baby/kid classes: signing, languages and art!

Some local offerings with special deals/demo classes to take advantage of in the next couple of weeks! As you plan your fall activities, remember that there are lots of local offerings – take a look through our past posts for ideas, searching the “classes” tag!

Free Wee Hands Baby/Toddler/Preschooler Signing Demo Class – August 18

Email to register – this demo class is free but space is limited. They can also give you the details on what the classes would cost if you register!


Free Magic Languages Demo Classes for 1-3 yr olds – French and Spanish – August 18

Email to register – same deal as above, demo class is free but it would cost you to register for the classes.


Colour Creative Early Bird Discount – by August 26

Early Bird Special is $25.00 off after-school registrations made by August 26th!  Email for more information.



Upcoming events!

First and foremost, did you hear about the awesome things going on at this week’s Farmers’ Market on Thursday, including a chance to appear on a new Jamie Oliver cooking show?  Here’s the post just in case you missed it.

A few exciting events happening over the next couple of weeks, in no particular order.

New Biz! Origin Wellness Registered Massage Therapy Open House on Saturday, June 21, 12-4pm

Thanks to owner Erin for reaching out to us and inviting us to their grand opening! We like massages in Danforth East, right?

Origin Wellness is a Registered Massage Therapy clinic is located at 2017 Danforth Avenue, just west of Woodbine.

Our space has come together beautifully! To show it off, we would like to invite you to our OPEN HOUSE on Saturday June 21 from 12-4pm. Come see our cozy little escape and imagine yourself unwinding and healing those aches! Visit our website to book


Colour Creative End-of-Year Art Show

Come and see the students’ art at Celina’s Bakery (2036 Danforth Ave) and Circus Coffee House (7 Woodmount) from June 21 – July 2.

Opening Reception Saturday, June 21st from 2-4pm
For more information, visit:

Last Day Music Festival at St. Brigid’s, June 26, 7-9pm

Come and rock with your neighbours and end the school year right.


Sugarmoon Salon Pride Special

So the upcoming World Pride celebrations are not coming this far east (not officially anyhow, the awesome Silly Goose Kids window notwithstanding), but our friends at Sugar Moon have a great discount his month on products to get everyone to get rainbow ready to head downtown to celebrate!


For more information, visit:

Art: Battle and Summer Camp Special

Attention Artists!

Art Battle – May 10, 2014 at 7:00pm
A message from Artisans at Work

We are happy to invite you to paint in Art Battle Day! 16 artists have 20 minutes to finish a painting of their choice, in acrylic. The public decides who wins! Licensed bar, music, fun! It is amazing to see what they come up with. Winners of each round go on to battle in a finale. Winner gets $200 prize, and goes on to compete nationally!

Saturday May 10th, 7pm at Artisans At Work, 2071 Danforth Avenue.

1. In order to ensure your spot in the competition, please reply to this email confirming your availability as soon as possible. Once you have confirmed we will announce your participation. Email Tara at

2. Please arrive for 6:30pm and doors will open to the public at 7pm.

3. FAQ: For questions about allowed materials, painting sales, guests, competition rules, and other frequently asked questions please visit

4. Please invite your friends. The more people who come, the more exciting the event is! And don’t forget – audience vote decides the winner, so it’s good to have some support. Invite your friends through the official ABD facebook event.

5. Use social media! Interact with us online and we will do our best to promote you to our audience. We invite you to post practice pictures before the event to social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) and tag them.
Hashtag: #artbattle
Twitter: @artbattlecanada
Instagram: @artbattle

6. Quick questions:
Tell us a bit more about you, and we can share your story with our audience – both on the night of the event, and in advance in national promotions.

What do you love about painting?
What is the best part of being an artist?
Why is art important to you?

7. Photography and ownership of artworks: By participating in Art Battle, you agree to let us use photographs of you and/or your work at the event for promotional purposes. Paintings created at Art Battle are the property of Art Battle Canada Inc. and painters will receive 50% of total auction sales. Photographs of your work may be used for promotional purposes and for historical documentation. We will NOT sell reproductions of your work without your written permission.

See you at Artisans At Work, (2071 Danforth) on Art Battle Day, May 10th at 6:30PM!

Thanks for painting with us,
Tara Shelton, Artisans At Work
…and the whole Art Battle Canada Team

Summer Camps at Colour Creative – Early Bird Special!

As the never-ending winter finally gives way to spring, it’s nice to think that summer really is just a few weeks away!  Here is some summer camp news from Colour Creative.  Andria the owner advises that she’s running an early bird special from April 13th – May 13th –  $50.00 off full day and $25.00 off half day registrations. She is also offering sibling and multiple week discounts! Email for more information.


Don’t forget that the Early Bird special for the Danforth East Arts Fair is fast-approaching – April 13, 2014. Check out this post for all the details.

Dear February…(events)

Dear February…

Despite being only 28 days, you feel really long.  You come in on the heels of 31 days of January, and the deck is stacked against you from the start. On the 14th, you try to get us feeling all lovey-dovey, but we’re not convinced.  Once the chocolate boxes are empty, we get that new long weekend, and then the Tuesday after hits and we remember that a Monday off in February just means we now have to cram five days of work into a four-day workweek.  Sigh.  February, I’m going to just say it: you suck.

Thankfully, there are only ten more days of you. And here are some awesome March events to help us all get in the mood for SPRING!!

BOMB Fundraiser Show – March 1, 2014

Beginning at 7:00pm, with children’s activities until 10:00pm all to raise money for local charity Children’s Peace Theatre!

Bomb Mar 1 Fundraiser

Colour Creative Family Art Workshops – March 1, 2014

And April 13 and May 4!  Visit for more info.


March Break Soccer Camp @ Monarch Park Stadium

Visit for more information or to register.

CFA March Break Camp Flyer 2014

Cracking the Teenage Code

Well, this isn’t a March event, and it’s just outside of the DECA zone, but this is an important chance to talk about something important for parents of teenagers or almost teenagers.

February 20, 2014 @ 7:00pm at Danforth CTI, 800 Greenwood Ave.


Free Art, Family Art, Heart Art…art art art!

It may be cold out there, but that doesn’t mean that your creative juices aren’t flowing right beneath the surface of your rosy cheeks and icy fingertips.

Family Art Attack

Thanks to East End Arts for this unique and awesome Family Day event!

Monday, February 17th (Family Day)
Time(s): 2 time slots:  10:00am – 1:00pm or 2:00-5:00pm
Where: At Artisans At Work, 2071 Danforth Ave, @ Woodbine

Groups (not necessarily related to each other) of people of any age ranges are invited to participate in this fun, free art-making event.  Here are the details:

Each groups will be given a 3’x3’ canvas, acrylic paints & brushes. (The group is welcome to bring other materials, but must use the canvas supplied) and 3 hours!

The groups’ works will be juried, awarded prizes, and celebrated with an exhibition that evening, open to the entire community!

This event is presented in cooperation with East End Arts and sponsored in part by Deserres.

To sign up, and find more info, please go to

East End Arts is a local arts service organization dedicated to supporting, developing and promoting the arts in Toronto’s east end, including the East York, Beaches and Riverdale communities.

Artisans At Work is a group of skilled, knowledgeable and local people that are excited to bring unique products and experiences to the Danforth east  neighbourhood.

Free Art Activity Days @ ArtCave

Thanks to ArtCave for inviting all of us to these free art activity days! Located just outside Greenwood station at 155 Lamb Avenue.  Visit for more info.


Heart Art at Colour Creative

$20 per family with four time-slots to choose from.  See poster for more info, or visit their facebook page:!


February Artisans At Work News

As if the Family Art Attack isn’t enough, there is lots more to know about Artisans At Work this February. Thanks to Tara for passing on her February news. 

February, our theme is The Artistic Family, and as each month, we have a call-out to artists: Artisans at Work Open Call to Artistic Families:

This months show is focusing on families and the creative
ability between family members. All submissions must have at
least 2 to 3 family members submitting up to three works each
(15 max from each family in total). Each artist in the family is
encouraged to provide works of all mediums and small series.
We’re not looking for any specific themes, just the creative
ability among family members. Collaborative works among
family members are accepted as well!Artisans At Work has a monthly show in which a opening is
hosted every First Friday of the month! Live music, food, and
drinks are provided. A great night to come out, discuss artwork
and experience our east end community.
The opening night for February’s “Artistic Families” show is Friday, February 7, from 7:00-10:00pm.
For more information about Artisans At Work, or to get added to their newsletter, email Tara at

Events, events, events!

Taming of the Shrew, Artisans at Work Christmas Craft Shows, Hirut Hoot, LEN Holiday Launch, Colour Creative, Childcare Summit and Budget Consultation…

Last night’s DECA AGM/Cocktail party was so much fun!  Were you there?  Many of you were and wow, what a spectacular time we had at Hirut Restaurant this year.  I continue to be amazed at the warmth and generosity of our local businesses.  We’ll send out an official recap with the 2014 Board announcement and all of that (and a rare photo taken of the entire Board!), but in the meantime, here is a smattering of events and info for the next little while.  Please take a minute to read through, and remember… forward this to a friend!

All Female Taming of The Shrew at Danforth & Coxwell, until November 30

How cool is this??  Support local theatre and go see this all female Taming of the Shrew!  Dates and times listed below on the poster. For more info and to purchase tickets online, visit their website:


Artisans At Work Christmas Craft Show

Our friends at Artisans at Work (2071 Danforth Avenue) have rotating vendors selling everything you need for your holiday shopping list.  Stop into this neighbourhood gem!  According to their website, craft show hours are:

Fridays: 11:00am-9:00pm+, Saturdays: 10:00am-8:00pm, Sundays: 10:00am-6:00pm

unnamed-3Regular shop hours are: Mondays (by appt), Tues, Wed and Thurs 11am – 8pm, Friday 11am-9pm, Saturdays 10am-8pm, and Sundays 10am – 6pm.


Send an e-mail to Tara with any questions, and don’t forget to ask her to add you to her mailing list so that you never miss a thing!

Hirut Hoot – Comedy Night – $5

Friday, November 29, 2013 starting @ 9:00pm at Hirut Restaurant, 2050 Danforth Avenue, just west of Woodbine. Hosted by Kevin MacDonald.

Evan Carter
Rose Giles
Luke Gordon Field
Paul Haywood
Victoria Stewart
Jon Steinberg
Todd Van Allen

This event happens on the last Friday of every month, so book your sitters, call your friends, and come enjoy high quality comedy in one of the most special venues on the Danforth.

LENmas13Official Launch

(A message from our friends at LEN – 698 Coxwell Avenue @ Danforth)

On Saturday, November 23, LEN will have transformed into a winter wonderland, bursting with holiday cards, decorations, one-of-a-kind art and items for everyone and is yours to discover. Our official LENmas13 Holiday Launch begins at 11 AM and all day Saturday we invite you to join us for some holiday treats, sparkling drinks and get first dibs on the best stuff!

Be your own superstar this season and knock off your entire list a month early, then kick back and enjoy the weeks ahead stress and guilt free!

For more info about their beautiful things, please visit LEN’s website.

Colour Creative Early Bird Special

Colour Creative has an Early Bird special on right now.  Registration for any 2014 Art Passport or Winter/Spring after school course that is completed before December 1st receives a free one hour private class.  Here is the link to the website  and Facebook page for details.

Let’s Talk Child Care Campaign

On November 4th, The City of Toronto launched its Let’s Talk Child Care campaign.   The goal of the Summit is to hear directly from Toronto parents regarding their experiences with child care.  Parents and guardians are invited to participate in discussions at several locations throughout the city. There will also be opportunities for residents to gain a better understanding of Toronto’s child care system as well as to obtain more information about City programs for families.Register here for one of the four Summits happening around the City.  For more information about the campaign read here.

Community Consultation on the 2014 Budget

From Councillor Janet Davis:
The Operating and Capital Budgets recommended by City staff will be released on November 25th. Please join me on Wednesday, November 27, at 7:00pm, in the Stan Wadlow Clubhouse for a Ward 31 Budget Open House where we will learn more about these budgets and what they will mean for the our area and services you rely on. The budgets will be presented and then City staff will answer questions. I hope you can join me for this important and informative evening.
As always, please contact my office with any questions or concerns about the City Budgets or any other municipal matter. Email: