Invite: Toronto Events Jun.8-9 & 11, Weekend Road Closures Jun.7-9 & Redpath Waterfront Festival Jun.20-23, 2013

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

  • Most events are FREE

Withrow Park Tree Tour

$5 suggested donation

Saturday, June 8, 2013

11:30a.m. – 1:00p.m.

Registration Recommended

Withrow Park
725 Logan Ave.: Meet at the Field House (brightly painted pillars)

  • Tour Leaders:
    • Jessica Piskorowski, LEAF
    • Jennifer Volk and Charlotte McCloskey, Friends of Withrow Park
  • Learn about the many trees in the park, both mature and newly planted
  • Hear about the great work of local volunteer group Friends of Withrow Park, which has established an Adopt-a- Tree program to water and care for trees
  • Sign up to adopt a tree in the park, or come to learn how you might replicate this program in your own local park's Calendar: June is Recreation and Parks Month in Ontario, Canada’s Calendar: June is Recreation and Parks Month in Ontario, Canada

City of Toronto proclaims June as Recreation and Parks Month


Saturday, June 8

Noon to 5 p.m., Remarks: 12:30 p.m.

Scarborough Centennial Recreation Centre, 1967 Ellesmere Rd.

  • Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre) and City of Toronto staff will join members of the community to celebrate June as Recreation and Parks Month
  • Here is the itinerary of celebratory events for June as Recreation and Parks Month:
  • Rink

    1 to 3 p.m. – Galaxy skate (ice rink)

    3 to 5 p.m. – Inline skate and safety demos (dry pad)

  • Pool

    2 to 4 p.m. – Free swim

  • Preschool

    1 to 2 p.m. – Family drop-in (cafeteria)

    2 to 3:30 p.m. – Stay and play

    3:30 to 5 p.m. – Craft tables

  • Fitness

    2 to 4 p.m. – Zumba and yoga 20 minute try-it classes

  • Outside

    1 to 3 p.m. – Basketball skills

    2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Cricket workshop

    1 to 5 p.m. – DJ Mike

  • Auditorium

    3:30 p.m. – Hip-hop workshop

  • Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation operates a wide variety of programs and facilities, including playgrounds, pools, ice surfaces, fitness centres, tennis courts, sports fields, five full-service golf courses, hectares of parkland, and 154 community centres

dundas west fest

Dundas West Fest

FREE Admission

June 8, 2013

11 am – 10 pm

Dundas Street West, Toronto

  • A car-free, participatory, community-inspired celebration of everything local!

This video presents “Woofstock Costume Contest – Toronto – June 9th, 2012”:

  • doggie costume contest at Woofstock in Toronto


FREE Admission & Bring Your Dog

June 8 – 9, 2013

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood, Toronto

  • Woofstock is the largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of North America
  • Road closures required for Woofstock, listed below, will take place in the following areas from Friday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. to Sunday, June 9 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Front Street from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street
    • Wellington Street from Church Street to Leader Lane
    • Church Street from Colborne Street to The Esplanade
    • Market Street from Front Street to The Esplanade (for Sunday, June 9 only)

    Alternative east-west routes for motorists include Adelaide Street and Richmond Street.

 enbridge ride to conquer cancer logo

Ride to Conquer Cancer

June 8-9, 2013

Start Line (Classic, Classic Plus, Toronto Turnaround, Toronto Turnaround Plus): Ontario Place 955 Lake Shore Blvd W

Portugal Day Parade


June 9, 2013

11:00 am

Lansdowne Avenue

From Bloor St W to College St (Formation of the parade)

Phone 416 536-5961


  • Celebrate Portugal Week in Toronto with the 2013 Portugal Day Parade!
  • Along Dundas Street West between Lansdowne and Trinity Bellwoods Park
  • Parade starts at 11am!
  • Please see website for other great events taking place during Portugal Week!

Dufferin Street is a possible alternative route for motorists.

Toronto Taste

Sunday, June 9, 2013 

Royal Ontario Museum

6:30PM – 10:00PM

  • For one evening, the city’s finest chefs and celebrated beverage purveyors will unite for tastings, live and silent auctions, a raffle and entertainment in support of hunger relief in our community
  • This is Second Harvest‘s biggest annual fundraiser and the city’s premier culinary event of the year

festival on bloor 2013

Miles Nadal Jcc and Bloor Annex BIA


17th Annual Annex Festival on  Bloor

FREE Admission

(Minimal charge for some of the children’s activities)

June 9, 2013

11AM to 6PM

Bloor Street West (between Spadina and Bathurst)

Phone: 416-924-6211 ext. 121

  • Annex Festival on Bloor is a “summer street festival celebrating the Annex’s diverse businesses, eclectic cuisine and exceptional talent”
  • Event Time(s):
    11:00 AM-6:00 PM – Vendors’ sidewalk sale
    11:00 AM-6:00 PM – Children’s events and activities
    12:30-1:10 PM – Battle of the Bands!
    1:15-6:00 PM – Mainstage: Tranzac & CIUT 89.5FM Music Performances
    1:00-6:00 PM – Fringe Chalk Circle Performances
    12:00-6:00 – Buskers
  • Family-friendly programming — over 80 artisans, neighbourhood businesses, specialty food vendors, musicians, theatre performers, buskers and lots more
  • The Festival Mainstage at Bloor & Brunswick will feature a roster of local musical acts curated by The Tranzac Club and broadcast live on CIUT 89.5 FM
  • A selection of top Toronto Fringe performers will also be entertaining the crowds while some of Toronto’s mesmerizing Buskers work the street
  • The Children’s Village will be full of activities for children of all ages
  • The MNjcc Fitness will keep you moving all day
  • Public Transit: Spadina or Bathurst Subway station

2013 Toronto Challenge fundraiser

June 9

Starting at 9:30 a.m. at David Pecaut Square, Metro Hall

David Pecaut Square
55 John Street
King Street West and John Street
Map to this event

  • The warm-up starts at 9:00 AM, the 5K Run starts at 9:30 AM and the walks start at 9:35 AM.
City of Toronto's image: Music in the Orchard at Spadina Museum
City of Toronto’s image: Music in the Orchard at Spadina Museum

Music in the Orchard at Spadina Museum

– A Concert Series

Pay what you wish

Sundays: June 9 and 16, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens
285 Spadina Road

Paid parking at Casa Loma

  • Spadina’s popular outdoor musical performances return
    • Bring a blanket, a picnic and the family and friends

  • June 9 – VentElation
    • This popular eight piece group has a repertoire that ranges from the end of the era of Mozart to the present

  • June 16 – Taffanel Wind Ensemble
    • Taffanel Wind Ensemble, a trio consisting of flute, clarinet and bassoon, will be performing pieces that range from classical to modern

Park Talk 5: Creative Uses for Under-Utilized Park Structures


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Bloor/Gladstone Library
1101 Bloor St. W.

Please click here to register for the event

  • Have you ever thought about a new use for an under-used structure in your park? How about a resident artist in your park? A cafe? A place to store tools for your Park Friends group?
  • Join Park People, Rob Richardson, Annabel Vaughan and Chander Chaddah to talk about how to use old buildings to create new social gathering spaces
    • The panelists will share their experiences with re-purposing park amenities for artists and community groups

  • This is your chance to brainstorm your idea with the City of Toronto’s Parks Forestry and Recreation, Park People, Park Friends groups, non-profits and others

Redpath Sugar


Redpath Waterfront Festival

June 20-23

10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Along Queens Quay (Harbourfront) from Spadina to Sherbourne


General Admission is FREE

Ship deck tour tickets are available for purchase

Public Transit: Nearest subway station is Union. Once out at Union walk south to the waterfront and directional signage will be posted for the Waterfront Festival’s location.

  • The Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto begins on June 20 with the opening ceremonies and ends on June 23 with the Parade of Sail
  • For the official launch of the TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour, Toronto will be the only port to host the full fleet of ships as they travel throughout Ontario during this pan provincial event to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812
  • Toronto is also proud to be the launch port of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2013 – a Tall Ships America® initiative along Toronto’s waterfront at the Redpath Waterfront Festival!
  • The full festival runs at various venues along Queens Quay
  • Enjoy the music, food, dance and a host of other great activities for adults, kids, families and lovers of all things nautical that will be part of the celebrations this year
  • See the ships up close
  • The excitement begins when the decks open Thursday, June 20 at 10am!
    • Later that day, celebrate at the Opening Ceremonies

  • Check out all of the great events all weekend long, which will culminate Sunday afternoon with the grand finale Parade of Sail presented by City of Toronto.
  • Also, don’t miss the Métis Fiddler Quartet
    FREE admission

    Saturday, June 22, 2013
    1:30PM – 2:30PM
    Redpath Stage
    235 Queens Quay West

    View Map

    Sunday, June 23, 2013
    5:00PM – 6:00PM
    Redpath Stage
    235 Queens Quay West

    View Map

This video presents “Métis Fiddler Quartet performs at Back to Batoche 2010”

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)

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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 5, 2013

Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

Seven 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

Road closures required for Woofstock, listed below, will take place from Friday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. to Sunday, June 9 at 11:59 p.m.
– Front Street from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street
– Wellington Street from Church Street to Leader Lane
– Church Street from Colborne Street to The Esplanade
– Market Street from Front Street to The Esplanade (for Sunday, June 9 only)
Alternative east-west routes for motorists include Adelaide Street and Richmond Street.

Ride to Conquer Cancer
Lake Shore Boulevard from Strachan Avenue to Windemere Avenue and Windemere Avenue from Lake Shore Boulevard to The Queensway will be closed on Saturday, June 8 from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. to accommodate this event. The Gardiner Expressway is an alternative route.

Portugal Day Parade
Lansdowne Avenue from Bloor Street to College Street will be closed in both directions on Sunday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dufferin Street is a possible alternative route for motorists.

Dundas West Fest
Dundas Street from Lansdowne Avenue to Roxton Road will be closed in both directions on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. College Street or Queen Street are alternative routes.

Toronto Taste
Queen’s Park will be closed in both directions from Bloor Street to the top end of Queen’s Park Circle from Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. to Monday, June 9 at 6 a.m. Yonge Street or Bathurst Street are possible north-south alternative routes.

Festival on Bloor
Bloor Street from Spadina Avenue to Bathurst Street will be closed on Sunday, June 9 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate the Festival on Bloor. College Street is a possible alternative route.

Toronto Challenge Run
Wellington Street from Simcoe Street to John Street will be closed in both directions on Sunday, June 9 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. There will also be a variety of road closures during the event in the area bounded by Wellington Street in the south, Spadina Avenue in the west, Wellesley Street in the north and Bay Street in the east. Richmond Street and Adelaide Street are east-west alternative routes while Bathurst Street and University Avenue are north-south alternatives.

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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