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June 30, 2010
Weekend events with road closures in Toronto
Three special events this coming weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the events. Businesses in the affected areas are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to motorists.

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, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city this summer. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations. If you need to drive in event areas, allow extra time to get to and from your destination.

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

Pride Day festivities - Weekend closures:
• Church Street from Carlton Street to Hayden Street will be closed from Friday, July 2 at 6 p.m. to Monday, July 5 at 6 a.m.

• Lane restrictions will take place at Queen’s Park Crescent (northbound lanes) from Wellesley Street to St. Joseph’s Street on Friday, July 2 from 7 a.m. to Monday, July 5 at 6 a.m. to accommodate Pride-related events.

• Pride and Remembrance Run - Saturday, July 3
Wellesley Street from Jarvis Street to (and including) Queens Park Crescent will be closed on Saturday, July 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.

• Dyke March - Saturday, July 3
March route: Starting at Church and Hayden streets, north on Church Street to Bloor Street East, west on Bloor Street East to Yonge Street, south on Yonge Street to Wood Street, and east on Wood Street back to Church Street
Road closures are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The march is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

• Pride Parade - Sunday, July 4
Formation area: Rosedale Valley Road from Bayview Avenue to Park Road
Parade route: The parade will start at Church Street and Bloor Street East, moving west on Bloor to Yonge Street, south on Yonge Street to Gerrard Street, and east on Gerrard Street back to Church Street.
Road closures are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The parade is from 2 to 6 p.m.)

Corso Italia Fiesta - Saturday and Sunday closures:
St. Clair Avenue from Dufferin Street to Lansdowne Avenue will be closed from Saturday, July 3 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, July 4 at 11:59 p.m. Some local streets in the area will also be closed as a result of this event.

Taste of Lawrence - Weekend closures:
Lawrence Avenue from Warden Avenue to Birchmount Road will be closed on Friday, July 2 at 3 p.m. until Sunday, July 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391,



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