2016 March Route

Total Distance:
  • 5.3 kilometers
Assembly Location:
  • Christie Pits Park [ Map ]
Time:
  • Assembly time: 12 pm
  • March starting time: 1 pm
Route:
  • Christie Pits » east along Bloor Street West
  • Bloor Street West » east to Yonge Street
  • Yonge Street » south to Dundas Street East
  • Dundas Street East » east to Church Street
  • Church Street » north to Carlton Street
  • Carlton Street » east to Allan Gardens
We will hold two "die-ins" (participants will choose to lie on the ground, where their red t-shirts will represent the sea of blood on slaughterhouse kill floors) at the following locations:
  • Bloor Street West
  • Yonge Street at Dundas Square

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Additional Information and Instructions for June 11, 2016

Public Transit

  • The closest subway station at the starting point is Christie station, which exits across the road from Christie Pits.
  • The closest station to Allan Gardens is College station, which is on the corner of Yonge and College Streets. The 506 streetcar travels along Carleton Street to College station.

Parking

  • Near Christie Pits: Green P parking is available at 376 Clinton Street (a one-way, running south to north off Bloor Street) at $1.25 per half hour.
  • Near Allan Gardens: Green P parking is available at 405 Sherbourne Street (at the east end of Allan Gardens, just north of Carleton) at $1.00 per half hour.

March Colours and T-shirts
Our march colours are red and black. We suggest that participants wear a red T-shirt for the March. We have a limited supply of the official March red T-shirts. Please support the March T-shirt and order online to receive or reserve your desired size.

Placards
We will provide placards and flags for 200 people. Most will depict graphic slaughterhouse images. You are welcome to bring your own signs. We ask that you respect the theme of the March. The march will focus almost exclusively on the brutality of slaughter.

Pre-March Gathering
Please arrive between 12 noon and 12:45 pm. We are scheduled to depart at 1:00 pm. There will be a sign-in table set up where we will be distributing signs, t-shirts and program information. We will have a greeter stationed outside the subway entrance to direct you to our location.

Washroom Facilities
Washrooms are available at the Tim Hortons across from Christie Pits.

Safety and Volunteers
Marshals will be wearing armbands and are assigned to ensure participants stay together and safe while walking. We will also be accompanied by the Toronto Police Community Response Unit (officers on bicycles). We will be marching along one lane of busy downtown streets. Please be mindful of your surroundings and the traffic while marching, please take care of each other.

The Route
The route is 5.3 km long. We expect the march to take approximately 1.5 hours depending on the turnout and walking speed of all participants.

Other
We recommend that you leave your companion animals at home. There will be drumming, chanting and street drama during the march which may cause stress to your companion.

Please bring water in order to stay hydrated during the walk.


March Protocols (Code of Conduct)

  1. The tone of the march is solemn and peaceful. It will include chanting, drumming, music, sound effects and street theatre.
  2. Red and black are the theme colours. We ask that participants please wear a red t-shirt to symbolize the blood spilled during slaughter. We encourage participants to purchase the official March to Close All Slaughterhouses T-Shirt ( T-shirts can be purchased now on our Order March Shirts page. ). T-shirts will also be on sale on the day of the march (limited quantities).
  3. At the end of the march, everyone will be invited to participate in the creation of a memorial to the trillion land and aquatic animals slaughtered for food each year. If you would like to contribute to the memorial, you can bring any item you think is appropriate for this. Suggested items include notes, poems, flowers, photographs or drawings.
  4. The street theatre will involve a "die-in" (with details to be confirmed on the day of the March), where participants will lie down on the ground in silence to symbolize the massacres committed daily on slaughterhouse kill floors. The "die-in" will last approximately 60 to 90 seconds. It will be clearly announced ahead of time and will be signaled by a funeral bell toll and waving three large, red flags. Music and animal sounds will play during the time when participants are lying on the ground. Anyone not wishing to participate in the "die-in" is asked to silently stand to one side during this short event, to give passersby an unobstructed view of the scene.
  5. Placards will be provided on the day of the march or can be downloaded from our Posters page. The march will focus almost exclusively on the brutality of slaughter.
  6. Participants are strongly advised against bringing dogs or other nonhuman animals to the event for crowd management reasons.
  7. During the march, please remain cognizant of your surroundings. We will be marching in downtown Toronto and it is important to keep an eye on traffic. Marshalls will be on hand to help everyone to stay safe.
  8. Please refer any questions from the public or media to march officials, who will be clearly identified.
  9. Please bring water to drink along the route.
  10. It is customary to end a list of protocols with a recommendation to enjoy the occasion. This march, however, is not a joyous event. It is meant to denounce the atrocities committed by the meat industry to bring the public's attention to them. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and your willingness to speak out on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.