DECA’s Festival of Lights – November 24 from 5-6pm


THIS SATURDAY! Join us for the 7th annual DECA Festival of Lights in East Lynn Park on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 5-6 pm.

We have a stellar line up of entertainment planned:

…all leading up to the grand finale: turning on the lights in the park! We hear that Santa himself will be making another appearance this year for the little folks who’d like to visit the big man in red.

As always, this event is free.  If you can, please bring a non-perishable food item or a donation to Community Centre 55‘s holiday food drive. To add to the good feels, your donation will also qualify you for entry into our prize raffle! 

Thank you to our lead sponsor The Danny: Danforth Mosaic BIA. and to our other generous donors –  MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Juliette Fergus, Broker, Trust RealtyThe WorkaroundBMO Bank of Montreal (Woodbine & Danforth), and Celena’s Bakery! Shout out to Angela Wagner from umlaut design for the gorgeous poster.

This event is 100% volunteer-run, so thanks so much to everyone who has helped a lot or a little because it adds up to a whole lot of amazingness.

See you on Saturday!

The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) is a group of neighbours working together to make our neighbourhood better since we formed in 2007. Our events and initiatives are 100% volunteer-run and open to everyone. For more information, visit our website We are always looking for volunteers and new ideas! Membership is $10/household, which helps to support our efforts.

PS – Our AGM and Community Party is next Monday, November 26 from 7-9 at Hirut. Stay tuned for details but save the date!<

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 | East Lynn Park | Saturday, Nov 29

Please join DECA for our 3rd Annual Festival of Lights at East Lynn Park this Saturday!  A celebration of the festive season, community, and our local businesses.

Play. Shop. Dine. Keep it local this holiday!

DECA Festiv Lights POSTER

Our FREE kids loot bags with donations from some of our amazing local businesses:

Free hot chocolate provided by Melanie’s Bistro
Free yummy treats provided by Celena’s Bakery
Free pizza provided by Danforth Sandwich
More Christmas lights from Canadian Tire
Event sound equipment provided by Show Pro
Poster design – Angela Wagner 
Big special thanks to our two key sponsors who made this event happen: Sugarmoon and Corinne McCabe – Bosley Real Estate Broker.

Schedule of Events

4:00 pm – Start time
4:15 pm – Pegasus Studio Dancers
4:30 pm – Zero Gravity Circus Fire Artist
4:45 pm – East End Music Project Choir
5:00 pm – Zero Gravity Circus LED Hula Hooper
5:15 pm – Zero Gravity Circus Fire Artist
5:30 pm – East End Music Project Choir – Public Sing Along
5:45 pm – Zero Gravity Circus LED Hula Hooper
6:00 pm – Tree-lighting

Can you volunteer?

DECA needs a few more volunteers for this event to help set up, serve hot chocolate and treats, and help clean up after the event. If you could spare an hour, please sign up by clicking the link:

1 More Sleep Until Holiday Fest: all the info you need

The Holiday Festival weekend is almost here!

Friday December 13th: Danforth East retailers will be staying open until 10 pm to help you power through your gift list. Plus, they’re making it a party with all sorts of festive fun going on while you browse. Grab some dinner from Carter’s; have a cider at Zilberschmuck and listen to your holiday favourites being played on a steel drum at Silly Goose. Participating retailers and extras are listed below. Don’t forget your coupon book!

We’ll also be raising money for our local Salvation Army during the night with a gift wrapping station at Artisans at Work. It’s win-win: you save yourself time while doing good.

Saturday, December 14th: This is going to be, hands down, the best lighting ceremony in the city. Who else is going to have fire-eaters alongside jolly old Santa, huh?

We’ll hit the switch at East Lynn at 5:30, but you’ll want to get to the park at 4:00 to meet Santa (a.k.a. Canine Social Company‘s Sharon Hogg), check out those fire-eaters from Zero Gravity Circus, get a hot chocolate from Melanie’s Bistro‘s and Woodgreen and a treat from Celena‘s. There will also be gift bags and dog treats courtesy of Wag on the Danforth, plus live music courtesy of Elite Music (thanks to Show Pro for providing the equipment).

Please bring a non-perishable food item (or several) to help fill up our donation bin for the Salvation Army. All this is free, but we’d love a few extra hands at the end of the night to help clean up.

Send any pictures of either event you’d like to share to decadiaries (at) We’d love to see them!

Big thanks to our sponsors, the Danforth Mosaic BIA, greenwood community association and BMO.

celebrate with us on danforth