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1 LOVE T.O. presents our 4th Annual Holiday Ice Skating Party on Saturday, December 21st, from 8-11pm at The Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West). We’ve got our official DJ DLUX along side DJ LISSA MONET and our very own T-rexxx playing host for the night.

If you’ve got your own skates, bring ‘em! If not, don’t worry, we’ve got skate rentals available, but arrive early, we’ve sold out the last 3 years in a row. If it gets too cold, don’t worry, you can keep warm with hot chocolate, food and other drinks inside!

We’ll see you on the ice!

For more info: FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

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Toronto Cavalcade Of Lights 2013

Better late than never… Here’s a video from the 47th annual Toronto Cavalcade of Lights, presented by Great Gulf, which happened on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Nathan Phillips Square. We never get tired of watching fireworks!

For more info: toronto.ca

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The Frocktail Party

A party for a cause is the best kind of party and last week, we enjoyed a night of fashion, food and music at The Fifth Annual Frocktail Party in benefit of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The Frocktail auction stole the show consisting of clothes, accessories and luxurious experiences donated by the city’s most stylish including, Rachel Sin, Greta Constantine, LINE, Drake 150 and more. Pre-loved pieces were also donated by heavy-hitters like, Rachel McAdams, Nelly Furtado and Cheryl Hickey.

Frocktail came to fruition in 2009 thanks to the vision and determination of Jessica Oliver, Ali Reid and Jen Foster. They were inspired to raise awareness and funds for juvenile diabetes for Jessica’s sister, Vanessa, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at only age six.

“I have seen her struggle with thousands of finger pokes and insulin injections, blood sugar highs and lows and the fears of potential complications that could arise” says Jessica, “She is brave and dedicated herself to helping find a cure. This is my way of supporting her in reaching that goal.”

They had no idea what a success and impact Frocktail would have on their cause and were inspired to only get bigger and better. “The first year we had no idea to expect. We hoped to get 100 people out and raise a few thousand dollars. That first year, more than 600 people attended and we raised $23,000. The high we got from creating something from nothing and exceeding our wildest expectations was amazing.”

This year’s Frocktail raised the most money to date, bringing in $70,000, taking their five year total to over $200,000.

For more info: thefrocktailparty.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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A Future Toronto

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Local photographer and 3D artist Mathew Borrett aka Yonderbean has uploaded some very creative depictions of “A Future Toronto”. The image was created using mostly Modo, with some 3D coat and Photoshop. Look in detail below.

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CLICK HERE to see large version.

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Cosmopolis Toronto

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To see the city through the lens of a photographer can have you looking at the place you call home, in a way you’ve never envisioned before. What those photos would say, how they would make you feel, what questions it would evoke, make up the magic of photography.

Award-winning Photographer, Colin Boyd Shafer, is currently embarking on a photographic depiction of Toronto’s most famous asset: its people. He calls the project, “Cosmopolis Toronto”; a collection of portraits of Torontonians born in another country, but who now call Toronto home, at a place in the city they bond to, taking a second photo of them holding an object which connects them to their past and telling their story.

Colin, who is also a teacher, intends to examine migration and capture the unmatched variety of Toronto, saying, “I think we say ‘diversity’ quite often but rarely (maybe never) are there ‘real stories’ about the individuals involved. I guess the aim of the project is to visualize/capture the diversity of this great city and create an accurate picture of Toronto 2013.”

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He also distinguishes “diversity within diversity” explaining that, “many people do not fit into the mould of what an average person of their ‘culture’, ‘religion’ or ‘country of birth’ is like.” He goes on to give examples such as, “my participant born in UAE is of Pakistani-background, my Syrian participant is training to be a Franciscan priest and my Canada-born participant is a black gentleman from Nova Scotia who is a fifth generation Canadian.”

“My grandparents migrated here and contributed as educators and artists. The participants I have met have their own incredible stories and are all adding to make Toronto an incredibly rich city. As I see Canada closing its doors (making migration nearly impossible for some people) I want us to not forget that most of us, are ourselves, the product of migration. Migration has made this city great.”

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Cosmopolis Toronto will be showcased in two exhibitions early next year at the Toronto Centre for the Arts and CONTACT Photography Festival.

For more info: cosmopolistoronto.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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