What’s happening in #DanforthEast

Get your calendars ready for all of this news!

Candidates Debate

On Tuesday, DECA hosted another successful candidates debate and it was exciting to see how well-attended it was. A big thank you to volunteer organizer, Sheri Hebdon, and to the team who put up posters, kept time, greeted people, and generally who make the debate happen. DECA is very proud to undertake this effort to help our #DanforthEast community be informed about voting options!

Candidates take questions from Moderator David Rider, Oct 15/19

Thank you to David Rider from the Toronto Star for moderating and to Hope United Church for hosting us and of course, thank you to the candidates who attended – Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Liberal), Mae J. Nam (NDP), and Sean Manners (Green).

A reminder that the Federal election is this coming Monday, October 21 so don’t forget to vote.

Events this Weekend



Silly Goose Kids is hosting a book reading and signing with author James A. Conan and illustrator Nicolle Lalonde from 10am-noon and, after the reading, kids can help construct a mini-neighbourhood out of empty boxes, and paper towel rolls! If you have any empty cereal boxes please bring along!


Healing Collective (2005 Danforth) is hosting a Community Care Day this Saturday, October 19 from 1-4pm to celebrate their first anniversary and say thank you for the support of the community. Stop by and learn about their collective offerings, meet practitioners and learn some strategies to improve mental health and awareness. Visit their website for full list of activities.

Upcoming DECA Events

DECA Public Board Meeting (Tuesday)

Next Tuesday, October 22 from 7-9pm we are hosting a Public Board Meeting at the Workaround (2080 Danforth Ave) and would be thrilled to meet you there.  Our secret plan is to woo you in with how fun and full of energy we are, and in return, maybe you’ll decide to volunteer with us or bring your idea to the table? See? Win-win. Voting isn’t the only way to make a difference – we can tell you for sure that contributing to the community in a positive way can really soothe the worries of the world and give us a sense that we are doing something.

Seriously though, there is no pressure to do anything – we are just happy to meet you and for you to learn more about our 100% volunteer-run efforts.

Get in touch with us through our social media or by email for more info, but it’s also ok to surprise us on Tuesday.

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 Coffee or Apple Cider sponsored by Gervais Rentals (owned by #DanforthEast residents!). Please bring a reusable mug or cup to partake!

Fresh Paint Art Slam (Nov 1 – 7pm)

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.


Pumpkin Parades!

On November 1st, beautiful jack-o-lanterns will light up parks around the neighbourhood thanks to many volunteers who put them together. (And in some cases with help from City Councillors – thanks to Councillor McMahon for her support of ours.)

DECA’s Pumpkin Parade will be at East Lynn Park again, but we’ve also included a few others below so that you can take your pumpkin to the closest magical event. 

Happy Halloween and see you on November 1st starting at 6:30pm (Note that in most cases, it’s helpful if you bring your own candle)

East Lynn Park (DECA’s!) 


Gledhill Park


Dentonia Park


Felstead Park

Pumpkin Parade – Come and share the magic on Sat

DECA does a lot of stuff, but the Pumpkin Parade is many people’s favourite.  Join us on Saturday evening at East Lynn Park with your jack-o-lanterns, candles and mittens. Drop your pumpkin off anytime after 5:30pm. The magic will start at around 6:30.

See you there!




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! http://vols.pt/LM9C1Q

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.


Pumpkins Pumpkins + AGM Save the Date

Another Successful Pumpkin Parade

Did you go to East Lynn Park on Friday night for the Pumpkin Parade?  Whether you did or not, here are some beautiful shots from a blog reader, Christopher Ringland, to give you a sense of how spectacular it was.  It is truly amazing to see what some of you are able to create with your pumpkins.  (Especially for people like me, who was impressed with myself for doing a round nose instead of a triangle nose this year.)

Many thanks to DECA volunteer and east end blogger Sarah Kiriliuk for organizing this year’s Pumpkin Parade (check out her blog at http://eastendpioneer.ca), and to Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and her office for sponsoring the event and helping us navigate the City requirements.  Also, thanks to the many volunteers who did the heavy lifting at the end of the night to clean up the pumpkins and to the Parks team who came and picked up the bins-o-jack-o-lanterns this morning (in the rain!).

Last but not least, thanks to the many, many, many people who gave up a Friday evening to come to the park with their pumpkins.  The place was hopping, and it was a great reminder that a chilly, damp, dark park can come alive just like that when the community comes to together to light it up.

Save the Date!

DECA’s next event will be our Cocktail Party and Annual General Meeting, which will be at Hirut on November 18, 2013 from 6:30-9:30pm.  More details to come soon.

Attention wagon owners and arts & crafters!

Wagon Owners – Did you find some pants in your wagon last night? 

The Pumpkin Parade was a delight again this year – thanks to all who came out! We will post a proper round-up soon, but first, a lost-and-found item of business:

Our parade volunteer Johanne, who’s been lighting your pumpkins for two of the past three parades, put her rain pants into the wrong red wagon last night. If you found a pair of black rain pants among your things, please contact Heather Bean at by clicking here.

And if you have photos of last night’s Parade, please post them to our Facebook page!


Arts & Crafters Wanted!

Earl Beatty Public School is hosting a two-day Holiday in the ‘Hood craft fair on the following days:

  • Friday, November 23 from 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Craft fair table rentals are available for $40/1 day or $60/both days. To learn more or to reserve your table, contact Sheila Philcox at 416-975-4753 or by email.