June 20, 2014 10:10 pm

WorldPride, NXNE to close major downtown Toronto streets

WATCH: WorldPride kicks off in Toronto on Friday night. Peter Kim was in Nathan Phillips Square

TORONTO – It’s going to be a busy weekend in Toronto with two major events closing several streets beginning Friday night.

The opening ceremonies for WorldPride 2014 at Nathan Phillips Square will close the following streets from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday.

  • Bay Street, from Queen Street to Dundas Street
  • Hagerman Street, from Elizabeth Street to Bay Street
  • Elizabeth Street, from Dundas Street to Hagerman Street
  • Albert Street, from Bay Street to James Street
  • James Street, from Queen Street to Albert Street

Toronto Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam will represent the city at the 7 p.m. flag raising ceremony to officially open Pride week, which runs until June 29.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who has voiced his opposition to Pride celebrations, will not be in attendance. He is set to return from rehab on June 30.

READ MORE: The big lie about Toronto’s big Pride parade

Later in the evening, Melissa Etheridge and Deborah Cox will give a free concert at Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and WorldPride. The concert is scheduled to begin around 9 p.m. and will feature an introduction by Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne.

The TTC says bus service along Bay Street will also be affected.

The NXNE music festival will close Yonge Street between Dundas and Queen over the weekend.

  • Friday from 7 p.m. until midnight
  • Saturday from 6 p.m. until midnight
  • Sunday from 6 p.m. until midnight

The TTC will also be doing track work on Line 2, causing a delayed 12 noon opening on Sunday between Pape and St. George subway stations.

Shuttle buses will be operating along the route during that time.

WATCH: Will the weather cooperate for World Pride and NXNE? And when is the best time to head outdoors this weekend?

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