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The Latin community in Toronto is one of the biggest reasons the pulse of this city keeps thumping. This April, Hispanic Heritage Month, they gave us all something to celebrate with the 14th annual aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival.

The festival “pays homage to the more traditional sides of Latin culture, through contemporary works, which is very special. It gives people a perspective on the lives of Latin American people both inside Canada and oversees” according to Board Member, Christopher Trotman.

Performances, art installations, artist talks, workshops and films have a little something for everyone. Work by Balam Sotto, Roberto Fiesco, María José Alós and Livia Daza-Paris are just a few of the amazing efforts showcased.

The platform is particularly important because it gives the community an outlet to let the world know through their art, who they are, who they aren’t and what they represent. “We’re a community filled with beauty and complexities and we can’t be reduced to basic stereotypes. The quality of talent coming out of places like Mexico and Venezuela is astounding; after all we have a lot to say.” says Outreach Coordinator, Juan M. Gonzalez-Calcaneo.

“I hope people are surprised. I hope that they come with certain expectations of what Latin culture or Media Arts are and that they leave here with a different, fuller understanding of it.”

If you missed out on the festivities, you can still enjoy their wrap party this Saturday!

For more info: alucinefestival.com

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1 LOVE T.O. is proud to present the “Jetlag” photo exhibit and album listening event hosted by Rhye’s lead singer, Milosh. If you’re unfamiliar with Rhye or Milosh, make sure you check out our exclusive interview HERE.

You’re invited!

WHEN
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
7-10PM

WHERE
Moniker Gallery – 452 Richmond St. West (Just west of Spadina)

RSVP ONLY
EVENTS@1LOVETO.COM (Subject: Milosh)
*Limited Capacity

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Sketching The Line

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Sketching the Line is an international exhibition of 78 sketches drawn by 13 artists from around the globe, featuring brief impressions of fellow commuters that document place, time and movement while simultaneously revealing a myriad of personal moments. Sketching the Line is part of PATTISON’s ongoing Art in Transit program and includes: architects, artists, art instructors, character designers, curators, and illustrators. Canadian contributors are Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera of Imaginism Studios, and multimedia artist Nicole Little, all based in Toronto.

The exhibit runs until April 13 on PATTISON’s digital screens inside Toronto’s subway stations.

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For more info: artintransit.ca

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Many of you may not know that the front-man for the popular music group Rhye is actually Mike Milosh. Milosh is also a successful solo artist and photographer who recently released his fourth project entitled “Jetlag”, which is currently available on iTunes.

Over the past month or so we’ve been working very closely with Milosh to help launch his Jetlag photo exhibit and album listening event in Toronto. The event will be hosted by Milosh on Thursday, April 17th, from 7-10pm at the Moniker Gallery (452 Richmond St. West, near Spadina) and will feature photos taken by Milosh & Alexa (his wife).

RSVP: EVENTS@1LOVETO.COM (Subject: Milosh) *limited capacity

If you’re unfamiliar with Milosh or even Rhye, check out our exclusive interview below…

1. What came first for you, music or art?

Music came at the same time as art for me. I started playing cello when I was 3 and was picking up pencils around the same time. I went to an art school for my childhood and into my high-school career where I was actually an art major and music minor. The two forms have been my outlets for as long as I really can remember having a personality. 

2. Who’s your favourite photographer?

I don’t have a favourite photographer per se, but I love artists like Ai weiwei, love his use of photography and I love artists like James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson. I guess what I am getting at is that as an artist I wouldn’t ever want to be relegated to just one particular form, art is an expression, you choose the form to suit what you are trying to express be it music, film, photography…

3. Film or Digital, and why?

I use both but I actually like Digital better. I just like what you can do with it, you aren’t confined to a particular stock, or pre existing look. I love the way film looks, and I admire what other photographers are doing with it but Digital just suits what I am doing. I love the mix of technology and art, I think there are a lot of similarities in electronic music, digital film and video.

4. I read somewhere that your wife Alexa actually came up with the music video concept for “Slow Down”. How involved is your wife in your overall creative process?

Actually she is very involved, it’s why I have her credited as my master producer. She not only inspires me to create and push things further but I view most of what I do as a collaboration with her. She was by my side during most of the recording of “Jetlag” throwing ideas in, helping with lyrics all the way to the mastering process, lending her ears on the final touches. She is such a brilliant actress, I love filming her and shooting her, this idea she came up with for slow down was just something we had to do once she thought it up. We actually kind of do everything together to be honest. All the posters for Rhye (the witch hunt series) are collabs between the two of us, the Milosh music videos… It’s fun times. We are working on another EP together as well.

5. I know you don’t agree, but a lot of your fans think you sound like a women when you sing.  Do you think the Rhye album cover may have added to the confusion?

Yeah It probably did. I didn’t realize people really thought I sounded like a woman on that record as it’s me, so, yeah… I thought people were saying that more as a joke at first. I also think because I didn’t release photos of myself people just ran with what they wanted to. It was kind of interesting to watch. 

6. Has the popularity of Rhye allowed you to grow as a solo artist?

I think, or I hope I am always growing from all the things that happen in my life, Rhye is just one of those things. 

7. Lastly, I don’t think very many people realize that you’re originally from Toronto. What type of influence, if any, did growing up in Toronto have on your style of music?

Hmmm, well in the 90’s there was a nice little electronic appreciation in Toronto so I think that helped, but I have always had a wanderlust, an interest in seeing as much of the world as possible and drawing influences from all there is. I think my specific group of friends in Toronto had a large influence on me. We were all super into music, listening to it, making it…  I don’t want to sound unappreciative, I think Toronto was the perfect place for me to grow up in a perfect time. The trees in Toronto are some of the most inspirational tress in the world, and how that relates to music well, then we need to discuss the Fibonacci sequence and how trees influence your creative spirit. Ravine city man, ravine city.

For more info: miloshphotography.tumblr.com

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UforChange: Family Reunion

UforChange is an arts-based educational program for young people living in Regent Park, St. James Town, and across the GTA. They just posted a recap video from their “Family Reunion”, where over 70 of their closest friends and allies came together to celebrate the partnership between Prince’s Charities Canada, UforChange and the Wellesley Institute. Watch the video to see what UforChange is all about!

For more info: uforchange.org

Previously: UforChange: Meet Helen & Valen

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Subway Thoughts

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Toronto-based cartoonist Kurtis Scott has turned his daily commute on the TTC to a web series of hilarious, but very true commentaries entitled, “Subway Thoughts”. We’ve included a few of our favourite episodes that we know you can relate to…

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THE MIDDLE SEAT

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WATCH ALL THE EPISODES HERE

For more info: kurttoons.com

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The Toronto Fringe

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If you’re an aspiring artist in music, theatre, dance film etc., or know someone who is, you’re going to want to hear the latest news out of The Toronto Fringe.

It takes money to make money, right? And let’s face it, money is always an issue. Well, The Toronto Fringe just launched a national crowd-funding campaign for indie artists called, Fund What You Can or FWYC. It’s different from other crowd-funding platforms because it’s specifically designed for indie artists and claims to offer a more targeted reach to campaigners.

Executive Director of Toronto Fringe, Kelly Straughan says, “FWYC is a natural extension of what we do at the Fringe and a part of our overall mission to give back to artists. We are thrilled to partner with the Metcalf Foundation and Hivewire to bring this vital source to Canadian artists.”

The initiative will work in conjunction with the three existing programs at The Toronto Fringe: Fringe Festival, Next Stage and Creation Lab. The Creation Lab is a subsidised studio space which you can rent for as low as $6/hr for seminars to rehearsals to classes. Next Stage is a theatre event which showcases upcoming talent looking for wider exposure while also providing useful resources. Lastly, the crowning event is The Fringe Festival. It’s Toronto’s largest theatre and performance festival which sees more than 90,000 people each year. Over the course of 12 days, more than 150 productions are enjoyed at over 25 venues across the west end.

Since ’89, The Fringe has helped launch thousands of careers in the arts and returned nearly $5,000,000 to their artists.

For more info visit: fringetoronto.com

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“Toronto” Vinyl Wall Clock

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Recently a friend of ours picked up a vinyl wall clock, and we thought it was a pretty cool idea, so we did some research and discovered this “Toronto” wall clock. It’s made by up-cycling old vinyl records and customizing them for reuse. By altering the functions of used products for new uses, it effectively reduces the disposal of potentially useful materials and the consumption of new raw materials at the same time. If you’re interested in products like this, check out their entire collection, including different cities from around the world.

CLICK HERE To see more vinyl wall clocks.

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10 Tips To Shoot Street Photography by SoTeeOh

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01. Have fun – This is usually the bonus rule that people throw in last to add one more thing to the list. For me its my first rule. Don’t stress out trying to take perfect pictures, just have fun. Take pictures of other people having fun. Everyone loves having fun, so taking pictures that are fun is a great way to start out.

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02. Time to reflect – One of my favourite techniques is to look for interesting reflections. Puddles, store windows, metal hand rails and car mirrors can all make for some really cool shots. just get close to the reflective surface so you get a strong reflection and then look for a creative angle.

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03. Colour your world – Interesting or vibrant colour combinations can really transform an image. In a city like Toronto its not hard to find locations with lots of great colours. Fruit markets, gardens and street festivals can provide plenty of colourful subjects. This shot was taken at the EX last year. The sky, the midway signs and even the people add lots of different colours to this photo.

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04. Get to the point – All parallel lines converge in the distance. When you take a picture of parallel lines converging, it draws the viewers eyes into the middle of the photo bringing all the attention to a central point. This technique is called leading lines. Great places to practice this are alleys (like this one at Honest Ed’s), train tracks, and roads (just be safe!).

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05. Add context – The little details in your surroundings can really set off a photo by adding a story to it or creating a context for your image. Paying attention to these small details can really add to your photos. Here I happened to catch a beautiful sunset at Jane and Eglinton but I already take so many sunset pictures so I was worried that it would get kind of boring. But by shooting the sunset through this bus shelter window the image is now stamped with an exact location that adds extra meaning to this sunset.

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06. Golden hour – Golden hour is the hour after sunrise and before sunset. Its my favourite time to shoot. Because the sun is still low in the sky it casts long shadows and the soft warm light makes everything look cozy. Grab your camera and go for a walk in golden hour and you will instantly see how much difference the right kind of light can make in your photos.

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07. Seize the moment – You know that feeling when you’re looking at something and then you think to yourself “Oh this would make a great picture”? Well chances are you’re right so take the picture! Any camera will do the trick. Whether is a pro DSLR, a point and shoot, or your phone, its just about capturing that moment and any camera is the right camera.

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08. Fall in Toronto is amazing – Need I say more? From the first signs of changing leaves you have about 4 or 5 weeks to enjoy amazing colours and animated skies. It only comes once a year though so make sure you grab your camera and enjoy it.

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09. Look up! – Another key to good photos is perspective. Try to look at things from unusual perspectives. This photo was taken at Bay St. and Front St. looking straight up from the base of the building. You will be surprised how much more interesting something can seem if you just look at it from a slightly different angle. Look straight up, climb up high and look down, kneel, crouch, squat. Do something different when you’re taking a photo and you will be rewarded with an interesting picture.

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10. Patience is a virtue – Once you settle on a scene to take a picture of, you can often make that picture even better by waiting a little while until something else comes into the frame to make things just a little bit more interesting. Here I was getting ready to take a picture of the skyline when I noticed a plane flying towards city so I lined up my image and then waited until the plane was directly over the CN Tower before pressing the shutter. I probably only had to wait an extra 30 seconds but it made all the difference.

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“Doodle 4 Google” By Cindy Tang

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If you log on to google’s homepage today, you’ll see the work of 17-year-old Toronto student Cindy Tang! Her beautifully coloured image entitled “Sea Telescope”, has won first prize in the “Doodle 4 Google” Canada contest. She won a $10,000 scholarship, a laptop, plus a $10,000 grant for her school, Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute in Scarborough.

If you you’d like to see her original drawing along with 70 other contest finalists, make your way down to the ROM to see the special exhibit.

CLICK HERE FOR EXHIBIT INFO

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Magic Pony Leaves Queen St West

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The rumours are true…

It’s official, after 10 years in Toronto’s Queen West Arts District, Magic Pony will be closing it’s Queen St West location on February 23rd, 2014. You can still follow Magic Pony online (Twitter, Instagram, Shop) and in person at their new Pop-Up Shop at The Design Exchange, as part of the “This Is Not A Toy” exhibition, running until May 19th, 2014.

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This Is Not A Toy

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Last week we had the opportunity to see the Design Exchange’s latest exhibit, “This Is Not A Toy”. The exhibit focuses on art and collectible design with curators, John Wee Tom, Sara Nickleson, and guest curator Pharrell Williams. The exhibit features works from artists like KAWS, Takashi Murakami, Kidrobot, Futura, DOMA, and even local designers like Doublenaut. The exhibit runs until May 9th, 2014, so there’s still a lot of time to see the show. If you’re not one for galleries or museums, don’t worry, you can check out some of our photos below.

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For more info: dx.org

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