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1 LOVE T.O. is excited to announced that we’ve partnered with Nike Canada to create our very own running team for this year’s Sporting Life 10k race. We’ve asked a few of our closest friends to run and help us fundraise for Camp Ooch.

Camp Ouchigeas “Ooch” is celebrating 30 years of providing magical camp experiences for children affected by cancer. It costs $3,500 for a 2-week stay at Camp Ouch with on–site care for the kids, so we need your help in sending as many kids to camp as possible! Please help us by making a donation to #Team1LOVETO by clicking the link below.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW: ooch.org/1loveto


Over the next month leading up to race day (Sunday, May 11th), we’ll be training with the help of the Nike+ Running App. The app recently added a ‘Coach’ feature, which specializes in training programs that are built around your needs. Our team has signed up for an intense training program to help get us in shape and race ready.

Follow our team members to track our progress and cheer us on!

Tyrone ‘Trex’ Edwards
Bryan Brock
Jay Tiancgo
Johnny Goldman
Adrian Fenty
David Matisse
Zark Fatah
Bryan Espiritu
Beat Merchant
Chris Powling
Laura Andres
Dwayne Delves

Big thanks to Nike Canada for outfitting our team with the latest Flyknit Lunar 2′s, Air Pegasus 30+ and dry-fit tees, tights and shorts. We may not be the fastest team, but we look good when we run!


For more info: sportinglife10k.ca



Last month thoughtcatalog.com posted an article listing “25 Ways You Know You’re From Toronto”. Although we don’t entirely agree with the list, we’ve included a few of our favourites below. Tweet @1LOVETO your suggestions!

8. Despite people making fun of the price of food in the city, everyone you know eats healthier and puts more effort into their meals than your suburban counterparts. Try explaining what almond milk is to your relatives or if you want bonus points try to actually FIND some anywhere outside the city.

15. You know there is no such thing as relying on a streetcar to be on time. It is understood that you have to watch at least three pass in the direction you aren’t going before the one you need will show up.

25. Condos. Condos everywhere.


Previously: 50 Ways To Be A Daredevil

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50 Ways To Be A Daredevil


CNN recently listed “50 Ways To Be A Daredevil”, which included Toronto’s CN Tower Edge Walk at #7 on the list!

CN Tower Edge Walk (Canada)
The thrill of visiting Toronto’s CN Tower used to be the half-kilometer ride up the elevator. Now, adventurers can dangle from the outside of the roof of the tower’s restaurant, 356 meters above the ground. The Edge Walk lasts 90 minutes, with 20-30 minutes spent on the walk itself.

CLICK HERE to see the complete list.

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A new Rob Ford video surfaced yesterday, but it’s not what you think. A nine year old girl uses quotes from Ford’s crack denial and admission to try and get out of punishment from her dad. The video’s intended message is simple, “our children are watching.”


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UforChange: Family Reunion

UforChange is an arts-based educational program for young people living in Regent Park, St. James Town, and across the GTA. They just posted a recap video from their “Family Reunion”, where over 70 of their closest friends and allies came together to celebrate the partnership between Prince’s Charities Canada, UforChange and the Wellesley Institute. Watch the video to see what UforChange is all about!

For more info: uforchange.org

Previously: UforChange: Meet Helen & Valen

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Subway Thoughts


Toronto-based cartoonist Kurtis Scott has turned his daily commute on the TTC to a web series of hilarious, but very true commentaries entitled, “Subway Thoughts”. We’ve included a few of our favourite episodes that we know you can relate to…





For more info: kurttoons.com

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Recently, the “F-You: The Forgiveness Project” was featured on MTV with a mini-doc style 7 minute piece featuring founder Tara Muldoon. She’s a Toronto-based entrepreneur who’s brought together thousands of people through her F-You project, helping others to heal through forgiveness.

Aside from her successful speaker series events, she released a book last year entitled, “F-You: The Forgiveness Project: Memoirs of Violence & Compassion”, with plans to release a second book in the near future.

Take a few minutes and watch this powerful video to learn about Tara’s story and the incredible work she’s doing!

For more info: whatisfyou.wordpress.com

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The Toronto Fringe


If you’re an aspiring artist in music, theatre, dance film etc., or know someone who is, you’re going to want to hear the latest news out of The Toronto Fringe.

It takes money to make money, right? And let’s face it, money is always an issue. Well, The Toronto Fringe just launched a national crowd-funding campaign for indie artists called, Fund What You Can or FWYC. It’s different from other crowd-funding platforms because it’s specifically designed for indie artists and claims to offer a more targeted reach to campaigners.

Executive Director of Toronto Fringe, Kelly Straughan says, “FWYC is a natural extension of what we do at the Fringe and a part of our overall mission to give back to artists. We are thrilled to partner with the Metcalf Foundation and Hivewire to bring this vital source to Canadian artists.”

The initiative will work in conjunction with the three existing programs at The Toronto Fringe: Fringe Festival, Next Stage and Creation Lab. The Creation Lab is a subsidised studio space which you can rent for as low as $6/hr for seminars to rehearsals to classes. Next Stage is a theatre event which showcases upcoming talent looking for wider exposure while also providing useful resources. Lastly, the crowning event is The Fringe Festival. It’s Toronto’s largest theatre and performance festival which sees more than 90,000 people each year. Over the course of 12 days, more than 150 productions are enjoyed at over 25 venues across the west end.

Since ’89, The Fringe has helped launch thousands of careers in the arts and returned nearly $5,000,000 to their artists.

For more info visit: fringetoronto.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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Garrison Point Community


We’re used to seeing condo’s pop up all over the city, but it’s rare you actually see the construction of a “master planned community”. That’s how Jeff Clark, VP of Baker Real Estate Incorporated, describes the exciting new development called Garrison Point.


It’s “like an oasis” he says, because it’s more than just propping up a building; it’s actually five luxury condominiums and the cultivation of a community. It was designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects with interiors by Munge Leung; landscape architect, Claude Cormier. Jeff explained that a lot of young families are looking to Garrison Point because of its family friendly features like, a kid’s lounge, pool, rooftop terrace, a retail component and lots more. The suites are, on average, bigger than downtown, on the “cutting edge of architecture” and boast a beautiful view into the city.


Garrison Point developers have gone a step further to foster the sense of community by partnering up with Toronto’s Benchmark Group to create Movement Haus. There, you’ll have everything from, yoga, pilates, massage therapy, organic food delivery and lots more to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Another awesome plus is the connectivity to all the surrounding parks: Coronation, Fort York, Stanley, Trinity Bellwoods and the Martin Goodman Trail. Green space was an important aspect in the creation of Garrison Point to make it a place people genuinely want to be and enjoy. You get the quaint culture of Liberty Village with the class of innovative urban design.

For more info: garrisonpoint.ca

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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Black History Month


Every February, Canada and the US recognize Black History Month; honouring and celebrating the efforts of the Black race from the past and present. We talked to a few of the brightest of Toronto’s Black community about, race, humanity and everything in between.


“I’ve met countless ambitious youth that have taken the right steps towards achieving their dreams. There are thousands of young African-Caribbean youth in Toronto that are taking the initiative to fulfill academic, artistic and entrepreneurship endeavors. The issue is the media rarely highlights the positives happening within our community. The government spends millions of dollars on criminal activity, but can barely spend a fraction of it to aid the roots of these criminal activities. It’s a shame to know so many promising youth in our communities that have zero to minimum recognition for their achievements. But I do feel there is a wave happening. There is a wave of conscious-loving individuals who have experienced enough downfalls to know that the only way out, is up.” – Randell Adjei

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“Hip Hop has reinforced knowledge of self to the black community. However, we have been mentally conditioned not to have knowledge of self. The roots of Hip Hop are Peace, Love, Unity, as well as having fun; that will always remain. Yet currently, we as blacks in Hip Hop have given the world permission to disrespect us because we disrespect ourselves every minute of the day.” – Maestro Fresh Wes

Website: wesmaestrowilliams.com


“The portrayal of black women in the media and on screen as either a vixen, a mother figure or a finger snapping ‘independent woman’ needs to end. From my teen years until now there are countless times when people who I have interacted with at events or work that have expressed their surprise at me not being an accepted definition of being ‘black’. They are surprised that I don’t listen to rap or hip-hop by choice, that I articulate my thoughts without ‘attitude’ and I find men of many different cultures attractive. These roles reinforce stereotypes that are ignorantly imposed on me without conscious choice by otherwise extremely intelligent people and that is what I want changed.” – Elaisha Green

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“I think we embrace other cultures much better than we did 30, 20 and 10 years ago but there is still at times an underline of prejudice. As younger generations grow up in this city they are more accepting to other cultures and actually want to take part. Cultural festivals definitely help with that. But then at times there’s the ol’ skool race mentality. Mayor Rob Ford is a good example of that when he says he doesn’t want to take part in Pride celebrations or caught on video pretending to speak as if he’s Jamaican and not see that that is a problem.” – Rudy Blair

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“Hatred diseases us all to believe that there is a hierarchical value system in defining peoples humanity. Visionary love dismantles any dynamic defined through exploitation and violence. Peace gives us balance and stability to foster equality in our lives. Critical consciousness forces us to think and question our entirety who we are constantly. There is no room for hatred with this.” – Yusra Khogali

Website: yusrakhogali.com


“Systemically, “Institutional Racism” as coined by the homie Stokely Carmichael exists in many forms. If it didn’t, they wouldn’t be such a major need for equity rights. Women are making less money compared to the male counterparts and black women are making less money compared to the female counterparts. Young black males are being victimized and profits are being made off the murder of folks like Trayvon Martin. Racism exists. But we have the capacity to empower ourselves to free our minds from it. It’s a proactive act.” – David Delisca

Website: delisca.com

Posted by Community Contributor Samira Zia Rehman

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