Making This Weekend’s DECAF17 Awesome

East Danforth + arts and culture = the massive talent about to descend on #decaf17, THIS WEEKEND, September 16-17, 10-5 pm! Before you head out on Saturday or Sunday to take in the dozens of local artisans, food and entertainment, we want you to meet some of the people who make our arts fair possible. Our sponsors know very well what happens when art meets community:

Trust Realty Group 

Picture1Instead of using “canned artwork” when staging homes, Trust Realty Group’s Danforth East Specialist, Juliette Fergus, has chosen to partner with local artists to showcase “fresh, vibrant work that is also available for sale.” In the words of Juliette, “It’s a match made in heaven, really. Listings have empty walls just aching to become gallery space. Our ‘travelling gallery’ has allowed families and those who might not venture out to a formal gallery an opportunity to be exposed to exciting works.” Be like Juliette; adorn your home with local art!

Fresh paint Studio + Café

freshpaintFresh Paint Studio + Café understands the importance of nurturing the creative minds of even our youngest of neighbours. Fresh Paint adds a little creative spark to our community, offering workshops and drop-in sessions for all ages and artistic abilities, year-round at its Danforth location. “It is so rewarding,” says owner and artist Roxanne Tracey, “to be a spark or a catalyst to help someone else to open up and share their creative voice.” Be sure to sign up for one of her live demos at the fair!

Toronto Honda

hondaToronto Honda is a long-time fixture in our thriving Danforth East community, having been in its current location for as long I have been alive (so really not very long at all )—since 1979! Toronto Honda knows the value of supporting community events such as the Danforth East Community Arts Fair, having generously sponsored our fair for the past four years. Let’s drop by the Toronto Honda booth and give them a big #decaf17 thank you on Saturday and Sunday.

Cultural Hotspot

hotspotFrom May through October, 2017, The City of Toronto’s Cultural Hotspot initiative shines a spotlight on arts, culture and community in East York/East End. DECAF17 is proud to be among the grassroots, community projects supported in the Cultural Hotspot’s fourth year. This initiative has generously sponsored all of this year’s local musical talent (check out the fantastic line up)! Visit for details and to find out about other amazing events, activities, restaurants and more.


DeSerresArt-lovers: DeSerres has found a way to support the Danforth East Arts Fair in one way or another since the fair’s very beginning. This year it is making kids’ activities possible (check out the events to plan your trip!), so bring all your littles and enjoy some fun in the park .

Danforth East Community Association

DECAartsDid you know DECAF is entirely driven by volunteers? It was born from its parent community association, DECA, and founded by Mary Cowan in 2008. For the past five years, Melanie Ramsey has donated her time directing the fair (and even longer in other capacities), with the co-ordination help from DECA liaison, Melissa Peretti. To become a member or become a volunteer for DECA on the arts fair or another DECA committee, visit A big #decaf17 shout-out to all the volunteers helping to make this year’s fair so special.

For detailed information about the fair visit 

See you at the fair, rain or (fingers crossed) shine!

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