This Friday July 1st, 2016, we celebrate the 149th anniversary of Canada becoming a country. In Ward 18 and across Toronto there are no shortage of ways to celebrate Canada Day with friends and family. Throughout the rest of July our community will be hosting a series of events, festivals, and community meetings including our second Ward18 Talks, two Movie Nights, a property assessment information session and more. If you are looking for an easy way to get to some of these events, try out one of the 15 new Bike Share Toronto Stations that are opening in our community!
I wish you a happy Canada Day and a joyous long-weekend. I hope to see you at some of our events this July.
Ward 18, Davenport
Canada Day in Ward 18
Join the annual free Macgregor Park Canada Day parade - bursting with music, dance, and lots of red and white! For more information, please click here.
When: Friday July 1, 2016 from 4pm - 6:30pm
Where: Macgregor Park (346 Lansdowne Ave)
Join neighbours in the Junction Triangle for an annual community potluck and fireworks display.
When: Friday July 1, 2016 starting 7pm
Where: Campbell Avenue Park (255 Campbell Ave)
Ward 18 Events
Property Assessment MPAC Info Session - New Horizons Tower (1140 Bloor St W) - Wednesday July 6, 2016 starting at 7pm
Ward18 Talks: Pavilion Project - 213 Sterling Rd - Thursday July 7, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Gilfillan Lane Unveiling - Laneway Entrance in-front of 60 Mackenzie Crescent - Saturday July 9, 2016 at 11am
The Street Store - Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin St) - Saturday July 9, 2016 from 10am to 6pm
Davenport Home Security Seminar - Perth Dupont Library (1589 Dupont St) - Wednesday July 20, 2016 starting at 7pm
Movie Nights @ McCormick Park - McCormick Park (346 Lansdowne Ave) - Friday July 22, 2016 at 8:30pm
Movie Nights @ Dovercourt Park - Dovercourt Park (155 Bartlett Ave) - Thursday July 28, 2016 at 8:30pm
BIG on Bloor - Bloor Street West between Lansdowne and Dufferin - Saturday July 23 from 1pm to 10pm and Sunday July 24 from 12pm to 6pm
Canada Day Weekend Celebrations Across Toronto
Continuing its great 35-year history, the annual Pride Parade will take place this weekend on Sunday July 3, 2016 beginning at 2pm at Church and Bloor, travelling down Yonge Street through the heart of our city and ending at Allen Gardens (Carlton & Sherbourne). Line the streets and join the festivities as we celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of the LGTBTQ2S community.
South and Central Canada Day Celebrations
East York Canada Day Parade
East York’s annual Canada Day parade, featuring marching bands, will begin at Dieppe Park (455 Memorial Park Ave) at 10 a.m., moving east to Stan Wadlow Park. The celebration will continue at Stan Wadlow Park from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and include live entertainment, information tables and vendors. Visitors to Stan Wadlow Park's free Canada Day festivities can visit the Todmorden Mills table and learn more about the museum's connections to the history of East York (note: the Todmorden Mills museum will be closed on Canada Day). The Kiwanis pool will be open from noon to 7 p.m. A fireworks display will start at 10:15 p.m. and the park will close at 11 p.m.
Ashbridges Bay Fireworks
The annual Canada Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay, sponsored by Tim Hortons, will begin at 10 p.m. Residents who are planning to attend are encouraged to leave vehicles at home and use public transit.
When: Friday July 1, 2016 at 10pm
Where: Ashbridges Bay Park (1561 Lake Shore Blvd E)
North York Canada Day Celebrations
Canada Day celebrations at Mel Lastman Square
The City of Toronto will be celebrating Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square, presented by Tim Hortons with support from the Government of Canada. From 5 to 8 p.m. there will be pop-up performances by Turbo Street Funk, Illuminair Entertainment and Lisa Odjig, as well as free face painting. The Soul Motivators, a nine-piece deep funk band, perform at 8:15 p.m., followed by Juno nominated hip-hop artist Emmanual Jal at 9:15 p.m. The Canada Day celebration at Mel Lastman Square concludes with fireworks at 10:15 p.m.
When: Friday Jun 1, 2016 from 5pm to 10:30pm
Where: Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge St)
Old Style Community Picnic
The Old Style Community Picnic will be held at the Broadlands Community Centre and Park Activities include face-painting, games, clown entertainment and local entertainers.
When: July 1, 2016 from 1:30pm to 4pm
Where: Broadlands Community Centre and Park (19 Castlegrove Blvd)
Thomson Park Canada Day Celebrations
Scarborough’s annual Canada Day celebration in Thomson Park includes a free pancake breakfast, buskers, bouncy inflatables, Repitilia Animal display, entertainment and a craft show and sale. More information is available by calling 416-396-4376. Sponsored by Tim Hortons.
When: July 1, 2016 from 10am to 4pm
Where: Thomson Park (1005 Brimley Rd)
Scarborough Canada Day Parade
Scarborough Canada Day parade will begin at 4 p.m. west of the Scarborough Civic Centre on Brimley Road, ending at Lawrence Avenue East at about 5:30 p.m. More information is available by calling 416-396-4376.
Milliken Park Fireworks
A free fireworks display at Milliken Park will begin at dusk. More information is available by calling 416-396-4376.
Where: Milliken Park (5555 Steeles Avenue East)
The annual Toronto Ribfest will be held at Centennial Park with 14 professional ribbers, live music and midway rides. On Canada Day there will be a fireworks display sponsored by Tim Hortons at 10 p.m. More information is available at http://www.torontoribfest.com.
When: June 27 to July 1, 2016 from 11am to 11pm daily
Where: Centennial Park (256 Centennial Park Rd)
Weston Lions Park Canada Day Celebration
Canada Day Celebrations at Weston Lions Park includes live entertainment, food, activities for children, and a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
When: Friday July 1, 2016 from 5pm to 10:30pm
Where: Weston Lions Park (2125 Lawrence Ave. W)
Amesbury Park Canada Day Festivities
The annual Canada Day event at Amesbury Park will include a barbecue, live entertainment, marketplace, strongman competition and activities for children, plus fireworks at 10 p.m. More information is available at http://www.amesburycanadaday.ca.
When: Friday July 1, 2016 starting at 11am
Where: Amesbury Park (151 Culford Rd)
Keep Track of Your Water Use This Summer
With the warm weather here, the City of Toronto is reminding residents that they can track their water use online with MyWaterToronto. Use MyWaterToronto to better understand your water use and look for ways to save water and money. To log-on and learn more, visit www.toronto.ca/mywatertoronto.
501 Queen Streetcar Diverting Until October
Streetcars on the 501/301 Queen route are diverting due to City of Toronto watermain work on Queen St. W. between Bathurst St. and Spadina Ave.
Streetcars will divert both ways via Spadina Ave., King St. W. and Shaw St. Shuttle buses will run on Queen St. W. between Dufferin St and University Ave. to assist customers and local businesses in the area.
Regular service will resume Sunday, Oct. 9.
Watermain Work on Lansdowne to Require Cycling and TTC 47 Bus Diversions
The City of Toronto will replace the watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services on Lansdowne Avenue from south of Dundas Street to Rideau Avenue, and on the Lansdowne Avenue East Branch up to Shirley Street. The road of Lansdowne Avenue from south of Dundas Street West to Rideau Avenue will also be reconstructed as part of the project. The Project will commence June 13, 2016 and run until September 15, 2016.For more project information, please click here.
In order to accommodate this work, Lansdowne Avenue will be closed in the southbound direction from Dundas Street West to Rideau Avenue for the duration of the project. During the project The TTC's Route 47 bus will be diverting southbound via Dundas, Dufferin & Queen. Northbound service will remain the same. See the map below for the cycling detour in effect during the project.
You can find a fact sheet with more information about replacing lead service pipes by clicking here.
506/306 College Streetcar Diversions for Track and Road Work
506 Carlton weekday service will be split into two portions (east and west) from June 19 to October 8. Streetcars will be converted to buses on the western portion of College Street between Keele Station and the downtown area. Streetcar service will be maintained on the eastern portion of the route between Main Street Station and the downtown area.
506 Carlton weekend and 306 overnight service will operate as buses along the entire route from Main Street to Keele stations to accommodate City watermain relining work on Gerrard Street East. During road closures for track work, 506/306 bus service will be diverted around the intersections. At other times, buses will operate along regular routing with lane restrictions in place. Streetcars return to the entire route on October 9 when the other City projects on College Street are complete.
I will keep you informed as the diversions change during this work and encourage you to consult the TTC via www.ttc.ca or @TTCHelps on Twitter for updates on this work.