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Here comes the second weekend of January

Mayor John Tory skates at Nathan Phillips Square on Jan. 1, 2015. CITYNEWS/Adrian Ghobrial

The second weekend of January is upon us and below are some events taking place in Toronto and other areas of the GTA.

If you are planning to take the TTC this weekend, keep in mind that Line 1 will be closed between St. Clair West and Union stations for due to signal upgrades. Shuttle buses will be running and Wheel-Trans service will be available upon request. Dupont and Museum stations will be closed.


Annual Mayor’s Skate Party
Mayor John Tory and city councillors will be hitting the ice at Mel Lastman Square this Sunday for the annual Mayor’s Skate Party. The event is open to the public and includes free music and hot beverages. It runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t worry if you don’t have skates, free rentals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Toronto Tango Marathon
The 8th annual Toronto Tango Marathon is taking over the Continental Dance Club on Wharton Way in Mississauga this weekend. The three-day event kicks off with a welcome milonga at 9 p.m. on Friday. It celebrates Argentine tango, with beautiful music, non-stop dancing and delicious food and refreshments. There are also beginner classes being offered at the Rhythm & Motion Dance Studio at Dundas Street West and Runnymede Road from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

PULP: art party 2019
Have you ever partied in a room full of paper? Now’s your chance. PULP: art party will turn the Delisle Space near Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue into a blue bin playground this Saturday. The event is designed to examine the current life cycle of discarded materials and investigate alternative uses. It features over 15 installations, including a paper ropes archway, quilts made from recycled African print material and a giant interactive comic book on used paper. Doors open at 8 p.m. All proceeds help support the Evergreen Centre at The Yonge Street Mission, a drop-in centre for at-risk street youth.

No Pants Subway Ride 2019
Don’t be alarmed if you see fellow commuters riding the subway without pants this Sunday afternoon. It’s all part of the 17th annual worldwide No Pants Subway Ride. The event is being held in over 50 cities around the world, celebrating silliness and bringing a smile to subway riders’ faces. Those taking part in the Toronto event are asked to meet at the Eaton Centre Dundas Street entrance at 3 p.m. Following the subway ride, there will be a pant-less parade from Osgoode station to an after party. The No Pants Subway Ride was first started by the comedy collective Improv Everywhere in New York in 2002.

Walk Off The Earth Memorial & Tribute Concert
Walk Off The Earth is holding a special memorial and tribute concert in Burlington this weekend for their keyboardist, Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor, who died in his sleep on December 29. The tribute is being held at Civic Square in front of city hall at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. It will feature acoustic performances by members of Barenaked Ladies, Scott Helman, Monster Truck, USS and more. Taylor’s family is collecting donations in his name, for MusiCounts, an organization that helps put instruments into the hands of kids who need them most. The band will continue to pay tribute to Taylor during its 2019 world tour.