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Trade School Toronto

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!).

For more info: tradeschool.coop/toronto/class

Posted by Tahnee Pantig

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CONTEST: Raptors Red Party Remix


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!

Tweet: @1LOVETO @Raptors @TeamUpFdn @YMCAGTA #RedPartyRemix #WinTix

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.

“Help us change the game”

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Beautiful City: Billboard Tax

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.

It’s still not too late to get involved!

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Amir Johnson x SPiN x The Remix Project

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.

For more info: theremixproject.ca

Photos by shot.by.cris

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PATHWAYS: The Story of Nike

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.

For more info: pathwaystoeducation.ca

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Documentary: Youth Challenge Fund

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.


Date: Thursday, Nov. 15th | Venue: St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts – 27 Front Street East | Time: 1-5pm

For more info: youthchallengefund.org

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Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is Canada’s largest and longest running pan-Asian film festival showcasing the works of East and Southeast Asian artists. This year’s annual event includes 8 days of films, workshops, panels and parties. The festival starts today, Nov. 6-11, in Toronto and Nov. 16-17, in Richmond Hill.

The film to watch is “Prison Dancer”, directed by Canada’s own award-winning Romeo Candido. The film was inspired by the real-life dancing rehabilitation program that went viral on YouTube. “Prison Dancer” tells the very personal but yet hilarious stories of 6 Filipino inmates whose group dancing turned a maximum-security prison into a world stage.

Date: Friday, Nov. 9th
Time: 6:45PM
Place: The Royal – 608 College St.

For more info: reelasian.com

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“The Rec” By Darren Anthony

For those of you who were not able to attend Darren Anthony’s fundraiser for his short film, “The Rec”, which is based off his play, “Secrets of a Black Boy”, there is still an opportunity for you to get involved. Darren has now released an indiegogo campaign in the hopes of raising $5,000 to help create his film.

To learn more or donate, visit: indiegogo.com/therec

About The Film
The Rec is a current, edgy story about the secrets of five black men. Set against the back drop of displaced poverty-stricken families in Regent Park, the story centers around Sheldon, a community center worker. Five friends gather inside a community centre about to be demolished, to say good bye one last time to the place they all called home for many years. Sheldon reminisces about what the community centre means to him and his friends.

This short is a forum for urgent commentary about both the disintegration of the notorious low-income housing complex Regent Park and the lives of the young men most affected by it. The Rec gives a gritty, uncensored look at the lives of black men. No subject is taboo, from interracial dating, commitment phobia, gun violence, sexuality, drugs and love. Every stereotype of black men will be critically examined and explored.

Previously: “Secrets In NYC”