MTV Originals drops another instalment, this time with one of our favourite instagram photogs in the game – @Visionelie. Elie’s known best for his roof-topping photo work, but if you check out his profile you’ll see he likes to shoot a bit of everything. Take a few minutes to get to know Elie with the help of MTV host Phoebe Dykstra.
Previously: MTV Originals – Bryan Espiritu (Legends League)
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!
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.
For more info: drawnbytom.com
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
Recently, our good friend, creative thinker, artist, designer and all around local celebrity Bryan Espiritu (Legends League) was featured on MTVs “Originals” segment with Phoebe Dykstra. If for some reason you’re unfamiliar with Bryan’s clothing line or artistry, take a minute and get familiar.
For more info: thelegendsleague.com
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We partnered up with one of our favourite initiatives in the city, Cosmopolis Toronto, to curate a special exhibit called, “Torontonian.”
Torontonian launched last Thursday eveing at the Moniker Gallery with over 400 guests in attendance. The new exhibit, curated by Vanessa Tamburro, explores Toronto as a ‘home’ and features select portraits by Photographer, Colin Boyd Shafer. Alongside the incredible photography, was a spectacular performance by our friend and very talented violinist, Yosvani Castañeda, plus a poignant reading by Toronto Book Award winner, Kamal Al-Solaylee and award-winning author, Martha Batiz.
It was amazing to see almost every age and race show up from young high school kids to Colin’s grandmother! A perfect snapshot of what The 6 is all about and how it connects us all.
The exhibit runs until June 25th from Tuesday – Sunday, with gallery hours open from 12-6PM.
Check out the FACEBOOK GALLERY HERE!
To see more of Cosmopolis Toronto visit: CosmopolisToronto.com
Photos by Anil H
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Warhol once said, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” In Toronto, we only need 15 seconds.
Imad Elsheik is proving that with his brainchild, PIQUE. The PIQUE movement showcases the talents of 100 young Toronto artists, dancers, fashion designers, beatboxers and more, in just 15 seconds. You’ll be able to check out artists from all over T.O. including, Unity Charity, RISE Edutainment, The Remix Project, BeatBox Canada, CJ’s Skateboard Park and JoyRide 150.
“Social media has shortened our attention spans. We want to see more in a shorter period of time – I’m definitely one of those people…We enjoy watching teasers for a reason,” explains Imad. “The most important goal is to ‘pique’ the audience’s interest in an artist’s talent–to learn more about the artist, hit up their website, go to their shows and pay for their work. PIQUE’s purpose is to bridge that gap.”
The point of PIQUE is simple but it encompasses a greater vision. “I believe if this becomes an ongoing movement, it will not only help the artists but it will help the city as a whole. By presenting large volumes of Toronto-based content, we can raise the bar of talent collectively, as a city.”
Interestingly enough, though always interested, Imad never formally studied photography or videography. He actually went to York for Business but PIQUE gave him the perfect excuse to learn the art of it all first-hand. “However, the most valuable thing was how to better interact with people, work wisely, and react diplomatically…when you collaborate with 100 different people in such a short period of time, you can run into all sorts of problems which may or may not be in your control. When that happens you just need to find a way, a solution–there’s always at least one.”
Here’s a sneak peak of some of PIQUE’s contributing artists:
Nate Smith – Producer
“I started going to The Remix Project and another program called RISE (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere). Going to RISE really showed me to new and amazing people. That’s how I met Imad. I eventually showed him my work and it was synergy from there.”
Noah Tynes – Skater (Photo by Will Jivcoff)
“Skateboarding is my craft, the creativity comes when you keep an open mind and eye.”
Osama Siddiqui – Spoken Word
“In my opinion, spoken word poetry has the ability to really connect with the audience in the way the writer intended. It intertwines writing and rhythm to achieve an emotional impact on the audience, one that cannot be attained through traditional, written poetry.”
For more info: piquetoronto.com
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We are extremely excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Cosmopolis Toronto to host a very special photography exhibit entitled “Torontonian”, featuring photos by Colin Boyd Shafer. This unique documentary photography project, curated by Vanessa Tamburro, captures and celebrates Toronto’s cultural diversity by featuring the portraits of 193 Torontonians from all over the world who now call Toronto home. Each Cosmopolis Toronto participant was photographed in a place where they feel ‘at home’ in the GTA. This Toronto centric project has already gained tremendous support and momentum, receiving media coverage from the Toronto Star, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe & Mail, CBC Radio and Global National News.
We’d like to invite you to our opening night reception on Thursday, June 12 at the Moniker Gallery, 452 Richmond St. West, from 8-11pm. The exhibit will feature a selection of 12 large-scale portraits and will run until Thursday, June 26, 2014.
EVENTS@1LOVETO.COM (Subject: Torontonian)
*Admission is by donation*
For more info: CosmopolisToronto.com
Previously: Cosmopolis Love
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Over the next year more than 1,500 decommissioned City of Toronto street signs will be up for auction, with new signs being added each week. Each sign will live online for a maximum of 60 days, with the minimum opening bid starting at only $30 and increasing in $5 increments. For those of you on the Mayor Rob Ford bandwagon, there are currently 16 autographed signs available for purchase, with Yonge Street currently listed at a bid of $2,010. How much would you pay for a piece of Toronto?
Toronto’s Open Roof Festival is back for its fifth season running every Thursday from June 19 through to August 21. The 10-week festival offers up a curated set of films along side local emerging artists and food/drink vendors. This year, ORF has moved to a new location at 99 Sudbury, just south of Queen Street West near Dovercourt.
For the past two years we’ve had the pleasure of co-presenting a film during ORF, fingers crossed we’ll have something special again for this year! Film and artist announcements are coming soon… but we can tell you that tickets go on sale June 2 ($15 per person) and can be purchased here: OpenRoofFestival.com
Previously: Open Roof Festival 2013
Toronto’s popular Paintlounge just launched their third location, this time in the East end at 1173 Queen St East. If you’re unfamiliar with Paintlounge, it’s a cool concept space that allows artists and non-artists alike to paint in a fun, creative, social atmosphere. We’ve actually attended a few birthday paint parties at their College Street West location, and the experience is like no other.
If you live in the East, make sure to stop by and see what Paintlounge is all about. Who knows, you might find your inner artist!
For more info: paintlounge.ca