More good things happening

My blogging break is hard to maintain when I see so much happening! Read to the end so that you don’t miss info about the upcoming public consultation for the Danforth Avenue planning study.

Oh, and a quick update to a previous post – DECA Connects discussion on empathy has been a postponed to the new year – stay tuned for details.

“Adopt a Family” Holiday Hamper Program

At this time of year, we always remind you to shop local and support local businesses. But we also have neighbours who are in need, and what better way to support them than through helping to fulfill their wish lists?

Three ways to help: make a cash donation, (get a tax receipt for anything over $25) volunteer during the week of Dec 17 to help pack or deliver the hampers, or “adopt” a family – get their wish list and shop for gifts for them (get a group together with friends, family or colleagues to make it easier!). Keisha, the coordinator, is aiming to “adopt” 100 local families this year. If you can help, here’s how to get in touch:

Keisha Cooke
Family Resource Coordinator
Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, 91 Barrington Avenue
416-698-1626, ext.  204

Holiday in the Hood

Today from 10am-3pm! Check out Holiday in the Hood, Earl Beatty’s annual holiday craft and bake sale – this event is fun for everyone (even if you are not part of the EB community).

Little Robot Friends at Silly Goose

Come see for yourself what Little Robot Friends are all about. Sunday, December 10 from 2-5pm.

Old’s Cool Tree Lighting

December 9 from 5-8pm – check out the poster for the details of the festivities!

Planning Study Consultation, Monday Dec 11, 6:30-9:30pm

The City is holding the 4th Community Consultation Meeting on the Danforth Avenue Planning Study on Monday, December 11th at Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Avenue, from 6:30-9:30pm.

The objective of the meeting is to review and obtain feedback from the community on the built form (building height, scale, and massing) analysis and engage in discussion about future development along our stretch of the Danforth.

DECA’s Visioning group has been working to prepare for the study for many years leading up to its launch and we continue to be a strong voice. Strong and vibrant communities have active participants. We encourage you to come out and participate and help shape the future of our neighbourhood.

For more info click here

Artisans at Work – Dec sales and events

Owner Tara Shelton has announced that she’s closing her shop at Woodbine & Danforth at the end of January. Stop on before then to pick up something lovely. Events and sales are happening too – check out the poster!


Thank you to everyone who came out to kick off the holiday season at DECA’s 6th annual Festival of Lights a few weekends ago! The forecasted rain held off, we filled two big barrels full of food and a jar full of cash for Community Centre 55‘s holiday food drive, and Santa even joined in the sing-along this year!

A huge thank you to the dozens of volunteers who work behind the scenes and at the festival to make the event happen. Thanks to The S.P.A.C.E.Pegasus Studios, Ben from Zero Gravity Circus, and The Music Project Choir for entertaining us so delightfully before we hit the lights. And a big thank you to Parks Supervisor Colette for helping get the East Lynn tree lighting display increased from two to five fabulous trees this year.

Thanks to our lead sponsors MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and MPP Arthur Potts, and contributing sponsors Councillor Mary Margaret McMahonSugar MoonTrust Realty Group, Danforth EastBMO Bank of MontrealSauce on the DanforthCelena’s Bakery, and The Danny: Danforth Mosaic BIA.

Finally, here are some pictures courtesy of Nicole Bergot-Browning and Bruce Reeve to remind you of the evening. (If anyone knows the boy who assisted in the circus act, tell them to contact volunteer@deca.to! Bruce took an amazing photo of him balancing spinning plates and a ball that his family will want to frame.)

Happy holidays, Danforth East!

There is so much happening in the next few weeks. Us bloggers will be slowing down over the holidays, but before we do, here is a run-down of what we found.

And remember to shop and dine local this holiday season. If we want nice places to go to in our neighbourhood, we gotta show them some love! ❤️

Carevillage Holiday Drive

Drop off items to be part of Carevillage’s efforts to support local households in need, until Dec 8 at The Rock Oasis,Elevated Health Associates, Old’s Cool General Store or Silly Goose Kids.

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Earl Haig Hullaballoo!

Dec 1 from 7:30pm

Support this great local school and have a fun night!

Book Reading, Dec 2 at 2pm

Join Old’s Cool General Store (250 Westlake) for a reading by author Kai Cheng Thom from her children’s book, From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea.

A magical gender variant child brings transformation and change to the world around them thanks to their mother’s enduring love.< em>In this captivating, beautifully imagined picture book about gender, identity, and the acceptance of the differences between us, Miu Lan faces many questions about who they are and who they may be. But one thing’s for sure: no matter who this child becomes, their mother will love them just the same. For more information, click here

DECA Connects discussion on building empathy, (UPDATE: date tbd in Jan)

Come with your thoughts on how to build empathy in our community with DECA Connects, our social issues group. They are always looking for more people and ideas to help make our community a better place for everyone. No rsvp – just show up!

Contact us if you would like more info

Holiday Market at the Nooks

2005 Danforth, Dec 2 & 9 from 11-6

Check out their Facebook event for all the details.

A few more local events to add to your calendar:

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Festival of Lights, THIS Saturday, 5-6 pm

Join us for singing, dancing, and visits from Santa before we turn on the lights in East Lynn Park this Saturday from 5 to 6 pm. And don’t forget your donation for Centre 55 (non-perishable food or cash) to be entered to win a fantastic prize.


Poster by Angela Wagner, Umlaut Design.

Shop Local Saturday

Also happening in the neighbourhood this Saturday, the Danny BIA is hosting Shop Local Saturday, with buskers moving through the neighbourhood between Jones & Westlake from 2-5 pm to entertain you while you explore our local businesses.

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Calendar Pictures Wanted

MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is asking for photo submissions of community events for his 2018 calendar. If you have a great photo from an event, or of the community, please send it to: nathaniel.erskine-smith@parl.gc.ca. Please send them in as soon as possible if you’d like your picture to be considered for the community calendar.

See you on Saturday, rain, snow or shine!

Are you the future of DECA?

Farewell from outgoing DECA Chair, Sheri Hebdon

I was first elected to the DECA Board in 2009, by accident. I showed up at a “neighbourhood cocktail party” with my wife and baby after seeing posters and hearing about it from a nice woman I met at baby-and-me yoga.

On arrival, my new friend Natasha (DECA’s founding Chair) welcomed us at the door and she casually asked me if I would be interested in joining the Board. I said I was interested in learning more and then we moved on to other conversations.

Later in the evening, I was discreetly nursing my baby when all of a sudden Natasha and another woman stood up on chairs and announced that the cocktail party was actually the AGM. They (and others) gave short pitches about their projects like the farmers’ market and the business revitalization team (who did store makeovers) and then I heard my name.


Then everyone voted yes and I was on the Board. Just like that. While nursing my son.

Eight years later, at tomorrow’s AGM & Party (we’re a bit more up front about the AGM part now!), my time on the DECA Board, where I have been Chair for three years, will come to a close. While I am confident that the Board will be in excellent hands for next year, it’s hard not to worry about what the future will hold.

Though, the real question is not what, but who. DECA isn’t a thing – it’s the sum total of a group of people who all add what they (we) can to make our neighbourhood better. Bringing new people into the fold is critical, but it’s not easy. We have the things now that DECA has helped to build over the past decade and people may take it, and us, for granted. Or maybe they just don’t know? Or maybe they just can’t take on one more thing.

Whatever the reason is that you aren’t more involved, here is my pitch to you to get involved. Don’t think about what you’d put into it, think about what you will get out of it.

Volunteering for DECA has given me so much over the years. No matter what else is happening in my life or in the world, I have taken a lot of solace knowing that I’m doing something to make the world better, even if it’s just in my little corner of it. I find it energizing to help in big and small ways, and feeling so much more connected to my neighbours and local businesses positively impacts me on a daily basis. My children (there are three of them now) understand that volunteering is part of life, and each of them have legitimately volunteered for DECA too by doing things like putting up posters, helping to set up events, handing out cookies and candy canes at the Festival of Lights. Given that parenting is a long game, instilling this so early is important.

Start with one hour. One hour of involvement per year could mean helping at an event, putting up posters, tossing pumpkins or cooking for the farmers. Maybe you have two hours? Maybe five? What about one hour for every year you’ve lived here? If you have kids, get them involved and you won’t believe how proud they will be of themselves. Start with one hour and you may find that you that you’ll want to do more.

At the very least, join DECA as a member. Sign up online or in person tomorrow at Hirut. $10/household for the year.

If you don’t know where to start, come to the event tomorrow and ask me, or any of the other Board members. Meet your neighbours. Get involved.

Here’s the poster one more time:

Oh, and there will be door prizes!

Thanks for a great eight years, Danforth East! See you all around the neighbourhood.


This weekend!

Now, we all know that Silly Goose Kids is an amazing store. Recently, this was verified by Now Magazine readers who named them one of the best Toy Stores in the city! (Many, many of our beloved locals earned nods in the city-wide “Reader’s Choice Best of Toronto” – click here for all of the winners)

The fact that this awesome little store manages to undertake many community events only makes us love them more. Join Silly Goose Kids this Saturday, November 18 for Neighbourhood Toy Store Day where they will be offering 15% off all day along with exciting events, giveaways and activities including a visit from the Gruffalo himself!! (So excited…er, I mean, my kids will be so excited…).

See you there at 2054 Danforth, just west of Woodbine from 9:30am-6:00pm.


Another shopping event is happening at the Nooks!

Shop for all of your holiday gifts at the EVERYTHING IS UNDER $50 POP-UP Market on November 18th from 11am-6pm. This is the perfect pop-up to shop for everyone on your list! Featuring a curated selection of hand-made, local and artisanal good (again, ALL UNDER $50! You can’t go wrong!). 2005 Danforth Avenue

Check out their Facebook event for more info.

Add A Little Purr To Your Life: Wag on the Danforth Cat Adopt-A-Thon this Saturday!

Adopt! Adopt! Adopt! Please Toronto Cat Rescue on Saturday, November 18th from 10am – 4pm for an adopt-a-thon with Wag on Danforth! Kittens and cats will be waiting for you in-store to adopt them and bring them home.

*** Special Adoption Fees at the event only! Our adoption fee at the event only is $100 (vs. the standard $175 adoption fee) for cats and kittens over 8 months of age, and $175 for kittens under 8 months of age – payable by cash only. Our fee includes: spay or neuter, vaccination (receive a rabies vaccination, if age appropriate) and includes 6 weeks of free pet insurance. For City of Toronto residents, the adoption fee includes a mandatory City of Toronto cat license that is valid for one year.

Wag is a family-run shop located in the East end of Toronto at Danforth Ave. & Woodbine Ave., Wag is easily accessible via car with street parking or TTC (Woodbine station). 1918 Danforth Ave / (647) 349-8263

Next weekend!

The Danforth Mosaic BIA is hosting an all-day local shopping celebration next Saturday, November 25 concurring with DECA’s 6th Annual Festival of Lights from 5-6pm. Here’s what they have to say about the event:

Make the Holidays special by shopping, eating and playing on Danforth East this Holiday Season!

Join the Businesses of The Danny BIA on November 25, 2017, for Shop Local Saturday – a great opportunity to explore and discover the great businesses that are in this neighbourhood that have everything you need to make your holidays special!

You’ll Love What You Find Here! There will be buskers moving through the neighbourhood between Jones & Westlake from 2pm-5pm to entertain you while you explore our local businesses.

Here’s the Facebook event for more info

One more thing…

Are you coming to our Annual General Meeting & Party on Monday? Hope you can make it, but if not, please do sign up to be a member of DECA. It takes 5 minutes, costs $10/household (per year) and you will feel great about supporting our 100% volunteer run community association. Here’s the link!

Our Annual General Meeting  & Party is coming up on November 20 from 7-9 pm at Hirut (2050 Danforth). Hope you can join us!

At the party you can:

  • Meet your neighbours
  • Enjoy Hirut’s delicious food (on us!)
  • Find out how to get more involved with DECA
  • Join DECA or renew your $10/year per household membership
  • Meet our Board and many of our other amazing volunteers
  • Vote for next year’s Board if you are a member (this is the AGM part!)
  • Enjoy the cash bar

If you’ve never come to the Party & AGM before, the short formal part will go from about 8:00-8:30pm and you’ll hear about our annual events and ongoing initiatives, the not-to-be-missed Treasurer’s report, nail-biter Board elections and last but not least, remarks from our outgoing Chair (yours truly). The rest of the time is for chatting with neighbours and hanging out. Not a bad way to spend a Monday evening.

Membership and voting are limited to people who live in our catchment (Main to Lumsden/Mortimer to Monarch Park to the train tracks) but everyone who cares about this neighbourhood can come to this and all of our events.

The Board will be putting forward the following nominees for election to the 2017/18 Board:

Loreen Barbour (Co-Chair)

Gay Stephenson (Co-Chair)

Audrey Kvedaras (Vice Chair)

Anita Schretlen (Treasurer)

Nicole Bergot-Browning (Secretary)

Alison McMurray

Amanda Olson

Melissa Peretti

Jennifer Scott

Rebecca Green

Brad Bradford

Lorraine Chen


If you are interested in future opportunities on our Board, please ask us about it on Monday or reach out to us by email and we can talk about getting you involved over the coming year.

See you on Monday!

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