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Hennessy celebrates its 250th anniversary in Toronto with a custome Hennessy Time Barrel and their exclusive Hennessy ‘250 Collector Blend’.

By now there’s a good chance you’ve seen the incredible work of art and design known as the Hennessy Time Barrel located in Yorkville on Bloor Street West in front of La Societe. The piece is on display from July 8-14th, giving passers by the opportunity to send a digital text or video message to the future. The Time Barrel has been designed as an interactive experience to take part in Hennessy’s tradition of perpetual transmission from one generation to the next.

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“My real mission is to prepare the eaux-de-vie for the generations of Master Blenders that will follow me…”, says Yann Fillioux, Hennessy’s Master Blender.

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This 21st century time capsule will preserve messages written in 2015, all around the world, in a barrel in Hennessy’s historic cellars in Cognac. Messages for future generations will remain sealed in the Time Barrel until it will be opened 50 years later. 

From March through October 2015, The Hennessy Time Barrel will travel to 9 cities all over the world. Destinations include Cognac, France (February), Guangzhou, China (March); Taiwan (April), Berlin, Germany (May), Moscow, Russia (May); London, Great-Britain (June), Toronto, Canada (July), Johannesburg, South Africa (August), Lagos, Nigeria (October)

Today’s your last chance to send a message, what are you waiting for?!

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In tandem with the announcement of The Hennessy 250 Tour, Yann Fillioux, the Maison’s Master Blender, presented the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend: “To mark milestone celebrations, Hennessy has always carefully created a special cognac to illustrate a sense of continuity. Today, the Maison celebrates 250 years of savoir-faire and excellence by creating a unique anniversary blend.”

As Hennessy Ambassadors, we were one of the lucky few who got the chance to taste the special Hennessy 250 Collector Blend, which was aged in 250 handmade, especially commissioned barrels of Limousin oak, containting 250 litres each. Let’s just say we savoured each and every sip.

Previously: Hennessy Artistry Presents “The Art Of Blending” With SOULECTION & WILDE

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Los-Angeles based Revolver Gallery, founded in 2012 by Canadian native and entrepreneur Ron Rivlin, has invited collectors, curators, gallerists, and art enthusiasts alike to experience the Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror For Today exhibit to the city of Toronto.

“Being a native of Toronto, the city holds a very special place in my heart. It is an important part of the person I am today, and I feel compelled to give back to Toronto with this exhibition,” said Ron Rivlin. “I want to share my passion for the importance of Andy Warhol’s work with my fellow Torontonians.”

Located in the city’s trendy Yorkville neighbourhood at 77 Bloor Street West, the museum quality exhibition will run for a six-month period and be open to the public daily from July 1 until December 31, 2015.

“In 2011, Ron acquired a work by Andy Warhol which was a print of Wayne Gritzky and then just immediately fell in love with how simple and how accessible the art was,” said Ryland Behrens, Director of Revolver Gallery. “And after that, he just began collecting and acquiring more work, acquiring more work, acquiring more work. Since that time, I think it has been something that has weighed heavy on Ron’s mind to bring a collection to Toronto.”

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The exhibition features a selection of Warhol’s most iconic and recognizable pieces including portraits of Marilyn Munroe and Mick Jagger, as well as the artist’s nostalgic Campbell Soup Cans. Despite being able to immediately identify Warhol’s iconic pieces of art, and identify him as one of America’s greatest cultural assets, Ryland encourages us gallerists to think in the bigger picture, look outside of the United States, educate and share the beauty and the timelessness of Andy Warhol’s creative genius with as large of an audience as possible.

“When people think about Andy Warhol, they think about Marilyn Munroe, they think about the soup cans, which is great because those works are obviously iconic, but it’s not a full representation of the scope of his body of work,” he said. “So what we’re really trying to do is invite you with something familiar and then just rock you and turn you upside down on your ear, and present a selection of work that most people have never seen before.”

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“You come into the exhibition and you don’t know quite what to expect,” he said mysteriously, while physiologically painting a picture upon arrival. “Immediately you’re greeted with something that is very iconic and what we’re doing essentially, is laying a foundation for visitors to the exhibition, something that they can latch on to; something that they’re familiar with as they navigate their way through the exhibition.”

With approximately 130 works of prints and paintings, Ryland explains the importance of the Andy Warhol exhibit coming to Toronto is to curate a quality exhibition where the efforts is to primarily focus on educating the people of Toronto on why Andy Warhol’s work is still relevant by ‘revisiting’ the artwork.

“One of the best ways that we could educate and provide something special to the people of Toronto is to be very calculated and selective of which works we were bringing out of our deepest collection, which is around 130 works including paintings and works on paper,” he said.

The exhibition provides an engaging and educational walkthrough of the development of Warhol’s artistic language and its greater effect on culture. It’s certainly more than just an art exhibit, according to Ryland, the director of Revolver Gallery, curating of the exhibition has been done in such a way that is both thematic and chronological in order to contextualize the artist’s trajectory and societal impact.

“We are curating this exhibition along fanatic chronological vectors; it’s not necessarily chronological in terms of how you flow through the exhibition, but there are pockets of time that are in very close proximity to each other,” he said.

“As you’re navigating through the exhibition, you’re greeted with The Queens from the Reigning Queens Series, Marilyn Munroe’s, a portrait of Jane Fonda; you work through a very feminine entry. Then you work your way through Cowboys and Indians, which is a very nostalgic Native American exploration as a subject. Then you move into the Socialite’s— billionaire philanthropists, real estate developers, etc.” Ryland thoroughly explained.

“Then we’re greeted with a dollar sign canvas painting, which is a fine example of Warhol’s axiomatic statement of the relationship between big art and big money— you’re coming out of the portraits of individuals with money and then you’re greeted with paintings exploring the dollar sign as the subject. That’s just one example of the exhibition, but that happens all over the place in terms of themes, and in terms of when the works were executed,” he continued.

In terms of sequestering the Socialite paintings in the back spoke volumes to the exhibitions overall layout. To have a portrait painted by Andy Warhol in the 70’s and 80’s carried incredible prestige and in many circles at the time, was considered the ultimate form of social validation. The men painted were respectable individuals that were members of the social elite. According to Ryland, what’s particularly interesting about those works and why they’re isolated is because the commission portraits during that era were essentially his bread and butter. The Socialite paintings were at the time, of individuals who had very bourgeois taste.

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“We have a portrait of Jules Brassner of the Brassner family, a very important family within the world of the arts; and we have Jay Pritzker who is the founder of the Hyatt Hotel chain,” Ryland explained. “So we’re talking about very upper crust individuals and what’s interesting is that with these portrait paintings, these individuals were essentially granted an instantaneous immortality, and there is a timelessness with those works which is why they’re kind of sequestered by themselves.”

As an added fun fact, George Marciano from Montreal, the owner of Guess Jeans was also a member of Warhol’s Socialite painting collection, and what’s humorous is the gallery’s space was a Guess location prior to the demolition.

“It would serendipitously turn out that we had selected this space out of a few other choices that we had on the table, and we just happened to have that work in our collection— it’s quite humorous actually,” he said with an ever so slight smirk.

Tracing back to Warhol’s axiomatic theme of the relationship between big art and big money plays a huge role on his overall personality, lifestyle and aesthetic. Ryland noted that as educated gallerists and art enthusiasts, what’s important to realize is the just of the artist’s history. Andy Warhol came from a very, very poor background. He grew up destitute and for the large majority of his life, even when he was at the height of his success in the late 70’s, it’s safe to say he was still eating Campbell’s Soup every single day.

“I think he was a person of routine,” Ryland intuitively observed. “So in terms of really appropriating imagery from promo photos of other stars, I think that the Campbell’s Soup cans are unique in my opinion in that they’re pulling from something very sentimental to Andy Warhol’s life rather than looking outward for a subject matter to explore. I think that was a subject that had come personally from within, which is quite interesting.”

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The Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror For Today exhibit was curated to educate people from some of Warhol’s iconic works and a selection of esoteric work. For instance, Warhol’s shadow painting from 1977 is a great example of Warhol’s work into abstraction, which did not happen too often. In addition, the gallery showcases Warhol’s still life paintings called, Committee 2000, which was also executed in the early 80’s. It was considered the investigation into the inflation between high art and low art, and the value of genre picture making. Essentially, the exhibition has been carefully calculated to give creative viewers, collectors, curators, gallerists, and art enthusiasts alike, the groundwork and expose those to works one has never seen before.

“In addition, we have a great rotating lecture series that we have also calculated; we’re pulling in art luminaries from the Greater Toronto Area and artists who have been exposed and are touched by Andy Warhol’s creative genius,” Ryland said. “They’ll experience Andy Warhol’s work with Canadian eyes, they’ll interpret that, digest it, and present it with a Canadian voice to further the exhibition program and educate people as to why his work is so relevant— so there’s that component to the exhibition as well.”

The Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror For Today exhibition is open from Tuesday – Sunday from 10am to 7pm until December 31, 2015. Admissions range from: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+), $5 for students (full-time with ID) and youth (6 to 17), kids (under 5) are free and accommodations for a group of 10 or more are subject to 20% off.

For more information visit: warholrevisited.com

Posted by Christina Cheng

Previously: Andy Warhol Revisited

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On May 28th Hennessy and 1 LOVE T.O. partnered to bring the unique sounds of the DJ/Producer collective known as SOULECTION (Esta, Jay Prince, Lakim, Joe Kay) to Toronto as part of the Hennessy Artistry program. The SOLD-OUT show at Tattoo (567 Queen St W) was everything we hoped it to be, with an eclectic mix of people and sounds, creating an undeniable vibe that Toronto is so well-known for. Opening act and local band WILDE, made up of lead singer Giselle Mapp, Olutobi “Nyra” Akinwumi and Brandon Merenick had a stand out performance in front of an awestruck audience. One of our favourite things about Hennessy Artistry is introducing new talent to a new audience, especially when it’s local talent! Check out the video above and see the entire photo gallery HERE.

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Previously: Hennessy Artistry Presents Keys N Krates “In-Studio Session”

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Majid Jordan dropped their new single “My Love” with a feature from OVO’s own Drake. This release comes right after Drake dropped his new video for “Energy” on Apple Music and his Beats 1 radio show announcement. All we can say is that we can’t wait for the new Majid Jordan album due out later this year! Until then, enjoy the sounds of “My Love”…

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Every summer is meant to be filled with memorable moments; it just wouldn’t feel right any other way! This summer, Amex can be your key to creating memorable moments at venues across Canada including the legendary Molson Amphitheatre.

No matter what type of music you like, Amex has got you covered this summer with artists like the Tragically Hip performing live on July 1st, Kelly Clarkson on July 23rd, or maybe you’re in to the queen of Hip Hop – Nicki Minaj performing live on July 28th!

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You might be asking yourself how can Amex make these concert experiences any better than they already are?! Here’s how…

1. As an Amex Cardmember you get priority access to a VIP line that gets you in to the venue faster, easier, and stress free.
2. Cardmembers also get to experience the Amex Lounge inside the Molson Amp where you can enjoy pre and post show events and performances.
3. Never miss another show by signing up for Front Of The Line® E-Updates
4. Explore AmexInvites.ca to learn more about some of the hottest events this summer!

We can’t wait to kick off summer right and make some memorable moments at some amazing shows this summer! You can share your memorable experiences using the hashtag #ThisMoment with @AmexCanada and @1LOVETO!

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The original Cash Money Records Rapper/Producer/DJ and one half of rap duo Big Tymers – Mannie Fresh will be here in Toronto this Friday, July 10th, performing live at Tattoo (567 Queen St West). Mannie’s best known for his production on chart-topping albums for the Hot Boys, which was composed of Lil Wayne, B.G., Juvenile, and Turk, producing all of the group’s singles. Don’t miss out on your chance to witness hip hop history!

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Tweet @1LOVETO #MannieFresh for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Mannie Fresh live at Tattoo this Friday, July 10th, 2015.

If you don’t win, don’t worry, you can still purchase tickets HERE.

BONUS ‘MANNIE FRESH’ MIX BY DJ ROMEO

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Legendary music producer and DJ – Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez aka K-Dope is making a special guest appearance next Friday, July 17th at Tattoo. This soon-to-be sold out show also features the sounds of DJ Dave Campbell and Jason Palma. We don’t want you to miss out on this musical journey, so we’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show!

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Tweet @1LOVETO #KennyDope for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Kenny live!

If you don’t win, don’t worry, you’ve got a week or so to buy tickets before they sell out.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

We’ll leave you with a mix to get you in the mood! Enjoy…

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As Canada Basketball continues to assert itself as a force in the NBA and International basketball scene, Nike looks to foster the spirit of competition within the city by creating The Crown League. With rich traditions like the Drew League out in LA and the Rucker and EBC in New York, it was only right Nike began one in Toronto.

Every Friday from July 3rd to the 24th, six teams of potential suitors for the Kings of Toronto Basketball descend upon Jarvis Collegiate to #ClaimRoyalty in an all out elimination tournament. ACE, M.A.D.E., CIA BOUNCE, 6MAN, NORTHERN KINGS and our very own 1LOVETO are the teams vying for the Crown.

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Last week 1LOVETO’s very own Brady Heslip took home “Player of the Week” honours after dropping 44 poins and shooting 68% from the field in a big 101-88 victory over an Anthony Bennet-led CIA Bounce. This week is the final week to earn bragging rights and rankings going into the semi-finals.

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While the teams participating were invited, everyone has the opportunity to experience the competition by registering with Nike.

Join us Friday nights at Jarvis Collegiate – doors open at 5:45pm at door #6 (on Wellesley St). Tip off starts at 6:30 PM. Registration opens Sundays at 12AM. After you claim your seat, don’t forget to claim/download your NIKE+ EVENT PASS for line bypass and reserved seating.

Toronto has always had kings. Now they have a kingdom.

Posted by Graham Stewart

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This past weekend we were fortunate to not only get out to Taste of Toronto at Fort York, but to participate in a “Keepers of the Craft” Workshop led by Chef Grant Van Gameren alongside Pilsner Urquell. Taste of Toronto guests were also given a rare chance to sample some unfiltered Pilsner Urquell, a beer-tasting experience normally only available in Plzeň.

As food lovers from across the GTA ascended on the sun-soaked Garrison Common, an intimate group gathered to watch Chef Grant Van Gameren of Bar Isabel and Bar Raval lead a demonstration in the proper preparation of oysters, clams and a variety of crustacean. We sipped our cold pints of Pilsner Urquell under the shade of a miniature white tent and watched intently, knowing we were about to be doing the same ourselves.

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Chef Grant then gave us our challenge, which was to build the best seafood tower with the items available to us. We split into two teams and each got right to business at their respective stations. Before we knew it our table was overflowing with crabs legs, shrimp, oysters and more pints than were necessary for a productive assembly. As we shucked, peeled and debated important things like presenting the crabmeat in oyster or clam shells, or whether or not to hang shrimp off the side of the top, the hardest part became keeping everything on the platter and out of our mouths. Preparation and presentation eventually gave way to eating and drinking, and before we knew it Chef Grant was giving us our one-minute warning.

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Though “the bad guys” were judged to have built a better seafood tower, we thought nothing of it as we looked back at an unforgettable afternoon with our team and washed down shrimp, oyster, raw tuna, lobster, crab and more seafood than we had had in weeks with a few pints of cold, delicious Pilsner Urquell.

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Having built an international following on the same recipe and traditions that they began with in 1842, Pilsner Urquell are true #KeepersOfTheCraft. Many thanks to Pilsner Urquell, Chef Grant Van Gameren and Taste of Toronto for an incredible experience.

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Toronto’s Revolver Gallery, founded by Canadian entrepreneur Ron Rivlin, hosted the Andy Warhol Revisited grand opening this past Tuesday, June 30th, an exhibition running until December 31st of this year. The exhibition includes over 120 works, featuring Warhol’s famous Campbell’s Soup Cans print, a tryptic of Marilyn Monroe portraits, plus the Dollar Sign canvas. Don’t miss out on your chance to see these works of art!

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Nike Women Toronto celebrated a weekend of Women in sport from June 11-14th. Approximately 13,000 athletes participated, supported, encouraged, and came together to run and train their way to a personal best. As part of the Nike Women’s Race Series, 10,000 women gathered at the start line on Toronto Island on Sunday, June 14, to fuel their passion for running.

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After a solid 10 weeks of training, some 10,000 runners pushed themselves to go farther and faster while running the Nike Women’s 15K on the Toronto Islands; through neighbourhoods, parklands and along the runways of Billy Bishop airport, all set against the backdrop of downtown Toronto. The adrenaline was at an all-time high. Hearing and feeling the planes take off and land as you ran across its runway was exhilarating to say the least! Spectators and supporters cheering you on as you crossed each kilometre made you push even harder and faster. Performances from bands and choirs were a refreshing surprise after running a few kilometres surrounded by just nature. And the scenic view of sailboats floating atop an oasis of serenity waters while running on the bride before the finish line put runners at a place of Zen. Everyone finished peaceful and strong.

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It was my first official race and my nerves the night before were going bonkers – I barely slept! I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew I was anxious and ready to run!

Firstly, I was put in Wave 4 which clocks in at a pace between 5:30 to 6:00 per kilometre when I really wanted to be in Wave 3 (5:00 to 5:30 pace) with the rest of my running crew. They had made an announcement that runners weren’t allowed to go up a wave, only down. Nonetheless, I didn’t stress it at all. I thoroughly enjoyed running on my own and getting in my own zone. Secondly, it was a cold and very wet start to the race but that was least of my worries. I was actually hoping for rain or cooler temperatures rather than hot, humid, and muggy. I guess it worked in my favour. Thirdly, I can’t say I’m proud of my time because I knew I could have finished a solid 10 minutes before my clock time. I was stuck in a sea of runners for a chunk of the race path and found it difficult to maneuver and get in my groove but I guess that comes with it! Next time I know, use them elbows (kidding but not kidding)! Nonetheless, I’m very proud to have successfully completed my first race ever! I felt good by the end of it; I wasn’t overly tired and I was in complete control of my breathing the entire time. It was definitely a proud and memorable moment for myself. Now I’m addicted to running and motivated more than ever to try new challenging marathons!

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Marlen Esparza is a professional female boxer and olympian who finished 14th alongside Joan Benoit Samuelson, an American Olympian Marathon Runner in a time of 1:01:44. Paula Findlay, Canadian triathlete finished first in a time of 53:40. It was inspiring to have personally met and shared my first 15K race with such motivating and supportive athletes, let alone 10,000 other amazing women! It was such an honour. I was emotional by the end of my race, I shed a few tears because I was overwhelmed by the entire race weekend. It was such a blessing and an all-time adrenaline high to have experienced it all. I physically and mentally challenged myself and I am #BETTERFORIT.

Currently, I’m in preparation to train for my first half-marathon race in October for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon!

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Posted by Christina Cheng

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