Weston Road Flows event this weekend

Urban Arts is hosting Weston Road Flows this weekend (the 23rd and 24th).

It is

A multi-media exhibition that explores the transitory nature of the former city of York through the main arterial road, Weston Road. The exhibition will display the past, present, and future of Weston through new pieces created by local artists. This project will explore the transformation of Weston from its humble beginnings as a village to the multicultural urban area of Toronto that it is today.”

The primary focus will be on a sound installation that incorporates historic recordings of the area and its residents with modern beats created by youth producers from York South-Weston. The stories and sceneries have continually changed in York, but Weston Road has always been a main ‘flow through’ and will continue to do so as the area undergoes even more change and development.

They’re asking the community to share their stories: What does “Weston” mean to you?

The exhibition will be at Artscape Weston Common, and tickets are free.

Autumn Arts tomorrow

Shakespeare in Action and Castlepoint Numa have planned an event for tomorrow: Autumn Arts (Hearts) Weston

Autumn has arrived in Weston! Between 1:30 – 4:30PM on Saturday October 16th, 2021 at 1844 Weston Rd., Shakespeare in Action will partner with Castlepoint Numa to host a free day for community members of all ages to gather outdoors around food in the Fall, and experience professional music and storytellers who will share stories around themes of harvest, food, and abundance.

This day of festivities will be hosted by the wonderful Amanda Cordner! Different community organizations and vendors will be on site with fall food & crafts as well as featured art by Star Nahwegahbo. Performing acts include Weston Silverband, Brandyn Leo, Rubena Sinha, Pierre Williams and many more! We hope to see you there!

Look inside the Kodak building

I don’t have a lot of nice things to say about Metrolinx, but I will admit that they moved heaven (figuratively) and earth (literally) to save the Kodak building at the Mount Dennis station.

About a month ago, they posted a short look-around inside the refurbished building on their blog. It’s worth a visit.

Other park concerns

Metrolinx’s September 28 meeting about the Eglinton West LRT raised several concerns. Regular readers will know that Metrolinx is planning a raised train through and above Fergy Brown Park. They are also planning a new, longer access road and “extraction shaft and portal” through what appears to be a stand of trees on park land.

Image from Metrolinx

My interpretation. Obvs, I’m not a cartographer.
From Metrolinx

New bike lanes to be torn up

Metrolinx says that they will be tearing up bike lanes that are still being built.

The path in question is on Eglinton, near the flats.

From the city.

In a meeting on September 28, Mike Mattos pointed out that Metrolinx is going to be moving the bike path from one side of the road to the other as it builds the new Mount Dennis Station—and the path isn’t even yet finished. “You’re going to rip up the bike path that is being built as we speak”, he said.

A spokesperson for Metrolinx said “The city [is] installing their multiuse path as part of their capital projects for this year…. We did acknowledge that that is being built now and that …. the decision was made as different pros and cons were balanced that at least the community, you know they’ve been waiting for years for this amenity, and for the next couple of years anyway, they’ll be able to use the bike path. “

While this seems like a case of bad planning and a waste of money, the path will remain open during construction.