Two Upcoming events: healthy body, healthy mind

Welcome to 2015 Danforth East! It’s that time of year again – resolution time. January seems like a prime time to focus on self-improvement. We’re fortunate to have many organizations and businesses in the neighbourhood offering options to improve our minds and bodies.  Here are two upcoming events that may be of interest to you and your families.

One Year Anniversary for Ankh Yoga


Family Literacy Day At Danforth/Coxwell Library 


Stock-in-Trade – lunches, butchery classes, supper club and more!

Thanks to Heather Bean for the post about one of the neighbourhood’s newest additions! (Stock-in-Trade was a regular fixture at our farmers’ market this past summer, so here’s how to find them year-round)


During the day, Stock-in-Trade is our newest (and very excellent) local butcher, just west of Linsmore on the Danforth. But they’re aiming to be an evening destination as well, with bi-monthly classes and supper clubs. Both kick off over the next two weeks.

Stock-in-Trade’s first class convenes this Thursday (November 20) from 7:30-9:30, where their house butcher, Miss Mo, will be teaching Butchery 101. Under the eye of their Sanagan’s-trained instructor, students will learn how to disassemble whole chickens and trim pork shoulders into pork roasts. Participants will also learn basic butchering skills such as knife holding and sanitation techniques. Equipment is provided, and participants take home the fruits of their butchery. Cost is $45 per person.  Night classes will take place twice a month, with topics ranging from sausage making to meat marinades (cost per class depending on the topic).

If you’re more into the eating end of the butchery process, you can sign up for Stock-in Trade’s inaugural Supper Club to be held at the shop on November 26, starting at 7:30. For $55 (BYOB, no corkage), Jason Becker and BJ Verano will serve a five-course bistro-style menu that looks amazing (see below). There are just ten places at the table, so if you’re interested, reserve now.

To stay informed about these and other events, call 416.792.5059, send a note to or find them on Twitter at @stockintradeto.

And if you haven’t stopped by for a sandwich at lunch, do yourself a favour!

Supper Club Menu:


Lamb pastrami reuben melt

First Course

Five ways of beef

Dry aged rib eye & watercress salad

Proper steak tar tare

Roasted bone marrow on toast

Pickled beef tongue with mustard & pickles

Crispy sweetbreads & Brussels sprouts

Second Course

House wild boar bangers & celeriac mash

Bourbon sour cherry jus, apple mustardo

Third Course

Game & fowl Cassoulet

Green salad


Sugar pie with salted caramel ice cream


This weekend and construction update

The weather is going to be beautiful this weekend, so leave the car in the garage (yeah right, who has a garage??) and enjoy all that our wonderful neighbourhood has to offer. Here are some events this weekend:

– Hirut (2050 Danforth, near Woodbine) is re-opening after some renos, and will kick-off with Hirut Hoot, tonight (Friday) at 9pm. This is high quality comedy for only $5!

– Face to Face Games (2077A Danforth, above Pizza Pizza) is having a tournament night tonight at 7pm. Check out their website for details.

– Silly Goose Kids is having a weekend-long birthday party to celebrate three years of being awesome (my words, not theirs – they are very modest). Upshot for us is that there will be no tax on Saturday and Sunday, plus all kinds of fun and prizes too!


– Ankh Yoga (2017 Danforth @ Moberly) is having a workshop on Saturday from 1:00-3:00pm called Slow Down Momma – click here to check out their website for details on how to sign up, and to check out their list of amazing classes and workshops.

If you have an idea for an event or workshop going on this weekend, leave it in the comments, or post it to our Facebook page!

Danforth Construction Update 

Thanks to Corrine McCabe for representing DECA at the update meetings and for providing this helpful update.

Work began on the north side of the Danforth at Woodbine and is proceeding east.  This section should be complete by this weekend!  They will grind and pave the road at the end of October.  The contractor is currently on site repairing road cuts, which has to be done first so the road is useable, then they grind and re-pave all at once.

Urban Forestry have begun planting trees! They will be using three different types of species; 1) Locus: is one of the heartiest trees, salt and disease resistant, 2) Elm: using a new strain of Elm, they do well and are disease resistant, and 3) Maple – Norway, Silver and Crimson.  They will apparently plant all year round, so we should get them all in before long.

Urban Forestry will water, weed and mulch the trees. They will begin by doing this weekly or bi-weekly when the trees are first planted.

East Lynn Farmers Market, Volunteer for #DEAF14 & Pole Walking

East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market

The photos can speak for themselves!  The is truly something special about the people who hang out at East Lynn Park on Thursday afternoons.

This week’s wellness guest is Mary Ganzon of Counterbalance teaching a 3D workout at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. It is a workout that can be with you for your lifetime. Both sessions will be a half hour long. Come and talk to her about the programs at the studio!

CareerFit Mom is providing entertainment at the Market this week. Workout with your kids (ages 2 & up). Parents get a sweat-session while children engage in developmental exercises. Everyone has fun exercising together using unique moves, toys and games that brings out the kid in everyone! Drop in whenever you can – you’ll see Beth and her crew frolicking around near the north/east side of the park!

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 5 – October 9 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.


Volunteers Needed for Arts Fair

By now you’ve likely made sure your weekend plans involve stopping by the Danforth East Arts Fair. But if you have two hours to spare, the organizers are looking for volunteers for a variety of different roles – everything from sitting in a chair and talking to shoppers to helping the artists with set up and take-down of tents and supplies.  Please click to find out more about volunteer openings.


Nordic Pole Walking Demo

Ever wonder about those people you see walking around with ski poles in the summer? Well you can get all your questions answered this Saturday in Monarch Park.  Learn about the benefits of this low-impact for of physical activity with a nordic pole walking demo and clinic put on by Cool East Market  (1390 Danforth Ave).  See their flyer below for all the details.

nordixx pole demo


baby/kid classes: signing, languages and art!

Some local offerings with special deals/demo classes to take advantage of in the next couple of weeks! As you plan your fall activities, remember that there are lots of local offerings – take a look through our past posts for ideas, searching the “classes” tag!

Free Wee Hands Baby/Toddler/Preschooler Signing Demo Class – August 18

Email to register – this demo class is free but space is limited. They can also give you the details on what the classes would cost if you register!


Free Magic Languages Demo Classes for 1-3 yr olds – French and Spanish – August 18

Email to register – same deal as above, demo class is free but it would cost you to register for the classes.


Colour Creative Early Bird Discount – by August 26

Early Bird Special is $25.00 off after-school registrations made by August 26th!  Email for more information.