#TBT stands for “Throwback Thursday” and it’s our newest weekly feature where we’ll be posting pieces of Toronto’s history.
Our second #TBT post features Oshawa-born model Shalom Harlow who graced the cover of American Vogue in February of 1996. With 5 Vogue covers and endless editorials under her belt, she is one of few Canadians to have covered American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Italia and French Vogue (Vogue Paris).
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Beliefs have only been together for 2 years but they’ve gained quite the momentum in the music scene in and outside of Toronto. They’re releasing their second album, “Self Titled” on March 5, and you can watch their new music video for the bonus track “Violets” below.
Directed by Adam Christopher Seward
For more info: beliefsmusic.com
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It looks as though some students at the University of Toronto jumped on the “Baauer” band wagon and created their very own “Harlem Shake” video. This video is just one of hundreds of other renditions that have been posted on YouTube over the last couple weeks.
Watch 1 of the original Harlem Shake video’s HERE.
Check out this laser cut street map of Toronto by Virginia-based company Cut Maps who have created a collection of city maps for sale including Boston, Chicago, LA, Tokyo and more.
The City Life Film Project is a vessel for young people of Toronto to recognize the extent of their creative potential who otherwise, may not have the means to do so. With their focus on film and the art of story-telling, 3 talented emerging filmmakers, Tichaona Tapambwa, Anthony Swan and Hannah Yohannes premiered their short films at a one-of-a-kind screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
“They gave me the best actors anyone could ask for, the best director mentors, cinematographer mentors and on top of that, gave me the confidence to believe in myself.” That was the heartfelt acknowledgement by Tichaona Tapambwa, director of “Soul’d Out”. With the guidance of mentors Shawn Alex Thompson & Clark Johnson, the film told the story of a young photographer, Will, fighting to rise above his corrupt environment which threatens to destroy his path to success.
Anthony Swan, director of, “Blow Out”, says he knew he wanted to be a filmmaker since the first time he picked up a VHS video camera at the age of eight. However, as he grew older, the dream seemed further away. “When I was 18 I was like, ‘I’m never going to be a filmmaker, this is too hard!’ And then I joined The Remix Project. They’re like, ‘It is hard, but it’s possible, here’s how you do it.’” And he did do it. With the mentoring of Aaron Woodley, Swan created a film which depicts a dichotomy between two brothers dealing with a tragedy. The raw emotion and indelible love between brothers permeated the big screen.
A personal journey led to the plot for “Home Away” directed by Hannah Yohannes. Hannah, who like her main character Sabrina, became pregnant at a young age and suffered the repercussions of prejudices. It is those experiences that have propelled her passion to direct. She says through film she hopes to “bring justice to social issues and bring awareness on different topics.” “Home Away” strikes down the prominent glamourization of teen pregnancy and delves deep into the feeling of despair and hopelessness. Yohannes credits her mentor RT! for giving her valuable advice and lessons, “He taught me the importance of hard work, dedication and persistence, he’s amazing!”
For more info: citylifefilmproject.com
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Warm island sunshine breezed into Toronto’s City Hall February 6th 2013 as we celebrated Bob Marley Day as proclaimed by Mayor, Rob Ford. The day marked the 22nd Annual Bob Marley Day Awards & Ceremony in Toronto and what would have been Mr. Marley’s 68th birthday.
Barret Bracken and the Band kicked things off with a cover song as guest mingled and seated themselves. Attendees included award recipients, friends, family, and of course, the beloved dreadlock rastas of the four one six.
Award winners included:
Ben Hum, Manuel Rodriguez, Marlon Reid, Pamela Appelt, Pradeep Sood, Rowan Barrett, Scott Crowley and Aubrey “Drake” Graham (not in attendance). These select few were chosen for exemplifying “excellence and diversity through their daily lives and professions,” each crediting Bob for planting the seeds of hope and harmony for people of every class, race and faith.
The undoubted theme for the event, “One Love”, is a phrase that has transcended time and resonates with every kind of people around the globe, including everyone here at 1 LOVE T.O. It represents the significance of acceptance and unity which Toronto is famous for worldwide. On this day and days ahead, we salute Bob Marley and his legacy; thank you for the music and the message.
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