The Danforth East Community Association had a competition to celebrate the Gems in our neighbourhood. During a three week period, we’ve received more than 400 nominations for 100 businesses.



The Winning Gem

Our panel of judges crowned Gerrard Spaghetti and Pizza House the winning DECA Gem on May 14, 2015. Gerrard Pizza won a full marketing maker by professional DECA volunteers. Read more and see photos on the blog here.

Family of Gerrard Pizza

Vito, his dad and the whole Gerrard Spaghetti and Pizza House family!


Read more about about each of the four finalist businesses our blog (see past posts).

Thank you to Hirut Cafe and Restaurant, 2050 Danforth, for hosting the Battle of the Gems and to the many volunteers who made the competition possible.





Our judges

Our panel of judges for the “Battle of the Gems”  includes CBC Metro Morning’s music columnist Errol Nazareth, Spacing Magazine publisher Matthew Blackett, local restauranteur and world oyster shucking champion Patrick McMurray, Ray Coburn, keyboard player for the Kim Mitchell Band, Danforth Mosaic BIA chair Billy Dertilis (Red Rocket Coffee), and DECA Chair, Sheri Hebdon and past Chair, Anita Schretlen. Meet our panel of judges here.

Read the contest guidelines.

Thanks to our graphic designer and our printer!

Heather Corbin of Corbin Creative

Mike Pope of Lot Street Print Shop