You’re Invited: Toronto’s 2012 Celebratory Events (Oct.13-15,20) & Marathon + Road Closures

 Here are eight FREE events happening in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

This video presents “Planet in Focus 2012 Festival Trailer ‘Confined’”:

FREE Children’s Film Program (ages 5–12)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

10:00 a.m.

Screening and Workshop at TIFF Bell Lightbox

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
350 King St. West
Phone 416-531-1769

Celebrate the environment by joining Planet in Focus for an exciting day of fun and engaging programming for children!

  • And will be followed by a free animation workshop courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB):
    • 12:00 PM NFB Animation Workshop
      • This FREE animation workshop gives children the opportunity to create their own claymation environmental movies courtesy of the NFB
      • Space is limited so please pre-register by emailing

Official Opening of the Joseph Bannon Park & the Official Street Naming

Saturday, October 13

1 to 5 P.M.

Official Ceremony at 1:30 P.M.


Fall Festival in the Joseph Bannon Park

Joseph Bannon Park, 65 Mary Chapman Blvd.

  • Come celebrate the official opening of the Joseph Bannon Park and the official street naming with:
    • Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 York West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee
    • City of Toronto staff
    • members of the community
    • the Emery Village Business Improvement Area
    • and the Bannon family
  •  After the official ceremony, a fall festival with family activities, food and refreshments will take place in the park
  • Joseph Bannon Park was named to honour Joseph Bannon, a decorated war hero and one of Emery Village’s greatest community champions
    • Bannon and his wife Doris May became foster parents to more than 150 babies and unwanted children, and adopted seven of them
    • Bannon was a founding patron of St. Jude’s Catholic Church on Weston Road
  • The new one-hectare park features:
    • an artificial outdoor ice rink
    • senior and junior play structure
    • splash pad
    • mini soccer field

For more info, please contact Lynn Essensa:

  • Phone 416-394-2669
  • Email at

 Re-opening of Toronto’s Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre

FREE Barbecue, Leisure Swim and Facility Tours

Saturday, October 13

1 to 4 p.m.

Remarks at 1 p.m.

Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre, 953 Gerrard St. E.

  • Come celebrate the re-opening of Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre with:
    • Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth)
    • City of Toronto staff
    • members of the community
  • Community members are invited to a FREE barbecue, leisure swim and facility tours as part of Saturday’s event
  • There will be arts and crafts for children
  • The renovated community centre features:
    • a larger elevator serving all four floors
    • improved ventilation and cooling
    • a new exercise room
    • a computer room

This video presents “2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – Race Report”:

  • On October 16, 2011 our Race Reporter, Craig Cassar, was among the masses running in the IAAF Silver Label ‘SCOTIABANK TORONTO WATERFRONT MARATHON’
  • It’s the finale of the 2011 Canada Running Series by Race Director Alan Brookes. History was made on several fronts…

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk

  • The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk is a signature event in the city, drawing thousands of runners every year who are seeking a challenge
    • Please note that registration for the 2012 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is now closed
    • Please continue to fundraise until Friday, October 26, 2012
      • For the fourth year in a row, United Way Toronto is an Official Charity of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
      • Last year, almost 100 runners helped raise close to $24,000 for the cause — “together, we know we can surpass that amount this year and raise $30,000.”
  • The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is also a qualifier for the Boston Marathon
  • 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 that Boston hopefuls and first-timers love”
  • There are bands and Neighbourhood Entertainment Centres every 2 kilometres, cheerleaders, and numerous aid stations
  • It’s a festive, full weekend with the following highlights:
    • 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
    • A post-race Victory party in Nathan Phillips Square from 10:00am to 3:30pm on Sunday
      • It’s all part of an “unforgettable” Toronto experience!

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk – Saturday and Sunday Road Closures:

  • A series of full road closures will take place on Sunday, October 14 from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the race:
    • These closures will occur in the area bounded by:
      • Bloor Street in the north
      • Victoria Park in the east
      • Lake Ontario in the south
      • Windermere Avenue in the west
    • Other roads in this area will be closed periodically to accommodate the event

A more complete list of events and road work is available at

  • In addition, the City recently introduced T.O. INview, a map that shows information about planned capital construction work taking place across the city

Fall Weston Family Quarry Garden Tree Tour

Sunday, October 14, 2012

10:30a.m. – 12:00p.m.

Suggested Donation: $5.00

Registration required

Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue (near the Ornamental gates at the west parking lot)

  • Celebrate fabulous Fall by joining LEAF as they lead a tour exploring the natural significance of the restored Weston Family Quarry Garden in the Don Valley
  • Learn the importance of natural habitats in urban environments, tree identification and natural history
  • Tour Leaders:
    • Amanda Gomm, Manager, Volunteer & Community Engagement, LEAF
    • Kim Statham, Natural Environment Specialist, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, City of Toronto
  • Accessibility: Some steep hills and uneven ground
  • Contact Info:
    Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests (LEAF)
    Artscape Wychwood Barns
    601 Christie St, Suite 253
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada M6G 4C7

    • Phone 416.413.9244
    • Email:
Toronto City Hall
Toronto City Hall

Toronto to Honour Recipients of Annual Garden Awards

Monday, October 15

Noon to 2 p.m.

Official Remarks at 12:15 p.m

Members’ Lounge, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

  • Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough-Agincourt), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee, and City of Toronto staff will present the 14th annual Toronto Garden Awards
  • The awards recognize residents, businesses and organizations that have contributed to their communities by beautifying privately-owned spaces in the city
  • There are three categories in the contest:
    • Traditional residential
    • Environmental residential
    • Commercial
Councillor Paula Fletcher's Park Improvement Vision Plan: Felstead Park
Councillor Paula Fletcher’s Park Improvement Vision Plan: Felstead Park

Felstead Park Playday

Saturday, October 20

1:30 p.m.

Main entrance off Mountjoy Avenue

Join Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth) at 1:30 p.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new playground:

  • Art station
  • Kid-friendly manicure station
  • Face painting
  • Bubble station
  • Eco-friendly sand play
  • Games – Parachute Games, three-legged races, potato sack races, obsticle courses etc.
  • Prizes!!!
  • Story Time Hill
  • Dance Performances and free dance lessons hosted by the S.P.A.C.E.
  • Musical Performances
  • Fire Truck

Please click here for contact info.

Gracedale Park

Saturday, October 20, 2012

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Remarks: 12 p.m.
Cricket Demonstration: 12:30 p.m.

Gracedale Park, 176 Gracedale Blvd.

  • Come celebrate the opening of the new Splash Pad and Practice Cricket Cage at Gracedale Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony
  • Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 York West) and City of Toronto staff will join members of the community to celebrate the official re-opening of Gracedale Park
  • Contact:Lynn Essensa
    • Phone 416-394-2669
    • Email 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.

Always call 911 for emergencies.



You may also like: