Social Events & Tours

Social Events

Opening Ceremonies & Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Open to all registered delegates at no additional fee. Guest registration is mandatory for guests ($100 USD) to attend the Opening Ceremonies & Welcome Reception. Name badges are required.

The Annual Meeting will officially begin with the Opening Ceremonies and this year’s Howard Steel Lecture, presented by internationally renowned Chef Normand Laprise. The evening will include an introduction of the SRS officers and the presentation of the Walter P. Blount Humanitarian Award. All delegates and registered guests are invited and encouraged to attend the Opening Ceremonies. Following the Opening Ceremonies, we will move to a hosted reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, plenty of lively conversations and reunions with colleagues and friends.

The Welcome Reception is supported, in part, by grants from NuVasive, OrthoPediatrics and Zimmer Biomet.

Farewell Reception
Friday, September 20, 2019

The 54th Annual Meeting will culminate with a reception at the St. James Theater located walking distance from the Palais des congrès de Montréal in old Montréal. The building was constructed as the main Montréal branch of the Canadian Bank of Commerce from 1907 to 1909 and features impressive marble and stone interiors and stained glass windows.

The Farewell Reception is open to all registered delegates and registered guests. Tickets are $50 each for registered delegates and $175 each for guests. Tickets should be purchased in advance as a limited number of tickets may be available onsite. SRS strongly urges delegates and guests to purchase tickets at the time of registration.

Tickets are required. Cocktail dress is appropriate for the Farewell Reception

Optional Tours

The following tours are available to registered delegates and guests through VDM Global. All tour reservations must be made directly on the VDM Global website, using the “Register for a Tour” button, below.

Please note that you have until Friday, August 16, 2019 to register for tours. If the minimum of participants for your tour is not reached, your tour could be cancelled by VDM Global for lack of participation. You would then be advised by email at the cut-off date, on Friday, August 16, 2019. If your tour is cancelled, you will be reimbursed on the same credit card used for purchase.

Register for a Tour

Tours with a minimum number of persons listed will only operate if the minimum number of persons book the tour; tours will be refunded if the minimum number of persons is not met.

Flavors and Aromas of Old Montréal

This walking tour will allow you to discover the cultural and historic culinary charms of the oldest district of Montréal. Specialty shops and boutiques in the area are housed in old factories and showrooms from the 19th century. As you follow the narrow and winding streets of Old Montréal, your professional tour guide will feed your hunger for knowledge on the history of Montréal and its many culinary pleasures. You will learn how the native people have influenced Canadian food habits and how the World Fair Expo 67 brought exotic food to our tables. That and much more… Come discover the flavors and aromas of Old Montréal! 10 person minimum.*

Date: Thursday, September 19; Friday, September 20; Saturday, September 21
Time: 9:30-12:00 (2.5 hours)
Departure Point: On the steps of the Notre-Dame Basilica (110, Notre-Dame St. West)
This tour is part of a regular operating tour

Rate: $68 CAD per person, taxes included
This rate includes:

  • Professional guide
  • Tastings during the tour (does not replace a meal)

A Foodie’s Tour of the Jean-Talon Market

Begin this culinary tour by discovering the famous Jean-Talon Market, the biggest outdoor market in North America. Located in Little Italy, a captivating neighborhood full of tasty hangouts and local gems, the market is the ideal place to buy fresh local produce, remarkable cheeses and meats from regional producers, authentic international discoveries, flowers, gourmet cookbooks and other products exclusive to Québec! You’ll be charmed by the wonderful smells, the colorful stalls and the culinary diversity of this Montréal institution. We will continue our stroll into the heart of Little Italy to learn more about Montreal’s Italian community and the district’s development from trendy shops to authentic institutions. Of course, along the way, we’ll enjoy a few tastings in order to get a real taste of Montreal’s Little Italy! 6 person minimum.*

Date: Wednesday, September 18
Time: 13:30-16:00 (2.5 hours)
Departure Point: Marché des Saveurs du Québec (280 Place du Marché-du-Nord, Montréal)

Rate: $68 CAD per person, taxes included
This rate includes:

  • Professional guide
  • Tastings during the tour (does not replace a meal)

Walking Tour of the Old Montréal

Discover the birthplace of our metropolis and experience a unique voyage back in time! Best explored on foot, the historic character and charm of Old Montréal comes alive as you walk the narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways, past the charming waterfront district, and explore the splendid architecture of one North America’s oldest cities. From the foundation of Fort Ville-Marie in 1642 to today’s modern city, find out more about all the eras that shaped Montréal. This city tour will take you in the heart of Old Montréal and the Old Port and includes a visit of the Notre-Dame Basilica.

In case of rain the tour will be oriented towards the beautiful interiors of Old Montréal’s buildings and their rich heritage. 15 person minimum.*

Date: Wednesday, September 18 (AM) & Thursday, September 19 (PM)
Time: 9:00-12:00 & 13:30-16:30 (3 hours)
Departure Point: Palais des Congrès de Montréal (Hall Viger)

Rate: $40 CAD per person, taxes & gratuities included
This rate includes:

  • Professional guide
  • Admission fees to the Notre-Dame Basilica

City Tour of Montréal and Au Sommet Place Ville Marie

This exciting tour will introduce you to various parts of the city that make Montréal what it is today. You will have the chance to see how culturally diverse Montréal is, as well as visit landmarks and new developments that are so very important in making Montréal such a unique and wonderful city. See Montréal’s elegant upper-class communities, the financial district, cultural institutions, and some of its universities. You will also explore the Plateau Mont-Royal, known for its distinctive architecture and its Francophile atmosphere. Along the way, the tour includes a stop at the Mont-Royal for a panoramic view of the city and a visit to the Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, an observatory located in the heart of downtown Montréal. 35 person minimum.*

Date: Thursday, September 19 (PM) & Saturday, September 21
Time: 9:00-12:00 (3 hours)
Departure Point: Palais des Congrès de Montréal (Hall Viger)

Rate: $68 CAD per person, taxes & gratuities included
This rate includes:

  • Professional guide
  • Deluxe transportation
  • Admission to the Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie observatory

Tour of the Golden Square Mile & Visit the Museum of Fine Arts

Situated on the slopes of Mount Royal, the Square Mile has a lovely view of the city and the river. At the turn of the century, it was a wealthy neighborhood graced by some of Montréal’s most notable mansions. At the time, the people living in the Square Mile owned 70% of Canada’s wealth. This downtown historic district contains elaborate turn-of-the-century mansions, as well as the McGill University campus. See some of the prestigious houses such as Mount Stephen Club, the Lady Meredith Hall and Ravenscrag, a huge property built by shipping magnate Sir Hugh Allen.

Montréal Museum of Fine Arts

Founded in 1860 as the art Association of Montréal by a group of Montréal art collectors and patrons, the Montréal Museum of Fine arts was one of the first museums in North America to build up an encyclopedic collection worthy of the name. It now numbers over 41,000 works from Antiquity to today, making it unique in Canada. It comprises paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, photographs and decorative art objects displayed in four pavilions. 35 person minimum.*

Date: Friday, September 20
Time: 13:00-17:00 (4 hours)
Departure Point: Palais des Congrès de Montréal (Hall Viger)

Rate: $75 CAD per person, taxes & gratuities included
This rate includes:

  • Professional guide
  • Deluxe transportation
  • Entrance fees at the Museum of Fine Arts

Tour of Québec City

Classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985, the city of Québec, capital of the province of Québec, is the only remaining entirely fortified city in North America and dominates the St. Lawrence River. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Québec was the first permanent European settlement in New France. The city’s buildings and monuments are models of its rich architectural history and give Québec its renowned European flair. During the tour you will see the Plains of Abraham, the Notre-Dame Church, Place-Royale, the National Assembly, the Citadelle, the Montmorency Falls and the famous Château Frontenac. See if you can resist the ambiance of Québec City! There will be some free time for lunch on your own. 35 person minimum.*

Date: Saturday, September 21
Time: 8:00-20:00 (12 hours)
Departure Point: Palais des Congrès de Montréal (Hall Viger)

Rate: $87 CAD per person, taxes & gratuities included
This rate includes:

  • Professional guide
  • Deluxe transportation