Stretching along Weston Road, north to Church Street and south to Wilby Crescent; west on Lawrence Ave to Hickory Tree Rd and east on Lawrence Ave to South Station, the Weston Village BIA, established in 1979 is one of the oldest BIA's in Toronto. The business area reflects the cultural diversity of the area and consists of an electic mix of 160 stores, restaurants and professional buildings. The business area also refelects the long and storied history of Weston and there are many second and third generation-owned, family businesses, that are still going strong.
Getting to and From Weston
More than any other period in its recent history, Weston is undergoing enormous change. While it has always been an easily accessible area because of its proximity to the 401 and 400 highways, recent additions to our transit service has made it one of the most accessible areas in Toronto. In operation since 2016, The Up Express, which operates every 15 minutes from a new station at 1865 Weston Rd, south of Lawrence, transports riders to Union Station and Pearson International Airport in 20 minutes.
Developments in the Area
Artscape Weston Common
Championed by Councillor Frances Nunziata, the long awaited completion and official opening of The Weston Common occured on June 5, 2019 to great fanfare and excitement. The project features 369 apartment units (including 27 affordable units), 26 live-work, affordable units for artists, an 8,200 sq. ft. community cultural hub, dedicated to the arts, and an outdoor space for community gathering. Artscape is managing the cultural hub and its main tenants Urban Arts and Shakespeare in Action are bringing the kind of arts programming, summer camps and after-school programs that Weston had on its wish list for may years.
5 other major developments are in various stages of the development process and, based on the consultation meetings developers have hosted for the community, each one is unique and very exciting.
Annual Events and Activities
For a small village, Weston ranks up there with the bigger down-town areas in terms of its events. Starting with our 39 year old, Weston Farmers' Market, which runs every Saturday from mid May until the end of October, the market is consistently rated as one of the top 10 markets in the GTA. The annual Weston Santa Claus Parade on the last Sunday in November attracts over 20,000 eager fans and in 2018 celebrated its 40th anniversary.
Streetscaping and Beautification Projects
With the beautiful Humber River as a back drop and numerous historical buildings in the village, ambiance abounds in Weston. To harness those attributes and in anticipation of the role new developments will play in the area, the Weston BIA is currently working on a Master of Streetscape Plan that aims to give Weston Rd a more unified and upscale look and feel that will encourage more people to live, shop and dine in Weston Village.
Weston BIA Office
We are a busy BIA and along with a board of directors, we have one staff person who works 3 days per week out of our office at 4 John Street, Unit 3, Weston. John Street runs east off Weston Rd, one street north of Lawrence.
Our office is open from Tuesday through Thursday, 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.