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Doors open in Toronto this weekend but Line 1 partially closed

CityNews | posted Friday, May 27th, 2016

Ever walked by a historic or modern building in Toronto and wondered what it’s like inside? Well, this is your weekend because the doors to several buildings will be open for you to explore at no cost, as part of the annual (you guessed it) Doors Open event. The city will be a hub of activity this weekend not just with Doors Open, but also Pedestrian Sunday, Woofstock, and at least two charity walks. The only downside is that a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) will be closed for TTC work. Shuttle buses will be running.


Doors Open Toronto The gateway to the Toronto’s past and present is at your doorstep this weekend; all you have to do is open the door. Explore more than 130 buildings that detail the city’s history, culture, architecture and social progress. While some of the city’s history has been lost over the years, other buildings or parts of them have been incorporated into the present. As this year’s theme (Re-used, Re-visited and Revised) explains, the focus will be on the “adaptive re-use of buildings throughout Toronto’s architectural history.” Click here for a list of those buildings.

Side view of the Cathedral Church of St. James on Church Street, at King Street East, in Toronto. 680 NEWS/Patricia D'Cunha.
Side view of the Cathedral Church of St. James on Church Street, at King Street East, in Toronto. 680 NEWS/Patricia D’Cunha
The Mackenzie House on Bond Street in Toronto. CREATIVE COMMONS/SimonP.
The Mackenzie House on Bond Street in Toronto. CREATIVE COMMONS/SimonP

There are 40 new buildings this year, including Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and Glendon Hall at York University. And again this year, get a behind-the-scenes look at the City building at 33 Dundas St. E., and meet some of your favourite personalities from CityNews, 680 NEWS, Cityline, Breakfast Television and OMNI. Apart from visiting the various buildings, you can also take part in walking tours that showcase the history and architecture of several neighbourshoods, special programs like the Honest Ed’s Tour, and a speaker series. Most buildings will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, but click here to check the specific hours for each building. Want to view the buildings on a map? Click here to do so. Pedestrian Sundays You can literally dance in the street at Kensington Market on Sunday – the start of Pedestrian Sundays, which is car-free the last Sunday of every month from May 29 until mid-October. The street party, held from noon to 7 p.m., features an outdoor art fair, live music, and food vendors.

A scene from Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market.  FACEBOOK.
A scene from Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market. FACEBOOK

Woofstock It’s a huge party for dogs and their owners this weekend at Woodbine Park. The annual Woofstock festival is the largest outdoor event for dogs in North America. You’re encouraged to bring your dog for some pampering and partying along with other events like fashion shows. Organizers say there isn’t a toy, fashion line, accessory, treat or exclusive service for dogs that you can’t find this weekend. Admission is free, just bring your pup!

A dog and his owner playing tug-of-war. GETTY IMAGES/Hero Images
A dog and his owner playing tug-of-war. GETTY IMAGES/Hero Images

Carassauga It’s a festival of cultures and a walk through the world of food in Mississauga. This weekend’s Carassauga features 28 different food pavilions serving the cuisines of many cultures around the world including Italy, the Caribbean, Romania and Malta. The pavilions are set up at various locations around the city including the Hershey Centre. Those with a passport can ride free on MiWay or the Carassauga shuttle buses during festival hours from Square One. Get your passports here. Walk of Life Any day is a great day for a walk, especially one that’s for a good cause. Participants will be lacing up on Saturday for the 32nd annual Walk for Life at the Ontario Science Centre. The event, which consists of 1K, 3K, 5K, and 10K walks, raises money for heart disease facilities and health-related organizations such as Cardiac Kids.   Push for Your Tush A charity run and walk for a good cause takes place Sunday. Colon Cancer Canada, the country’s largest colon cancer-focused event series, is hosting the annual Push For Your Tush, with participants doing either a 1K or 5K walk, or a 10K run. Organizers say it’s a fun atmosphere where survivors are honoured and the community gathers to raise money for both local support and national research to one day find a cure. It starts at 9 a.m. at the East Don Parkland and you can register here.

TTC and road closures

Line 1 closure Subways won’t be running this weekend on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) between St. Clair West and Downsview stations due to signal upgrades. Shuttle buses will be running. Regular subway service resumes at 6 a.m. on Monday. The next scheduled subway closure is on June 4, which shuts down service on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) from Pape to St. George stations for track work. Road work Queen Street West between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street is being reduced to one lane in either direction for watermain replacement and and reconstruction work. The construction is expected to last until Oct. 8.


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