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A big thank you to everyone who came out and helped make this weekend’s arts fair in East Lynn Park a huge success! The 10th anniversary edition of the Danforth East Arts Fair, #DECAF18 (we sneak a silent “c” in the hashtag for “community”), by the numbers:

Now, We Need Your Help

If you love the arts fair and like to organize, we really want to hear from you to help us next year! Our organizers have put in many, many hours and it’s time for new folks to help out if we want to keep the fair going to year 11. Send us an email at deca.arts @ gmail.com to learn more.

DECAF18 Music

Jeremy & Jenn rocking #DECAF18

DECAF18 Kids Tent

Pegasus Studios hosting free kids crafts at #DECAF18

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#DECAF18 says THANK YOU!

Danforth East Community Arts Fair is this weekend, September 15-16, in East Lynn Park!

As we look forward to the excitement of #DECAF18, join us in thanking the amazing people who make it happen. First up, our wonderful community sponsors!


 Juliette Fergus of Trust Realty Group is back again this year! She regularly partners with local artists to fill empty walls in her listings with vibrant artwork that is also for sale, bringing art to local families and bringing opportunities to artists. “It’s a match made in heaven,” says Juliette!


  Your favourite local mortgage agent Lisa Okun of Mortgage Alliance Performance Group is a long-time community member and fair attendee, who you’ll often find teaming up with other neighborhood businesses like Fresh Paint Studio + Café to bring you local workshops on home decorating and organizing.


desktopfpSpeaking of Fresh Paint Studio + Café, this local fixture is made up of a team of friendly, professional artists and art lovers whom we are proud to thank for their continued sponsorship of DECAF for yet another year!


Also back again to support our arts fair this year is DeSerres — a family-owned art and craft supply business with the motto: “Because life is a canvas.” Indeed!! Come to #DECAF18 to fill your canvas with dazzle and delight! Visit DeSerres at 1556 Danforth Ave (at Coxwell).


We are excited to welcome the support this year of Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York Nathaniel (Nate) Erskine-Smith. Nate was raised in Beaches-East York, lives and works in this community, and we are so happy he is joining us in making this year’s Danforth East Community Arts Fair a success.


And a HUGE shout out to the tireless work of our volunteers! THANK YOU!! There are still a few volunteer slots left so click here to sign up if you want to spend time in a beautiful atmosphere with awesome people surrounded by art while giving back to your community – you’re one click away.

To help you plan your DECAF visit, here is the schedule of kids events, music performances, and demonstrations. We can’t wait to see everyone out there supporting our incredible artists on Saturday and Sunday! Follow us on social media before and during the fair on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Ten years ago, a local mom on parental leave joined the newly-formed DECA Board with an idea about a community arts fair in East Lynn Park. It was an incredible event that year (2009), and we are so proud to announce the details of the upcoming 10th Annual Danforth East Community Arts Fair #decaf18!

Volunteers have been working all year to bring this special event our neighbourhood, Enjoy local art, food, live music, kids’ activities, and art demonstrations from students at local art schools. Admission is free! Make sure to invite your friends from outside of our ‘hood to make them understand just how awesome this neighbourhood is.

About #DECAF18

  • Featuring the artwork of 55 artists, both new and returning, ours is one of the largest not-for-profit arts fairs in Toronto
  • 100% volunteer-run by the Danforth East Community Association (DECA)
  • You’ll find pieces for $5 and for over $1000 so no matter your budget or your taste. there will be something for everyone
  • All the info you need is on the DECAF website, DECA-Arts.ca – exhibitors list is here
  • Dedicated social media pages for DECAF – Facebook and Insta – where the artists and their work are being featured in regular posts

Our Generous Sponsors

We are so grateful to these incredible people/businesses in our community who have sponsored this year’s event!

Kids Activities

For kids, there will be free crafts for kids, provided by DeSerres, Silly Goose Kids, & Pegasus Studios.

Food 

And when you get hungry, the food vendors will be: Magic Oven, Pomarosa, Celena’s Bakery, East of York,  Taste the Tornado, and Sweet Serendipity!

Stay tuned…

Stay tuned for a full schedule of the music and activities! The countdown is on – two more weeks!

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The artist application deadline for the Danforth East Community Arts Fair is
fast approaching – applications are due March 31, 2018. Have you got
yours in yet?

This year’s fair is extra special. It’s the 10th anniversary of our
juried community arts and crafts show. In that short time it’s become
one of the best community arts events in the city, regularly making
top-10 lists and endorsed as a “must-see” by BlogTO, The Toronto Star
and more.

Every September, East Lynn Park transforms into a shopper’s paradise
full of tents showcasing 50 to 60 artists’ wares. Acoustic music wafts
through the late summer sunshine. Families gather on the grass for
picnic lunches from food trucks and vendors and kids take part in free
art workshops.

This is community at its finest. The fair is entirely volunteer-run
and driven by community demand. This year’s show is Sept. 15 & 16.

Please join us! The fee is $200 for the entire weekend. Tents can be
left up overnight as we provide overnight security. Please send any
questions to deca.arts@gmail.com.

Photo credit: Stephen Rabjohn

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Save the Date!! Danforth East Yard Sale

Mark your calendars! The Danforth East Yard Sale will be happening on June 9th.  In the coming months, we’ll let you know how to sign up and add yourself to the big map. In the meantime, take a peak around your living space…  do you have excess stuff you’d like to cull? The Yard Sale is a great way to meet your neighbours and clean house all at the same time. Happy spring!

3rd Annual DECA Young Leader Scholarship

DECA’s 2017 Scholarship Winner Sal Sabila

There are a lot of kids in our neighbourhood with huge potential. Some of them are already volunteering their time to make our neighbourhood a better place. DECA wants to help one of them this upcoming school year through our third annual DECA Young Leaders Scholarship. We’ll be posting the scholarship application soon and asking you to help us spread the word to local students and through our local high schools… Watch for more details on the blog. As always, fundraising for the scholarship will be through awesome neighbourhood events including a brand new Pub Night. You will also be able to contribute for the first time this year by making a donation thru the Danforth East Yard Sale. 

 

Calling All Artists! Apply Now – Danforth East Arts Fair

Don’t miss out on an incredible opportunity to showcase and sell your work at the Danforth East Arts Fair, taking place on September 15th and 16th, 2018, at East Lynn Park. Our vibrant community is filled with new families, established homeowners and creative folks who are eager to support local artists. Applications are due by March 31st, 2018. For more information or to apply visit the website: http://deca-arts.ca/exhibitors/

Emerging young artists have a sweet opportunity! You may apply for a #FREE booth at the Arts Fair this year. If you are an artist AND a full time student, the Emerging Artist Booth gives you a chance to sell and show your art in an open market. Apply now for this free opportunity! Two young artists will be selected: http://deca-arts.ca/exhibitors/emerging-artist/

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Want to make the most of this unexpected summery weather? Here are some suggestions!

Danforth East Arts Fair, East Lynn Park, Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm

I know you know but here’s the poster again anyway because honestly, our 100% volunteer-run, juried (meaning the vendors were selected as the cream of the crop among many applicants) arts fair is such an amazing event. You must go.

While you’re there, don’t forget to post some pics to social media using #DECAF17


Rikki Nicks Concert, Stephenson Park, Sat 7-9:30pm

How fun is this? Awesome Fleetwood Mac cover band, plus food, wine and beer available for purchase from Sauce, Hooked and Tuana!?!

Stephenson Park is by Main and Danforth, more or less behind Sobey’s. Kudos to Councillor McMahon and Friends of Stephenson Park for organizing.

If you live in the area and want to help our with Friends of Stephenson Park, email us and we will put you in touch or contact them via their Facebook page. They really need volunteers, especially for the winter ice rink effort.


August Kinn Grand Opening, Sat 10am-6pm, 1374 Danforth

A lovely new store for baby things has opened between Coxwell & Greenwood. Visit them today for their grand opening event! They will have door prizes and other fun stuff so check it out.


Other DECA Events

Okay fine, we *just* posted yesterday about our scavenger hunt and the impressive prizes available, plus our two fun #DECAde birthday parties happening on Thursday (Sept 21) and on Saturday (Sept 23) so here’s a link to that post in case you missed it.

Do you love what DECA does? Support us by buying a $10/household membership. Click here! We are also looking for volunteers for events, our Board and for whatever your great idea is!


Even more events later this week!

WAX + WATER 

A collection of recent encaustic and acrylic artworks by Victoria Wallace and Deanna Hutton. September 22-27, 2017 at STUDIO by the Nooks – 1912 Danforth Ave, 1 1/2 blocks west of Woodbine

OPENING NIGHT PARTY – Friday, September 22 from 6-9pm.

For those that can’t make it to the Opening, the Gallery will be open the following days/times.
Friday, Sept 22.……….6pm-9pm – Opening Night Party
Saturday, Sept 23.…..11am-7pm – encaustic demonstrations
Sunday, Sept 24.…….11am-5pm – acrylic demonstrations
Monday, Sept 25.…… 11am-5pm – gallery open
1pm-4pm – *Acrylic Transfer Workshop by Victoria
Tuesday, Sept 26.……11am-7pm – artists painting in the gallery
Wednesday, Sept 27..11am-5pm – artists painting in the gallery

*Acrylic Transfer Workshop – $75 includes all materials – max 8 participants.  To register, please contact Victoria at victoriawallaceartist@gmail.com.

Now Magazine Readers’ Poll

It’s a big deal for our locals to win these “best of” awards so take time to vote and show everyone in this city what #DanforthEast has to offer. Voting closes this Thursday (September 21) at 11pm so do not delay.

To make it easy, our friends at Moberly consolidated all of our local nominees here:

http://www.moberlynaturalfoods.com/2017/07/21/now-best-toronto-find-danforth-east-businesses-nominated/


That’s all for now!

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So much fun happening this weekend – plus a few reminders about some DECA events coming up in September! The Danforth East Arts Fair is one week away, but you can cope with your excitement by checking out some of these events happening tomorrow.

Saturday events

Bike Lane Party 10am-noon

Queenie’s Cards Grand Opening 10am-6pm

Nooks Flea, noon-10pm


Other News

Do you want a Danforth East Arts Fair sign? Email us and Nicole will be in touch to arrange it!


#DECAde Celebrations

Our 10th birthday celebrations are happening this month! We’re having a party at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market on September 21st (formal remarks and cake at around 5pm) and a cocktail party at the Shore Leave on Saturday, September 23rd from 7-9pm. We also have our self-led community scavenger hunt underway! All the details are in the post found here.

Well, you’ve read this far so you must want to see the arts fair poster! We still need volunteers so watch this space for the sign-up or send us an email. Sitting at the DECA table is a great way to be right in the middle of the happiest day in the neighbourhood! Spots for set-up and take-down are also available.

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