After months of campaigning in the Toronto mayoral election, the time has finally come for voters to have their say.
Will voters choose candidate John Tory for his SmartTrack plan, or “Ford More Years” with Doug Ford or do they want Olivia Chow’s “Real Progress Now?”
If the advance polling numbers are any indication, Torontonians are overwhelmingly engaged in this election. On Oct. 27, voters will be able to further their civic enthusiasm as they watch the results at various locations across the city.
City and 680News will also have extensive coverage on election night, with real-time results, live updates from television and radio reporters at candidate headquarters, a political insider panel, live roving reporters in downtown Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough and NorthYork, a ballot breakdown, and much more.
Live coverage on-air and online
On election night, viewers can watch seven hours of live election coverage and real-time results on City, OMNI 1, and online at CityNews.ca and 680News.com.
CityVote 2014 will broadcast live from 5 p.m. to midnight, hosted by Gord Martineau, and commercial-free from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Below is the schedule:
- 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – City
- 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. – OMNI 1
- 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight – City
If you are not near a television, the broadcast will be streamed live from 5 p.m. to midnight on CityNews.ca, 680News.com, and on the CityNews and 680News apps. Online coverage includes real-time results of the mayoral and ward races, live blog, live video, special features, social reaction, analysis, breakdown of key 905 races, and more.
Election results parties
Trivia fun first, then results showdown
Are you familiar with a Robbie Bobbie? Do you know what a ‘liberry’ is?
If so, you can test your knowledge of Rob Ford, Ford Nation and Toronto politics at the #FordNation #TOpoli Trivia and Results Party, being held at The Beaver on West Queen West. And after, take in a live broadcast of the election results at 8 p.m.
The event, which is hosted by @Robonto, starts at 6:30 p.m. It costs $2 to take part in the trivia, and prizes will be awarded.
Post-Rob Ford election street party
Urban arts collective Newmindspace is pretty confident the “new mayor will not bear the Ford name” and that Rob Ford won’t return to Ward 2 as a councillor.
So, in anticipation of the end-of-the-Ford era, it is planning a party — dubbed Business as Usual, Folks — at Nathan Phillips Square from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
“Kiss these last four years goodbye and usher in another four years of functional city government,” the invite reads.
Happy voters are invited to bring Toronto flags, boomboxes, and other merrymaking to celebrate the results. Ahem, but what if Doug Ford is the new mayor?
Eat, drink and be merry?
This will either be a night of merriment or misery. But at least you can have some great food and drinks as you watch the live election results pour in.
Mayoral candidate Robb Johannes — who has been running a campaign called “Robb Not Ford” – is holding the Election Day event at Spirits Bar & Grill on Church Street, starting at 6 p.m.
Toronto Votes 2014 showing at Bloor cinema
Historic, tumultuous, contentious and surprising are some of the words being used to describe Toronto’s 2014 mayoral election. And on Oct. 27, you can catch the live action on the big screen at the Bloor Hot Docs cinema.
— The Bloor Cinema (@TheBloorCinema) October 22, 2014
Civic engagement groups Samara and ArtsVote are hosting Bloor Broadcast: Toronto Votes 2014, a free event that also features live analysis and passionate conversation from the city’s outspoken critics.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets (maximum two per person) are required and are available online or at the box office. Samara is also accepting donations.
The bar will stay open until 10:30 p.m., so are you going to toast victory or accept defeat by crying in your beer?
All eyes on the election
Politics can border on hilarity, or let’s face it, turn into full-scale comedy at times. So, it’s only fitting that you “forget your municipal woes” with some laughter.
Gladstone Hotel presents Eyes On the Election – a viewing results party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. — with Gavin Crawford of This Hour has 22 Minutes fame and late-night indie talk show host Stephen Eyes of Eyes On.
“Celebrate/investigate/cry over the Toronto election results,” the event post reads, inviting Torontonians to catch comedic material from Ron Sparks and Stephanie Tolev.
“Come eat a steak” and “celebrate election night,” the invite from arts atelier Mammalian Diving Reflex read for its Election Night 2014 party.
The event was supposed to be held at Steak Queen on Rexdale Boulevard in Etobicoke. Ring a bell? It was where the now infamous videos featuring a ranting and intoxicated Mayor Rob Ford were recorded, unbeknownst of the restaurant establishment.
However, Mammalian Diving Reflex said the event was cancelled because Rob Ford dropped out of the race.
Mayoral candidates’ events
Supporters of Olivia Chow, Doug Ford and John Tory will also be gathering at candidates’ election night headquarters to celebrate the win or offer their support for the loss.
Chow’s team is holding its event at Daniel’s Spectrum on Dundas Street East, near Parliament Street, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ford and Tory are expected to hold their gatherings at Woodbine Banquet Hall and Liberty Grand, respectively, but the official details have yet to be released.