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BADBADNOTGOOD – III

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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!

AVAILABLE ON iTUNES

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

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Love Art Fair Toronto

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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.

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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!

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For more info about Hennessy artistry, CLICK HERE.

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When Did Toronto Get So Cool?

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Recently, BBC Travel released an article entitled, “When Did Toronto Get So Cool?”. We’ve always been “cool”, it’s just that nobody ever paid us any attention. With the spotlight continually shining on Toronto, from our musicians like Drake, The Weeknd, City & Colour, etc, or maybe our sports teams such as The Leafs or The Raptors (having the best fans in the world), or the simple fact that Toronto is truly one of the most diverse destinations on the planet… it’s all helped in raising the awareness of how “cool” Toronto really is.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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Toronto’s First Condom

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Toronto’s first city-branded condoms are coming soon to a location near you.

Following the success of campaigns in New York City and Los Angeles, Toronto Public Health is launching #condomTO – a free limited-edition condom. Why are cities branding their own condoms? It’s simple. When condoms are more easily accessible and available, condom use tends to increase.

Stay tuned for the big reveal of the condomTO wrapper design on June 4th. After this reveal, condomTO will be available in bars, clubs, hotels, gyms and clinics across the city.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this one?!

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Vitaly – Spring/Summer 2014

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Vitaly is a Toronto-based unisex accessories brand that focuses on complex materials such as wood, ceramic, tungsten, stainless steel and rose gold to bridge the gap between high-end, and costume jewelry. Co-Founder, Shane Foran along side friend and Co-Founder Jason Readman just released their Spring/Summer collection and are proud to announce that their new luxury brand “Clocks & Colours” will be available for purchase this Spring 2014.

Make sure you check out Vitaly’s Pop-Up event, running from May 7-12th at 1101 Queen St. West.

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To see more from Vitaly visit: vitalydesign.com

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We aren’t all photo buffs. With that said, we intake photography on a daily basis whether we consciously acknowledge it or not. Music and photography are synonymous. Think of all of your favourite albums, whether you downloaded it or purchased a hard copy, there was a visual that accompanied that album, and that visual set the tone for what you were about to hear.

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We got the opportunity to listen to Jonathan Mannion speak with Che Kothari at the opening of the “40 Years of Hip Hop Photography” exhibit, being showcased from May 2nd to May 30th at the Gladstone Hotel. Mannion is responsible not only for some of the most iconic album visuals ever, (see: Jay-Z “Reasonable Doubt”, DMX “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of my Blood” & Aaliyah “Aaliyah”), but more importantly proudly carries the torch as a true ambassador and grass roots developer of hip-hop and it’s culture. Mannion’s overwhelming positivity and passion was the perfect energy to open a show that pays equal homage to both the past and present of hip hop. If you love hip-hop go see this exhibit. If you love photography go to this exhibit. If you love both, well, you already know. PS: The exhibit is completely FREE of charge, so no excuses!

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For more info: 40yearsofhiphop.com

Posted by Jesse Ingalls

Photos by Marshall Cole

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Taste Of Toronto

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Taste, the World’s Greatest Restaurant Festival is touching down in Toronto this summer from Thursday July 24th to Sunday July 27th. Toronto is the first North American city to host a Taste Festival validating the notion that TO is in fact, a Foodie’s paradise. If you want it, you can find it here, and the rest of the world is beginning to take notice.

The Taste of Toronto festival will feature food from establishments such as Richmond Station, JaBistro, El Caballito and Rose and Sons, just to name a few.

We were fortunate enough to attend the preview to see what the festival will offer this summer. Our taste buds were engaged by the spicy shrimp salad from KHAO SAN ROAD and we were especially satisfied by Ninutik and their Canadian inspired cheese and maple syrup pairing, appropriately titled “SASSeh!”.

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For more info: tasteoftoronto.com

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NXNE 2014 (Teaser)

Now in its 20th year, North by Northeast Festivals and Conference (NXNE) has become the Canadian festival destination for emerging artists and major-label headliners; for music filmmakers; hilarious comedians; visual, sound, and other artists; and for digital interactive innovators bridging the gap between technology and the arts.

NXNE recently released this promotional video highlighting Toronto landmarks along with their take on logo flips, highlighting some of the talent expected at this years Festival.

Wristbands on sale now at nxne.com/tickets

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