Music lessons, casting call, and a special request

As you may or may not know, this blog is run entirely by volunteers.  We are DECA Board members, and like many people, we have jobs, families and busy lives.  We write this blog because we love this neighbourhood, and we love the opportunity to share information from and to our neighbours.  We have loose criteria for what we do and do not post, but generally, we focus on news and events that impact our direct neighbourhood.

With that said, I want to share with you a message from a neighbour, Sharon Oliver.  Please considering helping her raise money to help treat her daughter’s rare autoimmune disorder, and to start a charity.  You can easily vote by using the link below – round one concludes soon, but you can vote every day.  Sharon’s Facebook page provides more information (‘like’ it for daily voting reminders and updates).

I need community to vote for my idea — which is to start a charity for children and get some help for my own daughter…the video and link tell all.  It is super easy and only takes seconds.  The voting has already begun.

Thank you again.. Sharon Oliver  — mother of Gwyneth.


And now, the news.

East End Music Project

This new endeavour will launch in January, and will offer a variety of music lessons out of the Church at 1100 Woodbine Avenue (@ Milverton) on Tuesdays to start.  Read on for more info about them, and about their fundraising event coming up on November 30, 2013.

A message from Miranda Snyder:

Dear friends,
It’s happening! I’m so excited to announce that, after months of planning, plotting and dreaming, Mathew Peters and I are launching the East End Music Project in January in our neighbourhood. Lots of you have heard rumblings about this, so read on for more info.
The EEMP is a non-profit music school launching lessons in guitar, choir, and piano (and more to come) in January. It’s open to kids grades K-12 and subsidies and scholarships are available for neighbourhood families who otherwise would not have access to lessons due to the systemic issues of poverty. And I would LOVE for your families to be involved. You can make a transformative difference in our community and in the life of a child by simply accessing our programming, spreading the word, and participating. This music school operates as a not-for-profit. We’ve got an amazing team of teachers and co-conspirators working on this, and your child will not receive a better music education in the city. The EEMP is launching as a collaboration and there are lots of opportunities to get involved, support the project, and, of course, sign your kids up for lessons. Lesson registration opens Nov 1. Send us an email to find out more, get on the list, or visit
To get things rolling, we’re hosting a fundraiser November 30 in the hood. SAVE THE DATE, people. Call your babysitters. Come on out to party with the East End Music Project at the Circus Academy (1300 Gerrard Street East), as we host The Dirty Dishes, The Uplifters, Trainwreck, and the EEMP House Band for an incredible night of live music, dancing and inevitable over-consumption. Email me today to reserve your tickets. This event will sell out, and every penny from this fundraiser goes towards supporting music education and music-making opportunities for local families who need it. So you can feel good and DO good. Tickets are $25 in advance.

Casting Call this Saturday, October 19

Any thespians out there looking for a local acting opportunity?  See below, and for more information, email Cameron here.

Kindergarten Tycoon casting call

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