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Hennessy celebrates its 250th anniversary in Toronto with a custome Hennessy Time Barrel and their exclusive Hennessy ‘250 Collector Blend’.

By now there’s a good chance you’ve seen the incredible work of art and design known as the Hennessy Time Barrel located in Yorkville on Bloor Street West in front of La Societe. The piece is on display from July 8-14th, giving passers by the opportunity to send a digital text or video message to the future. The Time Barrel has been designed as an interactive experience to take part in Hennessy’s tradition of perpetual transmission from one generation to the next.


“My real mission is to prepare the eaux-de-vie for the generations of Master Blenders that will follow me…”, says Yann Fillioux, Hennessy’s Master Blender.


This 21st century time capsule will preserve messages written in 2015, all around the world, in a barrel in Hennessy’s historic cellars in Cognac. Messages for future generations will remain sealed in the Time Barrel until it will be opened 50 years later. 

From March through October 2015, The Hennessy Time Barrel will travel to 9 cities all over the world. Destinations include Cognac, France (February), Guangzhou, China (March); Taiwan (April), Berlin, Germany (May), Moscow, Russia (May); London, Great-Britain (June), Toronto, Canada (July), Johannesburg, South Africa (August), Lagos, Nigeria (October)

Today’s your last chance to send a message, what are you waiting for?!


In tandem with the announcement of The Hennessy 250 Tour, Yann Fillioux, the Maison’s Master Blender, presented the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend: “To mark milestone celebrations, Hennessy has always carefully created a special cognac to illustrate a sense of continuity. Today, the Maison celebrates 250 years of savoir-faire and excellence by creating a unique anniversary blend.”

As Hennessy Ambassadors, we were one of the lucky few who got the chance to taste the special Hennessy 250 Collector Blend, which was aged in 250 handmade, especially commissioned barrels of Limousin oak, containting 250 litres each. Let’s just say we savoured each and every sip.

Previously: Hennessy Artistry Presents “The Art Of Blending” With SOULECTION & WILDE

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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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Majid Jordan dropped their new single “My Love” with a feature from OVO’s own Drake. This release comes right after Drake dropped his new video for “Energy” on Apple Music and his Beats 1 radio show announcement. All we can say is that we can’t wait for the new Majid Jordan album due out later this year! Until then, enjoy the sounds of “My Love”…

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Every summer is meant to be filled with memorable moments; it just wouldn’t feel right any other way! This summer, Amex can be your key to creating memorable moments at venues across Canada including the legendary Molson Amphitheatre.

No matter what type of music you like, Amex has got you covered this summer with artists like the Tragically Hip performing live on July 1st, Kelly Clarkson on July 23rd, or maybe you’re in to the queen of Hip Hop – Nicki Minaj performing live on July 28th!


You might be asking yourself how can Amex make these concert experiences any better than they already are?! Here’s how…

1. As an Amex Cardmember you get priority access to a VIP line that gets you in to the venue faster, easier, and stress free.
2. Cardmembers also get to experience the Amex Lounge inside the Molson Amp where you can enjoy pre and post show events and performances.
3. Never miss another show by signing up for Front Of The Line® E-Updates
4. Explore AmexInvites.ca to learn more about some of the hottest events this summer!

We can’t wait to kick off summer right and make some memorable moments at some amazing shows this summer! You can share your memorable experiences using the hashtag #ThisMoment with @AmexCanada and @1LOVETO!


The original Cash Money Records Rapper/Producer/DJ and one half of rap duo Big Tymers – Mannie Fresh will be here in Toronto this Friday, July 10th, performing live at Tattoo (567 Queen St West). Mannie’s best known for his production on chart-topping albums for the Hot Boys, which was composed of Lil Wayne, B.G., Juvenile, and Turk, producing all of the group’s singles. Don’t miss out on your chance to witness hip hop history!

Tweet @1LOVETO #MannieFresh for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Mannie Fresh live at Tattoo this Friday, July 10th, 2015.

If you don’t win, don’t worry, you can still purchase tickets HERE.


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Legendary music producer and DJ – Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez aka K-Dope is making a special guest appearance next Friday, July 17th at Tattoo. This soon-to-be sold out show also features the sounds of DJ Dave Campbell and Jason Palma. We don’t want you to miss out on this musical journey, so we’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show!

Tweet @1LOVETO #KennyDope for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Kenny live!

If you don’t win, don’t worry, you’ve got a week or so to buy tickets before they sell out.


We’ll leave you with a mix to get you in the mood! Enjoy…

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PIQUE 2.0 Toronto


Last year we told you about PIQUE, a project by Imad El-Sheikh, profiling 100 Torontonians. This year we’re excited to know he and his team have put together a second instalment — PIQUE 2.0.

One of the best parts of the project is not only highlighting some of Toronto’s unsung creatives, but also providing exposure and encouragement to these emerging and even established artists in a genuine, yet strategic way. “We consider their artistic merit, age and geographical location (to make sure each area of the city is well-represented) …ultimately it comes down to whether selecting the artist or creative in question will serve our goals” says Imad.


Along with help from popular Toronto photography blog, Streets of Toronto, they’ve also curated a few photographers as part of the newly featured 100 participants. With the focus still exploring the sphere of social media and the context of immediate info, this year’s edition also features interview sessions and a six-part music video. “The new interview series is called GREY NOISE. We selected 10 creatives and asked them a series of questions. The catch was they needed to answer in the form of a teaser…short and sweet and fit within social media time frames.” The music video, features “six talented Toronto dancers of difference disciplines, each with their own teaser…”


The progression of the PIQUE series serves as indisputable proof of the immeasurable amount of untapped creative resources the city holds. Follow @piquetoronto for all the upcoming event details and info and we’ll see you there!


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Calling all visual artists, photographers, multi-media, new media, muralists, digital media and graffiti artists! MANIFESTO Festival is now accepting Submissions for the 2015 Festival!


Applications are accepted at mnfsto.com/apply — just go to the webpage, select the discipline you’d like to apply to, and fill in the type form. All applications, with the exception of volunteers, require a $25 fee to cover administrative costs. As well, please include a sample of your work, and a headshot.

Just for applying, you receive FREE entry to the 2015 Art Exhibition that you are applying to, and half-off the Summit. All successful artists will be notified in early July.

The Festival will be running in September 2015, so apply now!

Any inquiries or questions, please email: ashley@themanifesto.ca

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Once A Tree – “Take Me”


Originally from the West Coast, the now Toronto-based husband and wife duo – Once A Tree comprised of Jayli Wolf (singer) and Hayden John Wolf (producer & husband) just released their second record entitled “Take Me”, off their forthcoming EP, “Thousand Lives”, due out July 10th. Let us know what you think?

Watch their video for “Howling” below.

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