Do you believe that investment in youth, arts & culture matters?
Lately there’s been a lot of speculation about the value of investing in young people and the arts. As Toronto’s creative young people whose lives have been positively impacted by our exposure and engagement with the arts, and as those who have the honour of working in the sector and serving our communities – we know just how valuable it is.
It’s time to mobilize. We are calling out artists, organizers, mentors, youth, elders, community leaders, community members, and visionaries to walk in solidarity for youth, arts, and cultural programs. Bring your artistic expression, rally your communities and add to a collective energy as we move down Yonge Street into Manifesto’s Live At The Square – an annual youth arts festival happening that day. Calling out participation from dancers, poets, street writers, emcees, beatboxers, visual artists, documentarians, drummers, percussionists & more – it’s time to write our story ourselves.
WHAT: Yonge Street Walk For Youth, Arts & Culture
WHEN: Sunday September 23, 2012
START: Meet at the North East corner of Yonge & Bloor (2:45PM)
FINISH: Yonge & Dundas Square
For more info: walkforyoutharts.org
This past weekend 1 LOVE T.O. partnered with M5V Realty to host a city-wide scavenger hunt in support of the Toronto Blue Jays Care Foundation. In total, 10 teams raced around the city competing in #TheHunt. Together, they helped raise $5,885 for the Jays Care Foundation! The money raised will go towards helping to create opportunities for children and youth in need by providing access to programs that promote regular physical activity, encourage the pursuit of higher education and impart fundamental life skills.
Congratulations to the winning team “City Slickers”, as well as top fundraiser Nami Sugimoto who raised $705.
For more info: bluejays.com/m5v
Previously: The Scavenger Hunt
The Manifesto Festival and The City of Toronto present: The Business of Art (Panel Discussion)
The arts can be viable as sound business opportunities and the idea of translating art into a viable business is a creative process many endeavour to accomplish but that few manage to master. Understanding that you have to respect art when you’re doing business with it, while also respecting the complex nature that exists between business and art, a carefully selected panel of artists turned entrepreneurs will discuss their personal journeys and experiences in translating their creative art processes into business ventures.
Date: Saturday, September 22
Place: Ryerson University – Engineering Building, Classroom A, 299 Church St (at Gould)
Time: 4 – 5:30pm
(This is a pay what you can event)
Previously: Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture
TEDxToronto is Canada’s largest TEDx event, a platform for exceptional ideas and a catalyst for profound change. In addition to the annual, one-day conference, which draws a diverse and passionate array of speakers and audience members, TEDxToronto runs community programming throughout the year exploring issues with local relevance. Talks from the conference have been viewed millions of times around the globe, and five of the Toronto speakers have been featured on TED.com. All of TEDxToronto speakers and organizers are volunteers, committed to developing innovative solutions and amplifying the ideas that will make Toronto — and the world — a better place.
TEDxToronto 2012 explores the theme of Alchemy, the seemingly magical process of taking ordinary, common elements, usually of little value, and combining them to make something extraordinary of great value.
Apply to attend TEDxToronto (Deadline Sept. 10, 2012)
For more info: tedxtoronto.com
Previously: TEDxToronto – “Redefining Citizenship”
The 6th Annual Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture is taking place September 21-23, 2012.
Launch Party & Art Show: September 21, 2012
Opening night will mark the first opportunity for the public to see the newly-constructed Regent Park Arts & Culture Centre.
Fresh Arts 20 x Manifesto Summit: September 22, 2012
The festival’s second day will be an inspiring array of panel discussions, keynote speakers and mentor classess.
Live at the Square: September 23, 2012
Toronto’s Yonge & Dundas Square will be transformed into a local marketplace showcasing some of Toronto biggest brands, artists, dancers and music.
For more info: themanifesto.ca/festival
In celebration of the new Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre (opening in September), Artscape has commissioned a series of short docs that profile talented young people from the neighbourhood.
CLICK HERE to see all the videos.
Experience Downtown Yonge Street like never before!
Starting today, Friday August 17 – September 16, Celebrate Yonge will transform Yonge Street, between Queen & Gerrard, with a series of brand new public spaces dedicated for people. With the new licensed patios and outdoor cafes, you’ll be able to enjoy food, drinks and entertainment right on Yonge Street. Beautiful planters, decorated by landscapers from across Ontario for the Livegreen Planter Box Challenge will serve as the temporary barriers separating vehicles from pedestrians. There will also be 11 themed areas for visitors to explore, including activities for kids, featured artist projects, shopping and live entertainment.
1 LOVE T.O. is proud to be the official t-shirt for the Celebrate Yonge Festival hosted by the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (BIA). You can get your t-shirt at the Celebrate Yonge kiosk, located at Yonge & Dundas (in front of H&M). We’ll be there every weekend!
For more info: celebrateyonge.com
Photo by JW Vraets
1 LOVE T.O. in partnership with M5V Realty is excited to host a scavenger hunt in support of the Jays Care Foundation on Saturday, September 15, 2012. If you’re unfamiliar with the Jays Care Foundation, they create opportunities for children and youth in need by providing access to programs that promote regular physical activity, encourage the pursuit of higher education and impart fundamental life skills.
Register your team or join an existing team today! A registration fee of $75 will be applied to each participant. Once you register, encourage your co-workers, friends and family to show their support by sponsoring your efforts. There will be prizing for the top fundraiser, top fundraising team, and of course the team who wins the scavenger hunt!
CLICK HERE For more info.
On Saturday, Aug 4th, 1 LOVE T.O. paraded down Lakeshore Blvd as part of this year’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival (also know as Caribana). We started off our day by taking a ‘class photo’, with over 300 people rocking their Roots Canada and 1 LOVE T.O. flag/heart t-shirts standing in front of our float. We looked great and it was only a matter of time before other people started following us on the road. The heat was absolutely draining, but thanks to Nandos chicken and the good people at Red Bull and Appleton’s, we were able to withstand the heat and whine all day.
Mr. International aka Kardinal Offishall made a special guest appearance, jumping on the mic to get the crowd hype!
Toronto Raptors player Amir Johnson joined us as our official US ambassador for 1 LOVE T.O.
We had an incredible first year in the parade, with a diverse band that truly exemplified the meaning of 1 LOVE T.O. Our band members for 2012 represented Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, Grenada, Barbados, St. Kitts, Philippines, and the USA.
We can’t wait until next year… #ShowYourRoots
Big thanks to our partners: Roots Canada, Amir Johnson, Nando’s, Flow935 and Appleton’s.
Check out more photos here: FACEBOOK GALLERY
This past Friday, August 3rd, we took over the top floor of the Roots store (Eaton Centre location) for another installment of our “Show Your Roots” Pop-Up Shop. We released limited edition t-shirts in celebration of Jamaica and Trinidad’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. The t-shirts were originally supposed to be available in 3 Roots store locations (Yorkdale Mall, Bloor St, and Eaton Centre), but after the first 15 minutes, we were all SOLD OUT!
If you didn’t get a t-shirt, but still want one… tweet @RootsCanada #ShowYourRoots
Trinidad’s very own Kes (Kes The Band) was on site in support of our “Show Your Roots” campaign.
Toronto Raptors player Amir Johnson stopped by to showcase his new 1 LOVE T.O. USA Flag/Heart shirt.
Check out more photos here: FACEBOOK GALLERY
Photos by Taha.
We here at 1 LOVE T.O. would like to say a BIG thank you to the Scadding Court Community Centre and to the entire city of Toronto, for making the last year at our store an incredible one. From the very first day we opened, all the way through the freezing cold winter months, we met each and everyone of you with a t-shirt and a smile.
This Sunday, July 29th, we’d like to invite you to come hang out with us, one last time, as we say a final goodbye to our store at 707 Dundas St. West, and say hello to our brand new online store, opening August 1st. That’s right, we’ve decided to make things even easier for you! You’ll now be able to order everything 1 LOVE T.O. at a click of a button.
As a special offer, we’ll be having a GRAND CLOSING SALE on all of our 1 LOVE T.O. Tank Tops. (30% OFF)
Where: 707 Dundas St. West
Date: Sunday, July 29th
In the words of Boyz II Men “it’s so hard to say goodbye”…