Upcoming events

Weston Then & Now“, a celebration of the 200th birthday of the Central United Church, will be happening this weekend. There will be artist installations and “music, visual art, storytelling, live performance, history, and a reflection on Weston that will be unforgettable”. The event will be Friday, March 25 to Sunday, March 27.

Frontlines continues to host its online homework club “to help local students with math, science, French, English, and social studies. The program runs weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, email [email protected] or call (416) 244-7017. 

On Wednesday, the Learning Enrichment Foundation will be hosting a neighbourhood discussion of the “Quilt on Weston Road”, their proposed new building.

In May, UrbanArts will launch “Rhythm & Poetry”, a free 8-week program people 16+. It will run every Tuesday from 4:30–6:30 at Artscape Weston Common.

Led by international playwright, Natasha Adiyana Morris, and special guest instructors, participants will explore writing and performance through rhythm and poetry. If you’re interested in creating authentic and bold writing, as well as learning how to make unique choices on stage, this intensive is for you.

On Saturday, Sofija Theordou will be leading the first ” Knowledge-Sharing Bike Tour” of the season. They’ll run biweekly until June 18, if the cool weather puts you off this weekend.

This summer, Shakespeare in Action will have its Shakespeare for Kids Summer Camp.

Our annual summer camp is back in Weston in July. Learn new skills, make friends, play outdoors, and create and perform an abridged Shakespeare play this summer. We’re excited to launch a new camp in August in partnership with Assembly Hall in Etobicoke!

Early registrants save 10%.

SIA seeks volunteers for event

Shakespeare in Action is looking for volunteers to help with “Weston: Then and Now”, running March 25–27.

They are looking for people

to assist us as Ushers, Art Instalment Supervisors and History Guides for our upcoming event, ‘Weston: Then & Now, running March 25th-27th at Central United Church! This event is will be bringing to life over 200 years of history in Central United Church and Weston! This will be a free, three day event inside CUC featuring visual artist, multi-media creations, history displays and live music and performances throughout the building for guests to explore!We are looking for folks that love all things art and history and have an interest in sharing that with others! Training will be provided. Please visit our website to sign up now or learn more about the event:

“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.

Hazel Remembered

Madeleine McDowell remembers Hurricane Hazel by the old bridge abutment in Lions Park.

A forlorn bridge abutment wrenched out of place by Hurricane Hazel on the night of October 16, 1954 is the closest thing to a memorial to the three dozen or so people who died that night as the Humber River overwhelmed the little community that lived along Raymore Drive. Local historian Madeleine McDowell, talked today about the storm which carried away the homes of many people in what is now Raymore Park. Madeleine was 14 years old at the time and had personal memories of the event which she shared today. The storm led to the creation of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The Humber’s longest tributary measures only 100km but the vertical drop from source to mouth is several times the height of Niagara Falls. This was one of the reasons billions of litres of water were funnelled down the river that night. It’s also the reason the watershed is prone to flooding during not so dramatic events as Hazel.

Madeleine’s talk was organized by Sharon Glaves as part of the InTO The Ravines initiative.

The abutment as it looks today in its beautiful location by the Humber. All traces of the original treatment are gone.
The abutment as it looked during the official opening in 2004. Ward 5 Councillor Frances Nunziata is standing with Former MP Alan Tonks and former Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino.(file)

The bridge abutment was once beautifully decorated by artist Mario Noviello but sadly the image faded over the years. 3 Tempests Playwright Peter Smith was in attendance and stated that the neglect of what is in effect the only memorial to the Raymore Drive victims is a disgrace. He would like to see something put in place as a permanent reminder to the people who lost their lives there. He suggested that local artists could combine their talents and design a memorial for the spectacular location. The 70th anniversary of the tragedy is coming in 2024 and now is the time to start work on the project.

The original work by Mario Noviello (file). Only the plaque remains.

Ms. McDowell wasn’t finished however. The indomitable advocate of nature had one last thing to say. She strongly opposes the proposed highway that will run across the delicate Humber watershed’s upper reaches and urged people to oppose plans for the Bradford Bypass (aka Highway 413) which will link Highways 400 and 404, slicing through the Oak Ridges Moraine and dozens of waterways.

Incidentally, Ms. McDowell is made of sterner stuff and seemed comfortable wearing sandals and no gloves. I was wrapped up with toque, winter coat and gloves and froze in the 5° temperatures.

Weekend of theatre and music

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..

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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.

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Tickets are free, but donations are accepted.