100 in 1 Day & Local Jane’s Walks

Local Jane’s Walks this weekend

Have you ever wanted to combine a history or social studies class with phys ed.? Jane’s Walk is exactly that.  But the best part is you don’t even realize you’re in phys ed! There are three Jane’s Walks happening in our neighbourhood this weekend, each with it’s own flair. For more about other Jane’s Walks happening, check out janeswalk.org .

Toronto has a Main Street? | May 1, 1015 | 6:00 PM

e3d1cf69ee54bf7c66ff6d582e79c06c_f761In the late 19th-century, the East Toronto rail yard brought settlement and steady employment to the Main Street area of Toronto.  When rail operations moved elsewhere in the early 20th-century, it tore a gap in the fabric of the community.  In the early part of the 20th-century, the Ford Motor Company brought skilled jobs, relative prosperity and suburban growth.  By the early 1950s, Ford had moved its plant to Oakville, thus tearing another gap. In 1968, the subway arrived, ushering in a new era and a promise of a return to prosperity. Using a combination of archival photos and storytelling, we’ll learn how this neighbhourhood has evolved in the past 130 years, and where it is headed in the future.

The Death and Life of Upper Midway | May 2, 2015 | 10:00 AM

44f1df215b8bf284a30f01114ce9cc35_f1608For many Torontonians, the Danforth is the main street of Riverdale or a place to eat Greek. But that image covers just a small strip of this storied street, formerly known as the Second Concession, the Danforth Plank Road and The King’s Highway No. 5.

Danforth east of Pape, often referred to as the “Other Danforth,” wasn’t really developed until the 1920s, after the First World War ended and the Bloor viaduct opened. The Other Danforth has always tended to be blue collar and gritty. And while it has seen hard times, especially in the past four decades, the area is almost certainly on the leading edge of a wave of gentrification, investment and development.

How do we as a community maximize the chances that we get the type of change we want? What factors are key to making neighbourhood economies thrive? How do we ensure that our sidewalks become more welcoming and pleasant and useful?

A good starting point would be to read (or reread) the first three Jane Jacobs books — especially the first: The Death and Life of Great American Cities. A good second step would be to join us for the eighth annual Upper Midway Jane’s Walk, as we try to understand how and why this stretch of the Danforth developed as it did, what made it a thriving pedestrian-friendly place for so long, and why it slipped into decline. The idea is to identify factors and lessons from the past to foster discussion and to help serve as guides for the future. Along the way, we hope to show you a lot of good reasons to get into the habit of putting your feet and your eyes on the street.

Midway was largely a default name for the area between the City of Toronto (whose eastern boundary was at the Ashbridge’s Creek, just east of Greenwood) and the Town of East Toronto (whose western boundary crossed Danforth about a half kilometre east of Woodbine). In its entirety, Midway, which was annexed by the city in 1909, ran down almost to Queen. This walk will focus on Upper Midway, which was north of the Grand Trunk Railway tracks, as well as the former Church of England Glebe lands north of Danforth.

We’re going to concentrate on the history and character of the three main Upper Midway intersections (Woodbine, Coxwell and Greenwood), as well as the three lost creeks that crossed this stretch of the Danforth — creeks that still affect the way land is used.

East Danforth East – A Culinary Walking Tour | May 1 2015 2:00 PM | May 2 2015 2:00 PM

32feb834dd21966792233fdc7ee4ffcc_f2690East of Danforth East, the cafes, gastro-pubs, artisan studios, pop-up shops, and social enterprises give way to offerings that are much more esoteric, but every bit as interesting. From banana flowers and injera to giant catfish and dozens of herbs and spices you’ve never heard of, the bustling and emphatically un-gentrified eastern reaches of the Danforth present a cornucopia of culturally-specific fare that can pass unnoticed by residents en-route to the big-chain supermarket. Participants will be introduced to some of the lesser-known food products and culinary ingredients available at local fruit markets, bakeries, butchers, fish markets and grocers, and invited to broaden our palates by incorporating them in our own household cuisines. Along the way, we’ll be invited to broaden our thinking on just what ingredients make for a healthy and desirable neighborhood. The posted walk for 2pm, May 1st, is an Open Dress Rehearsal. Please be prepared for a lot of stammering and awkwardness!

100 in 1 Day for Danforth East

Have a little idea for a better city and healthier community? Be a part of the 100in1Day event on June 6th, 2015.   100In1Day is a day where hundreds people get together around of small acts of change to improve their neighbourhoods. There will be a public brainstorming workshop held on Wednesday May 6th (6-8 PM) at the Danforth/Coxwell Library to come up with an urban intervention to roll out as a part of 100In1Day for Danforth East on Saturday, June 6th.

Register for this FREE workshop at here and see the poster below for more details.


Halloween fun for adults, kids, and doggies

So much local Halloween fun coming up!

Danforth East Costume Swap on 18Blocks

18Blocks.com is an online community bulletin board recently started by a couple of locals. To kick off the Danforth East page, there’s a virtual costume swap happening now! Have a gently used costume to spare? Looking for a new one? Join in! The site is easy to use and looks like a fun and useful way to connect with your neighbours. We’ve already added a notice for our Nov. 1 Pumpkin Parade. Check out 18Blocks here and start swapping!

Howl-o-Ween at Merrill Park, October 25, 1:00-3:00pm

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The Merrill Park Dog Association Annual Howl-o-ween event is this Saturday!

This year they have amazing prizes provided by local businesses including The BoroughMelanie’s BistroWag on the DanforthThe Canine Social Company and Carter’s Ice Cream.
The weather is supposed to be sunny and 15 degrees or higher. It should make for a lovely day!

Halloween Swap Costume Build at the Tool Library, October 26, 10:00am-4:00pm

BOO! The Tool Library is having a COSTUME SWAP & mask making festivities on October 26th from 10am-4pm at 1803 Danforth Ave! Check out all the details and sign up here.


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Art Cave Halloween Spooktacular, October 31

Don’t forget to drop by ArtCave this Halloween (155 Lamb Avenue, near Danforth & Coxwell) for treats, tricks, crafts and a spooky photo booth! The best costume wins a voucher for a free class! Hope to see you there!

Art Cave Spooktacular


Anything we missed? Let us know on our Facebook page or via Twitter @DECAdiaries

Friday Fun!

THIS FRIDAY, March 29, 2013

Silly Goose Kids (2054 Danforth Avenue) – Open on Good Friday with lots of fun activities!

SGK Good Friday

NEXT FRIDAY (April 5, 2013)

Artisans At Work (2071 Danforth Avenue –  a few stores west of Pizza Pizza at Woodbine) hosts a “First Friday” event on the first Friday of each month.  The details are so exciting and there is so much going on that you need to read their newsletter so that you don’t miss anything!  The highlights are art, opera, crepes and a liquor licence!  Click here for the details.

And just to give you a sneak preview, look how beautiful the space is (photo cred to Artisans at Work):


For even more info, our friend the East End Pioneer did a write-up on Artisans at Work, which you can read here.


PARADE ALERT!!  Don’t forget that the Toronto Beaches Lions Easter Parade is this Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. along Queen Street E.  It starts in front of the Fox Theatre and travels west to Woodbine.  We are told that this is the largest Easter parade in North America!

There’s still time to POP in.


There’s about one week left for the February Pop-Up Shops – still plenty of time to pop in! And if you want to know more about the people behind these pop-up shops, check out this Beach Metro article.

Fa Real Designz N Prints | 1898 Danforth Avenue
Tuesday-Saturday 12-8
The buy 1 get one 1/2 off promotion will continue this week.

Krystle Lee | 1801 Danforth Avenue
Monday 12-6 | Tuesday 10-6 | Wednesday Closed | Thursday 10-6 | Friday & Saturday 11-7 | Sunday Private Appointments
There’s still plenty of fabulous clothes for sale at Krystle Lee, plus some new jewelry additions.

Repetitions Fitness | 1803 Danforth Avenue
Monday 10-7 | Tuesday 12-4 | Wednesday 10-7 | Thursday 10-4 | Friday 10-7 | Saturday 9-5 | Sunday 10-3
Struggling with meal planning?  Let Nadia take care of meals for you with a variety of meal packages available.  Her meals are heart healthy, organic, largely vegan and free from most of the major allergens (ex. Soy, gluten, nuts…). Email her for more information.  Also check our events page for her full schedule of fitness classes    

Valentine’s Day Dilemmas Solved by Pop-Ups

Yes, there are a good number of florists in our neighbourhood that will no doubt be busy tomorrow.  But you know what would be a really cool gift for that special someone?  A customized hoodie professing your love.  A bright pink leather wristlet and fake eyelashes. Or how about a couples personal training session or home meal delivery service?  Check out the notices below to see what else you can find last minute at the DECA pop-ups.

Also, don’t forget that YOU can get involved in the DECA Pop-Up project. We’d love for you to join us next  Thursday, February 21st at 8 p.m. Email us for more details.

Fa Real Designz N Prints | 1898 Danforth Avenue
Tuesday-Saturday 12-8
Couples Special – Buy one, get the second half price! FaReal now has kids’ sizes and ONESIES for customizing! Let everyone know how much you love your hood with a few “I heart Danforth East” onesies! Or perhaps make that surprise announcement to family with a “I’m going to be a big Sister/Brother” tee.

Krystle Lee | 1801 Danforth Avenue
Monday 12-6 | Tuesday 10-6 | Wednesday Closed | Thursday 10-6 | Friday & Saturday 11-7 | Sunday  Private Appointments
Krystle Lee is teaming up with Amy Beth of Makeup in the City, a leading hair and makeup company, for Valentine’s Day. Special offer: Lavish your Lashes for “V” day. A 5 min consult and lash application with false lashes – the first 10 people getting their lashes for free, $5 afterwards.   Full Valentines makeup makeover available by private appointment.  With celebrated artists specializing in makeup, hair design, airbrush makeup, permanent lash extensions and hair extensions. Owner and artist Amy Beth has had her work featured on the pages of Elle Canada, Vogue Italia, and Chloe magazine. Amy’s  celebrity clientele also includes Lady Antebellum, Drake, and Chloe Moretz. From Runway to Red Carpet anyone can be flawless and fierce.

Repetitions Fitness | 1803 Danforth Avenue
Monday 10-7 | Tuesday 12-4 | Wednesday 10-7 | Thursday 10-4 | Friday 10-7 | Saturday 9-5 | Sunday 10-3
Nadia offers gift certificates for all services and is doing a 10% discount on gift certificates for Valentine’s Day (Wed & Thurs purchases). Why not try a couples’ sessions or a private training session for your Valentine? Nadia also offers meal planning and prepared food home delivery tailored to you. Sample menus are on her website with some pictures featured below. Consultations for fitness or meal planning are complimentary.

Delicious and health meal from Repetitions Fitness
Delicious and health meal from Repetitions Fitness
Delicious and health meal from Repetitions Fitness - Quinoa & Cauliflower
Delicious and health meal from Repetitions Fitness – Quinoa & Cauliflower

 For more information about these pop-up stores, the DECA Pop-Up Shop project and DECA, please visit our website.