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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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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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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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NXNE ART: Toronto Urban Takeover

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Our skyline, like our streets, is always changing, always evolving. We’re heading into a new era in Toronto; a more refined, redesigned, more socially conscious state of mind. These three facets were the building blocks of an exciting segment of NXNE Art produced by, Hermann & Audrey, called “Urban Takeover – infiltrating the streets of Toronto”.

With support from the city’s stART Program, Downtown Yonge BIA and West Queen West BIA, local and international artists were given free reign to conceptualize and execute murals in, alleyways, on an overpass and on the side of commercial buildings, even one about to be demolished! The central theme was a “re-imagined or future, Toronto” with art around every corner of downtown. These spaces, which normally wouldn’t even get a second glance, were transformed into mesmerizing works of art which totally changed the pedestrian experience and brought new life and purpose to a dead end.

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Beau Stanton | 563 Queen St West

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Alexa Hatanaka & Patrick Thompson | O’Keefe Lane

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Hygienic Dress League & Alex Senna | 1052 Queen St West

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Jon Todd | Graffiti Alley

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Jessica Janda | Graffiti Alley

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Shaina Kasztelan | Graffiti Alley

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Photography by Jen Schenkel

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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For those of you unaware, Art Battle is a thing. Beyond that, it is a really unique, engaging and entertaining thing. We were fortunate enough to attend the Art Battle National Championships on Saturday at the old Maple Leaf Gardens. Since 2011, regional winners have advanced to the National Championship held every year in Toronto. When many of us hear or read the term “battle” we immediately envision two emcee’s on a stage or in a circle verbally assaulting one another with an onslaught of rhymes until one is deemed the winner. Art battle is nothing like this and everything like this at the same time.

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Taking many cues from battle rap, Art Battle is still a distinctive entity unto itself. Many of the artists involved in the competition are fine artists who are technically trained, which shows in their compositions. Each artist has only 20 minutes to complete their piece. With time being every artist’s stodgiest nemesis, the cream of the crop will rise to the top. Wander from easel to easel observing each painter for half a minute at a time (there are 10 artists painting in each round) and upon returning to the easel from which you started the same composition you witnessed moments ago will have transformed into something entirely different. This is what makes Art Battle a worthwhile viewing experience. It offers immediate satisfaction in art, art being a realm wherein we are accustomed to compositions requiring inordinate amounts of time to materialize. In a culture where people want to see instant results, Art Battle offers just that.

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Congratulations go out to this years National Champ, Yared Nigussu. Yared has won the last 3 National Championships so as you can imagine he is pretty good with a brush. We are looking forward to watching him defend his crown in 2015! Learn more about Yared Nigussu HERE.

Photos by @marshallcole

Posted by Jesse Ingalls

Previously: Sneak Peek: Art Battle Canada

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Sneak Peek: Art Battle Canada

This Saturday, July 26th Art Battle will be hosting the 2014 National Championships at the Mattamy Centre in Toronto. The event stands to be the biggest to date, with an estimated 2,500 patrons attending. Prior to this Saturday, we were invited to a kick-off event held in conjunction with Sick Kids. Each youngster got paired up with a champion painter and the art that ensued was absolutely amazing! All of the artists killed it and they truly demonstrated what it means to be creatively liberated!

If you’re interested in attending Art Battle this Saturday, you can get your tickets HERE or follow us on Twitter @1LOVETO for details on how to enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets!

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Absolut Makerfest Toronto

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Absolut Makerfest is coming to Toronto on August 9th, celebrating the cultural impact of Canada’s emerging “makers”. The maker community is made up of world-class artists, inventors, tinkerers and entrepreneurs who combine traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking and craft with technology-driven creativity, including 3D-printing, device hacking, electronics, robotics and more.

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Toronto’s own Eric Boyd (Sensebridge) and Jonathan Moneta (MakeLab) are among the list of celebrated “makers” who will be exhibiting their work at Makerfest. You’ll also be able to see works from Marc Reeve-Newson, Derek Gaw, Corey Clayton and Steven Enns.

This special event will also play host to 2 celebrity “makers” of their own kind, featuring a DJ set by Q-Tip from the legendary A Tribe Called Quest, along side performer Theophilus London!

Join us on August 9th at 99 Sudbury for what promises to be a unique mash-up of art, technology, music and of course cocktails!

RSVP ONLY
EVENTS@1LOVETO.COM

(Space is limited. Email does not guarantee admission. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.)

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Our very own Tyrone “T-rexxx” Edwards teamed up with the creator of the famous Lovebot, Matthew Del Degan, for a #BrilliantWorks episode with vitaminwater. Together, they flush out some ideas on how to bring the Lovebot to life and spread even more love at the Digital Dreams Music Festival. Watch the video to see what they came up with!

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For more info: lovebot.com

Previously: The Robot Love Invasion

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InspiredBy-Amex

In a city as big as Toronto we sometimes get stuck in our comfort zone and forget to explore what the rest of the city has to offer. A recent study commissioned by American Express, reveals more than half (53%) of Canadians feel stuck in their comfort zone, and almost everyone (98% of respondents) believe exploring our home towns or cities helps us live a more enriched life.

Toronto is filled with so much potential, not only the people, but the places. At 1 LOVE T.O. we constantly get the chance to explore and be #InspiredBy the different places throughout our city.

We’ve selected 5 of our ‘potentials places’ that highlight areas in the city where we get inspired through healthy living, fashion and style, music, reading and food/cooking.

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1. Healthy Living: When it comes to clearing our minds and taking a break from the daily grind, while staying healthy and active, we head over to High Park to hike the trails. You can’t help but be inspired when you’re surrounded by mother nature.

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2. Fashion: If you’re anything like us, we love to people watch! On any given day you can pull up a chair, or find a spot on the giant rock in Yorkville Park and you’ll see all different types of style. Summertime is the best time to get inspired by this place.

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3. Music: There’s something special about watching a concert outdoors! We’ve always been inspired by live music at the Molson Amphitheatre, especially in recent years with the now iconic OVO Fest. Seeing artists from Toronto like Drake, Kardinal and The Weeknd share the same stage as Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Eminem, TLC, Stevie Wonder, (the list goes) is nothing but inspirational.

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4. Reading: Believe it or not, we love to read on the Subway and/or Streetcar. Passing the time on your daily commute gets a whole lot better when you’re reading an incredible book.

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5. Food: Shopping for food is almost as much fun as eating! Wandering around St. Lawrence Market has always been something we enjoy. Seeing the different types of food, people and the history of that building is all inspiring to us.

We want you to help us ‘realize the potential’ of Toronto by telling us your favourite places and hidden gems that provide you with inspiration?! Tweet your suggestions to @1LOVETO & @AmexCanada using the hash-tag #InspiredBy or leave a comment below.

Toronto Time Lapse Movie

With the latest theme to emerge from our city being Drake’s newest album title “Views From The 6″, we thought it appropriate to showcase Toronto through the eyes of Randy Hoffmaan. He spent over 100 hours shooting, editing and producing this unique time lapse video of our city skyline and the “Metis” (pronounced “may-tee”) ship. In the 1950′s this bulk carrier was used to haul grain and ore along the St. Lawrence and around the Great Lakes. By the 90′s it was converted to a barge for the purpose of carrying cement. Now, it sits idle in the Toronto port lands, which makes for a very interesting subject piece to be captured in a time lapse format. Take a few minutes to see the incredible details of a ship most of us would probably just walk by, plus the views of the skyline are something else!

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Video by Randy & Brenda

Previously: Toronto Skyline Time Lapse Video

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