East York Chronicle Newsmagazine http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com East York people, places, events & insights Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:29:21 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 New EY street sign logos in limbo but alive pending Council consideration http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/new-ey-street-sign-logos-in-limbo-but-alive-pending-council-consideration/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/new-ey-street-sign-logos-in-limbo-but-alive-pending-council-consideration/#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:33:52 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7985 City staff answer Janet Davis question at PWI committtee meeting 180919 -YOUTUBE screen capture

City staff answer Janet Davis question at PWI committtee meeting 180919 -YOUTUBE screen capture

\ By GARY WEBB-PROCTOR \

The question of whether the East York logo can appear on new and replacement street signs in the former borough remains up in the air but still alive after Toronto’s City Council’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee was deadlocked and unable to agree even to receive for information the staff report on the matter.

“The item will go to Council without recommendations,” noted committee chair Jaye Robinson, who opposed a motion by Anthony Perruzza of Ward 8 (York West), that recommended the city amend its corporate identity policy to allow decals bearing the logo to be affixed to signs within the borders of the erstwhile municipality, with “the estimated $3-4,000 cost to be found internally in the Transportation Service department’s operating budget.”

As reported yesterday, the report was generated after 35-5 approval of a motion from Ward 29 Councillor Mary Fragedakis and Ward 31’s Janet Davis council’s July meeting.  That arose following a meeting with EY boosters and staff in May on the heels of reports in East York Chronicle (in November of last year) that the logos were disappearing off replacement signs and expressions of concern by both EYF and the East York Historical Society (EYHS) and The East York Foundation (EYF) among others.

While making no recommendation to permit the logos to be affixed to new and replacement signs, the staff report presented to the committee provided two design options that would do so, one of which was included as the favoured configuration in an amendment to Mr. Perruzza’s motion.

The motion failed on a 3-3 vote, with councillors Christin Carmichael Greb and Chin Lee supporting it against three “no” votes, by chairman Robinson, Stephen Holyday and Giorgio Mammoliti.  But Ms. Robinson’s motion to simply receive the report for information, as recommended by staff, was also lost on the same split, leaving the question in limbo.

Perruzza, who introduced the motion on behalf of his East York counterparts, who are not members of the committee, also spoke passionately about the need to preserve the heritage and history of the five former municipalities that were combined with the old City of Toronto to make the new amalgamated city in 1998.

“East York is a signpost of our recent history and there are some folks who have an affinity to that signpost.  They just simply don’t want it to be discarded on the dust heap of history,” he said.

Only three members of the public made deputations to the committee on the matter including East York Hall of Fame president Justin Van Dette and a representative of a Leaside ratepayers organization, all in support of allowing the decals.  The committee had also received similar written communications from eight people yesterday, including one from EYF chair Ray White, offering to look at sharing the cost of the decals, and another four just prior to the meeting.

While not members of the committee, both Ms. Davis and Ms. Fragedakis also spoke in favour of Perruzza’s motion (any member of the council can ask questions and speak on any item at any committee meeting) noting that widespread use of the logo continues throughout their wards and is used by organizations, at events and even, Davis noted, “on tattoos” sported by students at East York Collegiate high school.

“Our community of East York has an enduring sense of identity,” Davis told the committee.  “It has remained strong since amalgamation and there is an incredible sense of pride in our community amongst all of the neighbourhoods.  I don’t see any problem with helping us maintain that sense of community and pride by putting a small logo on our signs.”

Boroughs in cities across the world such as New York and Montreal “continue to have their identities and continue to have them identified in the public space,” she noted.  And drawing an analogy with Quebec’s role in Canada, Davis went on to argue that Canada “has grown as a country by accommodating local differences. We’ve accommodated Quebec, there are ways that we have kept our country united by finding accommodation.

“People recognize that we’re special.  People love where they live.  This small accommodation is one the city can afford and support without in any way jeopardizing the city’s corporate brand.”

Fragedakis took issue with concerns expressed by two committee members about going against the city’s existing identity and branding policy and emphasized that preserving former municipalities’ identities is an important part of the city’s heritage.

“We have a whole city department dedicated to heritage.  I think this is an extension of our current policy that recognizes neighbourhoods.  The city’s corporate identity policy was approved back in 2000” and updating the policy “is actually helpful and healthy.  It’s actually the reason we meet as a council.  We have no reason to meet if all we do is approve what staff tells us to approve.

“I don’t think it undermines our corporate identity, I think it actually helps to bring our city’s history to life,” she added, going on to say that she is also supportive of other former municipalities also having logos on their signs.

The three nay voters opposed the measure on diverse grounds.  Councillor Stephen Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre) suggested it could open the door to a confusing array of additional requests creating technical difficulties, while committee chair Robinson of Ward 25 (Don Valley West) voiced concerns about the impact on the city’s “brand” and the readability of the signs.

However a staff representative said the department had no concerns with the designs as far as visibility and readability is concerned.  Answering a question from Davis a staff member said even the busiest of the three designs “doesn’t impact the visibility of the street name, which is the ultimate purpose of the sign,” while another staff member said the cost could be accommodated through the department’s existing budget.

Ironically, while Robinson noted that she had been an active “door-knocking” opponent of amalgamation herself, she seemed most concerned that allowing the decals could undermine the city’s corporate branding policy.

“Now we are Toronto, that’s our name, we’re not the former cities we are one city and the city is Toronto,” she said prior to voting against the Perruzza motion.

One councillor who seemed to be on both sides of the issue, but whose negative vote ultimately left the matter suspended in the ether was Ward 7’s Giorgio Mammoliti.

Mr. Mammoliti, while saying he “supports the idea of the former municipalities boosting their identities and doesn’t have a problem with the sign designs,” had a procedural concern.

Although he strongly believes that “our neighbourhoods need special recognition when it comes to signage, it makes them proud who they are” and that many feel betrayed by the results of amalgamation, Mr. Mammoliti opined that “making policy on the fly” which contradicts an existing one “isn’t the way to go about it” but that “it should be up to council to decide.”

That’s exactly what is likely to happen assuming that Fragedakis, Davis or another councillor to introduces a motion similar to Perruzza’s committee proposal at the Otcober 2 meeting of the full council.  At which point the entire discussion can be revisited and multiplied by eight.

 

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Councillors and former mayors say Sept. 19 public support for street sign logos is urgent http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/councillors-and-former-mayors-say-sept-19-public-support-for-street-sign-logos-is-urgent/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/councillors-and-former-mayors-say-sept-19-public-support-for-street-sign-logos-is-urgent/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:49:34 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7977 One of the potential street sign designs submitted in report to committee.

One of the potential street sign designs submitted in report to committee.

\By GARY WEBB-PROCTOR\

Former East York mayors Alan Redway and Michael Prue, along with representatives of local historical and preservation groups and two city councillors representing the area, all say the public needs to let politicians know they want to see the EY logo continue to appear on local street signs at a meeting Tuesday September 19.

Former East York mayors Alan Redway & Michael Prue. -GARY W-P

Former East York mayors Alan Redway & Michael Prue. -GARY W-P

An outpouring of public comments at the 9:30 a.m. Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting at city hall could make the difference in whether or not East York street signs will continue to bear the former borough’s logo, they say.

(The public can submit comments to the city clerk’s office by emailing pwic@toronto.ca or show up at Committee Room #1 at City Hall prior to the meeting and ask to be added to the list of speakers for Item PW23.10, which is already expected to include a representative of the East York Foundation according to its chair, Raymond White.)

Although the committee, which has no EY councillors as members, is receiving a report from the city’s Director of the Traffic Management Centre, Myles Currie, about the feasibility and cost of applying the decals to new and replacement signs, there is no recommendation for any action.

That means that unless public support and exhortations to action result in a motion to present to the full council in October suggesting a policy requiring the logos be adopted, the idea could end up in limbo.  Since the city’s policy has been to replace the signs with generic ones with no EY logo, it would eventually disappear from the streetscape without policy change.

The report was initiated at council’s July meeting after 35-5 approval of a motion from Ward 29 Councillor Mary Fragedakis and Ward 31’s Janet Davis following  a meeting with EY boosters and staff in May.  That came on the heels of reports in East York Chronicle (in November of last year) that the logos were disappearing off replacement signs and expressions of concern by both EYF and the East York Historical Society (EYHS) among others.

Prior to that, EYC had broken the story last October that new place name and informational signs that were being erected outside at the renovated East York Civic Centre were also missing the EY logo —an “oversight” that was fixed at a cost of thousands of dollars just prior to the official October 29 ribbon-cutting celebrating completion of the work.

Former Mayor Michael Prue said in a telephone interview that he was “afraid that this was exactly what would happen over time” following amalgamation of EY into the megacity in 1998, which eliminated his position along with the erstwhile borough.

“I fought very hard to keep the East York logo” successfully as a member of the post-amalgamation council, he recalled, “but some of the naysayers from North York and the old city said we were trying to undo amalgamation and that they didn’t have logos on their signs.  But I pointed out that they don’t have the same sense of community like East York.”

He noted that while he was part of the EYF it “tried to buy the old signs put up by the borough when they were being replaced with new ones by the city, hoping to sell them to East Yorkers who wanted one, but the city said no.”

Street signa at n/w corner on October 29 '16. -STAFF

Existing street sign at n/w corner on October 29 ’16. -STAFF

Although the new report suggests that adding the logos of former municipalities “would be in conflict with the Corporate Identity Program Policy” a background file notes that already signs provide for the addition of area identifications for “BIAs, community or neighbourhood branding” in a top section of the sign and that already on many signs other artwork appears (such as a poppy for streets named to memorialize veterans) in the lower-third sign section.

Designs displaying how the logo would work in conjunction with other identifiers on the signs are included in the report, and suggest that there are no obstacles in terms of design challenges.

Street signs s/w corner on October 29 '16 -STAFF

Replacement street signs on s/w corner on October 29 ’16 -STAFF

The report, while noting that no funding has been earmarked for such an initiative, calls the financial impact “negligible,” and labour cost “marginal,” estimating that the cost per applied decal is about $5 each.  If applied to all new and replacement signs in East York and Scarborough (which was added to Ms. Fragedakis’s Council motion by amendment) the cost would likely be no more than 4,000 and just $12,500 tops if applied city-wide.

EYF’s Mr. White, in an email to the Chronicle, said that while the EYF had been hoping to preserve decommissioned East York street signs, the proposal “to actually brand the street signs with the East York logo is very appealing” and “wholeheartedly” supported by his organization.

Justin Van Dette, president of the new East York Hall of Fame (EYHF) organization, said in an emailed statement that the logo “is a cherished symbol in our community,” adding that not only should it appear on street signs but that organizations should also be permitted to “fly the flag [of the former municipality] at public buildings” in the area.

EYHS president Pancheta Barnett has indicated that she is hoping to attend and speak at the meeting, which Mr. Redway, in an email sent to a wide circle of contacts over the weekend, said “it is most important that as many people as possible attend.”  In January Redway, who is also a former EY MP and member of the boards of the EYHC and EYHF, also raised the issue in his Chronicle column.

Councillor Fragedakis said in a Sept. 18 reply to an email from the Chronicle that she and fellow EY council rep Janet Davis from Ward 31 are working to try to get a committee member to move a motion to support affixing the decals and that support expressed by the public at the meeting “would be very helpful.”

 

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NEW: Danforth East Arts Festival park layout map and exhibitor list for Sept. 16-17 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/arts/new-danforth-east-arts-festival-park-layout-map-and-exhibitor-list-for-sept-16-17/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/arts/new-danforth-east-arts-festival-park-layout-map-and-exhibitor-list-for-sept-16-17/#respond Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:41:27 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7956 Families of all different kinds can enjoy a day in the park and discover art & unique handcrafted items. -GARY W-P

Families of all different kinds can enjoy a day in the park and discover art & unique handcrafted items. -GARY W-P

The ninth annual edition of the Danforth East Arts Fair being put on 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sept. 16-17 by the Danforth East Community Association comes at a time when public art in East York and area is exploding into view as never before.

David Rheaume with his paintings at DEAF '16 -GARY W-P

David Rheaume with his paintings at DEAF ’16 -GARY W-P

The fair, like DECA itself, has grown by leaps and bounds during the past decade. (DECA is actually also celebrating its tenth anniversary this month
—see separate story.)

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This year once again over five dozen artists, artisans and craftspeople, along with several presenting artsy versions of bath and beauty products, clothing and other items, will set up tents in East Lynn Park on Danforth Ave. for the two days to show their works.

It’s free to attend.  Here is the map of the of the park layout this year, followed by an alphabetical list of exhibitors.

Park-Layout2017

Click to view in new window then again to zoom.

KEY TO DEAF MAP

36

Adelais

32

akart

34

Alex Nirta Photography

39

Ali Lamontagne Illustration

28

Anna Ruttan, Stained Glass Artist and jeweller

13

AnthonyJim.com

22

Attn2detail Designs

37

beast_york_inc

54

Bella Grey

61

bumblebee jewelry

63

Cara’s All Natural Products

7

Celena’s Bakery

49

CGMonsters

53

Clayshapes Pottery

19

clothesPeg designs

14

CSP Arts Embroidery

20

Culture Snap Photography

62

Curious Bird Pottery

64

Dave Rheaume Artist

DECA BOOTH

42

DeSerres

40

Dolalee

8

East of York

56

Fresh Paint

50

Goldiemilks

5

Hennah Plannet

48

I. M. Wyred

46

Julie Glick

16

Jump Glass

21

Karen Roberts Photo

3

Katrin Faridani Painting and Photography

29

knit4you.ca

57

KWP Design

27

Laila Goddess Comfortwear

55

Lisa Young Design

52

Luma

45

Magic Oven

4

Maria Drazilov

18

MICH IS HOOKED

67

MIKA

25

Morgan Wolfe Grant

65

Naked Dog Bakery

15

Pip Robins Accessories

6

Potato Tornado

30

Press Books.Coffee.Vinyl

47

puddle & jump

24

Re-Turn Designs

26

Red Thread Design

60

Rimanchik

38

Rorokiti

68

Saltz Baths

23

SIIMA

17

Silk in the 6

43

Sweet Serendipity Bake Shop

33

Sylph Eco Wear

59

Terrasoapco

44

The Borough

NA

The Pop Stand

9

Toronto Honda

41

Trust

66

Tweetz

31

VC Jewellery

58

Vi Designs

51

WorkShop Gallery

35

Youth Booth

You can also find the full list of exhibitors organized by category of offerings, along with links to websites,  on DECA’s website at www.deca-arts.ca/visitors/exhibitor-list.

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Sept. 13 Kairos Kitchi Blanket Exercise will give insight into colonization http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/sept-13-kairos-kitchi-blanket-exercise-will-give-insight-into-colonization/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/sept-13-kairos-kitchi-blanket-exercise-will-give-insight-into-colonization/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:37:02 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7947 Poster for Sept. 13 Kairos Kitchi Blanket Exercise

Poster for Sept. 13 Kairos Kitchi Blanket Exercise

A participatory exercise that can offer non-aboriginal East York residents insight into the impact of colonization on Canada’s Indigenous peoples is being held today at 5:30 p.m. in East Lynn Park.

Co-presented by Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts and Ward 32 City Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, the free Kairos Kitchi Blanket Exercise in the park at 1949 Danforth Ave. a block west of Woodbine Ave. runs for a couple of hours and is open to participants and witnesses.

Participants step onto blankets representing the land,” Mr. Erskine-Smith says in his local newsletter, “and later into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples.”

While this is happening, facilitators read a script and assume the role of European explorers and settlers, he explained.

“This mass public event is a coming together of hearts and minds in a collective commitment to help improve awareness of our Indigenous peoples and history and to build reconciliation based on justice for Indigenous peoples,” he added.

It is the first of two events this month in which Erskine-Smith is involved.  On Sunday, Sept. 24 he also hosts a Town Hall on Reconciliation gathering at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave.

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EY registration starts Sept. 13 for City’s autumn recreation programs http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/ey-registration-starts-sept-13-for-citys-autumn-recreation-programs/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/ey-registration-starts-sept-13-for-citys-autumn-recreation-programs/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 01:44:58 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7938 Children in swimming pool

Children enjoying a swimming experience -STOCK

At 7 a.m. on Wed. September 13 the registration sweepstakes for East York and downtown Toronto are underway for city programs covering a diverse variety of activities for wide range of ages.

As usual, it’s an online battle to rival the internet crush of major music and sporting event ticket sales, so you’ll want to have your action finger ready and your portal device and net connection cleared of any excess resource drains to get your applications in ahead of others.

SH Armstrong just keep swimmingHappily once again the program offerings include swimming at S.H. Armstrong pool in east TO, which had been threatened with closure earlier this year when despite advocacy for it by Olympic multiple medalist Penny Oleksiak, who learned to swim there. As detailed in EYC in February, Mayor John Tory’s deciding vote at City Council denied funds to pay the Toronto & District School Board to continue its operation, citing statistics that indicated the pool was underused.

SH Armstrong pool party rental flyer

Pool party rentals program helps fund S.H. Armstrong Pool -TWITTER

Donations and an imaginative revenue producing pool-rental scheme and other fund-raising activities have kept the pool operational for at least this year and community supporters are enthusiastically plumping to get people to register for one of its programs (descriptions of which you can download as a pdf from the web) to achieve full use.

Program descriptions of all the City’s programs can be found on its Fun Guide web page at https://www1.toronto.ca/parks/funguide/.

In order to register online you’ll need to set up an account with the city (basically registering in order to be able to register) which you can do by visiting http://tinyurl.com/hq9byfx and you’ll want to get that done before the rush begins.

The city also recommends that in addition to compiling a prioritized list of the programs in which you hope to secure a spot before the registration opens, you also should create a “backup” list in case your program is already filled when you get to it.  If all the spots in your chosen activity have already been filled there are usually waiting lists you can also enroll on in case someone else bows out.

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New owner plans Sept. 15 “Grand Reopening” for Remarks http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/yum-food/new-owner-plans-sept-15-grand-reopening-for-remarks/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/yum-food/new-owner-plans-sept-15-grand-reopening-for-remarks/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 03:14:24 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7827 Regulars around the cozy L-shaped bar at Remarks -JENN WILSON

Regulars like the cozy L-shaped bar at Remarks -JENN WILSON

\ By George Spelvin \

Longtime regulars and staff at Remarks Bar & Grill on Coxwell Avenue in the heart of “Olde East York Village” are excited about some changes that have been gradually taking place since new owners took over the venue at the beginning of the summer.

The spacious, sprawling two-floor room at 1026 Coxwell a little south of O’Connor Drive is planning a big Grand Re-opening Celebration event for the evening of Friday, September 15 with live entertainment, food and drinks specials and a bunch of giveway prizes.

The new owners, Kumar and his wife —along with their daughter Su, who helps a lot with day-to-day management— will be on hand and you can expect some free samples of some of their new dishes, such as the South Indian Traditional Kottu Paratha.

The Kottu Paratha is a house specialty, consisting of sliced parathas stir-fried with eggs, onions and curry leaves, finished with curry sauce and served with fresh green onions on top.

The South Indian Traditional Kottu Paratha is a house specialty under the new owners.

The South Indian Traditional Kottu Paratha is a house specialty under the new owners. -COURTESY

But the owners, who have been listening carefully to input from veteran staff members like Jenn, Tara and Chrissie, are also bringing back some long-time Canadian-style favourites that were discontinued under the previous owners. Liver and onions with bacon, mashed or French fried potatoes and gravy, for example are back and priced at just $13.
Other items new to the menu since Kumar, of South Indian origin, took the helm include Chicken Kottu for $15; Beef Kottu at $15 and Lamb Kottu for just $16.

The versatile downstairs party/games room. -COURTESY

The versatile downstairs party/games room. -COURTESY

Recognizing that things already working well shouldn’t be messed with, however, the room will continue to offer brunch specials every Saturday and Sunday, as well as on holidays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

They also plan to make better use of some of the unique features in the space, especially the games/party room on the lower level, which should be popular on Wednesdays starting in October, since that will be “Free Pool Day” on the table there. That space can also be reserved for special occasions and can be set up as fun space or dining room to suit.

You can drop in any time to check out the new feel but definitely come out for the celebration on Sept. 15, when the Sean Turner Band performs starting at 8!

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Residents can air views on proposed 30-floor condo Sept. 14 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/residents-can-air-views-on-proposed-30-floor-condo-sept-14/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/residents-can-air-views-on-proposed-30-floor-condo-sept-14/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:10:56 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7840 Main Street site of proposed condo 170826 -STAFF

Main Street site of proposed condo 170826 -STAFF

Some residents near the corner of Main St. and Danforth Avenue were taken aback last month when it was announced that developers have applied to build a 30-storey condominium project on Main opposite the existing Main Square complex.

The proposed new tower, which would include 300 residential units and a floor each for retail and office space rentals, would occupy the block from 286 to 294 Main Street.

The plan revealed by Tribute Communities and Greybrook Realty Partners would require demolition of five smaller buildings including a detached home on adjacent Stephenson Ave., the premises of a deli and a boutique and a five-storey medical building.

Some posters to social media in groups focused on the area have welcomed the idea as a sign of progress and a boon to local businesses.

Others, however, have expressed concerns about lack of school space, increased traffic at the already busy corner and possible strains on other infrastructure needed to accommodate a sudden influx of so many new neighbours.

Both sides will have a chance to air their thoughts for the record on Thurs. Sept. 14, when a public input meeting is scheduled for the city’s Danforth Avenue Planning Study, which encompasses the corner as part of its purview.

The meeting, which will be attended by the city councillors for Wards 31 and 32, along with a Metrolinx representative and city planners, is from 6:30-9 at Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Avenue at the northwest corner of Main Street.

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DECA celebrating ten years with two parties and scavenger hunt http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/featured/deca-celebrating-ten-years-with-two-parties-and-scavenger-hunt/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/featured/deca-celebrating-ten-years-with-two-parties-and-scavenger-hunt/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 01:26:49 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7880 The Danforth East Community Association is celebrating ten years since it formed with two special events and a neighbourhood-wide “scavenger hunt” that promises “a fantastic prize” to the winning entry selected from those who correctly match the ten location numbers on the illustrated map [view it in a separate tab by clicking and click again there to enlarge!] with the descriptions, which appear below the map.

Hand in your completed answers [copy and print out page or see DECA’s website to download it] along with name, phone and email info to the DECA tent any Thursday during the Farmers Market at East Lynn Park (1949 Danforth Ave.) up till their family-friendly DECAde party in the park 3-7 p.m. on Thurs. September 21 or at their DECAde cocktail party at Shore Leave restaurant (1775 Danforth Ave.) 6:30-9 on Sat. September 23.

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DECA Scavenger hunt graphic

DESCRIPTION CLUES:

____ In August 2016, DECA and the Laneway Project gave this site a facelift! We threw a big party and called it a “Crawl”. Look for eight beautiful murals behind the shops and houses along this stretch. At the Crawl, over 100 people took part suggesting names for this site. It will soon be officially named honouring a special member of our business community, who opened Royal Beef with his wife Carmen, over 25 years ago.

____ Look for four tall towers on the horizon – this spacious three-hectare site is home to nearly 2,000 people and includes a community centre, a daycare, and some shops. The public square is attracting festival celebrations such as a 100 in 1 day annual event each June. And this year for the first time, it will be the site a funky new art festival hosted by East End Arts, from August 26 – September 3, part of the Cultural Hotspot festivities: eastendarts.ca

____ Within the past two years, two stunning works of art have transformed this intersection, near a subway. The brainchild of East End Arts, these inspirational designs are each nearly half a block long, and both are located on walls beside pathways. Confused? Look for a site with straight walls (no curves) and no tile work. Acclaimed artist Sean Martindale crafted this site’s design to recognize the ongoing transformations to our #DanforthEast neighbourhood. Sean and assistant artist Vero Diaz completed the mural in October 2015 with the help of over 20 locals who were inspired to help.

____ In September, 2012, DECA partnered with 6 St. Joseph House, Bell Canada, and the City of Toronto to commission eight artists to spruce up eight Bell equipment boxes around the neighbourhood. This box, painted by mural artist Monica Wickeler (a.k.a. Monica on the Moon), is located near a school.

____ This building’s odd architecture is thanks to its original incarnation as the Prince of Wales Theatre, which served the community as a movie house until 1965. When you enter via the parking lot to use the elevator, you’re passing through what was once the theatre’s projector room!

____ When this structure was built, the surrounding area was still mainly farm country. Now located on a busy street, this beautiful building is set back from the sidewalk with gardens, a bench, and a Little Library out front. A local choir practices here most Tuesday evenings with other community events happening from time to time in the basement, but Sunday is the busiest day. Built over 107 years ago, it’s the oldest building in the ‘hood.

____ DECA, partnering with WoodGreen Community Services and the Metcalfe Foundation, helped fillchronically empty storefronts along the Danforth with temporary “pop-up shops.” By the time the Pop-up Shop project wound down, we hosted 32 shops with the help of over 100 volunteers! This location was host to the very first shop to start the ball rolling in October 2012.

____ Local artist Tak Bui has left his mark all over this neighbourhood with his fantastic murals. But maybe this renowned illustrator, former DECA Board member and community builder’s best known work can be found in a local park’s wading pool. DECA paid for the paints and Tak generously donated his time and designs. There’s even a legend on the park shed wall to help you identify each species.

____ This local mainstay has served our community since 1929 and has kept growing ever since! The building with the recently changed name is growing again, with plans to expand in phases over the next 50 years to better meet the needs of the neighbourhood.

____ This family owned and run eatery celebrated 50 years last year but you’d never guess their age by looking -they were the winners of the DECA Gems contest in November 2015, winning a fabulous marketing makeover prize including a new website and complete re-branding. Best known for their house-made dough with sauce, layered with cheese and other yummy toppings, then cooked to perfection in a hot oven, this business attracts customers from near and far.

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DECA’s 9th Danforth East Arts Fair highlights an explosion of public art in East York http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/arts/decas-9th-danforth-east-arts-fair-highlights-an-explosion-of-public-art-in-east-york/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/arts/decas-9th-danforth-east-arts-fair-highlights-an-explosion-of-public-art-in-east-york/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 01:07:08 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7878 Families of all different kinds can enjoy a day in the park and discover art & unique handcrafted items. -GARY W-P

Families of all different kinds can enjoy a day in the park and discover art & unique handcrafted items. -GARY W-P

The ninth annual edition of the Danforth East Arts Fair being put on 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sept. 16-17 by the Danforth East Community Association comes at a time when public art in East York and area is exploding into view as never before.

David Rheaume with his paintings at DEAF '16 -GARY W-P

David Rheaume with his paintings at DEAF ’16 -GARY W-P

The fair, like DECA itself, has grown by leaps and bounds during the past decade. (DECA is actually also celebrating its tenth anniversary this month
—see separate story.)

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This year once again over five dozen artists, artisans and craftspeople, along with several presenting artsy versions of bath and beauty products, clothing and other items, will set up tents in East Lynn Park on Danforth Ave. for the two days to show their works.

It’s free to attend.  Here is the map of the of the park layout this year, followed by an alphabetical list of exhibitors.

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KEY TO DEAF MAP

36 Adelais
32 akart
34 Alex Nirta Photography
39 Ali Lamontagne Illustration
28 Anna Ruttan, Stained Glass Artist and jeweller
13 AnthonyJim.com
22 Attn2detail Designs
37 beast_york_inc
54 Bella Grey
61 bumblebee jewelry
63 Cara’s All Natural Products
7 Celena’s Bakery
49 CGMonsters
53 Clayshapes Pottery
19 clothesPeg designs
14 CSP Arts Embroidery
20 Culture Snap Photography
62 Curious Bird Pottery
64 Dave Rheaume Artist
DECA BOOTH
42 DeSerres
40 Dolalee
8 East of York
56 Fresh Paint
50 Goldiemilks
5 Hennah Plannet
48 I. M. Wyred
46 Julie Glick
16 Jump Glass
21 Karen Roberts Photo
3 Katrin Faridani Painting and Photography
29 knit4you.ca
57 KWP Design
27 Laila Goddess Comfortwear
55 Lisa Young Design
52 Luma
45 Magic Oven
4 Maria Drazilov
18 MICH IS HOOKED
67 MIKA
25 Morgan Wolfe Grant
65 Naked Dog Bakery
15 Pip Robins Accessories
6 Potato Tornado
30 Press Books.Coffee.Vinyl
47 puddle & jump
24 Re-Turn Designs
26 Red Thread Design
60 Rimanchik
38 Rorokiti
68 Saltz Baths
23 SIIMA
17 Silk in the 6
43 Sweet Serendipity Bake Shop
33 Sylph Eco Wear
59 Terrasoapco
44 The Borough
NA The Pop Stand
9 Toronto Honda
41 Trust
66 Tweetz
31 VC Jewellery
58 Vi Designs
51 WorkShop Gallery
35 Youth Booth

You can also find the full list of exhibitors organized by category of offerings, along with links to websites,  on DECA’s website at www.deca-arts.ca/visitors/exhibitor-list.

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Platform condos starts pre-build sales of Greenwood-Danforth units http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/platform-condos-starts-pre-build-sales-of-greenwood-danforth-units/ http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/news/platform-condos-starts-pre-build-sales-of-greenwood-danforth-units/#respond Tue, 05 Sep 2017 18:11:50 +0000 http://www.eastyorkchronicle.com/?p=7829 Rendering of proposed condo at Greenwood and Danforth

Rendering of proposed condo at Greenwood and Danforth

With City Council having approved in July the requested Official Plan amendments to allow the Platform Condos project at 1177 Danforth Ave. at Greenwood and Danforth Ave. to be exempt from on-street parking provisions, the way has been cleared for the project to go ahead.

The company has now launched a “pre-construction sales” campaign to sell units before shovels hit the ground. The 102-unit 9-storey building will require demolition of the Beer Store now on the lot.

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