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Shad – “Progress” (Official Video)

Shad drops some visuals for “Progress” (Part 1: American Pie, Part 2: The Future is Here) with the help of artist/director Justin Broadbent. See the comments below for a breakdown of the concept from Justin’s perspective.

“The death of music is similar to the death of visual art. The online, numb, browsing experience has (naturally) started to effect the current state of art. We’ve become a Tumblr’d culture, over Googled, educated and bored in 4 seconds or shorter.

“I made a non-music video for Shad’s “Progress”. It’s a website. It’s a comment on the state of art and also maybe the only video that could attach to such an intensely accurate and poignant song for our generation. It is like the movie credits to now. Tumblr on.” – Justin Broadbent

Previously: Shad & DJ T.LO – “Always Winnin”

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We’re pretty excited about this!

Etsy presents their first-ever Etsy: Made in Canada Flagship Marketplace at the MaRS Discovery District, located at 100 College St. For one day only on Saturday, September 27, from 10 am – 4 pm, you’ll be able to shop over 120 local Etsy sellers showcasing handmade and vintage goods. See the official marketplace lookbook HERE.

For more info, check out the event page HERE.

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As an official OBEY Ambassador for Canada, I’d like to share a glimpse at the new men’s & women’s OBEY Fall 2014 Lookbook. As we all know, summer here in Toronto is over, actually it was never really here in the first place. With that being said, it’s all about layering for Fall, and OBEY has a ton of options for both men and women. Check out some of the looks below or visit obeyclothing.ca

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PS: Save These Dates – October 1st & 2nd (more info coming soon…)

Previously: OBEY Hats For A Year (Contest)

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Hans Poppe is a Toronto-based artist, graphic designer, illustrator, teacher, mentor, father, student of life and personal friend. Recently, I got the chance to speak with Hans about the collection of work he’ll be showing at Manifesto’s Art Exhibit, happening tomorrow (Thursday) night at Toronto’s Steam Whistle Roundhouse, located at 255 Bremner Blvd. from 7pm – 2am. This specific collection differs in content from most of his more notable works (ie. Biggie Tribute Portrait, African Series, etc). This collection was created through an exploration of self, the highs and the lows. In actual fact, Hans never planned to show these to anyone but himself, but after encouragement from others, he’s sharing his art and his story with all of us.

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These pieces reflect a time of darkness. They were and still are an unconditional conversation. A conversation about… heart break, death, loss of faith, loss of direction, darkness, abyss. Something heart and soul… life… love. The pursuit of Happiness.

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To see more of Hans’ work, check out hanspoppe.com

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Chinedesign Presents Supafrik Toronto

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Supafrik is a traveling pop-up concept that was created by Chinedu Ukabam, the creative director of Toronto fashion label Chinedesign. Part exhibit and part retail, Supafrik showcases the work of artists, designers, photographers and entrepreneurs that are inspired by Africa or working within the burgeoning “Afropolitan” movement. Curated around the theme of “Contemporary Africana”, Supafrik features artwork and other creations that re-contextualise and re-imagine traditional African aesthetics and tradition within a modern framework.

SUPAFRIK returns to its Toronto roots after well received installations in Washington DC, London and Paris. The pop up shop takes place on Sunday September, 21st from 1-7pm at the TAC Art/Work Gallery located at 568 Richmond St W.

The pop up shop will feature a collaborative one-off capsule collection from Chinedesign and Parisian conceptual artist MyriaMMaxo. Chinedesign’s #TheBravingRitual collection, the label’s first foray into eclectic winterwear combining tartans and indigo-dyed mud cloth will also be exclusively available for made-to-measure custom orders.

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For more info: chinedesign.com

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Manifesto’s Festival of Community Arts & Culture is back again for another successful year of programming for the city. One of this year’s main attractions promises to be the 8th Annual Art Exhibition “Transcension”, featuring the works of legendary LA-based graffiti/tattoo artist Mister Cartoon. Mister Cartoon will be painting live alongside Toronto’s very own $KAM, Columbian artist KNO DELIX and more.

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Exhibiting Artists:

Carl & Ann Beam
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Mark ‘Kurupt’ Stoddart
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Totem Resolve + Eugene Paunil
Hans Poppe
Adrian Hayles
Ekow Nimako
Sara Golish
Jah Grey
Danilo M. McCallum
Francesca ‘SUN SUN’ Nocera + Thomarya ‘Tee’ Fergus
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Komi Olaf
Heather Fulton
Wylie Styles
Nathalie Long
Robert Young

Curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes

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The event takes place at Toronto’s Steam Whistle Roundhouse, located at 255 Bremner Blvd. from 7pm – 2am. Tic

kets are $15 and can be purchased online: mnfstoart.eventbrite.ca

For the complete festival line-up check: themanifesto.ca

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Monday Nights just got a whole lot more interesting! The 6th Man Collective and The Theatre Centre present “Monday Nights”, an interactive theatrical performance focused on basketball. The idea comes from creators/performers Byron Abalos, Colin Doyle, Darrel Gamotin, Richard Lee and Jeff Yung. The story line is based on the summer of 2008, when five guys came together on Toronto’s famous ball court at Queen’s Quay and Bathurst. Religiously, every Monday night, they stayed until the lights turned off. They didn’t come to watch. They didn’t come to pray. They came to play!

The show runs Thursday-Monday, from Sept 5-20th at The Theatre Centre located at 1115 Queen St. West. For tickets call the box office at 416-538-0988 or BUY ONLINE (Limited seating available)

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Photos by Dahlia Katz

For more info: 6thmancollective.wordpress.com

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The Return Of “Too Black Guys”

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Too Black Guys is a brand that was founded in Toronto, in 1990, by designer Adrian X. The brand started from humble beginnings, with simple black graphic tees representing the black experience. The name was derived from Malcolm X’s “Message to the Grass Roots” speech, which went hand in hand with the “do for self” sentiment of early 90’s hip hop. The brand gained notoriety immediately following an appearance in the video for the now famous hit song “Real Love” by Mary J. Blige. Look closely and you’ll see Mary rockin’ an official “Too Black Guys” baseball jersey representing Toronto!

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Too Black Guys eventually opened a small store in Toronto before eventually opening a store in NYC’s lower east side. Over the years, the brand has seen success with collaborations with the likes of Mos Def, as well as continued support within the hip hop community. Nearly 25 years later, Too Black Guys remains a powerful brand with a powerful message. Their latest collection, entitled “Runaway” aims to speak about the black experience once again, but with updated styles, fabrics, and more.

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For more info check out their new website: tooblackguys.co

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