Welcome, DESIGNnook!

Guest blogger Kate Nichols brings you all the details about one of the ‘hood’s newest shops, DESIGNnook:

A few weeks ago, a sign popped up in front of 2038 Danforth.


If you are anything like me, the sign made me rather curious about the newest addition to our neighbourhood. I decided to stop in to meet the owner and visionary behind the sign, Colleen Imrie, and learn more about this new store.

DESIGNnook is a store divided into 73 small nooks. Each nook features goods from a different vendor. Currently, only 9 nooks are still available for rent and most of the rented nooks will be fully set up by April 30. This means that as of this weekend, you can visit 64 different vendors under one roof, right in our ‘hood!

The vendors who have moved in to their nooks are already offering an incredible selection of jewellery, housewares, art, upcycled children’s clothing, soaps, vintage clothing, and much more.

Breathless Vintage, currently operating in Kensington Market, has set up shop in the mega nook at the back of the store, offering vintage clothing and accessories for men and women.


Carberry Cakery and Soap Kitchen offers a truly delectable looking range of handmade soaps.


The Do La Lee nook includes beautiful jewellery, pillows, and other items.


Colleen also shared two future developments we can look forward to from DESIGNnook:

  • Starting May 7, eight additional nooks will be outside on the sidewalk in front of the store every Saturday and Sunday through the summer. Talk about sidewalk shopping at its finest!
  • The DESIGNnook basement will open on June 1 to offer space for workshops and other activities. Stay tuned for more details!

DESIGNnook is open every day of the week. You can also connect on Facebook (DESIGNnook) and through Instagram @_designnook_.

Artists and Designers: If you are interested in renting a nook, please email Colleen at colleen@designnook.ca.


Celebrate 1 Year of Old’s Cool

This just in – Old’s Cool General Store is having their first birthday on Saturday! 250 Westlake



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On Wednesday May 11, 2016 the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto are hosting a Mini Quilt Silent Auction. The auction will take place from 7pm to 9pm at the Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Avenue, just one block east of Woodbine.

The proceeds from the event will be donated to the 416 Community Support for Women – providing a refuge for women and the resources required for preservation of their health and dignity.

What is a mini quilt, you ask? A mini quilt is less than 100 inches all around – some are as small as a paperback book, some are framed works of art, and many are wall hangings. All mini quilts are filled with colour and delight.

This is your chance to buy work by your favorite local quilter and contribute to a good cause!

For more information, click here.



The Danforth East Arts Fair is ramping up for our 8th exciting year and we wanted to extend the opportunity to all our local business, big and small, to be involved in the sponsorship of this successful fair and support a cornerstone community event.

A little about the fair – The Danforth East Arts Fair is an exciting free event that will take place this year on the weekend of September 17-18. Held in beautiful East Lynn Park (located on the south side of Danforth between Coxwell and Woodbine), the fair showcases the work of an eclectic mix of predominately local artists in a gorgeous outdoor setting. This event is organized entirely by volunteers of the Danforth East Community Association (DECA) that is over 1,000 members strong. The Arts Fair is a non-profit event that is largely funded through fees contributed by participating artists and in order to keep their fees as low as possible we invite local business to participate as an event sponsors. 

The Arts Fair attracts more than 1,000 people a day and runs from 10am-5pm on both days, rain or shine! Voted “Most Family Friendly Art Fair” last year by Blog TO, this year more than 60 artists and local vendors will be participating in the Fair, along with a mix of local musicians, dance groups, children’s programming, artist-led workshops, and other local arts groups are happening on site to entertain all day.

Sponsorships of $500 will be given a 10 feet by 10 feet in size during the weekend of the event. Our team will even assist in animating it for you. In addition, we can offer you a logo on our posters and postcards which are distributed to 7,500 select homes in the direct neighbourhood, and presence in our online media strategy which includes impressions on Facebook, Twitter, our website and more. Any press releases or media materials will also be inclusive of your logo and your business will be linked from our website.

We would love to have you be involved with our fair. All inquires can be made to Melanie and Melissa at deca-arts.ca/contact/

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Whether you’re a lover of the arts or want your children to experience something new, come out and support a new local business and show students you care.  

Students from SOLE Alternative will be showcasing their work at Fresh Paint Studio.

SOLE is an alternative school that provides students with opportunities to experience success.  This showcase is a chance to promote their creative talents to a broader audience and experience firsthand the challenges and opportunities of the art world.

As a community, let’s surprise these students with a room full of people.

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Fresh Paint Studio

1849 Danforth Ave.

May 26 – June 2

Opening Night Gala
Thursday, May 26
6:30 – 9pm

Refreshments  / Live DJ

Enjoy a diverse show, featuring painting, sculpture, assemblage, silk screen, photography, and photo manipulation, with fine art inspired by Pop Art, contemporary art movements and digital imaging that brings traditional photography into the new millennium.

See you there!

“Whatcha Momma Didn’t Teach You” Real Estate Workshop

Interested in learning more about real estate and home ownership?  Come out, enjoy a free dinner, and listen to the expertise of a real estate agent, real estate lawyer, mortgage broker, and general contractors: Chix who Fix.

HIRUT Cafe and Restaurant

2050 Danforth Ave

Monday, May 2nd

7:00 pm

RSVP today, space is limited. Email your RSVP to nstjohn@bosleyrealestate.com


Three Local Celebrations This Week!

Stock up on your sleep tonight and Tuesday, because there’s a slew of celebrations happening later this week that you don’t want to miss.

Sharing Depot Grand Opening: Wednesday

The Tool Library is proud to announce their opening party for The Sharing Depot, Canada’s 1st Library of Things. Located at 1803 Danforth, the Sharing Depot will expand the tool sharing program and include camping and sports equipment, house party supplies, board games and toys for 2-7 day loans. They’ll also have an expanded Makerspace downstairs to host better workshops and events for the community. Woo hoo!
Come out to the grand opening party this Wednesday, April 27 to help them celebrate this exciting achievement!
What: The Sharing Depot Launch Party
Where: 1803 Danforth Avenue
When: Wednesday April 27th, 7-11pm
Who: Everyone is welcome! 
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DECA Volunteer Party: Thursday

Have you hung DECA posters? Penned a blog post? Helped get a Pop-up Shop on its feet? If you’ve ever volunteered for DECA, then we want to see YOU this Thursday at our Volunteer Appreciation Night! DECA is totally volunteer run and only as strong as our amazing volunteers. We want to say thanks with some nibbles and a drink on us.

Please RSVP to volunteer@DECA.to.

What: DECA Volunteer Party
Where: Sarah’s Cafe & Bar (1426 Danforth Avenue, at Monarch Park)
When: Thursday, April 28th, 7-9:30 pm
Who: All DECA Volunteers!
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 Gerrard’s 50th Birthday Party: Friday

Head over to Gerrard Pizza this Friday to help them celebrate turning 50! They’ll some of their amazing pizza and apps free, plus live entertainment. Thank you Gerrard’s for 50 years of neighbourhood dining!

What: Gerrard Pizza Birthday Party
Where: Gerrard Pizza (1528 Danforth Avenue)
When: Friday, April 29th, 7 pm
Who: Everyone!
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Are you someone who likes to combine food and fun? A great local restaurant is celebrating their 4th anniversary next weekend with live comedy from some very stand-up standups!

Four More Years – Hirut Hoot 4th Anniversary Extravaganza with:
Jim McAleese
George Westerholm
Sonia Andreacchi
James Madge
Allison Dore
Paul Irving
Mark Walker
Hosted by Carolyn Bennett
PLUS – Special video by Kevin MacDonald featuring Tibebe

Where: Hirut Fine Ethiopian Cuisine
2050 Danforth Avenue (Woodbine), 416 551 7560
When: Friday April 29, 2016 at 9pm
Cost: $5
email: hiruthoot@gmail.com

Woot Woot for Hirut Hoot!

Art with Heart!
The Last Drop Café will be featuring One of a Kind Children’s artwork from April 22nd – May 22nd. Attend the Opening Night celebration and meet the artist whilst enjoying live music and taking in the vibrant and whimsical mixed media artwork (perfect for kid’s bedrooms).

When: April 22nd: 6:30 – 10:30 (exhibit will last for one month)
Where: Last Drop Café, 549 Sammon Avenue (Coxwell), M4J 2B3

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Changing Child Care Standards – Public Meeting

Every working parent knows what a challenge it is to secure quality, affordable child care. In the east end we’re blessed with many options, but even so, with the number of growing families increasing in our community there are usually long waiting lists for regulated full-time child care spaces. Now, the Ontario government is proposing changes that would affect child care quality and accessibility.

Join Councillors Janet Davis and Paula Fletcher with TDSB Trustee Jennifer Story for a public meeting.  THe meeting will also feature speakers from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care. Child care and snacks will be provided; email councillor_Davis@toronto.ca to confirm a child care spot beforehand.

  • Date: Tuesday April 26
  • Time: 6:00-7:30pm
  • Location: Kimbourne United Church
  • Address: 200 Wolverleigh Blvd



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