A large and respectful crowd was on hand at Urban Arts on John Street Thursday evening for the inauguration of the Youth Gallery Project. Excellent artworks were on display featuring the talents of students from Weston Collegiate and Archbishop Romero High School. While the poetry slam had few entries the audience was appreciative. A guest appearance by talented Mississauga performer John River ended the evening.
While the poetry slam entries were low in number, organizer Ify Chiwetelu was confident of more participation in the next event.
InsideToronto has a report on the goings-on at the Recipe for Community meeting that UrbanArts hosted this week.
Community food festivals, a food action team and entrepreneurial workshops are just some of the ideas put forth at the Recipe for Community meeting Monday, Jan. 21 at UrbanArts at 19 John St.
UrbanArts has approximately $67,500 to work with so far this year and members of the community, as well as a handful of local organizations, were eager to pitch program ideas to help youth in the area.
14 York South—Weston residents were given the Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years of rule. The recipients were given the medal by MP Laura Albanese in Ottawa Queen’s Parklast week. They are among 60,000 Canadians so honoured.
The recipients in York South-Weston are:
Fergus James (Fergy) Brown, President of the Learning Enrichment Foundation
Major David C. Forster, Instructor Officer for the Air Cadets
Denis Hoban for volunteer service with youth and seniors
Gioconda (Jackie) Rosati, for her work with Villa Colombo
Frank Varacalli for two decades of volunteer service at the Amesbury Sports Club.
Mohammed Shahied Shaikh, director of the Masjid-El-Noor Mosque
Superintendent Mark Saunders, Unit Commander of 12 Division police
Inspector Scott Gilbert for his service as a police officer
Barbara Spyropoulos for her years of volunteer service with the Toronto Police
Rev. Dr. Michel R. Belzile for founding the Interfaith Community Building Initiative and for volunteer service in the community
Father Gianni Carparelli, founder of the Caritas drug treatment program
Constable Jim Lambe for four decades of service as a police officer
Dr. Vincent Kong for his volunteer efforts in the Sino-Canadian Exchange Society
Luisa Giacometti, whose bio was not provided to me
In her press release, Albanese said,
I am proud to have been given this opportunity to recognize 14 outstanding citizens in York South Weston. Their spirit of contribution is fittingly recognized with this Diamond Jubilee medal, and we are lucky to have them in our community.
If you drive along Lawrence at Weston Road, you might notice some murals being added to the large one completed last year outside the York West Seniors Centre. This latest set of three are based on historical photos of Weston over the years. They will be taking shape quickly over the next day or two so if you’re passing by on foot, be sure to talk to the talented group of university students working under the capable guidance of Urban Arts Youth Mentor Jim Bravo. Urban Arts completes murals every year as a way of providing summer employment and to discourage the tagging of blank wall space.
The process of transferring an old photograph to a wall involves some digital simplification in Photoshop and the basic outline is transferred at night using a projector. From that point the skills of the team are put to good use in bringing the images to life and interpreting which colours to use.
As a postscript, If you’re not already on Facebook, there’s a very good reason to join. Weston Historical Society has a page and is constantly publishing large numbers of photographs showing Weston and its people over the past century and a half.
UrbanArts Community Arts Council is once again livening up the Weston-Mount Dennis neighbourhood and Toronto this summer with a full schedule of youth arts programming. CultureShock Festival The highlight of the summer takes place on Thursday and Friday, August 9th & 10th from 5-7pm, with an art exhibit and film screening respectively at UrbanArts and culminates on Saturday August 11th from 3-9pm with the 8th Annual CultureShock Community Arts Festival, at the Weston Farmers’ Market location at 14 John Street. This year, UrbanArts is teaming up with the popular 106 & York Urban Arts Festival to present CultureShock.