UrbanArts virtual show this Thursday

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 is online and fundraising

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.”

You can donate online through CanadaHelps.

UrbanArts update

UrbanArts has started posting online programming until we’re all ready to get back to work. Some of the programming has included:

New arts activities are posted every day on their Facebook page.

What’s open? What’s not?

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
  • UrbanArts
  • Licensed daycares and schools
  • All city-run March Break camps
  • Frontlines March Break camp, as of Tuesday
  • Goodlife
  • Our MP’s constituency office

Open

  • 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!

 

Upcoming events

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.

Joshua Glover: The Opera


UrbanArts is hosting the “Living Black Genius” program starting September 24.

Living Black Genius is an immersive program that highlights and connects prominent Black Canadian leaders with youth and the larger community.
When: Tuesday, September 24th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: UrbanArts at Artscape Weston Common, 34 John St (York)

 

 


The Weston Historical Society will be having a walk to discuss the Humber River, on September 28, starting at 1:30.


 

Upcoming events

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.