Exhibition Place Newslink

July 22, 2020

ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO NHL HUB

As announced via Newslink on July 14th, ExPlace will be hosting the NHL Toronto Hub, with Hotel X playing home to the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins. As a result, the following road closures will be in effect from Friday, July 24th to September 14th:

Princes’ Blvd @ Newfoundland Drive

Princes’ Blvd. @ Nunavut Road

Princes’ Blvd. @ New Brunswick Way

Princes’ Blvd. @ Ontario Drive

The above routes are closed to vehicular traffic. There will be a pedestrian and cycling route that will be on the interloc pad in front of Enercare Centre accessing Nunavut Road.

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PATHWAYS TO EVENT RESUMPTION

Exhibition Place continues to work in conjunction with the Public Health for the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario and the Federal Government of Canada, as it relates to the resumption of Business Events: trade and consumer shows, onferences and meetings and concerts, etc.

The Safe ReOpening Protocol will outline the responsibilities of Event Organizers, Exhibition Place and Government; working together to get back to the business of restarting our economy through hosting Business Events on the grounds of Exhibition Place. This is an ever-evolving document and it is relevant to what today’s protocols would look like if we could hold larger gatherings.

Your Sales Account Executive will be reaching out to you directly to provide you with the Safe ReOpening Protocol.

Click here to watch a conversation with Laura Purdy, General Manager at Exhibition place about COVID19, reopening guidelines, and next steps.

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TORONTO CYCLIST ENDS 46 DAY MEMORIAL RIDE FOR GEORGE FLOYD AT EXPLACE

Toronto cyclist Matthew Cuesta's 46-day ride for George Floyd came to an end on the morning of July 14th at Exhibition Place. Cuesta cycled 46km every day, for 46 days — one day for each year Floyd lived.  He celebrated his final day yesterday with a loop around the ExPlace grounds, and supporters came out in droves to accompany him.

Cuesta has been heading out daily at 5:30 am for the past 46 days, a brutal schedule meant to push him physically and mentally.  “You have to go past comfortable to get uncomfortable to spark change and getting up to ride at 5 in the morning is not comfortable at all,” he says.  The ride has certainly achieved its goal of sparking “uncomfortable conversations.”   “I can go past physical pain, I can push past that — the mental is a lot worse,” he says. “You become a sponge for people’s emotions, not only the happiness and the encouragement but the anger and the sadness as well.”

One comment on social media, in particular, impacted him. When he was trying to promote the George Floyd ride on Strava, a man posted on social media that there are already enough platforms to discuss racism and he used his rides to escape these discussions.  “I can’t escape it (racism) on my rides,” he says.  Cuesta was pulled over by the OPP 11 years ago, and the officer claimed he was talking on his cell phone. Things escalated quickly and the officer asked to search his car.  “I was young and I was scared so I let him search my car.” Cuesta says the incident ended without charges but it made him concerned about future encounters with police.  “It is just that little thing in your back of your head,” he says.

Overall, Cuesta is happy with the support he has received and the people he has met.  “It (the ride) is definitely doing what it is supposed to do.”  Exhibition Place applauds, you, Mr. Cuesta!

Via BlogTO & CBC News