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Bundle up for weekend events


Fall is here and so are the cold temperatures.
Fall is here and so are the cold temperatures.

Jill Colton, staff writer

October 2, 2010 — It's a weekend of big events across Toronto. The contemporary art event of the year, otherwise known as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, and CIBC Run for the Cure are both taking place on the city's streets. However, before you start exploring all the projects or running your heart out, you might want extra layers, because it's going to get chilly.

2009 Nathan Phillips Square art display. Courtesy, Joannis Duran
2009 Nathan Phillips Square art display. Courtesy, Joannis Duran

SCOTIABANK NUIT BLANCHE

The annual sunset art festival returns for its fifth straight year and it begins at 6:57 p.m. More than 130 destinations will be on display for your free viewing pleasure. The event covers a lot of ground, so you may want to click through the zone maps to scan through all the various projects.

Keep in mind that it's going to be a blustery night, so dress warmly for the artsy fun. We're looking at a high of 9°C with scattered showers,so you may want to consider an umbrella if you're planning on staying outside. By the overnight, temperatures dip even further to a frosty 5°C, which is definitely tuque and mittens weather. “There's an arctic boundary moving through, bringing in cooler air, hence the drop in temperatures,” explains Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

CIBC RUN FOR THE CURE

Then on Sunday, the annual CIBC Run for the Cure will take place on streets all over the country including Toronto, Halifax, St. John's, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. It's Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research. The cold arctic air will be keeping a strong hold over the region. If you're planning on participating in the run, make sure to pack an extra pair of socks and zip up your running jacket to keep that cool air out.

Along with the crisp conditions, road closures will be in effect because of the various events. Getting around the city may prove to be difficult in a vehicle. Here is what you can expect:

  • Yonge Street will be closed between Front and Bloor Streets from 5 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday
  • Yonge St. will be closed between Queen and Richmond Streets from noon Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday
  • Queen St. will be closed between Victoria St. and University Ave. from 5 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. Streetcars will be permitted in the area
  • Bloor St. will be closed between Bedford Rd. and Yonge St. from 5 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday
  • Bay St. will be closed between Richmond St. W. and Dundas St. W. from 5 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday

For $10, you can ride The TTC from 9 a.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday.

Subways will be on the go all night until 7 a.m. Sunday on the Bloor-Danforth line between Keele and Woodbine stations and on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway between St. Clair West and Eglinton stations.

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