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September 6, 2017
Weekend events with road closures in Toronto
Several special events in Toronto 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 destinations. A more complete list of events and road work is available at TTC customers can receive information about service diversions by subscribing to eAlerts at or by following @TTCnotices on Twitter.

Toronto International Film Festival
TIFF's fourth annual Festival Street initiative will run from Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10. Festival Street events will result in the full closure of King Street West to traffic between Spadina and University Avenues from 5 a.m. on Thursday, September 7 until 5 a.m. on Monday, September 11. John Street between King and Wellington Streets will also be closed during the five-day period. More information is available at

Taste of the Kingsway
Bloor Street West between Prince Edward Drive North and Montgomery Road will be closed from Friday, September 8 at noon to Sunday, September 10 at 11 p.m. A series of full and partial road closures will also take place in the surrounding area to accommodate the Taste of the Kingsway event.

Festival of Praise
The formation of the parade and festival area for this event will require the closure of all northbound lanes of Queen's Park Circle from College Street to Bloor Street on Saturday, September 9 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The dispersal area for the parade will result in the closure of the northbound lanes of Queen's Park Crescent from College Street to Wellesley Street from 2 to 5 p.m.

Cabbagetown Festival
Parliament Street between Gerrard and Wellesley Streets and Carlton Street between Parliament and Berkeley Streets will be closed from Saturday, September 9 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, September 10 at 9 p.m. for the Cabbagetown Festival.

Bang and Olufsen Yorkville 5K Charity Fun Run/Walk
and Canadian 5K Road Race Championship
A series of road closures will take place in the area bounded by Davenport Road to the north, University Avenue/Queen's Park/Avenue Road to the west, Dundas Street to the south and Bay Street to the east on Sunday, September 10 from 8 a.m. to noon for these two events.

Toronto 5K for Sick Kids Hospital Foundation
A series of road closures will take place in the area bounded by St. Clair Avenue West to the north, Christie Street to the west, Davenport Road to the south and Russell Hill Road/Boulton Drive to the east on Saturday, September 9 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. for this fundraising event.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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Cheryl San Juan
Strategic Communications
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