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Project Gallery Presents 15 Painters

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15 Toronto-based emerging contemporary painters will be participating in Project Gallery’s pop-up preview exhibition from April 16-22nd, 2015. Each featured artist has an upcoming solo or duo exhibition at Project Gallery (1109 Queen Street East) sometime later in 2015/16. These artists are committed and incredibly talented contemporary artists who each work with paint in a different way to create imaginative, precise, and evocative results. Navigating diverse subjects, themes, and styles – this exhibition promises to be be a dynamic showcase that reflects bold explorations in the contemporary aesthetics of paint through their works.

Participating Artists Include: Richard Determann, Kevin Colombus, Jerry Campbell, Christina Mazzulla, Alex Buchanan, Lisa Johnson, Sara Pearson, Ted Zourntos, Brian Harvey, Colin Davis, Dominique Fung, Callen Schaub and more.

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Alex Sheriff (Showing Aug 13 – 26th, 2015)

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Tessar Lo (Showing Sept 10 – 30th, 2015)

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Erin Loree (Showing Oct 1 – 14th, 2015)

For more info visit: projectgallerytoronto.com

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Legendary Toronto designer Adrian Aitcheson (of Too Black Guys) is speaking with Artscape & Manifesto for an exclusive “In Conversation with” on Saturday, April 18th from 3-4:30pm inside Ada Slaight Hall at Daniels Spectrum. This talk, hosted by Juno Award winning rapper Kardianl Offishall, will highlight and celebrate the last 25 years of Adrian’s work with Too Black Guys. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of this!

FREE RSVP HERE

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Toronto-based artist and friend Samara Shuter is hosting her second solo exhibition entitled “Getting To Know You”, from Friday May 8-10th at the Andrew Richard Designs Studio located at 571 Adelaide Street East. The event is benefiting the Mark Daniels and Andrea Weissman-Daniels Foundation “Ignite the Spark Fund”, in support of Children’s Aid. If you’re unfamiliar with Samara’s work, see a few examples below and visit her website here: samshuter.com

FOR TICKETS & EVENT INFO CLICK HERE

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Without any exaggeration, Bryan Espiritu and his brand The Legends League is hands down one of the most important movements in Toronto. We know this is a wild statement and you may be skeptical, but hear us out.

Upon first exposure (which for many now-a-days is via instagram) you’d conclude that Legends League is a Toronto-based clothing brand. You’d be right, but you’d also be missing the point. It’s not until you do a little more digging that you’ll learn exactly what makes the brand so unique. What sets The Legends League apart from the rest? Well, it’s a bunch of obvious stuff (quality design, consistency, a strong team) but more importantly, it’s honesty that you won’t find anywhere else. Seriously, we challenge you to find a brand, let alone a person that bares their soul in a more stripped down honest and humble way. The Legends League/Bryan’s honesty is as brave as it is necessary.

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The line between Legend League and Bryan Espiritu does not exist. They are the same entity. In a world oversaturated with faceless brands that write words that mean nothing, Legends League is the antithesis. This brings us to Saturday March 28th, when the LL Sweatshop officially opened its door to the public. The plan had been in the works for at least a year. We know this because as in everything that the brand does we were given a very open and candid behind the scenes look into exactly how a brick and mortar shop materialized. At 5PM on opening day we arrived at the shop. There was still a line! The first person had lined up the night before at 7:30pm. It was bitterly cold but this factor didn’t dampen the spirits and the overall electric atmosphere. Bryan was outside, kicking it, greeting everyone and thanking each person individually for their continued support.

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After probably the most jovial waiting experience of our lives we were ushered up the stairs and into the LL Sweatshop. Hands down the most aesthetically pleasing ‘sweatshop’ we’ve had the pleasure of visiting! Every detail in the spot is meticulously strategized (again, check out @legendsleague on instagram for all the behind-the-scenes rationalization of all the architectural details), the merchandizing is on point and the overall experience is world class. The team is an extension of the brand. It’s a family. It’s a group of dudes who genuinely understand their responsibility in positively effecting Toronto’s culture. They are the leaders of a movement that, “is growing up quick”.

The opening of the LL Sweatshop is monumental, it is a testament to hard work and acts as proof that our inner fundamental core should be embraced and celebrated not repressed to appease others. If Bryan and the Legends League has taught us anything it’s to always be true to ones self. Write your own Legend and create your own League.

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Make sure you check out the LL Sweatshop for yourself. The store is located at 9 Camden Street and is open Monday – Saturday 11am to 7pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm.

For more info: thelegendsleague.com

Posted by Jesse Ingalls

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Located in Toronto’s bourgeoning Riverside neighbourhood, East Room is reinventing the modern workspace where creative professionals can flourish. This co-working membership outlet is separated into two: club and resident, and both cater to forward-thinking freelancers, creative professionals and small businesses.

“It’s a co-op space but we’re not entirely co-op,” said Derreck Martin, co-founder of East Room. “There’s a lot of co-op spaces in the city but ours is more geared toward creative minds, as opposed to many other tech-oriented co-op spaces… This gives you a mix of freelancers with full-on companies.”

East Room aims to offer a community, location, and the tools necessary to grow their unique member’s careers. Their dynamic community of members includes some of the city’s most creative minds working in the fields of: media, art, technology, and design.

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“The idea is a cohabited environment with creatives that range from freelancers, videographers, and even a few venture capitalist!” Derreck said.

Each potential member’s application is reviewed to ensure that they will fit into the ecosystem of East Room, as they strive to create a co-operative space of professionals that share complimentary skills to benefit the whole.

East Room provides the ideal environment for like-minded individuals to collaborate, share ideas, and merge their talents.

“We’re open 24/7 which allows members to come at any point of the day. This is perfect for web developers and freelancers because a lot of them are night owls.”

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According to Melissa Serrano of Membership and Marketing at the East Room, she had mentioned that members for both the Club Membership and Resident Membership have access to meeting and lounge spaces, state-of-the-art technologies, and exclusive member events.

In addition, as a member, you will be part of a curated community of technologists, artists, designers and futurists whom you may grow your business with professionally as you share ideas or even merge talents as various projects come and go.

The Club Members ($250 per month + HST) have unlimited access to the fully-serviced open work lounge, while the Resident Members (500 per month + HST) have a semi-private personal workspace with a desk, chairs, and lamp plus more.

“This is phase one of the space,” Derreck said. “In March, we’re going into phase two and this is what’s called, Resident Two Memberships. They’re going to be larger, enclosed offices for business of two to three, which we’re pretty excited about! And you’ll have another board room in there as well.”

Resident 2 Members ($1,500-$2,000 per month + HST) have the option of choosing a 2-5 person or 5-8 person enclosed office, fully equipped with desks, chairs, and lamps plus more.

All founding members will be part of the growing business of the East Room as it plans on expanding by building photo labs, sound studios, test kitchens, and fashion ateliers.

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“In the future, we’re looking to build in studios such as: photography studios, recording studios, things in that nature,” Derreck said. “It’s going to be like a crowd-source idea so we pay for it through the membership that’s in the space… It’s good for the members because it’s cheaper for them… What they’re paying for a month in studio spaces is what they’d be paying for a day anywhere else.”

The East Room’s workspace has been designed with refinement and comfort in mind; providing the perfect environment for work and play.

“We have a lot of events … We have partnerships with TIFF, Design Exchange, Power Plants, and Arts and Crafts,” he said. “Every month we’re having music events and for TIFF, we’re putting together a Speaker’s Note where we present a film along with a lecture series. For Design Exchange, we haven’t nailed down exactly how we’re going to work with them but we see it as more of a Speaker’s Note as well.”

Book your complimentary tour at: info@eastroom.ca

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Hayley Elsaesser is an eclectic Aussie gem and Canadian-based contemporary fashion designer for the luxury streetwear market. She debuted her second Fashion Week show in Toronto, where she revealed her Midnight Cowboy-inspired collection on the runway. Elsaesser’s vibrant fall/winter 2015 collection showcased neon camouflage and animal prints, vibrant orange and lime-green furs and her signature snake graphics.

“It’s Western meets disco meets a little bit of Japanese Samari,” she said. “I had a bunch of ideas and I chose two or three and just mixed them together!”

Elsaesser is known for her bold and luxurious fabrics and prints. Her animated eight ball graphic wearing a blue cowboy hat, contrasted well with the red, purple and green cheetah print bomber jacket. It was definitely a crowd favourite and personally, a must have!

“My mind is crazy enough as it is so believe it or not, my ideas come completely sober!” she said jokingly.

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For this collection, Elsaesser experimented with intarsia knit for the first time, which resulted in an ultra-cool, multi-coloured camo print set. In addition, this was also her first collection incorporating menswear.

“In my world, this is the darkest I’ve ever gone,” she said. Normally, I like to have pink and have my collection a little bit more girly but this time, I went more masculine… Playing with oranges and greens is a departure from what I do.”

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Being a left-wing realist (so to speak) as the creative director of her brand, Elsaesser put on a beautiful and fun show, showcasing models in various shapes, sizes, and ages. Being that her aesthetic speaks to the luxurious streetwear market, she casted talent from local street kids to modern hipsters, and from friends to legitimate models.

“For all the designing and casting, I do that myself,” she said, but for added street cred, she called upon Toronto-based stylist to help pull her runway looks together by mismatching pieces from her entire collection.

“I have a stylist who helped style the runway and the look book and that’s Romany Williams. She helped me pull it all together!” she said.

Elsaesser’s attention to detail certainly doesn’t go unnoticed — the neon hair extensions and pop nail art contrasted well with the entire collection.

“The hair came to me when I was flying back from London… I really had to start thinking about what I was going to do with the hair on the runway… All of a sudden it came to when the plane landed. They’re hair extensions that look like coloured feathers!”

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When asked about the future of her brand, her response was much needed rest.

“I haven’t thought of my next collection as yet. My next plan is to just have a nap for a week and then I’ll regroup!”

Hayley Elsaesser’s collections will be available online and in a select few Toronto shops and boutiques.

“My spring/summer line will be available for another month online,” she said, “But it will be in TNT in Toronto soon. Typically, online is always my biggest thing.”

Photography by Che Rosales

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Bravestation

Bravestation recently signed to Toronto-based record label Culvert Music. To celebrate, Bravestation just dropped their new single “Haven”, from their upcoming EP, due out later this year. Speaking of later this year, make sure you save the date – May 29th, 2015, as the boys will be playing at The Drake Hotel. Enjoy!

Previously: Bravestation – “Somewhere We Belong”

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Join Artscape & Manifesto for an ‘In Conversation with… Adrian Aitcheson’ on Saturday, April 18th from 3-4:30pm, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of ‘TOO BLACK GUYS’ at Ada Slaight Hall inside Daniels Spectrum! Adrian has ventured on an incredible journey in building his notable brand ‘TOO BLACK GUYS’ and made exemplary strides over the course of his personal career. Hosted by Juno Award winning rapper Kardinal Offishall, we aim to give you greater insight into what has made Adrian so successful, touching on the highlights and hardships of being an entrepreneur.

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To give you a bit of background for those who are not very familiar. In the year 1990, starting out as a clothing line and a store founded in downtown Toronto, TBG was known for their thought-provoking t-shirts surrounding the ideologies and history of black culture. TBG apparel has been seen on the backs of some of the most prominent figures in hip hop culture, including Mos Def, Spike Lee, Redman, and Mary J Blige, to name a few. In 25 years Adrian and TBG have become icons, paving the way for Canadian streetwear fashion along the way.

FREE RSVP HERE

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Previously: The Return of “Too Black Guys”

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Manifesto’s “Freshest Goods Market” is back for another Spring Pop-Up Market at Daniels Spectrum on Saturday April 18th, 2015. The market includes some of Toronto’s most notable brands including of course, 1 LOVE T.O., 40oz Heroes, 5ives On Top, 100 Miles, and more!

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This Freshest Goods Market is also featuring a special “In Conversation With…” Adrian Atchison – Creator of Toronto-based brand TOO BLACK GUYS, celebrating 25 years in the game! Stay tuned for more info…

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PRIDE + BASS Boat Cruise

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We’ve teamed up with some great folks to bring you the first ever PRIDE’N’BASS, an unforgettable sunset boat cruise aboard the River Gambler during Toronto’s PRIDE weekend. Kick off your celebration on Friday, June 26th, with the LGBTTIQQ2SA Community and friends with DJs Hydee, DJ Love Hz, Remedy, Maddi Qwikstepp and PVP for an unforgettable experience.

PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS HERE
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Our exclusive pre-sale password is in effect until midnight on Thursday! Don’t miss out…

For more info visit pridenbass.ca or find us on FB.

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Today marks a special moment in Toronto’s music, arts and culture history. Fast-approaching 10 years of serving Toronto through their innovative mix of talent incubation, youth engagement and cultural programming – two of the city’s youth arts and culture heavyweights are finally coming together to realize a grand vision for the future of Toronto arts and culture. The Remix Project and Manifesto just announced the launch of the Convergence Campaign, which will create a dynamic new permanent home for both organizations and an accessible cultural hub for artists, arts administrators and organizations from across the city.

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“Manifesto and The Remix Project are thrilled to partner with The Daniels Corporation to create our new home in Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts. This space will become the centre of gravity for youth, arts, culture and creative industries in Canada. Daniels’ investment in this project is not simply an investment in our organizations, but rather an investment in Toronto’s future as a global cultural leader.” – Che Kothari (Manifesto) & Derek “Drex” Jancar (The Remix Project) Co-Chairs of the Convergence Campaign

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With the generous support of The Daniels Corporation, the space will be part of the just-announced Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts project – a pioneering vision for a master-planned, mixed-use community coming to the corner of Queens Quay and Lower Jarvis that will amplify Toronto’s growing role as a global cultural leader. The space will combine administrative offices; a public performance theatre and cinema; a recording studio with affordable opportunities for diverse communities; a studio dedicated to photography, videography, and dance; accessible venue space with affordable prices for gatherings and events; video editing and post-production suites; a gallery; a community café; as well as access for artists and young entrepreneurs to obtain business and legal support, career guidance and professional consultation from some of the city’s key leaders and instigators. It will be a game-changing place for Toronto’s current and future arts and culture leaders to connect, cultivate and collaborate that responds to directly to the unique challenges faced by the sector.

Through the Convergence Campaign, The Remix Project and Manifesto’s combined creativity and drive will supercharge Toronto’s cultural sector, and safeguard the sustainability of these two vital organizations for years to come. To learn more about how Toronto can support the Convergence Campaign to create a new centre of gravity for youth, arts and culture, please visti: convergencecampaign.com

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