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On Saturday, Sept 26th, Etsy: Made In Canada marketplace returns to Toronto in celebration of the Etsy community. The one-day indoor/outdoor market plays host to 170 local Etsy sellers at two different locations, including: MaRS Discovery District (101 College St W) and OCAD U (100 McCaul St & 49 McCaul St). The marketplace which highlights handmade wares and vintage goods includes everything from sustainable fashion designs, children’s toys, to one of a kind laser-cut wood pieces. The event runs from 10am to 6pm, don’t miss out on shopping local.

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“Etsy: Made in Canada is our biggest event of the year, taking our online experience offline, to connect sellers, communities and buyers in person,” said Erin Green, Managing Director, Etsy Canada. “With Toronto and 32 other cities participating across the country this year, we couldn’t be prouder of Canada’s commitment to shopping local and supporting its maker communities.”

For more info visit: Etsy.com/madeincanada

Previously: Etsy Canada – “Make Your Living”

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On August 25, 2015, the City of Toronto released the complete artistic program for the 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. On Saturday, October 3 from 6:55 p.m. until sunrise on Sunday, October 4, the streets of Toronto will feature more than 110 art projects created and performed by approximately 400 local, national and international artists.

“For the 10th edition, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will transform Toronto with one of its most interactive and exciting programs yet,” said Mayor John Tory in the city’s latest press release statement. “Since 2006, the city has come alive through contemporary art for this one sleepless night, creating magical experiences and resulting in an impressive economic impact for Toronto.”

In honour of the event’s 10th edition, photographer, director and curator Che Kothari presents 10 for 10th – Memory Lane, which features 10 projects spread throughout the city, and coproduced with the following 10 cultural organizations: Art Gallery of Ontario, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Bata Shoe Museum, Drake One Fifty, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, The Gladstone Hotel, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House, University of Toronto, OCAD University, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Toronto International Film Festival.

“Every year we produce Nuit Blanche is quite different because we work with new artists and new curators annually… But I think what’s quite special this year is this 10 for 10th – Memory Lane exhibition area in celebration of our tenth year,” said Kristine Germann, Programming Manage of Economic Development and City Culture Events with the City of Toronto. “ It’s special because the focus is on really working in full coproducing relationships with those 10 major arts and cultural institutions and artists.”

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For instance, Ekow Nimako is 1 of 10 visual artists featured, whose work is honourably coproduced with the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art.
Sculpted with more than 50,000 LEGO pieces, ‘Silent Knight’ is Ekow’s monumental tribute to one of the most admired and extirpated animal species in Ontario, the barn owl. The stark white, larger-than-life sculpture captures the beauty and stealth of this exquisite bird like it has never been seen before.

“I’ve always admired barn owls as silent-winged keepers of the night, unique in their helmed visage even among other owls, yet for years they have been endangered in Ontario due to urbanization and loss of habitat. So if I can add them to the collective memory of the masses for even one night, it may cause a shift in consciousness to help draw these magical creatures back from the brink of local nonexistence.”

Similar to Ekow’s creative and artistic thought process, this particular exhibition explores the textured terrain of memory; dissolving the lines between space, place and time. It allows for contemplation and reflection while providing fertile ground for the creation of millions of new memories in the process.

Relying on the seemingly infinite variations of sloped and angled LEGO pieces; Ekow masterfully animates the inanimate, breathing a unique quality of life into the popular plastic medium.

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In addition to Che Kothari’s “10 for 10th – Memory Lane” exhibition, the City produced a component feature of 50 engaging contemporary art projects in conjunction with three other new exhibitions including: Agustin Pérez Rubio’s “HTUOS/HTRON – The New Coordinates of the Americas”; JR’s “Black and White Night”; and Christine Shaw’s “The Work of Wind”.

“We’re exploring for the very first time, a couple of new exhibition areas with geography,” said Kristine. “For instance, the Waterfront along Queens Quay from Harbourfront Centre to Parliament will be Christine Shaw’s exhibition area of The Work of Wind. With Agustin Pérez Rubio’s exhibition, we are going to be exploring along the College-Jarvis area and also up from Queen’s Park to Bloor. So it’s exploring two interesting areas.”

Details for the full program and City-produced exhibitions are available at: scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

Posted by Christina Cheng

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SummerWorks Festival 2015

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The performances at this year’s SummerWorks festival had us seriously wowed with the intricate range of artistic abilities, techniques and perspectives. The festival, which celebrates four key components: Music, Dance, Theatre and Live Art, packed an extra punch for their 25 year milestone. It was hard to pick a few favourites but we’ve narrowed down our most memorable shows in each category.

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Music: LAL / All You Can Hold
You can’t box this Toronto-based collective as simply ‘Canadian electronica’ because they’ve found a way to infuse those beats with a fiery, unique voice and a mandate which “bridges the art with social justice.” Vocalist, poet and activist, Rosina Kazi alongside producer and sound engineer, Nicholas “Murr” Murray seduced the audience into a trance. It was a dreamy rhythm but also had heads bobbing to the bass and electronics at the same time. The vibe was so powerful and positive, it was almost tangible.

Director / Designer / Costumes by Ange Loft (Cult of Kateri); Dance performances by Ill Nana and Victoria Mata; Live Digital Painting by Sonny Bean; Projections by Matt Maaskant

Dance: Forgetting Remembering
This performance is described as a “relational sensory song and dance, modulating frequencies of experiences to empty time from mind.” It was cool because it was like choreographed chaos, a freestyle with a note of structure which played out a purpose. The strobe lights and rhythmic moves, voices and projected visuals created an immersive experience as they sprawled themselves among the audience. There was a lot of the same, yet we were still left guessing ‘what was next?’

Created by Robert Kingsbury; Performed by Niomi Cherney, Francesco Gagliardi, Danielle Baskerville, Julia Male, Brian Solomon, Claire Turner Reid, Jasmin McGraw, Winnie Ho

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Theatre: That Syncing Feeling
This project had our hearts racing more than once. This was an experiment which consisted of two parts. Both examined our relationship with technology, our cellphones in particular. We were asked write our phone numbers on a piece of paper which were then mixed up and handed out to the audience. Then, we had to call that number and leave a random message. At one point we all had to put our phones in the middle of the floor. The unease on everyone’s face was reason enough to conduct these exercises which were re-teaching us how to communicate.

The second part was an experiment conducted by a woman in a doctor’s white coat. Half of us were given a number to text of someone in the room and an iPod loaded with instructions. We ended up sharing deep connections with these strangers and left never knowing who they were. We definitely got a dose of ‘that syncing feeling’ and currently, re-examining how we engage with technology, ahem, I mean, humans.

Written by Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe; Directed by Simon Bloom; Performed by Alex McCooeye and Nicola Elbro; Produced by Mitchell Cushman; Stage Managed by Bryn McLeod

Live Art: Wildlife
Wildlife was an awesome collection of skits and monologues which tapped into heavy themes like, race , religion and Drake vs. Meek Mill; hilarious but in a real thought-provoking way. For example, one skit was a depiction of Eve eating that fateful apple. She starts off sweet and innocently ( as I’m sure lots of us imagine) but then she gets really into this new found taste. It turns subtly sexual, then comedic. These nuances forced us to re-visit this famous imagery in a way we never thought to consider it.

A collaborative performance produced by Events In Real Time; Conceived of by Liz Peterson; Written by Amy Lam and Liz Peterson with Hannah Cheesman, Lindsey Clark, Onyeka Igwe, Sean O’Neill, Aliya Pabani, Matt Smith

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Special Presentation: HYPER_
This performance was an intersection of ‘visual and digital arts…a combinations of UV lights, body paint and video projections’. It was a dance which used all these facets to produce a trippy expansion of our periphery. The colours were wild and the movements were full of conviction and strength. You know you’re in for a hell of an experience when you’re handed 3D glasses upon entry.

Performed and Created by Freya Björg Olafson; Lighting Design by Hugh Conacher; Music by Ghostigital, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Kippi Kaninus [Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson], LE1F, Dubbel Dutch

SummerWorks is the largest, curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, and live art in Canada with a strong focus on Canadian works. Can’t wait for next year’s line-up! For more info visit: summerworks.ca

Photos by Dahlia Katz

Posted by Samira

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On August 12, #WorldElephantDay had a global and social impact with approximately 60,718 Instagram posts, over approximately 118,000 Twitter posts, and over 20,000 supporters on Facebook. In addition, 15,161 have signed the petition on worldelephantday.org to protect elephants, wildlife, and their habitat. Staying relevant on a timely and fashionable manner, Holt Renfrew’s H Project shop has teamed up with BRIKA, a retail concept that highlights the best of modern craft, to curate a charitable elephant-themed pop-up shop for the month of August in support of “Save the Elephants.” Inspired by Holt Renfrew’s recent travels to Kenya and Rwanda for the Spring/Summer 2015 “Uncrate Africa” shop, a curated assortment of luxury elephant-designs and products support culture, craft and artisans from designers such as: Tanya Taylor, Me To We, Chantecaille, BRIKA, and more.

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“The journey to Africa was a great opportunity to meet extraordinary artisans across a creative and cultural mosaic, and to celebrate many dignified talents and beautiful handicrafts,” says designer Stella Jean. “Uncrate Africa is a cultural crossover, demonstrating how boundaries are just a state of mind.”

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Holt Renfrew’s H Project presents their latest “Uncrate Africa” shop filled with extraordinary products with extraordinary stories. Their discovery through their travels in Africa brings unique products and unparalleled partnerships, all in support of humanity and habitat throughout the continent. For instance, an assortment of apparel, accessories, home décor and beauty products, including products made from socially conscious materials are all for a charitable cause.

“These products equal opportunity, education, empowerment, creativity and entrepreneurship,” said Alexandra Weston, Holt Renfrew’s Director of Brand Strategy. “The H Project shops present products which may be extraordinary in a number of ways. Perhaps it is the artisanal method with which they are made, the unique materials used, or the way they might celebrate a culture.”

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Alexandra Weston and her team recently journeyed through Africa for ‘uncrate a culture,’ sourcing a rich showcase of exclusive merchandise from across the region for H Project, in partnership with a variety of powerhouse designers. For Spring/Summer 2015, H Project transformed into “Uncrate Africa” boutiques; bringing to life the region’s culture, craft and artisans through a spectacular capsule collection of fashion, accessories, home wares, cosmetics and textiles. Renowned designers, such as Dannijo, Stella Jean, LemLem, FEED Africa, Mark Holden, Indego Africa, Otago, Kiya Kenya, and many others, have collaborated on exclusive designs for H Project’s “Uncrate Africa” boutique- each giving back to the region in its own incredible way.

“A large percentage of the global population relies on traditional craftsmanship as work. By investing in these products, you’re helping support the artisans who made them,” Alexandra said.

In addition to “Uncrate Africa,” H Project supports two amazing lifesaving elephant initiatives: Save The Elephants and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

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With the escalation of habitat loss, human-elephant conflict, poaching, ivory trade, and mistreatment in captivity, Save The Elephants is the world-leading elephant research and conversation organization devoted to securing a future for elephants, and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a Kenyan-based initiative that saves elephants everyday through field projects that protect animal welfare.

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From now until August 31, 2015, H Project’s “Uncrate Africa” pop-up will be available at Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary and Vancouver where 10% of total proceeds will be donated to Save The Elephants.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Roots Canada has just launched their latest #sweatstyle campaign, collaborating with a very talented group of Canadian musicians including JUNO Award winning and Grammy nominated artists such as: k-os, Brett Kissel, Sophie Pelletier, Dave Monks, Francesco Yates, Hannah Georgas and Kira Isabella.

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In celebration of Roots 42nd Anniversary, on Thursday, August 13th they’re offering 42% off all sweats at Roots stores and roots.com. This couldn’t come at a better time – Back To School and End of Summer is the perfect time to join #TeamCozy with some new sweats.

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For more info about the Roots #sweatstyle campaign CLICK HERE.

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Toronto’s only Filipino Festival is back to celebrate their 10-Year-Anniversary of Kultura on August 5-9th, 2015. The Philippine inspired festival is spearheaded by Kensington Market-based, youth-led Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture and supported by community volunteers. The purpose of the event is to expose Toronto to everything the Filipino community has to offer, from arts, culture, food, entertainment and style. Through a variety of workshops, live shows, and community engagement the festival continues to grow each year, allowing the idea of understanding Toronto’s diverse communities to truly be celebrated.

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You can purchase tickets HERE.

For more info, visit: kultura.ca

Photo by Dwayne Fundano

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Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival (Caribana) is less than a week away and 1LOVETO & Guinness Extra Stout are giving you the chance to win your very own ‘Like Ah Boss’ costume designed by Project Runway Winner Anya Ayoung-Chee, plus the opportunity to play mas with Team Saldenah, along side International Soca Artist Machel Montano, co-hosted by Tyrone ‘T-rex’ Edwards and Chantelle Winnie.

HOW TO ENTER:
Tweet @1LOVETO #GuinnessExtraStout for your chance to win!

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OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS (“OFFICIAL RULES”) BEFORE ENTERING THE GUINESS EXTRA STOUT TWITTER CONTEST- “1 LOVE TO INC. & GUINESS EXTRA STOUT CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL COSTUME GIVEAWAY CONTEST” (THE “CONTEST”). BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT REPRESENTS THAT HE OR SHE SATISFIES ALL OF THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS BELOW AND AGREES TO BE BOUND UNCONDITIONALLY BY THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND ALL DECISIONS OF LABATT BREWERIES OF CANADA (THE “CONTEST SPONSOR”). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MUST BE LEGAL DRINKING AGE IN YOUR PROVINCE OR TERRITORY OF RESIDENCE. OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF CANADA ONLY, EXCLUDING QUEBEC.

1. HOW TO PLAY
The Contest begins on or about Monday July 27, 2015. To play, entrants must have Internet access, a valid Twitter account, a valid email address and a valid phone number. To enter the Contest, entrants must follow the 1 LOVE TO Twitter page (@1LOVETO) and tweet the identified contest tweet that declares “Tweet @1LOVETO #GuinnessExtraStout”. All entries submitted on the 1LOVETO Twitter page at the close of the Contest Period will count as one (1) entry into the Contest by the individual, determined by the Contest Sponsor in its sole discretion. Limit of one (1) entry per individual, per full duration of the Contest Period, and per associated twitter handle and email address for the Contest Period. Entries will be stored in a Contest database and will be drawn in accordance with these Official Rules (Contest database and the site at which these Official Rules are published by Contest Sponsor referred to collectively as “Contest Website”).

2. CONTEST PERIOD
The overall Contest commences on or about 12 p.m. Eastern Time (“EST”) on July 27th, 2015 and ends at 5:00:00 p.m. EST on July 28th, 2015 (the “Contest Period”), after which time no further entries will be accepted.

3. ELIGIBILITY
The Contest is open to residents of Canada only, excluding Québec, who are legal drinking age in their province or territory of residence and who are not employees, contractors, agents or representatives of the Contest Sponsor or its parent companies, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agencies, distribution companies, the applicable provincial liquor authorities, participating liquor licensees, prize suppliers, the Contest judge, or any person who is domiciled with any of the foregoing persons. The provincial liquor authorities are not connected with this Contest in any manner whatsoever and are not liable in any way whatsoever in regard to any matter, which relates to this Contest.

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There are two prizes available to be won, each consisting of:
• Two “Like Ah Bos”s Salendah costumes – for the winner and a guest of the winner’s choice, who must also be legal drinking age
• Winner and guest shall be invited to participate on 1LOVE TO Inc. & Guinness Extra Stout float at Scotia Bank Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade on Saturday August 1, 2015.
• Costumes must be picked up no later than July 31 at 5pm
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Holt Renfrew recently hosted an exclusive fashion event with Haculla, a designer streetwear collection designed by creative director Jon Koon. The latest collection is a collaborative project inspired by Harif Guzman, New York based contemporary artist and designer.

Haculla’s first collection references to Guzman’s “Dark Ages” characters. The original series is an examination of the old masters in classical art, and within this series, Guzman juxtaposes his signature street art characters with iconic styles often depicted in old master paintings.

“The Haculla characters all came about when I came to New York. It’s a character that’s been around for 18 years,” he said.

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Guzman began tagging the streets of New York in the early-2000’s and became recognized for his work soon after, gaining a celebrity following. They have since watched him transition from a street artist to contemporary painter. His street and contemporary art works have been exhibited internationally. However, he calls New York home as well as his favourite canvas and inspiration.

“My collection is my life on a day-to-day basis, it’s the way I feel and I’ve put it all over New York,” he said. “It’s become an iconic imagery in New York and now I brought it to clothing along with Jon Koon who designed different styles.”

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When asked about who he envisions wearing his collection he said, “Anybody that’s got a dark side to them but also likes to have a little fun; but I think there’s a little dark side to everyone.” With that being said, Guzman also adds he initially paints and designs for himself, stating, “Everything I paint is for myself. My collection is my life, what I’ve lived.”

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Holt Renfrew’s concourse level was transitioned into a New York underground fashion and art event. Guests entered through the back alley where Guzman had painted a huge mural on the brick wall upon entrance. Following through, more of Guzman’s artwork and designs in monochrome with hints of deep red led the crowd through the event. A mixture of hip-hop, rap, trap, and r&b filled the space in the most suitable way possible courtesy of DJ Sophie Jones. In addition, Chef Matthew created a contemporary and cool menu for guests to enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres. Alcohol was also sponsored, including Peroni and signature themed cocktails.

“Being creative is almost like you’re being tortured… and then when you’re well received in other countries it feels nice. – Harif Guzman, Haculla”

Photos by Lesean Harris

Posted by Christina Cheng

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PIQUE 2.0 Toronto

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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.

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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…”

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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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It’s official!!

We will be on the road TOGETHER at this year’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival as Guinness Extra Stout partners with Team Saldenah & 1LOVETO alongside International Soca Artist Machel Montano, who will be playing in Che Kothari’s “LIKE AH BOSS” section, designed by Project Runway Winner Anya Ayoung-Chee, co-hosted by Toronto native, International Supermodel Winnie Harlow and 1LOVETO ambassador Tyrone “T-rexxx” Edwards in Saldenah Mas-k Club’s presentation of “The Chronicles of Machel Montano” on Lakeshore Blvd, Saturday August 1st, from 8am-6pm.

Be part of this monumental collaboration as we all jump down lakeshore bringing together Soca, Mas & Culture.

REGISTER NOW at the MAS CAMP (2220 Midland Ave #84AP) between 1-10pm daily or visti saldenahcarnival.com

Spots are limited and are selling fast, we urge you not to miss your opportunity to be a part of this iconic experience as our cut-off date will be SUNDAY JULY 5TH!

For more information email: LikeAhBossToronto@gmail.com or call 647-870-4662

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ABOUT SALDENAH + MACHEL MONTANO + ANYA AYOUNG-CHEE
There is only one word to describe this year’s ScotiaBank Toronto Caribbean Carnival presentation… Iconic.

In an unprecedented collaboration, three creative giants will unite in Toronto’s annual one-of-a-kind Carnival parade to give the world a remarkable show.

It begins with Louis Saldenah, who is regarded as a formidable pillar of North American Carnival, after being a driving cultural force in Toronto for over 35 years. This 17-time winner of the Band Of The Year title has stunned all with his ingenuous ability to bring Mas to life in the city’s streets.

Also adding her internationally recognized talent this year is trailblazer and entrepreneur Anya Ayoung-Chee. The philanthropist holds the distinct honour of being the 2011 winner of the Lifetime Network’s highly competitive Project Runway, where her unique designs astounded judges and marked her homeland of Trinidad and Tobago as a fashion capital to be closely watched.

Accompanying them in this venture is Machel Montano, whose 33 years in Soca Music serves as the inspiration behind this alliance. His well-earned legendary status as an entertainer, as well as the numerous accolades bestowed upon the Soul Train Music Award winner makes the 17-section Mas presentation based on his music, must see viewing come festival day.

It has been almost 50 years that the city of Toronto has put on this transcending event. An explosion of revelry and arts through which the wondrous beauty of its Caribbean community has been displayed, and which over time has grown to be the largest North American showcase of Caribbean culture.

Louis Saldenah initiated this extraordinary partnership, when he revealed to Machel his desire to pay tribute in Mas to his 33 years of work. Humbled and excited by such a generous gesture, Machel immediately thought to include Anya, to ensure Toronto had a direct infusion of authentic Caribbean culture in this year’s presentation. For many years the city has made Montano a part of its celebration and finally through this group effort, he is able to reciprocate that love in a show of true unity and positive creativity.

The main focus here is to inspire others and to establish a continuous fellowship built upon the strength gained from working together.

Helping to make this happen is Machel’s new manager, Toronto native and well-known cultural ambassador and youth advocate within the city, Che Kothari. He once again takes up the familiar mantle of encouraging artistic development across borders as the section leader for “Like Ah Boss”, which is based on the Road March and Power Soca Monarch winning song. This section will be hosted personally by Montano and has been designed by Anya.

With absolute certainty the time has come for peers around the world to blend together much like the multiracial and multicultural metropolis of Toronto.

Not surprisingly, the Montano brand leads the way as this combination ideally demonstrates the power to be found when everyone forges forward in unity.

Written By: Mystie Thongs

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VCTO

Calling all vintage shoppers!

Vintage Crawl Toronto happens twice a year (Spring/Fall) and the Spring edition is happening tomorrow night, Thursday, April 30th from 7pm – midnight. The event is all about helping shoppers reduce, reuse and recycle by connecting them to the unique vintage shops and small business owners in their downtown neighbourhoods. Stores stay open late tomorrow night, hosting special sales, parties, in-store activations and more. The event is FREE and with 50 vendors taking part, we guarantee you’ll find something you like along the crawl.

To see a glimpse of what you might find tomorrow night, check out @vintagecrawlto on instagram.

Here’s a short list of some of the participating vendors:

69 Vintage – 921 QUEEN ST W
Bridge + Bardot – 1138 DUNDAS ST W
Common Sort (Riverside) – 804 QUEEN ST E
Daisies Vintage – 223 JAMESON AVE
Kingpin’s Hideaway – 71 DUNCAN ST, 3RD FLOOR

For more info visit: vintagecrawltoronto.com

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If you aren’t already aware, Thursday’s are the new Friday’s, and if you weren’t at The Fitting Room Toronto’s event alongside the Handsome Brut, you most certainly missed out. It was an outstanding, intimate, networking evening filled with sparkling wine, savoury food pairings courtesy of Luther’s Chicken, and great conversations. Owned by Bryan Brock and Brian Cafua, this cut and culture shop knows how to get the conversations going. With the power of social media, a contest rollout was the initiative to a successful night:

“Enter for your chance to win an exclusive VIP experience at The Fitting Room with Handsome Brut on Thursday, March 19th from 8-10PM. Post a photo of your latest haircut on Instagram tagging @fittingroomtoronto and include the hash tag ‪#‎AreYouHandsome‬.”‬

Dim lights and mellow groovy tunes accompanied the relaxed ambiance of the lounge-like gentlemen’s grooming shop. The atmosphere was undeniably attractive. As the crowd mixed, mingled, sipped on some bubbly, and enjoyed h’orderves, Levi of the Handsome Brut, gave the crowd an informative insight on the creation process of the sparkling wine.

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“The Niagara region is really bang on for Sparkling wine,” he said. “The climate, the soil type, the seasons — It’s perfect for it.”

The Handsome Brut is said to do things old school by believing in quality, tradition, and doing things right.

“The problem with bubbles is any little mistake you make with it, it’s going to show up in the wine; it’s a science.”

It takes longer and requires more work but the end results are worth it.

“I love making sparkling wine because it’s the hardest one to make. Reds and whites are a walk in the park,” Levi said as he threw his hands up.

The key to a successful sparkling wine is in patience and moderation with alcohol content and fermentations.

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“With sparkling, you don’t want too much alcohol to begin with. You want to start off nice and low with under 10 per cent of alcohol because it’s going to go through two fermentation processes,” he said. “If you rush the process and go too high with the alcohol percentage, it’s going to kill the yeast and you’ll be left with too much residual sugar, which can lead to bacterial infections later on.”

The Handsome Brut is a true traditionalist. Their wines are handmade in the traditional method from 100 per cent Ontario Chardonnay and undergoes two fermentations in the bottle, where it also spends two years aging on average.

“The traditional method is putting the wine back into the bottle, putting the yeast with the sugar, and that’s what produces the bubbles in the bottle,” Levi explained. “We add to it what we call a dosage, a secret herb and spices — it’s the wine making secret. It take about 18 months to eight years.”

Much like The Fitting Room, the Handsome Brut loves great company. Bryan Brock had mentioned the importance of the evening’s event was to gather not only their loyal clients and supporters, but also some of Toronto’s creative influencers for a night of networking, building, and sharing. We all have hectic work and personal schedules and Brock found it fitting (pun intended) to host an intimate event where memories, experiences, relationships and conversations are guaranteed to be created.

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Featuring the Handsome Brut tasting in Toronto’s newly opened lounge-like men’s barbershop was a no-brainer. Combining the culture and style of the city that’s conveniently located in the heart of Dundas West, it was only appropriate to also include local Luther’s Chicken in the mix for food pairings.

According to the beliefs of the Handsome Brut, “Bubbles are key to enjoying many foods, so, if it’s something you’d serve beer or soda pop with, you can serve Handsome Brut with.”

“I’d give it a go with all types of foods… You’d be surprised with that you’ll stumble across,” Levi said. “I think it would compliment a variation of dishes and spices and make the simplest dish fancy in flavour.”

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Naturally, the Handsome Brut is said to be a great solo act that can go from posh parties to game-day hangouts. Either way, Handsome Brut classes up pretty much any occasion and it certainly outdid itself at The Fitting Room’s event!

As an added bonus, mucking around with sparkling wine and having fun with different flavours is highly encouraged, according to Levi.

“Maybe some Brandy, maybe some Cognac, maybe a little but of Port; just something to give it some complexity, and that’s the secret. It’s incredible how something so small can change the wine.”

In regard to the men of The Fitting Room, mixing more alcohol with alcohol shouldn’t be a problem. They aren’t groomed to be handsome brut’s for nothing!

For more info visit: fittingroomtoronto.com

Posted by Christina Cheng

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