On Tuesday May 14, the Weston Village Residents’ Association held its annual general meeting inside the new Weston Hub. The Hub interior still needs some final touches but is essentially complete. Landscaping is a work in progress but it’s coming along nicely and will be ready for next year. The official opening is on May 25th and 26th.
WVRA Chair Dave Bennett opened by talking about some of the ‘heat’ encountered when the Hub was proposed. This was later echoed by Councillor Nunziata.
The new space easily accommodated the 50+ people in attendance. LoriAnn Givran from Artscape, talked about the new facilities, Marlene Mackintosh from UrbanArts and Michael Kelly from Shakespeare in Action introduced themselves and the programs that they offer.
The highlight of the evening was to be a presentation from former Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford but because of illness, Mr. Bedford was absent but ably represented by colleague and Urban Lands Institute Executive Director Richard Joy. The presentation dealt with the ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Report tabled last August.
Richard dealt with the five big ideas from the report, namely,
Promote and plan Weston as a riverfront community
Market Weston as an affordable commercial and residential location for airport workers
Bring a brewery to Weston
Build partnerships with Universities and Colleges
Establish a co-op grocery store.
Later, Councillor Frances Nunziata spoke and talked about local issues including the upcoming paving of Weston Road and widening of sidewalks in the stretch between Lawrence and Little Avenue.
During the break, some mouth-watering goodies were available (well done Suri) and attendees enjoyed a tour of the new facilities.
Today is the last day to visit Weston Road Flows, the art and audio installation at UrbanArts’ 5 Bartonville location.
In other news, UrbanArts will soon be reopening in Weston; they picked up the keys this week to their Weston Common Cultural Hub location.
WE GOT THE KEYS! Many of you know that this long-awaited project has been 10+ years in the making. Well..it’s here now and we are finally moving into the brand new Artscape Weston Common Cultural Hub. Stay tuned for the exciting programming we have planned for the new space! pic.twitter.com/ry667GkL9a
multimedia exhibition that explores the past, present, and future of the (former )[ed.] Village of Weston by reinterpreting the past through a modern context. For over 100 years, the current of Weston Road has been the center of the community. This project will honour and reflect upon the spirit of Weston through historical recordings, resident stories, vocal shout-outs, spoken word, and on-site sounds captured with modern beats.
The exhibition runs from the 14th to the 29th of March at 5 Bartonville.
This unique collaborative fundraising will help UrbanArts to raise much-needed funds to support vital programs and services. Attendees will enjoy an elegant evening mixing delicious fare and beverages with both a silent and live auction, live entertainment, and the opportunity to learn about the work of five local charities.