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Thanks to DECAF volunteer Caroline Starr for this guest post! 

DECAF - now with buttons! (Photo: Caroline Starr)

DECAF – now with buttons! (Photo: Caroline Starr)

Maybe you recently moved to the neighbourhood. Maybe you’ve noticed Danforth East popping up on a lot of “Best Of” lists in the city and decided this is the weekend to check it out. Maybe you’re friends with one of the very talented vendors and they encouraged you to come support them. Maybe you’ve been in the neighbourhood for a while, but never made it down the arts fair before.

If it’s your first time at the fair, here are a few things you might like to know.

– Danforth East Community Arts Fair, or DECAF, as those of us who dig acronyms like to call it, is completely volunteer run. Art loving volunteers pour through applications early in the spring and make the hard calls as to who will fill the sixty-odd spots that cover the park with creative goodness on the third weekend of September every year. Many of the volunteers are affiliated with local businesses or our stand-out parent community association, DECA. All are passionate about promoting and helping our community grow and improve through events like DECAF. If you’d like to volunteer with DECAF or DECA, please check out deca.to for opportunities.

– East Lynn Park, our home base, is located between Coxwell and Woodbine subway stations (a little closer to Woodbine). Street parking is available. The park is stroller friendly, and wheelchair accessible (thanks to an update this spring).

– DECAF is committed to making art accessible, for both artists and our many visitors each year. Our entry fees are among the lowest in the city for comparable events, and when we’re choosing artists, we work to ensure that artists from a wide range of mediums and with pieces from a variety of price points are represented, so everyone can join in the fun! Many of Toronto’s best known makers set up shop at DECAF in their early days, and have gone on to exhibit at much larger shows like One-of-a-Kind.

– Danforth East is a community on the rise. After you’ve taken your time and perused the many vendors that are set up for the weekend, take some time to check out many of the businesses that work with DECA and DECAF to support the fair, including The Canine Social Club, Silly Goose Kids, and Fresh Paint Art Cafe (our sponsors also include Toronto Honda, Toronto Kia and Deb Dorsey/Homeward Realty). Danforth East is also home to a variety of unique businesses, including Viking Bakery, Toronto’s only Icelandic bakery; Now Magazine’s Best Gourmet Takeout (East of York); three maker retail spaces: Artisans at Work, DesignNook, and NiceNook; The Tool Library and Sharing Depot; many successful DECA Pop-Up shops turned local success stories and much, much more. It’s a great place to spend a day!

– Did you like what you saw at DECAF? Have suggestions for improvement? Please feel free to message us on Facebook, or Twitter! We’d also love to see your Instagram shots! Please tag us at #DECAF16 and follow along at @deca_arts for great pics over the weekend!


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Thanks to Miara Nasar, #DECAF16 volunteer, for this guest post. 

The 8th annual Danforth East (Community) Arts Fair, or #DECAF16, will be held at East Lynn Park next weekend, Sept. 17-18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is an exciting event and an amazing way to end the summer season!

There are so many reasons to attend the fair but here are just eight:

  1. Support local artisans: DECAF is host to so many local artists showcasing their work and craft to the community. Traditionally, the majority of the fair’s artists come from East Danforth neighbourhoods. DECAF allows for a space where smaller artists are able to share their work to the public. (Click here to see a park map of exhibitors.)
  2. Build a stronger sense of community: Attending the fair can let you connect to others in your neighbourhood and let you make new friendships and connections. (Want to volunteer at the Fair? SIGN UP HERE to be part of this great event!)
  3. Find unique items: DECAF will be featuring many different artists with a multitude of talents. We have painters, jewelers, clothing designers, natural skin care products and more to discover at the fair!
  4. Taste amazing foods: Our food vendors include Celena’s BakerySweet Serendipity, Taste the Tornado and The Borough.
  5. Fun for the whole family: There is a range of activities targeted for different ages to make everyone happy. Bring your family and friends to experience the fair together!
  6. Become inspired: With an eclectic mix of artists such as Attn2detail Designs, Binksy & Bobo, CGMonsters and KWP Design, just to name a few, and all the beautiful imagery, creativity is bound to be instilled within you. You also have the chance to interact with the artists themselves to engage in deeper discussions about their work.
  7. Live entertainment: Live music will be playing all throughout the event to keep the crowd on their feet. Bust out your favourite dance moves! You are guaranteed to have non-stop fun!
  8. It’s free: Best of all, DECAF is free to attend for anyone and everyone! Spread the word and bring your friends and family to make the most of the fair. They will thank you for bringing them! We hope to see you all soon!


Follow us on social media and tag us with #DECAF16:

Facebook: @DECAartsfair

Twitter: @DECA_Arts

Instagram: deca_arts


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For the third year in a row, the Danforth East (Community) Arts Fair will be giving young artists a chance to show off their talents and gain some valuable experience.

Meet our Youth Booth artists for 2016!

Megan’s Art

Megans art

See Megan’s work at Danforth East (Community) Arts Fair.

Megan is a 16-year-old aspiring artist from Rosedale Heights School of the Arts. She loves to paint vibrant still life works and describes her work as Impressionist Acrylic Paintings.

“What my art says about me is that when I see something I think is beautiful and should be looked at differently, I feel I should paint it,” Megan explains.

Thanks to #DECAF16 sponsors, Megan will have her first opportunity to show and sell her work in a public market space.

Welcome Megan!


PIECES by Anngela and Samanntha


PIECES by Anngela and Samanntha, Youth Booth artists.

Sisters Anngela, who is 15, and Samanntha, who is 13, find their inspiration – and source materials – from water.

“We collect beach glass from Ontario lakes and then wrap them around with wires,” say the sisters. “Also, using store-bought glass as pendants, we paint them or glue papers on the back of the glass. We started making jewelry about a year ago and learned from our mother, who has been voluntarily teaching jewelry classes for a Native Reserve Community near Northern Ontario during summer.”

PIECES will be on display and selling their jewelry at the 2016 Danforth East Art Fair, thanks to the generosity of this year’s sponsors.

Welcome Anngela and Samanntha!



The Youth Booth gives young artists an opportunity to bridge the academic world of artistic study with professional practice.This is an excellent opportunity to network with established artists in the community as well as to develop personal portfolios for the future.

The 8th annual Danforth East Arts Fair runs Sept. 17-18 in East Lynn Park. Visit http://deca-arts.ca/ for more info.

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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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In case you missed it, the Danforth East Art Fair ran for its 7th year a couple of weekends ago. (Here’s the wonderful poster to remind you!)

DECAF 2015 mailer

This is one of the larger events that DECA organizes in East Lynn Park each year, and it takes an entire team to bring 65 of your neighbourhood artists together for the weekend.  Our volunteers spend countless hours of their own time to pull off this extraordinary community event.

DECA would like to thank Melanie Ramsay, Melissa Peretti, Julie Glick and Shauna Rempel who continue to take on the challenge of the Arts Fair year after year, and who do it so successfully.

Thanks also to returning volunteers Corinne McCabe, Fernand Ciraco and Dana McCullough (of local Ciraco Framers fame), Dan and Jane Davis-Munro, Jodi Shanoff, Anita Schretlen, Sheri Hebdon, Alison McMurray and Linda Ballantyne.

This year we had a few stand out NEW volunteers. A big shout out to Caroline Starr, Janice Peters, Erica Schaub and our two student volunteers, Sydney Burns and Julian Morris. All of these volunteers came out just to see what was going on, they didn’t know each other, they didn’t know DECA, they just wanted to meet their neighbours and help make our community better. And it was fun!

If you have any interest in volunteering for next year, please send an email to volunteer@deca.to

Thanks also the Arts Fair sponsors:
Bosley Real Estate
Canine Social Company
Toronto Honda/Kia

Here are some great pics from this year’s fair from snapd beach/danforth

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7 Reasons to Visit #DECAF15 THIS Weekend

Caption: There are more reasons than ever to head to East Lynn Park on Sept. 19-20 for #DECAF15!

Caption: There are more reasons than ever to head to East Lynn Park on Sept. 19-20 for #DECAF15!

1. 7 Years, And We’re Bigger and Better Than Ever!
With more vendors, covering more artistic mediums than ever before, #DECAF15 is the best yet! Check out our new exhibitors and come by East Lynn Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 19-20 and support some old favourites. More info here

2. Enjoy the Benefits of Shopping Local!
Did you know that almost 75 per cent of the money you spend shopping locally stays in your community? The majority of DECAF’s artisans and exhibitors have historically hailed from the east end of Toronto, so while you’re buying something you love, you’re also supporting your neighbours and community!

3. Check Out Unique Gifts!
Looking for that one-of-a-kind wedding gift? Scoping out a baby shower gift that will be a part of the family for years to come? DECAF is a wonderful opportunity to buy something unique and handmade that your friends and family will cherish (the holidays are just around the corner)!

4. Something For Everyone!
With dozens of artisans, working in many different mediums, from fine art to sculpture, to knit pieces and paint, DECAF15 truly has something for everyone to ooh and aww over! Come check out stained glass, custom portraits, photography, jewellery, children’s items, clothing, pottery and much, much more! Check out all the exhibitors here

5. Check Out One of Toronto’s Up-and-Coming Neighbourhoods!
Not from Danforth East? #DECAF15 is a fantastic opportunity to come check out an up-and-coming, lively part of Toronto that’s attracting tons of new residents and businesses every year! Make a morning or afternoon of it, and check out some of the local scenery in addition to the fair!

6. Community Supported!
#DECAF15 is completely planned and run by community volunteers, and supported by DECA. Come by our booth, say hello, and let us know how we can make the 2016 event even better!

7. More Than Art!
Come for the art, and stay for the entertainment! #DECAF15 has a great selection of food vendors, children’s activities, musical performers, hula hoopers, live theatre, dancing, and even a puppet show!


Have we convinced you? How about a chance for some money to spend in East Lynn Park on Sept. 19-20?

CONTEST ALERT:  Keep a watch out for posters advertising #DECAF15. Take a photo of the poster and tag @deca_arts on Twitter or Instagram. You could win a gift certificate to spend at the fair! The posters are on public message boards and inside retailers in LeslievilleBeachesDanforth East and Riverdale neighbourhoods. Two prizes worth $50 each (no cash value) will be drawn at 5 p.m. ET on Wed. Sept. 16.

Spot a #DECAF15 poster, take a photo and tag it on Twitter or Instagram for a chance of win a prize!

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Application deadline is August 15!

Are you an artist between the ages of 13-17 years old?

The Danforth East Art Fair is looking for two young artists who would like to sell their art at our event (September 19-20th). The Youth Booth gives young artists an opportunity to bridge the academic world of artistic study with professional practice. You will get the chance to present and sell your art in an open market, giving you the opportunity to network with established artists in the community as well as develop your personal portfolio for continuing education. You can download the Youth Booth Application 2015 and mail, or email your application back to us before the August 15 deadline. 

Download the application here

For more info, visit the website

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