You’re Invited: Canadian Events Aug.30-Sept.28 + Toronto & TTC Alerts 2013

Here are some great events in Quebec and Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

This video presents “Lunch at the Mackenzie King Estate Aug 11, 2013.”

  • “Lunch at the tearoom
    Gatineau, Quebec”

NCC's image: Grand Reopening of the Mackenzie King Estate.
NCC’s image: Grand Reopening of the Mackenzie King Estate.

Enjoy the End of Summer in Ottawa, the Capital of Canada!


  • The Discover the Hill outdoor interpretation program is an excellent complement to the Centre Block tour which continues all year long.
  • The public is invited to gain a better appreciation of the importance of Parliament Hill via the following activites.
    • Visiting the Parliament Hill Visitor Welcome Centre.
    • Enjoying a tour using the FREE Discover the Hill Outdoor Self-Guiding Booklet
    • Walking “In the Footsteps of Great Canadians” during a FREE 45-minute guided tour of the grounds.
    • Downloading the Capital tours application to discover the people, traditions and secrets of Parliament Hill.
  • The Discover the Hill interpretation program runs until September 2, 2013.
  • For more information, the public can visit the Capital Information Kiosk, located in the World Exchange Plaza, 111 Albert St, Ottawa, daily from 9 am to 6 pm.


  • Confederation Square, Ottawa, is Canada’s place of remembrance.
    • The monuments found there include the National War Memorial, The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier and the Valiants Memorial.
  • Visitors can learn more about the history, symbolism and importance of these monuments by speaking and sharing stories with the National Capital Commission (NCC) interpreters stationed at Confederation Square daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • For more information on the National War Memorial and The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website at

Special Weekend Event to Showcase the Mackenzie King Estate’s makeover and to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Gatineau Park with Activities at the Mackenzie King Estate.

FREE Admission to Mackenzie King Estate.

All activities are FREE except where noted.

There is an access fee for vehicles using the Mackenzie King Estate parking lot.

Mackenzie King Estate
Mackenzie King Road, Chelsea, Québec

Experience Nature – Saturday, August 31, 11 am to 5 pm

Family Fun Day – Sunday, September 1, 11:30 am to 5 pm

Celebration Picnic – Monday, September 2, 11 am to 5 pm

Contact Info: Call 819-827-2020, 1-800-465-1867, 613-239-5090 (TTY) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY)

  • Discover the life and times of Canada’s 10th prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, at the Mackenzie King Estate.
    • Set in the Gatineau Hills, this country estate was his summer home and inspiration for almost 50 years.
    • The Estate features colourful heritage gardens, walking trails, picturesque ruins, and King’s original cottages.
    • Come and experience the beauty of a unique natural and heritage landscape, which is just a short drive from Parliament Hill.
  • Furthermore, the National Capital Commission (NCC) recently announced the completion of the Mackenzie King Estate’s makeover in Canada’s Capital Region!
    • Come see what’s new at the Estate this weekend, as Canadians celebrate Gatineau Park’s 75th anniversary!
      • The new improvements will be unveiled during the Labour Day long weekend.
    • Games and crafts for kids, face painting, photo booth, vintage cars, encounters with historians — and much more!

The NCC invites the public to take this opportunity to see what’s new at the Estate and to discover, or rediscover, its beauty.

  • A host of activities will take place this weekend to mark the Estate’s grand re-opening.
  • Visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch, explore the restored cottages and extensive grounds, have a piece of anniversary cake, and take part in a variety of the following fun-filled activities — as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Gatineau Park.

Celebratory activities at the Mackenzie King Estate during the Labour Day long weekend are as follows.

Experience Nature – Saturday, August 31, 11 am to 5 pm

  • Musical performances,
  • Encounters with historians,
  • Painting workshop,
  • Photo safari,
  • Tai chi workshops,
  • Yoga workshop ($),
  • Soap Making with the Old Chelsea Soapery, and
  • “75 Years in Photos!” contest finalist exhibit.

Family Fun Day – Sunday, September 1, 11:30 am to 5 pm

Celebration Picnic – Monday, September 2, 11 am to 5 pm

Please click here for more info about the above events.

This video presents “badbadnotgood – Flashing Lights (LIVE at Hillside)”

  • “Watch badbadnotgood perform a jazzy rendition of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” live from Hillside.”

Harbourfront Centre


Hot & Spicy Food Festival

FREE Admission

Toronto, Ontario

August 30 – September 2

  • BADBADNOTGOOD: August 30, 2013
    • Toronto’s jazz-hip hop artists “bring their high-energy show to Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage for their only open-air, all-ages festival play this summer!”
    • News anchor Anne-Marie Mediwake, co-host of CBC News Toronto on CBC Television, will take to the stage to welcome audiences and introduce BADBADNOTGOOD.

    Friday, August 30, 2013
    9:30PM – 11:00PM
    WestJet Stage
    235 Queens Quay West
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  • Canailles: August 31, 2013
    • Canailles mix the rustic sounds of bluegrass, country, blues and ragtime with the urbane sounds of rock with a Quebecois flair!

    Saturday, August 31, 2013
    9:30PM – 11:00PM
    WestJet Stage
    235 Queens Quay West
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  • Sauce Rock: August 31, 2013
    • D.A. Foods co-founders Joel Carriere (Dine Alone Records) and Jordan Hastings (Alexisonfire) are passionate about two simple things: food and music.
    • They’ve travelled the world playing music and discovering food, and now they’re bringing their flavourful experiences to you live!”
    • They will share their favourite recipe (Southern Succotash Salad with BBQ Chicken and Tomatillo Salsa) demonstrated on stage by Chef Deron Engbers, executive chef at The Curzon.
    • Dine Alone Records artist Grey Kingdom will follows immediately after the demo with an acoustic performance.

    Saturday, August 31, 2013
    Redpath Stage
    235 Queens Quay West
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  • International Iron Chef Competition – Semi-Finals: September 1, 2013
    • The 10th anniversary of Hot & Spicy’s Iron Chef Competition is a culinary contest whereby chefs compete in turning a “mysterious secret ingredient into a masterpiece creation, all for our panel of celebrity judges – including Elizabeth Baird and Donna Dooher.”
    • Semi-Final chefs include Betty Vázquez (Mexico), Philip “Ippy” Aiona (Hawaii), Luis Berrazueta (Ecuador) and Aaron Joseph Bear Robe (Canada).
      • 1:30pm-2:30pm (Chef Luis vs Chef Ippy)
        4:30pm-5:30pm (Chef Betty vs Chef Aaron)
      • Hosted by Iron Chef America’s Kevin Brauch.

      Sunday, September 1, 2013
      1:30PM – 2:30PM
      Brigantine Room
      York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
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      4:30PM – 5:30PM
      Brigantine Room
      York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
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The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery Presents Two Summer Art Exhibitions:

Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art


Draw the Line

FREE Admission

Exhibitions Continue to September 2, 2013

The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario

  • Draw the Line is a solo exhibition of work by Brussels-based artist Jimmy Robert.
    • It is commissioned performance project that takes place within this installation of new and past work at The Power Plant.
    • #PPJimmyRobert
  • Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art features paintings, sculpture, installation, video and works on paper from the 1960s to the present by over fifty artists and writers exploring the artistic possibilities of language.
    • #PPPostscript

PawsWay Toronto


The Woofjocks Canine Performance Team

FREE Admission

August 31 – September 2. 11am – 5pm

245 Queens Quay West
North Building
Toronto, Ontario

Phone: 416-360-PAWS (7297)

1-888-608-PAWS (7297)


  • PawsWay Toronto is a pet-friendly facility where dogs and cats are welcome.
  • “The Woofjocks are a high-energy dog/handler performance team specializing in interactive games and demonstrations of canine agility and obedience.”
  • Show times vary by day’
  • Please click here for more info.

City of Toronto’s Recreational Activities on Labour Day

The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division will offer many leisure activities on the Labour Day holiday on Monday, September 2.

Here are the activities and facilities that are opened on Labour Day.

  • Unsupervised splash pads will be opened and will remain opened until September 22.
    • Parents and caregivers are reminded to supervise their child/children at all times.
  • Weather permitting, all of Toronto’s mainland beaches – 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – and the Toronto Island beaches – 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • All locations will have lifeguard supervision during the hours of operation.
  • All five City golf courses – 6:30 a.m. (first tee off) to 6:30 p.m. (last nine-hole tee off).
  • Toronto Island will offer many activities on Labour Day.
    • Residents can walk, roll, cycle, explore, rent a rowboat; tour in a tram, visit the Ned Hanlan statue and haunted Gibraltar Lighthouse, play Frisbee golf, cool off at a splash pad, view the city skyline and visit Franklin Children’s garden just steps from the animals at Far Enough Farm and Centreville Amusement Park.
    • Toronto Island ferries will run on a holiday summer schedule up to and including Monday, September 2.
    • Ferry schedules:
  • High Park and High Park Zoo.
    • Babies at the zoo include a yak, capybara, wallaby and bison. You can also meeet the new emu. The llama pen will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • The scenic, trackless train ride through the park will be running.
    • Tickets can be purchased from the train operator.
  • Toronto’s parks and green spaces provides unsupervised leisure activities.
    • Consider taking a walking tour of your park.

Here are the activities and facilities that are closed on Labour Day.

  • All other Parks, Forestry and Recreation facilities, including recreation centres.
    • Regular programs and services will resume on Tuesday, September 3.
  • All indoor pools, outdoor pools (with the exception of Donald D. Summerville Outdoor Pool) and wading pools.
    • Sunday, September 1 is the last day of summer operation for the City’s outdoor pools and wading pools.
    • Indoor pools will re-open on Tuesday, September 3.
    • Please consult the web or your local pool for available times: .


Tree Care 101

FREE Admission

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 – 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

Committee Room 1, Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive (McCowan Rd/Ellesmere Rd)
, Toronto

  • Join LEAF’s Mark Sherman, certified arborist and tree climber, to learn about the proper care and maintenance of young trees.
  • Topics will include tree selection and planting, as well as how to properly water, mulch, and protect your trees.
  • A short outdoor walk will showcase real-life tree care examples.
    The outdoor walk will mostly be on paved pathways.
  • “Gain the knowledge to help give trees a good start, enabling them to survive to a ripe old age!”
  • Committee Room 1 in the Scarborough Civic Centre is fully accessible.
  • This workshop is offered in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation’s Highland Creek Green Team.

Tree Mulching at Wychwood Barns

FREE Admission

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.

Registration Recommended

Wychwood Barns Park
601 Christie Street, Suite 253

  • LEAF takes care of the trees here at the Wychwood Barns and they are looking to get the community involved.
  • Participants will learn proper mulching techniques “in order to suppress weeds, conserve water and add organic matter to the soil. “

Forest Management Workshop

FREE Admission

Thursday, September 19, 2013 – 7:00p.m.- 8:30p.m.

Registration Recommended

Members’ Lounge, North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge St, Toronto

  • Are you a city-dweller who owns rural property as well?
  • Trees Ontario, the Ontario Forestry Association (OFA) and LEAF are hosting a FREE landowner workshop.
  • During the workshop, attendees will learn about forest management and stewardship, tree planting subsidies and other financial incentives for establishing and managing trees and forests on rural and urban properties.
  • Presentations by forestry experts will include a variety of topics, such as:
    • 50 Million Tree Program,
    • Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program,
    • Windbreaks for working farms,
    • Tools for managing your woodlot,
    • Shoreline planting for improved water quality,
    • Subsidized tree planting programs for urban yards, and
    • Emerald Ash Borer & other invasive species.
  • Refreshments will be provided.
  • Registration is highly recommended as space is limited.

Lake Wilcox Tree Tour

FREE Admission

Saturday, September 21, 2013 – 10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.

Registration Recommended

Larchmere Parkette (southeast corner of Old Colony Rd. & Palmette Dr.)
Richmond Hill, Ontario

  • Tour Leaders are:

    • Melissa Williams, Manager of Residential Planting Programs, LEAF;
    • Peter Wynnyczuk, former Urban Forestry Supervisor for the Town of Richmond Hill; and
    • Gaspar Horvath, Lake Wilcox SNAP Project Manager, TRCA.
  • Did you know that Lake Wilcox is the largest kettle lake on the Oak Ridges Moraine?
    • While it provides many recreational opportunities, the lake also supports diverse and sensitive biological communities.”
  • Join them to explore the trees in the area and discover ways to protect them.
  • Learn about eco-friendly landscaping practices.
  • Tour is on paved pathways.

Stewardship in Action Tree Tour: Uncovering the Magic in Pomona Mills Park

FREE Admission

Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.

Registration Required

Pomona Mills Park West Entrance by 15 Church Lane
(Major intersection: Yonge St. and John St.), Markham, Ontario

  • Tour Leaders are:
    • Erin Silverstein, LEAF arborist;
    • Nory Takata, Parks Planner, City of Markham; and
    • Wing Morse, Pomona Mills Park Conservationists.
  • Join them to explore the exciting community initiatives in Pomona Mills Park.
    • Tour leaders will discuss local stewardship projects and their beneficial effects on the natural environment.
    • They’ll also share stories about the people behind the projects.
  • “Find out how you can use these creative partnerships as models to develop stronger social ties and improve the urban forest in your own neighbourhood.”

Toronto Alerts

Outside the Box Art Project to Improve the Look of Toronto’s Street Infrastructure

  • The City of Toronto is introducing a program called Outside the Box that will beautify traffic signal boxes while exploring techniques to reduce the impact of graffiti vandalism.
  • The program will consist of two parts: hand-painted art projects on traffic signal boxes and wrapping of traffic signal boxes with a graphic, printed, anti-graffiti coating or wrap.
  • Hand-Painted Art Projects
    • StreetARToronto (StART), a City initiative, issued a call for submissions for local artists to hand paint traffic signal boxes.
    • A jury selected 11 artists to paint 20 boxes in various locations across Toronto.
    • The successful proposals are innovative in design, foster community pride, counteract graffiti vandalism by using all of the box’s surface area, and contribute to a sense of identity for residents.
    • Painting is taking place between August 27 and October 25.
  • Wrap projects
    • In addition, two images have been selected to be printed onto the wraps.
    • Gary Taxali, one of Canada’s leading graphic designers, has designed a specific print for the boxes, and a photographic image by the late Moira McElhinney will be used for the second wrap.
      • Taxali is an award-winning, Toronto-based illustrator whose work has appeared in galleries and museums throughout North America and Europe.
      • In addition to his gallery shows and illustration work, Taxali serves on the Stamp Advisory Committee for Canada Post.
      • In 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint released a special edition of six Gary Taxali 25-cent coins.
    • The late Moira McElhinney, a native Torontonian who studied photography at Ryerson University, had a “finely-tuned sensibility for composition, form and colour.
      • Her work reflected her fascination with the beauty of the everyday world.”

Partial Closure of Intersection of Kingston Road and Woodbine Avenue This Weekend

  • The intersection of Kingston Road and Woodbine Avenue will be partially closed to traffic from Friday, August 30 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, September 3 at 5 a.m. for streetcar track construction.
  • Traffic travelling northbound on Woodbine Avenue will be diverted eastbound along Kingston Road, while traffic travelling southbound on Woodbine Avenue will exit before reaching Kingston Road.
  • Westbound Kingston Road is currently closed to traffic for ongoing construction work in this area.
  • Traffic travelling eastbound on Kingston Road will be maintained for the duration of the closure.
  • Motorists in the area could use Coxwell Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue as alternative routes.

TTC Alerts

TTC’s Pape Station Re-Opens Tomorrow, Aug. 31, at 6 a.m.

  • TTC Chief Executive Officer Andy Byford will greet customers at Pape Station on Tuesday, September 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • During the closure, floors, stairs, finishes, ceilings and the new bus waiting area were worked on.
    • Elevators, bike parking and landscaping will be fully completed in October.
    • By December, the second exit will be completed.

TTC Increases Service on Many Routes

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.



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