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1LOVETO’s 2nd Annual Photo Walk

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Last year @1LOVETO decided to host our 1st Annual Photo Walk with our official photographer @SoTeeOh. We spent over 3 hours hiking through Evergreen Brickworks, capturing shots and taking breaks to learn some helpful tips from @SoTeeOh. This year we’ve decided to switch up the scenery and meet at City Hall where we’ll be walking to the Financial District and eventually The Distillery District.

Join @1LOVETO along side both of our contributing photographers @SoTeeOh & @ellenaturel this Sunday, November 30th from 1-4pm.

If you love taking photos as much as we do, we want to see you there! All you need to bring is your smartphone (apple, android, other), camera (DSLR or film), or both.

Can’t wait to see you!

WHEN
- Sunday, November 30th
- 1 to 4 pm

WHERE TO MEET
- City Hall (Outside Front Door Entrance)

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The Braille Project

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What happens when you pair an author and an artist? Brilliance.

The Braille Project, brainchild of Faye Harnest and Devon E. Sioui, highlights the beauty of braille and the art of communication. Faye was writing poetry with braille and using it as art. Devon’s artistic technique and textures caught her attention and before they knew it, they were collaborating.

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Faye: It’s most important that our works are fun to experience. I love concrete poetry—poetry that messes around with letters and words and makes you pay attention to every shape and pattern… We don’t think of our project as political—it’s a creative endeavor—but we would like it if The Braille Project made a few people excited about learning braille. By showing how cool braille is—and, of course, it is cool; it is reading and writing, two of the most important and enjoyable things in life.

Together, they developed a series called, PLEASE DO TOUCH! It’s a series of 40 paintings that play with wild coloured paints and expressive braille poetry inspired by those who have their own connection to braille.

Devon: We wanted the audience to explore the paintings with their hands, interacting with them in ways you normally wouldn’t. Touching paintings at a gallery is usually frowned upon, so actually being encouraged to touch them is really fun.

Faye: Yes! In the same way that we’re interested in stripping away some of the rules of how we’re supposed to interact with language, we want to strip away some of the rules about how we’re supposed to interact with paintings…The narratives told by the braille poems are cohesive in that they have a very “Let’s go! Let’s run away together!” attitude that encourages everyone to come along on this adventure.

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The duo is embarking on a new adventure with a documentary in the works and hopefully, a cross-Canada tour of PLEASE DO TOUCH!

Devon: We are shooting a documentary of the Project with Director Jay Lidstone, and we’re also beginning to work on large sculptures and installations incorporating braille and the theme of touch.

Faye: We’re planning to exhibit all of the paintings in the Please Do Touch series together, in Toronto, and afterwards, we would love for some pieces to travel throughout Canada, so that as many people can touch them as possible. How great would it be to have a travelling exhibit—oh! a painting mobile, like a book mobile, but with paintings, driving up your street! Alas, that’s only a dream.

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For more info: thebrailleproject.com

Photos by Adam Harnest

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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Disaronno Wears Versace Versace Versace

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On November 12, the Canadian launch of the DISARONNO wears VERSACE event took place at The Spoke Club Gallery in the city’s King St. West district. The evening was in celebration between two iconic Italian brands. Disaronno — the world’s favourite Italian liqueur has revamped its look in collaboration with the world’s most reputable Italian fashion houses — Versace.

The design combines the classic and recognizable shape of the Disaronno bottle with the signature decadence of Versace prints; creating a one-of-a-kind collectors item for both Disaronno lovers and fashion aficionados alike. The DISARONNO wears VERSACE design takes its inspiration from the classic Versace Home Collection, draped in light blue and embellished with an opulent white and gold motif.

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As the crowd mix and mingled and took a few selfies against the Versace mural, they had a chance to sip on the night’s signature drink, the ‘Disaronno Versace Sour’. Its collaborative unique flavours of Disaronno mixed with the sour notes of lime and bitter Vermouth and sparkling Prosecco, made for an enhancing bold blue colour of Curacao, garnished with a dramatic finish of real gold leaves — it’s a cocktail made in true Versace style.

The DISARONNO wears VERSACE project also supports the Fashion 4 Development initiative; a charity sponsored by the United Nations that creates opportunities for women working in the fashion industry in developing countries. ‘Tis the season of giving and this is just one more reason to add the exclusive bottle to your collection or give it as a gift during the holiday season.

The DISARONNO wears VERSACE limited edition bottles are currently available at LCBO locations and other liquor stores worldwide. Be sure and get yours while they last!

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Posted by Christina Cheng

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It seems like every year, the Design Exchange out-does it annual ‘Intersection’ soirée. The party is a celebration of creative collisions and this year, they took their game to new heights with Intersection 2014: RISE UP!

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The organization brought us some incredible exhibitions this year including, “This is Not A Toy” and their latest, “Politics of Fashion / Fashion of Politics”, which also influenced the theme of this year’s party. Picketers were scattered across with signs saying, “Love Each Other”, “Freedom Forever” and the silent auction featured fashions by Vivienne Westwood and even the famous flag dress by Catharine Malandrino.

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DX RISE UP honoured Frank Toskan, Co-Founder of M.A.C. cosmetics who co-founded the iconic cosmetic brand more than 30 years ago in Toronto. The brand is famous for not only its beautiful pigments and high quality coverage, but for its social initiatives including Viva Glam which benefits the M.A.C AIDS Fund.

Naturally, a party dedicated to design would of course, have to be outfitted with only the best esthetics. Toronto based company PEKOTA Design, decked the place out with their industrial yet elegant furnishings, all made in Canada. We got cosy in the PEKOTA city loungers and nibbled on delectable desserts by Marigolds and Onions.

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The night ended with an epic vogue-off; Toronto VS. New York City! Voguing, popularized by Madonna, originated out of Harlem via the LBGT community in the 80s and is now recognized as one of the most iconic styles of dance to date.

For more info visit dx.org

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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“The 6 Right Now” By SoTeeOh

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We’re excited to announce our official 1 LOVE T.O. Photographer SoTeeOh has just released a new collection entitled, “The 6 Right Now”. It’s 9 photos that represent his view of life in Toronto right now.

ARTIST STATEMENT
This is my new collection of prints called “The 6 Right Now”. My goal with these images was to strike a balance between the beauty I see in my city and the strange sense of isolation that can occur living down town in a major urban centre. When I shoot I look for moments of calm in the midst of the chaos; moments when I’m surrounded by 1000 people yet I feel like I’m the only one here. These 9 images represent my experience of life in Toronto right now.

All 9 prints are available exclusively through Nu Vango for the month of November.

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Last week we attended the official launch of “The Creator Class”, a channel dedicated for those who share their passions for a living. It’s a new breed of creatives in Music, Style, Adventure, Arts and Culture that have become the voices of our generation.

The night was produced by FREE – a next generation content studio built for Creators, by Creators – in partnership with Canon. They featured the art of Camille Jodoin-Eng, the music of Dead Horse Beats, and the food of FeasTO. Everyone who attended also got the chance to get their hands on the brand new Canon 7D Mark II.

Some of the notable attendees included: Visionelie, Sean Brown, Jayscale, Jackie Beale, and many more.

With so much talent in the city, and around the world, a project like this only makes sense!

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For more info, visit thecreatorclass.com

Congrats Chris & the entire team!

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Kwame Delfish x The Royal Canadian Mint

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Toronto-based artist, Kwame Delfish has achieved something most artists/designers will never have the chance to achieve. He’s been honoured with the opportunity to design a commemorative coin for the Royal Canadian Mint. His art is featured on a limited edition (8000 coins) specially minted 1/2 oz Fine Silver Gold-Plated Coin, celebrating Canada. Kwame’s design goes beyond the traditional symbol of the Canadian Maple Leaf and highlights different elements of Canada to present a unique portrait.

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GET YOUR LIMITED EDITION COIN HERE

To learn more about Kwame Delfish, visit: kwamedelfish.com

Congrats Kwame!

Previously: Introducing Kwame Delfish

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When you throw on your 1 Love T.O. tee, you’re making a statement. Whether you’re proclaiming love for the city or where you come from, you’re saying it out loud. This is the power of fashion.

Style has forever been an extension of our personalities and ideas. Clothes have the ability to speak volumes, evoke emotions and make a point simply depending on what you wear and how you wear it. Sometimes, the declarations you don can be misinterpreted and create chaos and confusion. Something that might bring you comfort, could be regarded as a threat to someone else; just ask anyone in a hoodie or hijab.

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The Design Exchange is looking at this relationship between people and fashion in their latest exhibit, “Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics”, the curatorial debut by Jeanne Beker alongside DX Curator, Sara Nickleson and Canadian Fashion Designer, Jeremy Laing.

We got a sneak peek, led by Ms. Beker, of the exhibit which is split up into five segments representing five themes: Ethics/Activism, War/Peace, Consumption/Consumerism, Campaign/Power Dressing and Gender/Sexuality. You’ll see the artisanal leather poncho from the 2013 AW Maison Martin Margiela Collection, the gold leopard print burqa from Jeremy Scott’s Arab Spring SS 2013 Collection and everything in between.

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The exhibit really hones in on the idea that fashion is one of the most powerful ways we talk to each other. And frankly, these days, you cannot downplay its impact or the role it plays in our world. Fashion mimics life and life is story; what does yours say?

Exhibit runs until January 25th 2015. For more info: dx.org

Photos by Eugen Sakhnenko

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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ShepardFairey-Hennessy

This Thursday, October 2nd, legendary street artist Shepard Fairey will be in Toronto for the launch of the official Hennessy Very Special Limited Edition Bottle/Label Design. The creative collaboration between Hennessy and Shepard follows up successful collaborations with world-renowned artists such as Os Gemeos, KAWS, and Futura. The bottle features the iconic OBEY symbol in the centre of the label, accompanied by his popular star symbol and additional illustrative design elements. The colour palette includes gold, black, cream, red, which together happen to compliment the already existing aesthetic of the cognac.

“MY INSPIRATION FOR THIS LIMITED EDITION DESIGN WAS BASED ON THE LEGACY OF HENNESSY AS A BRAND. TO ME, HENNESSY HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT QUALITY, AUTHENTICITY, TRADITION, AND ELEGANCE.” – SHEPARD FAIREY

The limited edition Hennessy V.S. x Shepard Fairey bottle is now available at participating LCBO’s across the GTA. Some locations have already sold out, so you may be on a bit of a scavenger hunt for this limited edition piece of art. For those of you who are lucky enough to purchase a bottle, feel free to get it signed by Shepard Fairey himself!

Join us on Thursday, October 2nd, from 4:30 – 5:30pm at Tattoo (567 Queen St. W) to meet Shepard Fairey. Please arrive early to guarantee entry!

*Bottles will NOT be available for purchase on site

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Youth Arts Pitch Contest

Win $5000 to support your community youth arts project, start your arts-based business today!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture invite you to participate in the 2014 Youth Pitch Contest. If you are a young artist or a group of artists, between the ages of 18 – 29, we want to hear from you! We want to support some of Toronto’s finest innovative talent and encourage community participation through the arts. 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. We invite you to submit your ideas to us, which could land you a spot in front of an esteemed panel of judges for a live and interactive pitch contest!

Artists working in a broad range of art forms are encouraged to apply, including dance, drama, music, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, new media, fashion, creative writing, visual arts, crafts, hip hop, design, multi-media, urban arts and more.

PRIZES
Eight lucky applicants will be chosen to pitch their ideas live on Thursday October 30th, from 6:30 to 9PM at The Scarborough Civic Centre, for a chance to win one of two $5000 prizes.

There are two categories that you can apply:
1. Community Arts Projects & Productions (APPLY HERE)
2. Creative Business & Career Development (APPLY HERE)

For more information, please email: pitch@artreach.org

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Red Bull Flying Bach Comes To Canada

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After more than 100 sold out performances worldwide, the celebrated four-time breakdance world champions, the Flying Steps, will bring the Red Bull Flying Bach world tour to Canada for a series of eight shows this fall. A live performance unlike any other in theatre production today, Red Bull Flying Bach fuses the unlikely combination of contemporary dance and breakdance with live classical music.

Toronto and Montreal will serve as the exclusive Canadian stops of Red Bull Flying Bach’s world tour in Canada this year, following sold out tours in countries including Austria, Australia, Chile, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Russia, Sweden and, most recently, the United States this past June.

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“Canada is definitely new territory for us to bring such a huge production,” says Michael Rosemann (‘Mikel’) of the Flying Steps, “we’ve heard the b-boy community is thriving and that show audiences come out with a lot of energy. We feed off of that energy when we perform, so we can’t wait to get there.”

The show spans roughly 65 minutes in length, and features group synchronized breakdance to the backdrop of the live performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. The Canadian portion of the world tour will feature four consecutive shows in Toronto at the legendary Massey Hall on October 16-19

For more information and/or tickets for Red Bull Flying Bach, visit redbull.ca/flyingbach

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