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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

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The Rogers Cup Experience

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This Saturday we were invited to experience the Rogers Cup and watch some WTA US Open Series action by Peroni. Not only were we there to spend the afternoon watching an amazing match, we were able to get out on the courts as well.

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As thousands of tennis fans made their way to the Aviva Centre on the west end of York University, a group of us were already out on the courts in our tennis whites for a morning clinic. Coach Mike and his team of trainers put us and our new Wilson Burn racquets to work and spent time working on improving each of our games. Groundstrokes, serves, volleys and the game itself were taught and rediscovered as we confused onlookers with some very amateur tennis on the Aviva Centre side courts. As the clinic came to a close most of us would have likely been content continuing to work ourselves into a sweat, but Peroni had a better proposition.

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We freshened up and made our way up to the Peroni Suite, where a delicious spread of panini sandwiches, salads, charcuterie and more was served for lunch. Excited conversation about the clinic buzzed around the suite as the players warmed up on Centre Court and we filled our plates. Washing the warmth and food down with cold Peroni, we eventually made our way to our seats to watch some mesmerizing points between Simona Halep and Sara Errani. The strong Romanian presence in the stadium certainly helped Simona en route to the 6-4, 6-4 victory.

As someone who has been at the Rogers Cup almost every year since it was sponsored by du Maurier, and even Players, I didn’t think it was possible to experience something new here. The day with Peroni showed otherwise as they treated us to an unforgettable country club experience.

A huge thank you to the team at Peroni, and the team of coaches on the courts with us for a truly amazing day at the Rogers Cup. And congratulations to Belinda Bencic, who went on to win the tournament on Sunday.

Photos by @erinsimkinphoto

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“We Are Disorderly” Web Series

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Last year we blogged about a Toronto-based web comedy series entitled “We Are Disorderly”, about three best friends who never pass up an opportunity to tease each other relentlessly and prey on one another’s deepest insecurities. The show was created, written by and stars Al Mukadam, Mazin Elsadig and Jonathan Malen, and directed by Samir Rehem and produced by Paula Brancati and DHX Media. Guest stars include Cristine Prosperi, Ashley Leggat, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Sergio Di Zio and Wendy Crewson.

WATCH All 6 WEBISODES HERE

For more info visit: wearedisorderly.com

Previously: “Disorderly” Web Series

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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
The approximate retail value of each prize is: $500.00 CAD. Odds of winning a prize depends on the total number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period.

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After the close of the Contest Period before approximately 11:00 PM EST, two (2) entrants will be randomly selected from among the eligible entries received during each respective Draw Period by the Contest Sponsor or its administrative appointee (“Administrator”) in Toronto, Ontario. The selected entrants will be notified by the Contest Sponsor or Administrator via tweet or Direct Message on Twitter, corresponding to the selected entry within two (2) hours following the draw in question. The entrants must then contact the Contest Sponsor to claim the prize. In the event one or more of the selected entrants have not contacted the Contest Sponsor or Administrator within twenty-four (24) hours of notification by the Contest Sponsor or Administrator via tweet or Twitter Direct Message or if they fail to comply with any of the conditions of eligibility or other conditions associated with receiving a prize in the Contest (see below), another entrant may, at the Contest Sponsor’s sole discretion, be selected by random draw in which case that entrant will become the selected entrant and the previously selected entrant then will be disqualified and have no right to any prize.

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Before being declared a winner, the entrant/selected entrant must correctly answer, unaided, a mathematical skill-testing question administered at a time and in a manner to be determined by the Contest Sponsor or the Administrator. Before the prize is awarded, the prize winner and guests (if applicable) must sign a standard declaration of compliance with the Official Rules and release form(s) releasing Twitter, the Contest Sponsor, Administrator, Diageo Canada Inc. (including their directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents), and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, professional advisors, provincial liquor authorities and advertising and promotional agencies (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability arising out of, pursuant to, or as a result of the carrying out of the Contest, including, without limitation, liability arising from the acceptance of and usage of the prizes as awarded, the administration of the Contest and the selection of a potential winner.

By entering the Contest and/or accepting a prize, the entrant agrees to release and hold harmless the Released Parties from any liability whatsoever and waive any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of, or in connection with, the Contest or acceptance, possession, or use of any prize (including without limitation claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.

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The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, non-refundable, has no cash surrender value and must be accepted as awarded with no substitutions. The Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute the prize, or a portion thereof, with (a) prize(s) of equivalent or greater value for any reason. The decisions of the Contest Sponsor and/or the Administrator are final and each entrant agrees to abide by all of the instructions and decisions of the Contest Sponsor and/or Administrator. In the event of any dispute regarding the interpretation of these Official Rules, the decision or interpretation of the Contest Sponsor and/or the Administrator shall prevail. No communication will be entered into except with selected entrants. All entries become the property of the Contest Sponsor. Any entry that is illegible, incomplete, altered, or contains false information, is invalid. Contest Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of Twitter, any Internet or telephone network or broadcast transmission during the Contest Period.

8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
The Released Parties shall not be liable for any damages caused or alleged to be caused by or resulting from: (i) any entry, prize or other correspondence or data that is lost, stolen, late, garbled, distorted, delayed, damaged or misdirected for any reason; (ii) any failure, interruption, technical malfunction or delay; (iii) any e-mail, text or other communication sent or received to or from the Contest Sponsor or any of its agents or designees, for any reason; (iv) any incorrect, untimely or inaccurate information, whether caused by the Sites, users or by equipment or programming errors associated with or utilized in the Contest; (v) any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of any entry or entries in the Contest; for problems with the function of any website or website feature, howsoever caused; (vi) the malfunction of, or damage caused to, any telephone network or lines, computer equipment, data, software, online systems, servers or access providers; (vii) any functionality lost due to not having cookies enabled; (viii) traffic congestion on the Internet; (ix) the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks; (x) breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer “hackers” or for any damage caused to or incurred by any entrant or any other person by reason of any such event or occurrence; or (xi) technical, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions including lost, misappropriated or corrupted entries, virus, worm or Trojan Horse damage or any other damage which may limit a participant’s ability to participate in the Contest.

9. ERRORS
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The Contest Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found (i) to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; (ii) to be acting in violation of the Official Rules; or (iii) to be acting in an un-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, or to post inappropriate or demeaning material on the web page. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY ALTER OR DAMAGE ANY ENTRY OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSORS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY SUCH ENTRANT OR INDIVIDUAL AND SEEK DAMAGES OR ANY OTHER REMEDY FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT OR INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

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The Contest is subject to these complete Official Rules and all applicable federal, provincial and local laws and regulations. By participating in the Contest, you acknowledge that you have read the Official Rules and agree to abide by their terms and by the decisions of the Contest Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Contest. You also acknowledge that this Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. All federal, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Toronto has always had Kings, but the first official Crown belongs to 1LOVETO!

Four weeks ago we set the tone for what was to come, besting the Anthony Bennett-led CIA Bounce 101-88, behind Player of the Week Brady Heslip’s 44 points. A second week loss only seemed to energize and motivate the whole squad, and we never looked back. Guest player Kelly Olynyk dropped an easy 31 while donning a white 1LOVETO Crown League jersey in Week 3, and the team rallied behind an amazing Final Week MVP performance by Dwayne Smith for the 53-49 Championship W. Leading from the start, we were able to hold off a comeback from the previously undefeated ACE squad en route to being the first team to Claim Royalty in Toronto.

A huge thank you to Nike and Jarvis Collegiate, who were the perfect hosts for the games and provided a fever pitch-like atmosphere for basketball fans from across the GTA. And of course thank you to those fans, who every Friday for a month straight packed into the hot high-school gym to cheer on all six squads and help establish Toronto’s very own Pro-Am Summer League.

Stay connected with Nike Events all year-long, and get ready to cheer us on as we look to defend the Crown next summer.

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Photos courtesy of Nike Toronto

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A trip to Morocco, the Raptors in the playoffs and an innate desire to make a difference in the world, is responsible for the conception of the globally conscious, Toronto-based clothing brand, Peace Collec-tive.

It’s made up of a few key players: Yanal Dhailieh, Jordan McDonald, Macaulay Madrigal and Tricka Bi-comong. The cool thing about them is that their merch is close to an incredible cause. For every piece they sell, one child in need will be provided school meals for a month through The World Food Program USA. Yanal (Founder) says, “I believe chasing your passion boils down to two key ingredients: 1. Do what you love, 2. Add value to the world.”

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It all started last year when the Raptors made the playoffs. Yanal had designed the now notori-ous, ‘Toronto vs. Everybody’ shirt, and he and Macaulay (Creative Director) wore them to Jurassic Park to watch the game. The positive reactions and feedback they encountered, triggered them to create about six different pieces for both men and women. Inspired by his recent trip to Morocco where Yanal learned about schools which provided two meals a day for students who attended (kind of like an incen-tive), he attached the charitable aspect to his newly minted clothing line which became central to their formula and the driving force behind their success.“Without [the charitable aspect] we wouldn’t exist and we wouldn’t have the loyalty we have now. When customers buy from us, they feel as if they’re join-ing the cause; they are now apart of something more” says Macaulay. But it was by no means easy, “…countless hours spent on research, designs, conversations, folding/packaging, trial and error – a lot of mistakes” but they didn’t allow the hurdles to clutter the vision.

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Aside from their awesome designs, all of which are 100% made in Canada, it’s their humanity which makes Peace Collective a leader in the business of fashion. Yanal explains: “Following your passion isn’t unrealistic…Commit to your art, work hard to create value, and cultivate your following. Doing these things creates a positive impact on the world that others will notice. What’s so unrealistic about that?”

For more info: peace-collective.com

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On July 11, glacéau vitaminwater hosted a think+drink+do event at the Coca-Cola Canada headquarters where some of Toronto’s top influential bloggers, social media gurus and likeminded young-small business owners were in attendance. The day was filled with creation and inspiration with some of Canada’s top start-up experts and all-star doers. Guests gathered as they were given invaluable tips on how to grow their personal brands and successfully achieve their business goals with panel discussions and interactive workshops catered to each individual’s path.

The morning started off on a delicious, fresh and scenic note as they enjoyed brunch courtesy of The Food Dudes and Coco and Cowe on Coca-Cola Canada’s rooftop patio that overlooked the east end of the city. Shortly after, guests were led inside the building’s modern and abstract atrium where a series of panel discussions and interactive workshops were held by glacéau vitaminwater’spanelist of start-up experts: Michele Romanow (co-founder of Buytopia and Snapsaves, and the newest dragon on Dragons’ Den), Devon Brooks (co-founder of Blo Blow Dry Bar and entrepreneurial mentor at Futurpreneur), JJ Thompson (principal and commercial photographer at Media Needs), and lastly, Elaine Lui (founder of laineygossip.com, co-host on The Social, and report at eTalk).

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The event was interactively organized into three sessions, the first being: 1 idea. 60 seconds. Deliver a pitch on the fly. It was led by Michele Romanow who encouraged guests to show what they got in 60 seconds and receive real-time advice from the think+drink+do experts. The initiative of this exercise was to learn how to deliver the perfect sales pitch by finding your hook, learning what makes a compelling pitch and realize the “so what” factor.

The second session was a breakout session where individuals had two options to choose from: Option A; Personal branding for the creative class, led by JJ Thompson, or Option B; Impact or implode, led by Devon Brooks.

In Option A, JJ Thompson led the group into realizing first-hand how one can visually build and elevate their personal brand. In this session, JJ reviewed the key do’s and don’ts as well as how to showcase their story online by using social media and networking channels to their best advantage.

In Option B, Devon Brooks thoroughly explained how one’s personal beliefs can influence others and the world around them through their hustle. Devon took an entrepreneurial deep dive in this session and explored how one’s business can be a reflection of their values and how they can use them to increase the impact of their overall hustle.

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Lastly, for the third and final session, all groups combined for the think+drink+do workshop Q+A with Lainey Gossip. Here, guests took the time to reflect on the day and talk about where they see themselves going further from thereon. In this closing session, Lainey helped uncover and recognize opportunities within life’s “blind items” with a Q+A session, which for once, was gossip-free.

All-in-all guests received invaluable advice from vitaminwater’s entrepreneurial mentors, whose aim is to help you get up, go out, and turn your (day)dreams into reality.

Being that vitaminwater was a start-up story to begin with, they are a huge believer and supporter of helping and encourage young entrepreneurs to “hydrate their hustle” by bringing their business dreams to life with their latest Think+Drink+Do campaign and #TotalBoss contest.

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To figure out if your idea is worth doing, you have to start doing it. So from now until September 30th, vitaminwater will help one lucky Canadian bring their next big idea to life with $10,000 and a one-on-one mentorship with a leading Canadian business expert. Canadians can enter by taking a photo of what inspires them, posting it on Instagram and including the hashtag #totalboss and tagging @vitaminwatercanada.

Full contest details can be found here: vitaminwatercanada.ca.

Photos by Becca Lemire

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More than 7000 of the finest athletes from across the Americas and Caribbean are in Toronto for the 2015 Pan Am and Para-pan Am Games and as you probably already know, the city is on fire! There is so much anticipation and excitement surrounding the games and we absolutely love the passion.

The arts scene is also getting in on the action being inspired by the skill, diversity and excellence the games represent. The Pan Am Path Arts Relay is “comprised of 14 consecutive weeks of arts programming in 14 zones throughout the city which will feature a mix of installations and events”. The Pan Am Path extends from Brampton to Pickering and will serve as the artistic “connective tissue”. With almost 2 million dollars in funding and over 80 kilometres of multi-use trails, the path is shaping up to be a lasting legacy in Toronto’s history.

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Zone 9 a.k.a SHIFT, features a “variety of temporary and permanent art installations and murals created to celebrate arts in the east end of Toronto. The artworks selected for this project playfully explore themes of diversity and emphasize the potency of a simple shift of perspective.” SHIFT is brought to you by East End Arts, Friends of the Pan AM Path, young civic leaders and The City of Toronto.

Last Saturday, a guided bike tour explored all that Zone 9 has to offer so far. It will be officially completed by 2017.

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For more info: panampath.org

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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.

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“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.

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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?!

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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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As Canada Basketball continues to assert itself as a force in the NBA and International basketball scene, Nike looks to foster the spirit of competition within the city by creating The Crown League. With rich traditions like the Drew League out in LA and the Rucker and EBC in New York, it was only right Nike began one in Toronto.

Every Friday from July 3rd to the 24th, six teams of potential suitors for the Kings of Toronto Basketball descend upon Jarvis Collegiate to #ClaimRoyalty in an all out elimination tournament. ACE, M.A.D.E., CIA BOUNCE, 6MAN, NORTHERN KINGS and our very own 1LOVETO are the teams vying for the Crown.

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Last week 1LOVETO’s very own Brady Heslip took home “Player of the Week” honours after dropping 44 poins and shooting 68% from the field in a big 101-88 victory over an Anthony Bennet-led CIA Bounce. This week is the final week to earn bragging rights and rankings going into the semi-finals.

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While the teams participating were invited, everyone has the opportunity to experience the competition by registering with Nike.

Join us Friday nights at Jarvis Collegiate – doors open at 5:45pm at door #6 (on Wellesley St). Tip off starts at 6:30 PM. Registration opens Sundays at 12AM. After you claim your seat, don’t forget to claim/download your NIKE+ EVENT PASS for line bypass and reserved seating.

Toronto has always had kings. Now they have a kingdom.

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This past weekend we were fortunate to not only get out to Taste of Toronto at Fort York, but to participate in a “Keepers of the Craft” Workshop led by Chef Grant Van Gameren alongside Pilsner Urquell. Taste of Toronto guests were also given a rare chance to sample some unfiltered Pilsner Urquell, a beer-tasting experience normally only available in Plzeň.

As food lovers from across the GTA ascended on the sun-soaked Garrison Common, an intimate group gathered to watch Chef Grant Van Gameren of Bar Isabel and Bar Raval lead a demonstration in the proper preparation of oysters, clams and a variety of crustacean. We sipped our cold pints of Pilsner Urquell under the shade of a miniature white tent and watched intently, knowing we were about to be doing the same ourselves.

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Chef Grant then gave us our challenge, which was to build the best seafood tower with the items available to us. We split into two teams and each got right to business at their respective stations. Before we knew it our table was overflowing with crabs legs, shrimp, oysters and more pints than were necessary for a productive assembly. As we shucked, peeled and debated important things like presenting the crabmeat in oyster or clam shells, or whether or not to hang shrimp off the side of the top, the hardest part became keeping everything on the platter and out of our mouths. Preparation and presentation eventually gave way to eating and drinking, and before we knew it Chef Grant was giving us our one-minute warning.

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Though “the bad guys” were judged to have built a better seafood tower, we thought nothing of it as we looked back at an unforgettable afternoon with our team and washed down shrimp, oyster, raw tuna, lobster, crab and more seafood than we had had in weeks with a few pints of cold, delicious Pilsner Urquell.

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Having built an international following on the same recipe and traditions that they began with in 1842, Pilsner Urquell are true #KeepersOfTheCraft. Many thanks to Pilsner Urquell, Chef Grant Van Gameren and Taste of Toronto for an incredible experience.

Posted by Graham Stewart

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