Friday Fun!

THIS FRIDAY, March 29, 2013

Silly Goose Kids (2054 Danforth Avenue) – Open on Good Friday with lots of fun activities!

SGK Good Friday

NEXT FRIDAY (April 5, 2013)

Artisans At Work (2071 Danforth Avenue –  a few stores west of Pizza Pizza at Woodbine) hosts a “First Friday” event on the first Friday of each month.  The details are so exciting and there is so much going on that you need to read their newsletter so that you don’t miss anything!  The highlights are art, opera, crepes and a liquor licence!  Click here for the details.

And just to give you a sneak preview, look how beautiful the space is (photo cred to Artisans at Work):


For even more info, our friend the East End Pioneer did a write-up on Artisans at Work, which you can read here.


PARADE ALERT!!  Don’t forget that the Toronto Beaches Lions Easter Parade is this Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. along Queen Street E.  It starts in front of the Fox Theatre and travels west to Woodbine.  We are told that this is the largest Easter parade in North America!

Free Tax Seminar – Tomorrow!

This just in….
FREE Seminars @ Liberty Tax
1775 Danforth Avenue
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday March 27 2013  
Are you lost when doing your taxes?
Tax Seminar for Individual Taxes

This seminar will help you better understand your deductions, new tax information, and how to prepare for the tax season

Wednesday, April 10 2013
Seminar for Small Businesses
Free tax seminar on small business, self employment, and rental property

Out with the old, in with the new!

Out with the old…

Oaks n Acorns is hosting a “mom to mom” sale (and we’re pretty sure that no dad would be turned away), and no doubt, the tables will go fast. Details below, or check out their website: DECA organized a sale like this last year, but we have no plans to do another one so if your basement looks like a baby store, seize this chance!

Mom 2 Mom sale poster

In with the new…

Two new businesses east of Danforth

Taste of Dominican – 2231 Danforth – not open yet, but the sign is up and it is promising to be a “fine Dominican restaurant”. It also says dine-in and take out – we’ll keep you posted!

Great Wood – 2208 Danforth – A cool-looking new shop that is selling creations made out of recycled/reclaimed wood. Located right beside where the new KIA dealership is going in. Has anyone been inside? I have peeked through the window and it looks like a gallery full of beautiful wooden items!

New-ish news…

Okay, it’s not new in the strict sense of the meaning, but after a long, cold winter, I think we can all agree that this is a new reason to get excited: Carter’s Ice Cream is re-opening this Friday, March 29 at noon!! There will be face painting and fun to be had by all.

And speaking of new…did you hear that Target is opening on the Danforth (@ Victoria Park in the Shoppers World plaza) this Thursday, March 28? Okay fine, you probably knew. But isn’t it still so exciting?

Reminder: Tomorrow night there is a big pop-up meeting for anyone interested in helping us shape this exciting project. In case you missed our recent post about it, click here for details!

Follow @DECADiaries on Twitter for all the latest news!

Pop-Up Shop Big Ideas Night & More

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

Joel A. Barker

Big Ideas Night

DECA’s pop-up shops started with a vision to change the Danforth. You acted. You scrubbed. You scraped. You painted. You walked in the door. And you shopped. Each of these are small, but vital acts that support the future of our community and of walking neighbourhoods in Toronto and around the world. People who change the world don’t do it grand sweeping gestures. Well, I suppose you might if you were Warren Buffet or Bill Gates. But those guys just give money to people who scrape, scrub and and walk in the door. In these acts you are creating a community that is more vibrant, walkable and safe. Now we’re asking, once again, for a little bit more. We need your ideas.

You are cordially invited to join us for the DECA Pop-Up Shops Big Ideas Night. We want you and we need your big ideas. Pop-up shops have already been responsible for the renting of two spaces on the Danforth and we’re looking forward to a few more pop-up tenants opening up permanent shops this spring. If you like the pop-ups and the activity they are creating, we’d like you to help us think about the future of pop-ups and where to go from here.

Wednesday, March 27 7-9 p.m. This meeting will be fun and interactive. We promise!

Register here

One Last Hurrah for the Current Pop-Up Shops: Krystle Lee & Fa Real

Fa Real Designz N Prints | 1898 Danforth Avenue
Tuesday-Saturday 12-8
Fa Real brand clothing is all on sale for $10. Plus, if you want your name put on a hockey jersey you can get it done for between $15-30.

Krystle Lee | 1801 Danforth Avenue
This weekend only she will be offering everyone and additional 30% discount (on select merchandise) off the already super low prices, best to go out with a bang!

If you haven’t had the chance to shop or you left that special something behind, now is your chance.

You can catch her this Saturday and Sunday between 1-5pm


DECA Board Meeting, TEGH News & Bollywood at Monarch

DECA Board Meeting – TONIGHT

A group of your neighbours are meeting tonight to talk about pop-up shops, arts fair, trees, and other cool events in the neighbourhood – otherwise known as a DECA Board meeting.  The meeting is at 7:30 pm.  If you want to know the details please send us an email.

A Few Items from Your Local Hospital

  • Toronto East General is refreshing their strategic plan and is looking for community input.  Have a look at the online survey and let them know what you think by clicking here.
  • TEGH and Toronto Police Service, together with neighbours and local city councillors, recently celebrated the creation of new mobile crisis intervention teams (MCITs) where a nurse trained in mental health accompany’s police to 9-1-1 calls where a person is suspected of having a mental illness or being emotionally disturbed.  Read more about it here.
  • If you’ve ever been asked to ‘turn your head and cough‘ then this one is for you!   TEGH Urologist Dr. Rajiv Singal will be hosting a tweet-chat this Thursday to answer any questions you may have.  Follow #prostatecare from 6:30-7:30 pm on March 21st to join the discussion.
  • Speaking of colons… if you’d like information on colon cancer and local services, visit the information booth that will be set up in hospital’s Coxwell Lobby on March 26th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  

Going Bollywood for Monarch Park

Students at local high school Monarch Park Collegiate are hosting a evening of Bollywood food, dance and a silent auction in support of a student trip to India.  Have a look at the poster below for all the details.  Bollywood

All Things Art: DEAF & AOD

Art of the Danforth: Join the Team

Are you interested in participating in some way with the next Art of the Danforth (scheduled for May 2014)? If so, you’re invited to the following get together!

Thursday, April 18, 7:30-9 pm

Art of the Danforth 2014 Brainstorm 7:30 – 8:30 pm

East Danforth Creative Collective Annual General Meeting 8:30 – 9pm

At LucSculpture Studio & Schools

663 Greenwood (just steps north of Danforth)

For more information, or if you can’t make it, email:

Danforth East Arts Fair: Call for Artists

It’s that time of year again. The Danforth East Arts Fair is accepting applications for the coming season. This years art fair will be held in East Lynn Park on September 14 & 15. Application deadlines are earlier this year in order to help us kick off a more vigorous marketing campaign, so please get your applications in for the early deadline of March 29, 2013 and pay a discounted application fee ($175). The final deadline for applications will be May 31, 2013 ($200).
Please visit us at for the 2013 exhibitor package and more about what you can expect this year.