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An insider view

We are teaming up with Stanford Live to bring you behind the scenes at three of Canada's most prestigious festivals. Be part of the industry buzz at film premiers and galas at the famed Toronto International Film Festival. Savor the lavish productions of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. At the Stratford Festival, we’ll take in captivating modern productions of Shakespeare.

Travel with Stanford Live’s executive director for valuable insights into the world of performing arts and enjoy special access to private receptions, tours and openings. Sit back, relax and enjoy the shows during a special week of film and theater!


September 10–18, 2022


9 days


From $14,995 per person

Trip size

15 participants

Minimum age

18 years

Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

Stanford connections open doors and provide valuable insights to the one-of-a-kind experiences that are part of every Travel/Study program.

Chris Lorway

Stanford Live

The executive director of Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall, Lorway has spent his career in the performance arts, from capital project planning to shaping the artistic vision at world-renowned festivals.


A special week of film and theater

Spend three days in Toronto attending premiers at the Toronto International Film Festival and visiting some of the city’s top cultural sites. Travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake for performances at the Shaw Festival, stopping to see Niagara Falls on the way. Conclude the week with cutting-edge theater at the Stratford Festival.

  • Toronto, Canada

    Upon arrival in Toronto, check in to our historic hotel. Gather this evening at a local restaurant for a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of our festival week.


    Fairmont Royal York

    Included meal: Dinner
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    Enjoy three full days at the famed Toronto International Film Festival. Take a private tour of some of the theater venues and join a reception of local arts leaders. We also take time to visit some of the city's world-class cultural sites, such as the Art Gallery of Ontario. Each evening, we have special access to the Red Carpet Suite in Roy Thomson Hall, giving us an insider's view to the festival's Gala program and guaranteed tickets to some of the Festival's top screenings.


    Fairmont Royal York

    Included meal: Breakfast

    Roy Thompson Hall

  • Toronto / Niagara-on-the-Lake

    After breakfast at the hotel, transfer by coach to Niagara-on-the-Lake. First stop at Niagara Falls for a scenic overlook of this iconic North American landmark. Then visit a local winery for a lunch and tasting. Our drive concludes at the nearby town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. After dinner on our own, attend an evening performance of Damn Yankees.


    Prince of Wales

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake

    This morning meet with creative staff as well as the executive director of the Shaw Festival, Tim Jennings, for a private backstage tour of the Festival and Studio theaters. You may choose to attend a matinee performance at the festival on your own. This evening, savor a private dinner on the Festival's lawn, followed by a performance of The Doctor's Dilemma.


    Prince of Wales

    Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake / Stratford

    After breakfast at the hotel, depart for the Bench wine region west of Niagara for a private wine tasting and farm-to-table lunch. Afterward, visit a nearby gin distillery. Continue to the town of Stratford and check in to our centrally located hotel. After dinner at the hotel, attend an evening performance of Chicago at the Stratford Festival.


    The Bruce

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Stratford

    This morning, attend a presentation by internationally acclaimed and award-winning author Adam Gopnik who shares his thoughts with Antoni Cimolino on Molière’s talent for satire, his influence on theatre history and his continued resonance in the modern world. After an independent lunch, enjoy a matinee performance of Richard III featuring Colm Feore. Then gather for a final pre-theater dinner at the hotel to toast the end of our festive arts week before enjoying an evening performance of Hamlet.


    The Bruce

    Included meals: Breakfast and dinner

    Courtesy: Stratford Festival

  • Toronto / Home

    Transfer to the Toronto International Airport for flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

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