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Celebrate Toronto with a party, vintage show, and film fest

Patricia D'Cunha and Jackie Rosen | posted Friday, Mar 4th, 2016

A 3D Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square for the Pan Am and Pam American Games. TWITTER/@g026r

Toronto turns 182 years old on Sunday and what better way to celebrate the occasion than by exploring what the city has the offer.

There are plenty of events taking place this weekend to help you cheer on the city, including a special “Celebrate Toronto” party at the Steam Whistle.

As you make your plans, a reminder that a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) is shut down this weekend for TTC work.

Outside of the city, there’s an OPP job fair and an “open data” event in Mississauga.


Celebrate Toronto at Steam Whistle
Happy birthday, Toronto!


Skaters at Nathan Phillips Square with the ‘Toronto’ sign in the background. 680 NEWS/Patricia D’Cunha.

To mark the 182-year milestone, Steam Whistle Brewery is hosting a “Toronto: Past, Present, Future” party on Saturday with an exhibit, food and its famous beer.

Click here for ticket information.

Vintage flare
If you’re looking for a piece of history that you can wear or put in your home, head on down to the Vintage Clothing Show and the Antique and Vintage Market at Exhibition Place this weekend.

At the clothing show, rummage through racks of retro and vintage clothes and be dazzled by rows of unique costume jewelry. And of course, what would a wardrobe be without a charming old-world purse?


The Toronto Vintage Clothing Show. Photo via Instagram/vintageclothingshow.

After, mosey on down to the antique market to find that something special for your home. There are many items to suit your fancy like bohemian-style furnishings, reclaimed wood pieces, antique prints and silver accents.


The Toronto Antique and Vintage Market. Photo via torontoantiqueandvintagemarket.ca.

ntrance to the clothing show is included with price of admission to the antique market.

Feeling a little Irish?
With St. Patrick’s Day a couple of weeks away, it’s never too early to explore your Irish roots and culture, whether you are from the Emerald Isle or not.

The Toronto Irish Film Festival, now in its sixth year and running this weekend, celebrates the best in Ireland cinema from full-length movies and film shorts. This year also marks the Easter Risingcentenary, and some of this year’s short films commemorate the uprising.



Click here to check out the full festival programme.

Spin to Conquer Cancer 
A new charity event takes place Saturday morning, all in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

It’s the first annual Spin to Conquer Cancer at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, where participants will hop on spin bikes in 45-minute session. The goal is to raise $75,000 for the cancer centre.

Mississauga ‘Code and the City’
Mississauga is inviting people to help “Code the City” on Saturday, a contest to help the city deliver services more efficiently, and win prizes by doing it.

The event is taking place at the Hazel McCallion campus of Sheridan College, where teams will be competing to organize the open data.

The winners will receive up to $6,000 in cash and prizes.

OPP tech job symposium
Attention tech students: do you want to work for the Ontario Provincial Police?


The OPP coat of arms, in Toronto, December 1, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/J.P. Moczulski.

At Sheridan College’s Davis Campus in Brampton, police are looking to hire new grads or soon-to-be grads who have experience in technology applications. Click here to apply.

TTC work

Partial Line 1 closure
Subways won’t be running between St. George and Lawrence West stations the entire weekend due to track work.

Replacement buses will stop at all stations during the closure.

In a video, TTC CEO Andy Byford and spokesperson Brad Ross explain the reasons for the weekend closures.



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