Gala weekend events in Toronto; some roads closed

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The Beaches Festival – always a popular attraction

Several special events and festivals scheduled  in Toronto this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are, however, being encouraged by the  to attend and enjoy these events. Businesses in the affected areas are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

The City pointed out in a statement that festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.

In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

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Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destinations. A more complete list of events and road work is available at TTC customers can receive information about service diversions by subscribing to eAlerts at or following @TTCnotices on Twitter.

Beaches Jazz Festival
Queen Street East from Woodbine Avenue to Beech Avenue will be closed:
• Thursday, July 21 from 6 p.m. to midnight
Friday, July 22 from 6 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, July 23 from 6 p.m. to midnight
The 501 Queen streetcar will turn back at the intersection of Queen Street East and Kingston Road, buses on the 64 Main route will divert via Wineva Avenue, Alfresco Lawn, Lee Avenue, Williamson Road and Southwood Drive and some buses on the 143 Downtown/Beach Express route will divert. Check for more information.

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Somali Festival
Dixon Road from Chetta Place to Kipling Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Big on Bloor
Bloor Street from Dufferin Street to Lansdowne Avenue will be closed in both directions from Saturday, July 23 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, July 24 at 9 p.m. Additionally, a series of smaller road closures will be in place in this area. Buses on the 300 Bloor-Danforth Blue Night bus route will divert via Dufferin Street, Dupont Street and Lansdowne Avenue.

Oss Fest
Ossington Avenue from Dundas Street to Queen Street will be closed from Saturday, July 23 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, July 24 at 3 a.m. Some local streets in the area will also be closed. Buses on the 63 Ossington and 363 Ossington Blue Night bus routes will divert via Dundas Street West and Shaw Street.

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Youth Day
Yonge Street from Dundas Street to Queen Street will be closed on Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – CINEWS

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