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Something for everyone this weekend in the GTA

SAMANTHA KNIGHT AND NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Feb 1st, 2019

The first weekend of February is upon us and there are plenty of events taking place to help you celebrate. Below are some suggestions. This is also the last weekend for Winterlicious, which ends on Feb. 7. If you haven’t already, there is still time to make reservations.

As you head out and about this weekend, there are two TTC closures to be aware of. Scroll down for the details.


Walk for Memories
Thousands will be walking part of the underground PATH system Saturday morning, for the 29th annual Walk for Memories. The family-friendly two-kilometre walk begins at the Royal Bank Plaza at Union Station at 9 a.m. and ends at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The event helps support people living with dementia, their caregivers and their families. All money raised goes to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. This year’s fundraising goal is $680,000.

Super Bowl Sunday
Super Bowl LIII is upon us, and that means there will be no shortage of beer, pizza, wings and nachos at homes, restaurants, pubs and bars around the city. Tom Brady and his New England Patriots will take on the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Patriots will be looking for their sixth Super Bowl title, while the Rams have only brought home the title once before. If you don’t want to stay at home to watch the game, there are parties taking place across the city, including the Official Super Bowl Viewing Party at Rebel starting at 2 p.m., the eighth annual Office Bowl Party at The Office Pub on John Street, The Big Game Buffet at 3030 Dundas Weststarting at 4 p.m. and the Super Bowl Patio Party at Hemingway’s in Yorkville. Please remember to drink responsibly and not drink and drive.

Winter Chocolate Show
If you have a sweet tooth, the first ever Winter Chocolate Show is the place for you this Saturday. The event is taking place at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse in downtown Toronto and features some of Canada’s and the world’s best bean-to-bar chocolate makers. Guests will be able to sample and purchase chocolate and take part in seminars and workshops to learn how the chocolate makers create their treats. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

Toronto Tea Festival
Tea lovers will be taking over the Toronto Reference Library this weekend for the annual Toronto Tea Festival. During the event, guests will have the chance to sample hundreds of teas, shop for tea-related products, take selfies in front of the selfie wall, and enter a raffle. There will also be tea ceremonies from China and Japan, along with a Chinese tea ceremony workshop. The festival runs from Friday at noon to Sunday at 5 p.m.

Opening of outdoor ice rink in Brampton
Bring your skates for the grand opening of Brampton’s first covered outdoor ice rink on Sunday. The rink is on 143 acres of land, next to the Gore Meadows Community Centre and Library on The Gore Road. The party, which is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., includes free hot chocolate, fire pits to roast marshmallows, ice carvings, a Smoke’s Poutinerie food truck and live music. A Brampton Transit bus will be available for people to warm up.

TTC closures

Partial closures on Line 1
Two partial subway closures will be taking place this weekend as crews install the automatic train control signalling system.

On Saturday, subways won’t be running on Line 1 between Spadina and Union stations. Museum Station will also be closed.

Then on Sunday, subway service will be shut down between St. Clair West and Union stations. As of 10 p.m., the closure area will extend to include King Station. Dupont and Museum stations will also be closed.

In both cases, shuttle buses will be running and Wheel-Trans service will be available upon request.

Regular service will resume at 6 a.m. Monday for both closures.


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