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What’s happening this weekend? TTC and road closures, pre-Halloween fun

Patricia D’Cunha and Amber LeBlanc | posted Friday, Oct 23rd, 2015

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Hooray, you’ve made it! Another weekend is upon us and things are looking up. Temperatures are above seasonable for this time of the year. And, Halloween is just around the corner.

As you make your plans this weekend (some event suggestions are posted below), there are road closures to keep in mind, especially in the Bloor Street West village area. There’s also a subway closure on part of Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth).


Road closures

Charity Bed Race
On Sunday, a Halloween-themed bed race takes over a part of Bloor Street West, held alongside the Pumpkinfest in the Kingsway. Two westbound lanes on Bloor Street West from Prince Edward Drive to Royal York Road will be closed from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Halloween Parade
The parade is part of the Toronto West Halloween Fest event, which is being held on Sunday. Bloor Street West will be closed in both directions from Jane Street to Runnymede Avenue from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An illuminated Jack-O-Lantern. GETTY IMAGES/Ashley Sandberg/EyeEm
An illuminated Jack-O-Lantern. GETTY IMAGES/Ashley Sandberg/EyeEm

TTC closure

A TTC report proposing numbered subway lines was presented at a board meeting on Oct. 23, 2013. TTC

Line 2 partial closure

This Saturday and Sunday, subways won’t be running between Keele and St. George stations on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) as TTC crews replace track switches in the area.

Replacement buses will stop at all stations, and the stations will be open for fare purchases. For Wheel-Trans riders, buses run between Jane and St. George stations, on request.

Regular subway services resumes at 6 a.m. on Monday.

Events

#ComeTogether
‘ReMARCOble!’ – have to thank 680 NEWS reporter Momin Qureshi for this one.

Fierce right-hander Marco Estrada has kept the Toronto Blue Jays alive in the American League Championship Series, forcing a Game 6 against the Kansas City Royals who have a 3-2 series lead. Blue Jays ace David Price will face the Royals’ Yordano Ventura, a rematch of Game 2, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The game on Friday starts at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Sportsnet. If the boys in blue win (and they will win), then bring on Game 7!

Marco Estrada of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts as he is relieved in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals during game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on Oct. 21, 2015. GETTY IMAGES/Harry How
Marco Estrada of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts as he is relieved in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals during game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on Oct. 21, 2015. GETTY IMAGES/Harry How

Toronto West Halloween Fest
A big family Halloween party is taking place this weekend in Bloor West Village. The Toronto West Halloween Fest Street Festival features a Trick or Treat 5K, a performance by a Taylor Swift cover band and an autograph signing by Leafs’ legend Johnny Bower.

Halloween Bed Race and Pumpkinfest in the Kingsway
It will be quite the sight in Etobicoke on Sunday, as teams dressed in Halloween costumes race hospital beds along Bloor Street! All money raised goes to support palliative care at the Dorothy Ley Hospice. Not only can the teams feel good about that, the fastest racers will also walk away with the coveted “Pumpkin Trophy.”

Poster for the Halloween Bed Race and Pumpkinfest in the Kingsway event. Photo via kingswaybia.ca.
Poster for the Halloween Bed Race and Pumpkinfest in the Kingsway event. Photo via kingswaybia.ca.

Halloween Walk
Everyone is invited to a Halloween walk for a good cause. The second annual Halloween walk starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday from 70 Birmingham St. near Lake Shore Boulevard and Islington Avenue. It’s a free day of fun and entertainment for first responders, their families and supporters. It’s in support of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada’s “Peer Support Program,” which raises awareness of PTSD. After the walk, there will be a costume and a pumpkin carving contest, along with a Thriller dance off.

Fall Cottage Life Show
This year’s show, the 12th annual, features more than 225 exhibitors showing off the latest in cottage life including boats, docks, green products, décor, food and entertainment. It runs through Sunday at the International Centre in Mississauga.

A cottage on a island. GETTY IMAGES/Arpad Benedek
A cottage on a island. GETTY IMAGES/Arpad Benedek

Black Creek Ghost Walks
BOO! Do you believe in ghosts? Well, you may after these tours on Saturday. In a scary preamble to All Hallows Eve, skeptics and believers can choose from three walks that tell haunting stories while touring historic buildings. In one tour, paranormal enthusiasts can keep an eye out for a lady wearing yellow at the Flynn House, while in another case, a camera is suggested for recording ghostly encounters. The tours are not suitable for children. Ticket sales close at 4 p.m. on Friday. Click here for ticket prices.

A paranormal presence near a window. GETTY IMAGES

International Festival of Authors

If you like books, or like to read, the International Festival of Authors is the place to be. The event, which starts Thursday and runs until Nov. 1, features the world’s best contemporary lit authors taking part in readings, lectures, book signings and roundtable chats. Some of the authors include Lawrence Hill, Salman Rushdie, Nino Ricci, Zadie Smith, and Jane Urquhart. Click here for event info and ticket prices.

International Festival of Authors event in 2013. Photo via Facebook.com/InternationalFestivalofAuthors
International Festival of Authors event in 2013. Photo via Facebook.com/InternationalFestivalofAuthors

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