If you are planning to head into or out of Downtown Toronto on the weekend of November 30th and December 1st, 2013 – please prepare for not only patience, but “alternate routes”.
The main reason for that – GO Transit is closing the entire Lakeshore West line from Union Station in Toronto to Aldershot GO station in Burlington. This closure is necessary because the Dufferin Street bridge is scheduled to be demolished over that weekend. The Dufferin Street bridge spans over the CN tracks and the Gardiner Expressway – leading up to Exhibition Place.
That bridge in question has raised many “safety issues” over many years. First it was completely closed off to vehicular traffic. Now it’s been closed off to all means of traffic (even pedestrian traffic as well). The bridges in question is scheduled to be replaced into a single span – with construction slated to begin in 2016. As a short-term measure, a “temporary span” is being constructed after the older bridges in question is demolished.
Now it wasn’t an easy decision for GO transit to close the entire Lakeshore West line, but it has offered some alternative options.
First of all (and for the first time ever), GO Transit will run special trains along the Milton Line over the weekend of November 30th and December 1st, 2013. Most of the stations along the Milton Line are not too far from Lakeshore West train stations (although there are some weekend GO buses that serve the train stations on the Milton Line as well).
In addition, there will be some special GO buses that will run from Niagara Falls to Hamilton. Usually, GO buses run from Niagara Falls to Burlington (although GO Transit has run special trains to Niagara Falls during the summer months) at other times of the year. However that special closure in Toronto is pretty unique (along with the special service on the Milton Line).
It’s not an easy closure, but still you have to pack your patience during that closure.
Changing routes (pun intended), the dates for the 2014 edition of the Vans Warped Tour has finally been released. After nearly a year-long absence from this past summer’s tour along with a “replacement” show to compensate the cancellation, Montreal is finally getting their Warped Tour fix – just in time for the 20th anniversary of the Warped Tour! The date for the stop in Montreal is on July 5th, 2014. While the Montreal leg of the tour won’t take place at the Parc Jean-Drapeau (Jean Drapeau Park) in Île Sainte-Hélène (Saint Helen’s Island), it seems that Kevin Lyman along with the organizers of the Warped Tout have secured a venue in Montreal. No official word on which venue will take place there.
As for the Toronto stop of the tour, it was held at “The Flats at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre”. While the actual amphitheatre wasn’t used for the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Warped Tour in Toronto, portions of the Warped Tour stages and merch tents – were scattered around parts of the now-closed Ontario Place grounds (the park itself was closed back in February 2012). This past June 2013, the government of Ontario has released some of the recommendations for the future of the Ontario Place grounds – which included a portion of the park that was utilized for the Warped Tour.
There was some reaction on where will the Toronto leg of the Warped Tour will be held for the 20th anniversary next summer. Having surviving all the venue changes for about 5 or 6 years (I first went to the Warped Tour – back in 2008 where it was used to be held at “The Flats at Arrow Hall” (located within the International Centre grounds) in Mississsauga, Ontario, Canada) along with planning and feasibility studies about 8 to 9 years ago, it seems that I was a “latecomer” to attend the Warped Tour.
As for the date of the Toronto leg of the Warped Tour, it will take place on July 4th, 2014. I will announce more details for which venues that will take place for the Warped Tour 2014 – as it becomes available. Here are a complete list of dates for the Warped Tour 2014 (as always, these dates are subject to change):
June 14 | Salt Lake City, UT
June 15 | Denver, CO
June 17 | Albuquereque, NM
June 18 | Mesa, AZ
June 20 | Pomona, CA
June 21 | San Francisco, CA
June 22 | Ventura, CA
June 25 | San Diego, CA
June 26 | Las Vegas, NV
June 28 | Seattle, WA
June 29 | Portland, OR
July 2 | St. Louis, MO
July 3| Indianapolis, IN
July 4 | Toronto, ON
July 5 | Montreal, QC
July 6 | Holmdel, NJ
July 8 | Darien Center, NY (Buffalo)
July 9 | Scranton, PA
July 10 | Boston, MA
July 11 | Camden, NJ
July 12 | New York, NY
July 13 | Hartford, CT
July 15 | Pittsburgh, PA
July 16 | Cincinatti, OH
July 17 | Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Cleveland)
July 18 | Detroit, MI
July 19 | Chicago, IL
July 20 | Minneapolis, MN
July 22 | Columbia, MD (Washington, D.C.)
July 23 | Virginia Beach, VA
July 24 | Atlanta, GA
July 25 | St. Petersburg, FL
July 26 | West Palm Beach, FL
July 27 | Orlando, FL
July 28 | Charlotte, NC
July 30 | Milwaukee, WI
July 31 | Kansas City, KS
Aug. 1 | Dallas, TX
Aug. 2 | San Antonio, TX
Aug. 3 | Houston, TX
Time to start saving up your hard-earned dough for Warped 2014! Tickets will go on sale complete with band announcements will commence on December 4th, 2013. I will provide more details when it becomes available.
Fasten your seat belts, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!
“GO transit plans Lakeshore West closure during weekend bridge work.” Toronto Star. 30 October 2013. 20 November 2013. <http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/10/30/go_transit_plans_lakeshore_west_closure_during_weekend_bridge_work.html>
“GO to run Milton trains and additional buses during closure.” Toronto Star. 17 November 2013. 20 November 2013. <http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/transportation/2013/11/17/go_to_run_milton_trains_and_additional_buses_during_weekend_closure.html>
“Warped Tour Announces Cities & Dates for Summer 2014.” Fuse.tv. 20 November 2013. 20 November 2013. <http://www.fuse.tv/2013/11/warped-tour-announces-2014-routing>
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