Frontlines Fundraiser a Success

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 owns Weston this weekend

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.

Everyone is welcome at both events.

Speakers series at UrbanArts this Thursday

Youth from the community are  hosting a speakers series in Weston this Thursday, and all are welcome to attend.

Laura Albanese and Frances Nunziata will be speaking on youth and politics, as will Shadya Yasin, from the York Youth Coalition, and Monique Habbib, from Operation Vote.

The event will be from 5 – 7 at UrbanArts at 19 John Street.

The Hub’s summer barbeque on Wednesday

The Jane Street Hub will have a summer barbeque on Wednesday.

The Hub is a wonderful social service centre that has served Weston since late last year. It is a multi-million dollar venture that brings many health, welfare, and settlement groups under one roof.

The barbeque will start at 4 pm, and will be at 1541 Jane St.  Hotdogs and hamburgers will be free.

Book signing tomorrow

John A McKenty, the author of Canada Cycle & Motor: The CCM Story, will be having a book signing tomorrow at 2 pm at Frontlines, at 1844 Weston Rd.

His book chronicles the rise and fall of one of Weston’s—and Canada’s—great businesses. CCM made bicycles in Weston from 1917 until 1983; the factory was where the Tim Horton’s on Lawrence stands now.

Canada Cycle & Motor: The CCM Story is a 350-page book told from the grassroots, with 150 illustrations, photographs, and vintage ads.

A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to Bicycles for Humanity, an organization that sends bikes to Namibia and Malawi.