Urban heroes–vote for Ken!

Ken Theobald, a volunteer at the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, has been nominated for an Urban Heroes award, and he needs your vote.

KenFrom the profile:

Ken Theobald is a front-line community worker who has been working in the city’s northwest inner suburbs (specifically Weston/Mount Dennis) for the past decade. He goes way beyond what is expected in his job.

He is a tireless advocate for those who live on the margins in this community — those who are homeless, struggling in poverty, dealing with mental health issues, dealing with substance issues, newcomers, refugees, racialized and Indigenous people.

He is a strong advocate for the inner suburbs and for neighbourhoods that are under-served and under resourced.

Ken is also a strong social justice advocate who campaigns for adequate housing, income support, an effective poverty reduction strategy and a social safety net for those in need.

He is an effective community organizer who has introduced new programs and services to this community. He believes that the key to being a good advocate and a good organizer is the ability to listen and to transition from empathy to action.

 

Upcoming events

Hussen’s Community Barbecue

Our MP, Ahmed Hussen, will be hosting a barbecue this Sunday, the 21st of July, from 2 to 5 at 1765-1775 Weston Road


Faisal Hassan’s town hall on community safety

Hassan will be hosting a meeting on Monday, July 22nd to discuss community safety.

  • Doors Open @ 6:00 pm
  • Meeting Starts @ 6:30
  • Falstaff Community Centre, 50 Falstaff Avenue

Mount Dennis’ Coffee Culture events continue on Thursday, July 25th at 7 pm at supercoffee. This month, Leah Lane will be performing.


And, of course, Shakespeare in Action’s performance of A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream continues in Little Avenue Park.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Little Avenue Park

From Art in the Parks.

Weston’s resident theatre company, Shakespeare in Action will begin performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream next week for a two-week run in Little Avenue Park. The show will preview on Tuesday July 16 and Wednesday July 17. During these two nights, the company will rehearse, fine-tune and block the show using the unique features of the park.

For many in Weston, this will be the first chance to see SIA perform. Seven actors will play the various roles – this is a comedy and one of Shakespeare’s more accessible plays so it should be entertaining for all ages. Expect some interactivity and not all of the performance will be on stage.

Admission is free and seating is on the park’s grassy area, or bring a lawn chair. A limited number of rental chairs will be available each night. Some people are planning to picnic beforehand or purchase take out food from one of our many local restaurants. Just remember to put all litter in the trash cans.

SIA’s Community Outreach Coordinator Catriona Leger says that performances will be cancelled if it looks like bad weather will persist through the evening. A decision will be made by 6:00 pm each night and broadcast on social media.

The company requests that people refrain from taking photos or videos during performances for copyright reasons.

Little Avenue Park and its bandshell / stage. (File)

The play will last for 75 minutes and Catriona suggests that it will be great for audiences of all ages as well as a pre-bedtime treat for young children.

It’s a short walk from the UP Express Station. Click to enlarge.

Performance Schedule: Starting time is 7:00 pm for all performances.

  • Tuesday July 16, Preview
  • Wednesday July 17, Preview
  • Thursday July 18, Official Opening and Performance
  • Friday July 19, Performance
  • Saturday, July 20, Performance
  • Sunday July 21, Performance
  • Tuesday July 23, Performance
  • Wednesday July 24, Performance
  • Thursday July 25, Performance
  • Thursday July 26, Performance
  • Friday July 27, Performance
  • Saturday July 28, Performance
  • Sunday July 28, Performance and closing night.

NNO a smash

Neighbours’ Night Out was a smash this year. The weather was wonderful, and hundreds of people came out to listen to live music, eat, and  just hang out.

Neighbours’ Night Out is, if you ask me, one of Weston’s highlights—up there with the Santa Claus Parade. But things keep getting better. This year, I think more community organizations than ever were there: off the top of my head, the WHCD, Frontlines, some weirdos who think that sweating is fun, and Shakespeare in Action. Some great-looking vendors were there, too—but I ran out of time because I talk too much.

 

 

 

Volunteers needed

Shakespeare in Action is looking for some volunteers to help put on A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Little Avenue Park this summer.

Shakespeare in Action is looking to assemble a team of Front of House Volunteers and Community Ambassadors for our upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Little Avenue Memorial Park in Weston. Shows run Tuesdays through Sundays from July 16-28th.

Volunteers are valued members of the Shakespeare in Action team and we are always happy to include anyone who wishes to contribute to making theatre in northwest Toronto fun, relevant and accessible! Whether you want to become more involved in the community, get to know the budding arts scene in general, collect co-op hours for your school, or just enjoy interacting with fellow theatre lovers, we would love to engage with you. We promise a fun environment, an enjoyable show, and a volunteer experience like no other.

If you’re interested, you can register using the online form or by emailing [email protected] with a little information about yourself.

 

Summer residency at UrbanArts

UrbanArts is offering a summer arts residency for emerging artists from York South–Weston.

The program is

a unique space for experimentation, professional growth, portfolio building, networking, and collaboration with established artists. Participants who successfully complete the program will receive an honorarium of $350.

Local artists from the visual and eco-arts, music, dance and performing arts, and mural and installation arts are encouraged to apply.

Hurricane Hazel through home movies

SCANNED FROM THE TORONTO STAR LIBRARY
*U42 GRAPHIC Hurricane Hazel. Damage on Raymore Drive. Photo montage by Eric Cole and Ed Parker.

An evening of home movies shot by people who experienced the horror of Hurricane Hazel is being presented by the Weston Historical Society and Heritage York. The movies from 1954, give an insight, not only into the power of the most famous storm ever to hit Toronto but illustrate lifestyle aspects of Weston’s population some 65 years ago.

According to the WHS,

“On the night of Oct 15 1954 Hurricane Hazel struck Toronto, fatally flooding the Humber river valley (including 35 deaths on one street alone). Home movies shot the next morning showing the damage and the river still in high flood at Weston, are the starting point for our tour through the life and times of the city’s west-end. Local residents captured everything from the danger and high drama of floods, explosions and derailments – to the intimate drama of backyard ice rinks, rec room parties, a first communion filmed by nuns, parades, and the fashions and furnishings of the era.

Organized and presented with the Weston Historical Society and Heritage York.  “the Home Movie History Project”.”

Date: Wednesday June 5

Place: The ‘Village of Humber Heights’, 2245 Lawrence Ave W

Time: 7:30pm