Mark DeMontis petitions to recognize Drake

Westonian Mark DeMontis launched a petition yesterday to add “Home of Grammy Award Winning Artist Aubrey Drake Graham” to the Welcome to Weston signs around town.

Aubrey Drake Graham, better known by his middle name, grew up in Weston before becoming one of the world’s biggest stars. Yesterday was his birthday.


DeMontis is running for the Progressive Conservative candidacy, and your correspondent had the chance to speak with him and record WestonWeb’s second-ever podcast. We spoke, among other things, about his memories of Drake, and being in a picture Drake posted yesterday on Instagram.

My bar mitzvah board 😂

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Lawrence Bridge Mural is Complete

In August, several talented young people were seen painting a stylized thunderbird along the abutment wall of the Lawrence Avenue bridge over the Humber. Here is the finished product in panoramic view so that it can be seen fully.

Lawrence Avenue Bridge Abutment Mural
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Painting of the mural was arranged by Urban Arts, who specialize in beautifying vertical spaces. The team worked under the direction of Cree Metis artist Jason Baerg who came up with the indigenous people theme. Team members were: Devlyn Mar, Tyson Simms-Campbell, Jerlie Thorpe, Aryana Singh, Carlos Guevara, Italia Santoyo and Taye Harding. This same team completed a sweetgrass themed mural in the underpass carrying the Pan Am Trail under Scarlett Road.

Devlyn Mar, Tyson Simms-Campbell, Jerlie Thorpe, Aryana Singh, Carlos Guevara, Italia Santoyo and Taye Harding
Five of the seven young artists who worked on the mural.

Mount Denizen up for huge award

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, photo from the Playwright’s Press

Donna-Michelle St Bernard, a Mount Dennis “emcee, playwright, administrator and agitator”, is a finalist for a writing prize worth a whopping $100,000.

St Bernard has twice been nominated for the Governor General’s award (a comparatively paltry $25,000!) and has written seven plays.

The Siminovich Prize in Theatre  is unusual; the winner receives $75,000 and a further $25,000 to give to a protegé.

The winner will be announced November 6.

 

“It” to be released this weekend

It, the Stephen King movie shot in part in Weston, will be released this weekend.

While a child-killing subterranean clown might not be the best advertisement for our sweet little town, the film gets good reviews.

Your correspondent thinks that’s King Street at 0:26. Any ideas, spotters?

Two more murals about to be painted

Artist Jason Baerg. Source: jasonbaerg.com

Urban Arts will be completing two new local murals this month. One will be under the Lawrence Avenue bridge and the other under the Scarlett Road bridge. These will be viewable by pedestrians and cyclists and will have an indigenous people theme. Cree Métis artist Jason Baerg, and his team of mural painters presented ideas for comments last night at the Weston Library. Both murals will be painted on long and narrow bridge abutments that run under the respective roads with a stylized thunderbird theme for the Lawrence bridge and a sweetgrass theme for the Scarlett location.

The indigenous people theme is particularly appropriate since the Carrying Place Trail ran alongside the Humber for thousands of years before European settlement of the Weston area.

The Carrying Place Trail Plaque at Little Avenue and Weston Road at its unveiling in 2013.

Progress reports will be forthcoming.

Mount Dennis pop-up galleries this summer

The Eglinton Crosstown is sponsoring “Gallery City”, a series of pop-up galleries this summer, including in Mount Dennis, featuring work by local artists.

By Shirley Mpagi, From Gallery City
Joan McGivney, from Gallery City

The exhibition runs until August 25. Interested readers can find more information about the artists and locations at the Gallery City site.

Weston Buskerfest coming July 29.

From Torontovka.com

The Weston Business Improvement Area posted an online survey asking residents what kind of summer festival the BIA should organize. Respondents overwhelmingly opted for a buskerfest. A date is set for Saturday July 29th and the BIA is booking ‘top buskers from other buskerfests as well as some local talent for what promises to be a great event’. Since it’s the first year, streets will not be closed. Instead, the event will focus on roaming performers and sites with sidewalk space such as 1901 Weston and the TD Bank. This year the BIA will sponsor the event and if successful, a sponsor will be sought for next year.

In other Weston BIA news, the BIA will be expanding its territory northward. This will have to be approved by council later on this year. View the current territory here.

For more information or to audition for a spot, contact Marion at 416-249-0691.