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WorldPride this weekend: What you need to know

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jun 27th, 2014

The 10-day WorldPride 2014 festival is gearing down, but not before a blow-out weekend that will see the big parade and a slew of other events sure to draw huge crowds.

Here are the marquee events and related road closures you should know about heading into the big weekend.

Friday

  • MTV Presents POP GOES PRIDE: A live concert hosted by MTV’s Lauren Toyota and Phoebe Dykstra featuring pop acts like Carly Rae Jepsen, Dragonette, and Fefe Dobson, to name a few.

Location: TD Wellesley Stage, 15 Wellesley St. E.

Starting Time: 7 p.m.

  • WorldPride 2014 Trans* Pride March: A grassroots, community-focused event that provides a safe space for trans people to rally and stand together as one.

Location: North Stage Intersection of Church Street & Isabella Street

Starting Time: 8 p.m.

Saturday

  • Pride and Remembrance RUN: The premiere sporting event during Toronto Pride week features the Pride 5K run and 3K walk.

Location: Church and Wellesley

Starting Time: 10 a.m.

  • WorldPride 2014 Toronto Dyke March: Described as a “political demonstration of critical mass,” the Dyke March celebrates diversity and solidarity among individuals who identify anywhere within the dyke spectrum.

Location: Allan Gardens, 19 Horticultural Ave.

Starting Time: Rally at 1 p.m. March at 2 p.m.

  • WorldPride SMART Party: This free event features legendary Miss Honey Dijon and electro-superstars AUSTRA!

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E.

Starting Time: 8 p.m.

Sunday

  • Family Pride: A kid-friendly zone with activities and entertainment for children and families.

Location: Church Street Public School, 83 Alexander St.

Starting Time: 10 a.m.

  • WorldPride 2014 Parade: The big parade is the culmination of WorldPride 2014 and it takes over Yonge Street on Sunday.  The Grand Marshall for the parade will be Toronto’s Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, who has been a longtime activist for human rights and performed the first ever same sex marriage in 2001.

Route: From the corner of Church and Bloor streets all the way down Yonge Street to Yonge-Dundas Square. (See map below)

Starting Time: 1 p.m.

WorldPride 2014 Parade Route Map

WORLDPRIDE ROAD CLOSURES

Church Street Pride Festival: Church Street from Carlton Street to Hayden Street will be closed from Friday at 3 p.m. to Monday at 7 a.m.

Pride and Remembrance Run: Wellesley Street from Jarvis Street to and including Queen’s Park Circle will be closed on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Dyke March: The Dyke March will start at Carlton Street between Jarvis and Sherbourne, run west along Carlton Street to Yonge Street, run north on Yonge Street to Charles Street East, and east on Charles Street East to George Hislop parkette. The march is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Roads used for the march will be closed between 1 and 5 p.m.

Pride Parade: Roads on the parade route (see map above) will be closed Sunday for varying periods between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Courtesy: City of Toronto

What’s open and closed on Canada Day

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jun 27th, 2014

Here’s a list of what’s open and closed on Canada Day — Tuesday, July 1.

Closed on Canada Day

  • LCBO and Beer Stores
  • Libraries
  • Government offices
  • No mail delivery
  • Banks

Open on Canada Day

  • TTC will run on a holiday schedule
  • GO Transit will run on a Saturday schedule
  • Garbage collection
  • Most malls, including Eaton Centre (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.), Square One Shopping Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), but Yorkdale mall is closed
  • Tourist sites and attractions

Week of June 22, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jun 22nd, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

He’s one of our favourite guests; IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe will be our co-host on Tuesday.

We’re celebrating WorldPride on Thursday with the Village People–that’s a BT exclusive.

And on Friday, it’s funnel cakes and roller coasters as we’re broadcasting live from Canada’s Wonderland.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Road closures in Toronto: June 20-23

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jun 20th, 2014

Below is a list of road closures in Toronto on June 20-23.

Events

World Pride Festival opening ceremonies
Friday, 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The following road closures will be in effect:

  • Bay Street, from Queen to Dundas streets
  • Hagerman Street, from Elizabeth to Bay streets
  • Elizabeth Street, from Dundas to Hagerman streets
  • Albert Street, from Bay to James streets
  • James Street, from Queen to Albert streets

TTC Bay Street buses will be on diversion in the area.

The event on Friday starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs until around 10:40 p.m.

The Village Welcomes the World
Friday at 6 p.m. to Monday at 2 a.m.

Church Street from Wood Street to Gloucester Street will be closed.

North by Northeast Music Festival
Friday to Sunday

On Friday, Yonge Street will be closed from Dundas to Queen streets from 7 p.m. to midnight, while on Saturday and Sunday the closure will be in effect from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Port Union Village Waterfront Festival
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Port Union Road south of Lawrence Avenue from Shoalhaven Drive to Bridgend Street will be closed.

Journey to Conquer Cancer Run/Walk 5K
Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon

Road closures will be in effect in the area bounded by McCaul, Bloor, Bay and Gerrard streets.

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Drivers can stay up-to-date on construction details and updates by visiting the City of Toronto website.

Upcoming construction can also be viewed on the T.O. INview map.

Week of June 16, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jun 15th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

After her supporting roles on Parks and Recreation, House of Lies, and Saturday Night Live, comedian Jenny Slate stops by Monday as she steps into the spotlight with Obvious Child.

On Wednesday, Chatelaine west-coast style contributor Susie Wall is in studio.

Plus, we’re showing you easy ways to grill with seafood on Friday–you can’t miss that!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Week of June 9, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jun 8th, 2014

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, Michael Bublé’s sister Brandee stops by to chat about her new children’s book.

Actress Shenae Grimes stops by Wednesday.

And to round things off Friday, we have fashions from Jenn’s clothing sponsor, Want Boutique!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Weekend road, TTC closures: June 7-8

BT Toronto | posted Saturday, Jun 7th, 2014

Below is a list of subway and road closures on June 7-8.

TTC

No subway service south of Bloor

All southbound trains on Line 1 (Yonge-University) will turn back at Bloor and St. George stations.

Shuttle buses are scheduled to run from St. George south on University Avenue, east on King Street West, north on Yonge Street returning south on Yonge, west on Wellington Street West and north on University.

Events

Ride to Conquer Cancer

Saturday, 6 a.m.-10 a.m.
Lake Shore Boulevard from Strachan Avenue to Windermere Avenue
Windermere from Lake Shore Boulevard to The Queensway

Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. (some delays)
Eastbound curb lane of Lake Shore Boulevard West from 40th Street to Remembrance Drive

Remembrance Drive, from Lake Shore to Ontario Place

Dundas West Fest

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Dundas Street West, from Lansdowne Avenue to Roxton Road

Portugal Day

Sunday
Lansdowne, from Bloor Street West to College Street, full roadway, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dundas, from Lansdowne to Gore Vale Avenue, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Riverside Eats and Beats

Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Broadview Avenue south of Queen Street East to the north side of the public lane

Pape Village Summerfest

Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pape Avenue from Floyd Avenue to Cosburn Avenue

Malvern Bicycle Race

Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Brenyon Way from Sheppard Avenue East to Sewells Road

Toronto Challenge

Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Wellington Street, from John Street to University
University, from Wellington to Queens Park Crescent East
Queens Park, from University to Grosvenor Street
Grosvenor, from Queens Park to Bay Street
Bay, from Grosvenor to Wellington
Wellington, from Bay to University

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada

Sunday, 10:45 a.m. until the three-kilometre walk ends
Queen Street West (north sidewalks and westbound curb lane), from Nathan Phillips Square to University
University, from Queen to College Street
Armoury Street, University to Nathan Phillips Square

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Drivers can stay up-to-date on construction details and updates by visiting the City of Toronto website.

Upcoming construction can also be viewed on the T.O. INview map.

City unveils 2014/15 fall TV lineup

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

A comedy starring Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne is among four new primetime series headed to City this fall, while weekend nights will be packed with hockey.

Black-ish features Anderson as a father who starts to worry his family has forgotten their black heritage while living in the suburbs.

City’s weekends will be filled with Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey after Rogers secured the exclusive rights to NHL broadcasts last November. There will be two NHL games each week – Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays and Hometown Hockey on Sundays.

“I’m excited for City to join in a time-honoured Canadian tradition this year with the addition of Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey,” Hayden Mindell, Vice President of Television Programming & Content, Rogers Media, said.

“Hockey is the most coveted content in Canada, and we have PVR-proofed Saturday and Sunday nights on City to become must-see TV for all Canadians.”

The two new dramas include a Homeland-esque show Scorpion and Backstorm.

City will also air a new reality show called Utopia, where 15 contestants will get one year to build an entirely new society on a secluded piece of land.

Returning shows include the hits New Girl and Modern Family.

Other shows returning are The Bachelor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hell’s Kitchen, The Middle, Mike & Molly, Parks and Recreation, Revenge, and Scandal.

The Grammys will also return to the network and it’s also picked up NBC’s live musical Peter Pan!

Fall premiere dates will be announced in the coming months.

The fall schedule is:

All times ET/PT; s = simulcast

Monday
8 p.m.              2 Broke Girls (s)
8:30 p.m.         Mom (s)
9 p.m.              Scorpion (s) *NEW*

Tuesday
8 p.m.              Utopia (s) *NEW*
9 p.m.              New Girl (s)
9:30 p.m.         The Mindy Project (s)

Wednesday
8 p.m.              Hell’s Kitchen (s)
9 p.m.              Modern Family (s)
9:30 p.m.         Black-ish (s) *NEW*

Thursday
8 p.m.              The Bachelor Canada
9 p.m.              Scandal (s)

Friday
8 p.m.              Package Deal
8:30 p.m.         The Middle
9 p.m.              Utopia (s) *NEW*

Saturday
7-10 p.m.         NHL: Hockey Night in Canada *NEW to City*

Sunday
7-10 p.m.         NHL: Hometown Hockey *NEW to City*
10 p.m.            Revenge (s)

The air dates and times for the Grammys, Country Music Awards, and Peter Pan Live! will be announced at a later time.

Rogers is the parent owner of this website.

With files from The Canadian Press

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