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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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Posted by Jesse Ingalls

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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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Summer is in full swing and we’re back with one of our biggest SUMMER SALES events to date! Join us this weekend, Friday-Sunday at The Distillery District as part of Bacardi’s Festival Libre. Our pop up shop will be featured in this three-day cultural experience, celebrating rum culture in Toronto’s largest licensed outdoor patio! There will be everything from live music, food, cocktails, art, fashion, and of course more rum than you can drink.

Tees and Tanks are on sale for $20 this weekend, or 2 for $35! Make sure you check out the map below to see where all the action is taking place!

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For more info: festivallibre.ca

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Tom Chitty is a Toronto-based illustrator, cartoonist, and animator who’s worked in digital media, video production (directing and storyboarding animation), as well as publishing. We found some of his Toronto centric prints and thought we’d share them with you. If you like what you see here, he’s also drawn some major city landmarks such as Honest Ed’s, Sam The Record Man, Trinity Bellwoods Park and more.

CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE

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For more info: drawnbytom.com

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NXNE Interactive & Sennheiser Canada present October’s Very Own Creative Director and Drake’s co-manager Mr. Oliver El-Khatib on Saturday, June 21st, 3pm, at the Hyatt Regency. With the help of moderator Gavin Sheppard (The Remix Project), Oliver will be discussing everything from the creation of a global brand (OVO), working in the music industry, and his influences in art, culture, music and more. Don’t miss out on your chance to see a rare appearance by Oliver!

Photo by Zach Gold

For more info: nxne.com

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