Murals taking shape at Lawrence and Weston.
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.
Urban Arts Youth Mentor Jim Bravo
Guelph at Humber Media Studies student Rowena Kizito
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.
Ryerson Engineering student Niel Yee (L) and OCAD drawing and painting student Bryan Bermudez.
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.
Frontlines will be hosting its annual summer day camp between July 3 and August 17. This will be held at the Frontlines location, 1844 Weston Road (South of Weston Road and Lawrence). Along with specialized sports, cooking and photography electives, there will be a 3-week musical theatre program.
Ages: 6-12 with a leadership training program for youth in grade 8 and higher.
Cost: there is no charge for participants other than for trips and $10 for a camp T-shirt.
For further information and to register, contact Denise Gillard at 416-244-7017 or email Denise here.
Local beatboxer Scott Jackson will be competing for a cash prize of $100,000, an excellent car, and a possible Las Vegas appearance this Sunday, May 13, as part of “Canada’s Got Talent“, on CityTV. If you don’t know what beatboxing is, this is just a reminder that you’re well into (or beyond) middle age!
The competition is fierce, so he’ll need every vote he can get.
Westonian Scott Jackson has moved onto the finals of Canada’s
Jackson, a beat boxer, is in the running for a very nice car and $100,000. He faces stiff competition though; among his competitors is an 11-year-old dance prodigy, who nails the cute-and-clean thing right down–but who couldn’t even reach the pedals on a Nissan GT-R.
A hint of days gone by
A tantalizing glimpse of Weston’s past is still visible on Weston near Lawrence. Here, an old mural proclaims what appears to be his and hers engagement rings for $125. This apparently was available at Weston’s Peoples Credit Jewellers. Payments were $2.00 weekly after a $12.00 deposit. My neighbour tells me that prior to Yorkdale Mall’s opening in 1964, Weston was a hotbed of commerce with several shoe stores, high-end tailors and department stores (Kresge’s). She remembers the streetcars that once trundled up Weston Road.
I wonder if there is thought to preserving or even restoring this mural, now that Weston seems poised to be on an upswing. It might be worthwhile to find and replicate or restore further examples.
Put your running shoes on: you’ll want to cover a lot of ground in Weston this weekend.
Peter’s Barbershop—the one with the Maple Leafs—will be bringing the Stanley Cup in to celebrate the business’ 50th anniversary. That’s the nearest a Stanley Cup will have been to a Maple Leaf in almost as much time.
The Best of Weston festival is also on this weekend. There will be booths and bouncy castles, and all sorts of other festival-y stuff.
Saturday will be a bit of a melancholy day, though, as it will be the last weekend of the Farmers’ Market for 2011. This will be your last chance to pick up a pumpkin before Halloween.