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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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Keys N Krates – “Are We Faded”


Nearly a year after releasing their critically-acclaimed “SOLOW” EP, Keys N Krates have emerged from the studio with their newest creation “Are We Faded.” Premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show on 8/8, the first single off their upcoming “Every Nite” EP showcases the trio’s hallmark harmony between hip-hop, electronic and instrumentation.

Previously: Grandtheft & Keys N Krates – “Keep It 100″ (Video)

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Toronto-based company FoundMissing plans on changing the way we discover, share, and purchase men’s footwear brands online. Their mission is to build an online boutique retail experience unlike any other, specifically for men’s footwear in the urban, athletic, casual, and luxury categories. This Thursday August 21st marks their official website and app launch event entitled “Origin”. The event takes place at Hermann & Audrey (1506 Dundas Street West) from 6-11PM, allowing guests to become the first members of FoundMissing, giving them premiere access to the website and ability to download the mobile app.

For more info visit foundmissing.ca

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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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Umbra Shift Collection


Umbra Studio, located in Toronto’s downtown core, is considered the city’s lifestyle concept store which caters to collaborative outputs of Umbra’s in-house designers — serving as an outlet towards a creative and diverse group of individuals from all over the world.

For instance, this past week, Umbra opened their concept studio to welcome the new “Umbra Shift” collection — where they experiment with various designers around North America, including three from Toronto and one from Vancouver. Umbra Shift is best described as “an extension of Umbra that focuses on contemporary influences in the design community” and experiments with new materials, techniques, and processes; and serves as a platform for discovering ways of re-thinking practical everyday items.

Umbra Shift revisits the past 30 years of Umbra’s ever-changing designs and revamped it with a fresh, young roster of established, emerging, and in-house designers who share Umbra’s passion to re-think things and design personal objects they themselves would like to gift or use at home.
The result of the Umbra Shift collection expresses diverse points of views through design, yet sits together with a shared belief in ideas that are functional, familiar and forward thinking.


For instance, UK designer, Philippe Malouin designed the most talked about piece from the Umbra Shift collection — the “Hanger Chair”. The Hanger Chair mimics one of the ultimate storage systems — the modest hanger. When not in use, it hangs and stows in a compact, orderly fashion and easily unfolds when needed. It’s perfect for small spaces and for hosting dinner parties. Genius and practical concept! (Available in: marine, grey, yellow, black and coral.)


Two collaborative Toronto designers, Jessica Nakanishi and Jonathan Sabine of MSDS Studio — typically engage in the pursuit of emotive concepts, objects and environments. With that being said, they have created the Pleated Dish, Vase and Planter as part of the Umbra Shift collection. The”Pleated series” was made to accompany plants through its different stages of growth. Each piece caters to quality as it is handmade and sports geometric pleats that flawlessly highlights its content. For an added bonus, it’s also low maintenance as each planter includes a self-watering wick. MSDS Studio are also collaborating masterminds behind: Spin Toronto, Shopify and Mjölk.

Other Canadian designers who have joined Umbra Shift are Jano Badovinac of Toronto-based design studio, Fugitive Glue and designer, Lukas Peet of Vancouver. Jano designed practical and cozy Felt House Slippers, while Lukas designed Asymmetrical Candle Holders.


Two other popular and in-demand pieces from the collection are the Roll Bottle Opener (which sold out in one day), courtesy of Umbra Studio and the Coiled Stool by New York based designer, Harry Allen.

The Roll Bottle Opener is anonymous in function and cast from solid brass; and not only is it stylish and functional — it’s also likely to find itself on the vanity sooner than the kitchen drawer.

The Coiled Stool is another favorite as it’s unique and inspired by the traditional basket-making techniques of the Philippines. Hand-woven threads cover a rattan core to create a surprisingly comfortable tractor seat. The Coiled Stool is the perfect lifestyle and home decor object as it fits easily into casual and formal environments. Available in aqua, red, and grey.


The Umbra Shift collection is practical, stylish, forward thinking, minimal and simplistic — ideal and suitable for your everyday home lifestyle needs. To view and shop the collection, you may visit the Umbra Studio in Toronto (located on Queen St. West and John St.) or shop online HERE.

Posted by Christina G. Cheng

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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!

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NXNE ART: Toronto Urban Takeover


Our skyline, like our streets, is always changing, always evolving. We’re heading into a new era in Toronto; a more refined, redesigned, more socially conscious state of mind. These three facets were the building blocks of an exciting segment of NXNE Art produced by, Hermann & Audrey, called “Urban Takeover – infiltrating the streets of Toronto”.

With support from the city’s stART Program, Downtown Yonge BIA and West Queen West BIA, local and international artists were given free reign to conceptualize and execute murals in, alleyways, on an overpass and on the side of commercial buildings, even one about to be demolished! The central theme was a “re-imagined or future, Toronto” with art around every corner of downtown. These spaces, which normally wouldn’t even get a second glance, were transformed into mesmerizing works of art which totally changed the pedestrian experience and brought new life and purpose to a dead end.


Beau Stanton | 563 Queen St West

Alexa Hatanaka & Patrick Thompson | O’Keefe Lane


Hygienic Dress League & Alex Senna | 1052 Queen St West

Jon Todd | Graffiti Alley

Jessica Janda | Graffiti Alley


Birdo | Graffiti Alley


Shaina Kasztelan | Graffiti Alley

En Masse | 49 Niagara

Photography by Jen Schenkel

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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CONTEST: The Hundred Foot Journey

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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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