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Five of Toronto’s most notable independent art galleries have collaborated to create SURFACE, an exclusive alternative art fair and party at Toronto’s 99 Sudbury the weekend of September 19-20th, inside 99 Sudbury. The Black Cat Artspace, Creative Blueprint, #Hashtag Gallery, Graven Feather and Project Gallery have created this event in celebration of young contemporary visual arts talent in Toronto. The exhibit features five unique series of curated works from local artists along with installations, live performance and music. All works will be available for purchase. Opening night Reception starts at 7pm, with Saturday and Sunday being open from 11am – 6pm.

For more info CLICK HERE

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Toronto’s F-You: The Forgiveness Project, headed up by Tara Muldoon, presents its first ever photo exhibit, entitled ‘Triggers’. The groundbreaking exhibit showcases stories of pain, forgiveness, strength and resiliency through the perspective of key individuals from the city, including 1LOVETO’s very own Bryan Brock. The exhibit is not limited to only photos, but includes commentary from the subjects, live performances and more!

Opening night is this Friday, August 28th at The Richmond (477 Richmond St West), doors open at 7pm.


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SummerWorks Festival 2015


The performances at this year’s SummerWorks festival had us seriously wowed with the intricate range of artistic abilities, techniques and perspectives. The festival, which celebrates four key components: Music, Dance, Theatre and Live Art, packed an extra punch for their 25 year milestone. It was hard to pick a few favourites but we’ve narrowed down our most memorable shows in each category.


Music: LAL / All You Can Hold
You can’t box this Toronto-based collective as simply ‘Canadian electronica’ because they’ve found a way to infuse those beats with a fiery, unique voice and a mandate which “bridges the art with social justice.” Vocalist, poet and activist, Rosina Kazi alongside producer and sound engineer, Nicholas “Murr” Murray seduced the audience into a trance. It was a dreamy rhythm but also had heads bobbing to the bass and electronics at the same time. The vibe was so powerful and positive, it was almost tangible.

Director / Designer / Costumes by Ange Loft (Cult of Kateri); Dance performances by Ill Nana and Victoria Mata; Live Digital Painting by Sonny Bean; Projections by Matt Maaskant

Dance: Forgetting Remembering
This performance is described as a “relational sensory song and dance, modulating frequencies of experiences to empty time from mind.” It was cool because it was like choreographed chaos, a freestyle with a note of structure which played out a purpose. The strobe lights and rhythmic moves, voices and projected visuals created an immersive experience as they sprawled themselves among the audience. There was a lot of the same, yet we were still left guessing ‘what was next?’

Created by Robert Kingsbury; Performed by Niomi Cherney, Francesco Gagliardi, Danielle Baskerville, Julia Male, Brian Solomon, Claire Turner Reid, Jasmin McGraw, Winnie Ho


Theatre: That Syncing Feeling
This project had our hearts racing more than once. This was an experiment which consisted of two parts. Both examined our relationship with technology, our cellphones in particular. We were asked write our phone numbers on a piece of paper which were then mixed up and handed out to the audience. Then, we had to call that number and leave a random message. At one point we all had to put our phones in the middle of the floor. The unease on everyone’s face was reason enough to conduct these exercises which were re-teaching us how to communicate.

The second part was an experiment conducted by a woman in a doctor’s white coat. Half of us were given a number to text of someone in the room and an iPod loaded with instructions. We ended up sharing deep connections with these strangers and left never knowing who they were. We definitely got a dose of ‘that syncing feeling’ and currently, re-examining how we engage with technology, ahem, I mean, humans.

Written by Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe; Directed by Simon Bloom; Performed by Alex McCooeye and Nicola Elbro; Produced by Mitchell Cushman; Stage Managed by Bryn McLeod

Live Art: Wildlife
Wildlife was an awesome collection of skits and monologues which tapped into heavy themes like, race , religion and Drake vs. Meek Mill; hilarious but in a real thought-provoking way. For example, one skit was a depiction of Eve eating that fateful apple. She starts off sweet and innocently ( as I’m sure lots of us imagine) but then she gets really into this new found taste. It turns subtly sexual, then comedic. These nuances forced us to re-visit this famous imagery in a way we never thought to consider it.

A collaborative performance produced by Events In Real Time; Conceived of by Liz Peterson; Written by Amy Lam and Liz Peterson with Hannah Cheesman, Lindsey Clark, Onyeka Igwe, Sean O’Neill, Aliya Pabani, Matt Smith




Special Presentation: HYPER_
This performance was an intersection of ‘visual and digital arts…a combinations of UV lights, body paint and video projections’. It was a dance which used all these facets to produce a trippy expansion of our periphery. The colours were wild and the movements were full of conviction and strength. You know you’re in for a hell of an experience when you’re handed 3D glasses upon entry.

Performed and Created by Freya Björg Olafson; Lighting Design by Hugh Conacher; Music by Ghostigital, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Kippi Kaninus [Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson], LE1F, Dubbel Dutch

SummerWorks is the largest, curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, and live art in Canada with a strong focus on Canadian works. Can’t wait for next year’s line-up! For more info visit: summerworks.ca

Photos by Dahlia Katz

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On August 12, #WorldElephantDay had a global and social impact with approximately 60,718 Instagram posts, over approximately 118,000 Twitter posts, and over 20,000 supporters on Facebook. In addition, 15,161 have signed the petition on worldelephantday.org to protect elephants, wildlife, and their habitat. Staying relevant on a timely and fashionable manner, Holt Renfrew’s H Project shop has teamed up with BRIKA, a retail concept that highlights the best of modern craft, to curate a charitable elephant-themed pop-up shop for the month of August in support of “Save the Elephants.” Inspired by Holt Renfrew’s recent travels to Kenya and Rwanda for the Spring/Summer 2015 “Uncrate Africa” shop, a curated assortment of luxury elephant-designs and products support culture, craft and artisans from designers such as: Tanya Taylor, Me To We, Chantecaille, BRIKA, and more.


“The journey to Africa was a great opportunity to meet extraordinary artisans across a creative and cultural mosaic, and to celebrate many dignified talents and beautiful handicrafts,” says designer Stella Jean. “Uncrate Africa is a cultural crossover, demonstrating how boundaries are just a state of mind.”


Holt Renfrew’s H Project presents their latest “Uncrate Africa” shop filled with extraordinary products with extraordinary stories. Their discovery through their travels in Africa brings unique products and unparalleled partnerships, all in support of humanity and habitat throughout the continent. For instance, an assortment of apparel, accessories, home décor and beauty products, including products made from socially conscious materials are all for a charitable cause.

“These products equal opportunity, education, empowerment, creativity and entrepreneurship,” said Alexandra Weston, Holt Renfrew’s Director of Brand Strategy. “The H Project shops present products which may be extraordinary in a number of ways. Perhaps it is the artisanal method with which they are made, the unique materials used, or the way they might celebrate a culture.”


Alexandra Weston and her team recently journeyed through Africa for ‘uncrate a culture,’ sourcing a rich showcase of exclusive merchandise from across the region for H Project, in partnership with a variety of powerhouse designers. For Spring/Summer 2015, H Project transformed into “Uncrate Africa” boutiques; bringing to life the region’s culture, craft and artisans through a spectacular capsule collection of fashion, accessories, home wares, cosmetics and textiles. Renowned designers, such as Dannijo, Stella Jean, LemLem, FEED Africa, Mark Holden, Indego Africa, Otago, Kiya Kenya, and many others, have collaborated on exclusive designs for H Project’s “Uncrate Africa” boutique- each giving back to the region in its own incredible way.

“A large percentage of the global population relies on traditional craftsmanship as work. By investing in these products, you’re helping support the artisans who made them,” Alexandra said.

In addition to “Uncrate Africa,” H Project supports two amazing lifesaving elephant initiatives: Save The Elephants and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.


With the escalation of habitat loss, human-elephant conflict, poaching, ivory trade, and mistreatment in captivity, Save The Elephants is the world-leading elephant research and conversation organization devoted to securing a future for elephants, and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a Kenyan-based initiative that saves elephants everyday through field projects that protect animal welfare.


From now until August 31, 2015, H Project’s “Uncrate Africa” pop-up will be available at Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary and Vancouver where 10% of total proceeds will be donated to Save The Elephants.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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The Dundas West Portrait Project


The Dundas West Portrait Project by photographer Miguel Arenillas is a collection of contemporary portraits of the faces that make up Dundas Street West. This is the first solo show by Arenillas, and will be on display for public viewing at Hermann & Audrey (1506 Dundas St. W) from August 21st – 22nd, with a private opening reception on August 20th.

Dundas Street West (or #DuWest as it has been affectionately dubbed) is on its way to becoming recognized as one of the most multicultural and fastest growing neighbourhoods in Toronto. The Dundas West Portrait Project was created by Miguel Arenillas in conjunction with the Dundas West BIA and Hermann & Audrey to showcase local businesses and owners who are helping to grow this burgeoning area. The exhibit features more than 20 business owners to celebrate their stories of success and dreams, while shining a spotlight on each owner’s independent business with the recognition they deserve.


To see more work from Miguel, visit: miguelarenillas.com

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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.


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.








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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.




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.


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.







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.

Toronto has always had kings. Now they have a kingdom.

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