Lots happening around the neighbourhood. Be sure to follow your faves on social media to keep on top of sales and events!

Book Shop Brass @ Press (free concert!) Friday, March 24, 7pm | 2442 Danforth, across from Sobey’s

Such a great thing to have more live music in our neighbourhood. Press has said that there will be treats and refreshments for all. Kicks off at 7pm and this is a family-friendly event. 

Click here for a video sneak preview!

No really, watch the video. It’s awesome. 


DECA Pride “Last Sunday”, March 26 from 3:30-5:30pm @ Time Capsule Board Game Cafe | 2183 Danforth (east of Woodbine)

Come and have a drink, play a game, meet some LGBTQ+ neighbours and/or just hang out. Allies are also welcome.
This month we will also be looking for people to step forward to volunteer to help with future DECA Pride events/activities that *could* include: social events (time and place tbd), Pride @ the East Lynn market in June, fundraising to support LGBTQ+ refugees and [insert your great idea here!]. We need a more people to help in order to be sustainable as a group so now is your chance! 

Light snacks on DECA and Time Capsule waives the gaming fees for us. 

Click here to be added to the DECA Pride mailing list or here to join the fb page



Silly Goose Kids – Goode-Bye Winter sale! (Mar 24-26) | 2054 Danforth 

Old’s Cool – weekend sale (Mar 25-26) | 250 Westlake @ Lumsden 

30% off many of their unique & handmade goods all day on Saturday & Sunday. 

See their post here!

LEN: Democratic purveyors of fine art & beautiful things – 20% off entire store until March 31 | 698 Coxwell Ave

See their fb post here

You may have heard that LEN will be relocating to Hamilton at the end of April, so be sure to stop in and show them some love for so many years of #DanforthEast love! 


VII Design & Gifts – 20-50% off until March 31 | 1434 Danforth Ave

MARCH MADNESS Customer Appreciation event! Enjoy savings of 20% to 50% off everything in our store until March 31, 2017!  Including: Pillows, vases, giftware, jewelry, blankets and throws, felted bags, scarves, “shoe chairs” and more.

See their post here!

St. Patrick’s Day at the Firkin

For live music, free giveaways, Irish stew and green beer, walk over to the Firkin on Danforth to join the festivities!

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Grab your girlfriends and have a fun night out at

Broad Lingerie’s First Birthday Party & Fundraiser

Saturday, March 25th
6 – 9 p.m.
1763 Danforth Ave

$5 from each ticket will go to the Red Door Family Shelter

Celebrate a local business turning one at this women-only event.

We’ve ordered some gorgeous new lingerie especially for the party, and as our guest you’ll be the first to get a crack at them. We’ll have a special one-night-only 30% discount on everything in store. You’ll also enjoy drinks and snacks on us, including tasty, tasty beer from Beau’s. And did I mention there’s a burlesque performance? You won’t want to miss it!

Get your tickets before they’re sold out!


It’s Fresh Paint + Fresh Beer night at the Studio!

Discover your inner artist with a beer tasting and a guided painting session. There’s no experience necessary! You will be guided step-by-step to recreate the painting of the evening.

Each guest will enjoy a special beer tasting presented by Muskoka Brewery.

Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $45
1849 Danforth Ave

We will supply the canvas, paint and beer – you just have to relax, have fun and create.

Register Today. Spaces are limited!

For more information, contact info@freshpaintstudio.ca or call 647-927-0764
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Melanie’s Bistro 9th Birthday Celebration!

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The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) is

Looking for Artisans

for this year’s juried outdoor arts and crafts fair

Online applications are due
March 31, 2017

Apply Now!

For further information, visit the Danforth East Arts Fair website.

The Danforth East Arts Fair provides artists with a unique opportunity to showcase and sell their work. Our vibrant community is filled with new families, established homeowners and creative folks who are eager to support local artists.  Our neighbourhood event has drawn coverage and rave reviews from media and blogs.  Don’t miss out!

So Many Parks

It is March and it is cold, very cold, but the days are slowly lengthening, hinting that spring may be just around the corner. With the sun comes heat, greenery, and time spent outside at the park. While East Lynn Park is the hub of our community there are many other parks in the area; each park has a “little special something” that makes it worth visiting.   In anticipation of, or perhaps while dreaming of, warmer weather we are taking a moment to highlight some of the other DECA community parks.

Stephenson Park

On the eastern edge of DECA’s boundary, Stephenson Park (61 Stephenson Avenue) has committed park family and their love of the park shows. Over the past five years the park has undergone many improvements includinstephenson.jpgg new playground equipment, a fire pit, beautiful murals on the wading pool and shed, and many new trees. Events in the park have a small town vibe and are held regularly throughout the year. Summer is particularly busy with movie nights, concerts, bonfires, ultimate, and yoga in the park. Come out and join the fun!



Gledhill Park

Gledhill Park (125 Gledhill Avenue) is another well maintained park with a strong neighborhood network. The park is entirgledill.jpgely fenced and has a large variety of toys making it ideal for the littlest children. Even better, there is lots of shade and a dragon-shaped splash pad for the hot summer days. The safe environment allows parents to converse while the little ones roam



Oakcrest Parkette

Oakcrest Parkette (30 Oakcrest Avenue) is a smoakcrest.jpgall hidden gem near Woodbine and Danforth. Last fall this little parkette got a much needed facelift that included new playground equipment, a small rock climbing wall, and new trees.
The parkette is dog friendly; it is an unleashed area during certain times of the day. Another great feature is the wading pool; it is in the sun, meaning the water is warm, and it is quieter than other parks making it a great spot for a quick dip in the summer months.



Merrill Bridge Road Park

Merrill Bridge Road Park (1 East Lynn Avenue) is an off-leash dog park bordering the ravine. It is great place if you have a dog, or merrill bridge.jpga small child who likes to watch dogs,
but the best part is a little path at the west
end of the park that leads through a ravine that follows the tracks. There is a stairway down into the ravine and a short path that is frequently muddy, but the trees surround you, you can hear the water from the small creek, and you forget you are in the city for a moment or two.



There are a lot of kids in our neighborhood with huge potential. Some of them are already volunteering their time to make our neighborhood a better place. They might be volunteering as coaches, running park clean ups, organizing a school conference, spending time helping out at our local food bank…

DECA wants to help one of them this upcoming school year through our second annual DECA Young Leaders Scholarship, which is part of the “Investing in our Diversity Scholarship Program” created by Scadding Court Community Centre in 2001. The scholarship is for $2000 to help a graduating student with the costs of their upcoming postsecondary schooling.

“Through this scholarship we want to recognize, encourage and support young leaders in our community,” says Elizabeth Dove, spokesperson for DECA Connects, the working group that aims to increase the neighbourhood’s sense of community by addressing local social issues.

To qualify for the 2nd Annual DECA Young Leader Scholarship, the student must: be 25 or younger; live or go to high school inside the DECA catchment (Monarch Park to Main St., Lumsden/Mortimer to the train tracks); be graduating this year and have a plan to continue education; identify a financial need; and have a strong record of activism or engagement.


The application deadline is March 24. Details can be found at www.scaddingcourt.org/deca_young_leaders_scholarship


Last year’s local winner, former Danforth Collegiate student Chantelle Johnson, pictured above, used the funds to start her studies at Humber College in Fashion Business Management.

DECA Connects plans to raise money for the scholarship with a second annual June community ping-pong tournament. So get out your rackets and start practising!


Mark your calendars! The second public meeting for the city’s Danforth Avenue Planning Study happens Thursday, February 23rd, 7 p.m. at the Danforth Mennonite Church (north side of Danforth, a block east of Woodbine). DECA’s Visioning Committee, which has for the past three years been advocating and preparing for this study — with help from planners, architects, academics and a community members from many walks of life – urges that you attend this public consultation.

The Avenue Study (Phase 1 from Victoria Park to Coxwell avenues) presents a once-in-50-years opportunity for getting the east end’s main commercial street back on track toward being a lively, safe, vibrant and economically healthy destination.


Many of you will have received this notice in the mail. The purpose of this second community meeting is to introduce the Danforth Avenue Planning Study – Area Profile Report, review and obtain feedback on a draft vision statement and work done to date, and provide an update on key deliverables and study timelines.

DECA’s Visioning Committee developed these five priorities heading into the Danforth Study. What are your future hopes and dreams for the Danforth over the next 50 years? These two photographs show Danforth Ave. looking east from East Lynn Park in 1960 (over 50 years ago), compared to today.


Valentine’s Day shopping

Whether you love it, hate it or don’t care about it, Valentine’s Day is coming up on Tuesday. If buying gifts for someone else isn’t on your to-do list, consider this post as ideas for showing a little love to yourself! 

As you can imagine, February isn’t the greatest month for retail. So as you contemplate the pros and cons of Valentine’s Day, consider that it’s a chance to give a little boost to our awesome local businesses. 

Some thoughts and links below:

Off Danforth

Len: Democratic Purveyors of Fine Art & Beautiful Things 
A few doors north of Danforth on Coxwell, this award-winning shop has something for everyone. Witty cards, beautiful art and jewelry, soaps and candles, Toronto-themed artisan gifts, Canadiana, and so much more. Len was one of our first pop-up shops so we love telling you about them again and again. 

Follow their fb page for specific gift ideas and if you are a procrastinator, visit them on Monday until 6pm and they’ll have treats! They also put together this post with lots of ideas.

Old’s Cool General Store – 250 Westlake @ Lumden

Lots of awesomeness at Old’s Cool too but this line of cards is pretty awesome. (You can guess what the Coxwell card might say)

Gotamago – 1231 Woodbine @ Mortimer/Lumsden

Have you been yet? This newish shop is an emerging local gem with lots of handmade things to buy! Their fb page featured this card the other day, for the bearded fellow in your life. 

On Danforth 

There are too many options to go into a lot of detail, but a few have specifically posted for Valentine’s Day so here they are. 

Press coffee books vinyl 2442 Danforth (across from Sobey’s)

If you live east of Woodbine, you have likely spent hours at Press, sipping on a tea or latte and perusing the vast selection of new and used vinyl and used books. Add in a delicious scone to snack on and an eclectic gift selection, and you get the full Press experience. Worth following their fb page even if just for the witty sign boards!

Here are some of their latest gifts on offer (pro tip: you can also by their delicious coffee by the pound)

Moberley Natural Foods, 2044 Danforth

We don’t need to tell you what to buy because they’ve written a blog post to walk you through their best options! 


Nooks (multiple locations)

Unless you live under a rock, you know about the Nooks. There are three around East Lynn Park and their Instagram feed is so full of beautiful and delicious looking things, you won’t believe it. Check them out!  @thenookstoronto @nicenookslife @nooksgeneralstore. 

Today they are having a Valentine’s Day market!

Silly Goose Kids, 2054 Danforth 

Because this store is so awesome. And they wrap things for you! If there’s a kid on your list, come here but there are lots so great adult gifts too. 

VII Design & Gifts, 1434 Danforth 

Formerly the Pillow Shoppe, VII has a great selection of pillows, decor and gifts. Look at their beautiful window! Make sure to like their fb page

Broad Lingerie, 1763 Danforth

We are so lucky to have this specialty store in our neighbourhood that caters to “busty” women. Every woman deserves a bra that fits – and there are other things for sale that might help with the Valentine’s Day celebrating. 


Merrily, merrily, 1854 Danforth 

Another options for kids stuff, new and used as well as maternity clothes and some handmade gifts.  Also, they are having a grand reopening event today (Saturday) so check that out if you can. The expanded store looks beautiful! And we love telling you that they are another pop-up success!

Other shops

Handwork Dept, 1898 Danforth 

Artisans at Work, 2071 Danforth

Face to Face Games, 2077 Danforth 

Nail House, 2171 Danforth 

Flower Shops
NaNa Florist, 2454 Danforth (east of Woodbine)


Percy Waters Florists, 1360 Danforth 

Pretty much all the places along the Danforth will do giftcards so if you don’t want to deal with the crowds this week, buy your special someone a date for another day!
We’ve done lots of local shopping posts in the past so feel free to look through them if this doesn’t do it for you….





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