Milton neighbours explore artistic side after becoming 'the image of what friendship is' during the pandemic

At the beginning of the pandemic, five families who live next to each other became fast friends. CBC Toronto's Meet the Neighbours series profiles residents who live on Asleton Boulevard in Milton.

CBC Toronto's Meet the Neighbours series meets new friends who live on Astleton Boulevard.

Meet the neighbours: Asleton Crew


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At the beginning of the pandemic, five families who live along a row of houses in Milton befriended each other. They now call themselves the “Asleton Crew,” and spend countless hours together in their backyards — and recently explored their artistic side together. 4:19

Five families who live in a row of houses on Asleton Boulevard in Milton say they have become forever friends during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

They call themselves the "Asleton Crew" and went from waving friendly hellos to each other from their front lawns to spending countless hours together in their backyards.

"It's given us hope and things to smile about because we have people to share stories with," said neighbour Omar Hopkinson. "It's given us a sense of community."

Hopkinson, an artist, recently hosted a paint night for his neighbours.

Watch the video above to see what they created together. 

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About the Author

Sannah Choi is a multi-platform journalist with CBC Toronto. She started as a TV reporter in her hometown at CBC Ottawa and has since worked on shows like Power and Politics, Ottawa Morning, Here and Now, and Metro Morning. She enjoys exploring her neighbourhood in Toronto's west end with her husband and son.