Buskerfest a Success.

Large crowds were on hand along Weston, north and south of Lawrence on Saturday to watch an entertaining set of buskers captivate audiences. This was Weston’s very first Buskerfest and by all accounts was a huge success.

Crowds fill the corner of Weston and Lawrence.
Lucy Loop and her hoops.
Fire entertainer David Ito ‘warms up’ the crowd.
A caricature artist gets to work.
Children were captivated by the Ostrich Guy and his bird.
The Ostrich Guy has been appearing in his current persona for about four years.
The Ostrich greets a young spectator.
The Ostrich Guy meets and greets.

The event was financed by Weston’s Business Improvement Area, and designed to draw people into Weston.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that several businesses including the banks, Weston Hub builders, Rockport and Metrolinx had declined to contribute to Buskerfest. This was incorrect – they were not approached for a contribution. I apologize for the error.

 

Buskerfest tomorrow

Tomorrow will be the first-ever Weston Buskerfest, and it promises to be a blast.

ET The Mime
ET The Mime

The fun starts at 2 pm and goes until 6 or so. A rotating set of performers will appear between 1765 Weston Rd and the TD Bank. They include some excellent talents: Kate Mior the wind-up ‘doll’, ET the Mime, a magician, a hula-hoop entertainer, and Weston’s own Scott Jackson.

 

 

Documentary on Mark Moore and Kevin Williams, local killer and his accomplice

On Wednesday, TVO will air Some Sort of Judas about Kevin Williams, the accomplice-turned-informant who rode with Mark Moore when he murdered two men in Weston.

Some Sort of Judas – Trailer from The Mind Refinery on Vimeo.

Williams was with Moore when he killed Courthney Facey and Mike James, two innocent young men. He was also his accomplice in the violent robbery of a jewelry store, for which he was sentenced to six years.

Some Sort of Judas airs Wednesday at 9 on TVO.

Killer faces $500 fine

A 62-year-old man was charged with an improper right turn, and faces a $500 fine.

That improper turn killed Gary Sim, 70, of Mount Dennis, who was riding his bike on Jane Street. Sim died in hospital on July 2.

Is there a pro-car bias baked into the legal system? Heather Sim, the victim’s daughter, says so.

“If I was walking down the street swinging a lead pipe and hit someone, I’d be (facing an) assault charge … You just not paying attention and hitting people (with your car) doesn’t mean it’s anything more than a Highway Traffic Act charge,” she said.

Even the police think this is wrong. The Star says we could have a vulnerable road-user law, which would increase penalties for motorists who kill pedestrians or cyclists.

The province has been looking into this possibility for more than a year.