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Weekend need to know: Honda Indy and other events, TTC/road closures, COVID updates

Honda Indy is making a comeback alongside some new festivals and exhibits in the city.

CityNews is also updating you on what you need to know regarding fourth COVID-19 vaccine doses for eligible Ontarians, and vaccines for children aged between six months and five years.

Weekend road and TTC closures are expected as well. Scroll below for details.

Here’s what’s going on this weekend:


COVID vaccine updates for adults and kids

Eligible Ontarians aged 18 and older are now able to book fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine through Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination portal.

Dr. Kieran Moore said adults who had their first booster over five months ago will be able to book a fourth shot — or second booster.

Health Canada has also approved a COVID-19 vaccine for infants and preschoolers between the ages of six months and five years, making Moderna’s shot the first of its kind to be allowed for that age group in Canada.

Ontario’s ministry of health said they expect to receive supplies of the new paediatric vaccine “by late next week” so it can be distributed to vaccine sites across the province.


Top events

Honda Indy Toronto

The Honda Indy festival returns to Toronto’s Lake Shore this weekend for the first time in three years, and road closures are already in effect.

In addition to roads in and around Exhibition Place, Lake Shore Boulevard is now closed between Strachan Avenue and British Columbia Road until 1 a.m. on Monday. The southbound lanes of Strachan between Fleet Street and Lake Shore are also shut down until midnight on Sunday.

Tickets for races on Saturday and Sunday are available here.

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Transit riders coming from the west end can take the Bloor subway line to Dufferin Station then transfer to the #29 bus south to Exhibition Place.

Riders coming from the east or north ends can take the Yonge-University subway line to Union Station then transfer to the 509 streetcar to Exhibition Place. People can exit the streetcar at Strachan Avenue or at the Exhibition GO Station, then walk to Gate 3.

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The race track at the Honda Indy. (Photo: Honda Indy Toronto)

Love, Scarborough Festival

The Love, Scarborough Festival hosted by Street Eats Market and located in the Scarborough Town Centre is this weekend. The festival includes live performances, bands and DJs, and one of Toronto’s largest outdoor patios and bars. There will also be a daily 50/50 raffle to win prizes to support Scarborough hospitals and the Love, Scarborough campaign.

Event hours:

  • Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m
  • Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

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Transit riders can take the Line 3 subway to Scarborough Centre Station.

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Love, Scarborough Festival is a fundraising event for Scarborough hospitals and the Love, Scarborough campaign. (Photo credit: Scarborough Health Network)

The People’s Museum of North Korea

North Korea is considered one of the most closed-off countries in the world, and a new art exhibit is hoping to help Canadians better understand what daily life is like in the dictatorship with an eye toward supporting refugees.

The exhibit dubbed “The People’s Museum of North Korea” is set up at the stackt market in downtown Toronto, and runs until July 22. Human rights group HanVoice has curated the space to mimic a North Korean home.

WATCH CityNews reporter Dilshad Burman’s interview with HanVoice:

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Transit riders can take the 504 King streetcar and exit at Bathurst Street.

Junior Carnival

The annual Junior Carnival parade gives children the opportunity to celebrate Caribbean culture and share it with their community.

Young masqueraders dance through the streets in their brightly coloured costumes. This parade, similar to the Carnival is made up of a series of band leaders displaying costumes in competition.

The free event is happening at Neilson Park located at 36 Sewells Rd. in Scarborough from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

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Transit riders can take the 131 Nugget bus to Sewells Rd at Brenyon Way East Side.

Junior Carnival
Junior Carnival is an annual parade that gives children the opportunity to celebrate Caribbean culture. (Photo credit: caribanatoronto.com)

Festival of India parade

Toronto’s Festival of India launches with a parade down Yonge Street, beginning at Yonge and Dundas, and will make its way down to the lake at Queens Quay.

During the parade, three ornate, 40-foot tall floats will be hand-pulled by participants amidst singing, drumming, and dancing.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Yonge and Dundas on Saturday.

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The closest TTC subway station is Dundas Station.

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The annual Festival of India, also known as Ratha-Yatra. (Photo credit: Facebook @festivalofindiato)

Road closures

Events

  • To accommodate the Honda Indy, Lake Shore Boulevard West between Strachan Avenue and British Columbia Road will be closed to vehicle traffic until 1 a.m. on Monday. The southbound lanes on Strachan Avenue between Fleet Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West are also currently closed to vehicle traffic until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Edward Street between Bay Street and Yonge Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday to accommodate the annual Festival of India parade. There will also be rolling closures on southbound Yonge Street from Edward Street to Queens Quay West on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Northbound lanes on Yonge Street will remain open to vehicle traffic throughout the parade.
  • Bloor Street West between Dufferin Street and Lansdowne Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic from 8 a.m. on Saturday until 3 a.m. on Monday for the Big on Bloor Festival.
  • Bloor Street West between Jane Street and Runnymede Road will be closed to vehicle traffic from 5 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday for the Bloor West Street Fest.
  • McLevin Avenue, between Sewells Road and Neilson Road, and Neilson Road, from McLevin Avenue to Finch Avenue East, will be closed to vehicle traffic from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. on Saturday for the Junior Carnival Parade.
  • Market Street is closed from Front Street East to The Esplanade for I Heart Market Street activities.

 

ActiveTO

  • Bayview Avenue, from Rosedale Valley Road to Lawren Harris Square, and River Street, between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street, will be closed to vehicle traffic for ActiveTO from 7 a.m. on Saturday until 7 p.m. on Sunday.

 

High Park

  • Roads within High Park will be also closed to vehicle traffic during the weekend. Limited street parking is available on Bloor Street.

 

Construction

  • There will be delays at the intersection of Yonge Street and Lake Shore Boulevard this weekend. Lake Shore Boulevard West from Yonge Street to Bay Street is reduced to one westbound lane until Sunday for construction work.
  • Yonge Street between The Esplanade and Lake Shore Boulevard is reduced to one lane in each direction to facilitate a pedestrian bridge construction work.
  • Wellington Street from Yonge Street to Church Street is reduced to one westbound lane for TTC track replacement and sidewalk improvements.
  •  Travel lanes on The Queensway between Parkside Drive and Roncesvalles Avenue are reduced to a minimum of one shared travel lane in each direction for King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles TTC track replacement and road reconstruction work. King Street West is also closed at this intersection.
  •  The Overlea Boulevard Bridge over the Don River is reduced to one lane in each direction for bridge rehabilitation.

Transit updates

TTC Line 1 early closure Thursday
Subway service on Line 1 between Eglinton and Bloor-Yonge stations will end at 11 p.m. on Thursday for track work. Shuttle buses will operate. Regular subway service will resume Friday morning at approximately 6 a.m.

GO Transit
For most of the weekend GO Bus Routes 16, 21 and 31 will be rerouted due to road closures for the Honda Indy Toronto festival.

The Eastbound GO Bus Route 16 trips will end at Aldershot GO to connect customers to Lake Shore West trains. Westbound trips will begin at Aldershot GO.

The Eastbound GO Bus Route 21 and 31 trips will end at Port Credit GO to connect customers to Lake Shore West trains. Westbound trips will begin at Port Credit GO.



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