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June 17, 2010
Weekend events with road closures in Toronto
There are seven special events in Toronto this weekend involving road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the events. These festivals and special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are attended each year by local residents. Businesses in the affected areas are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to motorists.

In addition to these 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 these event areas, be patient and allow extra time to get to and from your destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at

Highland Creek Heritage Festival and Parade
Saturday closure:
- Old Kingston Road from Kingston Road to Watson Road and Morrish Road from Kingston Road to Bush Gate will be closed on Saturday, June 19 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- To accommodate the parade, Centennial Road will be closed from Conference Boulevard/Clemes Drive to Lawson Road from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The parade route will begin on Centennial Road and then proceed north to Lawson Road, west on Lawson Road, then over the Highland Creek bridge to Kingston Road. The route will then continue along Old Kingston Road to Watson Road. The parade closures will take place from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

North by Northeast Music Festival
Saturday closure:
Yonge Street from Dundas Street to Queen Street will be closed on Saturday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Taste of Little Italy
Weekend closure:
College Street from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street will be closed in both directions from Friday, June 18 at 6 p.m. to Monday, June 21 at 3 a.m.

St. Clair Feet on the Street
Weekend closure:
St. Clair Avenue from Vaughan Road to Winona Avenue will be closed on Saturday, June 19 from 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. and on Sunday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Ontario Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada
Sunday closure:
University Avenue, from Queen Street to College Street, will be closed on Sunday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

The Father’s Day 5K Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer
Sunday closure:
A series of road closures will take place to accommodate this run that takes place on Sunday, June 20. The start/finish area is located at the Distillery District and the route for the run proceeds south on Cherry Street and east on Commissioners Street before turning around on Carlaw Avenue and then uses the same roads (Commissioners Street and Cherry Street) to go back to the finish location at the Distillery District. Roads in the area will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Muchmusic Video Awards
Sunday closure:
There will be a series of road closures in the area bounded by Richmond Street in the south, Queen Street in the north, Simcoe Street in the east and Peter Street in the west from Sunday, June 20 at 4 p.m. to Monday, June 21 at 3 a.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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