Upcoming events

Gallery City is on now at locations around the Eglinton LRT. Art is being exhibited at nine participating locations, including six in Mount Dennis: Caplan’s, Scotiabank, V’s, Supercoffee,  the Mount Dennis Library, and Zica’s barber.

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By James Ip

This Thursday, Frances Nunziata’s office will be hosting a community meeting to discuss urban planning in Mount Dennis. It sounds important.

The meeting will be from 7 to 9 at the Legion at 1050 Weston Road.

Poster for the meeting


The Weston Buskerfest will be July 28. It should be great!

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You loved the world-class performers we brought to last year and many will be returning this year as well as some new acts that are sure to tickle your funny bones, amaze you with their slight of hand and have you dancing in the street.


Cultureshock, UrbanArts’ annual festival (now in its 13th year!) will be August 7–11.

UrbanArts has a lot of other stuff going on as well.

CultureShock is a community-driven festival that celebrates and showcases the artistic vibrancy of our community and the diverse cultural backgrounds of local residents within York-South Weston and across the City of Toronto.

Performances • Block Party • Beat Battle • Poetry Slam • Live Art • Dance 1V1 • Arcade • Marketplace • Gallery

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What’s new at the YWALC/Canada Day Lunch

Have you ever wanted to try clogging?  How about belly dancing or even tap dancing?  At the York West Active Living Centre, you can try these and so much more!

The York West Active Living Centre offers a variety of classes and social outings for people 55 years old and up.  The fully accessible, air-conditioned facility is located at the corner of Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue.

In addition to dance classes, the centre provides fitness and educational classes including Zumba, Pilates, computer courses, Spanish and Italian language courses and a watercolour painting class.                               

I spoke to Suzanne Teixeira, Executive Director of the York West Active Living Centre about the centres’ commitment to promote, encourage and support healthy, independent living. “Some members are very involved at the center; participating in different fitness classes and trips.  For others, knowing they belong to the Centre is enough,” she said.

Dancing with Parkinson’s is easily one of the most inspiring programs offered at the centre.  Instructors guide individuals with Parkinson’s and other neurological ailments through a specialized dance that empowers them and encourages them to explore movement and music in ways that are stimulating and creative.

A non-profit organization, the centre uses money it receives from the small membership fee it charges and grants to fund the programs and pay for equipment including its two vans which play a vital role in bringing people to the centre.  “A lot of our members are no longer driving, so we have two minivans that are used to bring members to and from the Centre.  We also use these vans for social outings,” said Ms. Teixeira.

This Friday, June 29th, the York West Active Living Centre will be holding a Canada Day Lunch from 12 PM to 1:30 PM.

The event is open to both members and non-members who are 55 years young and older.  Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will be available along with coffee, tea, and dessert.  The cost is $10.00.

Fireworks this Sunday

Last year’s fireworks. From Toronto.com

Weston’s Canada Day fireworks display is one of our more spectacular annual events, little known outside our community. This Sunday, beginning at 10:00 pm sharp, Weston’s annual firework display will be launched from the southernmost baseball diamond in Lions Park as part of the July 1 activities.

The old fairgrounds at Lions Park (next to the arena) will see action from 5 pm with food trucks, bouncy castles and a bubble show involving the creation of gigantic bubbles up to 50 feet long.

Sunday’s forecast predicts a scorching high of 36° with a chance of showers in the evening so prepare to be warm and thirsty.

Ujima House – A Safe Place for Young and Potential Fathers

Ujima House at the corner of Weston Rd. and Lawrence Ave. holds a treasure-trove of resources for young and potential fathers.  Ujima is a Kwanzaa principle that means Collective Work & Responsibility (To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together).

Officially opened on June 21, 2011, Ujima House is a non-profit organization that focuses on meeting the needs of African-Canadian men.  However, the centre warmly welcomes men of all ethnic backgrounds.

The only father-focused centre in Canada, services include one-on-one mentorship, parenting courses, supervised visitation areas, cooking lessons and help with legal matters.

I spoke to Ed Gough Jr., Program Coordinator at the centre about why the centre was created and the impact it has had on members of the community. “A lot of fathers feel like they are not being listened to or heard,” he said. “Many of the men who come here did not have stable, supportive father figures in their lives.  Ujima House provides a safe environment for men to talk, share experiences, and learn from one another on how to become a better father for their children.  When men feel safe, they are bound to open up.”

As social stereotypes surrounding the roles men and women play in raising children continue to erode, it is encouraging to know that a place like Ujima House exists.

Quickly approaching their 10 year anniversary, the centre is focused on expanding the services it provides to men beyond the Weston community. One initiative the centre hopes to have up and running by September 2018 is a series of free webinars and talks.  Not only will this help to young and potential fathers outside the Weston community, it will also allow people who are not able to visit the centre access resources anytime they need it.

This Sunday, June 17th, 2018, Ujima House is hosting a Fathers’ Day Celebration.  The event will take place from 11 AM-5 PM.  Activities include an Annual General Meeting (11 AM-12 PM), drumming, and a Daddy Olympics which include a diaper changing competition. All are welcome!

Ujima House is located at 1901 Weston Road #18, York, ON, M9N 3P5.

For more information please see the flyer below.

Upcoming events

The Weston King Neighbourhood Centre (WKNC) is starting a Community Art Program which will begin on Thursday June 7th at 6 pm. The workshops will be held at WKNC, located at 2017 Weston Road, & will continue weekly on Thursdays from 6-8 pm until the end of July.
The facilitator for this 8-week session will be Marlene Kates who has over 30 years experience both as an art teacher & as a visual artist.
All the supplies you need will be provided free as well as refreshments.
The Art Program will be held in addition to the very successful Weston Writing Group which is now in its third year.
To register, or for more information about either program, please contact Ken Theobald at WKNC at 416 241-9898 or kent@wknc.ca

The annual Weston Memorial June Fair will be on Thursday, June 14. It’s always a blast. If you have the  inclination to volunteer time or goods, I know they’re always grateful for the help.


Frontlines will be hosting a fundraising clothing drive on July 14. Your donations would be very welcome.

Mati’s Coffee official opening

Konjet Tadewsa and her son receive a City of Toronto congratulatory diploma from Business Improvement Association Chair Masum Hossain on Saturday May, 26. Husband, Derrge and other family members were on hand to lend support.

Mati’s Coffee is the latest addition to Weston’s ‘Main Street’ and is situated at 1947 Weston Road; just north of John Street on the west east side. Originally from Ethiopia (the home of all coffee), owners Konjet and Derrge Tadewsa are a true Canadian success story. Konjet worked at Tim Hortons for many years learning the ins and outs of customer service. She and husband Derrge (who did the renovations) are now taking the plunge with this new Weston business.

Aside from coffee and other beverages, Mati’s serves a wide selection of food, from home baked muffins to donuts, delicious cake slices and meat patties.

The official opening was held on Saturday, showcasing the beautiful renovation that has transformed the site of the old Weston Bun Bakery. In attendance were some familiar faces from Weston including Masum Hossain, Marion O’Sullivan and Debbie Gibson from the BIA and Suri Weinberg-Linsky from Squibb’s bookstore across the road.

Let’s give a warm Weston Welcome to Mati‘s Coffee and make a point of supporting this new business. Did I mention they have free wifi?