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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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“Disorderly” Web Series

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There’s a new web series coming soon and it’s called “Disorderly”. Three Toronto-based writers/actors Al Mukadam, Jonathan Malen, and Mazin Elsadig have created a show about three 20 something buddies who work as orderlies at Clearview (a mental health centre). Needless to say, after watching the first teaser, you can already tell this has the potential to be very funny. We can’t wait to watch the first full episode!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH MORE

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When Did Toronto Get So Cool?

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Recently, BBC Travel released an article entitled, “When Did Toronto Get So Cool?”. We’ve always been “cool”, it’s just that nobody ever paid us any attention. With the spotlight continually shining on Toronto, from our musicians like Drake, The Weeknd, City & Colour, etc, or maybe our sports teams such as The Leafs or The Raptors (having the best fans in the world), or the simple fact that Toronto is truly one of the most diverse destinations on the planet… it’s all helped in raising the awareness of how “cool” Toronto really is.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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Toronto’s First Condom

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Toronto’s first city-branded condoms are coming soon to a location near you.

Following the success of campaigns in New York City and Los Angeles, Toronto Public Health is launching #condomTO – a free limited-edition condom. Why are cities branding their own condoms? It’s simple. When condoms are more easily accessible and available, condom use tends to increase.

Stay tuned for the big reveal of the condomTO wrapper design on June 4th. After this reveal, condomTO will be available in bars, clubs, hotels, gyms and clinics across the city.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this one?!

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a bike messenger? It seems simple enough right? You deliver a package from Point A to Point B. Or so it seems…

Check out this short Red Bull documentary “Alleycats”, following messengers from the back alleys of Toronto to the Red Hook Crit Race in NY, and back to Ontario Place (the site of Red Bull’s “Race the Place”) which recently happened on April 19th, 2014.

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1 LOVE T.O. is excited to announced that we’ve partnered with Nike Canada to create our very own running team for this year’s Sporting Life 10k race. We’ve asked a few of our closest friends to run and help us fundraise for Camp Ooch.

Camp Ouchigeas “Ooch” is celebrating 30 years of providing magical camp experiences for children affected by cancer. It costs $3,500 for a 2-week stay at Camp Ouch with on–site care for the kids, so we need your help in sending as many kids to camp as possible! Please help us by making a donation to #Team1LOVETO by clicking the link below.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW: ooch.org/1loveto

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Over the next month leading up to race day (Sunday, May 11th), we’ll be training with the help of the Nike+ Running App. The app recently added a ‘Coach’ feature, which specializes in training programs that are built around your needs. Our team has signed up for an intense training program to help get us in shape and race ready.

Follow our team members to track our progress and cheer us on!

Tyrone ‘Trex’ Edwards
Bryan Brock
Jay Tiancgo
Johnny Goldman
Adrian Fenty
David Matisse
Zark Fatah
Bryan Espiritu
Beat Merchant
Chris Powling
Laura Andres
Dwayne Delves

Big thanks to Nike Canada for outfitting our team with the latest Flyknit Lunar 2′s, Air Pegasus 30+ and dry-fit tees, tights and shorts. We may not be the fastest team, but we look good when we run!

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For more info: sportinglife10k.ca

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Toronto-based comedian Trixx gave us a list of the “Top 5 Things People Do When They Think Spring Has Arrived” …but winter stays around like an ex who won’t take a hint!

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1. People sometimes take their Jordan’s out early only to find out that had they just checked the weather before going outside, they would avoided the winter snow salt that destroys a perfectly good pair of number 4s.

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2. Girls get a nice spring pedicure only to discover that 10cm of snow fell while they were asleep and now that lovely crappy palm tree design on their toenails that was done by an angry Korean chick that wasn’t tipped, will have to be covered by Nike socks and Uggs for another week!

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3. People take their beautiful car they’ve been dying to show off at Tim Horton’s illustrious parking lot to the car wash, only to be hit with slushy ice pellets as they leave the car wash on the way Tim Hortons. By the time they get to the parking lot, it looks like Xzibit unpimped their car because the cheque bounce!

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4. There’s that great feeling that comes over you when you’re in the mood to play some outdoor basketball. You call up a few guys and make the plan to go shoot hoops. But if one of you had just checked the weather channel or kept your TV on CP24, you would’ve known that 5 crappy CM of snow fell while u were playing NBA2K14, and it’s just another night of Game of Thrones re-runs!

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5. Nothing makes me chuckle more than when a girl wants to show off her new summer body that she’s been working hard on all winter long. She celebrates this by getting her hair done and she’s ready to make some men drool. However, while she was underneath the dryer at LaKwanda’s Booyeah Get ‘Em Guurl Hair Salon, Mother Nature didn’t receive her child support cheque in time and gives the Jane and Wilson area an unnecessary blizzard, leaving that walk to the car from the salon the angriest walk ever, because it was sunny outside earlier and she didn’t walk with an umbrella!

We want to hear your suggestions! Tweet them to @1LOVETO #SpringHasArrived

A new Rob Ford video surfaced yesterday, but it’s not what you think. A nine year old girl uses quotes from Ford’s crack denial and admission to try and get out of punishment from her dad. The video’s intended message is simple, “our children are watching.”

Thoughts?

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