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.
CultureShock is an annual festival showcasing the artistic accomplishments of local young people; if it’s like last year, there will be food, dance, music and art.
UrbanArts, located on John St, is a community arts group that strives to engage Weston and Mount Dennis youth in artistic programs. It offers a graffiti transformation project, summer arts programs, theatre and dance.
The festival is from 6–9 on Friday, August 12, and from 1–7 on Saturday August 13.