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!

Canada Running Series


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

  • Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport) and City of Toronto staff will join members of the community to celebrate new playground equipment at Susan Tibaldi Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  • Following the event at 10:45 a.m., refreshments will provided by Bloordale BIA and Duffy’s Tavern located at 1238 Bloor St. W.
  • The City has invested about $160,000 for the following improvements to the playground at the park.

    • The improvements include play equipment, play safety surfacing, a sandbox with natural materials, a drinking fountain, park benches, ornamental fencing to replace metal barricades, a picnic table, paved walkways, shade trees and ornamental planting beds.

Unveiling of Mural That Shows History of Scarborough

October 20

1 p.m.

Northeast corner of Warden Avenue and Hollis Avenue

  • Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest) will join representatives from the community to unveil a mural that illustrates some of the unique and diverse history of Scarborough.

Toronto Playground Honours Second World War Diplomat/Humanitarian


October 20

2 to 5 p.m., Entertainment starts at 1:30 p.m.

Ceremony at 460 Arlington Ave.

Interviews and Film at the Leo Baeck Day School, 501 Arlington Ave.

Limited parking is available at Phil White Arena at 443 Arlington Ave.

  • City of Toronto Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s) and City staff will join representatives from Associação Cultural 25 de Abril; the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs; the Leo Baeck Day School; Sousa Mendes Foundation; and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto to unveil the Sousa Mendes Playground and plaque honouring Second World War diplomat and humanitarian Aristides de Sousa Mendes.
    • His selfless choice to issue visas enabled thousands to escape the Nazi invasion into France in June 1940.
  • Labourers’ International Union of North America Local 183 donated the funds to install the plaque and wall.
  • The newly designed Sousa Mendes Playground includes junior and senior play structures, an Apollo net climber, a sand box, and a new wood chip safety surface.
  • The event is listed as a Holocaust Education Week activity and will feature performances from the Jewish and Portuguese communities, a reception, interviews and a viewing of the film, Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.

IIDEX Woodshop Exhibition at Toronto City Hall Rotunda

FREE Admission

October 23, 2013 – 9:00a.m. – October 25, 2013 – 5:00p.m.

Toronto City Hall Rotunda
City Hall
100 Queen St W., Toronto

“Globalization and climate change have brought pests like the Emerald Ash Borer to North America where they are destroying forests. In Toronto alone, the Borer will bring down 200,000+ ash trees in the next 5 years, costing tax payers $200-400 million dollars. IIDEX Woodshop will reduce the number of ash trees headed for the landfill by proposing innovative, market-ready commercial and consumer prototypes.”

  • See the products from IIDEX Woodshop 2013 on display at the City Hall Rotunda.
  • In conjunction with the NeighbourWood: Urban Wood Utilization Forum.
  • A display of designs made from ash wood from Toronto’s forests from 15 of Toronto’s top and up and coming designers.
  • IIDEX Woodshop’s 2013 designers were selected through solicitation and by a juried competition.
    • Judges include Paul Rowan, co-founder, VP Inspiration at Umbra;  Joshua Brasse, Founder | CEO,; Tory Healy, Editor, Designlines magazine; Paul Epp, Professor OCADU and Industrial Design Department Chair; Jim Vessel, Nienkämper, Industrial Designer.

Canadian Green Building Council – GTA chapter


Urban Wood Utilization Forum

FREE Admission to Forum

October 24, 2013

6:00p.m. – 7:30p.m.

Toronto City Hall Council Chamber
100 Queen St W., Toronto

  • Speakers include:
    • John Lough, Senior City Forester, City of Chicago
    • Kim Storey, Brown + Storey Architects Inc.
    • Jason Dressler, Brothers Dressler
    • Dennis Hale, Storyboard Furniture Ltd.
  • Industry and municipal experts will discuss urban wood utilization initiatives and solutions from across North America.
  • The Forum will be followed by a reception from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. where you can meet the designers and network with wood-related industry professionals.

Alliance Française de Toronto – Campus de Spadina


Club de lecture européen : Three Strong Women (Trois femmes puissantes)

Language: English

FREE Admission

Wine will be served.

November 6, 2013

6:30 PM

Alliance Française de Toronto – Campus de Spadina
24 Spadina Road, Toronto (Spadina/Bloor)
RSVP: 416 922 2014 ext. 37

  • Toronto novelist Martha Baillie invites you to the first session of the European Book Club, in which she will discuss the English translation of Three Strong Women, Marie N’Diaye‘s celebrated portrayal of women who are torn between their African roots and their adoptive country, France.
  • The novel earned N’Diaye the Goncourt literary prize in 2009.
  • This book is available at the Toronto Public Librairy and Alliance Française library.
    • Three Strong Women is a 2009 novel by the French writer Marie NDiaye.
    • The English translation by John Fletcher was published in April 2012 in the UK by MacLehose Press, and in August 2012 by Knopf in the USA..
  • The discussion will be in English.
  • Wine will be served.

EcoFair at the Barns – FREE, fun, family event!

Sunday, November 10, 2013 – 12pm to 4pm

Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St.

  • EcoFair at the Barns is a fun, family-oriented event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities.
    • Last year, there were more than 25 exhibitors and eco kids activities.
    • Over 650 people came out to learn about green initiatives and achievements in our neighbourhood and in our city, to explore new ideas, and to share green tips and tricks.
  • The event is FREE and everyone is welcome! Highlights include:
    • Eco exhibits and interactive demos
    • Bring eco-themed books to swap
    • Eco-car test drives
    • Kids activities
    • Silent auction

Toronto News & Alerts

City of Toronto Launched Second Annual Workforce Development Week

October 18

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Blvd., East Entrance

  • This is an update to a previous blog, You’re Invited: Toronto, Business and Employment Events Oct.7 – Dec.13, 2013.
  • The City of Toronto is helping people find jobs and helping businesses find the skilled employees they need.
  • Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) launched the City’s second annual Workforce Development Week this morning.
  • Councillor Vaughan was joined by a representative from Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, along with many of the City’s corporate and community partners, and launched Workforce Development Week, October 21 to 25.
  • Two individuals who secured employment opportunities associated with the construction and operations of the aquarium also spoke about how they were connected to these opportunities through City initiatives.
  • A number of initiatives, programs and partnerships will be showcased throughout Workforce Development Week events.
  • More information is available at

Adopt a Cat during Fall in Love Campaign: October 18 until October 30

  • Beginning today, October 18, Toronto residents can Fall in Love and adopt a feline friend for only $25 plus the cost of a licence ($15, $7.50 for seniors).
    • The usual cost to adopt a cat is $75, plus a licence.
  • The campaign runs until October 30 at all four City of Toronto animal shelter and adoption partner locations.
  • When people adopt a kitten or cat from a City of Toronto shelter, they receive a pet that is microchipped, vaccinated and, most importantly, spayed/neutered so it cannot reproduce.
  • You can view the available animals up for adoption or find an adoption partner location at or call 416-338-PAWS (7297).

Toronto City Council Endorses Community Working Group’s Vision for Former Kodak Lands

  • The group, composed of residents of the York South/Weston area, was co-chaired by Councillors Frances Nunziata (Ward 11 York South-Weston) and Frank Di Giorgio (Ward 12 York South-Weston).
    • The working group was established at the councillors’ request to work with Metrolinx on a vision for the former Kodak Lands at Black Creek Drive and Eglinton Avenue West.
  • Metrolinx, which now owns the property, had expressed the intention of using it to house a maintenance and storage facility for light-rail transit (LRT) vehicles servicing the Eglinton Crosstown line, a new GO station and a TTC bus station.

Winston Churchill Statue Relocating to New Location in Nathan Phillips Square

  • The Sir Winston Churchill statue that has adorned the southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square since 1977 was removed on Monday, October 7 and is being relocated to the northwest quadrant of the square.
  • Moving the statue was one of the first tasks as part of Phase 3 of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization project.

Toronto Alerts

  • The Mount Pleasant Road bridge over Rosedale Valley Road is now fully re-opened to traffic.
    • After 18 months of construction, the project is on budget and the work was completed on October 11.
    • There will be short-term closures during the next two weeks for some minor cleanup work. This work will be completed by October 31.
    • The contract price was $5.2 million (excluding HST), but the actual cost for the project came in at approximately $5.0 million.

    Road Closures in Toronto

  • Road resurfacing work at Lower Jarvis Street: October 18 at 5 p.m. to October 19 at 2 p.m.
    • This work will result in some partial road closures in the area.
      • The work being performed this weekend will involve grinding of the asphalt in preparation for paving that is scheduled for the weekend of October 26.
    • The eastbound Jarvis Street ramp from the Gardiner Expressway to Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed on Friday, October 18 at 10 p.m. to Saturday, October 19 at 2 p.m. to undertake the work.
    • Partial closures of other streets in the area include:
    •  In addition to these closures, eastbound traffic on Lake Shore Boulevard will be reduced to one lane at times as crews perform this work.
  • Waterfront Marathon – Road Closures.
    • A series of full road closures will take place on Sunday, October 20 from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the race.
      • These closures will occur in the area bounded by Queen Street in the north, Victoria Park in the east, Lake Ontario in the south and Windermere Avenue in the west.
        • Other roads in this area will be closed periodically to accommodate the event.
    • Anyone attending events at Exhibition Place arriving from the west end of the city will need to use the Spadina off-ramp and follow the detour signs.
      • At 11 a.m., the Jamieson off-ramp will be opened to allow for direct access into the Exhibition Place grounds.
    • More information is available at
      • In addition, T.O. INview, a map that shows information about planned capital construction work taking place across the city, can be accessed at

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.



October 17, 2013

Weekend event with road closure in Toronto

One special event this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy this event. 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

Waterfront Marathon – Saturday and Sunday closure
• Bay Street from Queen Street to Dundas Street will be closed from Saturday, October 19 at noon to Sunday, October 20 at 6 p.m. to accommodate the start/finish line activities for the race.
• A series of full road closures will take place on Sunday, October 20 from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the race. These closures will occur in the area bounded by Queen Street in the north, Victoria Park in the east, Lake Ontario in the south and Windermere Avenue in the west. Other roads in this area will be closed periodically to accommodate the event.

Anyone attending events at Exhibition Place arriving from the west end of the city will need to use the Spadina off-ramp and follow the detour signs. At 11 a.m., the Jamieson off-ramp will be opened to allow for direct access into the Exhibition Place grounds.

More information is available at

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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