December 1st!

Jeepers! Although we had record-breaking gloominess and cold in November, how is it all of a sudden December??

There are a few cool things to do tomorrow (December 1) so here they are!

And don’t forget to move your car if your parking changes the first of the month. Oh, and get out and shop this amazing neighbourhood.


12 noon

Did you know? John’s Hobbies (2188 Danforth, near Woodbine), located for over 60 years in the #DanforthEast community, is hosting their second annual Santa “Crawl” parade of decorated radio control vehicles! 🚁🚙🚜

The parade sets out at 12pm from the shop this Saturday December 1st. And they are asking attending community members and participants to bring an item for donation to the Toronto Holiday Toy and Food Drive.


Old’s Cool Solstice Tree Lighting!

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/362546907832176/?ti=icl

From Zahra & Mariko:

Come One, Come All!

Help us invite the light and greet the holiday season with community cheer and togetherness. This years annual solstice tree lighting event comes a bit early but we figured everyone could use a little bit of extra light right about now.

As per usual, we will have a sing-along, food (samosas and sweet treats), cider and hot chocolate, and giveaways. This year we will have lots of local celebrities to meet and greet including Rima Berns-McGown (our Ontario MPP), Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (our MP), and our new city Councillor Brad Bradford. The sing-along will be led by local dog-walker, Earth Mother Goddess and Ruby’s mom: Rachel! Song sheets will be handed out.

This is our favourite event every year because we get to see all of our neighbours together in one place. Can’t wait to see you!


Ends Dec 1

https://videodrunk.com (Dawes & Danforth)

It may be soggy out there, but we are still 100% on for this evening’s 7th Annual DECA Festival of Lights! Bring your umbrellas and join us TONIGHT 5-6 pm in East Lynn Park for dancing, circus performers, cookies & other fun handouts, Santa’s village, and a sing-along before we light up the park. It’s all FREE! Please remember your food or cash donations for Centre 55’s holiday food drive so you can be entered into the draw for an amazing prize and help our less fortunate neighbours.

See you tonight!

FoL poster

Here are the highlights of what’s in store, in no particular order:

  • Food
  • Live music
  • Positive energy
  • Chance to meet nice neighbours
  • Cash bar
  • Learns about DECA
  • A few brief remarks from the Board
  • Board election (only paid members can vote)

Don’t miss it! See you on Monday evening.

Come to DECA’s Annual General Meeting and Community Party! Eat some delicious Ethiopian food (on us), enjoy live music, meet your neighbours and learn all about what DECA does (and how to get involved!). Bring $10 to join or renew your annual household membership (you don’t have to, but we’re grateful if you do).

There will be brief remarks and the exciting Board election, and lots of time for mixing, mingling, and celebrating another year of community-building in Danforth East!

See you on Monday!

(And we’ll hopefully also see you on Saturday at the Festival of Lights!)



THIS SATURDAY! Join us for the 7th annual DECA Festival of Lights in East Lynn Park on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 5-6 pm.

We have a stellar line up of entertainment planned:

…all leading up to the grand finale: turning on the lights in the park! We hear that Santa himself will be making another appearance this year for the little folks who’d like to visit the big man in red.

As always, this event is free.  If you can, please bring a non-perishable food item or a donation to Community Centre 55‘s holiday food drive. To add to the good feels, your donation will also qualify you for entry into our prize raffle! 

Thank you to our lead sponsor The Danny: Danforth Mosaic BIA. and to our other generous donors –  MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Juliette Fergus, Broker, Trust RealtyThe WorkaroundBMO Bank of Montreal (Woodbine & Danforth), and Celena’s Bakery! Shout out to Angela Wagner from umlaut design for the gorgeous poster.

This event is 100% volunteer-run, so thanks so much to everyone who has helped a lot or a little because it adds up to a whole lot of amazingness.

See you on Saturday!

The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) is a group of neighbours working together to make our neighbourhood better since we formed in 2007. Our events and initiatives are 100% volunteer-run and open to everyone. For more information, visit our website deca.to. We are always looking for volunteers and new ideas! Membership is $10/household, which helps to support our efforts.

PS – Our AGM and Community Party is next Monday, November 26 from 7-9 at Hirut. Stay tuned for details but save the date!<

It may be colder than it’s supposed to for mid-November, but that’s no reason to miss out on walking our amazing neighbourhood.

Yesterday I was on a little stroll running errands and I saw so many nearly-open new businesses and other fun things that this blog post practically wrote itself.

Coming Soon…

My Sewing Studio

1898 Danforth (formerly The Handwork Dept)

The door says “alterations and repairs”. Since the hem just fell out of my favourite pencil skirt, (and I have zero interest in learning to fix it myself) this is great news!

Little Ones Closet

1854 Danforth (formerly Merrily, Merrily)

Looks like it’s a kids consignment store selling new clothes too – great news!

Cumin Fine Indian Kitchen

1820 Danforth (formerly Forth Ave Kitchen & Bar)

When they open up, their website will be: http://www.cuminkitchen.com

Flourishing Sprouts

2039 Danforth (formerly Caketown Coffee)

It’s a child’s activity centre – here’s the website to follow for more info.


…And more!

Other recently-opened businesses you want to know about:

The Workaround, 2080 Danforth (formerly TD Bank)

A parent-friendly co-working space. For membership and other info, visit https://theworkaround.ca

The Ellery, 1870 Danforth

(formerly Melanie’s Bistro)

A great new restaurant with lunch, dinner, and brunch. http://www.theelleryto.com

Common Threads, 2026 Danforth

(formerly condo sales office and before that an abandoned jewellery store)

“We teach life skills – sewing, cooking, organization and money management – in a fun environment.”


Gyoko Sushi, 2143 Danforth

(formerly Happy Sushi)

This may be in the same genre as it’s predecessor, but it’s an entirely different place owned by a local family. It has been nicely renovated and everyone raves about the delicious and reasonably priced food.


Virtual Experience (VX), 2069 Danforth (upstairs)

Virtual Reality Arcade & Lounge, family and kid-friendly.


Although the Handwork Dept https://torontovintage.ca just moved a few stores to the west, the new space is amazing. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but definitely go downstairs. Their basement is brimming with treasures from yesteryear and will make you strangely nostalgic for your parents’ basement. I snapped a few pics but you really have to see for yourself. (Yes, that’s a pinball machine and yes all those records are for sale.)

Hey Danforth East,

Annual General Meeting. Young Leader’s Scholarship. Largest Community Yard Sale in Toronto. East Lynn Park Farmer’s Market. Visioning Committee. Top-Rated Arts Fair. Pumpkin Parade. Festival of Lights.

…How does it all happen

We make it happen, with your help!


When we formed, in 2007, we spent some time considering our name.  We wanted to set the tone that would guide, what we hoped, would be many years of vibrant neighbourhood activity. We chose Danforth East Community Association because, ultimately, we were motivated by the idea that residents, businesses, and other organizations like schools, community centres, art hubs, and others all contribute to the makeup of a community – and all could see their place in the makeup of DECA.

Eleven years later and our 100% volunteer-run organization has a lot to be proud of. We’ve accomplished big – and transformative – things. In addition to the list above, the Pop Up Shop Program. Deca Gems. Sleep Out For Syria. DECA Pride. We’ve stepped up and stood out, revitalizing our community year by year.

And we want to keep growing, to innovate and continue to be advocates for social good.

You can join us by sharing an idea and working with us to bring it to life. You can volunteer to hang out at the Farmer’s Market, to trace the chalk outline of an Arts Fair booth on the grass at East Lynn Park, to use your wit to help us write blogs, dress up in your best 80’s outfit for our scholarship dance party, or design a poster for one of our events.

We’re hosting a couple of daytime coffee meetups with some board members. We’d love to get to know you better and have you be a part of DECA.

Where:  Zav’s Coffee Shop and Gallery, 2048 Danforth Avenue

When:  2pm on Wednesday, November 14th


10am on Thursday, November 22nd.

We’d love to have you be a part of DECA, whether these meetup dates work for you or not.  Email us at info@deca.to if you’re interested in volunteering or sharing ideas about existing events or possible future ones. No commitment is too small to matter, and all types of skills are welcome.

–       Love DECA

Join us! Anyone who lives within the DECA boarders can become a member for just $10 per year, per family. Sign-up now. Memberships help fund our work.

Don’t live within the borders? No problem! All are welcome at our events and as volunteers. You may also choose to sign up to support our work by becoming a Friend of DECA.

Get social. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by signing up to receive this blog.

Eek! We have been neglecting our blog lately but the slate of upcoming events in this neighbourhood is so incredible that a blog post with all of them in one place is required! (Be sure to keep up with local news and events on our Facebook page or on Twitter?)

Read to the end because there are a lot of VERY COOL things! Support our local businesses and all the efforts reflected here!

queer east poetry (presented by DECA Pride) – Nov 15

Please join us for a night of queer words. (FB invite here)

Featuring: Margaret Christakos, Kirby, Kari Ross-Vance, & brandy ryan. Hosted by Kerry Manders.

Admission is FREE

  • beer and wine available for purchase, along with regular coffee shop fare
  • venue has a ramp and first floor accessible washroom

DECA Pride is an LGBTQ+ group supported by DECA. For more info, join the facebook group or send an email to be added to the email list.

Art Slam – Friday Nov 9

Fresh Paint Studio + Cafe, 1849 Danforth Ave (near Coxwell)

On Friday, November 9 from 7pm-10pm, eight artists will enter into a live art competition and create their artistic pieces for an enthusiastic crowd of art lovers. The theme for the evening is ‘Find Your Power’.

Artists will have one hour to create their pieces live and go from blank canvas to creative masterpieces.

When the hour is up and the brushes hit the floor, the audience will vote for their top two art creations. The top prize winners will receive a $100 gift card from Deserres and $50 gift card from Fresh Paint Studio.

The artwork that is created will also be auctioned off and partial proceeds from the sale of each piece will be donated to charity. For this event, they have partnered with Muskoka Brewery to provide the beer!

  • Proceeds from all beer sales will go to support SKETCH Working Arts for Homeless Youth.
  • The evening will also feature the musical vibes of DJ Marlove.

Admission: Pay What You Can (partial proceeds to SKETCH Working Arts for Homeless Youth).

Find out more: https://www.freshpaintstudio.ca/the-art-slam/

Neighbourhood Toy Store Day – Nov 10

So much happening at Silly Goose this weekend. This is Saturday’s event – keep reading to see what’s happening on Sunday! Save the tax all day and so many fun events.

Open Mic Night – Nov 10

Saturday Nov 10th

Saturday November 10, doors at 7, reading at 7:30. No need to register or RSVP, just come on down.

Firefly Creative Writing, 1898 Danforth Ave, unit 2. It’s fully wheelchair accessible and a short stroll from the Woodbine subway station.

$10 at the door will support their scholarship fund. If that’s too steep, they’ll gladly make an exception. If you can kick in a little more, scholarship-ees will thank you!

Come early to grab a seat or beanbag. If they overfill, they’ll need to close the doors.

Kids’ Book Reading & Signing- Nov 11

Make sure to visit Silly Goose Kids on Sunday from 3:00-4:30pm for a free book reading and signing with Heather Smith and Alice Carter, author and illustrator of Angus All Aglow.

The book is about Angus who loves sparkle. One day he wears his grandma’s necklace to school and get teased, but a little girl sticks up for him and shows him kindness and acceptance. Angus All Aglow is a gentle story of acceptance, generosity and friendship, and reminds us that it only takes one kind gesture to restore your sparkle, and returning the kindness can make you glow from the inside out.

Open Rhodes Art Show & Sale – Nov 10 & 11

Over 22 local artists showing and selling their art work in an open house/street sale format. Participatingouses will have “Purple Open Rhodes Signs”. This year we have International Artists from Japan participating.

The show is always held on the second weekend in November for two days.
Saturday, Nov 10th and Sunday, Nov 11th from 1:00 – 7:00pm.This year, we are raising funds for the East End Children’s Centre. There will be a raffle and any donations are greatly appreciated. Several pieces of artwork of participating artists will be raffled. Artist Raffle will be conducted by local officials Sunday November 11th at 6:30 pm.

Save the date!

DECA’s Festival Of LightsNov 24 from 5-6 (email us if you want to volunteer – we are always looking for helpers!)

DECA Annual General Meeting – Nov 26 (evening) details tbd

DECA meet & greet info sessions – Nov 14 (2pm) and Nov 22 (10am) – details tbd

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