CultureShock Community Arts Festival is a FREE all-ages multi-day festival hosted by UrbanArts Community Arts Council each August in Central West Toronto. CultureShock is a community-driven festival that celebrates and showcases the artistic vibrancy of our community and the diverse cultural backgrounds of local residents within York-South Weston. In it’s 12th year running, CultureShock provides a forum and a space for artists from the area and across the city to showcase their talent and craft, including dance, music, visual arts, and spoken word.
UrbanArts is a progressive, not-for-profit Community Arts Council (CAC)/Local Arts Service Organization (LASO) providing opportunities for diverse cultural expression, artistic development, training and employment to members of urban communities with a focus on youth in central west Toronto; UrbanArts focuses on engaging community through the arts; UrbanArts is an incubator for local arts, with a range of programs led by professional artists in visual, digital, culinary and media arts, theatre, dance and music. As the thread to weaves together generations, UrbanArts in the process of transitioning its delivery of programs and services to include the broader community with a focus on youth.