Last night’s Frontlines Fundraiser was a success even though a last minute switching of the venue caused organizers to scramble. The event had originally been scheduled at the Church on Weston Road but a funeral necessitated some quick thinking and after some frantic phone calls, a the York West Active Living Centre was made available. The evening was organized and filled with performances from L.I.T.s (Leaders in Training) under the direction of Joel Reid and other Frontlines staff. Delicious home baked goodies and rice crispy squares were also sold.
Program Manager Denise Gillard expressed her pride at how far the LITs had come this year and thanked Summer Activity Coordinator Tyra Jones-Hurst for her work this summer. Also in attendance were rap performer Squally Blesso who praised Frontlines and thanked Executive Director Kristy Grisdale for helping him when he was a teen, and NDP provincial candidate Paul Ferreira.
A correction: Maggie Knap, Executive Director of the York West Active Living Centre says “York West was unable to provide the space for Frontlines at such short notice but did refer Kristy to Toronto Community Housing Health Promotion Officer, Ahmed Ali who was able to offer the recreation space at Eagle Manor at 1901 Weston Road for the venue.”
UrbanArts is having a busy week. On Thursday, from 2–5 pm, they will be unveiling their newest mural; it’s at the corner of Weston and Lawrence. On Friday, they will be starting CultureShock, a two-day festival of art, dance and music.
The mural is part of an annual project that puts young people from the community to work to abate graffiti in Weston and Mt Dennis. They paint an average of two murals a year, and have done so since 1999. This year, they celebrate Weston as the “Home of the Bicycle”. A second piece will soon be installed in Mount Dennis.
On Friday and Saturday, UrbanArts will host the annual CultureShock Festival at Weston Collegiate.
Wes “Maestro” Williams (formerly Maestro Fresh Wes) will be headlining. Cabbie Richards, from TSN, and Canadian hip-hop pioneer Michie Mee will be MCing.
The festival starts Friday at 6, and resumes on Saturday at 1 pm.