Pumpkins & Art!

10th Annual DECA Pumpkin Parade – East Lynn Park (Nov 1)

Reminder! Our 10th Annual Pumpkin Parade is happening in East Lynn Park on Nov 1st from 6-8pm. And we will offer free hot chocolate or apple cider sponsored by Gervais Rentals (owned by #DanforthEast residents!). You will need to bring your own mug or cup to partake!

Fresh Paint Art Slam (Nov 1 – 7-10pm)

This is just the coolest event, and we are so stoked that the proceeds will support the 2020 DECA Young Leader Scholarship Fund. Here’s the info:

On Friday, November 1 from 7-10pm, eight artists will enter into a live art competition and create their artistic pieces for an enthusiastic crowd of art lovers. The theme for the evening is ‘Speak Truth to Power’.

Artists will have one hour to create their pieces live and go from blank canvas to creative masterpieces.

When the hour is up and the brushes hit the floor, the audience will vote for their top two art creations. The top prize winners will receive a $100 gift card from Deserres and $50 gift card from Fresh Paint Studio.

The artwork that is created will also be auctioned off! Muskoka Brewery to provide the beer! The evening will also feature the musical vibes of DJ Marlove.

Find out more about the Art Slam here  or check out the Facebook event.

Cost: Pay what you can.

There are other pumpkin parades in the neighbourhood as well:

Stephenson Park

Felstead Park

Dentonia ParkClick here for details!

It’s Election Day!

As your friendly neighbourhood residents’ association, we’re here to tell you just how important it is to vote.

Judging from the huge turnout for our debate last week, hopefully, this nudge isn’t needed. But here it is anyhow, along with some info we hope will help you get to the polls with ease. If all you need is the what/where, you can find it here.

Here are some additional quick links and fun facts:

  • Polls are open from 9:30am – 9:30pm.
  • If you have questions about what to bring, you can find that info here.
  • The minimum you need is your voter card and another piece of ID but you can vote if you don’t have your voter card, and you can vote if you don’t have ID.
  • This link to frequently asked questions might help.
  • Here is info about voting if you are transgender.

If you aren’t planning to vote, here is our plea to you to change your mind!

If you are not compelled by the pressing issues of the day, think about the impact of local representation.  It matters on a lot of levels, but their willingness to engage on issues that matter to our neighbourhood can make a huge difference.

Here are the lists of candidates for the two ridings that fall into DECA’s boundaries, and links where we’ve found them. (Pro tip: The candidates are probably happy help you get to your polling station if you need a ride or help.)

Beaches East York (Coxwell +east to Vic Park)

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Liberal Party of Canada

Sean Manners, Green Party of Canada

Deborah McKenzie, People’s Party of Canada

Mae J. Nam, NDP

Nadirah Nazeer, Conservative Party of Canada


Toronto Danforth (Coxwell + west to Broadview)

Elizabeth Abbott, Animal Protection Party of Canada

Ivan Byard, Communist Party of Canada

Julie Dabrusin, Liberal Party of Canada

Tara dos Remedios, People’s Party of Canada

John Kladitis,  Independent (no website found)

Min Sook Lee, NDP

Chris Tolley, Green Party of Canada

If after all of this you are still not convinced, get yourself to your poll and cast and empty ballot. It gets counted and if there’s a critical mass of people voting for nobody, hopefully that would send a message.

Don’t waste your chance to have a say. Happy voting!

Market this week: Pride!

For the 4th year in a row, DECA Pride is pleased to present Pride at the Market!

This Thursday, June 20 from 4-7pm at East Lynn Park, here’s what’s in store (note that the farmers are there starting from 3:00pm onward):

Art Activityshow your pride and make your own flag to represent yourself / what you are proud of, hosted by the fantastic creatives at Create Art Studio, located at 1801 Danforth (this amazing studio has it all, classes, camps, parties, corporate events!)

Photo booth & more!  Monarch Park Collegiate’s Queer Straight Alliancewill set up and run Pride photo booths (rainbow and pink) for all the photo ops. They will also be handing out stickers, sunglasses and wristbands (generously donated by TD Bank!), and will have a “Count the Skittles” contest going throughout the market. 

You can find out more about the QSA on their instagram https://www.instagram.commpcqsa/ and blog https://mpcqsa.wordpress.com/

Music: The fantastic Coe Hill Girls are back with us for another year and will be filling the park with their awesome jams from 5-6pm

Story and craft: TRANSvolution, a local trans group, has teamed up with our friends at Silly Goose Kids to host readings of Rory’s Rainbow at 4:15 and 5:15pm, followed by a related craft. (See poster below) This beautiful story talks about identity expression, gender stereotyping and acceptance and is not widely available in stores.  Stop by Silly Goose at 2054 Danforth after the event on Thursday to buy your copy AND you’ll receive a special LoveisLove package.


Huge thanks to everyone participating and to Heather at corbin creative for the gorgeous poster design. 

Details and updates can be found via our Facebook event so rsvp and invite your friends and neighbours:


The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 6 – October 10 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter.