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Coming off a high from their Hype Machine number 1 remix of Odesza’s “It’s Only”, Free n Losh bring us a rework of a classic, Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft.” This time they’ve teamed up with UK multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Tyler Rix to bring you a unique tune that showcases each others true musicianship and creativity. Sit back, relax, and press play.

Previously: The Art Of Blending – Free N Losh

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Haute Pan Toronto Serves It Up

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Let’s face it, who has the time and energy nowadays to prep and cook a meal once coming home from a long day? Many of us don’t. Opting for take-out or attending late business dinners have sadly become the norm. With that being said, there is a solution and culinary expert, chef Adrian Forte and holistic nutritionist, Jennifer Lau of Fit Squad are willing to show us the way. For instance, last month, a group of ladies (who, much like myself) were invited to an intimate three-course cooking class and meal-tasting event entitled, Haute Pan, which caters towards ladies who are influencers; movers and shakers in the city. The Fit Squad duo demonstrated how to prepare quick, healthy and delicious meals from appetizers, entrees and desserts, while gaining valuable nutritional advice.

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Upon attendance, the ladies were treated to specialty cocktails, a goodie table with various gourmet popcorn flavours, a makeup bar courtesy of Da Lish Cosmetics, a tarot card reading session, Fit Squad gift bags filled with health and wellness goodies, and a customized pen and notepad for jotting cooking tips while chef Adrian Forte kindly prepared (step-by-step) the dishes in front of us so we could learn how to easily replicate the dishes from the comfort of our homes.
On the Designer Dish Demo Menu, the ladies were introduced to the Tiger Shrimp ceviche with red beet hummus for the appetizer, Jerk marinated chicken cutlet on rice noodles and eatable flowers for the entrée, and organic Chocolate & Chickpea Brownies for dessert. These three simple and healthy meal options make for an ideal holiday party.

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TIGER SHRIMP CEVICHE WITH RED BEET HUMMUS
Yield: 6
Ingredients:
· 1 cup Tiger shrimp (raw, peeled, deveined)
· 2 fresh lemons (Juiced)
· 3 fish limes (Juiced)
· 1 bunch cilantro (Chopped)
· 1 Medium red onion (diced)
· 2 teaspoon kosher salt

Method:
· Remove the shells of the shrimp, and rinse
· With a meat cleaver or chef’s knife, chop each shrimp into quarter of and inch pieces
· In a large A nonreactive bowl or pan—stainless-steel, enamel-coated or glass
· Add diced onions, chopped shrimp and chopped cilantro
· Add ½ cup of citrus (juiced lime & lemons)
· Add 2 teaspoon kosher salt
· Mix well, refrigerate and marinate for no longer than 60 minutes

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RED BEET HUMMUS
Yield: 1 liter
Ingredients:
· 5 medium sized red beets (sliced)
· 3 tsp. salt
· 1 tsp. cracked pepper
· 1 tbsp. brown sugar
· 2.5 cups chickpeas
· ¼ cup coconut oil,
· 3 cloves garlic

Method:
· In the blender, 2.5 cups chickpeas, 5 medium red beets, 3 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon cracked pepper, 3 cloves garlic
· Add all the ingredients in vitamix or blender and pulse while pouring in ¼ coconut oil, add 1 tablespoon brown sugar
· Mixture is finished once it is lump free and smooth

Once complete, spread the hummus mixture on your choice of corn or rice based chip, or tostadas. Spread the hummus mixture on your preference of chip, add a spoonful of ceviche and top with micro greens to garnish and serve.

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CHOCOLATE & CHICKPEA BROWNIE
Yield: 30
Ingredients:
· 1 ½ cup Almond flour
· ½ cup brown sugar
· 2 large eggs
· 5 cup Garbanzo beans (Chickpeas)
· 1/2 cup coconut oil
· 1 cup unsweetened melted chocolate
· 1 cup shredded almonds

Method:
· In a large bowl add 1 1 ½ cup almond flour, ½ cup brown sugar and whisk together
· In blender or vitamix blend 5 cups of garbanzo bean, ¼ of coconut oil and puree until smooth
· Add pureed garbanzo beans to flour and sugar blend, then add 2 large eggs and whisk aggressively mix
· Add 1 cup of melted (raw) unsweetened melted chocolate and mix aggressively until smooth and lump free
· In a parchment lined baking pan pour brownie batter in and bake for 15 minutes at 350Fo
· Remove brownies from the oven and drizzle ½ cup of melted unsweetened chocolate
· Add 180g of shredded almonds
· Cool before serving

For more information on Fit Squad’s personal training services, nutritional consultation; meal plans, food delivery, healthy catering and future Haute Pan events, please visit FitSquad.ca.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Toronto Christmas Market #AmexLife

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Last Friday, we visited the world famous Shop.ca Toronto Christmas Market at the historic Distillery District. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out on a very unique indoor/outdoor shopping experience presented by American Express. It’s truly become a Toronto holiday tradition!

We started our adventure at the American Express Lounge. A place where everyone alike can escape the Canadian cold… Next to it, we played a round of ‘Spin To Win’ at the Amex Cabin, for our chance at some great prizes.

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After warming up in the lounge, we made our way through the cobblestone walkways by following the sounds of the Candy Cane Carolers. We ended up at the sound stage and joined in with the performers by singing along with some classic holiday feel good songs. The Market’s lineup was stacked with great Canadian artist with American Express providing the entertainment on select evenings.

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Believe it or not, we built up an appetite while singing our lungs out, so we decided to taste test some of the local vendors in the Market. Let’s just say, you need to try the giant pretzels, the chicken drumsticks and the French Canadian poutine. If you feel like grabbing a beer or Christmas cocktail we suggest you make use of El Catrin’s heated, yes we said heated outdoor patio. There’s nothing more Canadian than enjoying a cold one on a patio in the middle of winter!

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For those of you under 19, don’t worry, you can still enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by the cozy fire pits throughout the Market or over to the American Express Lounge for a complimentary cup!

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One of the coolest things about the Market is that you can shop both indoors and outdoors while supporting local vendors. If you’re looking for a one of a kind gift for that special someone, you’re sure to find it at the Shop.ca Toronto Christmas Market.

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Lupul

Follow Joffrey Lupul on his off days at some of his favourite spots in the city. From his local coffee shop, to his favourite live music venue, to his “boys night out” steak house. Rate his style by Gotstyle and for every vote, Joffrey Lupul and Gotstyle will donate $1.00 to local charity – The Remix Project. Last year the #LupulStyle collaboration raised $25,000 for the True Patriot Love Foundation, this season they’re looking to raise even more for The Remix Project.

VOTE HERE: lupulstyle.com

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To learn more about The Remix Project, please visit: theremixproject.ca

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The Regent Park Film Festival

The beauty of film is that it can relay powerful stories and messages which can resonate with the viewer and change perspectives. When those films are coming straight out of your own neighbourhood and represent your voice, that’s power.

The Regent Park Film Festival does exactly that and we were lucky enough to check out the 2014 festival at Daniels Spectrum. Festival Manager, Amanda Pileggi, told us that the festival is not only accessible and open to all, it offers free admission and free child care! She says RPFF is a place where “everyone can connect to storytelling and film” and fosters a deep sense of community and connectivity.

We caught the screening for “Black Men Loving” directed by Ella Cooper, Intersections directed by Snap! A youth filmmaking workshop, and Hope Heights directed by Marc Magnusson in partnership with Manifesto.

Black Men Loving did a phenomenal job demolishing the stereotype of Black fathers by profiling some in Regent Park and across Toronto. Jason Creed, father of four, was one of the fathers profiled and recounted some moving truths of parenting young girls. We also got a real look at a homosexual relationship which, regardless of the endless stereotypes, provides a loving home to their son.

Intersections is project by the RPFF, funded by the Ontario Arts Council. “Professional artists Sheena D. Robertson and Richard Fung worked with youth from the Regent Park and Lawrence Heights communities, who wrote, produced, acted, and filmed all aspects of the production.” It takes the audience on the journey of one kid and shows us how we all connect, or intersect, without even noticing it. It sheds light on stereotypes the kids of Regent Park and Lawrence Heights face and the reality they have to survive in a very clever way.

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Hope Heights is about a section of Toronto known as Lawrence Heights. Although the community has seen violence and tragedy, the point of the film explains that the media makes it worse than it actually is. We all rely on the news to tell us what’s happening in the world but sensationalism is compromising the facts. The community doesn’t deny terrible things have happened there but the good outweighs the bad; the people are respectable and the potential is infinite. The lesson we come away with is to seek out truth for yourself; if you didn’t see it with your own eyes, or hear it with your own ears, you don’t truly know.

For more info: regentparkfilmfestival.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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EAST vs West T.O.

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We found ourselves in a room with a panel of some notable Torontonians debating a question that has caused clashes, confrontations and general chaos: East end or West end, what’s better? They called it, “An intelligent discussion on a not so important topic.”

Representing the West End: Roz Weston of the Roz & Mocha Show on Kiss 92.5FM and Co-Founder of Toronto music label Arts & Crafts, Jeffery Remedios.

Representing the East End: City Breakfast Television Host, Jennifer Valentyne and Editor/Publisher of NOW Magazine, Michael Hollett.

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Vogue Magazine recently declared Queen West one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. It’s got Bellwoods Trinity Park, the Entertainment District and cool hotels like The Drake. Does cooler mean better though? East end boasted about their green space, a family orientated community and the ease of getting into downtown anytime they want. They claim the cuisine is amazing and it’s far easier to make a reservation and enjoy your surroundings. There is less congestion there and has a very chill vibe. East end is home to Leslieville and The Beaches but West end has The Annex, Parkdale and The Junction.

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Things got a little heated when an audience member challenged Roz on the very existence of Scarborough. The man in the audience claimed Scarborough doesn’t really exist saying, ‘it’s Toronto’. Roz, obviously annoyed, came back with, “Scarborough does exists. Tell somebody FROM Scarborough that Scarborough doesn’t exists; Scarborough exists!” The man says, “I AM from Scarborough!” Remedios chimed in with, “Oh no, you’re from Toronto.” The audience was in stitches! LOL!

The general conclusion of the night? The best end depends on who you are and what you like. You’ll find something that fits you because here, it’s all good in the hood.

Photos by Katherine Holland

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The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities. Our programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education; The REMIX Project provides top-notch alternative, creative, educational programs, facilitators and facilities. Our mission is to help refine the raw talents of young people from across the GTA in order to help them find success as participants define it and on their own terms.

The Remix Project is now accepting applications for the following youth programs.

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APPLY NOW (DEADLINE: DEC 27TH, 2014)

For more info: theremixproject.ca

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PEKOTA – Designed & Made In Canada

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We met Marco Pecota, Owner and Creative Director of PEKOTA, a Toronto-based boutique design firm, at the “RISE UP” party by DX and were wowed by his stunning designs throughout the venue; fitting for a party that is dedicated to design excellence! We had to know more so we caught up with Marco to talk art and design.

1. You wear many different hats, from publishing to film; why venture into furniture, how did you start?
I have always loved design. Once I finished designing and rebuilding my home a few years back, I felt a craving for more design. The hobby of building my first chair quickly turned into a small side business and then into a full blown design company.

2. Describe your creative process.
I am inspired by the design of the early 20th century. Not just furniture but also automotive, aviation and architecture. Combining this passion with an industrial edge has led me to design what I like to call “Industrial Elegance.” Everything I design starts with pencil to paper. I sketch out the design which is then converted into technical drawings and finally into 3D renderings. From there it goes to steel fabrication via laser cutting and CNC forming. After that we craft the wood components in house and handle all of the finishing and packaging.

3. Made and designed in Canada; why is this important to you?
Being made in Canada is very important as it allows me to have greater quality control over our products. I am hands on throughout the entire process allowing for quick changes to perfect the piece. This also allows for quick customization for customers. It is also important for me to support our local suppliers because it fosters a manufacturing community.

4. What do you hope people experience through PEKOTA designs?
I hope that people find my pieces both beautiful and original. I think that any art form should aspire to achieve this. Our pieces should make people feel comfortable and inspired.

5. Favourite experiences via designing?
I enjoy the entire process: from researching inspirational designs, to capturing a new look, to the process of manufacturing. There is great satisfaction in seeing a fresh idea come to reality in the matter of a few weeks.

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For more info: pekota.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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ArtReach Youth Pitch Contest

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“The pitch contest challenged me on so many levels. I’ve had the opportunity to pitch for funding before, but I’ve never done a creative pitch with other people. Through the experience I learned how to be a better leader and how to deliver an entertaining pitch in front of a panel of judges. I was also able to meet new friends and establish connections that I didn’t have before. It was hands down one of the most exciting experiences of my life.” – Anthony Gebrehiwot, XVXY Photo

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That’s just a glimpse into the gravity of the Youth Pitch Contest created by ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture. It created a platform for young artists and entrepreneurs to pitch ideas surrounding their craft to a panel of respected judges including our very own, Bryan Brock, in hopes of winning up to $5,000!

“The arts are a powerful and motivating way that youth are involved in their communities. Whether it’s in someone’s basement, or through a community program – young people are creating art all over this city.” – ArtReach

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The eight finalists included: Black Like We, JellyTooFly, Pomegranate Tree Group, Wild Moon Jewelry, Pique Toronto, Alien Nation, XVXY Photo and Corex. Winners included, Anthony Gebrehiwot of XVXY Photo, Fiona Raye Clarke of Black Like We, Dwayne Holness of Corex and Asia Clarke of Wild Moon Jewelry.

Asia hoped the prize money would help her with funding to attend a Jewelry Arts Academy for Goldsmithing in Trinidad and Tobago as well as to hire an assistant to help with existing demand, two key pieces she felt she was missing. In her pitch, used a combination of audio/visual projection and live models. The four key element of her speech were, “Future, Heritage, Create, Magic”.

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“Preparing for the pitch contest was a challenge because I really wanted to win but was made nervous by my amazing competitors – I was already aware of and inspired by their work” says Asia, “I have connected with some of the other finalists and even made plans to collaborate on future work which is dope! I’m looking forward to that.”

It’s always a thrill to witness the scope of creativity in Toronto. The Youth Pitch Contest is another reminder that one proactive step towards your goals, is a giant leap towards your dreams.

For more info: artreach.org

Photos by Miguel Arenillas. Additional photos by Ebti Nabag & Idil Jailani.

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

Previously: Youth Arts Pitch Contest

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1 LOVE T.O. presents our 5th Annual Holiday Ice Skating Party on Saturday, December 20th, from 8-11pm at The Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West). We’ve got our official DJ DLUX along side DJ LISSA MONET and our very own T-rexxx as host for the night.

If you’ve got your own skates, bring ‘em! If not, don’t worry, we’ve got skate rentals available, but arrive early, they sell out quickly. If it gets too cold, don’t worry, you can keep warm with hot chocolate, food and other drinks inside the lounge!

We’ll see you on the ice!

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