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Located in Toronto’s bourgeoning Riverside neighbourhood, East Room is reinventing the modern workspace where creative professionals can flourish. This co-working membership outlet is separated into two: club and resident, and both cater to forward-thinking freelancers, creative professionals and small businesses.

“It’s a co-op space but we’re not entirely co-op,” said Derreck Martin, co-founder of East Room. “There’s a lot of co-op spaces in the city but ours is more geared toward creative minds, as opposed to many other tech-oriented co-op spaces… This gives you a mix of freelancers with full-on companies.”

East Room aims to offer a community, location, and the tools necessary to grow their unique member’s careers. Their dynamic community of members includes some of the city’s most creative minds working in the fields of: media, art, technology, and design.

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“The idea is a cohabited environment with creatives that range from freelancers, videographers, and even a few venture capitalist!” Derreck said.

Each potential member’s application is reviewed to ensure that they will fit into the ecosystem of East Room, as they strive to create a co-operative space of professionals that share complimentary skills to benefit the whole.

East Room provides the ideal environment for like-minded individuals to collaborate, share ideas, and merge their talents.

“We’re open 24/7 which allows members to come at any point of the day. This is perfect for web developers and freelancers because a lot of them are night owls.”

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According to Melissa Serrano of Membership and Marketing at the East Room, she had mentioned that members for both the Club Membership and Resident Membership have access to meeting and lounge spaces, state-of-the-art technologies, and exclusive member events.

In addition, as a member, you will be part of a curated community of technologists, artists, designers and futurists whom you may grow your business with professionally as you share ideas or even merge talents as various projects come and go.

The Club Members ($250 per month + HST) have unlimited access to the fully-serviced open work lounge, while the Resident Members (500 per month + HST) have a semi-private personal workspace with a desk, chairs, and lamp plus more.

“This is phase one of the space,” Derreck said. “In March, we’re going into phase two and this is what’s called, Resident Two Memberships. They’re going to be larger, enclosed offices for business of two to three, which we’re pretty excited about! And you’ll have another board room in there as well.”

Resident 2 Members ($1,500-$2,000 per month + HST) have the option of choosing a 2-5 person or 5-8 person enclosed office, fully equipped with desks, chairs, and lamps plus more.

All founding members will be part of the growing business of the East Room as it plans on expanding by building photo labs, sound studios, test kitchens, and fashion ateliers.

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“In the future, we’re looking to build in studios such as: photography studios, recording studios, things in that nature,” Derreck said. “It’s going to be like a crowd-source idea so we pay for it through the membership that’s in the space… It’s good for the members because it’s cheaper for them… What they’re paying for a month in studio spaces is what they’d be paying for a day anywhere else.”

The East Room’s workspace has been designed with refinement and comfort in mind; providing the perfect environment for work and play.

“We have a lot of events … We have partnerships with TIFF, Design Exchange, Power Plants, and Arts and Crafts,” he said. “Every month we’re having music events and for TIFF, we’re putting together a Speaker’s Note where we present a film along with a lecture series. For Design Exchange, we haven’t nailed down exactly how we’re going to work with them but we see it as more of a Speaker’s Note as well.”

Book your complimentary tour at: info@eastroom.ca

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Join Artscape & Manifesto for an ‘In Conversation with… Adrian Aitcheson’ on Saturday, April 18th from 3-4:30pm, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of ‘TOO BLACK GUYS’ at Ada Slaight Hall inside Daniels Spectrum! Adrian has ventured on an incredible journey in building his notable brand ‘TOO BLACK GUYS’ and made exemplary strides over the course of his personal career. Hosted by Juno Award winning rapper Kardinal Offishall, we aim to give you greater insight into what has made Adrian so successful, touching on the highlights and hardships of being an entrepreneur.

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To give you a bit of background for those who are not very familiar. In the year 1990, starting out as a clothing line and a store founded in downtown Toronto, TBG was known for their thought-provoking t-shirts surrounding the ideologies and history of black culture. TBG apparel has been seen on the backs of some of the most prominent figures in hip hop culture, including Mos Def, Spike Lee, Redman, and Mary J Blige, to name a few. In 25 years Adrian and TBG have become icons, paving the way for Canadian streetwear fashion along the way.

FREE RSVP HERE

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Previously: The Return of “Too Black Guys”

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Today marks a special moment in Toronto’s music, arts and culture history. Fast-approaching 10 years of serving Toronto through their innovative mix of talent incubation, youth engagement and cultural programming – two of the city’s youth arts and culture heavyweights are finally coming together to realize a grand vision for the future of Toronto arts and culture. The Remix Project and Manifesto just announced the launch of the Convergence Campaign, which will create a dynamic new permanent home for both organizations and an accessible cultural hub for artists, arts administrators and organizations from across the city.

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“Manifesto and The Remix Project are thrilled to partner with The Daniels Corporation to create our new home in Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts. This space will become the centre of gravity for youth, arts, culture and creative industries in Canada. Daniels’ investment in this project is not simply an investment in our organizations, but rather an investment in Toronto’s future as a global cultural leader.” – Che Kothari (Manifesto) & Derek “Drex” Jancar (The Remix Project) Co-Chairs of the Convergence Campaign

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With the generous support of The Daniels Corporation, the space will be part of the just-announced Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts project – a pioneering vision for a master-planned, mixed-use community coming to the corner of Queens Quay and Lower Jarvis that will amplify Toronto’s growing role as a global cultural leader. The space will combine administrative offices; a public performance theatre and cinema; a recording studio with affordable opportunities for diverse communities; a studio dedicated to photography, videography, and dance; accessible venue space with affordable prices for gatherings and events; video editing and post-production suites; a gallery; a community café; as well as access for artists and young entrepreneurs to obtain business and legal support, career guidance and professional consultation from some of the city’s key leaders and instigators. It will be a game-changing place for Toronto’s current and future arts and culture leaders to connect, cultivate and collaborate that responds to directly to the unique challenges faced by the sector.

Through the Convergence Campaign, The Remix Project and Manifesto’s combined creativity and drive will supercharge Toronto’s cultural sector, and safeguard the sustainability of these two vital organizations for years to come. To learn more about how Toronto can support the Convergence Campaign to create a new centre of gravity for youth, arts and culture, please visti: convergencecampaign.com

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Rotman Lens Rendezvous 2015

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The Rotman Lens Rendezvous 2015 event is happening this Thursday, March 26th inside the Fleck Atrium (Rotman School of Management) from 5:30-7:00pm, and 1 LOVE T.O. is inviting you to join us and support both the Toronto-based photographers, as well as local arts & cultural incubator – The Remix Project. All proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to The Remix Project’s Academy of Creative Arts. Top submissions from the Lens photo competition along with professional photographers works will be displayed, including submissions from some of our cities finest: Jalani Morgan, Taha Muharuma, Rajeshta Julatum, Joshua Telfer, and J R Bernstein.

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For more information and to get tickets, CLICK HERE.

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CONTEST: Win Tickets To The Artist Project

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The Artist Project kicks off tonight with its annual Opening Night Party, followed by an exciting 3-day art fair that offers attendees the unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from over 250 emerging and mid-career artists. We’ve been the last 2 years in a row and it’s an incredible experience, whether you’re a seasoned art buyer or a first-time buyer who’s just looking for something interesting for their condo, this is the place to be!

We’ve partnered with The Artist Project to give you the chance to win a pair of tickets to enjoy the show this weekend taking place inside the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place.

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TWITTER CONTEST
Tweet @1LOVETO & @ArtistProjectTO #WinTix for your chance to win a pair of tickets to attend Toronto’s contemporary art fair this weekend.

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For more info visit: theartistproject.com

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Peter Harris “Night Watch” Exhibition

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Toronto-based artist Peter Harris is at it again with his latest solo show “Night Watch” kicking off this weekend at the Mira Godard Gallery (22 Hazelton Ave). The exhibition runs from Feb 21 – March 14th.

Artist Statement
My recent paintings focus on the defining elements of a contemporary urban landscape that surround us all as city dwellers. I’ve chosen to paint these ubiquitous subjects at night, using the darkness like a stage curtain, creating spaces that highlight my subjects with almost reverential illumination while isolating them from the background. The objects of the urban landscape, the restaurants, gas stations, municipal buildings, streetcars, buses and parking lots that take centre stage in my paintings form a distilled and concentrated version of urbanity. The world I paint is cleaned up and pared down, a small oasis of solitude and order to contrast the realities of daily life in the city.

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To see more of Peters work, visit: peterharris.ca

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Interview: Humble The Poet

We’ve been watching Kanwer Singh aka “Humble The Poet” for a while now and recently got a chance to talk to the Toronto teacher and MC who is making it his mission to dissect deep motifs and connect with anyone willing to listen.

What is it about writing/poetry that resonates with you so deeply?
It’s not just poetry and writing. It’s just creativity in general. I love the concept of bringing ideas to life. I love the feeling of having a spark in my mind and then watching it come to life. The journey isn’t as enjoyable. If I write a verse on a beat, and it’s a painful process at times, once I release it and see the finished product and see it connect with people, it motivates me to start all over again.

How did Humble the poet come to be? Why Humble?
I was raised in a family of Sikh heritage and it’s a common theme that our egos are a big source of a lot of our misery so staying humble is something we can do to reduce that. Obviously we all got egos at different levels and in different situations; I’m not the exception to that rule. The idea of “poet” came from the evolution of literary art, to not simply be a rapper, to simply be an MC but taking it to another level, acknowledging the Shakespeares, Edgar Allen Poes.

Why do you think people from all over the world, truly connect with your words?
In the past couple of years I shifted the focus from social issues to the human condition. In my research, learning about what’s happening in the world and scratching beneath the surface and realizing the themes that are going on; a lot of it has to do with human nature. We’re all going through the same things, doesn’t matter where you are in the world. You deal with anxiety, regret. We’re haunted by our past; we get nervous about our future. We’ve been through heartbreak. Ideals like that, not only do they touch everybody around the world, they’re timeless as well. Having the ability to articulate that, nice and simply, especially when they’re heavy concepts, I think that’s why people gravitate towards what I do.

Tell us a little bit about your book Unlearn and why you thought it was important to publish.
What happened was I was working full-time as teacher with the Toronto district school board, grade three at the time. And I was doing slam poetry on the side. Slowly, I started writing more and putting stuff up online and when that transition came where this no longer was the side project and took my main attention. When I made that transition and left my job, or took time off the job specifically to focus on this, I realized I didn’t have to pick up a lot of new things, I really had to forget a lot of biases and idealisms that I had ‘cause they were holding me back from progressing. The idea of Unlearn came from there. I just started blogging, blogging on my Facebook page just to connect. And it was the support that was like, ‘you need to start collecting your work, and publish it as a book.’ I crowd sourced the book though indie go-go and raised over $26,000.

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What is your objective; why is it important to you?
My objective is to bring ideas to life and I have grand scale ideas. Like, full length feature films that I want to bring to life. I realize I have to stay on my grind. Working in entertainment and working in the creative space for a number of years now, you understand how it really works so you have to keep your profile up there if you want those doors to open. In the beginning it was just you know, getting the attention of a couple girls (he says with a laugh) and doing something cool but I think now at this point, I realize that that this path in life is the first time I feel like I’m exploring my potential and I wanna realize my potential. Through that, I wanna connect with as many people as possible and make a contribution to society and this planet. It’s important to me because it gives me purpose, gets me outta bed. I think so many people in this life aren’t fortunate enough to have the time to discover their purpose, a purpose that excites them. My parents immigrated to Toronto, me having the freedom to take that risk; I feel that it’s my obligation now.

Most rewarding part about teaching/poetry?
You get to see your words/ideas change shape based on the context of who’s listening to them. You see them connecting. You learn so much about yourself working with kids ‘cause you start to realize how much of what you think is in your second nature, how much you are wired to believe, wired to act is really just socialization. Kids are blank slate; they don’t have the same biases that we do, the same preconceived notions. So when you encounter a child and they don’t have that, it reminds you that at one point, you didn’t have that either. So that puts you in great position to unlearn.

What do you hope people take away from your work?
We turn on the radio coz we want life to feel a little bit better. We read a book ‘cause we want life to feel a little bit better; we consume art for that purpose. When dealing with emotions nowadays people are going towards medication. I’m really hoping at the bare minimum people are hearing what I have to say through the different types of art I create and realize they’re not alone. Once we connect with people, once we realize we’re not alone and the things you’re feeling or going through are normal, you feel a lot less isolated, letting people know they’re not the only ones with anxiety of what may happen tomorrow, letting people know they may not be the only people who regret their past and re-live it over and over and beat themselves up about it. Sometimes you gotta put on that a catchy beat, sometimes you gotta put it on the page, capture it in an image and put that on a sweat shirt. I just want to connect.

Photo by Gurjit Badal

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

Previously: Humble The Poet – “F.E.A.T.H.E.R.S”

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Last night we attended the Monogram Dinner by Design event in Toronto, founded by GE Monogram Appliances and Azure Magazine as a way to celebrate design talents and to raise funds for two incredible organizations: Casey House & The Design Exchange. The concept of the event provides a unique dinner and cocktail experience highlighting well-know interior designers, architects, decorators and influential members of the design community. We participated in the ‘Cocktail by Design’ portion of the evening and saw everything from minimalist design, class & sophistication, to some unique and extremely artsy settings. See some of our favourites below.

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Watch a beautiful recap video from last year’s event in Vancouver.

For more info: dinnerxdesign.com

Thanks to the good folks at Kronenbourg 1664 for the invite.

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SPiN Toronto has become the hottest Ping-Pong social club in the city’s eclectic entertainment district on King Street West. Equipped with 12 high-quality Ping-Pong tables, Olympic-quality flooring, custom-designed lighting and two full service bars, it’s inevitably the go-to spot to fulfill a night of fun with a competitive edge. Building a community that consists of sportsmanship; SPiN Toronto has collaborated on four limited edition graphic tees, designed by Toronto-based artisans including: Doublenaut, Good Kids, Brianne Donut, and Fieldguided. Entitled, “White Dove and Paddles,” “SPiN Kombat,” “Funny Paddle Faces,” and “White Paddles,” each design is unique and available in both basic tees and raglans that are suitably themed for the sport at hand. The collection is exclusive as it’s limited to just 45 shirts per style. These shirts make for the ideal gift to represent your respective Ping-Pong teams. They are currently available for purchase at $38 a piece at 461 King St. West, Lower Level.

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For those interested in joining, SPiN Toronto is open seven days a week between the hours of noon to 1AM from Sunday through Wednesday, and between noon to 2AM from Thursday through Saturday. All are welcome and membership packages are also available.

For more information visit: toronto.spingalactic.com

Tell ‘em we sent ya!

Posted by Christina Cheng

Previously: SPiN Toronto’s Spring Menu

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The Regent Park Film Festival

The beauty of film is that it can relay powerful stories and messages which can resonate with the viewer and change perspectives. When those films are coming straight out of your own neighbourhood and represent your voice, that’s power.

The Regent Park Film Festival does exactly that and we were lucky enough to check out the 2014 festival at Daniels Spectrum. Festival Manager, Amanda Pileggi, told us that the festival is not only accessible and open to all, it offers free admission and free child care! She says RPFF is a place where “everyone can connect to storytelling and film” and fosters a deep sense of community and connectivity.

We caught the screening for “Black Men Loving” directed by Ella Cooper, Intersections directed by Snap! A youth filmmaking workshop, and Hope Heights directed by Marc Magnusson in partnership with Manifesto.

Black Men Loving did a phenomenal job demolishing the stereotype of Black fathers by profiling some in Regent Park and across Toronto. Jason Creed, father of four, was one of the fathers profiled and recounted some moving truths of parenting young girls. We also got a real look at a homosexual relationship which, regardless of the endless stereotypes, provides a loving home to their son.

Intersections is project by the RPFF, funded by the Ontario Arts Council. “Professional artists Sheena D. Robertson and Richard Fung worked with youth from the Regent Park and Lawrence Heights communities, who wrote, produced, acted, and filmed all aspects of the production.” It takes the audience on the journey of one kid and shows us how we all connect, or intersect, without even noticing it. It sheds light on stereotypes the kids of Regent Park and Lawrence Heights face and the reality they have to survive in a very clever way.

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Hope Heights is about a section of Toronto known as Lawrence Heights. Although the community has seen violence and tragedy, the point of the film explains that the media makes it worse than it actually is. We all rely on the news to tell us what’s happening in the world but sensationalism is compromising the facts. The community doesn’t deny terrible things have happened there but the good outweighs the bad; the people are respectable and the potential is infinite. The lesson we come away with is to seek out truth for yourself; if you didn’t see it with your own eyes, or hear it with your own ears, you don’t truly know.

For more info: regentparkfilmfestival.com

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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.

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

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APPLY NOW (DEADLINE: DEC 27TH, 2014)

For more info: theremixproject.ca

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PEKOTA – Designed & Made In Canada

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We met Marco Pecota, Owner and Creative Director of PEKOTA, a Toronto-based boutique design firm, at the “RISE UP” party by DX and were wowed by his stunning designs throughout the venue; fitting for a party that is dedicated to design excellence! We had to know more so we caught up with Marco to talk art and design.

1. You wear many different hats, from publishing to film; why venture into furniture, how did you start?
I have always loved design. Once I finished designing and rebuilding my home a few years back, I felt a craving for more design. The hobby of building my first chair quickly turned into a small side business and then into a full blown design company.

2. Describe your creative process.
I am inspired by the design of the early 20th century. Not just furniture but also automotive, aviation and architecture. Combining this passion with an industrial edge has led me to design what I like to call “Industrial Elegance.” Everything I design starts with pencil to paper. I sketch out the design which is then converted into technical drawings and finally into 3D renderings. From there it goes to steel fabrication via laser cutting and CNC forming. After that we craft the wood components in house and handle all of the finishing and packaging.

3. Made and designed in Canada; why is this important to you?
Being made in Canada is very important as it allows me to have greater quality control over our products. I am hands on throughout the entire process allowing for quick changes to perfect the piece. This also allows for quick customization for customers. It is also important for me to support our local suppliers because it fosters a manufacturing community.

4. What do you hope people experience through PEKOTA designs?
I hope that people find my pieces both beautiful and original. I think that any art form should aspire to achieve this. Our pieces should make people feel comfortable and inspired.

5. Favourite experiences via designing?
I enjoy the entire process: from researching inspirational designs, to capturing a new look, to the process of manufacturing. There is great satisfaction in seeing a fresh idea come to reality in the matter of a few weeks.

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For more info: pekota.com

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