The Weston Santa Claus will be Sunday, November 24th at 2.00 p.m. Our parade is the finest in Toronto, bar none, and always a hoot. This year, the BIA says there will be an “amazing line-up. We have 8 amazing bands and two of them have performed extensively in Europe and North America.”
The Burlington Teen Tour Band is considered the best marching band in Canada and the Toronto Steel Orchestra consists of 50 of the most talented steel drum players in the world. They have played at Massey Hall on numerous occasions and have been guests on Breakfast Television. They have just returned from a tour of Spain.
The organizers are looking for marshalls and actors to be volunteers. If you’re interested, you can apply online or email Marion at [email protected]
The Weston Village BIA has posted an update on the Gaeta Farms expulsion. It isn’t particularly revealing of their side of the story, but it does say they are working hard to ensure a “successful market upon our return to John Street for the 2020 season.”
While trying to maintain the integrity and professionalism of the market, as well as the confidentiality of the Gaeta family, there have been several issues which have not been resolved, and in fact have escalated in recent weeks. We feel it is in the best interest of the Market as a whole, the Weston community and the BIA to discontinue our relationship.
We ask for your patience and trust during this difficult time. We assure you we are working very hard to ensure we have a professional, successful market upon our return to John Street for the 2020 season.
I tried earlier this week to reach Frances Nunziata and the BIA for comment, but I haven’t yet heard back.
Gaeta Farms has been ejected from the Weston Farmers’ market, which is causing great concern and may have serious repercussions.
Gaeta Farms has been an anchor tenant since the market began 38 years ago. The farm posted on their website this weekend that they had been told they had breached the code of conduct and would no longer be welcome. They dispute this:
Breaching the code of conduct they say: My dad has always loved this market, this is where we started. His voice is for the market and what’s best for all farmers and the other vendors who attend, he wants this market to succeed. Is his voice too loud? The community needs to know that the board is giving the farmers a hard time with the move to the new location next year, which doesn’t give us enough space to operate safely. His voice is sticking up for us farmers.
In an email, Sabrina Gaeta, Joe’s daughter, said the issue goes back three years. “Vendors have left, customers are no longer attending and nothing is being done to promote the market or address the issue that we have less vendors year after year.”
Next year’s move to John Street has also been very contentious. Sabrina Gaeta says that vendors do not want to move to the John Street location because the space is not big enough. She also says they have not been supported by the BIA.
The Gaetas say the new John Street location will be too small for all the vendors and their wares, and cannot be used safely with the trucks and loading that needs to be done.
Losing Gaeta Farms may have serious repercussions for the market. Several people have told me that an inspector came on Saturday and found the market had too few vendors to qualify as a farmers’ market. This appears to mean it will be downgraded to a flea market.
I’ve emailed Frances Nunziata and the BIA, but I haven’t yet heard back.
Sabrina Gaeta said, in closing:
After 38 years my dad just wants to retire peacefully from the market and move on to spend time with his grandchildren. He doesn’t want me to pursue this, but the community needs to know how unfair we were treated. Out staff lost their jobs on Saturday, income they rely on. What hurt us the most: they took away the opportunity to say goodbye to the community, our customers who have become friends. We deserve the right to say goodbye.
A photo from 1982 at the Weston Farmers Market. Joe Gaeta has attended every Sat since 1978. Friday on Oct 4th at 2pm the Weston Bia kicked him out without no verbal or written warning. The longest standing farmer at the market The community deserves answers. @FrancesNunziatapic.twitter.com/bRsBEKXTly
Tomorrow will be the first-ever Weston Buskerfest, and it promises to be a blast.
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.
Here at WestonWeb, we often think we know better than anyone else. After all it’s easy to second guess from the sidelines. Sometimes though an idea seems so right for an area that it should be given a closer look.
Pop-up shops are an idea that originated in Australia and the idea is that empty stores are cleaned up by volunteers and then opened by businesses for a short period of time. Landlords charge little or no rent but benefit because successful pop-up businesses sometimes end up as paying tenants. The whole street benefits because more spill over sales traffic is generated. Even Kanye West uses them!
There is quite a wealth of experience out there in the successful implementation of pop-up shops and it is likely an endeavour best undertaken by Mount Dennis BIA or Weston’s BIA. We wrote about the idea in 2012 but sadly, nothing happened.