Incredible number of things going on at UrbanArts

I’d love to write about all the amazing things that UrbanArts is doing, but I don’t have enough pixels—plus they’ve already done it themselves. Their newsletter is worth the read.

A few highlights:

  • They’ve reopened physically!
  • They’ve launched No Vacancy, “an initiative designed to re-energize vacant and active storefronts with art”
  • Weston Road Flows will bring Nuit Blanche to Weston
  • They are hiring students and full-time staff
  • And they have a seniors’ program, a zine-making program, a summer camp, and Beats.Mind.Movement

It goes on!

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.

Weston Road Flows event this weekend

Urban Arts is hosting Weston Road Flows this weekend (the 23rd and 24th).

It is

A multi-media exhibition that explores the transitory nature of the former city of York through the main arterial road, Weston Road. The exhibition will display the past, present, and future of Weston through new pieces created by local artists. This project will explore the transformation of Weston from its humble beginnings as a village to the multicultural urban area of Toronto that it is today.”

The primary focus will be on a sound installation that incorporates historic recordings of the area and its residents with modern beats created by youth producers from York South-Weston. The stories and sceneries have continually changed in York, but Weston Road has always been a main ‘flow through’ and will continue to do so as the area undergoes even more change and development.

They’re asking the community to share their stories: What does “Weston” mean to you?

The exhibition will be at Artscape Weston Common, and tickets are free.

Events this week

CultureShock runs this week—UrbanArts’ annual four-day celebration with music, dance, movies, and more. The event started yesterday (sorry!) and runs until Saturday, August 7.


West Park Baptist Church and Castlepoint Numa will be hosting a virtual meeting to discuss the Weston Park development at Weston and Lawrence. The meeting will be Monday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m..