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“Water Carry Me Go” Exhibit

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February always brings about exciting events celebrating Black History Month and this year is no different. This week, we’re looking forward to an exceptional exhibit coming to The ROM and Harbourfront Centre called “Water Carry Me Go” produced and curated by Toronto-based Creative Director/Designer, Chinedu Ukabam.

He explains, “‘Water Carry Me Go’ is an expression in Nigeria which is to say, ‘If I’m lying let the water carry me away’—it’s a way of taking an oath… It’s also a wish that people make when they are migrating. They want the water to take them away to somewhere else and hopefully to a better place.”

The exhibit is stunning collection of garments by seven designers including Chinedu who has handpicked them from around the world: Carol Barreto (Brazil), Sindiso Khumalo (South Africa/UK), Ashley Alexis McFarlane (Canada), Nkwo Onwuka (Nigeria/UK), Gloria Wavamunno (Uganda) and Robert A. Young (Trinidad and Tobago). The show is an attempt at presenting fashion as not a commercial, mass produced product and instead, a means of telling stories and celebrating art. Each designer has created an avant-garde piece inspired by their own cultural and historical identities.

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“There is so much to be inspired by. As someone who loves patterns, it’s something that I’m constantly being influenced by and learning from… Remixing or “culture-clashing” is also a recurring theme.” From the bold colours, geometry to the ancestral reference, the designs personify pride and bring the beauty of African fashion design to the forefront.

People are encourage to take in this collaboration and open themselves to interpretation. “I want people to first and foremost, appreciate the art behind fashion. I want them to understand how much work goes into executing these highly developed concepts and trying to connect them to garments. Secondly, I hope it’s a way for people to learn about things they might not have known… If they are entertained, that’s great—if they are educated, that’s a bonus.”

Water Carry Me Go launches at The ROM’s Friday Night Live, Feb 5th at 8pm as a performance art piece with “live mannequins”. Afterwards, it will be installed as a permanent exhibit at the Harbourfront Centre from February 6-12.

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Photography by Jalani Morgan

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PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Dustin Good + Mario Anzola, “Subtle Blend”
Subtle Blend has built a community around providing a stage for local live electronic acts and beat makers. The evenings are usually comprised of an eclectic mix of performers who bring out live gear and play all original music. The audience is able to experience live music-making and watch as artists explore and put themselves out in the open. Subtle Blend inspires audiences to open themselves to innovative local talent at the same time as inspiring artists to truly perform for their city and expose themselves to new creative situations. – Dustin Good

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The showcase has had a positive response because of the people I’ve met through it. Now in its second year, it works more as a collective effort and it is based on what the acts brings each night. I started doing lives sets and booking myself because I wanted to play more and meet other people to share a stage with. Now every month, we put together these shows and I get to work with truly talented and humble musicians and video artists that joined the showcase in the most organic and perfect way possible. They came up and said: ” what’s up,…”. – Mario Anzola

Photography by Patrick Leung

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Previously: PIQUE: Tabban (aka Bonblivious)

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PIQUE: Tabban (Bonblivious)

PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Tabban S., Bonblivious
I’m not really sure how to describe my art but I can say that it’s an extension of my personality. It’s not about discovering anything particular because your ‘style’ is already a part of you. It’s how you perceive the world and how you choose to communicate that visually. Once I stopped trying to draw like everyone else, I noticed a pattern in my mark making. My hands just kind of do their thing and I’m learning to really embrace that. There’s something so powerful in knowing that no one will ever draw like me, because no one will ever be like me.

Photography by Patrick Leung

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Previously: PIQUE: Taha Photo #StreetSoul

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6IX x 6 Toronto Instagram Exhibit Returns!

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We’re excited to announce the return of the MNFSTO x 1LOVETO co-curated “6IX x 6″ photography exhibit at Steam Whistle Brewing Gallery next month! Taking place between February 3rd – 29th, this multi-layered exhibit features the work of some of Toronto’s top Instagram photographers, including official @1LOVETO photographers @soteeoh & @ellenaturel along side @bora.vs.bora, @mr.jobeezy, @jayscale, and @tahaphoto.

Join us for the opening reception on February 3rd, and get more information HERE

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Previously: 6IX x 6 Interview Series: Mr. Jobeezy

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Last week we got the chance to experience hockey in Canada like never before – 32 stories above downtown Toronto. As part of its #AnythingForHockey campaign, Molson Canadian built a hockey rink on the rooftop of 120 Adelaide Street in the Financial District. Contest winners along with a select few media personalities and photographers were given access to the rink to skate, shoot around, and even play a game of shinny with the Toronto skyline as their backdrop. The rink is half the size of an official NHL sized-sheet, which makes perfect for a three-on-three game.

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“Molson Canadian is passionate about hockey and sharing the love for the game with our fans,” says Chris Blackburn, Director of Marketing, Molson Canadian. “Through our #anythingforhockey campaign, we are offering unforgettable experiences that will quite literally elevate the game to new heights and we look forward to sharing our winners’ experience with the world in February.”

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For more information, please visit: molsoncanadian.ca/anythingforhockey

Photography by @SoTeeOh

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On February 14, the eyes of the basketball world will be on Toronto as the city host’s the NBA All Star Game. As a proud partner of the NBA, Mountain Dew worked with designer Naturel, to create this limited edition DEW can to celebrate this big event. You can find the can at most major convenience stores and gas stations across the country for a limited time.

We’ve teamed up with Mountain Dew to help celebrate the All Star Game with ‘6 Reasons Why We’re Excited The NBA All Star Game Is In The 6ix’.

REASON 1
For the first (and possibly) only time in the history of the NBA, Canada is hosting the NBA All-Star game here in Toronto! Basketball fans, both young and old, will be able to enjoy this historic moment for years to come. If that’s not exciting, we don’t know what is.

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This is our time to showcase what makes Toronto so special. We are a world-class city and we can’t wait to showcase our diverse sense of culture and community. We have so much to offer North of the border! Toronto really is the ‘world in 1 city.’

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What a way to celebrate Basketball’s 125th anniversary! We take great pride in knowing the game of Basketball was invented by a Canadian – Dr James Naismith, in 1891. The love for the game in Canada, specifically Toronto, has grown considerably thanks to our very own Toronto Raptors. They’ve created a new wave of enthusiasm towards Basketball that we’ve never seen before. #WeTheNorth

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Local businesses will win big. Tourism will be at an all-time high, with restaurants, hotels, bars, and our favourite ‘mom & pop’ shops playing host to many new customers, from not only south of the border, but from around the globe.

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In good humour, we can’t wait to see the friendly off-court instagram battle between Drake and Kevin Hart become an on-court reality. They’ll be facing off as opposing Coaches at this year’s Celebrity All Star Game.

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You never know who you’ll see in the 6ix! From your favourite NBA All Stars, Hall of Famer’s, On-Air Commentators, to Celebrities, Actors, Artists, Musicians, the opportunities are endless. There’s going to be athlete meet-and-greets, countless after-parties, community initiatives, youth programming and more. Don’t miss out on your chance to rub shoulders with the best of the best.

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Photography by @SoTeeOh

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Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen

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The fascination with fame seems to only get stronger with time. With the developments of social platforms like Instagram and YouTube, these days it seems like everyone is fighting for their 15 minutes. The man who fore-shadowed this phenomena and one of the most notable figures who was obsessed with celebrity culture, was American artist Andy Warhol.

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Andy was born in the 20’s to a poor but close family in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. At a young age he began collecting images of glamorous celebrities from magazines his mother would give him. Slowly but surely, he be-came enraptured in this ‘other world’. In school, he excelled in art and eventually earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He moved to NYC in 1949 where he found success as a commercial artist but not before receiving a string of rejection letters from various galleries and industry bigwigs. Today, he is celebrated world-wide among the ordinary and elite, for introducing the Pop Art movement to the 20th century.

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TIFF Bell Lightbox is continuing the celebration by bringing their largest exhibit to date: Andy Warhol – Stars of the Silver Screen, to Toronto in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum. The 800+ piece exhibit takes you through the journey of a sickly, starstruck kid to star-maker through his personal collection of photos, earliest works and some his most famous pieces. You have to see the exhibit to truly appreciate the gravity of this multi-faceted artist but we want to tell you about our favourite aspects:

1. Everyone is familiar with the famous silkscreen series of he did of Marilyn Monroe. You get the see the actual image of Marilyn he tore out of a magazine (given by his mom) and framed her face with paint. This particular image would become iconic throughout the world.

2. They’ve re-created a room to depict the famous Silver Factory where Warhol created his work and where countless stars hung out and partied. Attendees are welcomed to go in and back in time.

3. Personal letters, notes and mailgrams sent to Andy including some from Elizabeth Taylor.

4. The Screen Test Machine. You can take your own Warhol-style 3 minute silent film.

The exhibit surrounds you with his work and propels you into his world. You encounter mirrored panels throughout which creates a truly immersive experience, like you are a part of the art. Loops of his video work accent the exhibit and offers a look at themes Andy is known for: sexuality, consumerism, luxury, and more.

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In addition to the exhibit, TIFF has curated specific cinematic programming to honour the artist; Nothing Special: Andy Warhol’s Star System, a retrospective of his films and Liz & Marilyn: Black and White in Colour. Liz & Marilyn, a favourite fascination Andy had with the two icons, is a curation of some of their most famous films including The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Cleopatra (1963).

The exhibit runs until January 24th 2016. For more programming details visit: tiff.net

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Steve Paikin from TVO’s Current Affairs program “The Agenda”, sat down with 1LOVETO co-founder Bryan Brock to discuss why Toronto is ‘so cool’. The topics included in the discussion range from The Remix Project, 1LOVETO, Drake, Toronto Blue Jays and Raptors, and much more. Watch the interview and let us know why you think Toronto has become the new cultural ‘cool’?!

For more info visit: tvo.org

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JazzCartier-Opera

Toronto-based rapper Jazz Cartier had an impressive 2015, from Pigeons and Planes including his mixtape in their influential “25 of the best free rap releases from the past five years” alongside ASAP Rocky and Chance The Rapper, to being named one of MTV’s 50 Artists to Watch in 2016.

Jazz drops his first official offering of 2016 with “Opera” off his forthcoming mixtape project, scheduled to be out early this year. If you’re already a Jazz fan, than you know what to expect, but for those new listeners, you’re about to be surprised by this young talent.

Previously: Jazz Cartier – “The Valley/Dead or Alive” Video

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