Another stage of the Weston Common story has unfolded with the announcement yesterday that the entire complex at 22 John Street has been sold to three sections of a real estate company by the name of Dream. The purchase includes the Artscape managed Hub, both the old and new rental towers along with the 26 artist live/work studios. According to an article in RENX.ca the company stated that, “Dream’s intention is to increase the number of affordable units provided on-site as per CMHC’s definition of affordable rent for the area.”.
Shakespeare in Action is hosting a free improv class hosted by Phatt Al for the next four weeks. The class will be every Wednesday from 6–7:30 in Artscape Weston common, and it’s for adults only.
The class is free, but you must register in advance. Only 12 spots are available.
COVID precautions will be in place and enforced.
Shakespeare in Action is bringing a number of really great events to the Little Avenue Memorial Park on the August 1 long weekend. It sounds like it will be really fantastic.
Musicians from the Weston Silver Band (100 years old this year!) will be playing on Thursday, July 29 starting at 7 p.m..
On Friday and Saturday,
The Weston Weekend of Music and Theatre program will include two danceworks choreographed by Neshama Nashman, one of which, a setting of J. S. Bach’s “Erbarme Dich” from St. Matthew Passion, was premiered last month to great acclaim by Ballett am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Rebanks Fellows performing in this event are: Jillian Bonner, mezzo-soprano; Michael Bridge, accordion; River Guard, tenor; Jessy Je Young Kim, violin.
Finally, on Sunday, August 1 at 3 p.m., Wajdi Mouawad will reprise his role in the very excellent one-man play Alphonse.
Alphonse is lost and walking along a country road, weaving an intricate web of stories, while everyone is searching for him: parents, friends, teachers, the police. What they find is the thing we often give up in order to grow up.
Tickets are free, but donations are accepted.
From humble beginnings great things are possible.
That’s my take on the launch of the Weston Artists Good Food Market at the Weston Common.
This exciting weekly summer event is focused on making fresh produce accessible to our community, at cost. One neighbour was so surprised when her large bag of produce came to $3.75, that she handed over a $5 bill and asked if she could just donate her change to the cause.
Philip Sutherland, the organizer, said the fresh fruit is popular—fresh raspberries, blueberries, and mangoes went fast. (They’ll have more next week.) He added that the Artists’ booth was postponed due to windy conditions, but it’ll be back soon. And he hopes to hear from more local artists, bakers, butchers, chefs and cooks who want to be a part of the Wednesday market.
But there’s more to this event than affordable produce. It’s organized by a few of the artists living in our community. They have brought their friends from Collective Arts Brewing along, selling some of the most original craft beer, sparkling teas, cider, and bitters I’ve ever seen.
The labels are adorned with literal art from unknown and emerging artists. The two staffing the booth were thrilled to be discovering Weston, “all the neighbours are so friendly and happy to see us…and we’re busier here than we are at our other two markets.” They’ve applied to be a part of the Weston Farmers’ Market starting Saturday June 5th.
This event is organized by the West Toronto Photography Club and sponsors like Access Community Capital Fund (a non-profit that makes small loans for people with big ideas).
The Artists’ Market is every Wednesday from 3pm–6pm until September 1st.
There’s a new market in town. Every Wednesday starting this week, you’ll be able to buy fruits, vegetables and more at the Weston Artists Good Food Market. There will also be “community booths, artist booths and Collective Arts Brewing”—which happens to be my favourite brewery.
A group of local organizations are offering free food hampers at two locations next week.
They will be offering food at Artscape Weston Common on April 8, and at 1765 Weston Road on April 8 and 9. All are welcome.
Here’s a taste of what was happening in Weston back in November 2010.
Some new steps had replaced the wooden ones at Mallaby Park, near St Phillips and Weston Road.
The Weston Farmers Market had wrapped up for another year.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford nominated Councillor Frances Nunziata as Toronto Council Speaker; a powerful position she has held since then. She was being sued by a disgruntled ex-employee and Adam looked at her expenses.
Artscape was investigating the possibility of an arts hub in Weston and where it might be located.
A brand new soccer facility in Lions Park was almost complete.
Adam reported on what our local politicians had been up to.