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Toronto-based artist and designer Hans Poppe is set to release a unique collection of work in his first ever solo art exhibition, entitled ‘Fabric of Tanzania.’ Hans’ motivation for this body of work comes from seeing Africans being misrepresented in the media. Hans, being a native to Tanzania (Dar es Salaam), but growing up in Canada has had the opportunity to see life in Africa from a very different perspective than the traditional media outlets highlight.

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“In a city as diverse as ours, I rarely get to see the “African-Canadian” self being represented as well as I believe we can be.” says Hans. “Africa is not the hunger commercials, poverty and war stricken place painted in the media. It is a beautiful land with a rich cultural history and an evolved people and I aspire to reflect that version of African in my work.”

The paintings being displayed in this show are to reflect the “real” life of Tanzanians and/or Africans in general, the unapologetic day to day life.

If you’re interested in seeing Fabric of Tanzania, the opening reception is November 12th, 2015 and runs until January 24th, 2016 inside the 1st floor gallery at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. E)

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For more info visit hanspoppe.com and follow him on instagram @hanspoppe

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Make Love started about four years ago when James Reid started experimenting with a friend’s DSL camera and ended up shooting the first episode of his now popular short doc series. Make Love is a series of short documentary videos about independent artisans making a living doing what they love. To date, he’s released 3 previous videos highlighting; the Saloon Salon, located in Toronto, the McCamus family business, Toronto-based musician/producer Rob Higgins.

Today, we’re fortunate enough to present the 4th instalment of “Make Love”, featuring Graham Woodhouse of Toronto’s Woodhouse Brewing Co. With clever use of social media and solid branding with his blue tall cans, he’s grown his business from a couple bars, to being the go-to amber lager in Toronto’s restaurant and bar scene in just over a year.

To see more Make Love videos, visit: motioneer.ca/make-love-home/

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Amex Cardmember & Ambassador life doesn’t seem like it could get any better. Seriously, over the years we’ve had the pleasure of attending countless live shows, concerts, movie screenings, sporting events and even dinning out with Front Of The Line which is part of the overarching Amex Invites program. Well, believe it or not, things just got better! Front Of The Line has grown immensely over the years and we’re more than excited to share the news.

American Express Canada has partnered with Live Nation Canada for a new multi-year deal! So, what does that mean for Cardmembers? Amex is now offering even more access (as if that’s possible) to tickets and shows than ever before. As part of the Live Nation partnership, Amex will be able to provide even more advanced tickets to your favourite events.

Front Of The Line allows Cardmembers advanced ticket access to special events as well as incredible seats as part of their exclusive allotment of tickets. So the next time your friends miss out on tickets to their favourite show, you can be that friend that saves the day!

This unique opportunity is available to ALL Cardmembers, no matter which Card you may have. So next time you’re interested in going to a show, make sure you take advantage of the American Express and Live Nation partnership, and get yourself to the #FrontOfTheLine!

For more info visit: americanexpress.com/canada

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Manifesto & 1LOVETO have partnered to present the first official “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “Common Ground” Art Show. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters. We got the chance to ask our very own Instagram contributor @mr.jobeezy six questions as part of our interview series. See below…

What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?
I’m from the east side of Toronto, Scarborough.

What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
My favourite aspect of where I’m from is the cultural diversity. I love how the community is able to come together and support each other’s endeavours.

How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
There are a lot of many talented and artistic people from Scarborough. So much that it has translated to something a lot of these artist do for a living. They have utilized their art to represent how they live and tell their story.

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What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
I try to keep my photography relatable at most. At times I like to take it a step further and get creative with my shots in order to tell a story or bring out an emotion.

What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
An image that strikes me the most is of a suspension bridge with the fog. I planned to shoot at that location on a rainy day. The best part about it was my family came along on that exploration to experience how I explore. So that shot is particularly special to me.

Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
It’s important to be involved in a festival like Manifesto. It is a humbling experience because it gives me an opportunity to show the love I have for the city through imagery.

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For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.

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Manifesto & 1LOVETO have partnered to present the first official “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “Common Ground” Art Show. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters. We got the chance to ask our very own Instagram contributor @ellenaturel six questions as part of our interview series. See below…

What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?
I am from the eastern side of the GTA, I live in the city of Pickering

What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
As much as I love being in the core of downtown, I love the space where I am from. It gives me a euphoria of green surrounded by earths beauty. It definitely contributes to my creative process and meditation.

How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
Every area has its own identity, when I visit different areas in my city I can see young talent being expressed everywhere. It’s liberating to see because it is constantly changing and in some areas it will look one way and you come back again and it’s totally different. I love to see how creativity evolves through time

What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
As an artist I believe that I was created for a purpose. To share, to create, to inspire to change and share my vision with the world. True artists work comes from the heart, it’s true and real and with that I believe it can touch the lives of almost everyone and show them a piece of my soul only I can reveal

What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
That’s a hard choice haha, I would have to say one of the most striking images I have been able to witness and shoot was the summer of 2014. Right by my house is a huge field/ secret passage way I visit often to meditate and explore my creative freedom, after a huge thunderstorm what was produced afterwards was absolutely breathtaking. From the change of colours in the sky to the fog covering the land. It felt as if I was in a vivid dream. I’m forever grateful that I am able to witness the beauty this earth can reveal before our eyes.

Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
It is an honour for me to take part in this exhibit because of how Toronto has influenced me and how it has helped me find myself and my style as an artist. There is so much to explore in the city and my imagination comes to life I begin and still continue to view the city as magic realism.

For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.

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Manifesto & 1LOVETO have partnered to present the first official “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “Common Ground” Art Show. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters. We got the chance to ask our very own @soteeoh six questions as part of our interview series. See below…

What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?
I live in Kensington Market.

What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
I think of Kensington as the unofficial heart of Toronto. It’s right in the middle of the city and to me it really represents what Toronto is about. In only a few small blocks you have people from every part of the world. People of different cultures and identities, really people from all walks of life, getting a long and making it work in this small community. It’s so interesting to me. Just walking down the street is so entertaining, you never know what your going to see. There’s also a really creative vibe in the neighbourhood. These are the things that make Toronto special in my opinion and its all represented in Kensington.

How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
As I mentioned, Kensington has a super creative vibe. I know a lot of artists that live in the area and I think a lot of people, myself included, draw a lot of creative inspiration from the neighbourhood. I think the art is one of the reasons that Kensington has been preserved. There are a lot of changes taking place right now but hopefully that creative vibe gets saved.

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What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
I think the main thing that makes me different is how I think about photography. I’m constantly asking myself how I can bring the images I create back into a physical form. Whether its through prints or on textiles or wheat-pasting I like to see my work in tangible forms. That pushes me to be more experimental and playful with the images I create because I’m constantly thinking about how an image will work in all these different scenarios.

What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
I have this one image of the reflection of a boy walking past a puddle in Regent Park. That’s always been one of my favourites. The other one is the image of the CN Tower and the cross-walk sign counting down to 6. I think that one just captured the mood of the city right now. The 6 is becoming an icon for the new wave in Toronto.

Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
Manifesto is such a huge part of the arts scene here in the city. It’s played a huge part in the development of so many artists in Toronto. I think teaming it up with 1LoveTO is the perfect move because 1Love is also about community building. It really represents that city pride and that positive energy. So getting to represent those two organizations is just a huge honour and to get to do this exhibition with so many other talented artists is really special to me.

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For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.

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Manifesto & 1LOVETO have partnered to present the first official “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “Common Ground” Art Show. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters. We got the chance to ask @tahaphoto six questions as part of our interview series. See below…

Interview: Taha

What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?
I grew up in a few different areas in the east end of Toronto. I’d consider East York my true stomping grounds (specifically St. Clair and O’Connor area). However, my family and I also lived south of Pape and Danforth for almost 10 years, we moved down there when I was about 10 years old. Now I live closer to the core in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.

What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
I appreciate the history and 19th century architecture of my neighbourhood. There are also great spots nearby like the St. Lawrence Market, Lake Ontario and The Distillery District. You’re also close to the Don River, Cherry Beach and surrounded by some of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods. When you include the easy access to street cars, the bike path and subway stations, travelling from one end of the city to the other is fun and inspiring.

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How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
There’s a beautiful basketball court just down the street from me at David Crombie Park. There is a huge mural there that was painted by a group of local youth. The art is a symbol of teamwork, peace and diversity. I often walk by it and feel the energy and positive vibes. You see kids along with their families, laughing and staying active in a safe environment.

What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
I appreciate and love learning about Toronto’s history. When I go out to shoot, I always try to do a little research on the location to understand what had been there in the early days. So naturally, I’m always trying to find the soul− the energy and the essence of what was and now is.

I’m inspired by Toronto photographers that captured the soul of the streets decades before me like Michel Lambeth and Ivaan Kotulsky and of course, Arthur Goss who was literally everywhere! He documented the city like no other. He took thousands of photographs and he was very objective. I always look to the past to inspire where I want to go and I guess that might be what makes my style unique.

What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
There are a few images that come to mind, but I would say the photo of the TTC train arriving at Victoria Park Station. It always gets me thinking. I took that through a fence on my iPhone4, on a really cold winter day. It brings me right back to my childhood. I started taking the subway when I was 8 years old and I can vividly remember taking that exact train up and down from East York.

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Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
Well, each and every person sees this city differently based on his or her experience in that moment in time. I love that this exhibit helps showcase the different perspectives of Toronto. That’s what we need so we can keep our community and creative dialogue going. Also, it’s an exciting time for Toronto with a bunch of spotlights on us. Decades from now when people look back, I’d want them to think we were alright! This exhibit and the whole Manifesto festival is contributing to our history and I’m honoured to be a part of it.

For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.

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Introducing Anthony G. (XvXy Photo)

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You might remember Anthony Gebrehiwot of XvXy Photo from last year when we told you about the ArtReach Youth Pitch Contest. Since then, this talented photographer has accomplished even more. We’re always intrigued by emerging artists making moves so we wanted to talk to him and see where his journey has taken him and where he’s headed.

“The first three years were me just learning the basics. I had a simple studio set up in my best friend’s, girlfriend’s apartment and collectively we started a charity called “Shooting For Change.” We took all the profits made from our shoots and bought food/clothes to feed the less fortunate. When that didn’t work out, I didn’t pick up a camera for over a year because I couldn’t handle the idea of failure.

But when things are meant to fall in place, they do. “After that period of time, I got involved with RISE and that inspired me to pick up the camera again and to give it another shot.”

Now after shooting for six years, he’s had his work displayed in Toronto’s City Hall, been published in The Globe & Mail and produced a solo exhibit. That photo exhibit focussed on healing it’s participants through art and expression, discussing the roller coaster of mental health issues such as depression.

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“Creating is the only form of expression that gives me peace of mind at the end of the day. This world that we live in makes very little sense to me. If I didn’t have these outlets, I don’t think I would have the will to continue living. I have a strong need to express myself and the things that we’re so reluctant to speak on.”

The power of art to not only inspire but to heal people is the reason why people are addicted to creative culture – music, dance, blogging, etc. To be that beacon, to be that vessel, is something people aspire to attain and it looks like Anthony, is well on his way. We’re looking forward to what he develops next.

To see more of Anthony’s work, visit: xvxyphoto.com

Photos by Patrick Leung

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Manifesto and Complex Canada have partnered to present this year’s art exhibition entitled ‘Common Ground’. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features a special @1LOVETO co-curated photography exhibit, highlighting 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters, including: @bora.vs.bora, @soteeoh, @mr.jobeezy, @jayscale, @tahaphoto, @ellenaturel.

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The art exhibit features works from international artist/designer Taj Francis as well as local artist such as Aleks Bartosik, Andrew Palmer, Hans Poppe, Mark ‘Kurupt’ Stoddart, Tabban Soleimani, Eugene Paunil, Adrian Hayles and many more.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE!

For more info CLICK HERE

Curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes for MNFSTO.

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On Saturday, Sept 26th, Etsy: Made In Canada marketplace returns to Toronto in celebration of the Etsy community. The one-day indoor/outdoor market plays host to 170 local Etsy sellers at two different locations, including: MaRS Discovery District (101 College St W) and OCAD U (100 McCaul St & 49 McCaul St). The marketplace which highlights handmade wares and vintage goods includes everything from sustainable fashion designs, children’s toys, to one of a kind laser-cut wood pieces. The event runs from 10am to 6pm, don’t miss out on shopping local.

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“Etsy: Made in Canada is our biggest event of the year, taking our online experience offline, to connect sellers, communities and buyers in person,” said Erin Green, Managing Director, Etsy Canada. “With Toronto and 32 other cities participating across the country this year, we couldn’t be prouder of Canada’s commitment to shopping local and supporting its maker communities.”

For more info visit: Etsy.com/madeincanada

Previously: Etsy Canada – “Make Your Living”

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On August 25, 2015, the City of Toronto released the complete artistic program for the 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. On Saturday, October 3 from 6:55 p.m. until sunrise on Sunday, October 4, the streets of Toronto will feature more than 110 art projects created and performed by approximately 400 local, national and international artists.

“For the 10th edition, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will transform Toronto with one of its most interactive and exciting programs yet,” said Mayor John Tory in the city’s latest press release statement. “Since 2006, the city has come alive through contemporary art for this one sleepless night, creating magical experiences and resulting in an impressive economic impact for Toronto.”

In honour of the event’s 10th edition, photographer, director and curator Che Kothari presents 10 for 10th – Memory Lane, which features 10 projects spread throughout the city, and coproduced with the following 10 cultural organizations: Art Gallery of Ontario, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Bata Shoe Museum, Drake One Fifty, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, The Gladstone Hotel, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House, University of Toronto, OCAD University, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Toronto International Film Festival.

“Every year we produce Nuit Blanche is quite different because we work with new artists and new curators annually… But I think what’s quite special this year is this 10 for 10th – Memory Lane exhibition area in celebration of our tenth year,” said Kristine Germann, Programming Manage of Economic Development and City Culture Events with the City of Toronto. “ It’s special because the focus is on really working in full coproducing relationships with those 10 major arts and cultural institutions and artists.”

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For instance, Ekow Nimako is 1 of 10 visual artists featured, whose work is honourably coproduced with the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art.
Sculpted with more than 50,000 LEGO pieces, ‘Silent Knight’ is Ekow’s monumental tribute to one of the most admired and extirpated animal species in Ontario, the barn owl. The stark white, larger-than-life sculpture captures the beauty and stealth of this exquisite bird like it has never been seen before.

“I’ve always admired barn owls as silent-winged keepers of the night, unique in their helmed visage even among other owls, yet for years they have been endangered in Ontario due to urbanization and loss of habitat. So if I can add them to the collective memory of the masses for even one night, it may cause a shift in consciousness to help draw these magical creatures back from the brink of local nonexistence.”

Similar to Ekow’s creative and artistic thought process, this particular exhibition explores the textured terrain of memory; dissolving the lines between space, place and time. It allows for contemplation and reflection while providing fertile ground for the creation of millions of new memories in the process.

Relying on the seemingly infinite variations of sloped and angled LEGO pieces; Ekow masterfully animates the inanimate, breathing a unique quality of life into the popular plastic medium.

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In addition to Che Kothari’s “10 for 10th – Memory Lane” exhibition, the City produced a component feature of 50 engaging contemporary art projects in conjunction with three other new exhibitions including: Agustin Pérez Rubio’s “HTUOS/HTRON – The New Coordinates of the Americas”; JR’s “Black and White Night”; and Christine Shaw’s “The Work of Wind”.

“We’re exploring for the very first time, a couple of new exhibition areas with geography,” said Kristine. “For instance, the Waterfront along Queens Quay from Harbourfront Centre to Parliament will be Christine Shaw’s exhibition area of The Work of Wind. With Agustin Pérez Rubio’s exhibition, we are going to be exploring along the College-Jarvis area and also up from Queen’s Park to Bloor. So it’s exploring two interesting areas.”

Details for the full program and City-produced exhibitions are available at: scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

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Five of Toronto’s most notable independent art galleries have collaborated to create SURFACE, an exclusive alternative art fair and party at Toronto’s 99 Sudbury the weekend of September 19-20th, inside 99 Sudbury. The Black Cat Artspace, Creative Blueprint, #Hashtag Gallery, Graven Feather and Project Gallery have created this event in celebration of young contemporary visual arts talent in Toronto. The exhibit features five unique series of curated works from local artists along with installations, live performance and music. All works will be available for purchase. Opening night Reception starts at 7pm, with Saturday and Sunday being open from 11am – 6pm.

For more info CLICK HERE

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