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In less than a month Fashion Art Toronto, formerly known as |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week, returns for five spectacular nights, from April 12-16, with over 50+ runway shows and performances, photography exhibits, interdisciplinary art installations and a selection of curated fashion films.

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Daniels Spectrum plays host to this years 11th annual Fashion Art Toronto, as the only festival of its kind in Canada, setting the stage for over 100 emerging and contemporary fashion designers, artists and stylists to unleash a stimulating and inspired showcase that creatively fuses fashion and art; providing a much needed platform and exposure for independent fashion and design.

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For more info visit: fashionarttoronto.ca

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“The Youth Are Revolting” is the latest exhibition to take over the Gladstone Hotel. The show, which features a spirited collaboration between high-profile Canadian artists and students from the Oasis Skateboard Factory, runs from March 2 – 11th. All the art is produced directly on the skateboards, with this year’s theme focusing on teen stereotypes and rebellion.

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The Oasis Skateboard Factory is an innovative TDSB alternative school program where students learn how to run a skateboard business through entrepreneurship and design all while obtaining a credit towards graduating.

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If you’re free this week make sure you check out their closing party and silent auction on Friday from 7 – 10pm.

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Toronto’s Dancing Barista

Stop what you’re doing and watch Toronto’s Dancing Barista! There’s more to this story than just some fancy dance moves…

17-year-old Sam Forbes is a high school student with autism, who was deemed virtually ‘unemployable’. Chris Ali, a local Toronto Starbuck’s Manager met Sam at Camp Thrive and learned that Sam’s dream job was to become a barista. Chris hired Sam, and Sam has made quite a name for himself as the ‘dancing barista’, with over 799,000 views on youtube. The dance moves have actually helped Sam channel his movements and stay focused on the tasks he needs to complete while working. Even Ellen noticed Sam’s progress and invited both Sam and his boss Chris on the show.

Please watch and share!

Shout out to our very own Toronto Raptors for being there to support Sam.

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Something fresh and exciting is going on over at the CBC. A new show called Exhibitionists is exploring a wide spectrum of Canadian art, carving out a new segment of national identity. The show features artists within various disciplines who are doing something edgy, different or daring. We met up with Amanda Parris, Host of Exhibitionists, to tell us more.

She starts by explaining when art is equated with celebrity, status and entertainment, other unique/niched artists, often go unrecognized. ”There hasn’t been a national televised space for exploring artists who are doing things that might not necessarily be perceived as sexy to the mainstream but are emerging, avant-garde… they’ll never make it to the mainstream and don’t even want to but there should be a platform to share what they do.”

That is exactly what Exhibitionists does while instilling a sense of intrigue and Canadian pride. “I hope with the opening of this door, Canadians will watch, be inspired by it and feel proud.” Subjects are selected by a team of researchers or through e-mail pitches from artists or videographers who the CBC commission to produce mini docs. “Although Canada is not conventionally thought of as an artistic and creative country, maybe we should start to see ourselves that way.”

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Well before her time at the CBC, Amanda fell in love with the arts and community scene. Years ago, she served on staff at The Remix Project, an artistic incubator serving youth from under-served communities. Although she was the youngest and the only girl, she held her own. “That experience has been critical to my entire development. Remix opened the doors for me to recognize and understand so many artistic industries across Toronto. The connections I made have served me so well. I still feel to this day, it’s a family.”

So what exactly is it that drives this passion? “For me, art in general, engaging in it, creating it and being able to support other people in the creation of art, gives me life. It makes me excited! It’s where I find passion, it’s where I find inspiration, it’s where I find perspective.”

And like many young professionals she faced obstacles and rejections but says, it was all meant to unfold exactly how it has saying, “The universe works in mysterious ways. So many opportunities came up that I didn’t get for whatever reason but I think, I wasn’t supposed to get them because if I did, I wouldn’t be able to host Exhibitionists.”

You can catch Exhibitionists on CBC every Sunday at 4:30pm.

Watch: Season 1 Episode 17

Photos by Patrick Leung

Posted by Samira

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Covenant-House

Toronto’s Covenant House has launched their official “Guts + Glory” Challenge, in the hopes of offering new opportunities to kids through fundraising. Over 10,000 kids spend time living on the streets of Toronto each year. As Canada’s largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House Toronto changes lives by providing a 24/7 crisis shelter along with transitional housing on-site and in the community plus education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, and job training.

Our very own Tyrone Edwards along with Team Captain Ben Mulroney, Devon Soltendieck, Dylan McNiven, Kate McKenna, Lainey Lui are looking for your support. Their goal is $10,000 and they’re very close with over $7,700 raised so far. If you can, feel free to give back to the communities who need it most, especially our youth.

DONATE HERE

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PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Dustin Good + Mario Anzola, “Subtle Blend”
Subtle Blend has built a community around providing a stage for local live electronic acts and beat makers. The evenings are usually comprised of an eclectic mix of performers who bring out live gear and play all original music. The audience is able to experience live music-making and watch as artists explore and put themselves out in the open. Subtle Blend inspires audiences to open themselves to innovative local talent at the same time as inspiring artists to truly perform for their city and expose themselves to new creative situations. – Dustin Good

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The showcase has had a positive response because of the people I’ve met through it. Now in its second year, it works more as a collective effort and it is based on what the acts brings each night. I started doing lives sets and booking myself because I wanted to play more and meet other people to share a stage with. Now every month, we put together these shows and I get to work with truly talented and humble musicians and video artists that joined the showcase in the most organic and perfect way possible. They came up and said: ” what’s up,…”. – Mario Anzola

Photography by Patrick Leung

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Previously: PIQUE: Tabban (aka Bonblivious)

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PIQUE: Tabban (Bonblivious)

PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Tabban S., Bonblivious
I’m not really sure how to describe my art but I can say that it’s an extension of my personality. It’s not about discovering anything particular because your ‘style’ is already a part of you. It’s how you perceive the world and how you choose to communicate that visually. Once I stopped trying to draw like everyone else, I noticed a pattern in my mark making. My hands just kind of do their thing and I’m learning to really embrace that. There’s something so powerful in knowing that no one will ever draw like me, because no one will ever be like me.

Photography by Patrick Leung

Posted by Samira

Previously: PIQUE: Taha Photo #StreetSoul

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On February 14, the eyes of the basketball world will be on Toronto as the city host’s the NBA All Star Game. As a proud partner of the NBA, Mountain Dew worked with designer Naturel, to create this limited edition DEW can to celebrate this big event. You can find the can at most major convenience stores and gas stations across the country for a limited time.

We’ve teamed up with Mountain Dew to help celebrate the All Star Game with ‘6 Reasons Why We’re Excited The NBA All Star Game Is In The 6ix’.

REASON 1
For the first (and possibly) only time in the history of the NBA, Canada is hosting the NBA All-Star game here in Toronto! Basketball fans, both young and old, will be able to enjoy this historic moment for years to come. If that’s not exciting, we don’t know what is.

REASON 2
This is our time to showcase what makes Toronto so special. We are a world-class city and we can’t wait to showcase our diverse sense of culture and community. We have so much to offer North of the border! Toronto really is the ‘world in 1 city.’

REASON 3
What a way to celebrate Basketball’s 125th anniversary! We take great pride in knowing the game of Basketball was invented by a Canadian – Dr James Naismith, in 1891. The love for the game in Canada, specifically Toronto, has grown considerably thanks to our very own Toronto Raptors. They’ve created a new wave of enthusiasm towards Basketball that we’ve never seen before. #WeTheNorth

REASON 4
Local businesses will win big. Tourism will be at an all-time high, with restaurants, hotels, bars, and our favourite ‘mom & pop’ shops playing host to many new customers, from not only south of the border, but from around the globe.

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In good humour, we can’t wait to see the friendly off-court instagram battle between Drake and Kevin Hart become an on-court reality. They’ll be facing off as opposing Coaches at this year’s Celebrity All Star Game.

REASON 6
You never know who you’ll see in the 6ix! From your favourite NBA All Stars, Hall of Famer’s, On-Air Commentators, to Celebrities, Actors, Artists, Musicians, the opportunities are endless. There’s going to be athlete meet-and-greets, countless after-parties, community initiatives, youth programming and more. Don’t miss out on your chance to rub shoulders with the best of the best.

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Photography by @SoTeeOh

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Steve Paikin from TVO’s Current Affairs program “The Agenda”, sat down with 1LOVETO co-founder Bryan Brock to discuss why Toronto is ‘so cool’. The topics included in the discussion range from The Remix Project, 1LOVETO, Drake, Toronto Blue Jays and Raptors, and much more. Watch the interview and let us know why you think Toronto has become the new cultural ‘cool’?!

For more info visit: tvo.org

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PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Taha M, Taha Photo
#streetsoul came to life after studying my images over time. I’d look at my visuals and could sense the consistent tone and mood. That’s obviously a reflection of me, my personality, and the way I see things through my lens. At that time in my life, I used to shoot a lot on my own… in the rain, on gloomy days, and in some rarely visited places in the city. #streetsoul felt like it summed up what I captured, the stories I was seeing and wanting to share. It captured the honesty, the heartbeat, the harsh reality but ultimately the beauty, found on the streets and in the every day. It started with Toronto as a backdrop and all its nooks and crannies, but #streetsoul is universal and can be applied anywhere in the world.

Photography by Patrick Leung

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Previously: PIQUE: Saam (Music)

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PIQUE: Saam

PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Saam Music
I think what ultimately makes you a legend in any industry is your ability to evoke change. That’s the kind of music that transcends time. As much as it doesn’t really matter once you’re dead, I feel like you’ve reached your full potential in life when you’ve created something that out lives you.

As of right now my music is a lot like my diary. It’s very open, honest and extremely personal. There’s absolutely no sugarcoating. You really get the good, the bad, and the ugly with me. I guess what I hope to have resonate with people is how openly flawed I am. Especially with my upcoming EP “Pysch Eval”, I want people to feel like they know me once they’ve heard it. If people have a love-hate relationship with me after hearing it, then I’ll feel like I did my job.

Photography by Patrick Leung

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Previously: PIQUE: Curtis C (c.h.s.e. Works Leather Goods)

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PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Curtis C., chseWorks L.G.
Machines have a tendency to distance us from our natural senses. I love making every product by hand because it really keeps me connected with the craft and my passion for it.

My passion for the artisanal goods came from wanting high quality products, and being let down with other products. So I started studying aspects of leatherwork to make for myself, what I felt I needed and deserved. And the joy I got from making it for myself spurred me on the do the same for others. That’s where c.h.s.e came from. From other people realizing their value and self worth.

The first critical step I took was investing in my ability not only as a designer, but as a hands on crafts man. An artisan.

Photography by Patrick Leung

Previously: PIQUE: Clairmont The Second

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