Meet #DEAF14 young artist Juliette Leach

By Danforth East Arts Fair organizers

This year for the first time, Danforth East Arts Fair is hosting a free Youth Booth for talented young artists, thanks to generous community sponsors Bosley Real Estate and Pegasus Studios.

Young Danforth East Arts Fair artist Juliette Leach, 13, explores the beauty of nature in her work.
Young Danforth East Arts Fair artist Juliette Leach, 13, explores the beauty of nature in her work.

Thirteen-year-old Juliette Leach will be displaying her work Sept. 13-14 in East Lynn Park at the Youth Booth along with fellow young artist Stella Racca.

“The work I am showing in the arts fair is fine art that exhibits beauty in nature or presents my take on conflicts in society,” Juliette explains.

The active teen, who enjoys soccer and sailing along with reading, acting and playing the bass guitar, draws artistic inspiration from multiple sources. “I am inspired by nature, conflict and my general surroundings, but I have also been inspired by different famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo.”

What does the future hold for Juliette? “I would love to pursue a job involving creativity and have thought about becoming a graphic designer, high school art teacher, scientific illustrator or an architect.”

Continue the conversation with this promising young artist at the 2014 Danforth East Arts Fair (DEAF14), which takes place Sept. 13-14 in East Lynn Park. And feel free to continue the conversation on social media: #DEAF14 is on Twitter (@DECA_Arts) and Facebook along with Instagram and Pinterest.

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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.

Danforth East Arts Fair 2014 – Call for artists and craftspeople!


Call for artists and craftspeople: Early bird deadline is April 13!

Early bird application deadline is less than a month away – April 13th, 2014 is soon upon us! Painters, Jewellers, Photographers, Clothing Designers, Woodworkers, Potters and every creative person in between – show us what you do! We want to hear from you.

The Danforth East Arts Fair (DEAF) is a juried outdoor arts and crafts fair in East Lynn Park in mid-September.  Now in its 6th year, DEAF 2014 will take place on September 13 & 14.  This early bird deadline will save you $25 off the application fee ($175 instead of $200).

Go to the DEAF website for more information and to download the vendor application form.

For more information, drop a line to the fabulous DEAF team:

Five Fun Facts about DEAF13 & Schedule of Events

The Fair is only a couple of sleeps away!  With another fun-filled family event nearly upon us, the organizers wanted to share a few facts about this annual neighbourhood event.  And see below for the full schedule of events and activity for Saturday and Sunday.

Danforth East Arts Fair: Five fun fair facts about DEAF13

1. Milestone: The Fair is turning FIVE YEARS OLD this year! It’s hard to believe it, but the Danforth East Arts Fair is half a decade old already. The Danforth East Art Fair sprang from the drive of neighbours and dedicated volunteers of the larger Danforth East Community Association (DECA), which supports many other great initiatives in the area that help to make the community more vibrant, walkable and fun.

2. Better and better: Since its first year, the Fair has grown to include more artists from all disciplines along with live entertainment, food vendors and arts demonstrations. Our home is East Lynn Park, and our vendors’ tents fit perfectly in it.  While we’ll likely never get significantly bigger than our current size, we do strive to make the event *better* every year. That means we offer a variety of exhibitors selling a range of unique, high quality goods and services that includes photography, framing, paintings, clothing, ceramics, glassware, bath and beauty items, crafts and more.

3. Fan favourites and exciting new vendors. Some favourites are back this year, including Horst Herget, who makes portraits while you wait using tintype, a form of photography popular in the late 1800s that yields a noteworthy photo with an “olde-timey” feel. And Henna Planet and Henna by Holly will once again be painting lovely temporary henna designs on visitors! As well, we have new artists such as photographer Teresa Miller, mosaic maker Roberto Centazzo of Stone Folio and Fernand Ciraco of local business Ciraco framing, who will be selling unique storage and shelving cleverly repurposed from frame samples. (Ciraco is also a volunteer extraordinaire, more on that later.)

4. Local and beyond: This year approximately two-thirds of our vendors identify themselves as being located near East Lynn Park. We’re so proud to be encouraging creativity in the community! Our jury hand-picks every exhibitor, and while we do encourage local artists to apply, our final cut this year includes artisans from all over Ontario and even Quebec.

5. Volunteers: The Danforth East Arts Fair is completely run by volunteers. The planning meetings start in winter and the jury meets regularly to choose which artists will be included. Leading up to the event, there are volunteers arranging for everything from the live entertainment to the on-site ATM. A big thanks to head organizer Melanie Ramsay, along with volunteers Melissa Peretti, Julie Glick, Mary Vallis, Shauna Rempel, Fernand Ciraco, Danna Lynn McCullough and many more working behind the scenes to make the event a success.

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For more info on the Fair, visit Or just come on by! DEAF13 goes rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in East Lynn Park.

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!

All Things Art: DEAF & AOD

Art of the Danforth: Join the Team

Are you interested in participating in some way with the next Art of the Danforth (scheduled for May 2014)? If so, you’re invited to the following get together!

Thursday, April 18, 7:30-9 pm

Art of the Danforth 2014 Brainstorm 7:30 – 8:30 pm

East Danforth Creative Collective Annual General Meeting 8:30 – 9pm

At LucSculpture Studio & Schools

663 Greenwood (just steps north of Danforth)

For more information, or if you can’t make it, email:

Danforth East Arts Fair: Call for Artists

It’s that time of year again. The Danforth East Arts Fair is accepting applications for the coming season. This years art fair will be held in East Lynn Park on September 14 & 15. Application deadlines are earlier this year in order to help us kick off a more vigorous marketing campaign, so please get your applications in for the early deadline of March 29, 2013 and pay a discounted application fee ($175). The final deadline for applications will be May 31, 2013 ($200).
Please visit us at for the 2013 exhibitor package and more about what you can expect this year.