O.k. I know you’re getting a little tired of the daily DECA diaries. It will slow down I promise, but when I get good info I want to pass it along. In any case, soon I’ll have a brand new baby and you’ll all get a reprieve. Can you take one more set of bits?
1. Thanks to George Smitherman, John Tory, and a bunch of volunteers especially those from Toronto East General Hospital for hitting the streets around Danforth and Coxwell today to clean up the trash. You can see a bit more here. If you want to lend your hands to cleaning up the ‘hood join the group starting Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:30 beginning at East Lynn Park.
2. I got a note today from Medeine Tribinevicius, who is working on a feasibility study called, The Hope Project. At the corner of Main + Danforth stands Hope United Church, a historic brick building from the turn of the last century. Within Hope United is a resource, under-utilized by the community – the 8,000 sq ft basement. In partnership with Hope United, the aim is to find innovative, integrated and inspiring uses for this space. The Hope Project is focused on the revitalization of the corner of Main + Danforth. With excellent transportation links and a fascinating history, this corner is poised to give the city a boost of energy. They are asking for your ideas, hopes and visions for your neighbourhood.
During the month of July they are holding community consultation meetings at Hope United, every Thursday evening. From 6:30 to 7:30 there is live music (this week Jazz great Reg Shwager and guests) followed by food, coffee and conversation. The aim is to open the space up for the community to see, and to gather ideas and thoughts around potential use.
If you can’t make it to one of the consultation sessions, there is also an online survey. I think this is a fabulous idea. If you go, can you post some information to the blog or drop me a line to let me know how it went? A big space for community/commercial/artistic use – the mind boggles at the possibilities.
3. After I sent out the note about new notable nooks in the neighbourhood, I got an e-mail from the folks at the Mosaic Beach Studio at 1374 Danforth, just west of Coxwell. She said, “we’re new too – check us out!” This is a shop that recently relocated from Woodbine and Gerrard (I think). It’s adding to the arts vibe up here and we’re happy to have them – along with the fabulous Red Sable on the east side of Coxwell. And of course there is Carter’s Ice Cream on Woodmount across from East Lynn Park. We’ve talked about them before, but you can never have too much ice cream – and owners, Tammy and Monty are so darn nice.
4. Last thing – don’t forget about the Danforth East Arts Fair. The deadline for applications is rapidly approaching!
O.k. that’s all for today – I promise.