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.
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
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:
1 to 3 p.m. – Galaxy skate (ice rink)
3 to 5 p.m. – Inline skate and safety demos (dry pad)
2 to 4 p.m. – Free swim
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
2 to 4 p.m. – Zumba and yoga 20 minute try-it classes
1 to 3 p.m. – Basketball skills
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Cricket workshop
1 to 5 p.m. – DJ Mike
3:30 p.m. – Hip-hop workshop
- June is Recreation and Parks Month was created to draw public attention to the important benefits and values of recreation to individuals, families, neighbourhoods and communities
- 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
June 8, 2013
11 am – 10 pm
Dundas Street West, Toronto
- A car-free, participatory, community-inspired celebration of everything local!
- Road Closures:
- 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.
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.
June 8-9, 2013
Start Line (Classic, Classic Plus, Toronto Turnaround, Toronto Turnaround Plus): Ontario Place 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
- Road closures will take place in the following areas on Saturday, June 8 from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.:
The Gardiner Expressway is an alternative route.
Portugal Day Parade
June 9, 2013
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!
- Road Closure: 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.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
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
- Road Closure:
- 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.
Miles Nadal Jcc and Bloor Annex BIA
17th Annual Annex Festival on Bloor
(Minimal charge for some of the children’s activities)
June 9, 2013
11AM to 6PM
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
- Road closures:
- 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.
2013 Toronto Challenge fundraiser
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
- This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Celebratory Events in Toronto June 2013
- The warm-up starts at 9:00 AM, the 5K Run starts at 9:30 AM and the walks start at 9:35 AM.
- Road Closures:
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.
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
1101 Bloor St. W.
- 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 Waterfront Festival
10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
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 admissionSaturday, June 22, 20131:30PM – 2:30PM235 Queens Quay WestSunday, June 23, 20135:00PM – 6:00PM235 Queens Quay West
This video presents “Métis Fiddler Quartet performs at Back to Batoche 2010”
- At the Redpath Waterfront Festival “siblings Alyssa, Conlin, Nicholas and Danton will perform Métis fiddle music passed down by their elders, while drawing on their diverse backgrounds in classical music, jazz and beyond“
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)
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 http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets/.
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.
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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