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First weekend of autumn has something for everyone and a special bike ride

Patricia D'Cunha and Samantha Knight | posted Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016

The wonderful season of autumn has arrived: you can just hear those crunchy leaves beneath your feet. While this may not be welcome news for fans of summer, don’t worry, it will be your turn to rejoice around nine months from now.

Some of the events taking place around the city this weekend celebrate both autumn and summer, so both groups have something geared to their favourite season. And for those Blue Jays fans, you will get a chance to meet Kelly Gruber as the ‘Celebrate Blue Jays Tour’ makes its way to Toronto this weekend.

On a more solemn note, there will also be a special bike ride to raise awareness and support for soldiers living with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lastly, if you plan to take transit this weekend, a reminder that a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) will be shut down for TTC track work.

Wounded Warriors Highway of Heroes Bike Ride
About 150 people will be cycling for a great cause this weekend during the inaugural Highway of Heroes Bike Ride.

The two-day event kicks off at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial, near Trenton, where there will be a commemorative service and an opening ceremony before the cyclists set off at 9:30 a.m. On day one, participants will be making their way to Bowmanville. After spending the night in a hotel, cyclists will be back on their bikes at 9 a.m. on Sunday, heading for the Veterans’ Memorial at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

Canadians gather on a bridge over the Highway of Heroes on Jan. 22, 2010.
Canadians gather on a bridge over the Highway of Heroes on Jan. 22, 2010.


All money raised will help Wounded Warriors Canada assist veterans, first responders and their families who are living with operational stresses, such as PTSD.

Ontario University Fair
Not sure where you want to attend university? The Ontario University Fair is here to help. The three-day event, being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, features all 21 of Ontario’s universities.

During the fair you can speak directly with senior faculty and representatives from each school. Admission is free and the fair runs Friday through Sunday.

Word on the Street
Books, books and more books. If you are obsessed about books, then the Word on the Street is the place to be on Sunday.

Avid readers and the authors who pen the books that people love to read will mingle with each other at the outdoor festival that promotes literacy. More than 200 Canadian authors will be on hand, reading their works to a captive audience and engaging readers at meet-and-greets.

Book enthusiasts at the Word On The Street festival on Oct. 15, 2015. FACEBOOK/TorontoWOTS/Samantha Falco
Book enthusiasts at the Word On The Street festival on Oct. 15, 2015. FACEBOOK/TorontoWOTS/Samantha Falco


There will also be workshops aimed at both adults and children, a marketplace selling books and magazines, and various literacy workshops. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre.

Meet Kelly Gruber
Everyone across the country knew where they were when the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992, and the exciting moments in the series that led up to it.

One of the thrilling moments involved third baseman Kelly Gruber. After a controversial triple play call in Game 3, Gruber tied the game with a home run in the eighth inning. The Jays went on to win that game, and the series in six games.


Blue Jays fans will have a chance to meet Gruber on Sunday and Monday, as part of the Celebrate Blue Jays Tour. On Sunday, he will be at the Rogers store in Don Mills from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the Beach location on Monday from noon to 2 p.m.

On Sunday, you can also check out the Rogers Fan Hub at the store. There will be plenty of giveaways including a chance to catch Canada’s team in action against the Baltimore Orioles in Toronto. Don’t forget to share your love for the Blue Jays using the hashtag #CelebrateBlueJays.

Note: Rogers is the parent company of this website and station.


Pearson Runway Run
There will be a different type of traffic on one of the runways at Pearson International Airport this Saturday. Three-thousand runners and walkers will be taking over the 06R-24L tarmac for the ninth annual Pearson Runway Run. The sold-out event features a 5K run and a 2K walk and promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family.

It gets underway at 9 a.m., but participants are asked to arrive early to take part in the warmup and enjoy the attractions.The 2016 Runway Run supports the Propeller Toronto Pearson’s community investment program.

Oktoberfest at Canada’s Wonderland
Indulge your senses and enjoy the folklore at Canada’s Wonderland’s first-ever Oktoberfest. The two-day event runs from noon to 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in Medieval Faire, a section of the theme park. Entry is free with admission.

Oktoberfest features delicious German foods, including sausages, sauerkraut and schnitzel. There will be live entertainment, daily activities, and of course, beer. Remember, please don’t drink and drive.

Pedestrian Sundays
The street party in Kensington Market is back this Sunday, the second last one of the year.

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


The area will be free of cars as people stroll onto the streets to enjoy live music, dancing, an outdoor art fair and food vendors. The festival is from noon to 7 p.m. The next and last one of the year is on Oct. 30.

Toronto Fall Home Show
Are you renovating your home or condo? Or are looking for design inspirations as you redecorate your home?

From Friday to Sunday, the home show at Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, will be home to design ideas and renovation advice from experts in the field.

You can consult with designers on the spot, create your own space using modular building blocks, hunt for that unique find from more than 300 retailers, learn how to reinvent pieces in your home into something else, and more. You can buy tickets at the door or online.

TTC and road closures

Subway shutdown
TTC work continues this weekend, which means subways won’t be running on Line 1 between Bloor-Yonge and Osgoode stations on Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle buses will be running.

Road closures for events

Oasis Zoo Run: From 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, Plug Hat Road will be closed from Beare to Meadowvale roads, one lane of Meadowvale Road will be closed from Plug Hat Road to Sheppard Avenue East, Old Finch Avenue will be closed from Meadowvale to Resor roads, and the southbound lanes of Reesor Road will be closed from Steeles Avenue East to Old Finch Avenue.

Harvest Festival: Two eastbound lanes of Dundas Street West between Runnymede Road and Fisken Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Road work

Ongoing work

Shuter Street, from Yonge to Sherbourne streets, will be reduced to one lane in both directions until Oct. 28 for watermain replacement and road work.

Drivers will encounter lane reductions on Bayview Avenue from Rosedale Valley Road to Pottery Road to build a multi-use trail and for other road work. The closure is expected to last until Nov. 30.

Gerrard Street, from University Avenue to Elizabeth Street, is reduced to one lane until Oct. 15 for watermain and other road work.

Richmond Street West is reduced to one lane of traffic between Church and York streets until Nov. 30 for TTC track work, watermain replacement, and road and sidewalk repairs.

One lane of Queen Street West between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street is closed in both directions for watermain replacement and reconstruction work until around Oct. 8.


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