There’s a new pop-up shop on the block! Merrily, merrily is open now until Dec. 15 at 1948 Danforth (across from East Lynn Park). Hours are Monday – Saturday from 9am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm.merrily-merrily-logo-1.jpg
Merrily, merrily provides the very best in original, upcycled & consignment goods for children. Luckily for us, local mums Moxie Garett and Jane McIver have decided to add a bricks and mortar location to their popular online store, Merrilymerrily.ca (named one of the best online consignment stores in Canada by Today’s Parent magazine), starting with a DECA/Woodgreen holiday Pop-up Shop!
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Jane and Moxie are excited to meet you and have set up their store to be a warm and welcoming environment for both adults and kids. They’ve even added a nursing station in a quiet space, at the back of the store.merrily.jpg

The shop is committed to providing an upscale shopping experience at affordable prices. We love that Moxie and Jane are also helping give back to the neighbourhood by showcasing kid-inspired crafts from local artisans and providing an outlet for families to sell sell their gently used and new items on consignment.
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We’ve also just heard they recently received a box full of designer clothes which will be available soon.
The pop-up shop team is looking for a long-term pop-up shop location for Merrily, merrily. Please contact us if you can help: renew@danfortheastcommunityassociation.com
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Please join DECA for our 3rd Annual Festival of Lights tree-lighting at East Lynn Park. This festive event will be fun for kids and adults alike!  We are so grateful to our amazing project lead, Angela Matich, has put together an amazing event with her team of volunteers and sponsors. Here are the details:

4:00 pm - Start time

4:15 pm - Pegasus Studio Dancers 

4:30 pm - Zero Gravity Circus Fire Artist

4:45 pm - East End Music Project Choir

5:00 pm - Zero Gravity Circus LED Hula Hooper

5:15 pm - Zero Gravity Circus Fire Artist

5:30 pm - East End Music Project Choir - Public Sing Along

5:45 pm - Zero Gravity Circus LED Hula Hooper

6:00 pm - Tree-lighting

FREE kids loot bags that include wonderful donations from:

Free hot chocolate provided by Melanie’s Bistro. Free yummy treats provided by Celena’s Bakery. Event sound equipment provided by Show Pro.

Big special thanks to our key sponsors who made this event happen: Sugarmoon and Corinne McCabe – Bosley Real Estate Broker.

Last but not least, thanks to Angela Wagner of UmlautDesign.ca for the poster!

DECA Festiv Lights POSTER

Weekend of Crafts!

Get a jump on that Christmas list with some one-of-a-kind and unique gift at one of these activities:

Holiday in the Hood

Earl Beatty School will be pulling out all the stops this weekend with their annual Holiday in the Hood celebration. The fun and festivities start tomorrow (Friday) at 3pm and continue on Saturday (9am-4pm).  Check out the poster for all the details.

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TEGH Volunteers Craft Sale

The dedicated volunteers of Toronto East General Hospital are holding their Festive Craft sale tomorrow (Friday) at the hospital. Sale includes items knitted by volunteers throughout the year, including scarves, mitts, baby sweaters, afghans, teddy bears and more.  Sale starts at 9am until 3pm and is held in the Mortimer Lobby.  Proceeds from sales are donated back to the hospital in support of patient care.

Thanks to Heather Bean for the post about one of the neighbourhood’s newest additions! (Stock-in-Trade was a regular fixture at our farmers’ market this past summer, so here’s how to find them year-round)


During the day, Stock-in-Trade is our newest (and very excellent) local butcher, just west of Linsmore on the Danforth. But they’re aiming to be an evening destination as well, with bi-monthly classes and supper clubs. Both kick off over the next two weeks.

Stock-in-Trade’s first class convenes this Thursday (November 20) from 7:30-9:30, where their house butcher, Miss Mo, will be teaching Butchery 101. Under the eye of their Sanagan’s-trained instructor, students will learn how to disassemble whole chickens and trim pork shoulders into pork roasts. Participants will also learn basic butchering skills such as knife holding and sanitation techniques. Equipment is provided, and participants take home the fruits of their butchery. Cost is $45 per person.  Night classes will take place twice a month, with topics ranging from sausage making to meat marinades (cost per class depending on the topic).

If you’re more into the eating end of the butchery process, you can sign up for Stock-in Trade’s inaugural Supper Club to be held at the shop on November 26, starting at 7:30. For $55 (BYOB, no corkage), Jason Becker and BJ Verano will serve a five-course bistro-style menu that looks amazing (see below). There are just ten places at the table, so if you’re interested, reserve now.

To stay informed about these and other events, call 416.792.5059, send a note to info@stockintrade.com or find them on Twitter at @stockintradeto. stockintradeto.com

And if you haven’t stopped by for a sandwich at lunch, do yourself a favour!

Supper Club Menu:


Lamb pastrami reuben melt

First Course

Five ways of beef

Dry aged rib eye & watercress salad

Proper steak tar tare

Roasted bone marrow on toast

Pickled beef tongue with mustard & pickles

Crispy sweetbreads & Brussels sprouts

Second Course

House wild boar bangers & celeriac mash

Bourbon sour cherry jus, apple mustardo

Third Course

Game & fowl Cassoulet

Green salad


Sugar pie with salted caramel ice cream


Please join us on Monday, November 24 for our party/AGM!


Candidates for Election to DECA’s Board of Directors

Sheri Hebdon (Chair) – current Treasurer

Anita Schretlen (Treasurer) – current Chair

Alison McMurray (Secretary) – current Secretary

Amanda Olson (Member-at-Large) current Member-at-Large

Jane Davis-Munro (Member-at-Large) current Member-at-Large

Melissa Peretti (Member-at-Large) current Member-at-Large

Shelley Darling (Member-at-Large) current Member-at-Large

Stephen Wickens (Member-at-Large) current Member-at-Large

Catherine Porter (Member-at-Large) returning Member-at-Large

Audrey Kvedaras (Member-at-Large) new

Corinne McCabe (Member-at-Large) new

David Del Grande (Member-at-Large) new

Jodi Shanoff (Member-at-Large) new

Linda Ballantyne (Member-at-Large) new

Mark Rullo (Member-at-Large) new

Calls for Artists and Vendors – Artisans at Work

(check out Artisans at Work for more information)

Open Call
December’s monthly exhibition is open for anyone to display their artwork! Subject matter is open to anything! We are looking for all mediums. Please submit up to 3 pieces of artwork preferably as part of a series.

Artisans at Work hosts an opening every first friday of the month with a live band, cash bar and food provided by the showing artists. 

Vendor Call
December is also the season for craft shows at Artisans at Work. Every Sat & Sun in December, we will be opening our gallery up to guest artists for a craft show in the gallery! Applications accepted until spaces are filled! Join our craft show for 75$ a table.

Proposal Call for 2015
Artisans at Work is looking for proposals for 2015! Program a group/ solo exhibition with us for reasonable rates. Please submit your proposals at artisansatwork@yahoo.com.

To submit artwork: Please provide up to 3 images of your submissions (preferably a small series of similar works), and a short artist statement (up to 100 words). 

Library Talk – Wednesday, November 19

Come to the Danforth/Coxwell library on Wed Nov 19, 2014 for a talk on:

The Toronto Anti-Greek Riot of 1918: War, Intolerance and Identity
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
1675 Danforth Ave

The August 1918 anti-Greek riot, led by returning war veterans, was one of the largest instances of violence in Toronto’s history. This presentation by Chris Grafos (York University) charts the lasting legacy and broader consequences of intolerance towards Canada’s immigrants. Free. No registration required.

For more information, please call 416-393-7783.

Announcing…Neighbourhood Kids Clothing!

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Announcement from local entrepreneur Gary Sappleton…

After a year of working on weekends and evenings, we just launched our children’s apparel company called Neighbourhood Kids – which proudly celebrates children and neighbourhoods while donating 10% of our profits to the national charity, Breakfast for Learning. We are literally a Canadian ma and pa company and we live in the East Danforth.

Our T-shirts are carried by Silly Goose (who have featured us in one of their stunning window displays) and Fab Baby Gear on the West Danforth.

Please check out our neighbourhood collections at neighbourhoodkids.com

And the Danforth Dinosaur T-shirt can be found here: http://neighbourhoodkids.com/collections/toronto/products/danforth-dinosaurs

You can also get an idea of what we’re about via facebook: FB.com/NeighbourhoodKids, and Twitter: @NKclothing

Upcoming DECA Events – Posters coming soon!

DECA’s AGM will be on November 24 from 6:30-9:30 at Hirut.


DECA’s 3rd Annual Festival of Lights at East Lynn Park will be held from 4:00-6:00pm on November 29.

Thanks to Corrine McCabe for representing DECA at the Danforth Construction update meetings and for providing this update on the work currently being completed between Woodbine and Victoria Park.

As you have likely seen, we are into the home stretch.  According to the City, we are a week or so from completion of construction.

The street grinding on the south side of the Danforth just started last week.  They scheduled two to three days for grinding, then adjustments, then the final paving will be underway.

The date for the street sign re-installations is still TBD as they are looking at newly designed black poles with multiple signs on each so the street is not cluttered with different poles.

Street furniture will go back, with the addition of perhaps more benches on the strip.

ATTENTION BIKE ENTHUSIASTS! Bike rings will be re-installed–look for the spray painted circles with a line on the side walk for where they’ll be placed. There are no plans to increase the number of bike rings at present, but if any resident feels they would like more, they are to contact the City at streetfurniture@toronto.ca and request the location.  There’s budget for bike poles every year, so get your request in ASAP.  The City will review the request, and look at the area to see if another bike ring is indeed required.

All the trees have now been planted.  In a previous post we shared that the City planned on planting Norway Maples (among other species of trees).  A few readers questioned this choice given it is an invasive species.  We asked about that choice, however never got a real answer other than those trees have done well in Toronto street plantings.

The one and only existing tree railing on the south side of Danforth just East of Woodbine is just an idea. It will not be the final look.  This one is black, and realistically they will be looking at something that is not painted nor aluminium (paint chips and aluminium rusts).  The ground cover you see planted in that one example is also just an idea… it is often used on green roofs, so it may be used in further plantings. Final dates for the installation are not confirmed.

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