Olympic Parade This Sunday, 11AM!

imageJoin Penny Oleksiak & other Olympic Champions!

Procession leaves East Lynn at 11…heads down Woodbine to Kew Gardens.

Get your red on, grab your flag and join the excitement on Sunday! Our neighbourhood -(and probably all Toronto)  will gather in the ‘hood to celebrate our local Canadian Olympic heroes.

The procession begins at East Lynn Park at 11 and heads down Woodbine to Kew Gardens on Queen. The route is a nod to our amazing local superstar Penny Oleksiak. The now world-famous swimmer, who scored four medals in Rio, lives in The Beach and attends Monarch Park C.I..

DECA invites folks from our area to gather at the top of East Lynn Park, east along Danforth to around the corner on Woodbine

DECA (The Danforth East Community Association), The Beach Village BIA — plus our local representatives Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, MPP Arthur Potts and MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith — organized this event. “The planning started after Penny started bringing home all those medals,” says Diana Gonsalez, Constituency Assistant to Erskine-Smith. “We thought, ‘if this were a small town, we’d definitely close the Main Street and hold a parade.’ And this neighbourhood often feels like a small town so that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’ll have rolling closures of Woodbine as the procession makes its way south.”

Show up early. This is GONNA BE BIG!

The planning has expanded to include other Olympic athletes, past and present. “Penny will definitely be there, we confirmed with her parents,” says Diana. “And she has extended an invitation to other Olympians to join her. See you there!”

Parade concludes at noon, with a ceremony to follow at Kew Gardens.

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Art of Danforth 2016 is on!

Asad Raza

Asad Raza, Art of the Danforth Director

“How can art be a neighbour? How can art be of service?” Art of the Danforth 2016 on until August 28

Curious about the wooden structures at the Robertson Parkette, 1549 Danforth (just west of Coxwell)?

The annual festival that is Art of the Danforth 2016 launched yesterday. And this year the Parkette is their Festival Hub.

“We invite everyone to come by the Hub,” says Asad Raza, the Festival Director. Read more ›

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Opening reception: Tribute to Sabatier, at Dylan Ellis Gallery

dylan ellis sabatier

Today, put aside your list of errands while on the Danforth and instead come see a beautiful collection of photos at Dylan Ellis Gallery. The images, created by gallery owner Bob Carnie who has an international reputation in printing photos for photographers, galleries and museums, show the result of using the Sabatier effect. Sometimes called solarization, the Sabatier effect is produced by re-exposing photographs to light during development, resulting in images that appear to have both positive and negative exposure qualities.

He uses objects found locally for this process. “I started with crushed aluminum from a plant behind my shop, I bought vegetables and meat from a local Sobeys, the fishing lures come from my tackle box. The rest are items that people bring to me,” he states in a recent post on the Dylan Ellis Gallery blog.

You’ll have a chance to meet Bob in person today at the opening reception to this show called Tribute to Sabatier, happening from 11am to 4pm. Enjoy some goodies from Celena’s Bakery while you’re there. The show runs until Sept. 16.

Dylan Ellis Gallery
1840 Danforth Ave.

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Inside Out outside in Dentonia Park tonight!


Free, fun, friendly! Outdoor Movie Night tonight!

The third annual Movie Night at Dentonia Park happens this evening. Bring your chair or blanket, bring your kids, and sit back to enjoy the Pixar animated movie Inside Out. “It’s a terrific movie for adults and kids,” says Sarah Buchanon, Constituency Assistant for Ward 31 City Councillor Janet Davis. “It’s perfect for this event. Even people who don’t have kids really love this movie.”

Janet Davis’ office is coordinating the event,”but for this evening a lot of people have come together to put on something nice for the community,” says Sarah. This includes the Secord Youth Advisory Council, whose members will be on hand popping corn and getting things organized.

Last year’s movie night attracted about 600 attendees. “That was a lot more than the first year,” says Sarah. “It will be interesting to see if we get even more people tonight. This definitely seems to be something people really enjoy and why not? It’s such a nice feeling to watch a movie outdoors with a bunch of your neighbours.”

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