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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

Posted by Samira

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.

REASON 5
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

Posted by Samira

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

Posted by Samira

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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1 LOVE T.O. kicks off Harbourfront Centre’s ‘DJ Skate Nights’ with our 6th Annual Holiday Ice Skating Party on Saturday, December 19th, from 8-11pm at The Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West). We’ve got our official 1 LOVE T.O. DJ DLUX plus our very own T-rexxx playing host for the night.

If you’ve got your own skates, bring ‘em! If not, don’t worry, we’ve got skate rentals available, but arrive early, they sell out quickly. If it gets too cold, don’t worry, you can keep warm with hot chocolate, food and other drinks inside the lounge!

We’ll see you on the ice!

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For more info: harbourfrontcentre.com/djskatenights

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PIQUE: Clairmont The Second

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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Clairmont The Second
Being in the music industry, it can really mess your head up because of how corrupted it is but I have to stay grounded and know that God has me. I want to be financially stable, mentally stable, and have a stable fan base which can enable me to tour. I want my parents to stop working or at least do what they truly want to do in life. I want to be able to move out eventually and not worry about the costs of anything. Most importantly, I want to love what I’m doing and not have to feel like a sellout or anything along the lines of that. I want many strong relationships, from God, to people, to my work. I want the music to speak to many.

Photography by Patrick Leung

Posted by Samira

Previously: PIQUE: Allie

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PIQUE: Allie

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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Allie
For the sake of keeping it simple, I like to say my sound is “Future Soul”, but there’s a lot of different influences and styles I like to draw from. When people listen, I hope they dig deep and try to identify some of the more nuanced elements within the music. But my greatest hope is that when people listen it ignites some spark of creativity in them. I love how creativity is so contagious, how a painting can inspire a piece of music, and then that music can inspire a dancer, and the ripple effect goes on and on. That’s the beauty of art to me.

Posted by Samira

Previously: PIQUE: Yanal (Peace Collective)

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PIQUE: Yanal (Peace Collective)

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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Peace Collective: Yanal D.
The biggest learning lesson I had in the first year of running Peace Collective would have to be the importance of finding and working with people who are as passionate about our mission as I am. When I first started out, it felt like launching my own clothing line with a charity aspect would be impossible and I often got discouraged. I was taking advice and listening to people who didn’t understand or believe in the vision that I had. Things changed really quickly when I started believing in what I was trying to accomplish and started seeking out individuals who have the same passion and vision as I do. At The Peace Collective, we have worked with great creative minds and artists all across the city to create something special for Toronto. If I hadn’t taken the time to meet people and connect with them on similar beliefs, none of it would have been possible.

A BIG thank you to The Drake Hotel for supporting PIQUEd by providing us awesome spaces to shoot some of these subjects!

Photo by Patrick Leung

Posted by Samira

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