Trees and Arts – things to do this weekend!

Summer may be winding down, but here are some things to do around the neighbourhood to keep your mind off of your September to-do list.

Stephenson Park Tree Tour & Community Picnic, Saturday August 26

2017 - Stephenson Park Tree Tour and Picnic - August 26


Main Squared Festival – Main & Danforth, August 26 – September 3


Main Squared
August 26 to September 3, 2017
Main and Danforth
Facebook Event Page

Main Squared is a free 9-day arts & community festival that will activate and explore the public square at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue in Toronto from August 26 – September 3, 2017.

Drawing inspiration and insight from historical “public squares” while tapping into community aspirations, the festival will invite residents, community members, and the general public to reimagine the square as a space for social engagement, discourse, and civic activism.

Blending contemporary art and community art projects, the festival will feature art installations, interactive activities, workshops, performances, and more.

Visit the Main Squared website to learn more about the Main Squared Artists & ProjectsCommunity WorkshopsVolunteer Opportunities, and more ways to Participate.

Check the Schedule for dates, times, and information about workshops, activities, marketplace, and performances.

Main Squared is produced by East Ends Arts. Contemporary art projects curated by Labspace Studio. Main Squared is a Cultural Hotspot Signature Project.


Nookflea, Sunday August 27, Valu-Mart Parking Lot (Cedarvale & Strathmore)


Join the Nooks for this free event. For more details, check out their Facebook event page.

Arts Festivals Galore!

The first ever Monarch Park Arts & Music Festival is happening this Saturday, August 12 (tomorrow), 12 noon – 8:00pm

Coming soon…

East End Arts presents Main Squared, a free nine-day arts and community festival that will activate and explore the public square at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue from August 26 to September 3, 2017.

Blending contemporary art and community arts projects, the festival will feature art installations, interactive activities, workshops, performances, and more.

The festival location is situated in the unique spaces between the four high-rise towers that are home to thousands of residents and a commercial plaza with unoccupied storefronts. Given its accessible location, diversity, density of residents, and proximity to transit and other amenities, Main Square is full of potential as a vibrant and unique cultural hub. With Main Squared, East End Arts aims to increase engagement with the community to spark a sense of pride within the spaces in the neighbourhood in which they live, work, play, and own every day.

Visit the website for more info. Also note that they are looking for volunteers!

Still over a month to go but you definitely want to make a mental note and block off time now for the Danforth East (Community) Arts Fair #DECAF17, coming on September 16 & 17. One of DECA's signature events, this weekend of arts, beauty, community and fun is a must-do for everyone in this 'hood.

See all the sneak peeks of what will be for sale by following the DECAF on social:

Fb: @DECAartsfair
Insta: @deca_arts

We are always in need of volunteers so give us a shout if you're available for a shift that weekend! Sit at the info table, help with set up or take down, take pics, help us with social media – there are lots of jobs! Email us here.

Murals, fairies, new store and NOW noms

Murals, fairies, another pop-up shop success and NOW Magazine nominations!

Coxwell Barns Mural

East End Arts is teaming up with a esteemed artist Sean Martindale to paint a mural on the wall of the Coxwell Barns (south-east corner of Danforth & Coxwell, just south of Danforth) from August 24-end of Sept (approx). Other than just telling you about this awesome project, there are two other things you need to know:

  1. Are you interested in volunteering to help paint the new mural? If so, come to a volunteer info session on Monday, August 24, 5-6 pm at TKO’s (Coxwell & Danforth). All are welcome – no experience necessary! If you can’t attend the session but you want to help out, please join the project’s Facebook event and to keep track of sign-up slots when they have a schedule.
  2. The project is looking for the following supplies to help with this mural – please contact if you can share any of the following:
    • a sturdy rolling cart capable of carting full buckets of paint/water (may get paint on it, 1 needed from August 24 – end of Septladders ( 6 ft, 8 ft) – needed 1 or 2 from August 24 – end of Sept
    • step stools – needed 1 or 2 from August 24 – end of Sept
    • 1 high quality, long (at least a meter) level – must be strong, engineering-type quality here! (warning: may get paint on it)

If you can help or want more info, please contact Cindy at!

Fairy Dance

On Tuesday, Danny’s Urban Fairies are heading to Pegasus Studios for a Fairy Circle Dance Party from 6:30-7:30pm. BYOFW (Bring your own fairy wings)


The fairies are so busy but are wrapping up at the end of the month so make sure to keep up to date on all of their comings and goings!

Another Pop-Up Shop Success! Congrats to the Handwork Dept!

Last week we were so happy to tell you that Merrily, merrily is now a permanent store on our strip! So it’s doubly exciting to tell you that another of our current pop-up shops has signed a lease! The Handwork Dept will be moving to 1898 Danforth (formerly Jenny’s Floral Boutique). If you haven’t been yet, you should go. It is part gallery, part trip down memory lane (depending on how old you are) and all-around awesome shopping experience. Thanks to Maggie the owner for giving us one more interesting, unique and fun store to visit.

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The Handwork Dept’s current storefront at 1801 Danforth – moving to 1898 Danforth in the coming weeks

Also need to acknowledge our dedicated pop-up shop team. Gay, Tina, Cath, Anita and so many others have worked so hard to transform and revitalize our neighbourhood through our pop-up shop project. It’s a huge project that involves countless hours of work, and every success happens because this team has made it happen.

Now Magazine Best of Toronto Nominations

Now’s Best of Toronto nominations are out and our neighbourhood is very well represented. While it’s an honour to be nominated, what we need is to WIN! Our friends at Moberly have put together a handy cheat sheet for all our local nominations. You can vote from all of your devices, so please get in as many clicks as possible. Show Toronto why the east end is the best end.

A few snaps from some of our local winners last year to show you that we can totally do this!!

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LEN owner Christal and their 2014 award for Best Design Store
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Shamie and Tracey with their 2014 Best Toy Store award for Silly Goose Kids

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Free Art, Family Art, Heart Art…art art art!

It may be cold out there, but that doesn’t mean that your creative juices aren’t flowing right beneath the surface of your rosy cheeks and icy fingertips.

Family Art Attack

Thanks to East End Arts for this unique and awesome Family Day event!

Monday, February 17th (Family Day)
Time(s): 2 time slots:  10:00am – 1:00pm or 2:00-5:00pm
Where: At Artisans At Work, 2071 Danforth Ave, @ Woodbine

Groups (not necessarily related to each other) of people of any age ranges are invited to participate in this fun, free art-making event.  Here are the details:

Each groups will be given a 3’x3’ canvas, acrylic paints & brushes. (The group is welcome to bring other materials, but must use the canvas supplied) and 3 hours!

The groups’ works will be juried, awarded prizes, and celebrated with an exhibition that evening, open to the entire community!

This event is presented in cooperation with East End Arts and sponsored in part by Deserres.

To sign up, and find more info, please go to

East End Arts is a local arts service organization dedicated to supporting, developing and promoting the arts in Toronto’s east end, including the East York, Beaches and Riverdale communities.

Artisans At Work is a group of skilled, knowledgeable and local people that are excited to bring unique products and experiences to the Danforth east  neighbourhood.

Free Art Activity Days @ ArtCave

Thanks to ArtCave for inviting all of us to these free art activity days! Located just outside Greenwood station at 155 Lamb Avenue.  Visit for more info.


Heart Art at Colour Creative

$20 per family with four time-slots to choose from.  See poster for more info, or visit their facebook page:!


February Artisans At Work News

As if the Family Art Attack isn’t enough, there is lots more to know about Artisans At Work this February. Thanks to Tara for passing on her February news. 

February, our theme is The Artistic Family, and as each month, we have a call-out to artists: Artisans at Work Open Call to Artistic Families:

This months show is focusing on families and the creative
ability between family members. All submissions must have at
least 2 to 3 family members submitting up to three works each
(15 max from each family in total). Each artist in the family is
encouraged to provide works of all mediums and small series.
We’re not looking for any specific themes, just the creative
ability among family members. Collaborative works among
family members are accepted as well!Artisans At Work has a monthly show in which a opening is
hosted every First Friday of the month! Live music, food, and
drinks are provided. A great night to come out, discuss artwork
and experience our east end community.
The opening night for February’s “Artistic Families” show is Friday, February 7, from 7:00-10:00pm.
For more information about Artisans At Work, or to get added to their newsletter, email Tara at

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.

New Poster

For more info, send them an email

A more well-rounded you?

Arts, films, frisbee and food! Read on for the details…

East End Arts Consultations

As you may know, our area’s new Local Arts Service Organization, East End Arts, was launched on June 25. Now they are holding community consultations to discuss priorities for programs and services, and the remaining dates are:

Wednesday August 14, 6:30-8:00 pm
Community Centre 55, 97 Main Street
Register at

Saturday August 17, 1-2:30 pm
Cosburn United Church, 1108 Greenwood Avenue
Register at

Please consider attending one of these opportunities to share you ideas for expanding arts opportunities in our neighbourhood. If you cannot attend in person, you can complete the online survey at:

More information is available at

Inaugural Local Photo and Film Festival – Call for Submissions


Ultimate Frisbee @ Stephenson Park

REC Athletics will be continuing their co-ed recreational Ultimate Frisbee league into the fall, beginning September 4, 2013.  They will again be operating out of Stephenson Park September 4-25 2013, then moving the games to Cherry Beach October 9-30.  For further details, and registrations please visit
**Early Bird Pricing in effect until August 25th**

Local Buzz about Local Pub

If you would prefer a more literal approach to becoming more well-rounded, check out Friday’s Toronto Star review of the Wren, and then go there immediately!

One last thing…

Happy 1st Anniversary to Sauce on Danforth – as if they weren’t awesome enough, did you know they’ve opened a back patio??