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Games Night With Robert Mondavi

If there’s one thing that everybody loves, it’s ‘games night’!

Earlier this fall @1LOVETO partnered with @iYellowWineClub & @RobertMondaviPS to host a good old fashioned ‘games night’, in the exclusive iYellow Wine Cave. We invited a few of our closest friends for a night of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music, and good company. The Jenga games were hilarious, while Connect 4, Chinese Checkers, Monopoly and Domino’s were fiercely competitive. Watch the video to see what went down!

Who’s ready for Games Night Round 2??!!


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CONTEST: Win A Whistler Getaway For 2!


We’re super excited to announce the launch of the Adventure Series campaign with Bench. Canada! Bench. Canada is challenging YOU to an adventure! We Dare YOU to #Adventurewithus on a #BenchAdventure photo challenge for a chance to win a Whistler getaway for 2!


Enter by following @BenchCanada on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and re-post the image below to accept the challenge!


Participate by posting your interpretation of each photo challenge by using #BenchAdventure and #AdventureWithUs.


NOVEMBER 3rd – Today’s #AdventureWithUs photo challenge is #NoComfortZones

NOVEMBER 6th – Photo challenge is #LiveFree

*Contest ends November 9th, 2014.

Previously: Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Rock Climbing Adventure With Bench. Canada

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As we get older our natural inclination towards fun activities and adventure doesn’t diminish, instead, what diminishes is the time and energy we can put towards unadulterated fun. Who doesn’t pass by a mini putt course and have strong urges to play a quick 18? Who doesn’t come across a wave pool and wish they had packed trunks in their briefcase? Fact is, as we transition into adulthood it is important to remember to make time to be a kid, or at least act like one as often as possible. Put down your phone and don’t answer that text because including fun in your life is as important or more important than work.


Bench Canada invited us out to Joe Rockhead’s as a reintroduction to the importance of adventure. We got a chance to experience something completely new for us – rock climbing. For those who have never tried rock climbing, we can promise you this; the challenge is real. No matter your fitness level there is a wall for you. From beginner walls to advanced walls you will find yourself using muscles that have probably been in hibernation since the day of your birth. Also, for those of us with a competitive side, getting to the top of a wall is as satisfying as it gets. Do yourself a favour. Watch Cliff Hanger with Sylvester Stallone then head over to Joe Rockhead’s for some fun!

We look forward to more opportunities for adventure with @BenchCanada in the #MyBenchAdventure series. In the meantime, we’ll be making time for new adventures everyday. Stepping away from the daily grind for at least a couple hours and just having fun. We suggest you do the same!





Posted by Jesse Ingalls

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Monday Nights just got a whole lot more interesting! The 6th Man Collective and The Theatre Centre present “Monday Nights”, an interactive theatrical performance focused on basketball. The idea comes from creators/performers Byron Abalos, Colin Doyle, Darrel Gamotin, Richard Lee and Jeff Yung. The story line is based on the summer of 2008, when five guys came together on Toronto’s famous ball court at Queen’s Quay and Bathurst. Religiously, every Monday night, they stayed until the lights turned off. They didn’t come to watch. They didn’t come to pray. They came to play!

The show runs Thursday-Monday, from Sept 5-20th at The Theatre Centre located at 1115 Queen St. West. For tickets call the box office at 416-538-0988 or BUY ONLINE (Limited seating available)




Photos by Dahlia Katz

For more info: 6thmancollective.wordpress.com

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Discover Your City!


Earlier this summer we selected five of our ‘potentialist places’ that highlight areas in the city where we find inspiration through healthy living, fashion and style, music, reading and food/cooking. We also asked YOU our readers to give us some of your ‘potentialist places’ and your suggestions didn’t go unnoticed… Discover your city with American Express Canada!



Research, commissioned by American Express, reveals we have a strong desire to discover the places we live in and almost everyone (98%) believes exploring our home towns or cities helps us live our lives to the fullest.

Here’s a shortlist of some of YOUR favourite spots in Toronto to be #InspiredBy:


1. Allan Gardens
2. West Don Lands
3. Toronto Island
4. Casa Loma
5. Kensington Market

The journey doesn’t stop here! There will always be new and undiscovered places in the city to be #InspiredBy.

Previously: 5 Places In Toronto That We’re Inspired By

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Toronto Frosh Festival 2014

It’s that time of year again… Back To School… and that can only mean one thing… Toronto Frosh Festival!!!

For a second year in a row, on Sunday, September 7th, Toronto’s Echo Beach will be transformed into one massive outdoor festival, with over 15,000 people ready to party. This year’s line-up features A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Mob, Carnage, Dzeko & Torres, Joe Ghost and many more. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of Toronto Frosh Festival history!



When: Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Where: Echo Beach
Time: 3 – 11 PM
Ages: 16+ (with a 19+ licensed area)

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Sail-In Cinema


Sail-In Cinema kicks off tonight with another outdoor movie experience at Sugar Beach. You can stick to dry land or watch from the water with Sail-In Cinema’s double-sided screen floating in the water. The event is entirely free, but we suggest you get there early to get a good seat! Tonight’s movie is none other than the classic JAWS (how fitting, lol). The following night is Jurassic Park followed with E.T. on the 16th. Enjoy!

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We hope you got the chance to enjoy the inaugural 4-day Taste of Toronto festival, sponsored by American Express Canada! From Thursday July 24 to Sunday July 27th, Fort York was transformed into a foodie heaven, with specialty menus from some of Toronto’s best restaurants, top local chefs, Q&As, interactive cooking classes, tasting sessions, and more.

If you’re an Amex Cardmember there’s a good chance you got to experience a few of the perks that Taste of Toronto had to offer. For example, with a flash of our Amex Card we were escorted past the main line up to the VIP priority entrance. The time we saved by not waiting in line allowed us to start taste testing before anyone else!






After checking out a few of our favourite spots like Momofuku, Shocka Coconut Hub, Barque Smokehouse, and Splendido, we decided to take a break at the exclusive Amex VIP Lounge. The lounge offered comfortable seating under a giant tent (which provided some much needed shade on Saturday) with a variety of snacks and complimentary water for each guest.


After a quick recharge in the Amex Lounge we made our way to our reserved seats (courtesy of Amex) at the Taste Theatre, to watch Christina Tosi, chef and owner of Toronto’s Momofuku Milk Bar. Let’s just say we learned a thing or two about cooking, lol.

If you like attending events such as Taste of Toronto, Amex Cardmembers get access to presale tickets, plus exclusive VIP perks that help to make an unforgettable experience. As proud Amex Ambassadors, we can tell you firsthand how exciting it is to get the VIP experience at every event!
We can’t wait for next year!

Tweet us your favourite photos from the festival using @1LOVETO @Amexcanada @TasteOfToronto #DinewithAmex #TasteofToronto

CONTEST: The Hundred Foot Journey

Hundred Foot Journey-Image

Inspired by the film, “The Hundred Foot Journey” the Me.n.u food truck is giving away free poutine, daily, at various locations around the city. To find out where the truck is stationed each day follow @meNuFoodTruck. When you get there, tell them that @1LOVETO sent you to grab your FREE tickets to the advance screening of the film this Wednesday, August the 6th. We only have 10 sets of tickets to give away!

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Recently I got the chance to attend another exclusive Amex experience at the BMW Summer Advanced Driver Training event. As an Amex Ambassador and Platinum Cardmember , I was 1 of 14 lucky individuals who spent the day test driving the new 2014 BMW 435i and 435xDrive as part of Amex’s Business Platinum Cardmember Experience.

The day started at 8 am at The Toronto Congress Centre with breakfast snacks and an introduction from race car driver Philippe Letourneau. We spent the first half of the morning getting expert in-class training before we hit the road. In the words of Drake… “I go 0-100 real quick”, 4.8 seconds to be exact. Speed wasn’t the focus of this driver training event, instead we learned the fundamentals of confident, safe driving, while still exploring the limits of vehicle control.


I did everything from emergency braking, intense understeering and oversteering techniques, drifting, and I even managed to get competitive in the driver team challenge. I ended up with the fastest lap time, but I hit 1 pylon which knocked me out of first place. No matter how you did in the challenge everyone was a winner, as we all successfully earned our BMW Advanced Driver Training certificate.


If you love cars, and want an unforgettable experience or you just want to learn how to be a better driver, I’d encourage you to become a Platinum Cardmember and register for the next session. You won’t regret it!


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In a city as big as Toronto we sometimes get stuck in our comfort zone and forget to explore what the rest of the city has to offer. A recent study commissioned by American Express, reveals more than half (53%) of Canadians feel stuck in their comfort zone, and almost everyone (98% of respondents) believe exploring our home towns or cities helps us live a more enriched life.

Toronto is filled with so much potential, not only the people, but the places. At 1 LOVE T.O. we constantly get the chance to explore and be #InspiredBy the different places throughout our city.

We’ve selected 5 of our ‘potentials places’ that highlight areas in the city where we get inspired through healthy living, fashion and style, music, reading and food/cooking.

1. Healthy Living: When it comes to clearing our minds and taking a break from the daily grind, while staying healthy and active, we head over to High Park to hike the trails. You can’t help but be inspired when you’re surrounded by mother nature.

2. Fashion: If you’re anything like us, we love to people watch! On any given day you can pull up a chair, or find a spot on the giant rock in Yorkville Park and you’ll see all different types of style. Summertime is the best time to get inspired by this place.

3. Music: There’s something special about watching a concert outdoors! We’ve always been inspired by live music at the Molson Amphitheatre, especially in recent years with the now iconic OVO Fest. Seeing artists from Toronto like Drake, Kardinal and The Weeknd share the same stage as Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Eminem, TLC, Stevie Wonder, (the list goes) is nothing but inspirational.

4. Reading: Believe it or not, we love to read on the Subway and/or Streetcar. Passing the time on your daily commute gets a whole lot better when you’re reading an incredible book.

5. Food: Shopping for food is almost as much fun as eating! Wandering around St. Lawrence Market has always been something we enjoy. Seeing the different types of food, people and the history of that building is all inspiring to us.

We want you to help us ‘realize the potential’ of Toronto by telling us your favourite places and hidden gems that provide you with inspiration?! Tweet your suggestions to @1LOVETO & @AmexCanada using the hash-tag #InspiredBy or leave a comment below.

Fight For Independence


Fight for Independence is a special event that within the lining of the city acts as an amazing night that brings out good people for a good cause. It doesn’t hurt that the nights entertainment consists of some good old fashioned ‘fisticuffs’ between some lightly seasoned amateur boxers who double as corporate heavyweights during their weekly grind.

The real reason why this event is so important is that all of the proceeds from the night go to the Nazareth House. Nazareth House is a transitional, supportive and stable home, where single mothers and their infants, women fleeing abusive relationships and homelessness or struggling with addictions and mental health issues are cared for safely until they are able to heal and turn their lives around. Over the last 10 years the Fight for Independence has raised over 1.5 million dollars for the Nazareth House!

We want to thank Famous Folks for the invitation and commend them on a great ambience, the exceptionally well executed Great Gatsby inspired theme and of course on the refreshments and eats. Looking forward to seeing what you cook up next year!




Posted by Jesse Ingalls

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