Robert Nesta Marley aka Bob Marley was born February 6th 1945 and is know as an international music hero for his ability to spread the message of LOVE. It is no secret that the concept of “One Love” was first taught through Bob’s music and is now shared through our movement of 1 LOVE T.O. So with that said we’d like to honour the one and only Bob Marley.
The Insight Project is an online series featuring 15 talented young people in Toronto who have, and will continue to make a significant impact in our communities. Producer Ayah Norris and Director Kyla Zanardi have uncovered some incredible stories of people who have carved their own path, and continue to push their industries forward in new and creative ways. Take for example Che Kothari…
Growing up in Guelph, Ontario, Che struggled to figure out where he fit in. At the age of 15, a family vacation opened up his world. Surrounded by the rich roots of the Caribbean, with a camera in hand, Che eagerly documented everything he saw, determined to share what was happening in the world with everyone back home. That deep sense of urgency and community spirit drove Che into an accomplished career as a photographer and beloved cultural community instigator.
The Insight Project is an online series featuring 15 talented young people in Toronto who have, and will continue to make a significant impact in our communities. Producer Ayah Norris and Director Kyla Zanardi have uncovered some incredible stories of people who have carved their own path, and continue to push their industries forward in new and creative ways. Take for example Kim Crosby…
Kim wasn’t one of those kids playing outside. She was inside in her room, voraciously reading and writing. Here, Kim created space in her imagination to, as she says, “be as big as I felt.” A deep hunger for learning drove Kim to university. She quickly realized this wasn’t the type of learning she was looking for. With the imagination and resiliency she fostered as a child, Kim carved her own path, using her voice to create spaces for others.
Even with two home games and the miserable weather throughout the weekend, that wasn’t enough to stop the Toronto Raptors and delighted guests from ‘teaming up’, enjoying each others’ presence, and supporting a great cause at The Ballroom. If there’s one thing that Toronto’s consistently known for – it’s how to throw a party, and this was yet another example. My experience (alongside my friend Rebecca) was one that will never be forgotten; from bowling with the Alan Anderson and Amir Johnson, talking with Terrance Ross and being on NBATV Canada, plus taking advantage of the exclusive evening, it was quite the experience. The interactive activities like dressing up as a Raptor to take a picture and playing ping pong with some of the players and management were also great experiences to be a part of. The atmosphere was alive and buzzing the entire night!
Being a Scarborough native and the fact that proceeds from the night’s donations were going to support the MLSE Team Up Foundation’s revitalization of the Scarborough YMCA basketball court (the same gym that I attended for basketball lessons), put a good feeling in my heart knowing that the kids were being taken care of. I even had a bonding moment with Scarborough’s own Jamaal Magloire which was very special to me. It means a lot when an organization such as the Toronto Raptors gets involved with the community in helping further development of the youth with something as simple as updating a basketball court. I thank the Raptors and the MLSE Team Up Foundation for throwing a great party, and 1 LOVE T.O. for the opportunity to blog about the experience. It was a lot of fun, and I only wish well for the future of this event. It only continues to prove that there really is 1 LOVE in T.O.
Who says art classes have to put a dent in your wallet? Not Trade School Toronto.
First started in New York in 2010, Trade School Toronto began September of last year and have returned for another session of classes being held during Toronto Design Week. The idea behind Trade School Toronto is to provide an alternative learning environment that’s run by barter. That’s right. No cash needed. You pay for class with a barter item your teacher requests. For this session, the classes are diverse and range from Designing Human Interactions to Learning the African Net Weave.
There are still a few spots left for the remaining classes. This session of Trade School Toronto runs until January 25, but be sure to like their Facebook Page to get updates on their next session (rumour has it it’ll be in March!).
1 LOVE T.O. and the MLSE Team Up Foundation are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to attend the official Toronto Raptors Red Party Remix on Sunday, January 27th at The Ballroom (145 John Street). You’ll get the chance to bowl with your favourite players, plus you’ll be our special guest blogger for the night!
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If you don’t win the contest, don’t worry, you can still get your tickets HERE. Proceeds support the YMCA Scarborough basketball court revitalization project.
(Contest closes Thursday, January 24th, 5pm)
The MLSE Team Up Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. With the support of all four MLSE teams – the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies – the MLSE Team Up Foundation funds the refurbishment of local athletic facilities, like local hockey rinks, basketball courts, and soccer pitches, and we fund programs that support kids through sports and recreation.
Local videographer Haley Ma has made a series of shorts entitled “Break Perceptions” with B-Boys and B-Girls in association with Unity Charity in Toronto. “Dance Is Life” with B-Boy Wei Ming is the first instalment of 5 shorts which Ma will be releasing over the course of the next 5 days.
You might remember our post back in April ’09, about the “Beautiful City” initiative. It aims to implement a “Billboard Tax” that holds advertisers accountable for their impact on public spaces. Implementation of the bylaw/tax would increase arts funding in Toronto while opening access to different forms of expression in our public spaces.
Recently the Supreme court of Canada upheld the billboard tax unlocking one of the last barriers to increased funding for the arts in Toronto. This billboard tax was first proposed to the city in 2001 during the Creative City Youth Consultations as a way to enhance art in the public realm and empower diverse voices.
Tonight inside City Hall, artists, city councillors and young people from across the GTA held an art rally in support of the idea of using the billboard tax to rejuvenate arts and culture in Toronto.
On Sunday, Dec. 23rd Toronto Raptors’ Amir Johnson teamed up with SPiN for a charity ping pong tournament in support of The Remix Project. Amir brought along some of his Raptors friends including Ed Davis and Demar Derozen. In total, everyone who attended helped raise over $1,500 for The Remix Project. If you weren’t able to attend, check out some of the action below.
In a city the size of Toronto, people can often slip through the cracks of the system. Pathways to Education is one answer when it comes to finding support in your own community. Pathways is an innovative, community-based program helping youth in low-income communities stay in school and graduate to post-secondary. In partnership with governments, social welfare agencies, and hundreds of diverse volunteers who share their talent and wisdom, Pathways is helping to break the cycle of poverty and enable strategic, long-term social change. Pathways operates in 4 main neighbourhoods in Toronto: Scarborough, Rexdale, Regent Park, and Lawrence Heights.
Check out “The Story of Nike Valeus”, a Pathways student, who’s found success in both the program and in life.
The Youth Challenge Fund (YCF) is a collaborative pilot project with the Government of Ontario, United Way Toronto and the community that was created to explore, develop and incubate new approaches to funding and facilitating youth development. The project has created a 27-minute documentary capturing the work being done by the YCF in several of Toronto’s “priority neighbourhoods”. The documentary also highlights personal stories from youth leaders, community allies and institutional partners, all of whom have played vital roles in achieving systemic transformation.