As you know, DECA is supporting the Neighbourhood Group in their drive to sponsor two Syrian Refugee families to come to Toronto. As part of our fundraising work, we’re having a community sleep out on December 5th.
Each tent has a community member, or couple, or a parent and child braving the December cold to raise money for Neighbourhood Group. Each tent has a fundraising goal of at least $250.
We’re asking some of our campers why they’re sleeping out. Every few days, we’ll introduce you to a different camper or campers.
Today, we’re happy to have Jeremy explain why he and his son are sleeping out.
Find out more, including how you can participate or donate here (in Jeremy’s name, if you wish!).
Sleep Out for Syrians is a project of the DECA Connects Working Group. Our mandate is to expand the sense of community by addressing local social issues. We always welcome new members. Please contact edove9@gmail.com for more info.
By guest blog and videographer Marco Campana, DECA Connects member.

A few years ago, hanging lights at East Lynn Park for the holidays seemed like a good idea. So we did that and made it into a little party – and the annual Festival of Lights was born.

This year, we at DECA (we are all volunteers) made a conscious decision for this to be a true community event, so DECA is sponsoring the event in addition to organizing it.

By the community, for the community. Here comes the beautiful poster…


We’ve arranged performances from Zero Gravity Circus, the East End Music Project choir, Pegasus Studios and The S.P.A.C.E.   It seems that our organizing team have also pulled a few strings to get Santa to cLear his schedule for the afternoon to join us!! (Yes, the REAL Santa.)

At precisely 6:00pm, we’ll flip the switch and light up the top of the park. (The lights, so many lights, were lovingly strung up by a small team of volunteers over two weekends, in cold, wet weather.)
But wait, there’s more!

Please bring a non-perishable item for Centre 55’s Share A Christmas program – here is their shopping list if you need ideas.

We alost reached out to local businesses and many have agreed to offer specials for folks on their way to the park.
(Pssst, it’s Shop the Neighbourhood Day that day, so lots of specials and surprises at local businesses!)
Press Coffee
 (2442 Danforth) will be offering hot chocolate for $2 and cookies for $1 all day long. Friendly owner Damon *may* also wear a festive hat.

Melanie’s Bistro (1870 Danforth) will be serving FREE hot chocolate on the patio from 3-4pm for festival-goers. Melanie has offered free hot chocolate AT our event in years past, but this year we’ll come to her for this lovely offer.

Red Rocket (1364 Danforth) Purchase a bakery item and get a FREE small coffee, or equivalent value toward another beverage.

Time Capsule Boardgame Cafe (2183 Danforth) will have a FREE bowl of popcorn all day per household.  Owners Igor and Dimitry are really excited to welcome you!
Some other local options for your festival sugar/warm beverage fix include:
Viking Bakery (2207 Danforth)
Face to Face Games & Cafe (2077a Danforth, upstairs)
Celena’s (2306 Danforth),
Cake Town Cafe (2309 Danforth)
Circus Coffee House (7 Woodmount)
Seb’s Cappucinno (1928 Danforth)
D’lusso (1504 Danforth)
& thanks to neighbour Angela Wagner & Umlaut design for the lovely poster!
Regardless of whether you do or don’t celebrate a big holiday in December, please come and light up the park with us. Our community is worth celebrating!



We are going to sleep out one night for Syrian refugees.


We are going to sleep out, in tents on the lawn of the Rez, 1100 Woodbine Ave., to raise money for Syrian refugees.

Since we saw the photo of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi curled on a Turkish beach, as if he were napping, we’ve been researching what to do. How can we help from so far away? Kurdi was just one of 4 million Syrians who have fled their country, since the revolution disintegrated into civil war 4.5 years ago.

When we discovered that The Neighbourhood Group, our own local community agency that till recently was known as Neighbourhood Link, was raising money to privately sponsor two refugee families — well, that seemed like a great place to start.

So, we decided to help them do that. Our goal is to raise $10,000. And we are kicking off our campaign by sleeping out on Saturday Dec. 5.

Will you join us?

We are hoping each tent raises $250 towards the sponsorship drive. If you don’t want to sleep yourself, you can sponsor another tent! Or you could just come and join us for dinner and some fireside songs, before heading home to tuck into your warm bed. (It’s only one night. Think: Most Syrian refugees live in tents in giant camps, and it’s getting very cold in Turkey and Jordan right now too.)

To donate, please go here and put DECA and the name of the person you are sponsoring, if that’s the case, in the message line. (You will get a charitable tax receipt.)

This is the second project of the relatively new DECA Connects committee, which brought you the volunteer fair last August. Our self-appointed mandate is to expand DECA’s sense of community by addressing local social issues. We’ll be letting you know more about our campaign in the coming weeks. If you want to help us, please contact our fearless leader Elizabeth Dove: edove9@gmail.com

To learn more about the Sleep Out, drop us an email at: SleepOutForSyrians@gmail.com


Fairy Door Auction – ends Sunday at 1pm so bid now!

A message from Danny’s Urban Fairies:

Danny’s Urban Fairies is pleased to announce our giving back to the community initiative. Don’t miss this great opportunity to bid on a limited selection of one-of-a-kind fairy doors through an online silent auction. 100% of the proceeds from this silent auction will be donated to the East End Music Project – a local non-profit music education program for east end kids.

Visit: http://dannysurbanfairies2015.eflea.ca/view to bid before the auction closes on November 15 at 1pm!

Old’s Cool – Good news and bad news

Our friends at Old’s Cool had their window smashed last night. It happens, but since this is a new business with owners who are working so hard to build a community space – it just kind of sucks. Zahra said that they are declining donations at this point but they are really touched by the community concerns for them.  So if you have a chance in the next couple of days, stop by to show support – a smile and a purchase would help lift their spirits!

The good news is that the show must go on, so their awesome craft fair will still happen next weekend on November 21st. Mark your calendars!



DECA Party

It’s our Annual Party and General Meeting on Monday. Everyone is invited! (Yes, that means you)

If hear about our exciting year and meeting your neighbours isn’t enough of a draw, Hirut’s delicious food certainly should be. (Cash bar and live music too!)

The speeches and board election will take place sometime between 8-9pm (ish), in case that matters!


Neighbourhood Toy Store Day

Saturdays are awesome, but this Saturday just got even more awesome! See you at Silly Goose Kids for Neighbourhood Toy Store Day.  

Festival of Lights: Sat., Nov. 28, 4-6 pm, East Lynn Park

Save that date and get ready for an amazing community holiday celebration held in East Lynn Park! Zero Gravity Circus, the East End Music Project choir, Pegasus Studios and The S.P.A.C.E. dancers will all be back this year (hooray!), plus we’ve added a visit from certain jolly couple who live up North (way North).

Best of all, it’s free! The fun is sponsored by DECA this year to say thanks for being a fantastic neighbourhood. All we’re suggesting is a non-perishable food donation we’ll be collecting for local charity Centre 55. You’ll even get a chance to win a prize if you bring a donation. We tried running a food drive in years past to rather dismal results. We know Danforth East can do better, so please prove us right!

Thanks to Angela Wagner for her beautiful poster design. See you all on the 28th!


You heard it here first…

Here is some info about events in the neighbourhood that you may not have otherwise heard of. So much going on in Danforth East!

Join DECA’s Pop-Up Shop Team on Twitter with Marcus Westbury!
#VibrantTO Twitter Chat, Monday, November 9 at 7pm


Remember Marcus Westbury? As the founder/creative director of Renew Newcastle and author of a new book Creating Cities, it is his work with pop-ups that inspired DECA’s own pop-up project. In fact, his work is being replicated around the world in various forms. On Monday November 9th at 7pm, Marcus has agreed to co-host a twitter chat with us. We would love for you to join in and help us create some buzz!

How a Twitter chat works: Beginning at 7pm, @PopupShopsTO will launch one question every ten minutes. Questions will be numbered Q1, Q2, etc. Please number your answers A1, A2, etc. and end your tweet with #VibrantTO to help everyone follow along. For each question, our co-host will offer a response then participants will be invited to share their ideas.

Anyone can join the discussion on Twitter. Use the hashtag #VibrantTO on each tweet.

Celebrating ONE Year of the Dylan Ellis Gallery at 1840 Danforth Ave
Holiday Show Promo

The 2015 Holiday Show at the Dylan Ellis Gallery (www.dylanellisgallery.ca) is opening on November 12 from 6-9pm (please come!) and the show will continue through December 28.

This show will celebrate their one year anniversary in the space, as well as 40 + photographers from our community. They would like to invite everyone in the neighbourhood to come out and see the variety of photographers that they work with.

Life as We Know It (live action short films), Featuring the Flying Spot Players – Nov 21 from 8-10pm at Hirut Restaurant, 2050 Danforth Ave

LAWKI poster HIRUT 7.4MB

Some more details about this event:

With the Toronto-based theatrical troupe The Flying Spot Players, Cameron Tingley has produced a collection of short films that offer a humorous yet thought-provoking look at our modern world and the times we live in.

“Modern life in the developed world is moving at a dizzying pace”, says Cameron. “We are losing sight of the relationship between our individual actions and the general condition of our culture and our environment. These little movies are meant to put a face on those relationships to help bring the underlying connections and patterns to the fore.”

Pollution, advertising, popular culture, electronic communication, consumerism, and social etiquette are some of the topics that are examined in the various films.

For more info check out: www.bitly.com/flying-spot-players

Pop-up Bread Store at Sweet Serendipity – Nov 21st, 10am-5pm, 1334 Danforth Ave

A note from Pina, owner of Sweet Serendipity Bake Shop

Sweet Serendipity Bake Shop is excited to announce that on November 21st, Lucifero Breads will have their yummy breads for sale in our shop.  Some of you might already know them from the East Lynn Farmers’ Market but for those of you who don’t, Lucifero Loaves hand-kneads each dough and creates artisanal loaves that range from green-olive to stone dark rye. They restrict our recipes to be free of all preservatives, artificial chemicals and dyes.

Lucifero Loaves is a health conscious addition to any well balanced lifestyle, with many of our loaves hosting known health boosting natural ingredients: black chia seed, organic sundried tomatoes, quinoa, hemp, caraway seeds, organic figs and many more.  Please visit their website www.luciferoloaves.ca for more information on their amazing loaves!

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