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In celebration of 25 years in the music industry, Hennessy Canada & 1LOVETO sat down to reminisce with legendary Toronto DJ Starting From Scratch. For years, Mark Gagnon aka SFS has kept Toronto entertained behind two turntables, whether it be in the club, on the radio, on tour with Russell Peters or at a good old fashion house party. But, many of us only know Scratch from the music he plays, and for that reason we’ve put together this interview to highlight everything from what it was like carrying crates of records to play a party, to how he got his DJ name. Press Play!

Tonight’s the official kick off of the Hennessy Artistry series with DJ Starting From Scratch along with some of Toronto’s most notable artists performing live including: Kardianl Offishall, Melanie Fiona, Choclair, Glenn Lewis and many more. Join us tonight at Tattoo (567 Queen St West) at 7pm to witness history in the making.

For more info on Hennessy Artistry events happening this week in Toronto, CLICK HERE.

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#SHOOTITYOURSELF with @Soteeoh

We’re happy to share a Creator Class piece #SHOOTITYOURSELF, featuring our very own contributing photographer @SoTeeOh. As his name suggests, and his affiliation with 1LOVETO, @SoTeeOh is all about Toronto and the inspiration he finds in the city. His photography highlights everything the city has to offer, from portraiture and urban landscapes to creative shoots showcasing the art & culture that makes our city so unique.

In this short video, @SoTeeOh takes us on a quick journey through the city as he shoots with the new Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless camera.

Also, check out the new #SHOOTITYOURSELF teaser video featuring Toronto’s very own WILDE on the soundtrack.

For more info visit: thecreatorclass.com

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Toronto-based artist and designer Hans Poppe is set to release a unique collection of work in his first ever solo art exhibition, entitled ‘Fabric of Tanzania.’ Hans’ motivation for this body of work comes from seeing Africans being misrepresented in the media. Hans, being a native to Tanzania (Dar es Salaam), but growing up in Canada has had the opportunity to see life in Africa from a very different perspective than the traditional media outlets highlight.

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“In a city as diverse as ours, I rarely get to see the “African-Canadian” self being represented as well as I believe we can be.” says Hans. “Africa is not the hunger commercials, poverty and war stricken place painted in the media. It is a beautiful land with a rich cultural history and an evolved people and I aspire to reflect that version of African in my work.”

The paintings being displayed in this show are to reflect the “real” life of Tanzanians and/or Africans in general, the unapologetic day to day life.

If you’re interested in seeing Fabric of Tanzania, the opening reception is November 12th, 2015 and runs until January 24th, 2016 inside the 1st floor gallery at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. E)

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For more info visit hanspoppe.com and follow him on instagram @hanspoppe

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Virgin Mobile RE*Generation invests in charitable programs that help at-risk and homeless youth develop the skills they need to secure meaningful jobs. A recent Virgin Mobile study found that 1 in 3 Canadians know someone who has been homeless. Currently, there are approximately 225,000 Canadian youth out of work or not in school, and more than 6,000 of them sleep on the streets on any given night. It’s comes as no surprise to us, as 1LOVETO has worked first-hand with many young at-risk and homeless youth in Toronto.

We’re excited to share the news of Virgin Mobile Canada and Samsung’s recent partnership. $5 from every sale of the new RE*Generation phone (Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime) and Universal Power Bank (charge your smartphone and tablet anytime, anywhere) will help connect at-risk and homeless youth with the training they need to emerge from the cycle of homelessness.

“By picking up the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime through Virgin Mobile, Canadians can make a real difference in the lives of at-risk and homeless youth.” said Paul Brannen, Senior VP, Enterprise and Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada.

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It’s rare to have the opportunity to make a difference in our own communities across Canada, by doing something we already do on the regular – purchase a phone. You can get the RE*Generation phone at Virgin Mobile retail and online locations and the Universal Power Bank ($24.99) is available in stores across Canada.

If you’re already an existing Virgin Mobile Member, you can help by adding “Change For A Dollar” to your monthly bill to donate $1/month to the program. For those of us who may not be a Member or don’t need a new phone, you can text the word REGEN to 30333 to donate $5 to the cause.

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Make Love started about four years ago when James Reid started experimenting with a friend’s DSL camera and ended up shooting the first episode of his now popular short doc series. Make Love is a series of short documentary videos about independent artisans making a living doing what they love. To date, he’s released 3 previous videos highlighting; the Saloon Salon, located in Toronto, the McCamus family business, Toronto-based musician/producer Rob Higgins.

Today, we’re fortunate enough to present the 4th instalment of “Make Love”, featuring Graham Woodhouse of Toronto’s Woodhouse Brewing Co. With clever use of social media and solid branding with his blue tall cans, he’s grown his business from a couple bars, to being the go-to amber lager in Toronto’s restaurant and bar scene in just over a year.

To see more Make Love videos, visit: motioneer.ca/make-love-home/

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Are You Not Entertained?!

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Amex Cardmember & Ambassador life doesn’t seem like it could get any better. Seriously, over the years we’ve had the pleasure of attending countless live shows, concerts, movie screenings, sporting events and even dinning out with Front Of The Line which is part of the overarching Amex Invites program. Well, believe it or not, things just got better! Front Of The Line has grown immensely over the years and we’re more than excited to share the news.

American Express Canada has partnered with Live Nation Canada for a new multi-year deal! So, what does that mean for Cardmembers? Amex is now offering even more access (as if that’s possible) to tickets and shows than ever before. As part of the Live Nation partnership, Amex will be able to provide even more advanced tickets to your favourite events.

Front Of The Line allows Cardmembers advanced ticket access to special events as well as incredible seats as part of their exclusive allotment of tickets. So the next time your friends miss out on tickets to their favourite show, you can be that friend that saves the day!

This unique opportunity is available to ALL Cardmembers, no matter which Card you may have. So next time you’re interested in going to a show, make sure you take advantage of the American Express and Live Nation partnership, and get yourself to the #FrontOfTheLine!

For more info visit: americanexpress.com/canada

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What do runners do with the extra hour on the day the clocks go back? We #runmore!

Adidas Canada has launched an exciting new 10k run in Toronto, happening on November 1st at 1am (yes, that’s right… 1am)! The clocks go back an hour at 2am on November 1st, so there’s no excuses about not having ‘enough time’ to be active. We’re encouraging as many runners as possible to join @1LOVETO & @AdidasCanada on what promises to be an incredible night of community and fitness all in support of the Canadian Olympic Fund.

Register here: runmore10k.ca

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The entire city and possibly all of Canada is rooting for our hometown Blue Jays this playoff season, and after 22 years the excitement kicks off this Thursday, October 8th at the Rogers Centre (Skydome for those of us who remember) against the American League West-Champion Texas Rangers. In true Canadian fashion, what’s a baseball game without a beer or maybe six of them?! The fan-favourite Budweiser Blue Jays #6IXPACK Rally Pack is now available exclusively at the LCBO for a limited time only.

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Another highlight Budweiser is bringing to the playoffs this season is the introduction of the Red Light, exclusively for the Jays! For the first time ever, Red Light owners will be able to update their app which syncs with every Toronto Blue Jays home run during the playoffs. After each home run the official Blue Jays home run horn will sound to help spread the playoff celebrations across the country.

For more info: budweiser.ca/redlight

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Manifesto & 1LOVETO have partnered to present the first official “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “Common Ground” Art Show. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters. We got the chance to ask our very own Instagram contributor @mr.jobeezy six questions as part of our interview series. See below…

What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?
I’m from the east side of Toronto, Scarborough.

What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
My favourite aspect of where I’m from is the cultural diversity. I love how the community is able to come together and support each other’s endeavours.

How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
There are a lot of many talented and artistic people from Scarborough. So much that it has translated to something a lot of these artist do for a living. They have utilized their art to represent how they live and tell their story.

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What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
I try to keep my photography relatable at most. At times I like to take it a step further and get creative with my shots in order to tell a story or bring out an emotion.

What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
An image that strikes me the most is of a suspension bridge with the fog. I planned to shoot at that location on a rainy day. The best part about it was my family came along on that exploration to experience how I explore. So that shot is particularly special to me.

Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
It’s important to be involved in a festival like Manifesto. It is a humbling experience because it gives me an opportunity to show the love I have for the city through imagery.

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For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.

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Manifesto & 1LOVETO have partnered to present the first official “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “Common Ground” Art Show. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters. We got the chance to ask our very own Instagram contributor @ellenaturel six questions as part of our interview series. See below…

What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?
I am from the eastern side of the GTA, I live in the city of Pickering

What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
As much as I love being in the core of downtown, I love the space where I am from. It gives me a euphoria of green surrounded by earths beauty. It definitely contributes to my creative process and meditation.

How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
Every area has its own identity, when I visit different areas in my city I can see young talent being expressed everywhere. It’s liberating to see because it is constantly changing and in some areas it will look one way and you come back again and it’s totally different. I love to see how creativity evolves through time

What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
As an artist I believe that I was created for a purpose. To share, to create, to inspire to change and share my vision with the world. True artists work comes from the heart, it’s true and real and with that I believe it can touch the lives of almost everyone and show them a piece of my soul only I can reveal

What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
That’s a hard choice haha, I would have to say one of the most striking images I have been able to witness and shoot was the summer of 2014. Right by my house is a huge field/ secret passage way I visit often to meditate and explore my creative freedom, after a huge thunderstorm what was produced afterwards was absolutely breathtaking. From the change of colours in the sky to the fog covering the land. It felt as if I was in a vivid dream. I’m forever grateful that I am able to witness the beauty this earth can reveal before our eyes.

Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
It is an honour for me to take part in this exhibit because of how Toronto has influenced me and how it has helped me find myself and my style as an artist. There is so much to explore in the city and my imagination comes to life I begin and still continue to view the city as magic realism.

For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.

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Manifesto & 1LOVETO have partnered to present the first official “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “Common Ground” Art Show. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters. We got the chance to ask our very own @soteeoh six questions as part of our interview series. See below…

What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?
I live in Kensington Market.

What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
I think of Kensington as the unofficial heart of Toronto. It’s right in the middle of the city and to me it really represents what Toronto is about. In only a few small blocks you have people from every part of the world. People of different cultures and identities, really people from all walks of life, getting a long and making it work in this small community. It’s so interesting to me. Just walking down the street is so entertaining, you never know what your going to see. There’s also a really creative vibe in the neighbourhood. These are the things that make Toronto special in my opinion and its all represented in Kensington.

How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
As I mentioned, Kensington has a super creative vibe. I know a lot of artists that live in the area and I think a lot of people, myself included, draw a lot of creative inspiration from the neighbourhood. I think the art is one of the reasons that Kensington has been preserved. There are a lot of changes taking place right now but hopefully that creative vibe gets saved.

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What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
I think the main thing that makes me different is how I think about photography. I’m constantly asking myself how I can bring the images I create back into a physical form. Whether its through prints or on textiles or wheat-pasting I like to see my work in tangible forms. That pushes me to be more experimental and playful with the images I create because I’m constantly thinking about how an image will work in all these different scenarios.

What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
I have this one image of the reflection of a boy walking past a puddle in Regent Park. That’s always been one of my favourites. The other one is the image of the CN Tower and the cross-walk sign counting down to 6. I think that one just captured the mood of the city right now. The 6 is becoming an icon for the new wave in Toronto.

Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
Manifesto is such a huge part of the arts scene here in the city. It’s played a huge part in the development of so many artists in Toronto. I think teaming it up with 1LoveTO is the perfect move because 1Love is also about community building. It really represents that city pride and that positive energy. So getting to represent those two organizations is just a huge honour and to get to do this exhibition with so many other talented artists is really special to me.

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For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.

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