You’re Invited: Celebratory Events in Toronto June 14-27 + Road Closures June 14-17, 2013

Here are great celebratory events and road closures in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

  • Most events are FREE

This video presents “2012 Luminato Festival Highlights”:

  • Extraordinary was in season June 8-17, 2012 at Luminato, a 10-day Festival of Creativity
  • Watch the Highlights of their dynamically diverse program, which includes theatre, opera, dance, music, magic, film, food, visual arts, and much more!

Luminato Festival 2013

June 14 – 23, 2013

Some Events are FREE

David Pecaut Square (55 John Street)

Map of  Venues


  • Luminato Festival is the international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world
    • For ten days each June, the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city and creates a home for artists to come play, share and create

    • When the unexpected meets the transformative, that’s a Luminato moment

  • Visit their festival hub at David Pecaut Square (55 John Street):
    • You’ll be in for a treat with FREE daily concerts, delicious food and festive celebrations!

    • Free events at the festival hub are limited to the capacity of the venue, admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and all are general admission

      • Please arrive early to ensure your admittance

  • Info about the events’ locations is given via the following map:

  • Contact Info:
    111 Queen E Toronto
    (416) 368-3100
  • Accessibility at the Festival info – Email:

This video presents “Taste of Little Italy Toronto, 2012”:


Taste of Little Italy

FREE Admission

June 14 – 16, 2013

June 14 – 6:00 PM – 1:00 AM
June 15 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
June 16 – 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

College Street, between Bathurst & Shaw


  • Sample foods from over 45 restaurants in Little Italy for $1-$5
  • Listen to music from around the world on street corners
  • Taste of Little Italy – Road Closures:

This video presents “North by Northeast – Day 4 – Iggy and the Stooges Shut Down Yonge Street (Daily Vlog #042)”:

  • NXNE 2010 draws to a close with Iggy Pop performing a free show at Dundas Square in Toronto, shutting down Yonge Street. What a party!

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North by Northeast (NXNE) Music Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square

FREE Admission

June 14 – 16

Yonge-Dundas Square

  • Friday, June 14: Brooklyn’s The National plays  at 9:30 pm.
    • 6:30 pm – CTZNSHP
    • 7:30 pm – Hayden
  • Saturday, June 15: “Hometown punk heroes Billy Talent
    • 1:00 pm – Riverdale
    • 2:00 pm – Steve Hill
    • 3:00 pm – We Are Scientists
    • 4:00 pm – Blinker The Star
    • 5:00 pm – Moon King
    • 6:00 pm – Big Black Delta
    • 7:00 pm – Teenage Kicks
    • 8:00 pm – Millencolin
    • 9:00 pm – Billy Talent
    • Hosted by Jy Harris
  • Sunday, June 16: The Grammy award winning rapper/actor Ludacris goes from the big screen to the big stage at the NXNE Music Festival

MuchMusic Video Awards

  • MuchMusic Video Awards – Road closures:
    • There will be a series of road closures in the area bounded by Richmond Street in the south, Queen Street in the north, Simcoe Street in the east and Peter Street in the west from Sunday, June 16 at 4 p.m. to Monday, June 17 at 3 a.m.

    • King Street is an alternative route in this area

City of Toronto to open new Davenport Village Park

June 15

2 to 4 p.m., remarks at 2 p.m.

Davenport Village Park, 18 Foundry Ave.

  • Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport) and City of Toronto staff will join members of the community to celebrate the new Davenport Village Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • The new neighbourhood park includes a junior play structure, a sun shelter, asphalt pathways and about 80 trees and shrubs
Huron Wendat Nation
Huron Wendat Nation

Huron-Wendat Day

June 15, 2013

11 a.m. (Official remarks at 11:15)

Driftwood Park, 44 Tobermory Drive

  • In celebration of Huron-Wendat Day the City of Toronto and Heritage Toronto are hosting representatives from the Huron-Wendat Nation at a plaque presentation and the commemorative ceremonial naming of the Huron-Wendat Trail to honour the long history of the Huron-Wendat Nation in Toronto
  • The Heritage Toronto plaques commemorate the history of the Huron-Wendat people in Ontario
    • Elder Daniel Proteau, other representatives from the Huron-Wendat Nation and Huron-Wendat students travelling from Quebec will attend the event

  • Following the plaque unveiling, a FREE interpretive bike tour along the Huron-Wendat Trail will take place with archeologist Ron Williamson
    • The trail runs along a site in North York where archeological remains of an ancestral Huron-Wendat village were discovered

    • Bixi has donated the use of 12 bikes for the public to use at the event

  • The north shore of Lake Ontario, including present-day Toronto, was once the home of the ancestral Huron-Wendat people
    • “Accomplished farmers and traders occupied numerous villages between 1200 and 1600, nearly always along rivers and creeks

    • They left behind artifacts that included remnants of their distinctive ceramic vessels, tobacco pipes, stone axes and bone tools, all of which help archeologists identify sites as being ancestral Huron-Wendat”

Journalists and Editors in 19th Century Toronto

A Guided Walk In association with Heritage Toronto


June 15, 10 to 11:30 am

Walk begins at 160 Frederick Street – just north of Front Street (meet at Heritage Toronto plaque)

Walk finishing at Mackenzie House at 82 Bond Street

Phone: 416-392-6915

  • Explore the history of the men and women who took part in the lively journalism scene in Toronto from 1826 – 1892: their triumphs, feuds and friendships
  • William Lyon Mackenzie played a central role, inspiring both enemies and imitators

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The Fort York War of 1812 Festival Weekend

The Garrison at York Comes to Life!

FREE Admission

June 15, 10 a.m – 9 p.m
June 16, 10 a.m – 5 p.m

Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Boulevard

Phone: 416-392-6907

  • Tour authentic War of 1812 encampments; discover period food, music and entertainment, shop Sutler’s Row for historic and period-inspired merchandise, plus much more
  • Battle tactical demonstrations by some of the best re-enactment units in Canada featuring an evening battle re-enactment at dusk on historic Garrison Common on Saturday June 15

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4th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show (This Father’s Day)

Admission is FREE, no tickets required!

June 16, 2013

12pm to 5pm

Bloor Street – Between Avenue Road & Bay Street

  • Bloor-Yorkville, Toronto’s most celebrated neighbourhood of style and culture offering a unique blend of designer boutiques, fashionable restaurants, plush hotels and world class galleries

Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York

Produced by: Fort York National Historic Site

FREE Admission

June 20 – 22, 2013

Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Boulevard

Phone: 416-392-6907


  • National Aboriginal Day is June 21 – Share in the Celebration!
  • Public Transit:
    • Directions by TTC: From St Andrew Station take the 504 streetcar west to the Bathurst St. Walk down by Bathurst St to Fort York
  • Here is the schedule of activities by performers:
    • June 20 at 7:30 p.m.

      • Book launch of Mississauga Portraits: Ojibwe Voices From Nineteenth-Century Canada by renowned historian Don B. Smith of the University of Calgary

    • June 20­ – 22 at 9 p.m. (sunset)

      • See the world premiere of The Honouring by the Kaha’wi Dance Theatre, directed by award-winning choreographer Santee Smith

    • June 21 – 22 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m daily

      • The Centre for Indigenous Theatre presents the first public showing of The Road

    • June 21 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. June 22 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

      • See Eddie Robinson’s traditional music and dance ensemble Morningstar River in action

    • June 21 at 7:15 p.m. and June 22 at 4 p.m.

      • Hear the first public performance of The Corps de Voyageurs/ Soldiers in Capotes by the Métis Fiddler Quartet & Virginia Barter

    • Note: The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will provide family-friendly educational programs to mark the Strawberry Festival (National Aboriginal Day – June 21)

  • *Fort York is pleased to partner with the Fort York Food Bank
    • Please consider dropping off a non-perishable food item to support the local community

  • For more info and a complete schedule of activities by date/time, please click here.

“Tour de Forts” – A Bike Tour led by Fort York

FREE Admission

June 22

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please meet outside Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. at 10:30 a.m.

  • Enjoy a bike tour of the places where Toronto’s French Forts once stood
  • Lambton House opens at 10 a.m. and will give FREE admission to anyone who wishes to arrive early
  • They will ride to Teiagon, the site of the 17th-century Seneca Village:
    • Following the Humber Bicycle Trails, we will stop and explore the locations of Toronto’s first two forts

    • Continuing along the Martin Goodman Trail, they will go to the site of Fort Rouille, the last French Fort

    • The tour will end at Fort York, where participants are welcome to enjoy the final day of the Indigenous Arts Festival

    • The ride is moderate in difficulty

    • The tour and admission to Fort York are FREE

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Fairbank Village Multicultural Summerfest 2013

FREE Admission

June 22 – 23

June 22: noon to 11pm
June 23: noon to 9 pm

Eglinton Avenue West and Dufferin Street

TEL. 416.646.0661

  • A cultural celebration of music, food, arts, entertainment & Sidewalk Sale Extravaganza!

“Lost Rivers”: An Outdoor Film Screening

FREE Admission

 June 26, 7 to 11 PM

Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Boulevard

Phone: 416-392-6907


  • Fort York National Historic Site, in partnership with the Homegrown National Park Project, presents an outdoor screening of the documentary, “Lost Rivers”
Canadian Multiculturalism Day
Canadian Multiculturalism Day

Canada Rocks!

Presented by Toronto’s Historic Sites – City of Toronto, Cultural Services, Museum Services

FREE Admission

June 27 – 6:30 to 9 p.m.

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


Phone: 416-338-8807


  • You’re invited to Canada Rocks at Scarborough Museum in celebration of Canadian Multiculturalism Day!
  • Enjoy live music and entertainment, sweets from around the world, Bollywood dancing and more!
  • June 27 of each year as Canadian Multiculturalism Day:
    • “Canadian Multiculturalism Day is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and our commitment to democracy, equality and mutual respect and to appreciate the contributions of the various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society”

  • Public Transit:
    • Take the Brimley # 21 bus from Kennedy Subway Station. The bus stops outside the park entrance

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.

Always call 911 for emergencies.


Toronto, Ontario, Canada


June 13, 2013

Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

Four 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, there is a significant amount of road work 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

North by Northeast Music Festival – Saturday closure
Yonge Street from Dundas Street to Queen Street will be closed on Saturday, June 15 from 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Alternative routes are Bay Street or Church Street.

Taste of Little Italy – weekend closure
College Street from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street will be closed in both directions from Friday, June 14 at 6 p.m. to Monday, June 17 at 3 a.m. Alternative routes for motorists travelling in this area are Dundas Street or Bloor Street.

Yorkville Exotic Car Show – Sunday closure
Bloor Street from Avenue Road to Bay Street will be closed in both directions on Sunday, June 16 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

MuchMusic Video Awards – Sunday closure
There will be a series of road closures in the area bounded by Richmond Street in the south, Queen Street in the north, Simcoe Street in the east and Peter Street in the west from Sunday, June 16 at 4 p.m. to Monday, June 17 at 3 a.m. King Street is an alternative route in this area.

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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