Photography exhibit just down the street!

There is an art gallery on Danforth between Woodbine and Coxwell. Did you know it was there? The Dylan Ellis Exhibition Space is located at 1840 Danforth Avenue, and for one more week we can all go and see Philip Jessup’s exhibit called Imperiled Landscapes, which is part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

Two special events this week include:

Gallery talk – Thursday, June 11 from 6:30-8:00pm
Closing party – Sunday, June 14 from 2:00-4:oopm

Admission is free!

Gallery talk 2

Gallery is open: Mon–Wed, 9am–5pm, Thu–Fri, 9am–8pm, Sat–Sun, 10am–4pm
The photographer is in the gallery on weekends, noon – 4 PM for Q and A.
The exhibit closes on Sunday, June 14 at 5 PM.

Here’s a description of the exhibit:

Over the past eight years, Jessup has been photographing the potential effects of climate change on wilderness during travel related to his environmental career. As the earth warms up, wilderness areas will be especially at risk. In the Arctic, sea ice is disappearing while Inuit villages sink into muddy ground. Along coastlines, rising seas are inundating wetlands essential to bird migrations and seashore protection. Meanwhile, large rural watersheds are afflicted by recurrent droughts, threatening urban water supplies. Imperiled Landscapes surveys conditions in Pond Inlet on Baffin Island, Mai Po mangrove wetland in Hong Kong, and the Sugarloaf water supply catchment area in wilderness north of Melbourne. All are endangered by global warming. The exhibit offers a window into the wild beauty that we can save if we take action. 
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CareerFit Mom Karma, Salomon Sale & Photography Courses

During these dull, dreary days of January there is still alot happening in the Danforth East area to lighten your mood.  Read all about a local fitness offering, a pop-up outdoor gear sample sale and two photography workshops on the posters below.

Here is a note  from Beth of CareerFit Mom with more details on the Karma fitness classes:

Feel good through exercise while also doing good with your donation!  Try out a class, fit in a workout during our term turnaround and introduce others to CareerFit Mom classes, all while supporting a great cause!

I am hosting a selection of drop-in classes at oaks ‘n acorns between Jan. 21st and Jan. 31st. My team of instructors and I are donating our time to spread good health and happiness to you, our valued community of exercisers. All class proceeds will be donated to The Neighbourhood Centre which supports local families in need.

Please join us at these super fun workouts – Pay What You Can (suggested donation is $10 at the door) – Pre-Registration is Required and Space is Limited!  Register at or call the studio to book (416.425.3213)

2015_CFM Karma

 Salomon Sample Sale


Photography Workshops


First Market at East Lynn Park – This Thursday!

Farmers’ market starts this week!

It’s time to welcome back our favourite crop of farmers!  The East Lynn Farmers’ Market opens this Thursday, June 6th.  That’s the “when”, now we will answer the what, who, how, and why…

What’s on this week at the Market?

At the Kids’ Korner this week, we’ll have the face-painters starting at 4:00 p.m..  Our friends from Silly Goose Kids will be at the park from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and we hear that they might have some storytelling and other fun planned!  New this year will be the BINGO Scavenger Hunt were kids get to learn about what veggies are in season each week for a chance to win $5.00 in ‘market bucks’. Visit the folks at the Kids’ Korner for more details (they’re the ones under the red tent).

Who puts on this market?

DECA works with MyMarket to put on the market each week.  DECA looks after events, volunteers and some of the marketing while MyMarket takes care of the farmers.  MyMarket certifies that the farmers at our market sell only what they produce.   Their mission is to build community through connecting real farmers to the urban marketplace, which we think is ideal!

How can you get involved?

First and foremost, come to the market and buy food from our farmers!!

Some volunteer opportunities are still available so if you want to know more, here is our post about volunteering from April.

We’re also looking for some photos of the market.  Each week we’ll profile the pictures you submit on this Blog and our Facebook page.  Toward end of the season we’ll have an online contest were people can vote for the photo that best captures the essence of the market.  Prizes to be announced later in the season!  Email submissions by clicking here. (If you are sending photos of people, please make sure you have their permission, particularly kids!)

Why is the Grand Opening next week?

We need a week to get up and running before we roll out the red carpet to really kick off the season.  Stay tuned for more details on the Grand Opening Celebration taking place next week (June 13, 2013).

The East Lynn Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. between June 6 – October 17 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave.

Danforth Avenue – then & now

Danforth then…

Before there were subways, there were streetcars.  And before there were streetcars there were horses and buggies.  BlogTO recently put out this post with some very cool pictures of what Danforth Avenue has looked like through the years.

Danforth & East Lynn (1960)

Danforth now… 

And the Danforth continues to change today.  We’re excited to a few see new businesses moving into the area:

  • Dulux Paints (2031 Danforth), a Canadian company, will be opening it’s 7th location in our neighbourhood on January 2nd.  Besides boasting premium quality paint and terrific customer service, Dulux is known for their involvement in the Let’s Colour movement which helps neighbourhoods turn grey spaces into more lively, colourful places.   Hummm…..
  • Oaks ‘N Acorns (1856 Danforth) According to their Facebook page, Oaks ‘N Acorn is “a new Activity Studio and Stay ‘n Play Café providing a welcoming and creative hub where parents and children can participate together or individually in a diverse range of classes and workshops…” (Opening date is TBD)
  • The Pillow Shoppe (1434 Danforth) has recently opened with a vast selection of decorative pillows.  Everything from sage to army green and olive to hunter green.  (They have other colours too, but you know us, we love green.) Official grand opening weekend festivities on December 8 & 9!  They even have a selection of giftware.
  • Metropolitan College (2017 Danforth, 3rd floor) offers all sorts of English language programs and seem to have already brought a boost in foot traffic to the surrounding shops.

Another change this year was the additional of decorative lights along the Danforth –  thanks to the Danforth Mosaic BIA‘s Streetscape Committee for the shooting stars west of Westlake, and to the Danforth Village BIA for the holiday wreaths adorning street lamps east from Westlake.  We think they’re a lovely, twinkling addition to the neighbourhood.

And in other Danforth retail news, a big congratulations to Wag on the Danforth being named one of Toronto’s best pet stores from BlogTO.

Dulux Paints (2031 Danforth)
The Pillow Shoppe (1434 Danforth)
Oaks ‘N Acorns (1856 Danforth)
Lighting installed by the Mosaic BIA