DECA Pride is happy to be hosting the 3rd annual DECA PRIDE @ The Market on June 21st from 3-7pm.

As always, the East Lynn Farmers’ Market is all about supporting the farmers. This week we are layering on a Pride celebration in honour of our thriving east end LGBTQ+ community and all of the wonderful allies who also live here. Pride isn’t just a downtown thing – join us as we bring Pride to the east end!

Over the course of the afternoon, we’ll have the amazing facepainters, pride-themed arts and crafts with Silly Goose Kids and Create Art Studio and we’re happy to welcome back the Coe Hill Girls, who will perform from about 5-6pm.

The winery on hand will be Chateau des Charmes, and some of the farmers and vendors may even have some pride-themed specials just for us!

Facebook event is here in case you want to invite others.

This event is sponsored by Steve’s Quality Meats and Deli (1938 Danforth). Steve’s approached DECA Pride last year asking how they can support us, and this is their second year sponsoring our market event! Steve’s is right across the street from East Lynn Park, so be sure go by any day for amazing cuts of meat, deli meat, cheeses, prepared food and hot food to go! You will not be sorry that you did.

If you are looking to take it to the next level, stop into Silly Goose on your way over and grab some of their Pride gear – kids clothes, buttons, and other treasures. Or buy some of the other high quality toys, crafts, baby goods and other fun stuff!

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Create Art Studio is a newish Danforth East business located just eat of Coxwell and they have classes for kids, youth, and adults as well as PA Day and summer camps and after-school programs. Oh, and they do birthday parties and wine nights too! Thanks to Jen and the Create team for helping us celebrate Pride!

Last but not least, thanks to corbin creative for designing the poster – another amazing local business.

DECA Pride was started by DECA to bring together the east end LGBTQ+ community and create spaces and events right here in the east end where we live. Allies are always welcome. For more information or to join the DECA Pride email list, visit DECA.to/Pride or send us an email.


More Farmers’ Market Info

We still need DECA Booth volunteers for the Market season, which means you sit at the DECA table and help out as needed, mostly with chatting with people. At our market, we cook for our farmers thanks to our team of volunteer cooks.  Dinners can been as simple or as elaborate as you wish – no matter what they are always appreciated. Click on the links above to learn more or click here to send our market volunteers an email

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 7 – October 11 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.

Our first week of the market was a spectacular day — everyone and their toddler was out to enjoy the sunshine and picnic on fresh strawberries and french fries in the park.  How do we top that?
This week for our grand opening, we will have more food and more fun for the whole family.  Here are the activities we have lined up:
  • HOOP ZONE: Join in with Hoopersonic from 3:30-5:30 p.m. HooperSonic (est. 2015) is the brightly coloured, fun and friendly, business baby of Toronto Beaches resident Amy MacCutchan; Mom boss, chief hula hooper, and fabulous fitness cheerleader. She has been happily hoop dancing her way around town since 2011.
  • KIDS’ ART TIME: The lovely team from Create Art Studio will be in the face paint tent at 4:30 p.m. Create Art Studio is a welcoming community art school encouraging creative exploration for kids, teens, and adults through classes, workshops, events and more! Check out their website to find programming.
  • TABLETOP GAMING: From 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Face to Face Games will be running Table Tabletop fun for the whole family.
  • COMMUNITY WELLNESS BOOTH: We welcome back Pegasus Studio this week.  Pegasus is a dance and art studio dedicated to creating a safe and creative space from children to grow and learn. They want their students to have success in dance and life and love having a strong community focus. We don’t teach kids to make great dancers, we teach dance to make great kids.

And, the winery this week will be 13th Street .



Culinary volunteer Angela delivers meals to the farmers

Volunteering at the Farmers’ Market

If you’d like to get involved, we’re always looking for more volunteers as DECA Booth Volunteers, which basically means you get to chat with a lot of great people each week.  And of course, our market is legendary for the warm and welcoming meals that we provide to our farmers.  Each week a volunteer or team of culinary volunteer cooks prepares dinner for the people that bring us fresh, local food each week.  It’s our way of saying thanks.  Click on the links above to learn more or contact market@deca.to for other ways to contribute.

The original market volunteers still supporting the market after 10+ years – Alison, Mary-Margaret and Rebecca, also known as the Farmalicous Femmes.


The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 7 – October 11 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.

Community Consultation held by the City of Toronto

Another planning study is happening in our neighbourhood. The Main Street Planning Study is an addendum to the Danforth Avenue Planning Study. It will look at development potential in the Main Street subway and GO Station areas, as well as look at the relationship of tall buildings to mid-rise. Come out and find out more, ask questions, and provide your comments!  At the first meeting, our city planners will be sharing information regarding the draft study area and the draft terms of reference.

Date: Wednesday June 13, 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave, Toronto

DECA Pride was started by DECA to bring together the east end LGBTQ+ community and create spaces and events where we live. Allies are welcome.

For more information or to join the DECA Pride email list, visit DECA.to/Pride or send us an email.

Join us on Tuesday, June 12 to celebrate queerness, community and pride at a free reading of Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer. 7:30-9:00pm at Red Rocket Coffee, 1364 Danforth.

Hosted by co-editor Jane Farrow, we will hear pieces from Kate Zieman, Cathi Bond, Ed Jackson, and Karen B.K. Chan. You can buy a copy of the book for a special price of $20 (cash only). Facebook event here with more info.


We are also planning our third annual DECA Pride @ The Market on June 21st from 3-7pm, generously sponsored by Steve’s Quality Meats and Deli (1938 Danforth – across the street from East Lynn Park).

Over the course of the afternoon, we’ll have Pride themed arts and crafts with Silly Goose Kids and Create Art Studio and we’re happy to welcome back the Coe Hill Girls to sing and play from about 5-6pm.

Shout out to corbin creative for designing the poster.

Happy Pride, Danforth East!

VOTE! and other news

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Election Day is Thursday, June 7. DECA is non-partisan and honestly, we do not take positions on politics at any level. We do, however, advocate for community engagement and participation and encourage every eligible voter to exercise this precious right on Thursday (or today).

If you are 18, a Canadian citizen and a resident of Ontario, you can vote.


You can click here to find out where to vote on Election Day using your postal code: https://voterinformationservice.elections.on.ca/en/election/search

You can also vote in person on Wednesday at your local Returning Office. The link above will tell you where. (Note that the “advanced polling” locations are now closed, so ignore those!)

If you do not have a voter info card but are otherwise eligible you can still vote. Show up to vote with a piece of ID or bill that shows your name and address. (You can use an original identification document, a photocopy of an identification document, or an electronic copy displayed on a mobile device. This includes utility bills received electronically.)

If you have other questions, visit: https://www.elections.on.ca

To see the list of candidates for Beaches East York (east side of Coxwell and eastward) click here

To see the list of candidates for Toronto-Danforth (west side of Coxwell and westward) click here

Voting is a privilege! Don’t waste it!

Beaches-East York Candidates Meeting Podcast

Just in the nick of time, our amazing volunteer podcasting team have posted the recording of the candidates’ meeting we hosted on May 15th. *Updated* Link to full meeting is here. Check back here for updates as we sort it out!

East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market!

June 7th is the first market of the year! We’ll have the official opening day on June 14th, but there will be farmers there tomorrow so plan to stop by between 3-7pm at East Lynn to say hi and support our farmers, either before or after you vote!

#DanforthEast Yard & Sidewalk Sale

We couldn’t help but mention that the 6th annual #DanforthEast Yard Sale is happening June 9th – add your sale to the big map or use it to plan your own shopping. Many shops are participating in the sidewalk sale and the Danny BIA has planned all sorts of activities along the Danforth. See you then! If you missed our post last weekend about it, find it here.

The Danforth East Yard Sale is happening this Saturday June 9th from 8-2pm!  If you are taking part, why not start promoting your sale now? This year in addition to our big map, we have a poster that you can print to promote your own sale. It is a great way to get some extra buyers. If you’ve got some great stuff to sell, why not add your yard sale poster to social media? Just snap a photo of it, share it and let folks know what you’ll be offering up for sale on Saturday. Let’s get this party started! Hashtag #DanforthEast. Yard sale sign-up link: deca.to/yardsale.

Printable Poster

Download PDF here.

Charity pick up deadline

If you want the charity pick up for your unwanted yard sale items you must sign-up for pick-up by Thursday June 7th at 9am.

Bigger than ever

We anticipate the sale will be bigger than ever this year. Over 264 sales are already registered including 34 sidewalk sales. Thanks to the Danny BIA for working with us again this year!


Printable poster!

On Tuesday, June 12 from 7:30-9:00pm, join DECA Pride at Red Rocket Coffee for readings from the award-nominated anthology Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer.

We are thrilled to announce that the writers joining us will include:

Kate Zieman, Cathi Bond, and Ed Jackson. (Maybe others, stay tuned!)

The evening will be hosted by the book’s co-editor, Jane Farrow. Admission is free. Copies of the book will be available for sale for a special price for our event – $20 (cash only).

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Red Rocket Coffee is located at 1364 Danforth Ave, between Coxwell & Greenwood Avenues.

There will be light snacks on offer but other food and all beverages (including alcohol) will be available for sale.

Facebook event here

DECA Pride is an east end LGBTQ+ group in the Danforth East area, supported by the Danforth East Community Association (DECA), dedicated to celebrating our community within our community through events and initiatives. To learn more, email us here or join our Facebook page.

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