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Gloomy weather may trump weekend fun in Toronto

Last Updated Apr 13, 2018 at 5:57 am EDT

Pedestrians walk in the rain near Union Station in Toronto on April 12, 2018. CITYNEWS/Bert Dandy

This weekend is going to be a tricky one in Toronto. There are so many great events taking place, but the weather could put a damper on plans.

Environment Canada warns of a potential ice storm for parts of southern Ontario on Saturday and Sunday. The spring storm could impact travel, especially north of Toronto. Listen to 680 NEWS every 10 minutes on the ones for the latest weather updates. You can also get the latest updates @680NEWS and @CityNews.

If you are venturing out this weekend, plan ahead and stay safe. Better yet, let’s hope the storm system fizzles out.


Play hockey for Sarah
A special ice hockey tournament will be held in North York on Sunday, in honour of Sarah Watkin who died in 2014 at the age of seven from acute myeloid leukemia — a cancer that affects bone marrow and blood cells. The tournament, which is now in its fourth year, raises money for oncology research at the Hospital for Sick Children and sports scholarships. It will be held at Canlan Ice Sports York and starts at 8 a.m. Hockey legend and former Liberal MP Ken Dryden will be on hand for the opening ceremony. There will also be family activities and entertainment, as well as prizes that include a meet-and-greet with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Video below via YouTube/Alex Voihanski:

Celebrating science
The study and application of science are just as vast as the size of the universe — “to infinity and beyond.” But sometimes, scientific accomplishments don’t get the recognition they deserve. The March for Science movement hopes to change that. On Saturday, rallies will be held in cities around the world including Toronto to celebrate science and how it is used in our daily lives, as well as to support scientists, evidence-based policy, and science education. In Toronto, the march will start at Nathan Phillips Square and end in Queen’s Park. The event — which includes speakers addressing evidence-based policy and safeguarding of scientific integrity in Canada — starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 1:15 p.m.

Bring back cartoon-cereal time
Saturday mornings used to be like this: kids would wake up and while still in their pyjamas, run to the TV to watch cartoons while they ate Fruit Loops, Cocoa Puffs, and whatever other sugary cereal their parents had in their pantry. Nowadays, children are too busy with early-morning sports or playing with the latest technology. But you can bring back the tradition at a cereal cartoon party at the Royal Cinema on Saturday. Watch your favourite and lesser-known cartoons spanning from the 1940s to the 1980s, as you revisit vintage commercials and PSAs. And the binge-watching would not be complete without those sugar-coated cereals. The cartoon party runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission prices are $15 for adults and $8 for children aged three to 14. Children under three are free.

Cellists make powerful music
2Cellos is bringing its eclectic sound and high energy to the the city on Friday, for the second of two shows. Cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser have had their music featured in classic and contemporary movies and television shows and will take the stage at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. The duo’s 2014 version of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck has been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube, and the group has recently released a studio album. There are still some tickets available for Friday night’s show, which can be purchased on Ticketmaster.

Video below via YouTube/2Cellos:

Grab me a beer and a book
Calling all lovers of books and beer. Queen Books and Left Field Brewery are teaming up for an event on Saturday in Leslieville. You are invited to browse a wide selection of titles and genres, all while enjoying your favourite brew. Saturday’s event is on from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Left Field Brewery, located near Greenwood Avenue and Gerrard Street East.

Coffee and tea time
The Toronto Coffee & Tea Expo is returning to the city for another year. Evergreen Brick Works will play host, as the best baristas, roasters, tea sommeliers, blenders, distributors, and coffee shops come together under one roof. You can learn more about the best local talent and international flavours, enjoy free drink samples, and discover new recipes. The expo is on from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $15.


Partial closure on Line 2
A heads-up for subway riders who use Line 2: there will be no service this weekend between Kipling and Jane stations due to scheduled TTC track work. Shuttle buses will operate during the closure. Parking will be restricted on Bloor Street West between Jane Street and Armadale Avenue from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday to help with the flow of shuttle buses. The TTC says customers travelling to Pearson International Airport may want to consider using the UP Express from Union Station or Dundas West Station due to the closure. Regular subway service on Line 2 resumes at 6 a.m. on Monday.