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.

Upcoming events

If, like me, you haven’t had the chance to go on a knowledge-sharing bike tour with Sofija Theodoru, you’re running out of time. Sofija, Weston’s Climate Action Champion, is hosting tours every other Saturday, and the remaining two are on October 23 and November 6. The group meets at Lions Park from 11–3.

The city is also hiring new climate champions. If you’d like to be one, you can apply online.


The Weston Mount Dennis Community Hub has many programs coming up in October—more than I can list here. Happily, they are listed on their Twitter feed.


There will be a community clean up on Sunday, October 24 at 10 a.m. in Weston Lions Park.


There is an ongoing outdoor art exhibit at Artscape Weston Common: Jill Downen’s “I Spoke Truth and Someone Listened”. According to the artist, “The dangerous rise in disinformation alongside a global pandemic inspired the project that is an ongoing endeavor where I invite participants to generate audio recordings of themselves speaking truth. Encoded in each audio file is a sound wave pattern that I translate into a painting called a ‘truth line.’”


Upcoming events

Shakespeare in Action is launching 3Tempests, “an original adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” that weaves in real stories of Hurricane Hazel with those of local seniors who have experienced increased isolation with the COVID-19 pandemic.” It’s a play inspired by a program SIA ran with local seniors during pandemic

The play will be in Little Avenue Park from September 7–12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online.


Shakespeare in Action is also running photography walks for the next three weeks for young people 12–17.

Upcoming events

Toronto Police are hosting an online meeting to discuss bringing the FOCUS program to 12 Division. The FOCUS program (as I understand it) coordinates a group of social programs to respond to people at acute risk of crisis or anti-social behaviour.

The meeting will be August 26 at 6:30. You can register online.


The city will be presenting their findings on laneway suite applications at two sessions: one on August 31, and another on September 1.

This isn’t a presentation for solely Weston and Mount Dennis, but it is an idea that could change housing (a little) here. We have a number of laneways that could be used to build additional housing as planing rules change.

Map of laneways near us from the city.

Another, similar housing option—garden suites—took a small step forward in a committee meeting in late June.


There will be free print-making and story-telling workshops every Wednesday this fall at the Weston Common.

Porch concert next Sunday

On Sunday, August 30 29, the Lentini/ Silvaggio family will be hosting their second annual porch concert at 196 John Street. All are welcome, and non-perishable food for WAES will be gratefully accepted. They will also be selling popsicles to raise money for the full-time musicians, so bring a few bucks.

The concert starts at 7, and will feature Radio Sweetheart, Spoon Bend, and others. They ask that you observe COVID precautions, naturally.

The rain date will be Monday, August 31 30.