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#SheTheNorth rally among the weekend events in the GTA

Last Updated Sep 13, 2019 at 8:04 am EDT

U.S. Open women's singles champion Bianca Andreescu poses with her trophy at Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center in New York on Sept. 8, 2019. EPA/John G. Mabanglo

Hooray for another weekend in Toronto — a time to relax, or head out on the town. The Toronto International Film Festival continues until Sunday, but below are some other events taking place in the GTA.

As with other past weekends, there is a partial subway closure on Line 1 and road closures for events and construction. Scroll below for the details.


#SheTheNorth rally
The City of Mississauga will be hosting a #SheTheNorth rally on Sunday for U.S. Open winner and hometown tennis star Bianca Andreescu to celebrate her historic win. It will take place in Celebration Square starting at 4:30 p.m. and will include the unveiling of a street sign named in honour of Andreescu, called “Andreescu Way.” She will also be given a key to the city.

An early Oktoberfest party
Oktoberfest traditionally doesn’t start until next weekend, but the celebrations start this weekend at Canada’s Wonderland. Enjoy German-themed food and drinks, and listen to traditional music. The festival will also be held on Sept. 21-22.

Moonlight under the Gardiner
Since Tuesday, the moon has been rising under the Gardiner Expressway for the “Museum of the Moon.” The lunar celebration has turned The Bentway in the Fort York neighbourhood into an open-air planetarium, featuring a seven-metre wide sculpture of the moon using NASA imagery. The installation, which is in place until Sunday, allows visitors to experience it up-close. The moon will surface in the afternoon and remain illuminated until 11 p.m. each night.

Gaze at the planets
If you are into the moon festival, then you will want to be at the Planet Gazing Party at the University of Toronto’s downtown campus on Saturday evening. The free event is hosted by Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Telescopes will be set up to view Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and their moons, as well as the Earth’s moon.

Jazz in Kensington Market
Summer is nearing its end but that doesn’t mean outdoor music festivals have to stop. Starting on Friday and until Sunday, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival will showcase the best local and other Canadian musicians, including Jim Cuddy and Carol Welsman, who will be performing at various venues in the neighbourhood.

Pedestrian hubs along Bloor-Yonge
Several sections of Bloor and Yonge streets will be pedestrian zones on Sunday for the second installment of Open Streets TO. The free event promotes physical activity and healthy recreation. Several activity hubs will be set up along the sidestreets, featuring exercise and dance classes, street games, scavenger hunts, and a kids area. So get moving and have fun.


On Saturday and Sunday, trains won’t be running on Line 1 between Lawrence and St. Clair stations due work on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Shuttle buses and Wheels-Trans service will be running. Riders who require an elevator should exit the train at York Mills Station.

Road closures

Ukrainian Festival and Parade (Friday-Sunday closure): Bloor Street West between Jane Street and Runnymede Road will be fully closed from 9 a.m. Friday until midnight Sunday. The Jane and Runnymede buses will be on diversion, click here for more information.

Union Station Bus Terminal construction (Saturday-Monday closure): Bay Street will be closed from Front Street to Lake Shore Boulevard from 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday. Transit riders who require access to the terminal will also face restrictions, click here for more information.

Roncesvalles Polish Festival (Saturday-Sunday closure): Roncesvalles Avenue will be closed from Grafton to Boustead avenues from 5 a.m. Saturday until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

RBC Race for the Kids (Saturday closure): Beecroft Road from Park Home Avenue to North York Boulevard will be closed from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. A series of rolling closures will also will impact parts of Yonge Street, Bathurst Street, Finch Avenue and Talbot Road.

Open Streets TO (Sunday closure): Bloor Street West from Ossington Avenue to Church Street, and Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Queen Street, will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Queen/Eastern/Kingston construction (ongoing): The intersection of Queen Street East, Eastern Avenue and Kingston Road will be closed until early November for streetcar track replacement and other infrastructure work.