IVLA 2016

IVLA 2016

IVLA 2016, Montreal: Engaging the Senses

Venue and Travel

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Known for its European charm and joie de vivre, Montreal is also a multicultural city (where francophones, anglophones and allophones mingle), an underground city, a festival city (jazz, humor, film), and the premier creative city of Canada.

Concordia University is a comprehensive, cosmopolitan urban university with over 45,000 students. It is ranked 16th in Canada and 101st in North America according to the 2015-2016 QS World University Rankings.

Renowned for its highly dynamic Faculty of Fine Arts, where the accent is on research-creation, Concordia is also home to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, which will be hosting the conference in collaboration with the Department of Art Education, the Department of Design and Computation Arts, and the Centre for Sensory Studies.

We look forward to receiving you in Montreal. Come experience Quebec’s unique visual, linguistic and gustatory culture!


Montreal is within driving distance of many major US cities: 5 hours from Boston; 6 hours from New York; 6.5 hours from Buffalo. It is serviced by Pierre Trudeau International Airport, which has many direct flights. The Trudeau International Airport is in Dorval, which is 20-30 minutes from the downtown by taxi ($45 one way) or by bus. Concordia University (Sir George Williams campus) is situated in the heart of downtown Montreal. See http://www.concordia.ca/maps/sgw-campus.html


There are many hotels to choose from in the Quartier Concordia (i.e. within 2-3 blocks of the University). The following hotels have agreed to offer IVLA delegates special rates. Please contact Natalie Doonan at senses@concordia.ca to find out the code you must mention to avail yourself of the special rate.

Le Meridien Versailles Hotel (Canadian $149 + 18% tax)
Hotel Chateau Versailles (Canadian $149 + 18% tax)
Hotel Chez Swann
Novotel Hotel (Canadian $140-$165 + tax)

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

The Government of Canada has recently introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), that applies to visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to or transiting Canada by air. (A visa-exempt foreign national is a person who is not a citizen of Canada and is not required to obtain a visa for the purpose of travel based on their country of nationality.)

Effective March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals must obtain an eTA before they can board a flight to Canada. To complete an application for an eTA, a passport, credit card and an email address is required. An eTA costs $7 CAD and is valid for up to five years.

Among those exempted from this new requirement are U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa. As well, entry requirements for travelers arriving by land or sea have not changed.

To see if the citizen of a country needs an eTA or to apply for one, visit Government of Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization.

There you can also check if you need a visa to travel. In this case please make sure to submit your visa application well in advance, because usually this is a time consuming process.