The official film of the “UNHATE” worldwide communication campaign, as part of the UNHATE Foundation, launched yesterday in Paris by Alessandro Benetton. The film by French director Laurent Chanez, tells of the precarious balance and complex interweaving between the drive to HATE and the reasons to LOVE.
Most of you should remember Bryan Espiritu’s first solo art show, “Because The Kids Don’t Play”, held on Friday, May 13th of this year. Well, prior to the show, we got the chance to give you a sneak peek of Bryan in action. We also posted The Legends League Trailer, which is a glimpse into the life and times of Bryan Espiritu as an artist/designer (TheLegendsLeague/IDEALL). The latest video to come from this project is a short 1 minute piece entitled “Work In Progress”, which shows Bryan’s technique while working on 1 of his 56 mixed media canvases for the show.
Toronto artist, Kit Knows, expresses his thoughts on graffiti and the culture he grew up appreciating/participating in.
“Although music and film is what I spend most time on now, I discovered a lot of Toronto, and my self, through my experience with graffiti. The city is full of views, rooftops, abandoned buildings, old bridges, or just little spaces between all the hustling.”
Toronto’s Reel Asian International Film Festival is back for it’s 15th edition, running from November 8-13th. Last year I had the pleasure of watching “One Big Hapa Family” by Canadian filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns. This year I’d like to see “Sunday Menu” by Director Liesl Nguyen. Filmed in Berlin, Sunday Menu offers a poetic look into the world of a German-Vietnamese teenager as she confronts generational and cross-cultural conflicts through the ritualistic power of food (watch the trailer above). If this film doesn’t interest you, dont’ worry, there are so many great films to choose from.
Tyrone and I took off to Spain last Monday for an unreal trip to take part in the “American Express Unstaged” music series. From start to finish, we received the Platinum treatment from American Express Canada, including: car service to and from the airport, access to Amex’s premium lounge inside Pearson Airport (available to Platinum Cardmembers), incredible accommodations downtown Madrid at the Hotel De Las Letras (with a wrap-around terrace), private dinner reservations for us and 3 other bloggers, and, of course, tickets to see Coldplay perform at one of Spain’s most famous arenas – Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. And all of this came courtesy of our very own personal Amex concierge and Personalized Travel Services team, who worked with us to plan our perfect itinerary.
We were only in Madrid for 48 hours, but we managed to create some lasting memories. We wandered the city streets, taking in the architecture, the Spanish culture and of course, the shopping! But the main reason for our trip was to see Coldplay perform live as part of the American Express Unstaged music series – the 6th such concert since the program launched last year and the first one outside of North America.
Both Tyrone and I agreed that one of our favourite parts of the show (aside from standing on the same ground where the historic bull fights took place), was when Coldplay’s Chris Martin spray-painted “Madrid” right in front of us on a projection screen. We also loved the fact that thousands of Spanish-speaking fans were singing every word in English, proving music is truly a universal language. It was also cool to see our Toronto Twitter followers tweeting and re-tweeting about watching the concert live with us via VEVO on YouTube – all part of the Unstaged experience.
Coldplay’s amazing performance was the first concert we’ve ever been to that was streamed live around the world, and we hope it’s not our last! In case you missed the live-stream, you can check out clips of the concert here: youtube.com/ColdplayVevo.
Here are a few more photos from our adventure in Spain…
We’ve been invited to the “American Express Unstaged” music series, featuring one of our favourite bands… COLDPLAY!
On October 26th, they’ll be performing live from one of Spain’s most famous bull-fighting arenas, Plaza De Toros de Las Ventas, in Madrid. And here’s the best part: American Express, in partnership with VEVO and YouTube, will be streaming the concert live. That means YOU can watch it online, right here in Toronto! (Or anywhere else you may be next Wednesday)
The American Express Unstaged music series is all about connecting fans with their favourite artists in person and online. Next week’s live stream will let you choose your own camera angles and you can tweet the band questions for a special pre-show.
You can create your very own butterfly with the chance to have it appear on the screen during Coldplay’s performance of “Paradise”. Take a look at what T-rexxx and I created (below).
Since 2010, the American Express Unstaged music series has featured some incredible artists and filmmakers, who direct the show to make it a unique viewing experience. This has included: Arcade Fire directed by Terry Gilliam and John Legend & The Roots directed by Spike Lee. This time, famous filmmaker Anton Corbijn will be directing the entire COLDPLAY experience, and you’ll be able to watch it LIVE, all thanks to Amex.
Now, T-rexxxx and I are off to meet with our very own American Express Platinum concierge, who’s going to hook us up with our flights, accommodations and Spanish travel tips. Hopefully our concierge can find us some good seats for a soccer match! (fingers crossed)
Make sure you follow us on twitter @1LOVETO and @Trexxx1LOVETO for exclusive twit pics and updates during the show.
Earlier this summer, we posted about an event called “The Immigrant” hosted by the good folks of TEDxToronto. We also participated in the event, which happened to be our first “pop-up” shop at the Scadding Court Community Centre’s “Live Local Marketplace” (now home to our famous 1 LOVE T.O. Shop). This relatively new community space is part of an effort to revitalize and redefine the area, providing small, local vendors with commercial space and breathing new life into the neighbourhood.
“It’s inspiring, empowering and we’re proud to be a part of this community initiative!”
This past Saturday, we unveiled our “Mascot Totem” at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “All Art Everything” exhibit. The collaboration between 1LOVETO x Eugene Paunil x Mike Del Mundo x Totem Resolve is an example of how creative minds can come together to create something special. Take a look at the incredible cardboard sculpture (yes, we said cardboard), constructed by Eugene, and let us know what you think?
About The Mascot Totem
1 LOVE T.O. was approached by Totem Resolve to create a custom skate deck with the help of illustrator Mike Del Mundo. The initial concept was to use Toronto landmarks to create a visual that represented the “Heart of the City”. After a few brainstorming sessions, the idea shifted from city landmarks to city mascots, including three animals; the Toronto Blue Jay, the Maple Leafs Polar Bear, and the Toronto Raptor. We decided to take the concept one step further with the help of sculptor Eugene Paunil. The original Totem Pole illustration has been brought to life in a one-of-a-kind 3D cardboard sculpture.