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The first ever Monarch Park Arts & Music Festival is happening this Saturday, August 12 (tomorrow), 12 noon – 8:00pm
Free!


Coming soon…

East End Arts presents Main Squared, a free nine-day arts and community festival that will activate and explore the public square at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue from August 26 to September 3, 2017.

Blending contemporary art and community arts projects, the festival will feature art installations, interactive activities, workshops, performances, and more.

The festival location is situated in the unique spaces between the four high-rise towers that are home to thousands of residents and a commercial plaza with unoccupied storefronts. Given its accessible location, diversity, density of residents, and proximity to transit and other amenities, Main Square is full of potential as a vibrant and unique cultural hub. With Main Squared, East End Arts aims to increase engagement with the community to spark a sense of pride within the spaces in the neighbourhood in which they live, work, play, and own every day.

Visit the website for more info. Also note that they are looking for volunteers!


Still over a month to go but you definitely want to make a mental note and block off time now for the Danforth East (Community) Arts Fair #DECAF17, coming on September 16 & 17. One of DECA's signature events, this weekend of arts, beauty, community and fun is a must-do for everyone in this 'hood.


See all the sneak peeks of what will be for sale by following the DECAF on social:

Fb: @DECAartsfair
Insta: @deca_arts

We are always in need of volunteers so give us a shout if you're available for a shift that weekend! Sit at the info table, help with set up or take down, take pics, help us with social media – there are lots of jobs! Email us here.

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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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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!)

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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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Who to thank for another stellar Arts Fair

If you didn’t make it out to the Danforth East Arts Fair last weekend, don’t worry, you can catch us at the same spot next year. For those of you who did make it to East Lynn Park, you most certainly ran into one of our phenomenal volunteers. They were running the craft stations, at the DECA booth, photo documenting the weekend, and generally making the park a better place to be for a couple of days. This year’s fair was made possible by our wonderful community sponsors Corinne McCabe at Bosley Real Estate and Jane Davis-Munro at Pegasus Studios, as well as long time sponsor Toronto Hydro.

DECA would like to thank the social media team Shauna Rempel, Imani Thomas and Casey Palmer who have been tweeting, instagramming and facebooking for months. Thank you to Stephen Caissie and Stephen Rabjohn who spent hours photographing the fair for our archives, and to all the wonderful volunteers who helped to set up the park, greet the guests and make East Lynn the place to be: Mary and Maddy Cowan, Rob Symes, Lindsay Martin, Joanne Lindsay, Anita Schretlen, Natasha Granatstein,  Jodi Shanoff, Rebecca Green, Terry Perusse,  Annette Bourque and Naz Rabhar.

The Danforth East Arts Fair takes months to plan. The core volunteer group meet in the back rooms of local businesses and restaurants to review applications, set up marketing strategies, design posters and marketing materials and talk about art in the community. If this is something that interests you, come out an join us at one of our meetings and share a drink with your neighbours (contact deca-arts[at]gmail.com). Thank you to our organizers: Melissa Peretti, Melanie Ramsay, Julie Glick, Fernand Ciraco, Danna McCullough and Shauna Rempel for another great year.

Meeting Dogs 101

If your kids missed Molson, Tinker and Ellie at the doggy meet and greet at Thursday’s Farmers Market, we have the next best thing to one of their slobbery kisses: a helpful handout from the Merril Park Dog Association (MPDA) on how to properly and safely meet a dog.MPDA_4_Steps_To_Meet_A_Dog_2014_FINAL Thanks, MPDA!

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By Danforth East Arts Fair organizers

This year for the first time, Danforth East Arts Fair is hosting a free Youth Booth for talented young artists, thanks to generous community sponsors Bosley Real Estate and Pegasus Studios.

Young Danforth East Arts Fair artist Juliette Leach, 13, explores the beauty of nature in her work.

Young Danforth East Arts Fair artist Juliette Leach, 13, explores the beauty of nature in her work.

Thirteen-year-old Juliette Leach will be displaying her work Sept. 13-14 in East Lynn Park at the Youth Booth along with fellow young artist Stella Racca.

“The work I am showing in the arts fair is fine art that exhibits beauty in nature or presents my take on conflicts in society,” Juliette explains.

The active teen, who enjoys soccer and sailing along with reading, acting and playing the bass guitar, draws artistic inspiration from multiple sources. “I am inspired by nature, conflict and my general surroundings, but I have also been inspired by different famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo.”

What does the future hold for Juliette? “I would love to pursue a job involving creativity and have thought about becoming a graphic designer, high school art teacher, scientific illustrator or an architect.”

Continue the conversation with this promising young artist at the 2014 Danforth East Arts Fair (DEAF14), which takes place Sept. 13-14 in East Lynn Park. And feel free to continue the conversation on social media: #DEAF14 is on Twitter (@DECA_Arts) and Facebook along with Instagram and Pinterest.

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Attention Artists!

Art Battle – May 10, 2014 at 7:00pm
A message from Artisans at Work

We are happy to invite you to paint in Art Battle Day! 16 artists have 20 minutes to finish a painting of their choice, in acrylic. The public decides who wins! Licensed bar, music, fun! It is amazing to see what they come up with. Winners of each round go on to battle in a finale. Winner gets $200 prize, and goes on to compete nationally!

Saturday May 10th, 7pm at Artisans At Work, 2071 Danforth Avenue.

1. In order to ensure your spot in the competition, please reply to this email confirming your availability as soon as possible. Once you have confirmed we will announce your participation. Email Tara at artisansatwork@yahoo.com.

2. Please arrive for 6:30pm and doors will open to the public at 7pm.

3. FAQ: For questions about allowed materials, painting sales, guests, competition rules, and other frequently asked questions please visit www.artbattle.ca/artist-FAQ

4. Please invite your friends. The more people who come, the more exciting the event is! And don’t forget – audience vote decides the winner, so it’s good to have some support. Invite your friends through the official ABD facebook event.

5. Use social media! Interact with us online and we will do our best to promote you to our audience. We invite you to post practice pictures before the event to social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) and tag them.
Hashtag: #artbattle
Facebook: www.facebook.com/artbattlecanada
Twitter: @artbattlecanada
Instagram: @artbattle

6. Quick questions:
Tell us a bit more about you, and we can share your story with our audience – both on the night of the event, and in advance in national promotions.

What do you love about painting?
What is the best part of being an artist?
Why is art important to you?

7. Photography and ownership of artworks: By participating in Art Battle, you agree to let us use photographs of you and/or your work at the event for promotional purposes. Paintings created at Art Battle are the property of Art Battle Canada Inc. and painters will receive 50% of total auction sales. Photographs of your work may be used for promotional purposes and for historical documentation. We will NOT sell reproductions of your work without your written permission.

See you at Artisans At Work, (2071 Danforth) on Art Battle Day, May 10th at 6:30PM!
website: www.artisans-at-work.com

Thanks for painting with us,
Tara Shelton, Artisans At Work
…and the whole Art Battle Canada Team

Summer Camps at Colour Creative – Early Bird Special!

As the never-ending winter finally gives way to spring, it’s nice to think that summer really is just a few weeks away!  Here is some summer camp news from Colour Creative.  Andria the owner advises that she’s running an early bird special from April 13th – May 13th –  $50.00 off full day and $25.00 off half day registrations. She is also offering sibling and multiple week discounts! Email colourcreativearts@gmail.com for more information.

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Don’t forget that the Early Bird special for the Danforth East Arts Fair is fast-approaching – April 13, 2014. Check out this post for all the details.

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Call for artists and craftspeople: Early bird deadline is April 13!

Early bird application deadline is less than a month away – April 13th, 2014 is soon upon us! Painters, Jewellers, Photographers, Clothing Designers, Woodworkers, Potters and every creative person in between – show us what you do! We want to hear from you.

The Danforth East Arts Fair (DEAF) is a juried outdoor arts and crafts fair in East Lynn Park in mid-September.  Now in its 6th year, DEAF 2014 will take place on September 13 & 14.  This early bird deadline will save you $25 off the application fee ($175 instead of $200).

Go to the DEAF website for more information and to download the vendor application form.

For more information, drop a line to the fabulous DEAF team: deca.arts@gmail.com

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