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Blues Summit is changing its location and it delighted to work with Marriott Courtyard Downtown Toronto Hotel as its events base. The Marriott Courtyard Downtown Toronto Hotel sits in the heart of the city, Church & Wellesley, allowing guests to easily explore city center destinations, including Yonge-Dundas Square, the CN Tower and Koerner Hall!

The Marriott Courtyard Downtown Toronto is the world’s largest full-service Courtyard hotel including redesigned hotel rooms, indoor lap pool, 24-hour fitness center and delicious American-style cuisine at The Bistro.

  • Panels, Speed Schmooze and Keynote will take place on the right side of the main floor at the lobby level during the day, with showcases again at the same space in the hotel ballroom. Showcases will happen at night, in a twin stage setup.
  • RegistrationSummit information desk and drop boxes will be at room Bay A, located on the left side of the main floor.


Conference attendees can access discounted room rates of $139/night for the duration of Blues Summit 9. To access this special rate online, click the link below:

Reserve Online

DEADLINE: Now closed. Guests who wish to book at the hotel can still use the above linked button to book their room at the regular rate.

For more information about the hotel, click here.


The Marriott Courtyard Downtown Toronto Hotel is located at:

475 Yonge Street,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M4Y 1X7

For detailed directions to the Marriott Courtyard Downtown Toronto Hotel, click here.

GPS Directions and Parking:

Use 475 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1X7 Canada for GPS directions to the hotel. The entrance is located off Wood Street, just east of Yonge Street.

Over night Valet parking: 38 dollars | Short term Valet parking: 5 dollars every 30 minutes | Near hotel parking options: Public (closes at 11pm) & Parksmart (above ground parking).

Parking garage clearance is 6 feet/ 1.8 meters.

Parking Discount! We have a special rate for flexible 12-hour period (ie. arriving at 3pm, leaving by 3am) – 28 dollars with a voucher. You must present a voucher when you pick up your car to get this special rate. Please ask this voucher from us at the Registration Office located in room Bay A & B. One voucher can be re-used over the course of the weekend so please hold on to it if you are coming more than one day.


Greetings and welcome to the centre of Toronto! 

I live near by the Courtyard Marriott and as you can see, there are a lot of options in the neighborhood to grab a quick bite. The hotel food is fine, we’ve tested it while doing our planning. No problem there if you want to stay indoors, which is certainly understandable in recent days, but things are warming up!

Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws. I’ve had American friends say that the Loblaws now installed inside the old Maple Leaf Gardens hockey arena aka shrine, is better than any New York City Whole Foods. High praise. The prices are a little high but there is a sushi bar, hot food prepared around the clock and all the fresh produce you could ever want. The Bulk Barn is on the way by if you just want to buy a big bag of walnuts. Open 7am to 11pm. [There is also an LCBO / alcohol retail on the second floor.]

College Park Food Court. There are about a dozen fast food spots located under the giant College Park building at the corner of Yonge and College (Carlton, it changes names at Yonge!). There is another Metro grocery store in that underground (below the Winners clothing retailer) and right on the corner is the closest Tim Horton’s, and the second Starbucks within less than 100 yards. [Another LCBO location underground here.]

Sushi On The Run. Between the College Park area above and the TTC entrance are a few shops including my favourite sushi stop, who offer a 2 for 1 discount for end of day commuters that is a major bargain. It is a tiny place and hard to find, but the quality is excellent. They close at 7pm.

Hair of the Dog. Richard Flohil’s favourite hang when he lived on McGill Street! More than a dozen taps and reasonably priced gastro pub dining, burgers, butter chicken, mac and cheese, the familiar and predictable menu items you can find in Toronto. Just down the street and a quick walk away from Yonge, toward Church street and the Gay Village.

Salad King. One of the best and busiest Thai restaurants in Toronto is on the second floor on Yonge Street, south of the hotel. Packed with students but offering fast service, good prices and excellent food.

Pickle Barrel. I can’t believe I’m recommending this spot, it is somewhat generic. But if you want some deli smoked meat, with excellent pickles on the side, you’ll find this spot just north of Dundas on Yonge where there is a small shopping Atrium. [Another LCBO, lower level!

Elm Street. There were seven editions of the Blues Summit produced at the Delta Chelsea hotel on Gerrard Street, but alas their food service and management has plummeted in quality. However, while we were producing in that area just south of the Marriott, we discovered the strip of great restaurants between Yonge and Bay, including Queen and Beaver (very English gastro pub), Barberians (expensive steak house), Bangkok Garden (Thai), Adega (Portuguese) and others.

Patties Express. The cheapest possible food snack you will find in the downtown and a brisk walk south on Yonge to Elm Street. If you need some Jerk Chicken or other real meal deal, you’ll need to walk further south to 211 Yonge to find Ritz. Recommended if you need a spicy taste of the Caribbean.

Fran’s Restaurant. Bland and predictable, but also reliable and operating 24 hours just around the corner from the hotel. This is a wide menu institution with everything under the sun on offer, from steaks to milk shakes. Reasonably priced and funky booths, just west of Yonge on College.

7 West Cafe. Much better food than Fran’s, and also 24 hours, just north of the hotel at 7 Charles Street (5 minute walk) we’ve found ourselves here post show many a night. Lots of character, boho staff and reliable.


From shopping to cultural landmarks, there are plenty of things to do near the Yonge Street hotel.

Enjoy free concerts and year-round events at the vibrant Yonge Dundas Square, the central hub of celebration in downtown, located just a 10-minute walk from our hotel.

Boasting cultural diversity and the bold spirit that makes Toronto one of the world’s most exciting cities, there are many interesting places to explore, fun festivals and a host of things to do, all minutes from the hotel.

Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall offer a wide choice of concerts and live performances.

Kensington Market is a distinctive downtown multicultural district filled with vintage shops, street fairs, independent grocers and a plethora of eateries.

St. Lawrence Market, a major market in Old Town Toronto, offers an even greater choice of fresh food.




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We highly recommend you refer to the ultimate guide by Tourism Toronto where you can access all the maps, eats & drinks, hot deals and the event calendar.


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