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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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1 LOVE T.O. is proud to present the “Jetlag” photo exhibit and album listening event hosted by Rhye’s lead singer, Milosh. If you’re unfamiliar with Rhye or Milosh, make sure you check out our exclusive interview HERE.

You’re invited!

WHEN
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
7-10PM

WHERE
Moniker Gallery – 452 Richmond St. West (Just west of Spadina)

RSVP ONLY
EVENTS@1LOVETO.COM (Subject: Milosh)
*Limited Capacity

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Sketching The Line

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Sketching the Line is an international exhibition of 78 sketches drawn by 13 artists from around the globe, featuring brief impressions of fellow commuters that document place, time and movement while simultaneously revealing a myriad of personal moments. Sketching the Line is part of PATTISON’s ongoing Art in Transit program and includes: architects, artists, art instructors, character designers, curators, and illustrators. Canadian contributors are Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera of Imaginism Studios, and multimedia artist Nicole Little, all based in Toronto.

The exhibit runs until April 13 on PATTISON’s digital screens inside Toronto’s subway stations.

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For more info: artintransit.ca

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Many of you may not know that the front-man for the popular music group Rhye is actually Mike Milosh. Milosh is also a successful solo artist and photographer who recently released his fourth project entitled “Jetlag”, which is currently available on iTunes.

Over the past month or so we’ve been working very closely with Milosh to help launch his Jetlag photo exhibit and album listening event in Toronto. The event will be hosted by Milosh on Thursday, April 17th, from 7-10pm at the Moniker Gallery (452 Richmond St. West, near Spadina) and will feature photos taken by Milosh & Alexa (his wife).

RSVP: EVENTS@1LOVETO.COM (Subject: Milosh) *limited capacity

If you’re unfamiliar with Milosh or even Rhye, check out our exclusive interview below…

1. What came first for you, music or art?

Music came at the same time as art for me. I started playing cello when I was 3 and was picking up pencils around the same time. I went to an art school for my childhood and into my high-school career where I was actually an art major and music minor. The two forms have been my outlets for as long as I really can remember having a personality. 

2. Who’s your favourite photographer?

I don’t have a favourite photographer per se, but I love artists like Ai weiwei, love his use of photography and I love artists like James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson. I guess what I am getting at is that as an artist I wouldn’t ever want to be relegated to just one particular form, art is an expression, you choose the form to suit what you are trying to express be it music, film, photography…

3. Film or Digital, and why?

I use both but I actually like Digital better. I just like what you can do with it, you aren’t confined to a particular stock, or pre existing look. I love the way film looks, and I admire what other photographers are doing with it but Digital just suits what I am doing. I love the mix of technology and art, I think there are a lot of similarities in electronic music, digital film and video.

4. I read somewhere that your wife Alexa actually came up with the music video concept for “Slow Down”. How involved is your wife in your overall creative process?

Actually she is very involved, it’s why I have her credited as my master producer. She not only inspires me to create and push things further but I view most of what I do as a collaboration with her. She was by my side during most of the recording of “Jetlag” throwing ideas in, helping with lyrics all the way to the mastering process, lending her ears on the final touches. She is such a brilliant actress, I love filming her and shooting her, this idea she came up with for slow down was just something we had to do once she thought it up. We actually kind of do everything together to be honest. All the posters for Rhye (the witch hunt series) are collabs between the two of us, the Milosh music videos… It’s fun times. We are working on another EP together as well.

5. I know you don’t agree, but a lot of your fans think you sound like a women when you sing.  Do you think the Rhye album cover may have added to the confusion?

Yeah It probably did. I didn’t realize people really thought I sounded like a woman on that record as it’s me, so, yeah… I thought people were saying that more as a joke at first. I also think because I didn’t release photos of myself people just ran with what they wanted to. It was kind of interesting to watch. 

6. Has the popularity of Rhye allowed you to grow as a solo artist?

I think, or I hope I am always growing from all the things that happen in my life, Rhye is just one of those things. 

7. Lastly, I don’t think very many people realize that you’re originally from Toronto. What type of influence, if any, did growing up in Toronto have on your style of music?

Hmmm, well in the 90’s there was a nice little electronic appreciation in Toronto so I think that helped, but I have always had a wanderlust, an interest in seeing as much of the world as possible and drawing influences from all there is. I think my specific group of friends in Toronto had a large influence on me. We were all super into music, listening to it, making it…  I don’t want to sound unappreciative, I think Toronto was the perfect place for me to grow up in a perfect time. The trees in Toronto are some of the most inspirational tress in the world, and how that relates to music well, then we need to discuss the Fibonacci sequence and how trees influence your creative spirit. Ravine city man, ravine city.

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