This weekend! 

So it finally feels like fall but don’t start your hibernation yet. Lots happening this weekend! 

Danforth East Short Film Festival – Saturday from 8-10pm, $10 

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or at the door! 2183 Danforth @ Time Capsule Board Game Café. 

DECA is a proud sponsor of the festival. 


Just Say “Boo!”, Sunday from 3-5pm, free

CareVillage is a newly formed not-for profit that aims to provide East-End Toronto parents with immediate solutions and long-term resources with the goal of building a self-sustaining network, a modern village. 

This Sunday, October 23rd, from 3-5pm at Kaza Family Centre, 1386 Danforth Avenue, they are hosting a family Halloween Event!

– games and activities for kids with fun prizes!

– any opportunity to get a professional photo of your little one in Halloween costume!

– and opportunity to meet local families and build your community!

CareVillage will also be accepting *new and unopened* toiletry and non-perishable food items, as well as hats, mitts, and scarves, that will be distributed to East-End families for their upcoming holiday food and toy drive.  Click here for more info.  

DECA is a proud sponsor of this event too!


DECA Pride October Mingle, Sunday from 3:30-5:30pm, free

Join DECA Pride at at Time Capsule, 2183 Danforth for a social event for east-end LGBTQ+ people, and any allies who also want to come. Come on your own, with a date, with friends or with your family and enjoy free game-playing, and light snacks courtesy of DECA. 

To be added to DECA Pride’s email list, click here and request to join. This is a DECA-led initiative. 


Halloween Swap, Sunday from 11am-4pm 

Bring any halloween related costume or accessory and receive swapping tickets for each item (10 tickets max). Items are worth between 1 and 3 tickets each, depending on size and condition.

The Sharing Depot is located at 1803 Danforth Ave and they promise to be haunting the place from 11am-4pm – bring your spooky items down and swap with your neighbours for new spooky items!

For more info about the swap click here. Learn more about the Sharing Depot here!


DECA Board Meeting, Monday from 7:30-9:30pm

Drop us a line at info@deca.to if you’d like to come!


 Save the date!

Our Annual General Meeting will be on November 21 from 6-9pm. Stay tuned for details. 

While the DECA activity at the market is over a number of our vendors will still be coming this week to sell their wares (apples, squash and fries to name a few!)  If you weren’t able to make it out last week, please come out this week to say good-bye and say thank you for their contributions this season.  I’m sure they’ll appreciate your business!


Over the years the market has become such a fixture in the neighbourhood for four months every summer. It’s easy to think that it just ‘happens’ now. But it doesn’t. Many volunteer hours and donations of services are provided each week to help ensure that the market runs smoothly.  So in addition to the many individuals and businesses named last week, we have a few more thank you’s to add this week.

The market organizing team, consisting of Alison McMurray, Rebecca Green, Shelley Darling, Nana Jokara, Diana Gonzalez and Nicole Bergot-Browning, will take about a week off before they begin planning next years market season. Our partners at Farmers’ Markets Ontario and FMO market manager, Yuri Fraser, help to ensure our market has certified local producers, deal with the fun stuff like permits and insurance and manage the weekly operations.

We were fortunate to have a team of people helping out with our blog updates this year.  Thank you to Sheri Hebdon, Sarah Hutchinson, Shelley Darling, Kate Nichols, Jen Rowe and Karolina Hordowick for helping to get the word out each week. We also had some generous sponsors and supporters pitch in to help bring more entertainment and animated fun.  Thank you to D on D Dental, Councillor Mary-Margret McMahon, MPP Arthur Potts and MP Nate Erskine-Smith for you contributions.

And finally, thank you to all of YOU, our shoppers, for supporting the market each week with your presence, your participation and your dollars!  Our market is only successful if people support the farmers whose livelihoods depend on us.

Today in the ‘hood!

A few things happening today that you might like to know about.

One Year of Press (9-5 Sat & 11-5 Sun, 2442 Danforth)

Hard to believe that it’s only been a year that we’ve had this neighbourhood gem filling all of our caffeine, snack, book, DVD and vinyl needs at 2442 Danforth, between Woodbine & Main. Pop by this weekend to show them some love. In return, you can take advantage of all of these specials:

– 25% off all books and records (new and used)

– $2 Pumpkin Spice lattes

-6 double passes to Festival of Authors giveaway

-balloons and treats for the kiddies

Carseat Recycling at Silly Goose Kids (10am-4pm, 2054 Danforth)

The folks from Get Reel will be back with their car seat recycling program. There is a fee for the service $10 for car seats and $5 for boosters.

Learn to Play Pokémon at Face to Face Games (2-4pm, 2077a Danforth, above the Pizza Pizza)

PokeParents is your chance to learn how to play Pokemon with the family. This event is free – check out their FB event listing for more details.

Are you going to the dance tonight? (7:30pm-1am, 201 Monarch Park Ave)

Some locals have organized an old fashioned dinner/dance tonight with live music and cash bar with $5 drink specials. Grab your date and/or group of friends and get your $30 tickets online www.bubblyaffairs.com, or at Sauce, 1376 Danforth. Check out the poster for the details. 

While there are still  two more weeks of left of the East Lynn Park Farmers Market, for some of our farmers this will be their last week. Be sure say thank you for choosing our market to sell at each week!

A local vineyard will grace us with their presence for one last week. Stop by Rancourt Winery to sample their wears and stock your cellars until next year.


This will also be the last week for our amazing team of volunteer face painters. We’ve enjoyed your artistic talents and your patience as you make magic appear on the faces of so many little ones each week. Be sure to wish them best of luck as they return to various schools across the country. Rabeea is attending the OCAD University, Kelly will be returning to York University, Doris and Zilin are heading back to Leaside High School, Maha goes to Monarch Park, Fiza is at University of Waterloo and Rebecca is off to UBC!


We’d also like to express a huge thank you to our many, many volunteers that make the market happen each week.  This week, let’s thank our weekly cooks and DECA Booth Volunteers.

2016 Cooks: Susan & Bruce Croft, Deb Dorsey, Renee McKenzie, Ruth Heathcote (Wag on the Danforth), Alisa Metcalfe, Alison McMurray (The Ceili Cottage), Kirsten Hurd, Shelley Pogue, Sheila Colla, Susan & Brian Spratley, Nicola St. John and Melanie’s Bistro,

2016 DECA Booth Volunteers: Justine Saccomanno, Aris Englhard, Stephanie Vorstermans, Meghan Parks, Jennifer Jewell, Annette Bourque, Deb Dorsey (again!), Carolyn Rouse, Fahreen Ladak, Sheri Hebdon, Kendal Gerard (and wee Frankie Rose), Carrie MacMillan and Zoe Flatman.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 2 – October 20 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.

Last week DECA was proud to join other sponsors in support of this great event! Here is a guest post from Nicole Bergot-Browning, festival founder & organizer. 

The Danforth East Short Film Festival on October 22 from 8-10pm at Time Capsule Cafe (2183 Danforth) is an evening of shorts that looks at the theme of transformation, to reflect the changing neighbourhood of East Danforth. I’ve had over 500 submissions from around the world. I am currently screening them, before I send the final entries to a jury made up of Dan Riskin from Daily Planet (and east Danforther), Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and local film distributor Robin Smith. 

The final films will be screened at the big event on October 22nd from 8-10pm. The films come from all corners of the globe, as well as Toronto, and animation, comedy, drama and documentary will be represented. 
To buy tickets ($10 each) click here

For more information, visit: www.danfortheastshortfilmfestival.com

Read on for a short Q&A between DECA blogger Sheri and festival organizer Nicole

Festival organizer Nicole Bergot-Browning

What made you want to launch a film festival in this neighbourhood? 

I live in this neighbourhood – moved here two years ago with my husband and daughter – little did I know we had chosen an amazing place to set down roots and raise a family. For the first time in my life I felt invested in a neighbourhood and the community that I live in, and I wanted to somehow be a part of it. I like short films – I work in television and have worked on short films – they are awesome nuggets of drama and humour and creativity in a bite sized package, but where the heck do you watch them? My friend Gina Dineen has successfully run a short film festival in Cabbagetown for 25 years and I thought maybe I could do that, and that could be a way that I contribute to East Danforth. 
There used to be three theatres in our neighbourhood, but sadly they’re all gone. I’m also really interested in how the neighbourhood is changing and I wanted to somehow include that, and so the theme of all the shorts is related to transformation.  

Who is your target audience for this event?

Film lovers! Anyone who can appreciate two hours of jam packed entertainment from animation, comedy, drama, to documentary from around the world. I have had over 500 submissions (and counting) and I found films that will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think… most of all entertain you. 

It’s Harvestfest at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market this Thursday, October 6th from 3-7 p.m.  Stock up on all your Thanksgiving produce, cheese, meats, breads, pies, maple syrup, honey, wine and pumpkins from our fabulous Farmers!  Stay and enjoy the band, the Turnups, and a performance by James FunnyHat.

If you’re looking for some recipe inspiration for the long weekend, here are a few of the ideas submitted by your neighbours:

Due to a rainy day last week, the City of Toronto Planners will be back again this week to talk about the upcoming Danforth Avenue Planning Study.

See you there!

P.S. Honeycrisp apples are here.


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.

Come have your say on electoral reform! Oct 12 @ 7pm, St. Bridgid’s School – 50 Woodmount.


Seniors’ Lunch & Learns @ MGH

Michael Garron Hospital is offering a number of free Lunch & Learn talks on various health topics. While one has already occurred there are two more coming up. Spread the word!


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