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Saturday, June 10th is our 5th Annual #DanforthEast Yard Sale and this year we’ve partnered with the Danforth Mosaic BIA (the Danny) for one great Saturday!

To sign up or ask questions, visit our website by clicking here

Stories on BlogTO and the CBC are predicting that this could be the biggest yard sale in Toronto. 

If you’re not going to sell, then we hope to see you shopping on June 10. It really is going to be one great Saturday!


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A few Canada Day events to tell you about, but first thing’s first. You need to know what’s happening at wonderful Stephenson Park.

DECA is proud to help sponsor the Friends of Stephenson Park (FOSP) 3rd Annual Canada Day Celebration! If you want to know why you should attend, keep reading.

We asked FOSP founder, Peter Woodcock about his work to bring people together around Stephenson Park. Here is what he told us:

When we moved here 6 years ago, Stephenson Park seemed kind of sad and forgotten, and a bit of a hot spot for some undesirable behaviour. Just over 3 years ago, I decided to organize a park group in an attempt to get the neighbours to start coming out and using the park. A group of us brainstormed for ideas of what we could do with no budget.

Our first event was a picnic in the park in 2014. It was Canada Day and Pride weekend, so we decided to celebrate both with donated watermelons from Sobey’s, a huge slab cake from Costco and little Canada & Rainbow flags adorning the entire fence around the park. Kids played in the pool and we had music by neighbour and artist extraordinaire Tak Bui. What more could we want?

The park is slowly becoming more vibrant and more loved. We have music nights, yoga most Saturdays, an amazing ice rink, community clean ups, new trees and organized tree watering.

And here we are, 3 years later, getting ready for our 3rd Annual Canada Day Celebration, which is getting bigger and better each year. This year we will be having more food and music, and an early evening bonfire with marshmallows. We will be selling corn on the cob and having an old-timey lemonade stand to raise funds for permits and other activities throughout the year. And of course, we’ll still have the Costco slab cake!

Stephenson Park is a pretty darn amazing park, and I am so happy when I hear someone say how much it has changed. Kids laughing and playing is an amazing return on investment. No man is an island or a park. All the success comes down to all the people in our neighbourhood that come to Stephenson Park.

Peter and Joey after Saturday morning yoga in the park. Photo credit: Mary-Margaret McMahon

Other Free Canada Day events

East York Canada Day Parade & Festival at Stan Wadlow, including fireworks! 
Note: they are also looking for volunteers.

Danforth Mosaic BIA – The Danny Loves Music Canada Day concert at East Lynn Park from 6-9pm, Julian Taylor Band (beer, wine & food can be purchased on site)

danny loves music

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East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market:

Fresh fruit is still in season!

Fresh fruit is still in season!

Local Deal AlertMelanie’s Bistro is waiving the corkage fee on B.Y.O.W on Thursday’s.  All you have to do is buy your wine from the market and purchase an entree. What a wonderful idea!


Visit the Community Booth this week where realtor advocate, Deb Dorsey, shares the value of our neighbourhood, providing sales statistics for each street.  She’ll be offering tips on a home tune-up and what needs to be done  to prepare it for sale, in order to achieve the best return on your investment.

The Wellness Booth this week will be Ankh Yoga & Origin Wellness.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 5 – October 9 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.


 Danforth Mosaic BIA Looking for Input

The Danforth Mosaic BIA marketing committee wants your help! Participate in a one hour workshop on Thursday, Sept 11, 7pm @ Red Rocket Coffee to help define what makes our hood special. Refreshments will be served. More information on attached poster, including RSVP details.

BIA marketing workshop_residents

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Movie Night Magic!

Who had a blast watching a movie under the stars last night? I did! And so did about 150 of your neighbours.  The rain held off during the day so bums could stay dry as we all took in the comedic genius of Rob Reiner’s Princess Bride.

Thank you to Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon for not only sponsoring the evening but also popping all popcorn for movie goers to enjoy!

We also want to give a special shout out to local environmental steward Bruce Crofts.  We’ve mentioned how thankful we are of Bruce’s wife Susan for her tireless work watering the trees by Valu-mart.  Well, after the market yesterday we were surprised at the amount of litter in the park.   Bruce went home and got his special litter bag and poker stick and spent the evening cleaning up the park.  Thank your commitment to making our neighborhood clean and beautiful, Bruce!

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Mosaic BIA Summer Festival Community Picnic

A reminder that the Mosaic BIA will be hosting their Summer Festival Community Picnic this Sunday at East Lynn Park.  Check the  full listing of activities below!


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DECA Is Pinning!

Before we get to the round-up of weekend fun, a head’s up for Pinterest fans–DECA is now on Pinterest thanks to volunteer extraordinaire Vicki Ziegler. Our boards are a celebration of the east end businesses, resources, events and stories about the ‘hood. We’re aiming to include everyone eventually, but in the meantime you can help by sending us ideas and links for us to pin at info(at)danfortheastcommunityassociation.com.

Check out our Pinterest account here. While you’re at it, you’ll also want to check out our Facebook page for up-to-the minute events and happenings. And if you like your news in 140 characters, we’re here for you too on Twitter.

Thursday: Movie Under the Stars

A reminder that it’s our annual movie night on Aug. 22 in East Lynn Park, featuring the classic The Princess Bride. Come for the Farmer’s Market and stay for an evening of fun with your neighbours, plus Westley, Buttercup and the R.O.U.S. The action starts when the sun goes down, at 8:30 pm.

Friday: Healthy Lunches and Ca$h Mob!

Back-to-school is glimmering on the horizon (yikes) and Oaks ‘n Acorns is helping you get prepared. Join Nana Jokura of Accept Wellness at 10:30 am, Aug. 23 for a workshop on healthy lunches. Cost is $25. RSVP required at Oaks ‘n Acorns.

Healthy Lunches Workshop

Later on Friday, join us for our first ever CA$H MOB! We’ll be mobbing a local business, having fun and heading out for some refreshments at a local watering hole afterwards. The rules are simple:

1) bring $20

2) meet 3 new people

3) have fun

Meet up at 6:45 pm by the doors of Coxwell station when the top secret “mobbing” destination will be revealed.


Saturday: Check out the Pop-up Shops

There isn’t actually an event planned for Saturday, but if you haven’t yet, why not check out the pops before these temporary shops are gone?

Sunday: Annual Summer Festival

The perfect way to end the weekend–at the Danforth Mosaic BIA‘s annual Summer Festival & Community Picnic! Head to East Lynn Park from 1-6 pm on Aug. 25 for games, food, coffee, art exhibitions, music and a raffle draw for 2 bikes!

Mosaic Community Picnic

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BIA Meeting Information

We got a few comments on our recent Cozy Cafe post that conveyed some frustration about landlords, the BIA, and what to do about our empty storefronts.  DECA is really taking on this problem, and our February pop-ups are being announced one-by-one on our Facebook page, which is also linked to our Twitter account! (We’ll post about them here too, but all in good time.)

You may or may not know this, but for many years, DECA has worked with the Mosaic BIA.  We have consistently appointed one Board member to be the BIA liaison to attend their meetings and flow information between the BIA and our Board, just to keep apprised of what we’re all up to.

Recently, we asked ourselves why we have never used DECAdiaries to let all of you know when the BIA will be meeting. The answer?  No reason at all!  So, here are the details of their next meeting:

Monday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Toronto Model Photography, 1840 Danforth Avenue
(This is the business owned by BIA Chair, Jason, where the BIA will now have their office)

There is also a new BIA-DECA sub-committee, that the BIA formed.  Our liaison, Susan, is co-chairing it and she would welcome any new members!

If you want any further information about the BIA, the BIA-DECA sub-committee, or Monday’s meeting, please email Susan by clicking here.

(Remember, we are not the BIA – so if you go to the meeting, you are not going to a DECA meeting!)

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There is a certain section of DECA’s area that sometimes doesn’t get all the love it deserves. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m talking about the area known as E.O.W. – or east of Woodbine. (Okay fine, nobody calls it that, but I think it’s definitely going to catch on now that I’ve coined it.) Here is some of the exciting news from DECA’s east end…

Sandwich anyone?

We were all very sad to see the shuttering of True Brew Cafe in November, but rumour has it that a new sandwich shop is getting ready to open up in that space in the very near future. Stay tuned!

Bell’s Martial Arts

In early November, Tristan Bell opened Bell’s Martial Arts in the newly renovated building at 2200 Danforth Ave. New classes are being added all the time for children age 4 all the way up to adults, so call to find out about what classes might work for you and/or your family. The focus there is on building self-confidence, self-reliance, awareness, and strong bodies. You can contact Tristan to arrange a free trial class for you or your kids. What have you got to lose? To send an email, click here.

Bell’s Martial Arts
Monday-Friday: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: closed
2200 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4C 1K4
Bells Martial Arts

Kia Dealership

It’s really coming along, and it’s looking like it might be quite beautiful!

Danforth Village BIA

DECA is pretty connected to the Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Area (BIA), which spans from Westlake Ave and west all the way to Jones. There is, however, a second BIA in our boundaries that goes from Westlake Ave and east all the way to Victoria Park Ave, called the Danforth Village BIA. They have an excellent website, which shows you all the businesses in that area, broken down into categories and there is even a map for ease of reference. DECA is planning to reach out to this BIA to get to know them better and see how we might be able to partner up. (And no, we’re not just cozying up to them because Target will be moving into their zone in a couple of months!)

Safe Crossing at Last

Many thanks to City Councillors Mary-Margaret McMahon and Janet Davis for extending the green lights at Woodbine and Danforth so that there is actually time to cross the street. Walking E.O.W. has never been so easy. (See? It’s catching on.)

Coming up: We’ve had some chatter on the blog about the BIA and the relationship between landlords, the city, the businesses, and our struggling storefronts. We’ll post more about that soon, along with exciting news about our ongoing Pop-up project!

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