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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.

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To see more of Cosmopolis Toronto visit: CosmopolisToronto.com

Photos by Anil H

Previously: Cosmopolis Toronto & 1 LOVE T.O. Present The “Torontoian” Photo Exhibit

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Pique Toronto

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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.

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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:

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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.”

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Noah Tynes – Skater (Photo by Will Jivcoff)
“Skateboarding is my craft, the creativity comes when you keep an open mind and eye.”

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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.

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For more info: CosmopolisToronto.com

Previously: Cosmopolis Love

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Toronto Street Signs For Sale

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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?

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CLICK HERE TO SEE SIGNS

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Open Roof Festival 2014

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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.

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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

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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!

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For more info: paintlounge.ca

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Love Art Fair Toronto

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Love Art Fair Toronto is a fun four-day contemporary art fair hosting 40 galleries and a huge array of affordable art. The first edition of Love Art will take place at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto from May 7-11, 2014.

Love Art is the sister fair of global brand Affordable Art Fair. The concept is simple, yet unique: an inspiring and friendly atmosphere in which you can find thousands of paintings, original artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs all under one roof, ranging from $100-$10,000, with more than half priced under $5,000. The work of young, emerging artists hangs alongside some of the biggest household names, while our Recent Graduates Exhibition provides a chance to snap up work by a future art world star.

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For more info: loveartfair.com

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Last month we hosted our first official Hennessy Artistry event of 2014! As always, we brought “the art of blending” to the stage with live local talent including singer/song-writer Adria Kain, violinist Yosvani, and DJ DLUX. Our special guest headliner was none other than Questlove (from The Legendary Roots Crew).

If you missed out, make sure you watch the video above and check out the photo gallery below. Plus, stay tuned for the next Hennessy Artistry event in Toronto by subscribing to our newsletter!

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For more info about Hennessy artistry, CLICK HERE.

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We aren’t all photo buffs. With that said, we intake photography on a daily basis whether we consciously acknowledge it or not. Music and photography are synonymous. Think of all of your favourite albums, whether you downloaded it or purchased a hard copy, there was a visual that accompanied that album, and that visual set the tone for what you were about to hear.

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We got the opportunity to listen to Jonathan Mannion speak with Che Kothari at the opening of the “40 Years of Hip Hop Photography” exhibit, being showcased from May 2nd to May 30th at the Gladstone Hotel. Mannion is responsible not only for some of the most iconic album visuals ever, (see: Jay-Z “Reasonable Doubt”, DMX “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of my Blood” & Aaliyah “Aaliyah”), but more importantly proudly carries the torch as a true ambassador and grass roots developer of hip-hop and it’s culture. Mannion’s overwhelming positivity and passion was the perfect energy to open a show that pays equal homage to both the past and present of hip hop. If you love hip-hop go see this exhibit. If you love photography go to this exhibit. If you love both, well, you already know. PS: The exhibit is completely FREE of charge, so no excuses!

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For more info: 40yearsofhiphop.com

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Photos by Marshall Cole

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NXNE 2014 (Teaser)

Now in its 20th year, North by Northeast Festivals and Conference (NXNE) has become the Canadian festival destination for emerging artists and major-label headliners; for music filmmakers; hilarious comedians; visual, sound, and other artists; and for digital interactive innovators bridging the gap between technology and the arts.

NXNE recently released this promotional video highlighting Toronto landmarks along with their take on logo flips, highlighting some of the talent expected at this years Festival.

Wristbands on sale now at nxne.com/tickets

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40 Years of Hip Hop Photography

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This Friday, Che Kothari & The Gladstone Hotel present “40 Years of Hip Hop Photography” as part of this year’s CONTACT Photography Festival. This feature exhibit will highlight Hip Hop’s humble beginnings from New York City’s South Bronx all the way up until present day. The show aims to celebrate a collection of iconic portraits that serve as vital contributions to the immortalization of some of the Hip Hop’s biggest legends.

Featuring select works by: Ernie Paniccioli, Jamel Shabazz, Jonathan Mannion, Nabil Elderkin, Janette Beckman, Charlie Ahearn, Estevan Oriol, Che Kothari, Mike Schreiber, Matt Barnes, Ricky Powell, Danny Clinch, and Steve Carty.

Opening night is this Friday, May 2nd from 7-11pm and runs until May 30th, 2014.

TIX AVAILABLE HERE

For more info: 40yearsofhiphop.com

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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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