Upcoming events

Shakespeare in Action will be putting on Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop “a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with Shakespeare” this weekend.

The presentation features three professional actors, thumb-nail sketches of Shakespeare’s life and times, and key scenes & speeches from Shakespeare’s most popularly studied plays – including MacbethRomeo & Juliet and Hamlet.


In other Shakespeare news, SIA is looking for staff for their camp inHigh Park in and their production of  Shakespeare in the Shell—which will be coming to Little Avenue Memorial Park in Weston. You’ll notice that I’ve buried the lede here—there’s  going to be a professional production of Shakespeare in the bandshell in Little Avenue Park! Nice!


Frances Nunziata will be hosting a community safety meeting on May 22 with Chief Saunders.

WVRA hosts AGM in Weston Hub

On Tuesday May 14, the Weston Village Residents’ Association held its annual general meeting inside the new Weston Hub. The Hub interior still needs some final touches but is essentially complete. Landscaping is a work in progress but it’s coming along nicely and will be ready for next year. The official opening is on May 25th and 26th.

WVRA Chair Dave Bennett opened by talking about some of the ‘heat’ encountered when the Hub was proposed. This was later echoed by Councillor Nunziata.

For some warm reading go here, here, here and here.

You’re welcome Dave and Frances.

This area will house the Farmers Market next year. (click to enlarge).
Landscaping work has been done at the Hub entrance. Note the bridge connecting the multi-storey parking lot to the rental building.

The new space easily accommodated the 50+ people in attendance. LoriAnn Givran from Artscape, talked about the new facilities, Marlene Mackintosh from UrbanArts and Michael Kelly from Shakespeare in Action introduced themselves and the programs that they offer.

The highlight of the evening was to be a presentation from former Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford but because of illness, Mr. Bedford was absent but ably represented by colleague and Urban Lands Institute Executive Director Richard Joy. The presentation dealt with the ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Report tabled last August.

From the TAP report (Click to enlarge).

Richard dealt with the five big ideas from the report, namely,

  • Promote and plan Weston as a riverfront community
  • Market Weston as an affordable commercial and residential location for airport workers
  • Bring a brewery to Weston
  • Build partnerships with Universities and Colleges
  • Establish a co-op grocery store.

Later, Councillor Frances Nunziata spoke and talked about local issues including the upcoming paving of Weston Road and widening of sidewalks in the stretch between Lawrence and Little Avenue.

Sidewalks along this stretch of Weston Road are being widened.
Sidewalks along this stretch of Weston Road are not being widened. Go figure.

During the break, some mouth-watering goodies were available (well done Suri) and attendees enjoyed a tour of the new facilities.

A conference room.
One of the two large event rooms.
The lobby of the Weston Hub; WVRA Chair Dave Bennett (3rd from R) talks to residents.
The lobby – entranceway.
Michael Kelly of Shakespeare In Action speaks to the audience in the main presentation space.

Some aspiring politicians were in attendance including Yafet Tewelde and Chiara Padovani.

Chiara Padovani and brand new WVRA member Ryan Demchuk chat during the break.

It was a busy evening with lots of information – to hear a recording of the full meeting click the two links below:

Audio Part 1

Audio Part 2

Community clean-ups this weekend

The MDCA’s final community clean-up will be tomorrow, April 27 at 10 starting at Eglinton flats (south side). Bags, gloves, and coffee coupons (bless you, supercoffee) will be provided.

Westonians will be meeting at the top of the stairs leading down to Cruickshank Park tomorrow (the stairs just north of 2160 Weston Rd.)
The clean-up will be focusing on Cruickshank Park, Holley Park, other key areas on the west side of Weston

On Sunday, the meeting point will be Weston Lions Park Parking Lot, Playground Area, and cleaning up Weston Lions Park.

 

 

Upcoming events

Spring has sprung, and that means there are a million things to do! Get out and meet your neighbours in this awesome little village.


Jacqueline Storino has organized an Easter-egg hunt at Elm Park next SUNDAY, April 21 from 10 am to 12 noon. This is Weston’s second annual egg hunt. Man, I love this town!

You can drop off plastic eggs, chocolate eggs, Easter candy, or coffee and tea at Squibbs, at 55 Queens Drive, or at 69 MacDonald. They’d also appreciate an RSVP, I know, to plan for the craziness.


Perhaps when your kids are all hopped up (pun intended!), you can unleash them on Cruickshank Park to help tidy up!


The only thing better than Weston might be beer. So, clearly, the best thing in the world is Weston and beer.¹

Tan Ya Connors is hosting “Turn Back Time”, a photographic history of Weston, on Thursday, April 24 25, at Shacklands Brewing Company.

Join local history aficionado John Maniezzo as we review historical photos and share stories about our neighbourhood. Always a good time to meet your neighbours and enjoy a local brew.

The Weston Village Residents’ Association will be hosting their AGM at Artscape on Tuesday, May 14. The meeting starts at 7 and doors open at 6:30


Tan Ya Connors has also organized the Bee The Change! a pollinator’s party.

Sunday, June 9th promises to BEE an amazing time!

Black Creek Alliance is hosting a Pollinator Celebration!

Join us with special musical guests The Shuffle Demons, as we celebrate nature and beauty in unexpected places. Enjoy local music, wonderful food, learn about native plants make a bee hotel, or seed bomb your own back yard! We’ll share more details soon.

Bee there or bee square!


¹Not true. Weston+beer+cigarettes. But Shacklands is non-smoking.