Summer continues this weekend: Arts fair, concert, new store and more!

Want to make the most of this unexpected summery weather? Here are some suggestions!

Danforth East Arts Fair, East Lynn Park, Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm

I know you know but here’s the poster again anyway because honestly, our 100% volunteer-run, juried (meaning the vendors were selected as the cream of the crop among many applicants) arts fair is such an amazing event. You must go.

While you’re there, don’t forget to post some pics to social media using #DECAF17

Rikki Nicks Concert, Stephenson Park, Sat 7-9:30pm

How fun is this? Awesome Fleetwood Mac cover band, plus food, wine and beer available for purchase from Sauce, Hooked and Tuana!?!

Stephenson Park is by Main and Danforth, more or less behind Sobey’s. Kudos to Councillor McMahon and Friends of Stephenson Park for organizing.

If you live in the area and want to help our with Friends of Stephenson Park, email us and we will put you in touch or contact them via their Facebook page. They really need volunteers, especially for the winter ice rink effort.

August Kinn Grand Opening, Sat 10am-6pm, 1374 Danforth

A lovely new store for baby things has opened between Coxwell & Greenwood. Visit them today for their grand opening event! They will have door prizes and other fun stuff so check it out.

Other DECA Events

Okay fine, we *just* posted yesterday about our scavenger hunt and the impressive prizes available, plus our two fun #DECAde birthday parties happening on Thursday (Sept 21) and on Saturday (Sept 23) so here’s a link to that post in case you missed it.

Do you love what DECA does? Support us by buying a $10/household membership. Click here! We are also looking for volunteers for events, our Board and for whatever your great idea is!

Even more events later this week!


A collection of recent encaustic and acrylic artworks by Victoria Wallace and Deanna Hutton. September 22-27, 2017 at STUDIO by the Nooks – 1912 Danforth Ave, 1 1/2 blocks west of Woodbine

OPENING NIGHT PARTY – Friday, September 22 from 6-9pm.

For those that can’t make it to the Opening, the Gallery will be open the following days/times.
Friday, Sept 22.……….6pm-9pm – Opening Night Party
Saturday, Sept 23.…..11am-7pm – encaustic demonstrations
Sunday, Sept 24.…….11am-5pm – acrylic demonstrations
Monday, Sept 25.…… 11am-5pm – gallery open
1pm-4pm – *Acrylic Transfer Workshop by Victoria
Tuesday, Sept 26.……11am-7pm – artists painting in the gallery
Wednesday, Sept 27..11am-5pm – artists painting in the gallery

*Acrylic Transfer Workshop – $75 includes all materials – max 8 participants.  To register, please contact Victoria at

Now Magazine Readers’ Poll

It’s a big deal for our locals to win these “best of” awards so take time to vote and show everyone in this city what #DanforthEast has to offer. Voting closes this Thursday (September 21) at 11pm so do not delay.

To make it easy, our friends at Moberly consolidated all of our local nominees here:

That’s all for now!

Trees and Arts – things to do this weekend!

Summer may be winding down, but here are some things to do around the neighbourhood to keep your mind off of your September to-do list.

Stephenson Park Tree Tour & Community Picnic, Saturday August 26

2017 - Stephenson Park Tree Tour and Picnic - August 26


Main Squared Festival – Main & Danforth, August 26 – September 3


Main Squared
August 26 to September 3, 2017
Main and Danforth
Facebook Event Page

Main Squared is a free 9-day arts & community festival that will activate and explore the public square at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue in Toronto from August 26 – September 3, 2017.

Drawing inspiration and insight from historical “public squares” while tapping into community aspirations, the festival will invite residents, community members, and the general public to reimagine the square as a space for social engagement, discourse, and civic activism.

Blending contemporary art and community art projects, the festival will feature art installations, interactive activities, workshops, performances, and more.

Visit the Main Squared website to learn more about the Main Squared Artists & ProjectsCommunity WorkshopsVolunteer Opportunities, and more ways to Participate.

Check the Schedule for dates, times, and information about workshops, activities, marketplace, and performances.

Main Squared is produced by East Ends Arts. Contemporary art projects curated by Labspace Studio. Main Squared is a Cultural Hotspot Signature Project.


Nookflea, Sunday August 27, Valu-Mart Parking Lot (Cedarvale & Strathmore)


Join the Nooks for this free event. For more details, check out their Facebook event page.

Reminder: Community Clean-ups this weekend

Just a quick reminder that this weekend is Community Clean-up Days in Toronto.  Grab your own bags from Pizza Pizza or the East York Civic Centre or you can join in one of the clean-ups organized in your local park. Either way, you’re also invited to swing by Arthur Potts’s office (1821 Danforth Ave) on Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for refreshments. Happy cleaning!

Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday at noon

Clean Up! Clean Up! Everybody do their share!

The only bad thing about the melting of snow is the reveal of months worth of hidden litter. Fortunately the City of Toronto Community Clean-up Days are just around the corner. On Saturday April 18 and Sunday April 19 join your neighbours in beautifying our streets, laneways and parks.


Various parks groups have organized clean-ups you can be a part of or feel free to grab a bag and some gloves and clean up your own street. Garbage and recycling bags are available NOW at Pizza Pizza locations throughout the city and at the East York Civic Centre.

Regardless of where you’re cleaning up, all cleaners are welcome to stop by Arthur Potts’s Constituency Office at 1821 Danforth Avenue on Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for some hot chocolate and snacks.

If you know of another clean-up happening in the DECA boundaries, let us know in the comments and we’ll include it in our reminder post next week.  And to see if there are community clean-ups organized for other parks in East Toronto that may not be in the DECA boundary, check out the City of Toronto’s sign up page.

Lace Up Locally & Stadium Singers

Skate Your Heart Out

Join your neighbours at Monarch Park this weekend for the Friends of Monarch Park Community Skating Party.  Fun runs Sunday from 3:00-5:00 p.m with hot chocolate, music and more.  Check out the poster below or the FoMP Facebook page for all the details.

And a huge thank you to our many hard-working, cold-loving, ice-flooding neighbours for creating rinks in other local parks as well.  The Friends of Stephenson Park have had smooth ice for a few days now and the East Lynn Park volunteers are expecting to have their ice smooth by the weekend.


Stadium Singers: A Community Singing Club 

Warm up your vocal chords by joining the Stadium Singers at Monarch Park Stadium.  This non-profit group practices on Sunday afternoons.  Contact Carolyn for more info at stadiumsingers(at)

Stadium Singers  Jan 2015

All things Green – Shrek, counter tops and your lifestyle

Movie Night

Come enjoy a movie under the stars with Councillor McMahon this weekend.  Shrek the Third will be playing this Saturday, September the 15th in Stephenson Park at 8:00 p.m.

Farmers’ Market

It’s September… and there is still so much activity at the farmers’ market to enjoy.  At 4:30 p.m. Beth Yarzab from CareerFitMom will run a Playfit class with everyone — parents and kids alike will have a chance to play and get fit!
Greening Ward 32 will be providing advice and answering questions on living toxic free and our local green home building centre, Point Zero, will have alternatives for clean, safe home renovations. Counter tops made from paper, glass or concrete?  Come check them out!
Back to School, Back to Healthy Habits
Does your family eat well, sleep well & eliminate well?  Join Nana Jokura  for a free Naturopathic Chat from 3:00-6:00 p.m

  • Find out 2 things that can help you get better sleep.
  • Ideas for litter-less lunches showing off containers from Silly Goose Kids
  • Pick up a Healthy Carrot Muffin recipe (nut free, gluten & dairy free, yes it’s possible) with ingredients that can be found at the Farmer’s Market & Better Bulk
  • Find out what your tongue and pulse can reveal about your health

Nana Jokura is a Naturopathic Medical Graduate, CranioSacral Practitioner, farmer’s market fan and lives in and loves the Danforth East community.

The East Lynn Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. between June-October at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave.