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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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We Just Upped The Ante On Our ‘Hood Hunt!

Have you completed our fun neighbourhood-wide scavenger hunt yet? No? There’s almost a week left to play and how about THIS for some incentive: we’ll be drawing one winning form at our Sat., Sept. 23 DECAde party (birthday party details at the bottom of this post). And what an amazing prize pack it is! Pick up a form at the Danforth East Arts Fair’s DECA booth this weekend, Sept. 16-17, or print off your own copy.

A huge thank you to our fabulous local businesses who have donated to the big DECAde prize pack so far:

 

Be sure to turn in your form by next Thursday, Sept. 21, either by dropping it off at the DECA booth at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market, or by taking a picture of your completed form and send it to volunteer@deca.to.

You may just learn some interesting new things about 10 unique places in our community (such as why the valu-mart at Danforth & Woodbine has such a wacky layout. Psst…that may just be the answer to one of the clues.)

PS. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our two DECAde birthday parties as well!

THURSDAY, SEPT. 21, 4-6 pm
East Lynn Farmers’ Market (1949 Danforth Ave., 1 block west of Woodbine Ave.)
Family friendly fun at the market! Cake and remarks at 5 pm.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 23, 7-9 pm
The Shore Leave (1775 Danforth Ave., 3 blocks west of Woodbine Ave.)
This will be so. much. fun. So don’t miss it! Enjoy some delicious bites on us, and hand in your completed DECAde Scavenger Hunt form to be entered into the draw to win the DECAde prize pack!

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Despite the beautiful sunny days, the mornings are crisp and daylight hours are slowly shortening which means that the most plentiful harvest time is here and the farmer’s bounty is at its best!

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Today at the East Lynn Park Farmer’s Market the first Ontario apples are in season! Did you know that over 20 different varieties of apples are grown in Ontario? The apple growing region stretches along Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Georgian Bay because the large bodies of water help moderate the temperature and make Ontario ideal for apple growing. Gala arrive in early September, followed closely by Honeycrisp, Jonagold, and McIntosh. Come October apples of all types will be ready to eat. Biting into a fresh, crunchy apple truly one of our favorite parts of fall, not to mention the apple pie, apple crisp, apple turnovers, and apple cider!

So come and out and stock up on apples, enjoy the sunny weather, and prepare for the Danforth East Arts Fair this weekend and our #DECAde Celebration at the market next week!

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The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 1 – October 19 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 or by following us on Twitter.

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East Danforth + arts and culture = the massive talent about to descend on #decaf17, THIS WEEKEND, September 16-17, 10-5 pm! Before you head out on Saturday or Sunday to take in the dozens of local artisans, food and entertainment, we want you to meet some of the people who make our arts fair possible. Our sponsors know very well what happens when art meets community:

Trust Realty Group 

Picture1Instead of using “canned artwork” when staging homes, Trust Realty Group’s Danforth East Specialist, Juliette Fergus, has chosen to partner with local artists to showcase “fresh, vibrant work that is also available for sale.” In the words of Juliette, “It’s a match made in heaven, really. Listings have empty walls just aching to become gallery space. Our ‘travelling gallery’ has allowed families and those who might not venture out to a formal gallery an opportunity to be exposed to exciting works.” Be like Juliette; adorn your home with local art!

Fresh paint Studio + Café

freshpaintFresh Paint Studio + Café understands the importance of nurturing the creative minds of even our youngest of neighbours. Fresh Paint adds a little creative spark to our community, offering workshops and drop-in sessions for all ages and artistic abilities, year-round at its Danforth location. “It is so rewarding,” says owner and artist Roxanne Tracey, “to be a spark or a catalyst to help someone else to open up and share their creative voice.” Be sure to sign up for one of her live demos at the fair!

Toronto Honda

hondaToronto Honda is a long-time fixture in our thriving Danforth East community, having been in its current location for as long I have been alive (so really not very long at all )—since 1979! Toronto Honda knows the value of supporting community events such as the Danforth East Community Arts Fair, having generously sponsored our fair for the past four years. Let’s drop by the Toronto Honda booth and give them a big #decaf17 thank you on Saturday and Sunday.

Cultural Hotspot

hotspotFrom May through October, 2017, The City of Toronto’s Cultural Hotspot initiative shines a spotlight on arts, culture and community in East York/East End. DECAF17 is proud to be among the grassroots, community projects supported in the Cultural Hotspot’s fourth year. This initiative has generously sponsored all of this year’s local musical talent (check out the fantastic line up)! Visit toronto.ca/culturalhotspot for details and to find out about other amazing events, activities, restaurants and more.

DeSerres

DeSerresArt-lovers: DeSerres has found a way to support the Danforth East Arts Fair in one way or another since the fair’s very beginning. This year it is making kids’ activities possible (check out the events to plan your trip!), so bring all your littles and enjoy some fun in the park .

Danforth East Community Association

DECAartsDid you know DECAF is entirely driven by volunteers? It was born from its parent community association, DECA, and founded by Mary Cowan in 2008. For the past five years, Melanie Ramsey has donated her time directing the fair (and even longer in other capacities), with the co-ordination help from DECA liaison, Melissa Peretti. To become a member or become a volunteer for DECA on the arts fair or another DECA committee, visit http://www.deca.to/membership. A big #decaf17 shout-out to all the volunteers helping to make this year’s fair so special.

For detailed information about the fair visit www.deca-arts.ca 

See you at the fair, rain or (fingers crossed) shine!

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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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All the fruits and veggies

Summer vacation may have ended and the wading pool has closed but the thing is, market goers, now is the time for Ontario produce. What beats the September blues more than fresh, colourful, delicious corn, beans, tomatoes, beets, potatoes, apples, pears and on and on? Buy now to freeze, can, juice, bake with or grill – start the fall with a belly full of goodness!

Our market runs rain or shine, so if it’s a rainy day, swing by with your umbrella and pick up a few things on the run – you will make a farmer happy!

Community Booth – come meet MumNet!

MumNet is a local non-profit that has been Toronto’s leading mom’s group for more than 25 years. It offers new and experienced moms a chance to exercise and connect with other moms in local neighbourhoods. They offer two programs across 15 groups in 10 Toronto neighbourhoods, including three groups in the east end:

MumNet I: for moms with babes and tots

Bond over one another’s triumphs and challenges, and learn from one another during a time when days feel long, but the years are so short.

MumNet II: for moms with school-aged kids (formerly known as MumVet)

Connect over issues that are important to you and to your kids, and make life-long friends in the process.

Visit the Community Booth to learn more about their programs – their fall terms start next week


The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 1 – October 19 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 or by following us on Twitter.

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Photo / Jessica Laforet

Meet Erin and Yvonne, best friends who are more like sisters.
They are practicing Registered Massage Therapists and the co-owners of Origin Wellness.

Since meeting in school, they have always been there for one another.  A friendship when you don’t even remember when they became your person for life.

Yvonne was present at Erin’s first birth.  They are now slowly learning how not to dress like each other.  And together they have worked hard to build a business that they love.

It was their artistic sides and love of music that drew them to one another.

Before massage therapy, Erin did her undergrad in theatre.  She performed in a Fringe show, was in the house cast at Bad Dog Theatre and performed in improv festivals in Toronto and Chicago. She then decided that a different career might be a better fit for her.

Yvonne was a musician and a student in Humber’s music program.  As an introduction to professional playing, Humber held information sessions – speaking to students about carpal tunnel, tendinitis, and caring for their bodies.  Playing up to six hours a day put strain on Yvonne’s body.   She saw a physical therapist to help relieve her aches and pain.

From artistic backgrounds, Erin and Yvonne came together as massage therapy students.  They were study buddies who then became colleagues.  While working together in various spas and clinics, they realized more and more that they shared similar philosophies and ideas on how to provide the best patient care.

Origin Wellness began one night at Christmas.  Erin and her husband had recently moved into their east end home and Yvonne and her partner came over for a visit.  The guys, always encouraging and supportive of their work, suggested that Erin and Yvonne should start their own business. They had been practicing RMTs for 4 years at this point. From their experiences in spas and clinics, they knew what elements they would intentionally bring together to benefit the lives of others.

Within a month, Yvonne had a list of places they could rent and Erin was busily making spreadsheets. The switch was flipped. They were all in.

It seems fitting that they found their first space at Danforth and Moberly.  Erin lives only a few blocks away and Yvonne’s first home growing up was on Moberly.  Her dad, aunts, and grandma all lived in the neighbourhood.

Erin and Yvonne rented a little, 200 square foot nook from Ankh Yoga (at the back of the studio building).  It wasn’t long before they outgrew the space and needed more rooms to accommodate their bookings. Luckily for them, the entire main floor of the building suddenly became available and they had to act quickly.

At the time, Erin was 30 weeks pregnant with her son and Yvonne was just picking up her music again.  It was an intense period but these two friends made it happen. Erin described it as the ultimate nesting (helping with the expansion of the clinic).  Her baby was 5 days overdue on opening day.

Together they have created a beautiful space – warm, cozy and quiet.  Their hope was to avoid a clinical feeling and they most definitely have.  Walking in, you will feel like you’re in a spa, with the professional and research-based practices of health care practitioners.

Origin Wellness has an incredible mix of patients: parents, professionals, athletes, kids, and more.  There are people who run up to a dozen marathons a year, those recovering from cancer treatments, to kids who seek relief from anxiety and growing pains. Word of mouth has kept them busy and many long-time patients come to see them from across the city. People trust them and feel their sincerity.

As friends, they miss spending time with each other.  With the nature of their work, they’re often in therapy rooms with patients.  It’s a wave at each other down the hallway or a spontaneous trip to IKEA to grab supplies.  Their schedules are very different which makes their time together even more valuable.

Along with caring for patients, Yvonne is a musician.  She performs regularly with the Arkells, playing in their horn section.  She also plays with a Motown band, The Intentions.  Yvonne’s a baritone sax player who plays on the spectrum from jazz to punk rock.

When Yvonne is getting ready for an evening performance, Erin is usually in her pyjamas.  Erin is on an extended maternity leave and enjoys her days with her 6-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son.  She does a lot of the clinic’s administrative work from home whenever she can squeeze it in and continues to enjoy treating patients in the clinic every few weeks.

It’s their opposite nature that has made them not only great friends but great business partners.  They get each other and their strengths complement.  Where Erin is calculated and organized, Yvonne encourages them to go for it.  One provides the energy, the other the support.

It’s pretty special to be able to do what you love and with your best friend.  Erin and Yvonne have both.

 

If you’re interested in booking a massage or naturopathic medicine appointment at Origin Wellness, they would love to see you.  Bookings are done through their easy-to-use, online appointment calendar.

Erin, Yvonne, and their team care about helping people feel better.  Perhaps you’ll find it’s a great fit for you and a quick walk from home to get to your next appointment.

For information about the vast array of treatments available, visit their website at www.originwellness.ca

 


 

Additional posts from The Humans of Danforth East series:

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Chris from Firefly Creative Writing

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