Breakout has been the best place for tabletop gamers of all kinds to get their game on and hang out with their community since its inception four years ago. A team of gaming community leaders from across Toronto came together to create Breakout, a convention made by gamers for gamers. At our inaugural event in 2016, we kicked things off with a fantastic lineup of events, incredible guests, and opened our doors to the gaming community which showed its support by coming out and rolling dice with us.
Our convention continues to grow every year. Once again, we have some of the best gaming events in Toronto, including our huge Bring & Buy auction, an expansive boardgame library, exclusive Dungeons and Dragons modules, epic amounts of RPGs and much more. Every year, we try for new content, such as panels by industry insiders, games run by guest designers, and new game events like 'Play to Win' and a Megagame. Whether you’re new to the scene, or a veteran player, Breakout has something new for you to try and old favourites to return to.
It has always been our goal to ensure that Breakout is a safe and inclusive space. We strive on providing a convention that is welcoming to gamers of all kinds, which has become a core value for our team and our community. We thank you, our amazing friends, volunteers, and of course, those of you who join us as convention-goers, for continuing to make Breakout one of the most successful, and inclusive gaming experiences Toronto has ever seen.
Sheraton Centre – Downtown Toronto
Breakout is being held at the Sheraton Centre – Downtown Toronto. Plenty of space will be available for use all day and night for those who wish to game into the early hours.
Convention rate starts at $195 a night for a single or double, $215 a night for a triple, and $235 a night for a quadruple. These prices exclude taxes and fees charged by the hotel.
There is plenty of parking available in downtown Toronto; the best rate near our convention is located across the street in the Green P parking garage below City Hall
To ensure that you get the Breakout convention rate, call the hotel at: 1-888-627-7175
When calling in, be sure state that you are with BREAKCON - BREAKOUT CONVENTION 2020 to receive the special group rates. A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold each guest’s reservation at the time of reservation. Full refund of this deposit will be given to cancellations received until 72 hours prior to arrival. For cancellations received within 72 hours of arrival, the deposit is non-refundable
You can also book your room online using this link.
The Breakout rate will be displayed. Unfortunately, the way the Sheraton's web registration is designed, only one room can be booked at a time during a single session so if more than one room needs to be booked, then the user must complete the booking for the first room and then repeat the process again, from the beginning for each additional room required.
Please note, the Sheraton Center – Downtown Toronto does not guarantee WiFi access in the convention spaces.
Transportation to and from Hotel
Lester B. Pearson International Airport
- 28 km / 17.4 miles east to hotel
- By Train - Union Pearson Express:
- $12.00 CAD
- Taxi Charge (one way):
- Time by Taxi:
- 45 minutes
Take Highway 401 East to Highway 427 South. Proceed onto Queen Elizabeth Way heading into downtown Toronto and then east to the Gardiner Expressway. Take the Jarvis Street Exit and turn left onto Jarvis. Turn Left onto Richmond Street East. Continue on Richmond Street for 3 blocks. The hotel is ahead on the right, just past Bay Street.
- Station Name:
- Union Station
- 0.3 km/0.19 miles north to the hotel
Short taxi ride to the hotel, or take the subway which is connected to the train station.
- Subway Station Name:
- Osgoode (west side) or Queen (east side)
- 0.2 km (Osgoode), 0.4 km (Queen) to the hotel
Exit either station and walk along Queen St. to the hotel, located between York St. and Bay St.
From the east: Take Highway 401 to Don Valley Parkway and head south. Take the exit for Richmond Street and travel west. The hotel is ahead on the right, just past Bay Street.
From the South: Take Queen Elizabeth Way to Gardiner Expressway. Take the Jarvis Street Exit and turn left onto Jarvis. Turn left onto Richmond Street East. Continue on Richmond Street for 3 blocks. The hotel is ahead on the right, just past Bay Street.
From the North: Take Highway 400 to Highway 401. Travel east to the Don Valley Parkway. Take the Richmond Street Exit and travel west. The hotel is ahead on the right, just past Bay Street.
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Hours of Operation
General Convention Hours
The convention runs between the following hours: Friday 10 AM – Sunday 6 PM
Registration Desk hoursThe hours of the Registration Desk are:
- 10 AM – 8 PM
- 9 AM – 8 PM
- 9 AM – 2 PM
Exhibitor HoursThe Exhibitor hours are:
- 12 PM – 6 PM
- 9 AM – 6 PM
- 10 AM – 2 PM
Overnight Convention Hours
While the Dominion and Civic halls will be closed at 11 pm, Breakout is offering 24-hr gaming by making available a hall that will be open all night for those who wish to game even into the early hours up to 6 AM. To manage this, anyone in the all-night hall past midnight must have a valid Breakout badge pass from either the day before or for that current day. For example, if you have a Friday badge pass, then you can play past midnight until 6 AM Saturday morning or if you have a Saturday badge pass, then you could begin gaming in the all-night hall starting at 12:01 AM Saturday morning and technically continue gaming until 6 AM Sunday morning. Again, you must have a valid badge pass to play. If you don’t have a badge pass, then you will have to wait until the Registration desk opens before you can use the facilities provided by the Convention.
Dominion Hall - Boardgaming
- 10 AM – 11 PM
- 9 AM – 11 PM
- 9 AM – 6 PM
Please be mindful of the seating capacity of the hall, especially on Saturday. A single game requiring more than one table must be pre-approved with the organizers before setup based on availability. Some space may be set aside for organized play, but the majority of table space will be available for open gaming on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure the maximum number of available tables for general use, the convention organizers reserve the right to reclaim a table if it appears that a game has been abandoned.
Volunteers in the Boardgaming Hall will be on hand to provide assistance to attendees looking for a table to game at and to facilitate between those running games looking for additional players and for those looking to get into a game.
Civic Hall - Roleplaying Games
- 10 AM – 11 PM
- 9 AM – 11 PM
- 9 AM – 6 PM
There are a ton of scheduled RPG events happening in this hall at Breakout! To reserve a spot in a game, speak to a volunteer at the Sign-Up Table. New games start every hour! Outside of the time reserved for scheduled RPG events, is Open Gaming; please check in with a volunteer at the Sign-Up Table to ensure a table is free before setting up.
Volunteers in the RPG hall are on hand to help get you signed up for an RPG you’re going to enjoy and get you seated at your table in as efficient manner as possible. If you have any questions about what RPGs are happening, when they are happening or how to reserve a spot, a volunteer will be nearby to help you out!
Provincial Hall - Exhibitor Hall
(See Exhibitor hours above)
New in 2020, Breakout is featuring a dedicated Exhibitor hall where certain game publishers and vendors will have large (10' x10' or larger) booths where products of theirs can be demoed. This new Exhibitor Hall is in addition to the extensive Exhibitor presence we will continue to offer in many of our atrium spaces throughout the convention area.
Wentworth - The Quiet Room
We all can find conventions overwhelming sometimes. This year at Breakout, we have a space for anyone who just needs to tap out for a bit. The Quiet Room will be available all weekend to Breakout attendees and is an amazing place to chill out when we get a little too conventioned out.