Following some racial negativity spurred by the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, the Weston Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) wants to celebrate all cultures.
“There are no outsiders in Weston,” said BIA coordinator Mario O’Sullivan.
The BIA is planning a multicultural festival for July, which would also celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
“We’re doing this because it’s Canada 150th,” O’Sullivan said. “Right now there’s been so much said about divisiveness in our society because of all the stuff that Trump is saying and doing. We’re a very united community here and we want people to know that we welcome everyone.”
The BIA is now reaching out to community organizations, including cultural and religious groups, to send letters indicating their interest in participating.
The letters would be used in the BIA’s application for government grants that would help pay for the festival.
The BIA plans to host a Weston Has Talent competition that would include prize money. She encourages all area choirs, cultural dance groups and others to get involved.
The BIA hopes to receive letters of interest by the middle of March.
Contact the BIA at email@example.com or 416-249-0691.
For more information on the BIA, visit www.westonvillagebia.com