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June 19, 2009
Weekend events in Toronto
There are five special events this weekend in Toronto that all residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy. Businesses in the affected areas are open to pedestrian traffic, but some roads will be closed to motorists.

The public is encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable means of getting to their destinations.

Highland Creek Heritage Festival and Parade
Saturday closure:
• Old Kingston Road, from Watson Road to Morrish Road, and Morrish Road from Kingston Road to Bush Gate will be closed on Saturday, June 20 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.

Big on Bloor
Saturday closure:
Bloor Street, from Christie Street to Lansdowne Avenue, will be closed on Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to midnight for this event.

Taste of Little Italy
Weekend closure:
• College Street, from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street, will be closed in both directions from Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m. to Monday, June 22 at 3 a.m.

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 21. 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 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 21 at 4 p.m. to Monday, June 22 at 3 a.m.

For more information about road closures, check with Transportation Services’ Road Info line at 416-599-9090 or visit the City’s website at

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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



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