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We’re proud to present an exclusive release by Toronto’s very own Mustafa The Poet, entitled, “PEACE”. This release is in anticipation for his debut poetry project EP and special event at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St E), on Wednesday, February 19th, at 7PM.

For ticket info CLICK HERE

If you’re unfamiliar with Mustafa’s work, he’s an extremely talented young man who’s words hold great power. We’ve been fortunate enough to see him speak on numerous occasions, including back in 2011 at the Camden File Project, which we featured here on 1loveto.com. He’s also spoke at TEDxToronto, Manifesto Festival, Nelson Mandela Park Public School, and many more. Listen up and pay attention to what this poet is preaching.


For more info: mustafathepoet.com


Toronto Love Lettering Project


The Toronto Love Lettering Project, created by local artist Lindsay Zier-Vogel, has partnered with Pattison’s Art In Transit program to fill our underground walkway (PATH) from February 3-28, 2014. The Love Lettering Project is in its 10th year, with Torontonians sharing their handmade missives in response to a public call for love-letters. If you get the chance to take the PATH, be sure to check this out!




For more info: artintransit.ca

Previously: The Love Lettering Project

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The Art Gallery of York University in collaboration with Success Beyond Limits presents “If We Ruled The World”, a multi-media art installation put together by 8 youth artists from Jane & Finch. The exhibit is FREE and runs from February 5th – March 2nd at the AGYU, Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street.


Success Beyond Limits is an after-school educational support program and The AGYU, through this collaboration, are offering youth in Jane and Finch the opportunity to participate in stimulating and enriching arts and cultural workshops led by the city’s leading artists. If I Ruled the World, is providing youth in our community with the invaluable opportunity to collaborate with Mark “Kurupt” Stoddart and The M.A.D Poet, to create art works that explore and develop an urban spatial imaginary.

Looking at the architecture, landscape, and urban plan of their neighbourhood, youth artists are employing visual art and spoken word poetry to explore the impact that spatial inequality and injustice has had on their lives. Moreover, they will use painting, drawing and spoken work poetry as a means of envisioning urban transformation that will result from a more socially just and equitable neighbourhood and spatial structure.

For more info: theAGYUisOutThere.org

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Art Battle Toronto

Art Battle is celebrating their 100th live competitive painting event in Toronto, on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at The Great Hall (1087 Queen St W). Whether you like to paint or not, this is one event you don’t want to miss!

To compete as a painter: artbattle.ca/register


Art Battle is a live competitive painting event. 16 painters will create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, the audience moves around the easels, allowing them an up close view of the creative process. The medium used is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any other non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes for their favourite painting and can also later place bids in a silent auction to take the paintings home. This is Art Battle Canada’s 5th season!

For ticket info: artbattle.ca/art-battle-100-toronto/

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We’re proud to announce that our good friend Che Kothari, Toronto Photographer and Founding Director and Board Chairman of Manifesto Community Projects will be launching his first ever portfolio website on February 21, 2014. If you’re unfamiliar with Che’s work, he’s an incredible photographer and community leader who’s traveled the world shooting and sharing his experiences. We’ve decided to highlight some of his experiences with 10 Toronto-based artists that Che’s had the pleasure of shooting.



Saukrates & Rich Kidd





Kardinal Offishall



For more info about the launch event CLICK HERE

Check out chekothari.com (Launches February 21, 2014)

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Sam Shuter – “The Introduction”

Here’s a quick recap from Toronto-based artist Sam Shuter’s first solo art show, “The Introduction”. The event was a huge success with a portion of her art sales being donated to The Remix Project, a local charity helping to support “at-risk” youth in the arts. Keep an eye on Sam as she continues to build a buzz as an emerging artist.

For more info: samarashuter.com

Previously: Sam Shuter x The Artist Project

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A Future Toronto


Local photographer and 3D artist Mathew Borrett aka Yonderbean has uploaded some very creative depictions of “A Future Toronto”. The image was created using mostly Modo, with some 3D coat and Photoshop. Look in detail below.



CLICK HERE to see large version.

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Cosmopolis Toronto


To see the city through the lens of a photographer can have you looking at the place you call home, in a way you’ve never envisioned before. What those photos would say, how they would make you feel, what questions it would evoke, make up the magic of photography.

Award-winning Photographer, Colin Boyd Shafer, is currently embarking on a photographic depiction of Toronto’s most famous asset: its people. He calls the project, “Cosmopolis Toronto”; a collection of portraits of Torontonians born in another country, but who now call Toronto home, at a place in the city they bond to, taking a second photo of them holding an object which connects them to their past and telling their story.

Colin, who is also a teacher, intends to examine migration and capture the unmatched variety of Toronto, saying, “I think we say ‘diversity’ quite often but rarely (maybe never) are there ‘real stories’ about the individuals involved. I guess the aim of the project is to visualize/capture the diversity of this great city and create an accurate picture of Toronto 2013.”


He also distinguishes “diversity within diversity” explaining that, “many people do not fit into the mould of what an average person of their ‘culture’, ‘religion’ or ‘country of birth’ is like.” He goes on to give examples such as, “my participant born in UAE is of Pakistani-background, my Syrian participant is training to be a Franciscan priest and my Canada-born participant is a black gentleman from Nova Scotia who is a fifth generation Canadian.”

“My grandparents migrated here and contributed as educators and artists. The participants I have met have their own incredible stories and are all adding to make Toronto an incredibly rich city. As I see Canada closing its doors (making migration nearly impossible for some people) I want us to not forget that most of us, are ourselves, the product of migration. Migration has made this city great.”


Cosmopolis Toronto will be showcased in two exhibitions early next year at the Toronto Centre for the Arts and CONTACT Photography Festival.

For more info: cosmopolistoronto.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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Full Circle: The Art of Ann & Carl Beam


Full Circle: The Art of Ann and Carl Beam is a two month exhibition celebrating some items from local designers and historically significant art pieces from Ann and Carl Beam. Running until November 26th, they are nearing the end of their residency on Abell Street in Toronto.

Don’t miss your chance to be inches away from, or even own some of the works made by one of Canada’s most significant Native artists. Carl Beam was the first artist of Native Ancestry in Canada to have works purchased by the National Gallery of Canada. His wife Ann’s works have been shared across galleries like the Tom Thompson for years, some pieces finding obvious inspiration from her late husband’s style. Both have pieces hanging on walls in our great city for a limited time.

Curator Matthew Garniss has brought together a truly unique art experience, huddled away amongst a construction-obsessed downtown core. Hosting an RSVP-only private show on the 23rd from 7-11pm, you can also stop by anytime during their weekly hours.

For more info: westbackline.ca

Posted by Graham Stewart

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The Remix Project: Apply Now!!!

The Remix Project is now accepting applications for the following youth programs:

The Academy of Recording Arts (singers, rappers, poets, producers, engineers, and djs)
The Academy of Creative Arts (graphic/web designers, painters/illustrators, video/film and photography)
The Academy of Business Arts (entrepreneurs, public relations/events, sports, fashion, and music)


The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities. Our programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education; The REMIX Project provides top-notch alternative, creative, educational programs, facilitators and facilities. Our mission is to help refine the raw talents of young people from across the GTA in order to help them find success as participants define it and on their own terms.


For more info: theremixproject.ca

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Harry Rosen releases a new collection of 5 special-edition 100% silk pocket squares designed by award winning Canadian artist (Toronto-based) Gary Taxali. The Canadiana-themed pocket squares feature Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal, each with a unique design including major city landmarks.

“I was inspired by how diverse our Canadian cities are, and I tried to capture the different moods and stories of Canadian life in a playful way,” says artist Gary Taxali.





If you’re in Toronto on November 2, Harry Rosen’s flagship store (82 Bloor St W) will be hosting a special in-store signing by the artist Gary Taxali from 4 to 6PM.

For more info: harryrosen.com

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Behind The Nuit With Julian Sleath


The contemporary art event was born in Paris, France in 2002 but when their people got in touch with our people about doing a Toronto chapter, we jumped at the opportunity. Toronto was the first North American city to fully reproduce the France version infused with our own interpretations. It has been running with massive success since its inception in 2006 and has only grown over the years.


We got a chance to speak with Programming Manager, Julian Sleath, who has worked tirelessly among an incredible team of staff, sponsors and volunteers to bring Nuit Blanche 2013 to fruition.

People come from all over to experience Nuit Blanche. What do you think makes the experience so magical?
This event is one of the great occasions in the year that everyone looks forward to. You mention the magic in your question – for me this magic is how many people enjoy being out and about on the streets of Toronto. This is a city with a vibrant life all times of the day and night and events like Nuit Blanche bring all of us together for this communal experience and interaction with the art projects.

Why do you think an event such as this is important to Toronto’s identity and culture?
I love this city a great deal. I have worked in many locations around the world on festivals and art events and to me Nuit Blanche ranks up very high in the importance of getting the message across that Toronto is a great place to live and work. There are many festival and events that take place in this city each year and yet we manage to make the Nuit Blanche experience very unique.

What’s the best part for you?
I look forward to all of it; however of special importance to me is see the realization of many months of planning into such a range of amazing art installations. Finally, we all get to see just what these arts projects can do to make us think again about how we view Toronto.




Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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