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“Water Carry Me Go” Exhibit

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February always brings about exciting events celebrating Black History Month and this year is no different. This week, we’re looking forward to an exceptional exhibit coming to The ROM and Harbourfront Centre called “Water Carry Me Go” produced and curated by Toronto-based Creative Director/Designer, Chinedu Ukabam.

He explains, “‘Water Carry Me Go’ is an expression in Nigeria which is to say, ‘If I’m lying let the water carry me away’—it’s a way of taking an oath… It’s also a wish that people make when they are migrating. They want the water to take them away to somewhere else and hopefully to a better place.”

The exhibit is stunning collection of garments by seven designers including Chinedu who has handpicked them from around the world: Carol Barreto (Brazil), Sindiso Khumalo (South Africa/UK), Ashley Alexis McFarlane (Canada), Nkwo Onwuka (Nigeria/UK), Gloria Wavamunno (Uganda) and Robert A. Young (Trinidad and Tobago). The show is an attempt at presenting fashion as not a commercial, mass produced product and instead, a means of telling stories and celebrating art. Each designer has created an avant-garde piece inspired by their own cultural and historical identities.

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“There is so much to be inspired by. As someone who loves patterns, it’s something that I’m constantly being influenced by and learning from… Remixing or “culture-clashing” is also a recurring theme.” From the bold colours, geometry to the ancestral reference, the designs personify pride and bring the beauty of African fashion design to the forefront.

People are encourage to take in this collaboration and open themselves to interpretation. “I want people to first and foremost, appreciate the art behind fashion. I want them to understand how much work goes into executing these highly developed concepts and trying to connect them to garments. Secondly, I hope it’s a way for people to learn about things they might not have known… If they are entertained, that’s great—if they are educated, that’s a bonus.”

Water Carry Me Go launches at The ROM’s Friday Night Live, Feb 5th at 8pm as a performance art piece with “live mannequins”. Afterwards, it will be installed as a permanent exhibit at the Harbourfront Centre from February 6-12.

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Photography by Jalani Morgan

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PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Dustin Good + Mario Anzola, “Subtle Blend”
Subtle Blend has built a community around providing a stage for local live electronic acts and beat makers. The evenings are usually comprised of an eclectic mix of performers who bring out live gear and play all original music. The audience is able to experience live music-making and watch as artists explore and put themselves out in the open. Subtle Blend inspires audiences to open themselves to innovative local talent at the same time as inspiring artists to truly perform for their city and expose themselves to new creative situations. – Dustin Good

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The showcase has had a positive response because of the people I’ve met through it. Now in its second year, it works more as a collective effort and it is based on what the acts brings each night. I started doing lives sets and booking myself because I wanted to play more and meet other people to share a stage with. Now every month, we put together these shows and I get to work with truly talented and humble musicians and video artists that joined the showcase in the most organic and perfect way possible. They came up and said: ” what’s up,…”. – Mario Anzola

Photography by Patrick Leung

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Previously: PIQUE: Tabban (aka Bonblivious)

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PIQUE: Tabban (Bonblivious)

PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Tabban S., Bonblivious
I’m not really sure how to describe my art but I can say that it’s an extension of my personality. It’s not about discovering anything particular because your ‘style’ is already a part of you. It’s how you perceive the world and how you choose to communicate that visually. Once I stopped trying to draw like everyone else, I noticed a pattern in my mark making. My hands just kind of do their thing and I’m learning to really embrace that. There’s something so powerful in knowing that no one will ever draw like me, because no one will ever be like me.

Photography by Patrick Leung

Posted by Samira

Previously: PIQUE: Taha Photo #StreetSoul

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On February 14, the eyes of the basketball world will be on Toronto as the city host’s the NBA All Star Game. As a proud partner of the NBA, Mountain Dew worked with designer Naturel, to create this limited edition DEW can to celebrate this big event. You can find the can at most major convenience stores and gas stations across the country for a limited time.

We’ve teamed up with Mountain Dew to help celebrate the All Star Game with ‘6 Reasons Why We’re Excited The NBA All Star Game Is In The 6ix’.

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For the first (and possibly) only time in the history of the NBA, Canada is hosting the NBA All-Star game here in Toronto! Basketball fans, both young and old, will be able to enjoy this historic moment for years to come. If that’s not exciting, we don’t know what is.

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This is our time to showcase what makes Toronto so special. We are a world-class city and we can’t wait to showcase our diverse sense of culture and community. We have so much to offer North of the border! Toronto really is the ‘world in 1 city.’

REASON 3
What a way to celebrate Basketball’s 125th anniversary! We take great pride in knowing the game of Basketball was invented by a Canadian – Dr James Naismith, in 1891. The love for the game in Canada, specifically Toronto, has grown considerably thanks to our very own Toronto Raptors. They’ve created a new wave of enthusiasm towards Basketball that we’ve never seen before. #WeTheNorth

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Local businesses will win big. Tourism will be at an all-time high, with restaurants, hotels, bars, and our favourite ‘mom & pop’ shops playing host to many new customers, from not only south of the border, but from around the globe.

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In good humour, we can’t wait to see the friendly off-court instagram battle between Drake and Kevin Hart become an on-court reality. They’ll be facing off as opposing Coaches at this year’s Celebrity All Star Game.

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You never know who you’ll see in the 6ix! From your favourite NBA All Stars, Hall of Famer’s, On-Air Commentators, to Celebrities, Actors, Artists, Musicians, the opportunities are endless. There’s going to be athlete meet-and-greets, countless after-parties, community initiatives, youth programming and more. Don’t miss out on your chance to rub shoulders with the best of the best.

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Photography by @SoTeeOh

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Steve Paikin from TVO’s Current Affairs program “The Agenda”, sat down with 1LOVETO co-founder Bryan Brock to discuss why Toronto is ‘so cool’. The topics included in the discussion range from The Remix Project, 1LOVETO, Drake, Toronto Blue Jays and Raptors, and much more. Watch the interview and let us know why you think Toronto has become the new cultural ‘cool’?!

For more info visit: tvo.org

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PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Taha M, Taha Photo
#streetsoul came to life after studying my images over time. I’d look at my visuals and could sense the consistent tone and mood. That’s obviously a reflection of me, my personality, and the way I see things through my lens. At that time in my life, I used to shoot a lot on my own… in the rain, on gloomy days, and in some rarely visited places in the city. #streetsoul felt like it summed up what I captured, the stories I was seeing and wanting to share. It captured the honesty, the heartbeat, the harsh reality but ultimately the beauty, found on the streets and in the every day. It started with Toronto as a backdrop and all its nooks and crannies, but #streetsoul is universal and can be applied anywhere in the world.

Photography by Patrick Leung

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Previously: PIQUE: Saam (Music)

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PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Curtis C., chseWorks L.G.
Machines have a tendency to distance us from our natural senses. I love making every product by hand because it really keeps me connected with the craft and my passion for it.

My passion for the artisanal goods came from wanting high quality products, and being let down with other products. So I started studying aspects of leatherwork to make for myself, what I felt I needed and deserved. And the joy I got from making it for myself spurred me on the do the same for others. That’s where c.h.s.e came from. From other people realizing their value and self worth.

The first critical step I took was investing in my ability not only as a designer, but as a hands on crafts man. An artisan.

Photography by Patrick Leung

Previously: PIQUE: Clairmont The Second

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Nike.com Live Launch In Toronto

On Thursday, November 19th, Nike.com Live woke Toronto up at the crack of dawn with its first high intensity Nike Training Club experience at 6:30am, hosted by Canada’s Nike Master Trainer, Eva Redpath, alongside surprise Nike Master Trainer from Los Angeles, Ryan Lauderdale. If they weren’t enough of a motivational wake-up call, Canadian Professional Tennis Star, Genie Bouchard was also in attendance.

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“We’re here celebrating the fact that Nike.com now delivers to Canada,” said Eva.

The 45-minute high intensity live workout was located in the city’s entertainment district, outside of the custom-built Nike.com Live shipping crate at 229 Richmond Street West.

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“These workouts were designed by all of the master trainers and all the great trainers from around the world who are apart of the Nike training network,” said Ryan. “It’s not specific for any male or female; high intensity is meant for everybody! It’s about getting out there and making your training a year ’round thing. I’m really impressed that so many people came out and worked so hard at 6:30 in the morning! It was a really great thing to see!”

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The crate brought Nike.com products and services to life for everyone to see, touch and experience over three days in Toronto, from November 19 – 21. Nike.com Live was a destination for Torontonians to preview cold weather innovations, shop key looks, and to create a personalized shoe with a Nike designer in the onsite Nike iD studio.

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In addition to the services, Toronto athletes were be able to register for 1-on-1 sessions happening on November 19, 20, and 21 at Nike.com Live with Trainers, Running Coaches and iD Designers.

For those who may have missed out, Nike is also hosting NTC classes and NRC runs for Torontonians to participate in, as they #GETOUTHERE with their cold weather training for the next four weeks!

Check out to Nike.com/Toronto to reserve a spot in the four-week #GETOUTHERE training series.

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PIQUE: Yanal (Peace Collective)

PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Peace Collective: Yanal D.
The biggest learning lesson I had in the first year of running Peace Collective would have to be the importance of finding and working with people who are as passionate about our mission as I am. When I first started out, it felt like launching my own clothing line with a charity aspect would be impossible and I often got discouraged. I was taking advice and listening to people who didn’t understand or believe in the vision that I had. Things changed really quickly when I started believing in what I was trying to accomplish and started seeking out individuals who have the same passion and vision as I do. At The Peace Collective, we have worked with great creative minds and artists all across the city to create something special for Toronto. If I hadn’t taken the time to meet people and connect with them on similar beliefs, none of it would have been possible.

A BIG thank you to The Drake Hotel for supporting PIQUEd by providing us awesome spaces to shoot some of these subjects!

Photo by Patrick Leung

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Ritual first opened in Toronto in 2002, by owners Maria Cristina Bruno and Bruna DiCecca, with a purpose in providing flawless, cutting-edge beauty services in a beautiful space. Originally located in the trendy core of King Street West, the two have recently decided to celebrate their 13th anniversary by expanding Ritual in the Bathurst and Wellington area. Encompassing all things beauty as an all-in-one destination for hair, skin, makeup and nails, Ritual’s expert team of industry professionals help transform everyday routines into meaningful rituals.

Upon entrance at Ritual, you’re immediately greeted with a warm smile and the option of either a cappuccino or water — sparkling or not. And if neither tickle your fancy, an array of alcoholic beverages are also an option: wine, bubbly, mimosa, beer and featured cocktails. Women everywhere are seen smiling, laughing, getting their nails done, their hair done, their makeup done; you name it! You walk in and everything goes slow motion while observing the atmosphere, at a moment in time, you’re bound to be convinced that this might be what heaven is like.

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Favoured as Toronto’s go-to beauty oasis, Ritual prides itself in exceptional services and experiences, starting with their knowledgeable staff; from manis and pedis, waxing, massages to skin-deep facials. In addition, since Ritual is now licensed, offering your preferred cocktail and spirits makes for the perfect space to host bridal parties, corporate events or even just a pampering date with girlfriends.

A few Ritual client favourites include: Eyebrow Embroidering, ‘Just Eyes Makeup Ritual’, and Intraceuticals Opulence Treatment.

Eyebrow embroidering – This semi-permanent eyebrow enhancement takes the hassle out of penciling them in every day. A specially trained aesthetician uses a unique microblading technique that creates natural-looking, perfectly-defined eyebrows. The effects of embroidery are too natural to notice!

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Just Eyes Makeup Ritual – Many people don’t know that Ritual offers a “Just Eyes” makeup application; so whether you’re short on time or don’t want a full face of makeup, it’s a great option to transform your look quickly and affordably.

Intraceuticals Opulence Treatment – Botanical brighteners and super concentrated Vitamin C combine with the signature hydrating serum to balance uneven skin pigmentation and leave skin radiant and luminous. Suitable for all skin types, the serum is delivered into the skin using oxygen.

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Now that Ritual has exceeded its decade mark and flourishing more than ever, she says she’s able to be more creative and hands on with clients, projects and services.

Visit Ritual.ca for more information on products, services, media and parties.

In addition, don’t forget to tag @RitualToronto, followed by the hashtag, #BeautyByRitual!

Tell ‘em we sent ya!

Posted by Christina Cheng

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One Meth Creative Goods Toronto-based streetwear just released their Fall/Winter Lookbook for 2015. The collection has evolved from their initial tanks and tees, maturing with knits, custom cut and sew pieces along with a modern and minimalist design aesthetic.

They’re hosting a pop up shop this coming Wednesday, November 25th from 3-9pm inside the famous MethLab located at 445 King St W, Suite 201. Tell them that we sent you!

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For more info: onemeth.com

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Roots Canada x Kyle Lowry Collection

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On Monday evening a small group, ourselves included, made their way to Roots on Bloor Street West for the launch of their new, Toronto-centric collaboration with Kyle Lowry. Conversations about the Raptors great start and where it could lead us this season wafted through the Roots Bloor location, but the main topic was the collaboration. We all couldn’t wait to hear more about how it came to life.

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Roots Creative lead and designer Adrian Aitcheson did a great job of introducing the line and it’s inspiration while hosting a group interview with Kyle. After playing for 4-years in the city, and developing relationships with the team at Roots, Kyle really felt like it would be a perfect manifestation of his love for the city he plays for and lives in.

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We did have a few more questions of our own though.

How did the collaboration come to be? Did Roots approach you? Did you approach them?
Michael Budman, we have a mutual friend. We ended up traveling together and when I signed back he was like “Look, let’s do a collection”. I was like, “alright, whatever”…and it ended up working out. You know it’s something that ended up being major.

Adrian is a great guy to work with!
Ya! He points you in the right direction and makes you think you did something.

Why all black?
Clean. Clean-cut, simple. I think you can wear all black at any point, anytime. Winter time collection, it’s a little bit colder outside and you want to be warm. Black attracts the heat. And for me it’s about being clean-cut. You look at anybody in a tuxedo, black tuxedo is amazing.

Being an American, having been here for 4-years now, having a chance to represent the city and the country at the All Star Game last year, what does Roots mean to you?
What Roots really means to me, I mean you think about what Michael Budman and Don [Green] did. They started this company on their own. Home. They based it out of their home. And for me, home. All I care about is being home. Philly is home. Toronto is home. No other home. That’s it. That’s my home.

What are your favourite spots in the city, your newer home?
Honestly, Sotto Sotto. I like going to Liberty Village, Distillery District. I love the city. I like going to places that I can mix-in and blend-in and get in-and-out. Just to be able to experience the city. I like to be around the people and the culture.

What are you listening to on the plane, in the locker room and at shoot around?
Locker room, plane, shoot around, car…I’m Drake, Kanye, Weeknd, old 90’s Chi…I like all types of music. Whatever I’m in the mood for, I keep my playlist on shuffle.

Awesome. Thanks so much for letting us delay your workout tonight, best of luck in the season and congratulations on the collection.

To see the entire collection visit: roots.com

Photos by Ilich Mejia

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