Incredible number of things going on at UrbanArts

I’d love to write about all the amazing things that UrbanArts is doing, but I don’t have enough pixels—plus they’ve already done it themselves. Their newsletter is worth the read.

A few highlights:

  • They’ve reopened physically!
  • They’ve launched No Vacancy, “an initiative designed to re-energize vacant and active storefronts with art”
  • Weston Road Flows will bring Nuit Blanche to Weston
  • They are hiring students and full-time staff
  • And they have a seniors’ program, a zine-making program, a summer camp, and Beats.Mind.Movement

It goes on!

Summer camps registering now

Shakespeare in Action and UrbanArts will be running summer camps.

UrbanArts’ camp is called SummerArts, and the info is below:


SIA will have “two different camps in July as well as an additional August session for ages 10-14 that will take place at Assembly Hall (located in South Etobicoke).”

The first is our Groundlings Camp for ages 7-10. This year the Groundlings will be taking on Romeo & Juliet. As in previous years, we will be guiding them through the process of building a whole play from scratch, including costumes, props and sets. Of course, the Groundlings will be working with professional actors the entire time to develop their performances.

In our Nobles Camp (ages 11-14), we will be tackling the classic tale of Julius Caesar. Participants will get an opportunity to be challenged by SIA’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s iconic drama! From prop, set and costume design to scene and movement work  campers will take a hands-on approach – all culminating in a fun and exciting performance for family and friends at Artscape Weston Common in North West Toronto.  

We are also excited to have added on a THIRD session of camp magic this summer for Campers aged 10-14! This will run August 2nd-12th at Assembly Hall in South Etobicoke. In this fun and collaborative drama camp your child will be immersed in the exciting world of theatre making. This session of campers will explore and perform our very own adaptation of Shakespeare’s great romantic drama, Romeo and Juliet!

All our programs will be done outdoors, with indoor spaces remaining a backup in case of inclement weather. Further policies for COVID-19, including our refund policy, can be found on our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.ca/cc/summer-camps-2022-286989

We are happy to be offering SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for each camp session! Please be sure to email us at [email protected] to learn more! 

UrbanArts launches new Vax Art program

UrbanArts is starting a new program

for participants to understand and share their thoughts/feelings towards the latest corona virus related events through the learning of different visual arts styles. Each week a new artist’s style will be featured to help participants create original artwork

The program starts Friday, February 11th and will be every Monday and Friday, from 4–5pm via Zoom.

Weston Road Flows event this weekend

Urban Arts is hosting Weston Road Flows this weekend (the 23rd and 24th).

It is

A multi-media exhibition that explores the transitory nature of the former city of York through the main arterial road, Weston Road. The exhibition will display the past, present, and future of Weston through new pieces created by local artists. This project will explore the transformation of Weston from its humble beginnings as a village to the multicultural urban area of Toronto that it is today.”

The primary focus will be on a sound installation that incorporates historic recordings of the area and its residents with modern beats created by youth producers from York South-Weston. The stories and sceneries have continually changed in York, but Weston Road has always been a main ‘flow through’ and will continue to do so as the area undergoes even more change and development.

They’re asking the community to share their stories: What does “Weston” mean to you?

The exhibition will be at Artscape Weston Common, and tickets are free.

Events this week

CultureShock runs this week—UrbanArts’ annual four-day celebration with music, dance, movies, and more. The event started yesterday (sorry!) and runs until Saturday, August 7.


West Park Baptist Church and Castlepoint Numa will be hosting a virtual meeting to discuss the Weston Park development at Weston and Lawrence. The meeting will be Monday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m..