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On October 27th 2014, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to cast their vote for the next Mayor of Toronto. You’ve probably heard about front runners like Olivia Chow and John Tory but did you know there are about 35 other candidates? We spoke to some of the less known of those contenders to understand their positions and perspectives. First up, meet Mayoral candidate Robb (not Ford) Johannes.

Name: Robb Johannes

Age: Recent graduate to the 30s.

Occupation: Singer/musician in Paint, social justice worker. Currently living precariously as many Torontonians do.

How do you hope to change Toronto?
I am completely in support of investment and development in infrastructure but there seems to be a neglect of investment in citizens. Toronto is a world-class city that is worthy of world-class infrastructure and social services. Reducing congestion with better and more effective transit, beginning with expanding the reach and frequency of bus service, is an immediate priority. Allowing for more pedestrian and cycle corridors in the downtown core will also help not only with congestion but with the environment.

A concerted effort to eliminate homelessness through social services but providing tax breaks to developers to designate units for social housing (as is being done in Vancouver and Calgary, for example) is a social and economic responsibility.

Embracing nightlife and arts and culture are also means to connect communities, as well as tap into the rich cultural industry and talent that Toronto has to offer.

Why did you decide to run?
The 2010 Civic Election in Toronto was a potent example of what happens where there is a disconnect between candidates and communities. I felt that simply voting in 2014 was not enough. The Robb Not Ford campaign had its nucleus in the principle of civic engagement, and giving citizens of Toronto, especially young voters and citizens otherwise alienated from the political process, a candidate who is a regular citizen and not a career politician.

What should the public know about you?
Whilst I would consider myself a “youth” candidate, I am by no means limited in my hands-on experience and have an extensive background in legal reform, organizational management, public outreach, program facilitation, and, most significantly to the role of a mayor: acting as a bridge between communities of people who may otherwise be highly polarized.

As a community social justice advocate with government-funded organizations in Vancouver, I’ve facilitated and contributed to changes in federal laws and improved relationships between service providers, representatives, and citizens.

To learn more visit: robbnotford.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

Previously: 10 Reasons Why You Should Vote

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Tearjerker – “Hiding” EP


Tearjerker is a three-piece indie rock band from Toronto, including (from left), Trevor (drums/samples), Micah (guitar/vocals), and Taylor (guitar/bass/keys). The guys record separately, in solitary circumstances and then bring everything together which helps create their unique layered sound.

The band is set to release their latest EP “Hiding” on May 20th, 2014. You can pre-order on iTunes here: smarturl.it/HidingEP


For more info: tearjerker.ca

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Mississauga-based singer/song-writer Emma Lokai recently released a cover of The Commodores classic hit “Easy”. The weekend’s almost here, but there’s no reason why you can’t take a minute to relax to this on a Thursday afternoon. Enjoy!

PS: Stay tuned for our upcoming interview with Emma!

Previously: Introducing Emma Lokai

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Canadian Music Week


Last week Toronto was blitzed by Canada Music Week (CMW) with acts from all over Canada as well as an array of international groups and artists taking the stage to showcase their craft. The week wasn’t long enough and it was impossible to intake all of the quality music being showcased throughout the city. Although groups and musicians such as City and Colour, Travi$ Scott and Tegan & Sara headlined many events, it’s the up and coming, soon to be stars that really make this week unique and memorable.


On Wednesday night we were introduced to Cam Smith, who opened for Travi$ Scott at the Opera house. Smith was the perfect act to kick off the night as his super high energy levels dictated the nights tone. Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming project from the multi-talented artist.


Some other highlights included performances from Toronto’s own Rich Kidd, Kayo and Alfie.




Remember, there is nothing like live music, so get out and enjoy all of the incredible entertainment opportunities this city has to offer!

Posted by Jesse Ingalls

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City and Colour Live


This past Friday we attended the sold-out City and Colour show at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Aside from the incredible fact that Dallas Green managed to fill the ACC, the concert had a few other interesting facts.


For example, Dine Alone Records launched a free “City and Colour Live” app just in time for the concert. You might be thinking to yourself, so what, everyone has an app… Well, the good folks at Dine Alone decided to up the ante by being the first to use Bluetooth low energy iBeacon technology at a concert. Android and iPhone users were encouraged to turn on their bluetooth for the chance to win in-app giveaways through the show. Users walking past one of the 15 active iBeacons at the right time would trigger random devices and reward them with prizes including:

- ticket upgrades to floor seating within the first 10 rows
- suite access for you and a friend
- autographed City and Colour CD’s, LP’s and silk screened posters
- One grand prize winner received a Martin guitar autographed by Dallas Green

Needless to say, concert experiences will never be the same!





Big thanks to Clay and Tricia for taking care of us!

Photos by Nick Simhoni

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Toronto’s favourite trio, BADBADNOTGOOD just released their first entirely original album entitled “III”. The album was recorded analog-style with the help of Toronto producer Frank Dukes. If you’re looking for some mood-music, this might just be the album for you. BBNG fuses their love of jazz and hip hop along with synths, drums, and some interesting sounds of their own to make an album worth listening to. We encourage you to support Canadian (Toronto) music and pick up or download your copy today!


Previously: BBNG – “Can’t Leave The Night” (Official Video)

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Love Art Fair Toronto


Love Art Fair Toronto is a fun four-day contemporary art fair hosting 40 galleries and a huge array of affordable art. The first edition of Love Art will take place at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto from May 7-11, 2014.

Love Art is the sister fair of global brand Affordable Art Fair. The concept is simple, yet unique: an inspiring and friendly atmosphere in which you can find thousands of paintings, original artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs all under one roof, ranging from $100-$10,000, with more than half priced under $5,000. The work of young, emerging artists hangs alongside some of the biggest household names, while our Recent Graduates Exhibition provides a chance to snap up work by a future art world star.




For more info: loveartfair.com

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Last month we hosted our first official Hennessy Artistry event of 2014! As always, we brought “the art of blending” to the stage with live local talent including singer/song-writer Adria Kain, violinist Yosvani, and DJ DLUX. Our special guest headliner was none other than Questlove (from The Legendary Roots Crew).

If you missed out, make sure you watch the video above and check out the photo gallery below. Plus, stay tuned for the next Hennessy Artistry event in Toronto by subscribing to our newsletter!





For more info about Hennessy artistry, CLICK HERE.

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