This is the place to be this weekend

Art, yoga, jazz, Olympians, laneway crawl – Danforth East is the centre of the universe this weekend!


Art of the Danforth, 10am-10pm in Robertson Parkette (Coxwell & Danforth), FREE

ART OF DANFORTH (color-cmyk)

If you haven’t yet checked out this year’s Art of the Danforth (which DECA/Danforth East Arts Fair have proudly sponsored this year) don’t fret. It is not too late. They have created a Festival Hub in Robertson Parkette at Danforth & Coxwell and it’s really very special. If you don’t know where to start, start there. We’ve posted the schedule below but you should particularly note the 3pm Climate Talk (it’s kids interviewing adults and we hear it is really awesome) and the 5pm Syrian Children’s Choir.

12:30pm FREE Neighbourhood Lunch
3:00pm Madeleine Collective – Climate Talks 2
5:00pm NAI – Syrian Children’s Choir – Performance
7:00pm DIRECTOR’s Talk

Yoga in Stephenson Park, Saturday from 9-10am, $5 suggested donation

Jazz at Hope United, Saturday starting at 4:30pm, pay what you can

This Saturday is another Jazz Vespers show at Hope United (Danforth & Main), 4:30pm. PWYC. Paul Novotny and Tom Reynold’s will perform. Here’s a write-up from the Beach Metro for more info.

Penny Oleksiak – Say Congratulations!

A book of well wishes for Penny Oleksiak will be available for signing at Dulux Paint, 2031 Danforth from 11am-5pm on Saturday, Aug 27. This will be presented on Sunday between 12-2 during the formal program following the parade (see below).

PokeParents ‘Learn to Play’, Face to Face Games, 2077a Danforth starting at 2pm -FREE

Face to Face is hosting their third PokeParents event starting at 2pm. Staff will be happy to teach you and your little ones how to play the game or introduce you to other local families interested in the game. Cafe will also be open, including ice cream. 

This event is meant for all ages and completely free of charge. Face to Face is above the Pizza Pizza at the corner of Danforth & Woodbine. 

Check out the Facebook event for all the details!


Parade for East End Olympians, Sunday from 11am-noon (rain or shine)

DECA is so proud to be co-organizing the parade for Penny Oleksiak and some other amazing Canadian athletes (still being determined but we will post on Facebook when list is confirmed), along with the Beach Village BIA, Councillor McMahon, MP Erskine-Smith and MPP Potts.

Join us on the route in DECA cheering section from East Lynn Ave to Woodbine! Bring signs, flags and wear red & white!

Note: the parade is not starting in East Lynn Park as some have reported. Please find your spot along the route.


Laneway Crawl, 1-5pm in the laneway north of Danforth between Woodbine & Woodmount, free

We are so excited about our first-ever laneway crawl. DECA volunteers have been collaborating East End Arts and the Laneway Project to pull of this amazing event. If you need the full rundown on all the activities going on, check out our earlier blog post. Here’s a brief refresher of the FREE activities:

  • 5 murals being painted during the crawl – come meet the artists and watch them at work.
  • pick-up hockey
  • Zumba dancing
  • live music
  • clown
  • a scavenger hunt by Looking Glass Games
  • Board games by Game Masters Table
  • hopscotch
  • Bunz Zone for trading
  • Urban Doctors and Art Crawlers.
  • You can even suggest a name for the lane!

There will also be facepainting for $2 and a laneway patio with refreshments.

Here is a sneak peak of a mural painted last week by local muralist, Monica Wickeler.

mural laneway

Art of the Danforth, 10am-10pm, FREE

Here’s the Sunday schedule – last day of the festival but never too late to check it out!

10:00am Festival Hub Opens
12:30pm FREE Neighbourhood Lunch
6:00pm Centre for Communication and Poetry Research – Poetry Reading
8:00pm A Selection of songs sung by Willis Lloyd

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