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July 21, 2010
Weekend events with road closures in Toronto
Three special events this coming weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend 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

Beaches Jazz Festival
Thursday to Saturday closure
Queen Street East from Woodbine Avenue to Beech Avenue will be closed as follows:
Thursday, July 22 from 6 p.m. to midnight
Friday, July 23 from 6 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, July 24 from 6 p.m. to midnight

New Bloor Festival
Saturday closure
Bloor Street from Dufferin Street to Lansdowne Avenue will be closed on Saturday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to midnight for this event.

Kensington Pedestrian Sundays
Sunday closure
The following streets will be closed on Sunday, July 25 from noon to 7 p.m.:
- Augusta Avenue from Dundas Street West to College Street (Note: The section of Augusta Avenue from Oxford Street to College Street will remain closed until 10:30 p.m.)
- Kensington Avenue from Dundas Street West to Baldwin Street
- Baldwin Street from parking garage to Augusta Avenue
- St. Andrew Street from parking garage to Kensington Avenue

In addition, the Canadian Open Golf Tournament will take place in Toronto from July 19 to 25 and will involve the closure of a part of Islington Avenue during that period. The area affected will remain open to pedestrians.
- Islington Avenue from Eglinton Avenue to the Kingsway will be closed in both directions from July 12 to 30 (with the exception of a required emergency access lane in the two southbound lanes).
- South of Ridgevalley Crescent, Islington Avenue will be closed to through traffic but will allow passage for groups such as local residents and tournament players.

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:
Bruce Hawkins, Senior Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-3496,



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