Updates, movies and next DECA Board mtg!

Hello Neighbours!

As we head into a couple of days of heat advisory, a small reminder to please check on vulnerable neighbours, take extra care with kids and pets, and please please please water your trees. Buckets full of water for the trees please. (If you have a moment to spare, please water some trees at a park or in a schoolyard!)

And now for the news…

Merrily, merrily is here to stay!


Another one of our pop-up shops has just become a permanent store on at 1854 Danforth (beside Oaks ‘n Acorns) – congratulations to Merrily, merrily!  If you haven’t been yet, they are a go-to for new, nearly new and handmade goods for babies, kids and even moms-to-be. It’s a lovely shop, and they have even more stuff for sale online: www.merrilymerrily.ca.

Could this get any better? Yes! They are a consignment shop, so every purchase puts money in the pockets of your neighbours as well as these local mompreneur owners. Win-win! And don’t forget the summer pop-up promo on until August 31 with current and former pop-up shops, which will save you the tax at Merrily, merrily (click here for more info on the promo).

Gentle reminder: Permanent stores are only permanent as long as we support them. SHOP LOCAL!

Speaking of awesome local shops…

Face to Face Games is celebrating their 1st Birthday!

This Tuesday, August 18 please visit Face to Face Games to enjoy 10% off everything in the store and buy-one-get-one-free lemonades all day long.

2077a Danforth (above Pizza Pizza, @ Woodbine)

Face to Face Toronto’s awesome cafe
A few things you should know about this amazing shop:

  1. It is packed every night. Packed.
  2. They have an amazing cafe full of fresh, healthy and very affordable meals, snacks, coffee and their signature house-made lemonade and iced tea. Seriously. You need to try it.
  3. The owners want the space to be as much a neighbourhood drop-in as a shop. There are games on hand available to play for free (they have games for all ages) and they encourage people to bring along their favourite game from home to play as well. No catch, just a sincere interest in wanting to be a place where people gather.

Go there on a date, with your friends, with your kids, or go theire by yourself. You’ll love it!

Board games to Board meetings…and who doesn’t LOVE a good Board meeting?

DECA Board Meeting

This Tuesday, August 18 will be he next DECA Board meeting. Do you want to join us? We are trying something new this time, and will spend 7:30-8:30 with no formal agenda to give us a chance to chat with anyone who chooses to join us. Come and say hi and have a beverage with us (not on us)! If you want to stay for the actual meeting, you’re welcome to do so but you don’t have to. We thought this might be a better way engage with potential volunteers and others than our usual meeting-only approach.

If you want to come, please RSVP by clicking here and we can provide the details. (We do this so that we know who is coming and can ensure that we meet in a big enough space to accommodate!)

And last but not least…

Free Movie for Teens at Danforth/Coxwell Library: Insurgent 

Next Wednesday (Aug 26) for teens 13+ including free popcorn and door prize!

Movie Night ft. Insurgent

And it’s Movie Night this week at the Market: How to Train Your Dragon 2!



Stay cool, East Enders!

At the Library this week: Wayson Choy; Business Inc.

Don’t miss these events hosted by the Danforth/Coxwell library this week:

Beloved Canadian writer Wayson Choy is coming to the Danforth/Coxwell library this Wednesday night! The event is from 6:30-8 pm and FREE.

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For anyone interested in starting a business, be sure to check out Tuesday evening’s orientation session for the 8 week Business Inc. program at the Danforth/Coxwell library. Click here to register.




Two Upcoming events: healthy body, healthy mind

Welcome to 2015 Danforth East! It’s that time of year again – resolution time. January seems like a prime time to focus on self-improvement. We’re fortunate to have many organizations and businesses in the neighbourhood offering options to improve our minds and bodies.  Here are two upcoming events that may be of interest to you and your families.

One Year Anniversary for Ankh Yoga


Family Literacy Day At Danforth/Coxwell Library 


Call for vendors, library talk and local t-shirts

Calls for Artists and Vendors – Artisans at Work

(check out Artisans at Work for more information)

Open Call
December’s monthly exhibition is open for anyone to display their artwork! Subject matter is open to anything! We are looking for all mediums. Please submit up to 3 pieces of artwork preferably as part of a series.

Artisans at Work hosts an opening every first friday of the month with a live band, cash bar and food provided by the showing artists. 

Vendor Call
December is also the season for craft shows at Artisans at Work. Every Sat & Sun in December, we will be opening our gallery up to guest artists for a craft show in the gallery! Applications accepted until spaces are filled! Join our craft show for 75$ a table.

Proposal Call for 2015
Artisans at Work is looking for proposals for 2015! Program a group/ solo exhibition with us for reasonable rates. Please submit your proposals at artisansatwork@yahoo.com.

To submit artwork: Please provide up to 3 images of your submissions (preferably a small series of similar works), and a short artist statement (up to 100 words). 

Library Talk – Wednesday, November 19

Come to the Danforth/Coxwell library on Wed Nov 19, 2014 for a talk on:

The Toronto Anti-Greek Riot of 1918: War, Intolerance and Identity
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
1675 Danforth Ave

The August 1918 anti-Greek riot, led by returning war veterans, was one of the largest instances of violence in Toronto’s history. This presentation by Chris Grafos (York University) charts the lasting legacy and broader consequences of intolerance towards Canada’s immigrants. Free. No registration required.

For more information, please call 416-393-7783.

Announcing…Neighbourhood Kids Clothing!

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Announcement from local entrepreneur Gary Sappleton…

After a year of working on weekends and evenings, we just launched our children’s apparel company called Neighbourhood Kids – which proudly celebrates children and neighbourhoods while donating 10% of our profits to the national charity, Breakfast for Learning. We are literally a Canadian ma and pa company and we live in the East Danforth.

Our T-shirts are carried by Silly Goose (who have featured us in one of their stunning window displays) and Fab Baby Gear on the West Danforth.

Please check out our neighbourhood collections at neighbourhoodkids.com

And the Danforth Dinosaur T-shirt can be found here: http://neighbourhoodkids.com/collections/toronto/products/danforth-dinosaurs

You can also get an idea of what we’re about via facebook: FB.com/NeighbourhoodKids, and Twitter: @NKclothing

Upcoming DECA Events – Posters coming soon!

DECA’s AGM will be on November 24 from 6:30-9:30 at Hirut.


DECA’s 3rd Annual Festival of Lights at East Lynn Park will be held from 4:00-6:00pm on November 29.

Wanna learn? Finances, jobs, prenatal yoga & art

Learning on and off the Danforth!

Danforth/Coxwell Library Event
February 26 (Wed) from 7:00-8:00pm

There’s more than just books at our local library!

Ten Healthy Habits of Financial Management

WoodGreen March Break Employment Marketplace (Free!)
March 13 from 10:00am-3:00pm

WoodGreen Community Services will be hosting a March Break Employment Marketplace, to address the very real concern of unemployment and underemployment.

This will be a FREE event aimed at providing  our shared communities the support and resources necessary to be successful in today’s labour market; this one-day event will showcase the best that this city has to offer around employment and employability.

The Marketplace will consist of:

•             Employer zone
•             Interactive zone
•             Lecture series
•             Community Resources Area
•             Employment Makeover zone
•             And much more…

We have already had a number of participants express interest in being a part of this event including the TD Bank Group, Rogers Communications, Sick Kids Hospital, Human Resources Professional Association, Leslieville BIA, Toronto Workforce Innovation Group, Starbucks Coffee Canada, Operation Springboard,  Robert Half, Canadian Tire, The Big Carrot, VHA, Ryerson Digital Media Zone and the City of Toronto Social Services to name a few…please see poster for detailed list of attendees.


Prenatal Yoga @ Ankh Yoga
beginning March 2 from 9:00-10:00am (drop-ins welcome)

Visit Ankh’s website for more info about this beautiful new yoga studio on Danforth, just west of Woodbine.


March Break Art Days @ Artisans at Work
March 12 & 14, 2014

For more information, visit their website.

March Break Art Days 2014

DECA’s Call for Proposals & Free documentary screening


Arts and/or Social Enterprises interested in pop-up placement on the Danforth, Monarch Park to Main

DEADLINE:  September 23, 2012

We here at Danforth East Commmunity Association are interested in filling the empty stores along Danforth Avenue between Monarch Park and Main with short-term enterprises. We believe that more activity along our commercial strip = a safer, more walkable and vibrant neighborhood. We are looking for artists and social enterprise projects that:

  • Can fill (and vacate) an empty space quickly and easily
  • Will add value to the street and the community

If you have an idea for a creative enterprise that could be placed temporarily in an empty store, we are interested in hearing from you!  In 200 words or less, tell us what you would like to do. If we are interested, we’ll ask you for more!

We are now accepting statements of intent for a weekend showcase this October.

What would YOU do with one free month on the Danforth?

Click here to email us with your proposals and/or your questions.



Next Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @ Danforth/Coxwell Library