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June 5, 2009
Weekend events in Toronto
There are four 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.

Portugal Day
Saturday road closure:
• Lansdowne Avenue from Bloor Street to College Street will be closed in both directions on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• There will be a number of road closures for the festival on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the area bounded by Dundas Street in the north, Crawford Street in the west, Queen Street in the south and Bellwoods Avenue to the east.

Family Fun Fit, Kids of Steel Triathlon (bike race)
Saturday closure:
The westbound lanes of Kingston Road from Danforth Avenue to Birchmount Road will be closed on Saturday, June 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Maya’s March
Sunday closure:
Conlins Road from Ellesmere Road to Military Trail will be closed on Sunday, June 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Becel Heart & Stroke Ride For Heart
Sunday closure:
• The Gardiner Expressway will be closed from Carlaw Avenue to the Humber Bridge and the Don Valley Parkway will be closed from Highway 401 to the Gardiner Expressway on Sunday, June 7 from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate the Ride for Heart event.
• An alternative route to use instead of the Gardiner Expressway would be Lake Shore Boulevard. Alternative routes to use instead of the DVP would be Bayview Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue, Leslie Street or Don Mills Road.

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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