Neighbourhood Toy Store Day and other local shopping news!

This weekend!

Now, we all know that Silly Goose Kids is an amazing store. Recently, this was verified by Now Magazine readers who named them one of the best Toy Stores in the city! (Many, many of our beloved locals earned nods in the city-wide “Reader’s Choice Best of Toronto” – click here for all of the winners)

The fact that this awesome little store manages to undertake many community events only makes us love them more. Join Silly Goose Kids this Saturday, November 18 for Neighbourhood Toy Store Day where they will be offering 15% off all day along with exciting events, giveaways and activities including a visit from the Gruffalo himself!! (So excited…er, I mean, my kids will be so excited…).

See you there at 2054 Danforth, just west of Woodbine from 9:30am-6:00pm.


Another shopping event is happening at the Nooks!

Shop for all of your holiday gifts at the EVERYTHING IS UNDER $50 POP-UP Market on November 18th from 11am-6pm. This is the perfect pop-up to shop for everyone on your list! Featuring a curated selection of hand-made, local and artisanal good (again, ALL UNDER $50! You can’t go wrong!). 2005 Danforth Avenue

Check out their Facebook event for more info.

Add A Little Purr To Your Life: Wag on the Danforth Cat Adopt-A-Thon this Saturday!

Adopt! Adopt! Adopt! Please Toronto Cat Rescue on Saturday, November 18th from 10am – 4pm for an adopt-a-thon with Wag on Danforth! Kittens and cats will be waiting for you in-store to adopt them and bring them home.

*** Special Adoption Fees at the event only! Our adoption fee at the event only is $100 (vs. the standard $175 adoption fee) for cats and kittens over 8 months of age, and $175 for kittens under 8 months of age – payable by cash only. Our fee includes: spay or neuter, vaccination (receive a rabies vaccination, if age appropriate) and includes 6 weeks of free pet insurance. For City of Toronto residents, the adoption fee includes a mandatory City of Toronto cat license that is valid for one year.

Wag is a family-run shop located in the East end of Toronto at Danforth Ave. & Woodbine Ave., Wag is easily accessible via car with street parking or TTC (Woodbine station). 1918 Danforth Ave / (647) 349-8263

Next weekend!

The Danforth Mosaic BIA is hosting an all-day local shopping celebration next Saturday, November 25 concurring with DECA’s 6th Annual Festival of Lights from 5-6pm. Here’s what they have to say about the event:

Make the Holidays special by shopping, eating and playing on Danforth East this Holiday Season!

Join the Businesses of The Danny BIA on November 25, 2017, for Shop Local Saturday – a great opportunity to explore and discover the great businesses that are in this neighbourhood that have everything you need to make your holidays special!

You’ll Love What You Find Here! There will be buskers moving through the neighbourhood between Jones & Westlake from 2pm-5pm to entertain you while you explore our local businesses.

Here’s the Facebook event for more info

One more thing…

Are you coming to our Annual General Meeting & Party on Monday? Hope you can make it, but if not, please do sign up to be a member of DECA. It takes 5 minutes, costs $10/household (per year) and you will feel great about supporting our 100% volunteer run community association. Here’s the link!

Festival of Lights wants YOU! Volunteer mtng Oct. 5

Volunteer Meeting Monday, Oct. 5

Remember last year’s amazing Festival of Lights? We packed what seemed like most of the hood into East Lynn Park for a fantastic night of entertainment and lit up the park’s trees.

Zero Gravity Circus Fire Artist wowing the crowds.
Zero Gravity Circus Fire Artist wowing the crowds at last year’s festival.

Our fabulous Fesitival lead, Angela, is back but needs our help to make this year’s event better than ever. You can sign up for a little or a lot–there’s something for whatever amount of time you can spare. Hang some posters, string some lights, hand out some treats.

Angela is holding the one and only meeting at her place this coming Monday, Oct. 5, 8 pm. RSVP to at and she’ll send you the location info. Can’t make the meeting? No problem. Just pick a job from below and claim it by emailing us at  Details below courtesy of Angela (who is both efficient like that AND understands that your time is precious).

Lighting Lead: Time Commitment Approx. 10 hours max.

  • Attend October 5 meeting to plan the event.
  • Work with DECA to secure a team of approx. 10 volunteers to put up holiday lights prior to the event on one weekend in November. It will require a rain date in case of poor weather.
  • Attend and manage the light installation on both ends of the park. Approx. 4 hours.
  • In the Spring (i.e end of April or early May) work with DECA to secure a team of approx. 10 volunteers to take down the lights and store them in the shed. Approx. 2 hours.

*If anyone is interested in volunteering for the light installation only, you can sign-up now. We need 10 volunteers.

Food Collection & Distribution Lead: Time Commitment Approx. 10 hours max.

  • Attend October 5 meeting to plan the event.
  • Work with food vendors. Approx. 1 hour
  • Pick-up supplies. Approx. 1 hour
  • Work with DECA to secure a team of approx. 12 volunteers to set-up and distribute food on the day of the event. It will be 3 volunteers x 2 tents x 2 hours. Each team will be able to sign-up for an hour or two hours to serve.
  • Set-up and tear down at the event. Attend and manage the light installation on both ends of the park. Approx. 4 hours.

Poster Hanging: Time Commitment Approx. 2 to 3 hours

  • Pick-up approx. 100+ posters and hang them up in stores, parks etc. across the neighbourhood between Monarch and Main in mid-November.
  • Coordinate poster hanging helpers (unless you want to do it yourself–think of the exercise opportunity!)

Entertainment Lead: Time Commitment Approx. 6 hours

  • Attend October 5 meeting to plan the event.
  • Talent has already been booked. On the day of the event you will be the key onsite contact to meet talent and provide directions as required. You will be responsible to ensure talent has whatever they require to perform and that entertainment flows smoothly. Approx. 4 hours.

November 28th (the big day!) – Set-up and Tear Down & Servers

  • 2 hours (1 pm to 3 pm) x 6 volunteers – Set-up three tents (2 food/drink and 1 DECA), includes tables, banners and lights.
  • 2 hours (6 pm to 8 pm) x 6 volunteers – Tear down three tents and accessories. Do a park clean-up.
  • 1 or 2 hour shifts for food/drink servers – 3 volunteers x 2 tents x 2 hours = 12 people
  • 10 volunteers for 1 to 2 hour shifts over a 4 hour period to hand lights in November.

local biz news and call for volunteers

The holidays are right around the corner, and DECA’s third annual tree lighting holiday festival will be held in East Lynn Park (date TBD) and we need help hanging the lights!

Sign up for shifts this weekend, Saturday or Sunday (November 8 & 9) for an hour between 10:00am and 2:00pm by clicking here: – thank you!!

And while we’re on the topic of the holidays, if you are thinking about starting your shopping early this year, start with our amazing local shops along the Danforth. Most of us heard the sad news that McCormick’s Imports is closing down after 13 months on Danforth, west of Coxwell.  It’s a loss for the neighbourhood and one that we do not want to repeat. Our dollars matter, and choosing local businesses makes a real difference in our community.

On that note – a few announcements…

Neighbourhood Toy Store Day – November 8

Celebrate Neighbourhood Toy Store Day this Saturday, November 8 at our favourite neighbourhood toy store! Silly Goose Kids will have events, games and prizes and no tax all day long.


Big News from LEN – November 6

What is the news?  We don’t know but we’re dying to find out. This is the message that Christal and David sent out this afternoon:

LEN has a big announcement and would love to have you join us for some sparking beverages THIS Thursday (TOMORROW) between 5 and 7 PM.
We can’t say anymore right now- but sincerely hope you can make it to help us celebrate!
LEN is located at 698 Coxwell Ave (just north of Danforth).  Like them on Facebook to keep up with all of their news, contests and specials and hopefully to find out what the big news is!!

Call for Volunteers – Holiday Festival and Pumpkin Parade

We have lots of fun coming up and we could use some help!


Pumpkin Parade – Saturday, November 1

Saturday night’s forecast is cold, but clear for our fifth annual Pumpkin Parade under the stars in East Lynn Park. It gets underway at 6:30 p.m., but feel free to drop your pumpkin off any time after 5:30pm. Volunteers for clean-up are still very welcome; join us at the pumpkin-tossing afterparty at 9:00pm.


Holiday Festival – Hanging lights, November 8 & 9, 10:00am-2:00pm

We are hanging lights in East Lynn Park for the upcoming Festival of Lights event – please join us! Sign-up to help hang the holiday lights in the trees and along the fence at East Lynn Park. We need all the help we can get!

Here’s the sign-up. Click the link, enter your email address to get into the page and sign up for a shift!

THANK YOU SO MUCH to our Chief of Pumpkins, Heather Bean, and to our Queen of the Lights, Angela Madich for organizing these two wonderful community events. You = super awesome.