Activities galore!

Fall is that magical time of year when the leaves change, the days darken, and we all have to think about what kinds of activities we are going to undertake for the year. (If you are like me, you were frantically trying to sign up your kids for swimming lessons this morning at 7am!) Here are a few options in the neighbourhood…

East End Music Project
(non-profit music program for kids on Tuesdays)


Miranda from the East End Music Project sent this note along:

I run the East End Music Project (I do this out of LOVE as a volunteer), which is a very cool social purpose music school in the East End.

The project is taught by professional musicians and educators with instruction at a very high level. The social purpose part of it is that all the class fees are geared to income. Our focus is on collaboration and working together in the classes. It is a fabulous opportunity. I have a couple of spots available because I’ve hired more teachers to increase our capacity. We would love to have your families join us.

If you’ve ever thought about music lessons, this is a great way to get involved in a social purpose enterprise, support local musicians, and participate in something really special. Your kids will also get a stellar music experience. All classes are subsidized. No restrictions on who can apply! Check out to see what classes still have availability. Thanks!

Are you ready to sing?

Some locals, Sarah and Damaris, are starting a new choir and would like YOU to join! Registration form is here and some additional details are below.

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Pegasus Studios

SO many classes, so little time. What can we say about Pegasus? It’s music, dance, art, choir, yoga – stuff for kids, adults, kids and adults together – if you don’t know about this neighbourhood institution, you should.


We have been so lucky to have so many new fitness-related businesses open up in this neighbourhood (coinciding nicely with the bakeries, ice cream shop and restaurants!). Here are some of them:

Fly Girl Fitness

Bomb Fitness

Ankh Yoga

Legacy Indoor Cycling

Counterbalance Studio Pilates

Career Fit Mom

Dragonz Martial Arts (adult and kid classes available)

Bell’s Martial Arts (adult and kid classes available)

Monarch Park Stadium (adult and kid classes/activities, running track)


One more thing….

Our next DECA Board meeting will be next Monday, September 21 starting at 7:30pm. If you’d like to join us, drop us a line here and we can let you know where we’re meeting. Last time we enjoyed an hour at the beginning to meet & greet, but this time we will get right to it a 7:30pm because we have a lot to cover. All are welcome!

Dance Mobs this Sunday, May 4 – come watch!

DECA & Pegasus Studios Hosts Dance Flash Mob To Celebrate International Dance Day 

Details: Sunday May 4th
Locations & Times: Robertson Parkette (SW corner of Danforth and Coxwell) @ 1:45 p.m.; Danforth and Greenwood @ 2:00 p.m.
Duration: 4 minutes at each location

On Sunday May 4, Pegasus Studios and DECA are partnering to host the first annual Dance Flash Mob held in Robertson Parkette on the south-west corner of Danforth and Coxwell, and then again at Danforth and Greenwood Ave

The 75 participants will gather just prior to 1:45 p.m. at the first location and 2:00 at the second location.  They will be dancing to a National Ballet School choreographed routine to Crabbuckit. Parents and students of Pegasus Studios, as well as many members of the community will be coming together in celebration of International Dance Day.

The Dance Flash Mob will also coincide with the kick off to Jane Jacob’s Community Walk by East End Arts as well as the launch of the Art of the Danforth.

Special thanks to the local businesses sponsors – thanks to them, the dancers will be sporting fancy t-shirts that will make them easy to spot!

LEN: Democratic Purveyors of Fine Art and Beautiful Things,
FlyGirl Fitness,
Ages & Stages,
Oaks ‘n Acorns,
Dianna Kennedy from Remax Hallmark,
Counterbalance Studio Pilates,
Pose Hair Design,
The Canine Social Company

Special thanks to DECA Board member Jane Davis-Munro from Pegasus Studios, who donated the rehearsal space and hours of her own time to make this event happen!  

Local events to warm you up

Beating the January Blues

So it’s really winter. With no sign of spring, and no warm vacation in the calendar, what is a Danforth East resident supposed to do?  Luckily, our awesome local businesses have offers galore.  Here are some…

Melanie’s Winter Special

Melanie’s Bistro at 1870 Danforth Avenue is offering a winter special! $25 3-course prix fixe menu during the week, ($28 on weekends) or a $6 weekday lunch.  Oh, and don’t forget, they offer free corkage on Wednesdays if you want to bring your own wine, or $20 corkage any other day.  If that’s not enough, did you know that they also do takeout? And, if you ask nicely, someone will even deliver it to you curbside, with the credit card machine and everything. A-mazing!

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Pilates Anyone?

A new business has opened just west of East Lynn Park at 1911 Danforth Avenue.  Come and see Counterbalance Studio Pilates for yourself, this January 25 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.!


PA Day Fun at Monarch Park Stadium

From their website:


Same great FUN as Toddler Playtime for Ages 13 and Under

MPS is opening two fields for open play this PA Day. Featuring bouncy castles, soccer activities and obstacle courses, the kids won’t be bored this P.A. Day.

Date: Friday, January 24
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: *$6 per child| $10 per family
1 Hansen Street

*Toddler Playtime Passes/Memberships are Valid