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Bouchercon is the annual international convention of the mystery community. In 2017, it will be hosted in Toronto, Canada.

From the Airport…

There are tons of ways to get to the convention hotel! 

Then what?

If you are arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport and traveling to Sheraton Centre Toronto, you have several ground transportation options:

**All prices are in Canadian dollars. 

Taxis from the airport charge a fixed zonal fee. Uber fares are estimates; actual cost will depend on traffic, which is likely to be bad. One of the major arteries into Toronto is shut down for construction.

  1. Taxi: see Taxi fare estimatorTaxi fare estimate from YYJ to SheratonEstimate of Uber ride from YYZ to Sheraton
  2. Uber: see Uber fare estimator 
  3. Union Pearson Express (UP) Train to Union Station: $12.35 one-way, $24.70 round-trip (you pay by credit card at a kiosk or to the conductor on the train). Then either a 10 minute walk or a 5 minute cab ride.

If you use the UP (pronounced “yew-pea”) Train, you have three options to get to the hotel once you arrive at Union Station:

          1. Walk 0.6 mile (10 min)
            • Debark train and turn right. Walk down ramp toward “Union Station”
            • Enter the Great Hall – a beautiful Beaux-Art building.
            • Turn left to exit the building.
            • Turn right and walk East to Bay Street (gold glass office tower is on the North West corner)
            • Walk north along Bay Street to Queen Street. (You will pass the Ben McNally bookstore on the West side of the street!)
            • Bay Street bends left right at our Old City Hall Building at Queen Street.
            • Turn left (West) on Queen Street to the hotel’s entrance, which is just past the Tim Horton’s coffee shop.


          2. Take a subway ($3.25) – cash or Presto card
              • Union is a terminus station, so all subways go North
              • You can board either train: “University” line or the “Yonge” (pronounced “Young”) line

                map showing walk from Osgoode to Sheraton

                Osgoode station to Sheraton Hotel

              • If you board the University line, get off at “Osgoode” (2 stops, about 4 min). Take the escalator or the elevator to concourse/street level. When you get on the street walk East on Queen St. (2 min) to the hotel’s entrance. (The Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre is on the South East corner of University and Queen.)
              • map showing walk from Queen St station to Sheraton Hotel

                Queen station to Sheraton Hotel

                If you board the Yonge line, get off at “Queen” (2 stops, about 4 min) and when you get on the street, walk West on Queen St. (6 min) to the hotel’s entrance. (Saks Fifth Avenue is on the South West side of Yonge and Queen.)


    1. Take a taxi: $6-16 (depending on traffic)

A Registrant Asks…

Entry in our occasional series, as Registrants ask us questions we think all attendees might benefit from knowing.

Will there be a shipping service located in the book room?

Not in the book room, but in the hallway next to the hotel there will be an agent who is an authorized FedEx person. They are preparing for us!! 

EDIT: On Sunday, the FedEx office will be open until at least 5:00 p.m. They are located in the EAST hallway just off the main hotel reception area.  Walk past the Links Cafe, and down that hall, past the International News souvenir shop. They are on the right-hand side before you exit the doors.



The Passport – September 2017

The most recent issue, The Passport – September 2017 [PDF], is here and has been emailed out in PDF form.

The panels have been announced and can be downloaded from our Programming page.

The program book is at the printers! Our editor (Kathleen Fraser) and designer (Rick Blechta) have worked on this for weeks non-stop and every bit of it we’ve seen is gorgeous!

Bouchercon is 100% run by volunteers. Would you like to help a little? A lot? Click here for a list of places to help out! 

Registration will close, and all event ticket and T-Shirt sales will end, at midnight on October 4th. Registration will re-open at 2:00PM on October 11th with different pricing options.

This is our last newsletter.

After this point look for special emails… about our auctions, events, where to pick up your registration package, how to vote for the Anthony Awards, and more!

And check our Twitter (@Bouchercon2017 and @Bouchercon) and Facebook page for up-to-the-minute info!

See you soon!!

A Registrant Asks…

Entry in our occasional series, as Registrants ask us questions we think all attendees might benefit from knowing.

How do the signings work in conjunction with panels, etc?

Signings follow each panel and include all people from all (up to) 6 panels that have just completed.

They are all held in the book room — Osgoode.

They also include all authors from the “20 on the 20 Spotlight Sessions” that ended in the previous hour or so.

So while you are in the room getting your book signed for the panel that you were just at, you can also get your book signed by authors who were in panels you weren’t able to attend in that time slot.

A Registrant Asks…

Entry in our occasional series, as Registrants ask us questions we think all attendees might benefit from knowing.

What exactly is “20 on the 20”?

These are 20 minute spotlight sessions that occur on the hour and then at 20 minutes past the hour and 20 minutes to the next hour. (For example: 8:00AM; 8:20AM; 8:40AM; 9:00AM…etc.)

The author in the spotlight does what they wish — it might be read, it might be give a brief talk, it might be an informal chat with folks in the audience. These authors are then included with the next signing in the book room.

The schedule for these sessions has been published.

A Registrant Asks…

Entry in our occasional series, as Registrants ask us questions we think all attendees might benefit from knowing.

What is the food situation at Bouchercon?

We are extremely blessed in Toronto with a wide variety of food choices from all ethnicities! Pick a country, there is likely a restaurant serving authentic cuisine!

  • The Sheraton hotel has three restaurants and two coffee bars that also sell light snacks.
  • Immediately connected to the hotel in the lower concourse are two food courts with a wide variety of fast food choices.
  • Parked outside the Sheraton hotel (across the street) is the iconic City Hall. There are always several food trucks parked there.
  • Within an easy walk of the hotel there are hundreds of restaurant choices, ranging from Tim Hortons and Starbucks a few steps away to 5-star eateries. The massive Eaton Centre shopping complex is a 3-minute walk away and has two large food courts.

Pretty much no matter what your cuisine preference, from street food, to Italian, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian… You can sample the globe’s food by taking a quick walk!

If you are a foodie and want to explore Toronto’s restaurant scene, you can explore the website BlogTO. There you can search for “the best …” and fill in what you are looking for (food/clothes/decor/salons/spas…etc etc).

Of course, if you have bought tickets, there is the Nero Wolfe Banquet, the Sisters in Crime Breakfast, and the Anthony Awards Brunch.

Have questions? We’d love to hear them! Chances are another registrant was wondering the same thing!

Use our contact form on this website to email us, or reach out through other our other media channels.

We’re here to help!



Thriller Awards announced

The 2017 Thriller Awards were announced July 15 during the International Thriller WritersThrillerFest XII at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley (Grand Central Publishing)
The Body Reader, by Anne Frasier (Thomas & Mercer)
The Drifter, by Nicholas Petrie (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)     <– coming to #Bcon2017
Romeo’s Way, by James Scott Bell (Compendium Press)
Steeplejack, by A.J. Hartley (TOR Teen)
“Big Momma,” by Joyce Carol Oates in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine