who are not American or Canadian Nationals) will need to apply for either an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) or a Visa. For more information and to apply please visit


A wide range of different accommodation options are available close to the 4:AM venue.

There is no ‘conference’ hotel. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of accommodations near the conference venue (55 Dundas St W). The conference has no relationship with any of the providers and receives no financial return from any of these providers. Any rates/discounts mentioned are presented as a reference and might be higher at the time of your booking. We encourage you to shop around and book early.