History, Hoots, and new local fitness options

Is there a link between these events/notices?  Yes!  You can walk to all of them. (It may be a far walk, but still, once it stops being minus a million degrees, walking will be appealing again!)

Free Library Event this Wednesday – The Mosquito Program: Historian Keith Hyde

Wednesday, March 26 from 6:30-8:00pm,1675 Danforth Ave (@ Coxwell)

Mosquito Program, Historian Keith Hyde

Hirut Hoot Comedy – Friday, March 28 starting at 9:00pm, only $5, 2050 Danforth Ave @ Woodbine

This is high calibre, high quality stand-up comedy.  People in the know come far and wide to this monthly event (the last Friday of every month), so you have no excuse to miss it.

hirut march 2014


The Scoop: New local exercise spaces coming soon

Fly Girl Fitness

Fly Girl Fitness is moving into the space above Relish, on Danforth just east of Woodbine @ Cedarvale.  In fact, it looks like they are offering FREE TRIAL CLASSES this week and next, so don’t delay! Click here for the details, and be sure to like them on Facebook.  Owner Briar Munro posted these pics on Facebook of the outside and inside of the new studio.




Rebel Therapy Yoga and Pilates

Located at 1083 Woodbine Ave, a few blocks north of Danforth, this new studio is offering free classes the week of April 1.  It looks like they are a pop up shop for now, to test out whether they want to move in full time. (They are not part of DECA’s pop up shop program, but we’ll support them just the same!)

The owner, Karla Jang, posted this pic of herself and her keys on twitter @rebeltherapy:



30% Off For DECA @ Kids Fun Town

Introducing the newest business on our Danforth East strip: Kids Fun Town!

When we posted this picture on our Facebook page on February 11,  the day that their sign went up, it was shared over 40 times and viewed by 3865 people (so far)!  Many of us were excited.


Thanks to DECA Diaries matriarch, Natasha G, for the following post and for news of a great deal for DECA Diaries readers!

Kids Fun Town is a small indoor playground that has opened at 2040 Danforth, just west of Woodbine on the north side. It offers drop-in play, birthday parties and even babysitting ($12/hr, call ahead). I chatted with owner, Daniel Moradhaseli, who has been pleased with the welcome the shop is getting in these first few weeks.  He hadn’t heard of DECA until he opened his doors, but already people are dropping in because they read about the shop on in the Diaries. To say thanks for the early patronage, Daniel is offering 30% off drop-in play admission from now until March 31st when you print out this blog post.

Drop in play is regularly $7 per kid, per day.  (You can return anytime that day and not pay again.)  Kids Fun Town is open 7 days a week, 9 am – 5 pm  EXCEPT when there is a birthday party so you need to call or check the website before you make promises to little people that you can’t keep.

Correction: Earlier today, we posted about our next board meeting and referenced a date that doesn’t exist.  (We blame the snow, and winter in general.) To clarify, the next Board meeting is Tuesday, March 18.  Here’s the corrected post should you want the downlow on how to wrangle yourself an invite (you should come!).

Golden Pizza episode airs tonight! And other news!

A while back, I spotted a reality tv show filming just down the road at Golden Pizza.  (Click here to read that post)  Since then, we’ve had periodic questions about the episode, but never quite knew when it would be on.  I think it was on a while ago for the first time, but set your PVRs because it is on again tonight at 7:00pm on the food network.

Here’s the link to the food network for more info: http://www.foodnetwork.ca/ontv/shows/restaurant-takeover/episode.html?titleid=291448&episodeid=291448

Don’t forget, today is also the day when Artisans at Work hosts their winter farmers’ market from 2:00-7:00pm (2071 Danforth Ave @ Woodbine).  Also, tomorrow night is the monthly Hirut Hoot comedy night starting at 9:00pm at Hirut. (2050 Danforth Ave @ Woodbine)

So much to do right down the road!

Oh, and one more thing – did you see the latest BlogTO write-up about our little gem and former pop-up shop, Len?  Here it is for those of you who missed it.  http://www.blogto.com/design/len-democratic-purveyors-toronto I was in last Sunday and got an armload of gifts to have on hand for the holiday season.  I am always amazed at how many beautiful things they fit into one little store!

BlogTO also wrote up the new shop a bit farther west (across from Red Rocket) called McCormick Imports, that you absolutely must go to if you haven’t already.  Read for yourself!  http://www.blogto.com/design/mccormick-imports-toronto

If you missed our recent events post, check it out here. Some events are ongoing!

Arts and Science: Artisans at Work this fall & New walk-in clinic

Looking for something to do this Friday that you can walk to?  How does an art exhibit, ceviche bar and live music sound?

And if on Monday morning you aren’t feeling well (and it’s not just a case of work-itis), a new medical clinic has opened up in Danforth Neighbourhood Pharmacy to meet all of your needs.  Read on for more details.

Artisans at Work – First Friday and Other News

Have you been to Artisans at Work yet?  Have you signed up for their monthly newsletter?  Be sure to email Tara to stay on top of all of their news and events.  In the meantime, here is what’s on for this Friday, October 4 and for the next little while – thanks to Tara for sending it in.

First Friday is October 4th! – The UK Show
Celebrate our October group art exhibition – We asked artists to submit works with an England, N Ireland, Scotland, Wales & Isle o’ Man theme. And what do the UK islanders eat? Fish, of course!
  • Try out Ceviche Bar’s answer to our call for fish & chips…
  • Deliciously crafted Fish Ceviche with Quinoa & Kale Asian Pesto
  • Only $2/ spoon
Also featuring some fabulous Live music by The Sidewalkers 7:30-9:00 pm!
Will they play some Irish ballads, ore some Scottish bagpipes? Perhaps the Beatles?
Some News about Artisans At Work:

Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market

    • Keep your market day habits alive all winter, supporting farmers
    • October 24 until May 29th on Thursdays 2-7pm, here in our open concept 1000sq ft Community Room & Work Studios.

 Children’s drop-in play rooms

Little Artisans At Play Rooms:

  • From October 24th on, two 90 sq ft rooms dedicated to childrens toys and fun.
  • Folks are welcome to use this unattended space for the kids as they are shopping (free), or even for casual drop-in play time, at $5/child during regular business hours, for an unlimited period of time…
  • Maximum Capacity of 5 per room.

Pyjama Party Babysitting see our Kids page online!

Day of the Dead Celebrations

Our friend Rodrigo Esponda who did a superb job hosting Mexico Night on Sept 24 will host this event with his amazing wife Ana Fremont!

They will help anyone who is interested to build our very own community window altar, to remember our late loved ones & pets! The way I understand it, its a fun, happy occasion, where we bring ancestors things they loved in their life, even letter to them. I am very much looking forward to this!

The date is set for November 2nd. Take a workshop by one of our artists to build an heirloom memorial piece of art in mid Oct, or just bring your items for the altar Nov 1-2. I will post more info on the Events page, so keep checking in!

Christmas Craft Show Season

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in November & December
Applications accepted always!
Artists will all be selling a tree decoration of their own creation.

Christmas Jewellery orders:

Now is the time to get those custom requests in!
We make engagement rings, family themed jewellery of all kinds, including
fingerprint pendants & rings, name tags & more…
Bring in a picture if you have anything in mind.

And last, but certainly not least, some news from Mrs. Darling’s Imaginarium:

Oct 24th- Mrs. Darling is hosting a special private workshop for some of her favorite clients. To learn about future Mrs. Darling’s events, and to get on the invite list, please visit mrsdarlings.ca

Thank you,

Danforth Neighbourhood Medical Clinic @ Danforth Neighbourhood Pharmacy Care

2416 Danforth Avenue (at Westlake, between Woodbine and Main)

Staffed by both male and female physicians, the new clinic promises the best evidence-based, patient-centred care in town.  As cold and flu season approaches, you might want to bookmark this info:



Tool Library Update – please read and share

A crowdfund campaign, Kitchen Library and all the benefits of being a supporter – read this note from Ryan at the Tool Library, and spread the word about this soon-to-be amazing Danforth East resource!


Dear all,

We at the Toronto Tool Library have just launched a crowdfund campaign to complete renovations and set-up our new Tool Library & Makerspace for success. To open our doors this fall, we need to fundraise $16,000 in the next 26 days!  There are many ways to help: Purchase a membership now to save money, get great rewards like event tickets, 3D prints and t-shirts or share this video!

Click Here to Watch the Video! 

The new location at 1803 Danforth (near Coxwell station) will be an expanded resource library alongside a Makerspace workshop. The Makerspace will be a community hub with 24/7 secure access for members, a fully stocked wood-working shop, 3D printers, a Laser Cutter, youth programming and more. The facility will also host the upcoming Kitchen Library, complete with culinary and household items like juicers and bread makers.


Institute for a Resource-Based Economy


For more information, please contact Ryan by clicking here.

East End Tool Library Launch Party – Wednesday!

Join the Toronto Tool Library this Wednesday to celebrate their new Danforth East location!

We are thrilled to let you know that the Toronto Tool Library signed a lease at 1803 Danforth Avenue, just east of Coxwell!  (Yet another former DECA pop-up shop – we’re on a roll!) 

To celebrate, please join them for their East End Launch Party at Sarah’s Cafe & Bar (1426 Danforth Avenue) this Wednesday, June 26th from 7:30-10 p.m.  

Light refreshments will be served, and all ages are welcome. Hope to see you there!


A Message From the Tool Library Team:

In addition to hundreds of tools to sign out at the Library, our on-site Makerspace will provide members with 24/7 access to 3D printers, band-saws, table saws, a laser cutter and CNC Router (to name a few). The 1900 square foot facility at 1803 Danforth Avenue will also feature workshops and after-school programming for youth (ages 8 and up) and adults of all ages.

To ensure the project is a success we need your help! We have lots of space to renovate and equipment to purchase so please consider becoming a Founding Member for just $500 each! We will also be offering less expensive supporter packages as well, click here for more details.

Founding Members receive the following perks:

• Permanent name recognition on our Founder’s Wall

• 6-month membership toMakerspace ($450 value)

• iFixit Toolkit to tear down all your electronics

• One year membership to the Toronto Tool Library

• One free workshop registration

• Toronto Tool Library t-shirt and button

• 2 tickets to our Grand Opening Party this fall

• 2 tickets to an IRBE event, past speakers include authors Charles Eisenstein and Bernard Lietaer

• Website Recognition, Facebook and Twitter callout 

For questions about the East Side Tool Library and Makerspace or our launch party please contact Ryan Dymentat ryan@irbe.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Toronto Tool Library team

Ryan and Lawrence Library jpeg
For information about the DECA pop-up shops, please visit our website: www.danfortheastcommunityassociation.com or click here.