Nunziata asks for Somali community cultural centre

City Council will ask staff to study the feasibility of a Somali community cultural centre if Frances Nunziata’s motion is approved this week at City Hall this week.

The motion says,

While the Somali community continues to thrive, it also faces significant systemic barriers due to anti-Black racism and Islamophobia. Many studies, including the work of the City’s Confronting Ant-Black [sic] Racism Unit, and also the testimony of Somali residents at City Council or local boards have documented the deleterious impacts of systemic racism on the prosperity of this dynamic and vibrant community. In addition, action 7.1 in the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Action Plan calls on the City to “improve recreation spaces in neighborhoods [sic] with high proportions of Black residents”.

If approved, the motion would ask staff to “explore potential partnerships for a new community cultural and recreation centre” as well as find a location and funding opportunities.

Act fast to send feedback on large proposal at Weston and Little

If you would like to provide feedback about the large buildings proposed at Weston and Little, a reader has sent along the following information—but you need to act fast. The deadline is noon tomorrow.

You can send written comments by email to the Etobicoke York Community Council at [email protected]   If you want to address the committee meeting on Monday, you can register to speak at the same email address.

You can also call 416-394-8101.

The details of the file are as follows

The developer is Weston Asset Management Inc, and they are asking to “To Amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law” with application number 19 219985 WET 05 OZ.

In short, they are asking to build two large, tall buildings at 1956-1986 Weston Road and 1, 3, 3a and 5 Little Avenue.

You can also, I’m sure, include Councillor Frances Nunziata on your email. Her address is [email protected]

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!