You’re Invited: Great Canadian Events in Ontario Sept.7-Oct.31; Toronto Road Closures Sept 7-8, 2013

Here are great Canadian events happening in Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

This video presents “2013 Jesus in the City Parade Promo Video.”

Festival of Praise International


Jesus in the City Parade


September 7, 2013

Queen’s Park, Toronto

  • The Jesus in the City Parade is a live musical street pageant of worshippers and paraders costumed as biblical characters opening the Bible through the arts and worship.
  • Floats staging live bands and choirs move along downtown streets. Banners of the books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation are raised as participants wearing colorful parade T-shirts sing and dance spreading the message of hope, love, peace and joy of salvation.
  • Thousands enthusiastically celebrate and worship on the streets once a year at the Jesus in the City Parade, sponsored by Festival of Praise International.
  • Bring the entire family for a day of fun, fellowship and worship as we lift up the name of Jesus in the City.

Summer JUMP IN Weekends

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can

September Weekends, 12 to 4 p.m.

Scarborough Museum
1007 Brimley Road, just north of Lawrence in Thomson Memorial Park, Toronto


  • Check out these fun activities at the museum!

    • Experience life in early Scarborough, sample harvest jam and baked treats, and stroll through beautiful Thomson Memorial Park.
    • Kids make a traditional craft and take part in a Scavenger Hunt!.

Taste of the Kingsway Festival

FREE Admission

Saturday, September 7      11:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday, September 8      11:00am – 6:00pm

Bloor Street West between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Rd., Toronto

  • Discover international cuisines, quality entertainers, fresh food markets  – all conveniently located at Royal York Station on the subway line.
  • Two main stages at either ends of Bloor Street feature continuous live entertainment from well known artists, performers and musicians.
  • Over 200 exhibitors will be participating in this year’s event.
  • Midway Rides.
  • The Scotiabank Dog Show on Saturday, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.
  • Humberview Vehicle Display.
  • Dairy Farmers of Canada Hands on Kitchen – demonstrations, Food!
  • Cineplex VIP Seating.
  • Coca Cola Random Act of Happiness.
  • Rock Climbing Wall, Street Performers, Buskers, Clowns, and Face Painters.
  • Charity Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning from 8:00am to 10:30a.m. by the Montgomery Stage.
    • Proceeds going to the Dorothy Ley Hospice.
  • Boxing, Taekwondo &  Fitness Demonstrations. Community Exhibits, and so much more!

Cabbagetown BIA


Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts

FREE Admission

Saturday, Sept. 7 (10am -7pm) & Sunday, Sept. 8 (11am -6pm)

Carlton Street and Parliament Street, Toronto

  • There will be one-of-a-kind & artistic vendors, artists, performers, buskers, and delicious food.
  • Live entertainment is offered on both the TD Main Stage and Community Stage.
  • You are invited to dance in the streets with Cabbagetown Business Improvement Area (BIA) members.

“Crisp air, new smells, and beautiful colours- Fall is the BEST time to take the Healthy Hikes Challenge!

The Conservation Ontario Healthy Hikes Challenge Contest

Continues to 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, October 31, 2013

Healthy Hikes will teach you about the ways our environment boosts your health and how you can energize your body and mind by Stepping into Nature.

There is nearly two months left until the challenge ends- plenty of time to bump yourself to the next points level!
More than 60 Fall Events in the Calendar!

  • As part of the Challenge, Conservation Ontario’s partners and Conservation Authorities across the province have been hosting Healthy Hikes events.
    • If you attend one of these events you will earn 200 bonus points towards your Challenge goal!

The fall lineup includes yoga in the park events, a variety of themed guided hikes, tree tours, and festivals.

  • Conservation Authorities and Healthy Hikes partners across the province will be hosting events throughout the campaign (continues to October 2013).
  • New events will be added regularly throughout the campaign, so be sure to check back often for updates on their website.
  • If you attend any of the events listed in their events calendar you will receive 200 bonus points towards your Healthy Hikes goal.
    • You will need to enter the correct event code to redeem your points, so be sure to ask your event host for the code.

The Conservation Ontario Healthy Hikes Challenge Contest is open to residents of Ontario.

  • Participants will log their participation online at and will be asked to specify how long they hiked for, which date they hiked on, as well as the Conservation Area they participated in.

Rouge Park Guided Walks

September 2013

4th Ontario Power Generation Fall Walks Series: September 1 – November 15, 2013

FREE Admission

  • Join a walk to discover nature and wildlife with Rouge Park’s friendly and fun volunteer leaders and some special guest experts!
  • Hit the trail with Rouge Park’s Guided Walks in their 4th year of adventure and discovery.

47th Annual Kleinburg and Area Binder Twine Festival

If you come dressed in pioneer costume in keeping with the spirit of the festival, admission is FREE.

Or Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and teenagers, and $3 for children aged 2 to 12.

September 7, 2013

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario

  • Join the residents of Kleinburg and surrounding areas for a day of good food, unique crafts, great entertainment and the opportunity to win the annual Festival raffle, a queen size Blue & Green Garden Themed Sampler Quilt.
  • Partake in traditional Old Tyme activities, watch the festival parade, play in the Children’s Area and enjoy the famous Queen Contest.
  • Parking facilities available.
  • Activities are wheelchair accessible.
  • For Health & Security reasons – NO PETS ADMITTED!

Lane-Naming Ceremony to Honour Etobicoke’s Alex Faulkner

Saturday, September 7

11 a.m.

Fifth Street – site is just north of Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto

  • Toronto City Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore) will join neighbourhood members at a lane-naming ceremony to honour Alex Faulkner, a businessman, volunteer and former Etobicoke city councillor.
  • The lane-naming ceremony will be held as part of the Lakeshore Village BIA’s first annual Shorefront Festival.

shorefront festival

Lakeshore Village BIA


Shorefront Festival

Sat. Sept 7

11am to 11pm

Lake Shore Blvd. W from First Street to Twelfth Street, Toronto

  • The Shorefront Festival features a Seniors Café, Kidz Zone, Safety Street and Vendors Alley.
  • The Main Stage features all day music and The Star of the Shore talent competition taking place from 1pm – 5pm followed by performances at 6pm by Award winning Elvis Impersonators John Cigan and James Begley.
    • John and James will then judge The Elvis Star competition to take place at 7pm.
  • At 8:30 pm Lakeshore Blvd. West will Rock with the sounds of Glass Ampp a very talented Rock band endorsed by Farley Flex.
  • Please click here for more info and a schedule of events.

The Bang and Olufsen Yorkville 5k Charity Run/Walk

Toronto’s PREMIER, BOUTIQUE race, and Canada’s fastest 5K run!

Sunday, September 8, 2013


START/FINISH Village of Yorkville Park, Cumberland St. @ Belair, Toronto

  • Support YWCA Women’s Shelters and win luxurious prizes from Bang & Olufsen Yorkville.
    • All funds raised go to support YWCA Women’s Shelters
  • BANG & OLUFSEN YORKVILLE is proud to spearhead this community initiative. “Our goal is to unite local runners and businesses to compete and have fun while supporting an important local charity, YWCA Toronto.”
      • The funds raised at this year’s run will support YWCA Toronto’s Women’s Shelters.
      • With a range of programs, YWCA Toronto helps survivors flee violence, find safety, create a home, build skills, secure employment, improve their mental health and strengthen their parenting skills. “Our shelters provide immediate safety and shelter for women and their children fleeing abuse and the counselling and support women need to heal and plan for the future. Visit to learn more.”
  • Registration is SOLD OUT with 1,000 participants as of August 8, 2013.

Grandparents’ Day at Colborne Lodge

FREE Admission to two seniors, accompanied by a child or youth, 4 to 18 years, paying regular admission.

September 8

12 to 5 p.m.

Colborne Lodge
South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto.

Limited free parking


  • Children – spend the afternoon in High Park with your grandparent (or a favourite senior), in honour of Grandparents’ Day.
  • Join Colborne Lodge on Facebook

Walking Tour: Atop Davenport Hill in the 1920s

FREE Admission

Sunday, September 8, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens
285 Spadina Road, Toronto

Paid parking at Casa Loma.

Join Spadina Museum on Facebook

  • The walk begins at Spadina Museum and ends at Winston Churchill Park, the corner of Spadina Rd and St. Clair Avenue.
  • Explore Davenport Hill during a key transitional period – when it changed from a neighbourhood of grand estates into an area of suburban development.

Two Events at the Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard:

On Common Ground

FREE Admission

Saturday and Sunday, September 21 & 22

11 a.m to 6 p.m

Fort York
250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto

  • ‘On Common Ground’ showcases music, dance, storytelling, crafts and local foods as part of a weekend celebration in honour of both International Day of Peace (September 21) and the Autumnal Equinox (September 22).
    • This family-friendly festival will celebrate the transition from summer to fall, the harvest, and the global quest for peace through a creative exchange of contemporary and traditional arts and culture by a cross-section of Toronto’s diverse cultural community.
  • On Common Ground is also a multifaceted festival of culture and community at Fort York National Historic Site.
    • The festival will energize the grounds and buildings of Fort York with an awesome mix of mobile music, site specific dance, giant puppet theatre, multi-media installations, storytelling, crafts, kidzone, peacezone, greenzone, and local food.

A Fort York Historic District Walking Tour in association with Heritage Toronto:

WAR, INVASION & OCCUPATION!: Fort York and Toronto in the War of 1812

FREE (includes admission to Fort York following the tour)

Sunday, September 22

1 to 2 p.m.

Fort York
250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto

  • Some of the most dramatic events in Toronto’s (York) history occurred during the War of 1812 – especially during the subsequent American invasions of 1813.
  • This special walking tour, in and around the Fort York Historic District, examines some of the major events of this tumultuous era and its impact on the development of our community.

run ajax waterfront 2013

Run Ajax Waterfront Half-Marathon & 5K

Proceeds from this race will benefit Jumpstart.

September 22, 2013

New – Jumpstart 1K Kids FREE Fun Run!

Start/Finish at Harwood Ave. & Falby Ct., in front of the Ajax Community Centre, 75 Centennial Rd., Ajax, Ontario

Parking available at Messier-Dowty, 574 Monarch Ave.

Cash and Merchandise Prizes!

Half marathon (for both male and female overall )

  • $250 for 1st
  • $150 for 2nd
  • $100 for 3rd

For the 5K (for both male and female overall)

  • $100 for 1st
  • $75 for 2nd
  • $50 for 3rd

Event Start Times

8 a.m. – Half Marathon Walk
8:40 a.m. – Jumpstart 1K Kids Fun Run (up to age 11)
9 a.m. – Half Marathon Run
9:30 a.m. – 5K Run & Walk
10 a.m. – 5K Awards
11 a.m. – Half Marathon Awards

Celebrate Culture Days at Scarborough Museum!

FREE Admission

Sunday, September 29, 1 to 4 p.m.

Scarborough Museum
1007 Brimley Road, just north of Lawrence in Thomson Memorial Park, Toronto


  • The inPrint Collective, in partnership with the Scarborough Museum Youth Collective, invite you to check out and join any of the below interactive printmaking workshops as part of the Culture Days celebrations.
  • Create and take home prints using creative printmaking techniques.
  • The workshops include:
    • Relief Printmaking:
      Experience the oldest form of printmaking. Carve out images on wood blocks, apply ink, then PRESS! This workshop gives you the chance to practice your printmaking one stamp at a time.
    • Silkscreening:
      Try this stencil-based method of printmaking. Create your own stencil then learn how to “pull a print” using squeegees and ink!
    • Meet the Press:
      Meet the adorable Jack Richeson baby etching press! This table-top press is hand-cranked and can be used to print from a variety of materials including copper, glass and wood blocks.
    • Bookbinding:
      Learn how to do basic pamphlet style bookbinding techniques. It’s easy, just use needle, thread and paper.

Highland Creek Green Team and Park People


Take a Walk to See the Salmon Run!

FREE Admission

Sunday, September 29, 2013

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT)

Morningside Park, Scarborough, Toronto

  • Join them as they Follow the Fish on a 2-hour guided walk along park paths.
  • See the annual run of the salmon up Scarborough’s Highland Creek, learn about the City’s efforts to improve the creek, and discover ways to get involved!
  • There will be Nature Interpretation, Guest Speakers, Information  and Displays.
  • Please click here for more info and to register for this event.

Ontario & Toronto News

This video presents “Province to build part of Scarborough subway.”

Ontario Ministry of Transportation's image: Province to Extend the Bloor-Danforth Subway Line
Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s image: Province to Extend the Bloor-Danforth Subway Line

Province to Extend Bloor-Danforth Subway Line

  • The Ministry of Transportation in Ontario, Canada, is committing $1.4 billion to extend the Bloor-Danforth subway line from Kennedy Station to Scarborough City Centre to help ease congestion, create jobs and generate economic development.
  • The proposed route will be 6.4 kilometres in length and will extend from the existing Kennedy station along the current Scarborough RT route.
  • The Province is fully funding the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which will be in service by 2020.
  • Tunnel boring machines named Dennis and Lea are currently digging the underground portion of the line eastward from Black Creek Drive.

Toronto Road Closures

Toronto International Film Festival – Road Closure

  • King Street West from Duncan Street to John Street will be closed from early this morning, September 5, to about 11 p.m. on Sunday, September 8 for red-carpet festivities at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
  • TTC streetcar traffic on King Street West will be maintained at all times during this closure.

The Festival of Praise – Road Closure

Taste of the Kingsway – Road Closure

Cabbagetown Festival – Road Closure

Bang and Olufsen Yorkville 5K Charity Run – Road Closures

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Contact Info

  • Information on fares, routes, schedules and service.
    • 416-393-4636 (INFO)

    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily.

    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays.

    • TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-481-2523, Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm; except statutory holidays.

  • Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000

    • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311.

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311).

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.


Toronto, Ontario, Canada


September 5, 2013

Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

Five special events this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.

In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at

Toronto International Film Festival – Thursday to Sunday closure
King Street West from Duncan Street to John Street will be closed from early this morning, September 5, to about 11 p.m. on Sunday, September 8 for red-carpet festivities at the Princess of Wales Theatre. TTC streetcar traffic on King Street West will be maintained at all times during this closure

The Festival of Praise – Saturday closure
The southbound lanes of Queen’s Park Crescent from Wellesley Street to College Street will be closed on Saturday, September 7 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Taste of the Kingsway – Friday to Sunday closure
Bloor Street West from Prince Edward Drive North to Montgomery Road will be closed from Friday, September 6 at noon to Sunday, September 8 at 11 p.m. A series of full and partial road closures will also take place in the surrounding area to accommodate this event.

Cabbagetown Festival – Saturday and Sunday closure
Parliament Street from Gerrard Street to Wellesley Street will be closed in both directions on Saturday, September 7 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parliament Street from Gerrard Street to Wellesley Street will be closed on Sunday, September 8 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bang and Olufsen Yorkville 5K Charity Run – Sunday closure
A series of road closures will occur in the area bounded by Davenport Road to the north, Queen’s Park/Avenue Road to the west, College Street to the south and Bay Street to the east on Sunday, September 8 from 7 a.m. to noon for this annual event.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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