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Toronto’s Nike Run Club hosts monthly runs called “The Local”, where they have some of the cities most influential people lead an exploratory themed run through Toronto. This month’s run was built around the concept of ‘Hip Hop’, with our very own Tyrone “T-reXx” Edwards leading the run, sharing stories from over the last 5-10 years. The run had 4 scheduled stops over a 6KM route, including some hidden historic parts of our local hip hop scene.


First stop was none other than the MUCH MUSIC studio at 299 Queen St. West, which aired the iconic television show – RAPCITY, with hosts like Michael Williams, Oliver, Master T., Namugenyi Kiwanuka, and in 2011 our very own Tyrone “T-RexXx” Edwards.



Second stop was only a quick jog down Queen West to BARCHEF (472 Queen St. W), to meet with Owner & Mixologist Frankie. Frankie & Tyrone shared a few classic moments from the secret Jay-Z afterparty in 2009.



The group ran up to College Street to the now famous Italian restaurant – Vivoli (665 College St.), to speak with Manager and long-time friend Mario. Over the years, Vivoli has become a second home to many of Hip Hops royalty, including the 6ix’s own Drake. If you ever get a chance, ask for a pitcher of Sangria!


The final stop on the 6KM run through downtown Toronto was the new OVO store, located at 899 Dundas St. West. The OVO store represents so much in terms of growth, community, artistry, entrepreneurship, and of course representing Toronto.


Big thanks to Nike for supporting local talent and allowing us to be a part of their running experience. Plus, thanks for the exclusive 1 LOVE T.O. x Nike Running Tees!

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The Toronto Blue Jays and 1 LOVE T.O. have Come Together to create a limited edition t-shirt available this coming Tuesday, May 5th, 2015. The first 15,000 fans inside the stadium will receive an exclusive tee as part of the Connect with the Jays Night, presented by Honda!

You’re invited to join us at the game alongside our 1LOVETO artist Tom Chitty and of course the Blue Jays for an exciting evening full of baseball, art and community.



”I think it represents the Blue Jays, I think it represents 1LOVETO, and I think it represents Toronto.” – Bryan Brock, Creative Director (1LOVETO)

”I like the idea that there might be some kids running around wearing that shirt for a few years.” – Tom Chitty (Artist)

Let’s Go Blue Jays!!!

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Two of our favourite Toronto photographers and @1LOVETO affiliates @SoTeeOh & @TahaPhoto had the pleasure of shooting the city with the help of the new Samsung Galaxy S6. Both photographers got the chance to explore the city with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 before it was available to the public. We’ve included some of their best pics, but feel free to search #SamSungBoYYZ on instagram to get the entire collection.


“As artists we always have to keep it moving. We like to explore, be spontaneous and create things on the fly. The Galaxy S6 is such a powerful creative tool because it can do some many things but it still fits right in your pocket so its perfect for a creative lifestyle. Both of us focus on street photography so we need equipment that’s quick and versatile to catch the constantly changing scenes in a city like Toronto. Most phones still don’t cut it but the S6 has been amazing in every situation we’ve tried it in. We’ve always loved exploring Toronto so when Samsung asked us to take the new GalaxyS6 out for a spin there was no hesitation. As much as we’ve explored Toronto over the last few years, there’s still so much more to see. Sharing the soul of our city through the lens of the S6 has injected a renewed passion to document the beauty of T.O.” – @SoTeeOh @TahaPhoto #samsungboYYZ






Samsung just launched their new Samsung Galaxy S6 at Sound Academy with a surprise special guest performance from English indie rock band Alt-J. Needless to say, Alt-J rocked the crowd before heading off to their much anticipated set at Coachella! If you missed out, check out some of the photos below.





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Zack Mirza is an up-and-coming Toronto street magician and television star – his new show, ‘Illusions of Grandeur’ airs Tuesday nights at 9:30 ET/PT on OLN.

A few years ago, 1 LOVE T.O. introduced the world to Toronto’s very own “mystifier,” up-and-coming street magician Zack Mirza. Zack has come a long way since then, when all he had was a dream and self-funded demo reel, having landed a starring role on a new OLN series, ‘Illusions Of Grandeur.’

His journey has taken him across North America, to over 12 major cities including New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and L.A. The show documents Zack’s “magic pilgrimage” – a quest to become one of the greats, the next David Blaine or Copperfield. On the show, he seeks to learn the history of the art form, and follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest magicians of the past and present, facing fears and overcoming challenges as he goes.

Zack was born in the UK but was raised and currently lives in Toronto. We caught up with Zack after the premiere of his new series to talk about his love for the city, favourite spots and where to find the magician after dark.


Tell us a bit about your hood

Zack Mirza: I live in Liberty Village – it’s got it’s own little community which is cool… it’s close to everything that I need, so I find that I don’t have to go far to get things done. It’s filled with young, healthy professionals, so the vibe matches my lifestyle.

What are some of your favourite coffee shops in the city?

Zack Mirza: When I’m looking for a quiet spot to get some work done, I usually like to leave my hood – Liberty can sometimes become a bubble so I do my best to get out as much as I can. You can find me on Queen Street West at a couple of my favourite coffee shops like Dark Horse, or RSquared.

So, when it’s time to eat, where does a magician like you go to fuel up?

Zack Mirza: I cook most of the time, but I’ll normally hit up Saving Grace or The Drake for breakfast, and if I’m feeling a little fancy, Le Select Bistro – the brunch there is bomb. A couple of my favourite lunch spots would have to be The Fish Store up on college, that place is healthy and also just straight up delicious. I also really like Fresh, for those days where I feel like going the vegetarian route. For dinner I normally go to the Soho House. You can find me there most of the time. It’s a great atmosphere to get work done, and also network with people.

You’re a fashionable guy – what are some of your go-to Toronto shops?

Zack Mirza: I normally do all my shopping online… but my favourite place in the city to shop would have to be Nomad. They’re like family – been shopping there for years and they’ve always taken really good care of me to make sure I’m looking fresh.

When it comes to doing the thing you do best – what would you say are the best spots to do magic?

Zack Mirza: The best place to go out and do some magic would have to be Kensington Market for its wide variety of people, especially during Pedestrian Sundays. I also love doing magic over at Yonge and Dundas because of the amount of traffic there is — I’ve had a lot of success performing over there for its touristy vibe. I’m always doing magic at the Soho House for people I meet too. It’s the perfect environment for me to do my thing.

And last but not least, who are some Toronto people that you look up to and respect – who are your local heroes?

Zack Mirza: One of my local heroes would have to be Drake. The amount the guy has done for our city is incredible. He reps Toronto hard everywhere he goes, and has definitely put us on the map. I’d like to be able to make an impact on the magic industry, just like he has for the music industry. I’ve had the opportunity to travel quite a bit over the last year, and out of all the places I’ve been, Toronto is still my favourite.

Posted by Michelle Pinchev (from CityByHeart)

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The Cloud 10 Travel Experience


If you like to travel as much as we do, we’ve got some exciting news from our partners at American Express. Amex is launching a new benefit as part of their Cloud 10 program at Toronto Pearson Airport. If you’ve ever been to Pearson and used any of the Cloud 10 benefits you know they have something for every type of traveller.

When we travel, we like to travel in style with the full VIP experience. Our travel routine starts with followed by security line bypass (hands down the best thing ever), complimentary Wi-Fi (for Instagram purposes), plus access to the premium lounge with complimentary food and drinks.



One thing we can all agree on is that we can’t to get to our destination… but with #Cloud10 waiting got a whole lot better! Amex along with HarperCollins Canada & Sony Music Canada have launched Entertainment on Cloud 10 offering free e-books and music downloads to all passengers travelling through Toronto Pearson airport.


So next time you’re at Pearson waiting to take off, keep yourself entertained and check out amexcloud10.ca for e-book or free music downloads.

1LOVETO Suggestions:
eBooks – The Great Gatsby
Music – Bruno Mars or Calvin Harris

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Nabulsi All-Natural Soap


Nabulsi Soap is an all-natural, olive oil based soap made up of just four ingredients: 100% pure olive oil, water, salt and lye. That’s it. No additives, no preservatives, no harsh chemicals and no perfumes; only pure, natural ingredients straight from the earth. Ideal for those with sensitive skin, it is gentle enough to use on babies’ delicate derma. In fact, many people even wash their fruits and vegetables with it. How’s that for all-natural?

Co-owner of Nubi Trading Co., Ariane Laezza, has recently opened the Trinitae flagship store in Toronto that offers unique, all-natural skincare products and Nabulsi is also sold exclusively there.

“The Nabulsi Soap is where Nubi Trading Co. started, it’s something I feel very passionate about. This is part of one of the oldest soap making traditions in the world that traces back about a thousand years,” Ariane expressed.

“It’s from Nablus, which is a ancient Palestinian city. The Nabulsi soap is still made the same way as it always has been; handmade, hand cut, and hand wrapped.”


Traditionally made by Palestinian women for household use, Nabulsi Soap is made up of 100% virgin olive oil, water, salt and lye. The mixture is then heated with water and olive oil in large copper vats over fermentation pits. The solution of water and the sodium compound becomes increasingly concentrated in a series of 40 cycles repeated over eight days. During that time, an oar-shaped wooden tool known as a dukshab is used to stir the liquid soap continuously. Once the ideal level of concentration is reached, the liquid soap is then spread in wooden frames to set and then cut into its classic cube shape and stamped with the company’s trademark seal; the ostrich. The soap cubes are then stacked into their distinctive cone-shaped structures until they are completely dry.

The final product is ivory in colour and is unscented except for naturally subtle hints of earth and olives. The result is a beautifully balanced, naturally moisturizing product that is ideal for all skin types.


“It’s a nice neutral product and it’s better as it ages because the soap loses some of its moisture and it’s more concentrated,” Ariane said.

Being that the holiday season has come to an end and the month of love is just days away, the Nabulsi Soap makes for a nice little addition to your Valentine’s Day gift.

“Holt Renfrew picked up Nabulsi for the holidays and listed it on the Toronto Life Gift Guide,” she added.


Well, there you have it – the one stop soap for all natural purposes: from head to toe, to fruit and veggies and from floor to ceiling. Treat yourself, your home and your loved ones for just $6 a bar. Visit Ariane at Trinitae (254 Niagara Street).

It’s the simple things that matter. Live natural. All natural.

Posted by Christina Cheng

Previously: Trinitae All-Natural Skin Care Opens Flagship Store In Toronto

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Nike’s motto of #ChooseYourWinter has exceeded to an all-time high with the latest announcement of the upcoming Nike Women’s Race Series, which will be the world’s largest race series designed for women. Not only are we ‘choosing our winter,’ we’re now conquering our winter by mentally and physically training our minds, bodies, and souls in preparation mode for the race! Choosing our winter is officially mandatory and clearly not a joke. The race is made to motivate runners of all levels to push their limits by offering a variety of distances — ranging from 5k to half-marathon — on epic courses in 20 cities around the world including first time participant cities such as: Toronto, Mexico City, and Hong Kong.

This makes for exciting news for Toronto as the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto will be a weekend-long celebration tailored for our city. The race marks a new experience for athletes in two ways. It’s a proving ground for women to put themselves to the test and rediscover the joy of running faster, and running farther.

Each run in the series has a format that speaks to the local community, in this case, the race will take place on Toronto Island, which has a variety of terrain and run routes. It’s the perfect location for the 15K distance and to capture the energy and backdrops of the cityscape.

In addition to uniting a global community of female runners, every race offers something different, including exciting new courses; runner services; and access to elite athletes. For instance, professional Olympic runner, Sheila Reid, joined Toronto’s Queen West Run Club and N+TC crew last week for added motivation as she shared details on Nike’s Women’s Race Series and N+TC Tour.

The new Nike Women’s event series challenges women to face and train to new heights and personal bests.

In preparation, Nike encourages bringing together a global fitness community by extending Nike’s vision to motivate, inspire and connect athletes through both physical events and digital connections. With that being said, the Nike+ Running App helps runners track their workouts and stay inspired throughout their training, and the Nike+ Training Club App includes more than 100 full body workouts designed by Nike Master Trainers, many of whom will participate in the N+TC Tour and Race Series.

Nike also announced the introduction of the Nike+ Run Analysis available now at the Nike Store at the Toronto Eaton Centre. The run analysis is the perfect first step in any athletes training journey, as it records each runner’s personal running aesthetic to help gear them toward running better, longer and faster with their suggested sneaker. It essentially sets them up for success as they begin thinking about achieving your personal goals in 2015.


As a member of Toronto’s Queen West Run Club and N+TC, this will be my first officially 15K race. I’m ready and willing to train at my personal best with the encouragement and motivation from my fellow Nike Running and Nike Women crew as we’re all getting stronger and aiming farther together. Toronto’s Nike Women’s Race is scheduled for June 14, 2015. This is just four days before my 26th birthday and I am determined to accomplish this race at my personal best! I shall consider this a gift to myself.

For a full list of race dates, CLICK HERE and make sure to follow Nike’s Women race series journey on Facebook and on Twitter. You can also find more information on the international Nike Women’s Race series events HERE. As for my fellow Torontonians, you can find motivation and keep up to speed on a timely basis by visiting Nike Toronto’s Twitter page.

Continue to motivate one another by consistently Choosing Your Winter. Let’s stay strong together. See you all on the pavement on June 14. We got this! JUST DO IT.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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OVO x KOTD = Blackout 5

This is history in the making.

Blackout 5 is shaping up to be the biggest rap battle the world has ever seen and will bring forth only the best, to battle for the King of the Dot title! We caught up with Toronto Rapper and King of the Dot Entertainment Founder, Organik, to get his thoughts on the movement and upcoming event.

“I always thought the potential was there. I just wasn’t sure if it would come to fruition.” He says even as a child he gravitated towards hip hop and eventually started rapping. “I really took pride in the freestyle element coming up. It was where I felt like I had the edge over everyone due to being able to think faster and rap cleaner.”

He fell in love with every aspect of the scene, especially the competitive nature of the game. “The fact that I could compete in Toronto and the top battlers in whatever city across the world would be paying attention and vice versa, just pulled me in.”

Blackout 5 spans over 2 days at the QET, will be live-to-tape and be available on PPV…a long stretch from battling outside Eaton Centre! The competitors’ names have been revealed but most of the matches have not; the audience won’t know until the two names hit the stage. Their battles in the past have been co-hosted by names like, Raekwon and Method Man and now, KOTD has partnered up with OVO. “Drake and Hush have always shown us a great deal of respect and have treated us like family… It’s two powerhouses in the city working together to bring nothing but the best.”

OVO & KOTD promise a diverse and intense showcase of skill and will bring not just the best the world has to offer, but also bring back some of the most requested battlers. He reiterates, “It’s not just a preference of music, it’s an entire community. We live in the most multi-cultural city in the world and it’s a beautiful thing…we just some Toronto boys trying to make a difference.”

Date: Feb 7th & 8th 2015
Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Boulevard
Doors: 3:30pm


Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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In today’s health conscious society, living a healthy and organic lifestyle has become indispensable to the longevity of life. This is not only applicable to nutrition and health, but also to skincare. Trinitae has recently opened its first ever flagship store in Toronto that offers unique, all-natural skincare products using a combination of organic cleansing salt and soothing mud from the Dead Sea, with extracts and botanicals from locally sourced herbs, fruits, and plants of the Jordan Valley.


According to Ariane Laezza, co-owner of Nubi Trading Co. she says:

“A lot of the plants such as the Succulents and Aloe Vera are elements that we have in our Trinitae products. It’s high enriching, paraben free, sulfate free, and naturally sourced. That’s something that people are really interested in these days; they want to know what goes into their products.”

The Aloe Vera mud line is one of Trinitae’s most popular as its base product incorporates a simplistic blend of Dead Sea minerals and Aloe Vera. The body lotions, hand creams, and facial masks are said to be this winter season’s go-to items because Aloe Vera is known to typically have healing property as it balances your body’s natural moisture.

Being that the human skin is the largest organ of the body, it’s crucial to understand what your skin absorbs. As for Trinitae, their bath crystals and aroma therapy oils are their most pure items because it is sourced from Dead Sea crystals right from the Dead Sea Mud of Jordan, combined with natural botanicals that offer no artificial scents and colours. All Trinitae’s ingredients come from the fruit, vegetables and herbs of Jordan, which in turn provide a wide range of natural scents: Rosemary, Rubina, Herbal Citrus, Lavender, Vanilla, and Patchouli.


“Aroma Therapy products are apart of feeling better and taking care of yourself through the power of scent,” Ariane said. Our luxury soaps are also really delicate and beautiful, which are enriched with Dead Sea minerals and have natural scents and colouring such as: Pomegranate, Orange Blossom, and Apricots.”

The Jordanian-based brand is designed to envelop the senses and soothe the soul, carrying a wide range of restorative products including: balancing cleansing milk, herbal balancing toner, moisture replenishing day cream, and enriching body lotion.


“Even though we’re a skincare line, it’s more about a lifestyle brand so it’s not just the skincare portion we believe in, it’s also eating well, drinking lots of water, having passion in life, and enjoying what you’re doing. Our motto here is: Love Yourself First.”

With Valentine’s Day just weeks away, Ariane predicts her best selling item will be the Aromatherapy Dead Sea Salt Crystals with romantic Rose botanicals.

In addition, their latest face line with Dead Sea minerals and rose extracts has been a top gifting package which includes: Day and night cream, cleaning milk, eye serum, and toner.

“Our age demographic is a wide net and gifting ideas are endless,” she said.

“We can customize your packages as we have five different gift boxes that range from $35 – $200+ and despite only been open in November, we’ve noticed a lot of men and women enjoy the line. It’s a bit more unisex— everybody should be able to take time to pamper themselves!”

Trinitae has you covered from skincare to homecare with their: Aromatherapy line, Original line, Massage Oils, Aloe Vera mud line, Pure Dead Sea muds and salts, Bath crystals with botanicals, Luxury soaps and scrubs, as well as the Room Diffusing oils.

Gift a loved one and pamper yourself. Visit Trinitae’s new Toronto flagship store on Queen St. West and Niagara (254 Niagara Street).


Posted by Christina Cheng

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Dinner With Mr. D (Gerry Dee)


Canadian television is a tough gig. In fact television as a whole now-a-days is a really tough gig. The amount of people tuning into weekly sitcoms is on the decline. Blame the internet. Blame technology. Blame over saturation. Fact of the matter is, now, more than ever you have to have something really special to attract and subsequently retain viewers. Mr. D does just that. The show is going into it’s 4th season this year. To put that into context, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, an institution, a heavyweight in the sitcom genre aired for 6 seasons. The show is moving into more established territory which speaks directly to it’s quality. It’s funny, like really funny. I’m not just saying that either. The first episode of season 4, which aired this Tuesday @ 9:30 PM EST on CBC and can be viewed online HERE, opens on Gerry, who plays a high school teacher, systematically planning his upcoming years sick days. His rationale is spectacular. The episode only gets funnier.


This Tuesday we got a chance to chop it up with the cast at PF Changs, where the hospitality was tremendous and the entire cast was wildly welcoming. Jonathan Torrens, a personal favourite, cast some insight and reminisced on one of CBC’s most important programs, Jonovision, as well as the transition into playing an old guy on Mr. D vs. playing J-Roc on Trailer Park boys. We were also fortunate enough to be seated beside Wes Williams, better known around these parts as Maestro and Lauren Hammersley. Both play vital roles on Mr. D and were instrumental in making a great night possible.



You can learn more about the show HERE, (which you can stream online FREE).

Thanks to Nick Lee from Best of Toronto for letting us repurpose their photos from the night.

Posted by Jesse Ingalls

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Living That #AmexLife


As Amex Ambassadors we’ve been living the #AmexLife for as long as we can remember! It’s a lifestyle that embodies unique experiences and inspirational moments. There are no limits, and everyone has the potential to live life to the fullest. Whether it’s test driving a new BMW 435i and 435xDrive at the , or taking a once in a life time trip to Iceland for your birthday – it’s about experiences that create lasting memories.



One of our favourite examples is from this past summer’s 5th Annual OVO Fest at the Molson Amphitheatre. Every year Drake brings out an all-star surprise cast of hip-hop royalty to the city, which makes for an unforgettable sold-out show! The Molson Amphitheatre holds 16,000 people, which makes entry into the venue a little slow to say the least. Luckily for us and many other Cardmembers, we were able to live the #AmexLife by skipping the enormous line-ups with the Amex express line. Needless to say, we got in first and didn’t miss one act! As if that’s not enough, Amex also offers a private lounge, fully equipped with comfy furniture, giant flat screen tv’s, large scale bar, outdoor patio, and private washrooms. You feel like one of the stars backstage!



We could list off so many more memorable moments, but we want to know how YOU live an #AmexLife! Tweet your photos to @1LOVETO & @AmexCanada #AmexLife

Lululemon Presents "Beats & Balance"


This Saturday January 24th Lululemon Athletica in support of The Remix Project will host “BEATS & BALANCE”, the ultimate mashup of athletics, art, music and community for a day long celebration of Toronto to shake off the winter blues and get those resolutions in motion!

You’re invited to join lululemon at Toronto’s Arcadian Court (401 Bay Street) along with some of Toronto’s finest fitness instructors to showcase exercise concepts native to our city. Athletics classes will be paired with live performance from some of the cities most exciting young artists and DJs.

11am – Brent Bishop (interval) w/ Dj Hedspin
1 pm – Kate Gillespie (Downward Dog Yoga Centre) w/ Trophy Jones
3 pm – Martin Reader – Strive Conditioning and Nutrition w/ Glenn Morrison &Frank Walker
5pm – Amber Joliat (misft studios) w/ Brendan Fallis

Hosted by Sarah Taylor and 1LOVETO’s very own Tyrone ‘T-rexxx’ Edwards

Tickets for the fitness classes are $10 and each ticket sold benefits the mentorship and curriculum being offered by local charity The Remix Project.

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