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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a bike messenger? It seems simple enough right? You deliver a package from Point A to Point B. Or so it seems…

Check out this short Red Bull documentary “Alleycats”, following messengers from the back alleys of Toronto to the Red Hook Crit Race in NY, and back to Ontario Place (the site of Red Bull’s “Race the Place”) which recently happened on April 19th, 2014.

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10 Reason Why You Should Vote!

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VOTE OR DIE — not literally, of course, but you’re not really living if you don’t exercise your rights. It is more important now than ever, for young people to be voting and getting a grip on the issues at hand. Why? Because knowledge is power and power creates change.

1. You’ll help steer the way your city/country is governed
2. You can benefit financially by placing the right person in power
3. You’re paying respect to our history which has made the right to vote available to you
4. You’re helping to build a better future/city/country for your kids to exist in
5. You won’t be considered a hypocrite when you complain about city policies/procedures
6. You have a say about how your taxes are used – no more mandatory municipal manicures!
7. You can save your city from being embarrassed and parodied on multiple platforms worldwide
8. You’ll have a sense of accomplishment/bragging rights when the person you vote for, wins
9. Know someone who’s voting for a nut job? You essentially cancel their vote out with yours
10. It makes you a part of conscientious collective that pushes for progress

The win/lose margins come so close, so all that BS about your vote not counting, is just that…BS. Take a moment out of your day and make an effort to see who is running and what their ideas are. Be an active citizen and take pride in having the liberty to head to the polls and make an informed decision. Your City, Your Vote.

For more info follow @torontovotes #TOvotes14

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The Latin community in Toronto is one of the biggest reasons the pulse of this city keeps thumping. This April, Hispanic Heritage Month, they gave us all something to celebrate with the 14th annual aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival.

The festival “pays homage to the more traditional sides of Latin culture, through contemporary works, which is very special. It gives people a perspective on the lives of Latin American people both inside Canada and oversees” according to Board Member, Christopher Trotman.

Performances, art installations, artist talks, workshops and films have a little something for everyone. Work by Balam Sotto, Roberto Fiesco, María José Alós and Livia Daza-Paris are just a few of the amazing efforts showcased.

The platform is particularly important because it gives the community an outlet to let the world know through their art, who they are, who they aren’t and what they represent. “We’re a community filled with beauty and complexities and we can’t be reduced to basic stereotypes. The quality of talent coming out of places like Mexico and Venezuela is astounding; after all we have a lot to say.” says Outreach Coordinator, Juan M. Gonzalez-Calcaneo.

“I hope people are surprised. I hope that they come with certain expectations of what Latin culture or Media Arts are and that they leave here with a different, fuller understanding of it.”

If you missed out on the festivities, you can still enjoy their wrap party this Saturday!

For more info: alucinefestival.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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Toronto’s music scene is not only gaining popularity across Canada, but it’s making a major impact around the world. For that very reason, we’ve been posting cover songs in our series entitled “Covered”, which highlights and showcases other artists (not necessarily from Toronto) who have been inspired by our cities sound.

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This time we’ve taken a more humorous approach by selecting “Swagged Out In India: Worst Behavior (Punjab Edition)”, which happens to be a ‘mock’ video of Drake’s “Worst Behavior” off his “Nothing Was The Same” album. People have a lot of time on their hands. LOL.

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Toronto!

All around the world, Hennessy artistry brings together some of the most talented artists on stage for an eclectic mix of music, ranging from hip hop to pop, rock or electronic music, which we like to call the #ArtofBlending.

We’re excited to announce the first edition of Hennessy artistry for 2014 with special guest DJ ?uestlove, featuring live performances by Toronto’s own Adria Kain, Yosvani and our official 1 LOVE T.O. DJ DLUX.

Join us this Thursday, April 17th at 9pm at Tattoo – 567 Queen St West. (Limited Capacity)

Tickets available here: http://tinyurl.com/muyv5bo

Check out our recap video from last year’s Hennessy artistry main event with DJ Premier & DJ Jazzy Jeff!

*Must be of legal drinking age to attend.

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Kardinal Offishall directs his latest video for “Tattoo”, shot in various locations in Jamaica. Recently, Kardi had the opportunity to visit the parish (Clonmel), where his grandparents originally came from. On the same day this video was shot, he managed to donate computers, sports uniforms, shoes, cleats, books, calculators, pencils and more to the local school children.

It’s always nice to see people giving back!

“Tattoo” Available on iTunes

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1 LOVE T.O. is excited to announced that we’ve partnered with Nike Canada to create our very own running team for this year’s Sporting Life 10k race. We’ve asked a few of our closest friends to run and help us fundraise for Camp Ooch.

Camp Ouchigeas “Ooch” is celebrating 30 years of providing magical camp experiences for children affected by cancer. It costs $3,500 for a 2-week stay at Camp Ouch with on–site care for the kids, so we need your help in sending as many kids to camp as possible! Please help us by making a donation to #Team1LOVETO by clicking the link below.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW: ooch.org/1loveto

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Over the next month leading up to race day (Sunday, May 11th), we’ll be training with the help of the Nike+ Running App. The app recently added a ‘Coach’ feature, which specializes in training programs that are built around your needs. Our team has signed up for an intense training program to help get us in shape and race ready.

Follow our team members to track our progress and cheer us on!

Tyrone ‘Trex’ Edwards
Bryan Brock
Jay Tiancgo
Johnny Goldman
Adrian Fenty
David Matisse
Zark Fatah
Bryan Espiritu
Beat Merchant
Chris Powling
Laura Andres
Dwayne Delves

Big thanks to Nike Canada for outfitting our team with the latest Flyknit Lunar 2′s, Air Pegasus 30+ and dry-fit tees, tights and shorts. We may not be the fastest team, but we look good when we run!

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For more info: sportinglife10k.ca

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