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Toronto’s only Filipino Festival is back to celebrate their 10-Year-Anniversary of Kultura on August 5-9th, 2015. The Philippine inspired festival is spearheaded by Kensington Market-based, youth-led Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture and supported by community volunteers. The purpose of the event is to expose Toronto to everything the Filipino community has to offer, from arts, culture, food, entertainment and style. Through a variety of workshops, live shows, and community engagement the festival continues to grow each year, allowing the idea of understanding Toronto’s diverse communities to truly be celebrated.

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You can purchase tickets HERE.

For more info, visit: kultura.ca

Photo by Dwayne Fundano

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Toronto has always had Kings, but the first official Crown belongs to 1LOVETO!

Four weeks ago we set the tone for what was to come, besting the Anthony Bennett-led CIA Bounce 101-88, behind Player of the Week Brady Heslip’s 44 points. A second week loss only seemed to energize and motivate the whole squad, and we never looked back. Guest player Kelly Olynyk dropped an easy 31 while donning a white 1LOVETO Crown League jersey in Week 3, and the team rallied behind an amazing Final Week MVP performance by Dwayne Smith for the 53-49 Championship W. Leading from the start, we were able to hold off a comeback from the previously undefeated ACE squad en route to being the first team to Claim Royalty in Toronto.

A huge thank you to Nike and Jarvis Collegiate, who were the perfect hosts for the games and provided a fever pitch-like atmosphere for basketball fans from across the GTA. And of course thank you to those fans, who every Friday for a month straight packed into the hot high-school gym to cheer on all six squads and help establish Toronto’s very own Pro-Am Summer League.

Stay connected with Nike Events all year-long, and get ready to cheer us on as we look to defend the Crown next summer.

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Photos courtesy of Nike Toronto

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A trip to Morocco, the Raptors in the playoffs and an innate desire to make a difference in the world, is responsible for the conception of the globally conscious, Toronto-based clothing brand, Peace Collec-tive.

It’s made up of a few key players: Yanal Dhailieh, Jordan McDonald, Macaulay Madrigal and Tricka Bi-comong. The cool thing about them is that their merch is close to an incredible cause. For every piece they sell, one child in need will be provided school meals for a month through The World Food Program USA. Yanal (Founder) says, “I believe chasing your passion boils down to two key ingredients: 1. Do what you love, 2. Add value to the world.”

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It all started last year when the Raptors made the playoffs. Yanal had designed the now notori-ous, ‘Toronto vs. Everybody’ shirt, and he and Macaulay (Creative Director) wore them to Jurassic Park to watch the game. The positive reactions and feedback they encountered, triggered them to create about six different pieces for both men and women. Inspired by his recent trip to Morocco where Yanal learned about schools which provided two meals a day for students who attended (kind of like an incen-tive), he attached the charitable aspect to his newly minted clothing line which became central to their formula and the driving force behind their success.“Without [the charitable aspect] we wouldn’t exist and we wouldn’t have the loyalty we have now. When customers buy from us, they feel as if they’re join-ing the cause; they are now apart of something more” says Macaulay. But it was by no means easy, “…countless hours spent on research, designs, conversations, folding/packaging, trial and error – a lot of mistakes” but they didn’t allow the hurdles to clutter the vision.

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Aside from their awesome designs, all of which are 100% made in Canada, it’s their humanity which makes Peace Collective a leader in the business of fashion. Yanal explains: “Following your passion isn’t unrealistic…Commit to your art, work hard to create value, and cultivate your following. Doing these things creates a positive impact on the world that others will notice. What’s so unrealistic about that?”

For more info: peace-collective.com

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More than 7000 of the finest athletes from across the Americas and Caribbean are in Toronto for the 2015 Pan Am and Para-pan Am Games and as you probably already know, the city is on fire! There is so much anticipation and excitement surrounding the games and we absolutely love the passion.

The arts scene is also getting in on the action being inspired by the skill, diversity and excellence the games represent. The Pan Am Path Arts Relay is “comprised of 14 consecutive weeks of arts programming in 14 zones throughout the city which will feature a mix of installations and events”. The Pan Am Path extends from Brampton to Pickering and will serve as the artistic “connective tissue”. With almost 2 million dollars in funding and over 80 kilometres of multi-use trails, the path is shaping up to be a lasting legacy in Toronto’s history.

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Zone 9 a.k.a SHIFT, features a “variety of temporary and permanent art installations and murals created to celebrate arts in the east end of Toronto. The artworks selected for this project playfully explore themes of diversity and emphasize the potency of a simple shift of perspective.” SHIFT is brought to you by East End Arts, Friends of the Pan AM Path, young civic leaders and The City of Toronto.

Last Saturday, a guided bike tour explored all that Zone 9 has to offer so far. It will be officially completed by 2017.

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For more info: panampath.org

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On May 28th Hennessy and 1 LOVE T.O. partnered to bring the unique sounds of the DJ/Producer collective known as SOULECTION (Esta, Jay Prince, Lakim, Joe Kay) to Toronto as part of the Hennessy Artistry program. The SOLD-OUT show at Tattoo (567 Queen St W) was everything we hoped it to be, with an eclectic mix of people and sounds, creating an undeniable vibe that Toronto is so well-known for. Opening act and local band WILDE, made up of lead singer Giselle Mapp, Olutobi “Nyra” Akinwumi and Brandon Merenick had a stand out performance in front of an awestruck audience. One of our favourite things about Hennessy Artistry is introducing new talent to a new audience, especially when it’s local talent! Check out the video above and see the entire photo gallery HERE.

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Previously: Hennessy Artistry Presents Keys N Krates “In-Studio Session”

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As Canada Basketball continues to assert itself as a force in the NBA and International basketball scene, Nike looks to foster the spirit of competition within the city by creating The Crown League. With rich traditions like the Drew League out in LA and the Rucker and EBC in New York, it was only right Nike began one in Toronto.

Every Friday from July 3rd to the 24th, six teams of potential suitors for the Kings of Toronto Basketball descend upon Jarvis Collegiate to #ClaimRoyalty in an all out elimination tournament. ACE, M.A.D.E., CIA BOUNCE, 6MAN, NORTHERN KINGS and our very own 1LOVETO are the teams vying for the Crown.

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Last week 1LOVETO’s very own Brady Heslip took home “Player of the Week” honours after dropping 44 poins and shooting 68% from the field in a big 101-88 victory over an Anthony Bennet-led CIA Bounce. This week is the final week to earn bragging rights and rankings going into the semi-finals.

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While the teams participating were invited, everyone has the opportunity to experience the competition by registering with Nike.

Join us Friday nights at Jarvis Collegiate – doors open at 5:45pm at door #6 (on Wellesley St). Tip off starts at 6:30 PM. Registration opens Sundays at 12AM. After you claim your seat, don’t forget to claim/download your NIKE+ EVENT PASS for line bypass and reserved seating.

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Nike Women Toronto celebrated a weekend of Women in sport from June 11-14th. Approximately 13,000 athletes participated, supported, encouraged, and came together to run and train their way to a personal best. As part of the Nike Women’s Race Series, 10,000 women gathered at the start line on Toronto Island on Sunday, June 14, to fuel their passion for running.

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After a solid 10 weeks of training, some 10,000 runners pushed themselves to go farther and faster while running the Nike Women’s 15K on the Toronto Islands; through neighbourhoods, parklands and along the runways of Billy Bishop airport, all set against the backdrop of downtown Toronto. The adrenaline was at an all-time high. Hearing and feeling the planes take off and land as you ran across its runway was exhilarating to say the least! Spectators and supporters cheering you on as you crossed each kilometre made you push even harder and faster. Performances from bands and choirs were a refreshing surprise after running a few kilometres surrounded by just nature. And the scenic view of sailboats floating atop an oasis of serenity waters while running on the bride before the finish line put runners at a place of Zen. Everyone finished peaceful and strong.

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It was my first official race and my nerves the night before were going bonkers – I barely slept! I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew I was anxious and ready to run!

Firstly, I was put in Wave 4 which clocks in at a pace between 5:30 to 6:00 per kilometre when I really wanted to be in Wave 3 (5:00 to 5:30 pace) with the rest of my running crew. They had made an announcement that runners weren’t allowed to go up a wave, only down. Nonetheless, I didn’t stress it at all. I thoroughly enjoyed running on my own and getting in my own zone. Secondly, it was a cold and very wet start to the race but that was least of my worries. I was actually hoping for rain or cooler temperatures rather than hot, humid, and muggy. I guess it worked in my favour. Thirdly, I can’t say I’m proud of my time because I knew I could have finished a solid 10 minutes before my clock time. I was stuck in a sea of runners for a chunk of the race path and found it difficult to maneuver and get in my groove but I guess that comes with it! Next time I know, use them elbows (kidding but not kidding)! Nonetheless, I’m very proud to have successfully completed my first race ever! I felt good by the end of it; I wasn’t overly tired and I was in complete control of my breathing the entire time. It was definitely a proud and memorable moment for myself. Now I’m addicted to running and motivated more than ever to try new challenging marathons!

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Marlen Esparza is a professional female boxer and olympian who finished 14th alongside Joan Benoit Samuelson, an American Olympian Marathon Runner in a time of 1:01:44. Paula Findlay, Canadian triathlete finished first in a time of 53:40. It was inspiring to have personally met and shared my first 15K race with such motivating and supportive athletes, let alone 10,000 other amazing women! It was such an honour. I was emotional by the end of my race, I shed a few tears because I was overwhelmed by the entire race weekend. It was such a blessing and an all-time adrenaline high to have experienced it all. I physically and mentally challenged myself and I am #BETTERFORIT.

Currently, I’m in preparation to train for my first half-marathon race in October for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon!

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Last year we told you about PIQUE, a project by Imad El-Sheikh, profiling 100 Torontonians. This year we’re excited to know he and his team have put together a second instalment — PIQUE 2.0.

One of the best parts of the project is not only highlighting some of Toronto’s unsung creatives, but also providing exposure and encouragement to these emerging and even established artists in a genuine, yet strategic way. “We consider their artistic merit, age and geographical location (to make sure each area of the city is well-represented) …ultimately it comes down to whether selecting the artist or creative in question will serve our goals” says Imad.

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Along with help from popular Toronto photography blog, Streets of Toronto, they’ve also curated a few photographers as part of the newly featured 100 participants. With the focus still exploring the sphere of social media and the context of immediate info, this year’s edition also features interview sessions and a six-part music video. “The new interview series is called GREY NOISE. We selected 10 creatives and asked them a series of questions. The catch was they needed to answer in the form of a teaser…short and sweet and fit within social media time frames.” The music video, features “six talented Toronto dancers of difference disciplines, each with their own teaser…”

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The progression of the PIQUE series serves as indisputable proof of the immeasurable amount of untapped creative resources the city holds. Follow @piquetoronto for all the upcoming event details and info and we’ll see you there!

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A couple of weeks ago we highlighted the Street Dreams Photo Walk #SDWalks held here in Toronto with The Creator Class, Explore Canada and Highsnobiety. Well, here’s a closer look at the creative team behind Street Dreams Magazine in this 3-part video partnership entitled #TCCSTories, housed on: youtube.com/thecreatorclass.

Watch as they connect with some of Toronto’s emerging and established artists & phtographers like Jayscale, @Jacbeale, Jazz Cartier, and more.

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Previously: The Creator Class – A Movement In The Making

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Calling all visual artists, photographers, multi-media, new media, muralists, digital media and graffiti artists! MANIFESTO Festival is now accepting Submissions for the 2015 Festival!

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HOW TO SUBMIT
Applications are accepted at mnfsto.com/apply — just go to the webpage, select the discipline you’d like to apply to, and fill in the type form. All applications, with the exception of volunteers, require a $25 fee to cover administrative costs. As well, please include a sample of your work, and a headshot.

Just for applying, you receive FREE entry to the 2015 Art Exhibition that you are applying to, and half-off the Summit. All successful artists will be notified in early July.

The Festival will be running in September 2015, so apply now!

Any inquiries or questions, please email: ashley@themanifesto.ca

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Toronto’s newest creative workspace and members only lounge East Room have partnered with Collectif NUDE to bring you the “NXNE Block Party.”

On Saturday, June 20th, East Room and Collectif NUDE are offering Toronto’s cultured city a new and exciting afternoon filled with music and live art in celebration of NXNE. The event will showcase performances by Toronto-based artists and musicians including: Drew Howard, Birthday Boy, Prince Innocence, Clairmont The Second, Shagabond, and other surprise guest performances. In addition, a live art installation by LovebotTheRobot (Matt Del Degan) will also be in attendance.

The block party will commemorate the second stop in LovebotTheRobot’s “The 2015 Love Invasion” multicity endeavor; the unveiling of a brand new icon; and a live preview of Drew Howard and Birthday Boy’s latest collaboration entitled, “88 Berth”.

Tickets can be purchased online at: collectifnude.com

For the complete list of NXNE events, visit nxne.com or download the official NXNE 2015 app on iPhone or Android.

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It’s official!!

We will be on the road TOGETHER at this year’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival as Guinness Extra Stout partners with Team Saldenah & 1LOVETO alongside International Soca Artist Machel Montano, who will be playing in Che Kothari’s “LIKE AH BOSS” section, designed by Project Runway Winner Anya Ayoung-Chee, co-hosted by Toronto native, International Supermodel Winnie Harlow and 1LOVETO ambassador Tyrone “T-rexxx” Edwards in Saldenah Mas-k Club’s presentation of “The Chronicles of Machel Montano” on Lakeshore Blvd, Saturday August 1st, from 8am-6pm.

Be part of this monumental collaboration as we all jump down lakeshore bringing together Soca, Mas & Culture.

REGISTER NOW at the MAS CAMP (2220 Midland Ave #84AP) between 1-10pm daily or visti saldenahcarnival.com

Spots are limited and are selling fast, we urge you not to miss your opportunity to be a part of this iconic experience as our cut-off date will be SUNDAY JULY 5TH!

For more information email: LikeAhBossToronto@gmail.com or call 647-870-4662

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ABOUT SALDENAH + MACHEL MONTANO + ANYA AYOUNG-CHEE
There is only one word to describe this year’s ScotiaBank Toronto Caribbean Carnival presentation… Iconic.

In an unprecedented collaboration, three creative giants will unite in Toronto’s annual one-of-a-kind Carnival parade to give the world a remarkable show.

It begins with Louis Saldenah, who is regarded as a formidable pillar of North American Carnival, after being a driving cultural force in Toronto for over 35 years. This 17-time winner of the Band Of The Year title has stunned all with his ingenuous ability to bring Mas to life in the city’s streets.

Also adding her internationally recognized talent this year is trailblazer and entrepreneur Anya Ayoung-Chee. The philanthropist holds the distinct honour of being the 2011 winner of the Lifetime Network’s highly competitive Project Runway, where her unique designs astounded judges and marked her homeland of Trinidad and Tobago as a fashion capital to be closely watched.

Accompanying them in this venture is Machel Montano, whose 33 years in Soca Music serves as the inspiration behind this alliance. His well-earned legendary status as an entertainer, as well as the numerous accolades bestowed upon the Soul Train Music Award winner makes the 17-section Mas presentation based on his music, must see viewing come festival day.

It has been almost 50 years that the city of Toronto has put on this transcending event. An explosion of revelry and arts through which the wondrous beauty of its Caribbean community has been displayed, and which over time has grown to be the largest North American showcase of Caribbean culture.

Louis Saldenah initiated this extraordinary partnership, when he revealed to Machel his desire to pay tribute in Mas to his 33 years of work. Humbled and excited by such a generous gesture, Machel immediately thought to include Anya, to ensure Toronto had a direct infusion of authentic Caribbean culture in this year’s presentation. For many years the city has made Montano a part of its celebration and finally through this group effort, he is able to reciprocate that love in a show of true unity and positive creativity.

The main focus here is to inspire others and to establish a continuous fellowship built upon the strength gained from working together.

Helping to make this happen is Machel’s new manager, Toronto native and well-known cultural ambassador and youth advocate within the city, Che Kothari. He once again takes up the familiar mantle of encouraging artistic development across borders as the section leader for “Like Ah Boss”, which is based on the Road March and Power Soca Monarch winning song. This section will be hosted personally by Montano and has been designed by Anya.

With absolute certainty the time has come for peers around the world to blend together much like the multiracial and multicultural metropolis of Toronto.

Not surprisingly, the Montano brand leads the way as this combination ideally demonstrates the power to be found when everyone forges forward in unity.

Written By: Mystie Thongs

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