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Lots to do to celebrate No. 1 dad this weekend

PATRICIA D'CUNHA AND SAMANTHA KNIGHT | posted Friday, Jun 16th, 2017

A little boy holding a Father’s Day greeting card. GETTY IMAGES
“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” – Author Unknown

Fathers across the GTA will be celebrating their special day on Sunday, whether it is an intimate gathering at home or with other dads at events across Toronto and the GTA. Below are some events to consider, even if you can only hang out with dad on Saturday.

As you make your weekend plans, keep in mind that a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) is closed for TTC work.

Father’s Day and other events

One of North America’s top art festivals has taken over Toronto and stays in town until Sunday. The event features 100 news works of art and 3,000 performances from artists from more than 40 countries. The events will be held at a number of venues, including the Berkeley Street Theatre and Longboat Hall.

Taste of Little Italy
College Street will turn into a street party starting Friday and it won’t stop until Sunday as the neighbourhood celebrates its rich history and culture. You won’t be hungry with lots of restaurants offering tasty meals, tastings and food vendors. You can also sip on a drink as you listen to live music, and then walk around to check out the various artisan vendors. Click here for the event schedule.

One of the dishes offered at Taste of Little Italy in the past. Photo via Facebook.com/TheTasteofLittleItaly/photos?ref=page_internal


Nuit Rose Light Parade
The first parade of Pride month hits city streets this Saturday. The Nuit Rose Light Parade is returning for its third annual event that is free and open to the public. To take part, you simply need to wear or carry a light-emitting object. The parade kicks off at 9 p.m. from James Canning Gardens on Gloucester Street, heading across Isabella Street and south on Church to Wood Street. This year’s festival theme is ‘What Lies Between Venus and Mars.’ On the day of the parade there will be a free lantern building workshop at the 519 Church Street Community Centre from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Pride flag is shown in Toronto in an undated file photo. CITYNEWS


Toronto Waterfront 10K
Roughly 7,000 runners will be lacing up their sneakers for the Toronto Waterfront 10K this weekend. The run gets underway at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, taking off from University Avenue, north of Queen street. Participants will have an hour and 40 minutes to complete the 10K, which travels along Lake Shore Boulevard and finishes at Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place. There will be a post-race awards ceremony and party at the finish line. All proceeds from the event go towards HereToBe and New Leaf Foundation.

Father’s Exotic Car Display
If your dad is a car lover, then this is the event for him. Casa Loma is hosting a one-of-a-kind exotic car display this Father’s Day. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is included with general admission to Casa Loma. After taking in all the cars, guests can explore the castle grounds.


Beaches Rib Fest
If your dad is into grilling and loves his meat, then maybe you should consider celebrating Father’s Day at the rib fest on Sunday. The food event at Woodbine Beach Park features the best BBQ in Canada and various food vendors, as well as a craft beer market and life-sized board games. Admission is free and so is the parking.
Ribs on the barbecue. Photo credit: INSTAGRAM/northernheatribseries


Do it for Dads Walk Run
The 5K walk and run is perfect way to tell your dad how much you mean to him. Not only will you’ll be active together but are also helping to raise money and awareness of prostate cancer, which is the leading cancer affecting Canadian men. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. The walk and run starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Ashbridges Bay Park, rain or shine. There will be food and refreshments, face-painting, games and other activities.

TTC and road closures

Line 1 closure

TTC riders take note, there will be no subway service between Sheppard West and St. George stations on Line 1 this weekend. The closure is to allow crews to complete signal upgrades. Shuttle buses will be running, but only between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations because of on-street construction. Riders are asked to use existing bus and streetcar routes to access the rest of Line 1 and Line 2. Regular service is set to resume at 6 a.m. on Monday.

Road closures

Taste of Little Italy: College Street between Bathurst and Shaw streets will be closed from 6 p.m. on Friday to 3 a.m. on Monday. The 506 and 306 streetcars will be on diversion.

Flavours of Fairbanks: Eglinton Avenue between Dufferin Street and Ronald Avenue will be closed from 2 a.m. on Friday to 4 a.m. on Monday.

Highland Creek Heritage Festival and Parade Old Kingston Road between Watson Road and Kingston Road, and Morrish Road between Kingston Road and the south side of 226 Morrish Rd., will be closed on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waterfront 10k Race: University Avenue will be closed between Queen and Dundas streets from 4:30 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, while Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed between Bathurst Street and Colborne Lodge Drive from 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Click here for more details.

Thrill of the Grill: Danforth Avenue between Broadview and Playter Avenues will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The Village Festival: Church Street between Wood and Gloucester Streets will be closed from 9 a.m. on Saturday to 2 a.m. on Monday.

Journey to Conquer Cancer Run/Walk 5K: University Avenue between Bloor and Wellington Streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

Bloor Yorkville Exotic Car Show: Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Bay Street will be closed from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

MuchMusic Video Awards: Road closures will be in effect in the area bounded by Richmond Street, Queen Street, Simcoe Street and Peter Street from 4 p.m. on Sunday to 3 a.m. on Monday. The 501 and 301 replacement buses will divert from 8 a.m. on Sunday to 3 a.m. on Monday.


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