City Council will vote this week on the development at Weston and Little. The two very large, very tall buildings were approved at Etobicoke York Community Council last month.
Many community members, including your correspondent, disagreed with the scale of the buildings, their poor fit into the community, the opaque process, and the work of the city planners, among other things.
The development has grown (and grown) from a single 28-storey building to two 29-storey towers—and again, to a 29-storey tower and a 34-storey one. Though they initially objected, last month city planners approved the proposal without (in my view) significant improvements.
In 2020, they said,
the proposed building “would result in a bulky, overwhelming presence”, “fails to address the local and planned context” and “is inappropriate for the site”. Staff say the plan should be rejected and redesigned as a “mid-rise building with a 45 degree angular plane provided from the Neighbourhoods, open space and low-rise areas and that particular attention be paid to heritage features”.
The 45º angular plane was adopted, but the buildings remain just as bulky, and overwhelming, and the second, slightly-smaller building will be among the largest in Weston. The largest building in the neighbourhood will be its fraternal twin.
Shakespeare in Action has announced that Alphonse, by Wajdi Mouawad, will be coming to Little Avenue Memorial Park later this summer. Among many other rave reviews, the play was called a “lovely piece of writing” and “a runaway theatrical success by the Globe and Mail.
SIA says it’s a story of “Alphonse [who] is lost and walking along a country road, weaving an intricate web of stories, while everyone is searching for him: parents, friends, teachers, the police. What they find is the thing we often give up in order to grow up.
They also say it is Toronto’s “first outdoor theatrical production of the new COVID-19 era”. All the safety protocols will be followed.
The play will run August 20 to August 23, starting at 7 pm. It’s general admission, but tickets ($0–$50) are being sold in advance.
Shakespeare In Action is a theatre group that will be moving to Weston later this year. Here’s their latest fundraising promotion that will help them raise more funds for programs in Weston.
Help Us Win $10,000
As the school year wraps up, we are turning our attention to building our new home in Weston. We’ve already raised over $17,000 with your support.
At the end of 2018, Shakespeare in Action is moving to a permanent studio theatre home in the Artscape Weston Common where we can make a difference by providing professional theatre to the community and theatre-training for youth.
Every dollar donated until June 30th enters us in for a chance to win $10,000 with CanadaHelps.
Making a charitable donation to Shakespeare in Action will go towards creating an exciting and engaging season of theatre for the Weston community. Your gift will fund the School for Creativity and Storytelling for youth who may otherwise not have access to performance training. Finally, we hope to present summer Shakespeare in Little Avenue Memorial Park and bring Northwest Toronto’s families together in the heart of the community.
We need your support to ensure the success of our first year in our new neighbourhood.
Donating $25 = 25 chances to win
Donating $100 = 100 chances to win
Donating $200 = 200 chances to win!
UrbanArts, Toronto’s finest community arts group, will host the 11th annual CultureShock festival on August 12 and 13. There will be “dance, music, visual arts, theatre and spoken word” at Little Avenue Park.
They are looking for volunteers, performers, vendors, and exhibitors. Jump in!