The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to take advantage of City programs and attractions offered during the year-end holiday period. Most City of Toronto operations and all municipal offices will be closed on December 25 and 26, as well as January 1. City services that regularly operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week such as 311 Toronto and emergency services will be available. Information about curbside waste collection is provided later in this news release.
The City of Toronto Archives at 255 Spadina Rd., usually open on Saturdays, will be closed on December 23 and 30 as well as on the dates noted above for municipal offices.
Winter recreation activities
Winter has arrived at Toronto’s parks, community centres and natural environments, as detailed below.
Fitness, camps and recreation programs
The City offers fitness classes, weight rooms, camps and more, offering something for everyone. Community recreation centres will be open until 4 p.m. on December 24 and 31 (later for those with scheduled permits) and closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1. Some facilities may be closed during the holiday period for annual maintenance. More information and schedules are available at http://www.toronto.ca/rec or by calling 311.
Drop-in swim programs at pools across the city make it convenient to make a splash this holiday season. Schedules vary by location and are available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim.
The City offers a variety of free, leisure ice-skating programs for all ages and abilities at indoor arenas and outdoor rinks. Outdoor rinks that are open may be unsupervised. Indoor arenas will be closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1. Schedules vary by location. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/skate.
The City's Riverdale Farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks or by calling 416-392-6794.
High Park Zoo
The High Park Zoo is home to domestic and exotic animals, including Toronto's famous capybaras, Bonnie and Clyde, and is open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission to the zoo is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks.
Christmas flower shows at the City's Allan Gardens and Centennial Park conservatories are a tradition during the holiday season. The flower shows are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until January 7 and admission is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/conservatories/.
The Toronto Zoo will be open throughout the holiday season except on December 25. More information is available at http://www.torontozoo.com/.
St. Lawrence Market Complex
To serve Toronto residents and visitors, the St. Lawrence Market Complex has modified hours over the winter holiday season, including extended Sunday hours for the South Market from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 24 and 31. The South Market will be closed on December 25 and 26 as well as January 1 and 2. Regular hours of operation will be observed on all other days throughout December and January.
The South Market features 64 merchants and is open five days a week, year-round. During the holiday season, the St. Lawrence Market will also offer a variety of paid classes and free drop-in cooking demonstrations and seminars on holiday meal ideas.
The St. Lawrence Market Saturday Farmers Market and Sunday Antique Market operate year-round in the temporary market at 125 The Esplanade. Both markets will be open during the winter holiday season. The Saturday Farmers Market will be open from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 23 and 30. The Sunday Antique Market will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 24 and 31.
More information about the St. Lawrence Market Complex holiday hours and holiday-themed activities is available at http://www.stlawrencemarket.com.
Toronto History Museums
Six of the City's History Museums are offering holiday-themed events and tours for families and adults. Most of the museums are open daily except Mondays. All the museums will be closed on December 25 and 26 as well as January 1. Highlights for individual locations are noted below. Times and participant age details for activities vary by day and by location. Holiday season admission prices apply. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.
Colborne Lodge (11 Colborne Lodge Dr., High Park) Through January 7, visitors to Colborne Lodge can enjoy a holiday themed tour of the historic site complemented by the new exhibit Innovation Circa 1867, which highlights Canadian inventions from the Confederation era.
Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.) During special programming from December 27 to 31, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, children can join the cooks in the historic kitchen to help make gingerbread cookies. Upon arrival, sign up at the Museum Store for a tour of the fort – included with regular admission.
Gibson House Museum (5172 Yonge St.)
Visitors to Gibson House will experience the elegant traditions of the Scottish holiday season and learn how the Gibson family celebrated Hogmanay in the 19th century. On December 28 and 29, evening dinner events will celebrate the Scottish traditions of Hogmanay. Pre-registration with payment is required. Gibson House will be closed for maintenance from January 1 to 15.
Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)
Through January 7, visitors will learn the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th century Toronto. Until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit and select a card from the 1845 printing press. From December 27 to 31, children can make a New Year's Eve noisemaker in the print shop.
Market Gallery (95 Front St. E., second floor) Building Toronto: Stories of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood explores how the city's first planned neighbourhood contributed to Toronto's commercial, cultural, social and political history. This free exhibit is on display until February 24.
Montgomery’s Inn (4709 Dundas St. W.)
The inn will be open regular hours offering tours throughout the holiday season, though the weekly farmers market will not run December 27 and January 3.
Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)
On December 27 to 29 and January 2 to 5, the museum offers camps for children six to 11 years of age. Pre-registration is required online at http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun or by calling 416-338-4FUN (4386).
Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
Through January 7, visitors can experience a 1920s holiday season on a guided tour of Spadina Museum. Holly wreaths, evergreen garlands and mistletoe adorn the house. In the re-created 1930s kitchen, visitors can have holiday treats including mulled cider.
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Rd.) Visitors can experience two different eras' Christmas traditions – the 1890s and the 1940s – through January 7. The public can tour Todmorden Mills' two historic houses, sample historic recipes and create a take-home craft.
In addition to the City's annual New Year's Eve celebration, tickets are now on sale for the Winterlicious 2018 Culinary Event Series (both highlighted below). More activities can be found on the City's online Festivals and Events Calendar at http://ow.ly/IMye30heuqo.
New Year's Eve at Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto's largest New Year's Eve celebration will take place at Nathan Phillips Square on December 31 starting at 8 p.m., culminating with a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Audiences will experience a DJ set by Hamilton's internationally acclaimed electro-pop artist Jessy Lanza and live music from Toronto's dancehall/soul sensations Bonjay alongside DJ sets from OBUXUM, Nino Brown and Classic Roots. Other activities will include a skating party sponsored by Tim Hortons and visuals by Roxanne Luchak. This event will be the finale of TO Canada with Love, the City's year-long celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. Full program details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/newyearseve.
Winterlicious Culinary Event Series tickets Tickets are now on sale for the Culinary Event Series that will be part of Winterlicious 2018, running from January 26 to February 8. The series will feature seven unique cooking and dining experiences hosted by some of Toronto's finest venues and chefs. Details are available at https://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious.
Solid waste pickup
There will be no night collection on Monday, December 25. Those who receive Monday night collection will receive night collection on Tuesday, December 26. Collection will begin earlier than usual, so material should be placed out no later than 5 p.m.
There will be no night collection on Monday, January 1 and all those who are on night collection that week will receive night collection one day after their regularly scheduled collection day. For the week of January 1, Monday night collection will be shifted to Tuesday night; Tuesday night collection will be shifted to Wednesday night; Wednesday night collection will be shifted to Thursday night; and Thursday night collection will be shifted to Friday night. Daytime collection will proceed as scheduled that week.
All transfer stations and drop-off depots for residential drop-off of garbage, yard waste, recyclables, household hazardous waste and electronics will be closed on December 25 and on January 1.
The City will not book any Toxic Taxi appointments to pick up household hazardous waste from residential properties from December 25 to 29.
More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/waste.
The City's winter operations will continue as usual during the holidays. Local road plowing will begin when the snow stops falling and if the snow accumulation has reached at least eight centimetres. Residents are reminded that 311 will only take service requests for specific snow clearing after the crews have had a chance to clear the snow. Please don't call 311 during the storm to ask when a street will be plowed. Residents can track where plows and salt trucks are and which roads have been serviced using the City's real-time, online tracking map, available at http://www.toronto.ca/PlowTO.
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.
A proposal to make Bloor Street pedestrian-only for four days this summer will be up for debate by the city’s economic committee on Wednesday.
If approved, it will go before city council in May.
Mayor Rob Ford has already said he is against the proposal, which is being championed by Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam. Coun. Ana Bailao is also backing the proposal.
However, neither Wong-Tam nor Bailao are on the executive committee. Ford is, though he is no longer the chair.
Open Streets TO would see 11 kilometres of roadway shut down for four Sundays in a row starting July 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If the proposal goes through, Bloor Street would be closed from High Park to Withrow Park at Carlaw Street as well as both Yonge Street and Church Street from Bloor Street south to Queen Street. See a map of the proposed route. Major intersections would experience a “soft close,” which would allow north-south traffic to pass through.
A similar idea takes place over the summer in Kensington Market where streets are shut down to vehicle traffic from noon to 7 p.m. for pedestrian Sundays, which happens every last Sunday, from May until and including October.
The Open Streets initiative have been successful in such major cities as San Francisco, Portland and New York City.
Story originally posted on CityNews Toronto by Erin Criger