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This weekend: Plan ahead with Gardiner shutdown, TTC closure, and events

Patricia D'Cunha and Samantha Knight | posted Friday, Oct 21st, 2016

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. The Gardiner Expressway will be closed this weekend for fall maintenance.

With several events taking place in the city, you may want to consider transit or plan ahead for a different route into downtown. Keep in mind that subways won’t be running on a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) for TTC work.


Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin
Art lovers in the city have been counting down the hours to the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Mystical Landscapes exhibit, featuring around 90 masterpieces from 36 artists, including Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet.

The exhibit, which was co-organized by the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, debuts at the AGO on Saturday and runs until Jan. 29, 2017. It opens at Musée d’Orsay in the spring.

One of the pieces showcases is van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles’ from 1888. See a photo of it below, or click here to view it.

Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles" from 1888. Photo via vangogh.net.
Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles” from 1888. Photo via vangogh.net.


Some of the other artists’ works on display include Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edvard Munch.

CN Tower Climb for United Way
Hundreds of people will be showing some altitude this weekend at the CN Tower Climb for United Way.

The two-day event offers multiple climbing sessions, including a student climb and public climb on Saturday, and a corporate challenge and presidential challenge on Sunday.

File photo of the CN Tower stair climb. CITYNEWS
File photo of the CN Tower stair climb. CITYNEWS


Toronto’s most famous landmark has 1,776 steps in total, and as people climb them this weekend, the United Ways says they’ll be helping to “level the playing field for individuals, families and communities, elevating the region as a whole.”

The climbs take place between 6 and 10 a.m. Registration is now closed.

Old Book and Paper Show
If you love old books and historical documents, head down to Wychwood Barns on Sunday for theantiquarian book and paper show.

Toronto's Old Book and Paper Show in 2013. Photo via antiqueshowscanada.com.
Toronto’s Old Book and Paper Show in 2013. Photo via antiqueshowscanada.com.


Several new and returning sellers will be on-hand showing off their selection of rare books, as well as vintage posters, historic land grants, postcards, theatre programs and other unique items.

The cost of admission is $10, but children 12 and under can attend the event for free.

Toronto Women’s Run
The running series that started in May wraps up on Saturday with the 5K and 8K at Sunnybrook Park.

Although online registration is now closed, you can still register in-person on Thursday and Fridayat the Rosedale Running Room. Registrations will not be accepted on race day.

It is one of the largest running series in Canada, and a portion of the race proceeds will go towards Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.

Sia at the ACC
Sia will be taking over the Air Canada Centre on Saturday for her ‘Nostalgic for the Present‘ tour.

Sia (left) and dancer Wyatt Rocker perform during a stop of Sai's 'Nostalgic for the Present' tour at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 7, 2016. GETTY IMAGES/Bryan Steffy
Sia (left) and dancer Wyatt Rocker perform during a stop of Sai’s ‘Nostalgic for the Present’ tour at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 7, 2016. GETTY IMAGES/Bryan Steffy


The tour comes along with her newest album ‘This is Acting’ and is actually Sia’s first official arena concert tour.

The singer began her career as a vocalist for a number of bands, eventually going solo in 1997. Sia signed with Sony Music in 2000, though her first big mainstream hit didn’t come until ‘Chandelier’ in 2014. Sia’s show gets underway at 7 p.m.

Volunteer Toronto Youth Expo
If you’re looking for some new and exciting volunteer opportunities, then Volunteer Toronto’s Youth Expo is the place for you this Sunday.

The event gives young people the opportunity to meet over 100 non-profits and find out where they can volunteer in the city. There will be all kinds of volunteer roles to check out, including arts and culture, children and youth, environment and animals, homelessness and housing, and community and social services.

Organizers say opportunities will be available from Etobicoke to North York and Scarborough. The free event takes place at Ryerson Mattamy Athletic Centre from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo
Calling all costumed kiddies! Boo at the Zoo is on this weekend at the Toronto Zoo.

One of the giant pandas at the Toronto Zoo balancing on a pumpkin. TWITTER/@@TheTorontoZoo
One of the giant pandas at the Toronto Zoo balancing on a pumpkin. TWITTER/@@TheTorontoZoo


There will be trick-or-treat stations throughout the Tundra Trek, with fun activities to test kids’ animal knowledge. Several prizes are up for grabs, including colouring books, Finding Dory stickers and Nickelodeon booklets. Children can also meet costume characters at the Courtyard Stage.

Best of all, the Toronto Zoo says anyone 12 and under will get into Boo at the Zoo for free. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gladstone Flea: October Market
It might not have felt like it this past week, but soon it will be back to fall jackets and leather boots.

To help you get into the fall spirit, the Gladstone Flea October Market is being held at the Gladstone Hotel on Sunday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. The fall- and winter-themed flea market features local artisans, collectors and designers selling unique items.

Guests can also enjoy the Gladstone Café, or check out some art in the gallery while taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the marketplace. The flea is free to attend.

Road and TTC closures

Gardiner maintenance
If you were planning to drive into downtown Toronto this weekend, the Gardiner Expressway won’t be an option for you.

The expressway will be closed between Highway 427 and Carlaw Avenue for annual fall maintenance. The lanes are scheduled to be closed from 11 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday.

Road crews will be conducting a slew of tasks including road resurfacing, cleaning and repairing catch basins, inspecting bridges and closed-circuit camera, repairing guardrails, repairing potholes, and more.

During the weekend closure, drivers can use Lake Shore Boulevard, The Queensway, King Street, Bloor Street and Evans Avenue as alternates.

Line 1 shutdown
TTC work continues this weekend on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) with subway service shut down from Finch and Lawrence stations due to track work. Shuttle buses will be running.

Next week, riders won’t be able to access the line between St. George to Lawrence West stationsfor signal upgrades.


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