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You’re Invited: Great Events in Toronto October 18 – November 10, 2013 + Toronto News & Alerts

Here are some great events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

This video presents “What a Free Feeling!”

  • Join Torontonians for the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge and Neighbourhood Challenge on October 20th.
  • Make great things happen by running or walking for others.
  • Or be a super-spectator and cheer on the runners in your neighbourhood.
  • The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – It’s a Free Feeling! Join the show!

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Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2013 Super Event

FREE Expo & International Friendship Run: October 18-19

Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K Courses: October 20, 2013

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Via the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and the Neighbourhood Challenge, the 2012 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon raised a record-breaking $4,379,092.67 in support of 181 local charities and neighbourhood groups in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • The full and half marathon start on University Avenue just north of Adelaide Street and finish in the heart of downtown at City Hall, at Bay and Queen Street.
    • They head out and back along the lakeshore on a flat course.
  • Here are some highlights of this event.
    • There are bands and Neighbourhood Entertainment Centres every 2 kilometres, cheerleaders, and numerous aid stations.
    • All participants get technical t-shirts and finisher’s medals.
    • It’s a festive, full weekend that starts with guru John Stanton at the FREE 2-day Expo, Friday and Saturday.
    • There’s a Saturday morning (FREE) short International Friendship Run, hosted by the Running Room, and a post-race Victory party in Nathan Phillips Square from 10:00am to 3:30pm on Sunday.
  • Please click here for the complete schedule of activities and their locations.

City of Toronto Celebrates Renovations at Carlton Park


October 18

6 to 7 p.m.; remarks at 6:10 p.m.

Carlton Park, 20 Edith Ave.

  • Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport) and City of Toronto staff will join members of the community to celebrate renovations to Carlton Park with a corn roast and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  • The City has invested about $200,000 to provide accessible entrances with ornamental paving, accessible asphalt paths, park benches, a drinking fountain, a sandbox, stone seat walls, shade trees, planting beds and increased lawn areas.


13th Annual Italian Language Week in the World

Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Consulate General of Switzerland


Screening of JUMP

Directed by Bindu de Stoppani

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Jump (Switzerland – 2011 – 93 min.)

Free Admission

October 18, 2013


Istituto Italiano di Cultura
496 Huron St., Toronto

Infoline: 416.921.3802 ext. 221

City of Toronto to Celebrate New Playground Equipment at Susan Tibaldi Park


Refreshments will provided

October 19

10 a.m.; remarks at 10:10 a.m.

Susan Tibaldi Parkette, 353 Margueretta Street, Toronto

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You’re Invited: Toronto’s 2012 Celebratory Events (Oct.13-15,20) & Marathon + Road Closures

 Here are eight FREE events happening in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

This video presents “Planet in Focus 2012 Festival Trailer ‘Confined'”:

FREE Children’s Film Program (ages 5–12)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

10:00 a.m.

Screening and Workshop at TIFF Bell Lightbox

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
350 King St. West
Phone 416-531-1769

Celebrate the environment by joining Planet in Focus for an exciting day of fun and engaging programming for children!

  • And will be followed by a free animation workshop courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB):
    • 12:00 PM NFB Animation Workshop
      • This FREE animation workshop gives children the opportunity to create their own claymation environmental movies courtesy of the NFB
      • Space is limited so please pre-register by emailing

Official Opening of the Joseph Bannon Park & the Official Street Naming

Saturday, October 13

1 to 5 P.M.

Official Ceremony at 1:30 P.M.


Fall Festival in the Joseph Bannon Park

Joseph Bannon Park, 65 Mary Chapman Blvd.

  • Come celebrate the official opening of the Joseph Bannon Park and the official street naming with:
    • Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 York West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee
    • City of Toronto staff
    • members of the community
    • the Emery Village Business Improvement Area
    • and the Bannon family
  •  After the official ceremony, a fall festival with family activities, food and refreshments will take place in the park
  • Joseph Bannon Park was named to honour Joseph Bannon, a decorated war hero and one of Emery Village’s greatest community champions
    • Bannon and his wife Doris May became foster parents to more than 150 babies and unwanted children, and adopted seven of them
    • Bannon was a founding patron of St. Jude’s Catholic Church on Weston Road
  • The new one-hectare park features:
    • an artificial outdoor ice rink
    • senior and junior play structure
    • splash pad
    • mini soccer field

For more info, please contact Lynn Essensa:

  • Phone 416-394-2669
  • Email at

 Re-opening of Toronto’s Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre

FREE Barbecue, Leisure Swim and Facility Tours

Saturday, October 13

1 to 4 p.m.

Remarks at 1 p.m.

Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre, 953 Gerrard St. E.

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You’re Invited: “Toronto Yonge Street 10k” Run With Road Closures April 22, 2012

This video shows:

  • In 2011, Sporting Life sponsored the  “Toronto Yonge Street 10k” Run.
  • The route was modified, to run from Sporting Life store, down Yonge Street, to downtown, but the basic principle of a fast, downhill course for the BIG Spring 10K continued.
  • The quality and sophistication of the event has also changed enormously in a generation, with bands every mile and a rocking post-race party, the technical tees and finishers’ medals are all new, the professional CRS organizing team have added corrals and wave starts, shuttle buses and webcasts, but these have only added to a fine, Toronto running tradition.

FREE Running Room Friendship Run

A Friendship Run at the Toronto Yonge Street 10k with John Stanton, founder of Canada’s world-famous “Running Room”, Reid Coolsaet — London Olympics bound, Kip Kangogo — 3rd place at 2011 TYS10k & Dayna Pidhoresky — 2011 TSY10k women’s champion!

When: 9:30am Saturday April 21, 2012

Where: from the Sheraton Centre Hotel (123 Queen Street West), Toronto. They will meet in the Foyer of the Civic Ballroom, on the 2nd Floor of the Sheraton, right outside the Mini-Expo.

Details: Refreshments will follow. FREE. Easy, inspirational 3k jog with runners from across the province/country. Open to everyone!

Route: Please click here for map

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You’re Invited: Toronto Events With Road Closures October 15 – 16

There are special events with road closures in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Businesses in the affected areas are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to motorists.

You are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to your destinations.

If you need to drive in the event areas, allow extra time to get to and from your destination.

Please click here for a more complete list of events and road work.

By the way, there are Gardiner Expressway Lane Restrictions September 19 – November 2011.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Running Room International Friendship Run: FREE

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‘A Place to Call Home’ Fun Run/Walk Helps Toronto Adoptable Pets, May 18

'A Place to Call Home' Fun Run/Walk Helps Toronto Adoptable Pets, May 18
'A Place to Call Home' Fun Run/Walk Helps Toronto Adoptable Pets, May 18

Tomorrow, May 18, a couple of hundred runners and walkers with some adoptable dogs will participate in a 2.5-kilometre and 5-km fun run/walk called “A Place to Call Home” at 6 pm.

A Place to Call Home fun run/walk starts at:

The Running Room, Unit 1, 61 Hanna Ave. (in Liberty Village), Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Running Room is donating 100 per cent of the registration fees from this run to Toronto Animal Services’ South Region shelter.

Donations will go toward efforts to find life-long, loving homes for animals available for adoption.

Futhermore, all participants will be rewarded as depicted here:

'A Place to Call Home' Fun Run/Walk Helps Toronto Adoptable Pets, May 18
'A Place to Call Home' Fun Run/Walk Helps Toronto Adoptable Pets, May 18

Please click here for more info about ‘A Place to Call Home’ event and registration.