Local events not to miss – today and upcoming

Didn’t want today to pass without reminding you about the East York Canada Day Festival – midway, beer garden, and the parade! There are many other things happening locally as well, so read on and mark your calendars. Please see posters and links below for info!

East York Canada Day Festival

For more info visit: http://www.eycdc.ca or https://www.facebook.com/events/464965103901816/?ti=icl

The Danny Loves Music Concert Series – Wednesdays

The Danny Loves Music Series in East Lynn Park is back, every Wednesday in July from 6pm – 9pm! Free! Local food and drink for sale as well. – July 04: The Pursuit of Happiness – The Danny Loves Music Series- July 11: Soular – The Danny Loves Music Series- July 18: Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats – The Danny Loves Music Series- July 25: The Silver Corderos – The Danny Loves Music Series

Charlie Hope Concert – July 15

Juno award winner Charlie Hope is back touring in Canada this summer and Silly Goose Kids is thrilled to be hosting a concert with her! Get your tickets in store (2054 Danforth) or by calling 647-341-4400.

Danceforth – July 7

Save the date for this street festival happening on Danforth between Woodbine and West Lynn from 10-10! Read the event details here.

Nooks Makers’ Market – July 8


#DanforthEast Yard Sale & Sidewalk Sale on June 9 – one more week!

It’s not too late to sign-up to sell, and it’s not too early to plan all of your buys. Once again, we’ve partnered with the Danforth Mosaic BIA so not only are the residents holding sales, but many businesses are too!

In fact, the BIA has organized to have activities and entertainment along the Danforth so there will be fun for everyone that day!

#DanforthEast Yard Sale & Sidewalk Sale
June 9, 2018, 8:00am-2:00pm
**Rain or shine**

To check out the big map or to sign up for your own sale, click here.

Please note that yard sales can only be added if you live in the DECA area (plus a few blocks on some sides). We would love to include all east-enders but as volunteers, we just can’t manage an area bigger than this one to administer. The Sidewalk Sale goes all the way to Jones though!

The event is rain or shine so fingers crossed that our perfect streak of weather continues!

Swap, shop, stories and more- upcoming events!

We’ve shared many of these on our Facebook page, but since not all of you are on Facebook and because Facebook doesn’t always show you everything we post, here are some upcoming events to take note of.

Alternative Gift Shop – Sat & Sun

No money needed. Swap items one-for-one. I can’t even tell you how cool and inspiring this event is. DECA is proud to be part of this innovative community event and huge thanks to the Tool Library for putting it together.

Alternative Gift Shop details below taken from the Tool Library website:

It’s the most wonderful SWAP of the year – Toronto’s largest Alternative Gift Shop is back for its fourth season! Why buy gifts when you can swap for them instead? The Gift Shop will take place at The Shore Leave, 1775 Danforth Ave over two days:

December 10th: launch party and swap from 4:30pm onwards

December 11th: swap from 10am-3pm.

How does it work? Bring your gently used, previously loved items to the Gift Shop and exchange them for new items to use as gifts for friends and family. Only bring items you deem worthy of being a gift. Items may be dropped off prior to the event during opening hours at their 1803 Danforth Ave Location.

Some examples of items that can be brought:


– children’s toys, clothing and accessories

– housewares

– books

– electronics

– jewelry

– musical instruments

– kitchenware

– clothing

– handmade items

– services (such as a gift certificate to a service you or someone else offers)

– etc


Last year, 3,000 swaps occurred in our space. We’re hoping to break that record this year!

(Can we pause here to remember just how lucky we are to have the Tool Library in our neighbourhood??! Membership there makes a great gift!)

Old’s Cool Warehouse Holiday Market – Sat & Sun

The blue garage door will open again this weekend at the corner of Westlake and Lumsden to bring you a holiday market with over 20 local vendors.

Saturday and Sunday December 10th & 11th: 11am – 4pm

Jazz Vesper at Hope United – Saturday 

Hope United Church’s monthly jazz series is happening Saturday from 4:30-5:30pm

Come to enjoy  B2 Trio -Brian Stevens-piano, Bill MacLean- vocals and Michael LaLonde- bass with special guests Karen Henderson – Cello & Brian Johnston – Drums . They will present music from their latest recording “Twelve Songs for Christmas”.

Cost is free will offering (pay what you can). For more info and events check out http://hopeunited.ca

Story Time at Silly Goose Kids – Sunday

If you have small people on your life, bring them to this lovely annual event and you will be glad that you did. In this age of apps and screens, Sally’s storytelling is truly a gift!

Call ahead to register for this free event.

Silly Goose is also working with Boost again in support of children impacted by abuse. Donate $20 in someone’s name (say, a teacher) a Silly Goose will donate a $50 gift to a child in need. You can also donate through their gift-wrapping service.

The Danny Loves the Holidays, Danforth Mosaic BIA Late-Night Shopping – Tuesday

From their Facebook invite:

What is The Danny Loves The Holidays? It is a celebration of shopping local this holiday season! Join your friends and neighbours for outdoor festivities and late night shopping along The Danny on Tuesday, December 13, from 5pm – 10pm.

Buskers will be all along Danforth from Jones Ave to Westlake Ave, and our participating member businesses will be open from 5-10pm that evening to help you shop local this holiday season
Bring your children to check out the amazing window displays our merchants have put together, and stop by Santa’s Pop-Up Workshop at 1432 Danforth Ave Unit 1 for photos with Santa!

We are having a window display contest amongst our BIA members. Check into our webpage after the late night shopping event to vote for your favourite for a chance to win $250 in Danny Dollars to spend at local businesses!

Celtic Christmas – Sunday

Support healthcare for homeless and street-involved people by coming to this annual event!

Short and Long

O.k. I’ve got a long list of items and an awareness of short attention spans so I’m going to try to make these as short and sweet as a melty mint.

The final deadline to apply to be a vendor in the hugely popular and incredibly cool Danforth East Arts Fair is June 15th so act now to avoid disappointment!

Speaking of art and how freakin’ cool we are…The Art of the Danforth crew is well into organizing for spring 2012 and they need some volunteers…some now and some next May.  Right now Cindy needs a couple people to do 2-4 hours of internet research and/or 2-4 hours of walking the street to introduce ourselves to new stores.  In May 2012, they’re wondering if there are any adventurous souls/families who live close to Danforth who would offer up their front yards for art installations.  They would love to be able to offer curators a private residence as a potential installation site – dunno if they’d use it, but it potentially could be interesting.  If you are interested in either or both or none of those things, but want to talk to Cindy, contact her at info(at)eastdanforthcreative

Tomorrow is DECA’s Container Gardening Workshop from 2-4 p.m.  Don’t miss it. Don’t forget.  And don’t give me some lame excuse about your in-laws dropping over unexpectedly.  We’re also planning another full season of DECA Learns from canning to bicycles with some gardening thrown in for good measure. More on that in a future post.

Beatty Buddies daycare is a delightful little place in the basement of Earl Beatty Public School north of Danforth, east of Coxwell.  Earl Beatty is slated for full day kindergarten in 2012 and that is just one of the reasons why the daycare has formed a strategic planning committee.  The first thing it’s doing is a survey of you – the community.  So whether your kids are in university or in utero, please take a few moments to fill out the short survey.

Yes, the photo above is of a new place on the Danforth, east of Woodbine.

Yes, Target has announced one of its first Toronto stores will open at Shoppers World at Danforth and Victoria Park.

Yes, Goodlife is once again offering free memberships to teenagers for the summer.

Notes from the Community Police Liaison Committee

  • You can register your bike for free with 55 Division so in case it gets stolen, you could possibly, maybe, have a chance at, perhaps getting it back?
  • Bugaboo baby strollers are magnets for thieves and are being stolen all the time.  Lock them up.
  • Graffiti cleaners are heading out June 15 and 16 to remove graffiti in alleys, garages, mailboxes etc.  Contact Community Centre 55 at 416-691-1113 to suggest your unwanted graffiti location and they’ll try to send over a clean team
Rock On
Because your kids are lovin’ the rock and roll, you need to mark Wednesday, June 29th on your calendar and make your way to St. Brigid’s school yard for the Last Day Music Festival.  This year, featuring the pop sensation that is sweeping the pre-teen scene (seriously) Done With Dolls.  Also Chasing Sam, Colour Connection, Sugar Rush, Checkmate Sergei, Running From Jane, Marissa Dattoli and not just another cliche.  What are you going to do on the last day of school that’s cooler than that.  More details coming soon.
Thanks for sticking with me for the whole post.  Last but not least, DECA’s terrific Parks Team has scoured the neighbourhood for all things recreational and not so recreational and has come back with an amenities list that will amaze you.  The schools, the churches, the swimming pools, the services, the classes.  It’s fabulous.  Behind every one of those links was someone who walked the streets, make the notes, found the links and posted it.  Thanks to the Parks Team for a great piece of work.  Enjoy.