Walking podcasts

Weston and Mount Dennis have a lot going for them—great people, beautiful geography, and the highest number of walking-tour-podcasts per capita anywhere outside of Paris, I figure.

I haven’t had the chance to try these out (I keep trying to recruit my daughter, and she continues to demur)—but enough waiting. You go. Tell me what you find.

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WestonTrax was created by Natasha Adiyana Morris.

Follow Destiny and friends as they head home after school, discovering more knowledge about their historical neighbourhood and recent changes that are hard to miss. We start off at Weston Collegiate Institute, pass by rows of quiet residential streets, cross above train tracks towards Weston Road, and circle around to Lawrence Ave W. as our final stop.

To follow WestonTrax, download the app on Android or iOS


ArtworxTO has four tours of Weston and Mount Dennis.

The first, along the Humber River, starts at the intersection of Lawrence and Hickory Tree Rd. Star Nahwegahbo narrates a meditative audio tour.

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In the second, the Essencia Art Collective tells us the history and context of their massive Water Mural where the 400 off-ramp meets Jane.

From ArtworxTO.ca

Krystal Ball narrates guides the third walking tour, of the murals of Weston, starting at 1901 Weston Road.

From ArtworxTO.ca

And finally, mural artist Nick Sweetman is the guide to murals of Mount Dennis. He leads listeners through an interpretation of the paintings near Weston and Eglinton.

From ArtworxTO.ca

“Learn to swim” film

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Shakespeare in Action and Castlepoint Numa are sponsoring the Weston showing of “Learn to Swim”, a new short film by Thyrone Tommy.

Thyrone Tommy is an award winning, internationally acclaimed Toronto-based filmmaker with roots in Weston! This exclusive ‘Weston’ showing of his new film ‘Learn to Swim’ is a truly unique event. Think of it as a special afternoon out for adults.

The showing will be Sunday, the 27 February from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. It will be in-person, at Artscape Weston Common. Tickets can be reserved online.

UrbanArts launches new Vax Art program

UrbanArts is starting a new program

for participants to understand and share their thoughts/feelings towards the latest corona virus related events through the learning of different visual arts styles. Each week a new artist’s style will be featured to help participants create original artwork

The program starts Friday, February 11th and will be every Monday and Friday, from 4–5pm via Zoom.

8-bit Christmas is on Crave

My son and I both love Neil Patrick Harris—me for his wholesome Doogie Howser, M.D, and my son for his, ahem, piquant portrayal of Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother. So we were both all tickly when our childhood hero was shooting 8-bit Christmas just around the corner.

It’s now showing on Crave, and Weston features prominently as an idyllic Chicago in the 1980s. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but it gets good reviews online, and my son said it was “pretty good”.

Pink Alley opens

It was a colourful and lively celebration at The Pink Alley on Wednesday, when Frontlines opened their new outdoor space at 1804 Weston Rd.

I was excited to see this new public space come alive. There were activities for kids out back, and I had a chance to meet some of the impressive youth outreach staff and tour the new restaurant space and the teen lounge. I also enjoyed the free tropical ice cream.

Well done Noami Frederick, Harley Valentine of Castlepoint Numa, and your teams! 

Alley 1804?

Can this forgotten alley be transformed into a vital and thriving space for Weston?

That’s the goal of Harley Valentine, a renowned sculpture artist familiar with re-imagining public spaces.

Harley is also a managing partner at Castlepoint Numa, the developer working with the Weston Park Baptist Church to re-imagine the corner at Weston and Lawrence Ave.

When I heard he was all excited about an alley at 1804 Weston Rd, next to the new Frontlines location, I had to find out why. Harley explained, “I want to deliver maximum community benefit from Weston’s unexpected and forgotten spaces.” He went on to say that he hopes to inspire others to see potential in the smallest opportunities.

So, what could happen at the Alley 1804? (That’s my name for it, let’s see if it sticks)

He’s working with community leaders, youth, and neighbourhood officers from Division 12 to create a space where Frontline’s youth programs could expand.

And, it could also be a performance space, an outdoor patio for local food outlets, or a gallery for Weston’s artists. Harley’s list of ideas is endless. Safety will be paramount; the location would be gated after-hours. But imagine a space filled with energy, creativity, engaging art, twinkle lights and laughter?

I’m looking forward to seeing Harley Valentine’s magic at work! His enthusiasm for Weston is enough to inspire any community. I’m happy to hear he’s fallen in love with Weston.