It’s sad to say, but there are only four market weeks left for the year. Be sure to start loading up your freezers with all the berries and fruit for all your winter smoothies before it’s too late! Here are some of this week’s attractions:

  • Amicus Productions will be visiting the market to share information about their exciting 2016/17 Season set to start at The Papermill Theatre (67 Pottery Road) this November with their production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Stop by and say ‘hello’.

  • The winery this week is Flat Rock Cellars.

  • The wellness booth will feature Jessica Miller, the founder of Space LogixJessica, a trained librarian (UWO), a Reiki practitioner (Usui lineage), a trained professional organizer and a proud member of the Professional Organizers of Canada.She will be offering brief consultations to help you tackle your organizing challenges.

And a reminder to send us your favourite Thanksgiving recipes using market food.  We’d love to share them with shoppers!  Send an email to market(at)deca.to or leave a comment on this post.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 2 – October 13 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter.

Since I’m writing this post in the wee hours of the morning, let’s start with coffee.

Press Coffee Books Coffee Vinyl at 2442 Danforth is offering a free muffin or croissant (while supplies last!) with a coffee purchase on weekdays until Oct 15. A warm, cozy room full of books and records where you can buy serves coffee, tea and snacks! Friends, this is the stuff dreams are made of!

Whether you are on mat leave, working from home, or you just need a good cuppa on your way to the office, Press is worth a visit.


Follow Press on Facebook and Twitter (@PressDanforth) to catch their hilarious daily signboards!

On Friday, September 23, join the Friends of Stephenson Park and Councillor McMahon for a free concert with the Practically Hip (yes, a Tragically Hip cover band). Summer may officially end on Thursday but this outdoor concert will stretch out the summer fun until at least the end of the week!



This weekend on Saturday and Sunday at Old’s Cool General Store, 250 Westlake @ Lumsden, they are having their weekly fresh from the farm market, and will be opening up their big side door and selling everything inside. Here’s the event listing for all the details. Make sure to ask Zahra about the storied history of this space  (spoiler alert: it was used as a rehearsal space for some legendary musicians).

Also this weekend, come celebrate Silly Goose Kids’ 5th Birthday! Lots of events, giveaways and no tax all weekend. Congratulations to Shamie and Tracey on reaching this huge milestone! 2054 Danforth


On Tuesday, September 27, the DECA Board will meet at Time Capsule, 2183 Danforth, from 7:30 until about 9:30pm. If you would like to join us, click here to RSVP by email. We will hold space on the agenda for any questions or ideas that our visitors have, but no pressure at all as listeners are also most welcome.



Remember how 75 people raised more than $30,000 to sponsor a Syrian refugee family come to Canada, by sleeping out on in tents on a wintry night?

The DECA Connects committee organized that.

Remember the table table tennis tournament this past summer, when 36 neighbourhood teams raised $1400 towards DECA’s inaugural Young Leaders scholarship for budding activists?

That was the DECA Connects committee too.

The magic formula of both ideas: one part community socializing, one part good cause.

What do you think we should do next?

We are having our second IDEAS meeting.

Here’s how it works — you think up a good idea, come to our meeting, and pitch it to the room of your neighbours in one minute. Then, you listen to all of their minute-long pitches. At the end of the night, the assembled group votes on which project we should take on next. We might even combine some of them into something even better, because a dozen brains are always better than one!

That’s what happened the last time: Sarah proposed a ping pong tournament in our parks so the new tables got more use, and I pitched the scholarship for a low-income budding community activist, and by the end of the night, TA DA, we had “Table Tennis for Tuition.”

Come join us on Tuesday October 4, at 7.30 at Gerrard Pizza, 1528 Danforth.

Bring your appetite for pizza, neighbourly banter and social justice.

As always, if you want to join our committee, we’d love to have you. Email us at decaconnects@deca.to.

(apologies for the late message this week) 
It’s that wonderful time of year again. The first tints of red and yellow are showing on the trees at East Lynn, the air is finally crisp and our farmers are starting to bring in apples to the market. Gala, Granny Smith (keep reading, we have an awesome recipe you can use them in) and Honey Crisp—all the favourites will be offered now and into the coming weeks!
Plus, there are lots of great things to check out this week. Starting at 4:30 p.m. Toronto Tool Library will have a kid’s activity on. MGH Nurses will be at the Community Booth. Tawse Winery will be in attendance. And David Chandross is making his second musical performance at the market this season.
Plus, Dr. Nana Jokura, B.Mus, ND of Accept Wellness will be offering free assessments in energy, mood and your health so that you can keep up with your little ones. Accept Wellness is now offering services at its Danforth and Coxwell location again!
To kick us o, Nana has a wonderful apple crisp recipe  you’ll want to try. Do you have a favourite autumn recipe that you make using ingredients from our farmer’s market? Share them on Facebook or email us at market@deca.to.  We’ll share them with everyone!
See you at the market!

News from some of our faves

We have posted a lot about new businesses in the neighbourhood, but this post is exciting news about a some of the business that have been around for a while.

Our more established businesses are so valuable to our neighbourhood – where would we be had they not taken a chance on our end of town, back in the day?

Manzer Hair Studio

Manzer Hair Studio asked us to let you know that they’ve moved to a new location! You can find Nicole, Rachel and Hannah working out of a gorgeous new space west of Woodbine at 1993 Danforth, formerly Nippon Video.

On October 6, you are invited to drop in for their grand opening to see the new space. Here’s a sneak peek:manzer


Sugarmoon Salon

Happy Birthday to Sugermoon, 1509 Danforth + two other locations! They are 14 years young and to celebrate they are offering 14% of products and services!


Pegasus Studios

It is hard to believe but Pegasus Studios (361 Glebeholme Blvd) is turning 30 this year. This family-run dance school is such a special place for people of any age who want to dance, create & move.


Happy 30th to Pegasus!! Here’s to the next 30 years and beyond.


Melanie’s Bistro

Do you have the September blues? A night out at Melanie’s (1870 Danforth) will help. Delicious food, you can bring your own wine every day – free corkage on Wednesdays! – and since Melanie is a pastry chef,  the desserts will never disappoint. If dinner isn’t your thing, visit them for lunch and weekend brunches!





Thanks to DECAF volunteer Caroline Starr for this guest post! 

DECAF - now with buttons! (Photo: Caroline Starr)

DECAF – now with buttons! (Photo: Caroline Starr)

Maybe you recently moved to the neighbourhood. Maybe you’ve noticed Danforth East popping up on a lot of “Best Of” lists in the city and decided this is the weekend to check it out. Maybe you’re friends with one of the very talented vendors and they encouraged you to come support them. Maybe you’ve been in the neighbourhood for a while, but never made it down the arts fair before.

If it’s your first time at the fair, here are a few things you might like to know.

– Danforth East Community Arts Fair, or DECAF, as those of us who dig acronyms like to call it, is completely volunteer run. Art loving volunteers pour through applications early in the spring and make the hard calls as to who will fill the sixty-odd spots that cover the park with creative goodness on the third weekend of September every year. Many of the volunteers are affiliated with local businesses or our stand-out parent community association, DECA. All are passionate about promoting and helping our community grow and improve through events like DECAF. If you’d like to volunteer with DECAF or DECA, please check out deca.to for opportunities.

– East Lynn Park, our home base, is located between Coxwell and Woodbine subway stations (a little closer to Woodbine). Street parking is available. The park is stroller friendly, and wheelchair accessible (thanks to an update this spring).

– DECAF is committed to making art accessible, for both artists and our many visitors each year. Our entry fees are among the lowest in the city for comparable events, and when we’re choosing artists, we work to ensure that artists from a wide range of mediums and with pieces from a variety of price points are represented, so everyone can join in the fun! Many of Toronto’s best known makers set up shop at DECAF in their early days, and have gone on to exhibit at much larger shows like One-of-a-Kind.

– Danforth East is a community on the rise. After you’ve taken your time and perused the many vendors that are set up for the weekend, take some time to check out many of the businesses that work with DECA and DECAF to support the fair, including The Canine Social Club, Silly Goose Kids, and Fresh Paint Art Cafe (our sponsors also include Toronto Honda, Toronto Kia and Deb Dorsey/Homeward Realty). Danforth East is also home to a variety of unique businesses, including Viking Bakery, Toronto’s only Icelandic bakery; Now Magazine’s Best Gourmet Takeout (East of York); three maker retail spaces: Artisans at Work, DesignNook, and NiceNook; The Tool Library and Sharing Depot; many successful DECA Pop-Up shops turned local success stories and much, much more. It’s a great place to spend a day!

– Did you like what you saw at DECAF? Have suggestions for improvement? Please feel free to message us on Facebook, or Twitter! We’d also love to see your Instagram shots! Please tag us at #DECAF16 and follow along at @deca_arts for great pics over the weekend!



Thanks to Miara Nasar, #DECAF16 volunteer, for this guest post. 

The 8th annual Danforth East (Community) Arts Fair, or #DECAF16, will be held at East Lynn Park next weekend, Sept. 17-18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is an exciting event and an amazing way to end the summer season!

There are so many reasons to attend the fair but here are just eight:

  1. Support local artisans: DECAF is host to so many local artists showcasing their work and craft to the community. Traditionally, the majority of the fair’s artists come from East Danforth neighbourhoods. DECAF allows for a space where smaller artists are able to share their work to the public. (Click here to see a park map of exhibitors.)
  2. Build a stronger sense of community: Attending the fair can let you connect to others in your neighbourhood and let you make new friendships and connections. (Want to volunteer at the Fair? SIGN UP HERE to be part of this great event!)
  3. Find unique items: DECAF will be featuring many different artists with a multitude of talents. We have painters, jewelers, clothing designers, natural skin care products and more to discover at the fair!
  4. Taste amazing foods: Our food vendors include Celena’s BakerySweet Serendipity, Taste the Tornado and The Borough.
  5. Fun for the whole family: There is a range of activities targeted for different ages to make everyone happy. Bring your family and friends to experience the fair together!
  6. Become inspired: With an eclectic mix of artists such as Attn2detail Designs, Binksy & Bobo, CGMonsters and KWP Design, just to name a few, and all the beautiful imagery, creativity is bound to be instilled within you. You also have the chance to interact with the artists themselves to engage in deeper discussions about their work.
  7. Live entertainment: Live music will be playing all throughout the event to keep the crowd on their feet. Bust out your favourite dance moves! You are guaranteed to have non-stop fun!
  8. It’s free: Best of all, DECAF is free to attend for anyone and everyone! Spread the word and bring your friends and family to make the most of the fair. They will thank you for bringing them! We hope to see you all soon!


Follow us on social media and tag us with #DECAF16:

Facebook: @DECAartsfair

Twitter: @DECA_Arts

Instagram: deca_arts


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