Backpack Giveaway

SoundCheck Youth Arts, a youth-led non-profit based in Toronto’s Weston and Mount Dennis neighbourhoods, is having a back-to-school backpack drive Aug. 31.

It is the first time the non-profit is doing it.

The event will happen between 4 and 7 p.m. at Weston Park Baptist Church, which is located at 1781 Weston Rd. near Lawrence Avenue West in Weston.

The organizers are giving away fully-stocked backpacks. There will also be a community barbecue.

However, the goods are first come first served.

Local blogger ponders Weston bone discovery.

Hans Havermann has lived in Weston for more than half a century and writes a blog mainly about mathematics and puzzles. Occasionally Hans turns his powerful mind to local thoughts and happenings such as the Denison Road underpass, his neighbourhood,  and Raymore Park. Like Weston Web, his blog has been going since 2010 and helpfully, articles are accessible by date and title so that readers can comb through the archives. This is a great site if you’re a fan of math and puzzles; an added bonus is the content of local interest.

Once Hans gets his teeth into something, he’s relentless. Sparked by a WestonWeb article on the proposed Wilby Crescent apartments, he wondered why its address is on Wilby rather than Hickory Tree where maps clearly place it. While looking for older maps of the ever changing streets of Weston, he found an article on the above photograph of bones discovered near Weston Road, south of Lawrence and decided to do some digging of his own (yes, I know). As a result of his research, he believes that the site of the bones was not as commonly believed at Weston Park Baptist Church but on a now demolished church property across the street on Bellevue.

You might want to subscribe to Hans’ blog and if you can help in his quest for more information, he’d be very interested.

TC3’s Spring Concert – June 6.

The Toronto Children’s Concert Choir and Performing Arts Company (TC3) is having its annual Spring Production and fundraiser on Saturday June 6th 2015, 7:00pm at the Jane Mallett Theatre in the prestigious St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

TC3 operates out of Weston and rehearses in the Weston Park Baptist Church at Lawrence and Weston.

This year’s concert, entitled “Get Ready”, is a celebration of gospel, cultural and inspirational music, African, Hip Hop and contemporary dance and African drumming. TC3’s young people are not only known for their talent but for their song writing creativity and ability to add a gospel touch to popular musical selections.

Special guests include Joy Lapps, known as the Princess of Pan and MC: Clairmont Humphrey, Streaming Praise Radio. Get Ready announces the beginning of an exciting season for TC3 as it begins a year of Anniversary celebrations: 15 years of changing the lives of youth!

Early bird tickets can be purchased at a discount of $5.00 off until and including Saturday (ignore the deadline on the poster).

For ticket information call 416-939-1702

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TC3’s Season Debut Concert – November 29.

Toronto Children’s Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company (TC3) is more than a choir. Bringing together young people ages 7 to 18 from across the Greater Toronto area, TC3’s mission is to promote, develop and encourage youth through inspirational song, dance and Afro-Caribbean drumming. The focus is always on establishing excellence, holistic development and first-rate performance.

For TC3’s season debut, there will be two performances at 2:00pm and 6:30pm held at Weston Park Baptist Church at Weston and Lawrence.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

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Gospel Music at Weston Park Baptist Church

The TC3 Concert Choir
The TC3 Concert Choir

While some Westonians were watching Santa go by, others were cozy and warm listening to some stirring gospel music from TC3 (Toronto Children’s Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company) and their special guests, the U of T Gospel Choir.

U of T Gospel Choir.
U of T Gospel Choir.

TC3 recruits students between the ages of 7 to 18 from all over the city with the aim of enriching academic and artistic talents of their members. An impressive 90% of TC3 alumni continue to higher education after high school.

Founder and Choir Music Director, Reverend Denise Gillard expressed the hope that one day, TC3 members would be singing in the U of T Gospel Choir.

In addition to their busy touring schedule, TC3 will be performing on Breakfast Television in the next few days.

Weston used in CBS TV series

CBS is taping location shots for the TV series Beauty and the Beast here in Weston next week. Actors Kristin Kruek, Jay Ryan and Max Brown will be using local landmarks such as Weston Arena, Weston Park Baptist Church and Weston Pool.

Look for lane closures on Weston Road south of Lawrence between Monday and Wednesday.