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Blue Jays mania, Toronto Waterfront Marathon takes over weekend roundup

Patricia D’Cunha and Amber LeBlanc | posted Friday, Oct 16th, 2015

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Let’s play ball! The Toronto Blue Jays continue their quest to the World Series Friday and Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.

With fans out and about watching the games, drivers can expect extra traffic on city streets.

Meanwhile, several road closures will be in effect this weekend for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

And there’s a partial subway closure to contend with.


Toronto Waterfront Marathon

More than 25,000 runners from 60 countries will be lacing up to take part in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday.

The 5K event starts at 8 a.m., while the marathon and half-marathon gets underway at 8:45 a.m.

Road closures

With runners hitting the city’s streets, drivers will encounter road closures starting on Saturday.

Bay Street from Queen to Dundas streets, and Bay from Dundas to Lake Shore Boulevard, will be closed from noon on Saturday to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Drivers also won’t be able to access University Avenue from Dundas to King Street West, as well as Armoury and Chestnut streets from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Lake Shore will be closed from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday from Bathurst Street to Windermere Avenue. As well, Lake Shore from Bathurst Street to the Don Roadway is off-limits from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., while the roadway between Carlaw and Woodbine avenue will shut down from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

There are other road closures on several roadways including Bathurst, Front Street, Queens Quay West, Queen Street East, University Avenue, and Bloor Street West, to name a few. Click here for a full list.

Road closure sign for the 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. 680 NEWS/Amber LeBlanc
Road closure sign for the 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. 680 NEWS/Amber LeBlanc

 

Marathon officials have also posted this road closure list.

Click on the image below, or here, for an interactive road closure map.

Road closure map for the 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Image via racepoint.ca.
Road closure map for the 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Image via racepoint.ca.

 

680 NEWS will have traffic reports to help drivers navigate the closures.

Blue Jays head to ALCS

#ComeTogether: The Toronto Blue Jays have captured the country’s hearts as the team claimed the first post-season series in 22 years. The boys in blue now move on to the American League Championship Series, facing the Kansas City Royals. Game 1 is at 8 p.m. on Friday, while Game 2 is at 4 p.m. Saturday. Both games are being held in Kansas City. Game 3 heads back to Toronto, taking place at 7 p.m. on Monday. Go Jays Go!

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, centre, celebrates with Edwin Encarnacion, right, and Marcus Stroman after hitting a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of game 5 American League Division Series baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista, centre, celebrates with Edwin Encarnacion, right, and Marcus Stroman after hitting a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of game 5 American League Division Series baseball action in Toronto on Oct. 14, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

 

Other events

Horror-Rama
Toronto’s only all-horror convention returns for two days this weekend at the Hyatt Regency on King Street. Organizers say this second edition of the event will be bigger, bloodier and weirder than ever with celebrity panels and movie screenings.

Central Tech anniversary
It’s a milestone weekend for Central Tech Collegiate, marking its 100th anniversary this weekend! Alumni will gather for a full slate of events including a pub night, a gala dinner dance and a Sunday brunch.

Central Technical School at Bathurst Street and Bloor Street West. 680 NEWS/Amber LeBlanc
Central Technical School at Bathurst Street and Bloor Street West. 680 NEWS/Amber LeBlanc

 

Scarborough Hall of Fame
Some of Scarborough’s most famous sons and daughters will be honoured Saturday. 5 new names will be officially inducted on Scarborough’s Walk of Fame at a special ceremony at 11 a.m. at Scarborough Town Centre. This year’s honourees are TV host and home improvement guru Mike Holmes, music promoter Farley Flex, newspaper maven Betty Carr, three time Olympic gold medallist Cherie Piper and family doctor and dermatologist Dr. Sophie Hofstader.

Inductees from the 2013 Scarborough Walk of Fame. Photo via scarboroughwalkoffame.com.
Inductees from the 2013 Scarborough Walk of Fame. Photo via scarboroughwalkoffame.com.

 

Paul McCartney concert
The legend himself is here in Toronto for a show at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday. It’s part of his “Out There” tour. The show starts at 8 p.m. Fans can expect the 73-year-old former Beatle to play a mix of his classics and material from his latest album, New.

Paul McCartney performs during the first U.S. concert of his "Out There!" world tour in Orlando, Fla., on May 18, 2013. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/John Raoux
Paul McCartney performs during the first U.S. concert of his “Out There!” world tour in Orlando, Fla., on May 18, 2013. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/John Raoux

 

TTC closure

Partial subway shutdown
A long stretch of the Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) is closed this weekend for ongoing signal work. Shuttle buses will be running both ways between Bloor-Yonge and Lawrence stations on Saturday and Sunday. Regular service is set to resume Monday at 6 a.m.

A TTC subway train. Courtesy of Nile Livesey.
A TTC subway train. Courtesy of Nile Livesey.

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