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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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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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Birdo | 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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