Artsy News: Artists’ consultations and artsy classes

We know that this ‘hood is brimming with creativity.  Here is some info for all established and budding artists.

Calling all Ward 32 Artists!

A message from Councillor McMahon’s Office and East End Arts:

Hi Ward 32 Artists!

Do you have an idea for a program or event that you’d like to see East End Arts develop? Would you like to help us plan our activities for 2014 and beyond? Please join us for one of these upcoming sessions where we’ll discuss some of the programs we’re considering:

Wednesday October 30, 7-9 pm @ Balmy Beach Club, foot of Beech Avenue. Sign up here

This is a great opportunity to help shape East End Arts for future years – please come by!

For more information about East End Arts, check out their website:

Artsy Classes 

Are you still reeling from trying (and failing) to register your kids for City-run programs at the crack of dawn?  Well, here are some class options that do not require two cups of a coffee and a spreadsheet.

Mrs Darling’s Imaginarium has some new Holiday and PA day workshops, as well as some grown-up classes. Please check out her website for the most updated schedule, and note that there is also info about hiring our neighbourhood crafting queen for your child’s birthday party.


Colour Creative is a community based art school, and here is their winter/spring schedule.

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For more info, send them an email

Sampler fitness day fundraiser and fall arts and crafts

Here are just a few of the awesome things going on in the neighbourhood in the coming weeks.  (Notice that both CareerFit Mom and Mrs. Darling’s are former DECA Pop-Up Shops?  Go team!!)

Sampler Fitness Day Fundraiser

2013_Career Fit Sampler

Visit for more information.

Colour Creative – Fall Schedule



Visit for more information.

Mrs. Darling’s Imaginarium – Fall Schedule!


Visit for more information.

Pssst…Do you know that this year’s Danforth East Arts Fair is on September 14 & 15?  It’s right around the corner!  Watch this space for more details, but in the meantime, visit their website at, or check out their Facebook page. There is a lot of exciting news to keep up with!

Don’t procrastinate!

Hailstorms on Mother’s Day?  Snow in mid-May? Frost warnings right after everyone planted their flowers? (Score 1 for the procrastinators!) If this retro weather has got you down, here is some neighbourhood news to pick you up.

Let’s get down to business.  First off, thanks to Som Seif for the great talk about getting started on investing – those of us who put learning ahead of hockey last night are sure glad we did.  We left feeling empowered and ready to take charge of our financial futures, which is not too shabby for a Monday!  Thanks also to Lazy Daisy’s Cafe for hosting us.

Since I’m procrastinating doing a family budget, let’s catch you up on some of the events and news from the neighbourhood…

Community Environment Days – May 16 and June 1

  • Councillor McMahon’s – May 16 @ Ted Reeve Arena from 4:00 -8:00 p.m., 175 Main St. (enter off Ted Reeve Dr., north of Gerrard St.)
  • Councillor Davis’ – June 1 @ East York Memorial Arena Parking Lot, 888 Cosburn Avenue from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

From Councillor McMahon:

Join Councillor McMahon and the City of Toronto for Ward 32’s Enviro Day & Festival!  After dropping off your items for recycling and donation, stop by one of the tables for information on various environmental initiatives.  Stay to have a BBQ’d hot dog/veggie dog and listen to live music, and of course, don’t forget your compost!

Read here for more information about Community Environment Days.

From Councillor Davis:

The weather is finally getting warmer and it is time for our annual Environment Day.  This year, Environment Day in Ward 31 will be held on Saturday June 1, 2013, at the East York Memorial Arena Parking Lot, at 888 Cosburn Avenue.  And once again, it is rain or shine!

  • Pick up a new Backyard Composter, Green Bin, Kitchen Container or Free Compost.
  • Drop off unused Computer Equipment, Cellphones, TV’s, radios, VCRs, paint, batteries, medication, propane tanks, or fluorescent bulbs.
  • Donate school art supplies such as buttons, keys, stamps, cork, cd’s, books, jewelry, fabric or cameras
  • Donate supplies for reuse including sporting goods, textbooks, glasses, hearing aids, dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, clothes, linens and even food.

Come learn chat with local community and environment groups. Enjoy children’s crafts and entertainment. Help keep our communities clean and green.

DECA’s Danforth East Arts Fair Application Deadline

The Danforth East Arts Fair(one of DECA’s hallmark events!) is only a few months away and the application deadline is coming up on May 31, 2013. Get your applications in!  Visit the website at: for more information.

Tree Care 101 (June 1, 2013)

Thanks to our friends and neighbours at the Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association for co-organizing this wonderful event with DECA’s tree group!

Learn to care for your trees, including how to mulch!  Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Wright Room, 79 Hiawatha Road (three short blocks west of Coxwell Ave., south of Gerrard Ave. E.).

Delivered by your LEAF tree expert

  • Learn to care for your trees, the basics: mulching & watering
  • Presentation and opportunity for supervised hands-on practice with a tree!

Held in conjunction with:

Film Screening @ Coxwell Library (June 5, 2013)

We assume that this is free.  We’ll let you know if we’re wrong about that.

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Colour Creative Summer Camps

“Like” them on Facebook for all the info!


Did you know that you can call 311 to get an extra green bin for free, or to change the size of your garbage and recycling bins?  The smaller your garbage bin, the less you pay on your bill!

Get out your calendars – something for everyone in April

In the coming weeks, the DECA bloggers (Sheri and Shelley) will be telling you more about ourselves, and about the rest of the DECA Board members.  For Shelley and I, you will learn that we are busy working moms, with five kids under the age of 4 between us, and you will understand why there are times when there are no blog posts for a bit, and then a really, really, long one with all sorts of events listed.  So while we strive for logical themes, clever segues and pictures in our posts, this one is just going to be a whack of info and dates.  Hopefully there is something that will make you flag this for follow up. (Or maybe you get regular REM sleep and have that thing known as “memory”, but I digress.)

In chronological order:

Friday, April 5, 2013 @ 1:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Artisans-at-Work “First Friday”
Location: 2071 Danforth Avenue @ Woodbine 

  • One of many, many amazing events going on at Artisans-at-Work, the newest community hub in our neighbourhood.

For more info on all of the interesting classes, events, workshops and learning opportunities on offer at Artisans, visit their events page here.

Monday, April 8, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m.
Danforth Mosaic BIA monthly meeting
Location: Toronto Model Photography, 1840 Danforth Avenue @ Glebemount

  • Come one, come all!  Hear what the BIA is working on and have a say – remember, they are partially funded by your tax dollars! (BIAs are funded by levies paid by the local businesses, and by the City)

Saturday, April 14, 2013 @ 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Free Art Exhibit, “Colour of My Soul”, by local artist Renata Dusk
Location: Leeman Nautical Home Decor and Giftware, 1202 Woodbine Avenue @ Mortimer

  • It’s finally warm out, so take a walk up Woodbine and visit this amazing new store to see some beautiful art!
Leemen  is a new store a 1202 Woodbine Avenue – the only store in Toronto selling Nautical Home Decor and Giftware, as well as a wide range of unique gifts for your Cottage and Home.  On April 14, 2013, we are hosting an Art Show featuring the work of local artist, Renata Dusk. Her Show is called “Colour of My Soul”, and it will run from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. The Artist’s medium is Acrylic and her web site can be found here.

Sunday, April 21, 2013 @ 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Family Art Workshop “I Do Believe in Fairies” at Colour Creative, $40/family
Check their Facebook page for more info, or email here

Monday – Thursday, April 22-25 @ 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Business Basics Bootcamp, Free business classes offered by Enterprise Toronto
Free Admission, but space is limited – see below for registration info
Location: East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue @ Mortimer

  • Thanks to Councillor Fragedakis, Ward 29, for arranging these helpful sessions in our neck of the woods!
  • Click here for the website – registration required!

Sunday, April 28, 2013 @ 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Family Art Workshop “Beyond Brushes” at Colour Creative, $40/family
Check their Facebook page for more info, or email here

Speaking of Facebook, have you “liked” us yet?  If not, click here. We’re on Twitter too @DECAdiaries (of course)!

Stephenson Park Update and Colour Creative!

Stephenson Park Meeting – Tuesday April 2, 2013


Colour Creative

An exciting new option for parents looking to broaden their kids’ horizons!  Colour Creative is owned and operated by local artist (and mother of two) Andria Keen, who has worked in many mediums and has participated in several gallery shows – mainly for her sculptures.  Andria tells us that she is honoured to have the opportunity to share her knowledge and love of various art forms with others and in doing so, to explore with them the joy, wonder and pride that they experience when they tap into their creativity through the wonderful outlet of art.  More from Andria:

Colour Creative started as an idea for an art-based after-school care program, has grown into a budding art school for children ages 4 to 13, located in a cozy home environment just off Danforth near Coxwell.

Colour Creative offers a range of children’s courses throughout the year.  The Spring 2013 calendar offers six courses including sculpture, drawing, art history/journaling and Arts Mart featuring a collage of mediums for the younger ones.  A key theme throughout all the courses is strengthening foundational skills and paying attention to light and shade.

Also popular is the Art Passport, available to any age, which offers five one-hour private sessions for $80.00 (on Saturdays and Sundays).

In addition, this year will be Colour Creative’s first summer, and plans are currently in the works for an Artful July, so stay tuned!

For more information on how you can illuminate your child’s creative spark, click here for the Colour Creative Facebook Page, call (647-764-5336), or click here to email for more information.  You can also pick up a Colour Creative activity postcard available at many of the awesome shops along the Danforth.