UrbanArts and Artscape Weston Common have been hosting “Run It Black” for the past few weeks, and this Thursday will be their third (of six) live showcases.
You can tune in at 6:00 on Facebook Live to see Mighloe, a Toronto R&B artist perform.
UrbanArts says the series came about to respond to current events:
In response to anti-Black racism, Artscape Weston Common, in partnership with programming partner, UrbanArts, and non-profit organization, MANIFESTO, has launched the ‘Run It Black’ live showcase series to amplify voices of young black artists, celebrate the rich diverse culture in Weston and Greater Toronto Area, and provide paid and safe performance opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UrbanArts has taken to Zoom with a gusto. Weston’s finest arts organization now offers 1o programs online. And if the video below is anything to go by, the production quality is a whole lot higher than I’m getting from my pre-coffee 320×160 nose cam.
Good content can’t be cheap, and their biggest fundraiser of the year was cancelled. UrbanArts says, that as a result, “we need to raise $10,000 by May 30th to ensure that our programs continue to meet the needs of our community once we return to normal activities.”
Much of Weston—and the city—is shutting down to flatten the curve. Here’s a partial list. Please help if you can by leaving a comment below. I’ll update as possible.
Closed or cancelled
Weston, Mount Dennis (and all other) library branches
York Recreation Centre
Shakespeare in Action
Mount Dennis’ Climate Action Summit
Licensed daycares and schools
All city-run March Break camps
Frontlines March Break camp, as of Tuesday
Our MP’s constituency office
Weston King Neighbourhood Centre
Most small business, including Black Cat, P&M’s, and supercoffee, which are doing a bang-up job.
Black Cat, Weston’s finest café, has an offer for you if you’re having a hard time getting to the store. Justin says that if you can’t make it to the grocery, he can order in baked goods, eggs, and milk for you. Justin, you’re a hell of a guy.
P&M’s is offering to order meat, sauce, and seafood, if you’re in a tight spot. I love you guys!
There’s no excuses for boredom over the next couple of weeks. A ton of things are going on!
The Community Place Hub will be hosting its Fall Festival on September 13 from 3 to 7 pm.
Colin Mendez Morris will be performing “Joshua Glover: The Opera” in Little Avenue Park. The opera tells the story of Glover, a slave who was freed, recaptured, and imprisoned before coming to Etobicoke. It is part of the Arts in the Parks Series.
Lots to do in August! This weekend is UrbanArts’ CultureShock Festival in their new digs at Weston Common.
Today, and every Friday until the end of the summer, Frontlines is hosting Beats in the Streets.
The Weston King Neighbourhood Centre (WKNC) will be hosting a weekly Talking Circle starting Wednesday, August 14. The circle will run from 2:00-4:00 pm at 2017 Weston Road.
The weekly Talking Circle will be Indigenous-led and resourced, but all are welcome. This will be a safe space to share, to connect and to learn.
This will be the first in a series of Reconciliation events for the local community. WKNC encourages others to join in with this initiative. For more information, please contact Ken at WKNC, at [email protected] or 416 241-9898.
Volunteers will also be adding mulch around native trees and shrubs in Eglinton Flats on August 14, between 10 and 12.