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PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Taha M, Taha Photo
#streetsoul came to life after studying my images over time. I’d look at my visuals and could sense the consistent tone and mood. That’s obviously a reflection of me, my personality, and the way I see things through my lens. At that time in my life, I used to shoot a lot on my own… in the rain, on gloomy days, and in some rarely visited places in the city. #streetsoul felt like it summed up what I captured, the stories I was seeing and wanting to share. It captured the honesty, the heartbeat, the harsh reality but ultimately the beauty, found on the streets and in the every day. It started with Toronto as a backdrop and all its nooks and crannies, but #streetsoul is universal and can be applied anywhere in the world.

Photography by Patrick Leung

Posted by Samira

Previously: PIQUE: Saam (Music)

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The one and only Mr. Kardinal is back with his latest offering “No Reason”, off his new album ‘Kardi Gras’ Volume One: The Clash. The overall album taps into Kardinal’s cross genre appeal and influences (reggae/dancehall, hip hop, electronic, soul, trap, orchestral, pop) and Stephen Marley, Glenn Lewis, Supa Dups, and many more.

“It was very fun yet difficult to write, record and live with this song. It literally splits me in half between what I feel is right and wrong, for several different reasons. I think the most difficult songs that make you anxious and feel everything with every bone in your body are the ones worth releasing. My fans of all races and persuasions have said this is one of their favorite songs on the album, and the video reminds me of the energy that I grew up with, a mix of Wu Tang Clan, Public Enemy, NWA and a little KRS One.”

Album is available now available on iTunes.

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PIQUE: Saam

PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Saam Music
I think what ultimately makes you a legend in any industry is your ability to evoke change. That’s the kind of music that transcends time. As much as it doesn’t really matter once you’re dead, I feel like you’ve reached your full potential in life when you’ve created something that out lives you.

As of right now my music is a lot like my diary. It’s very open, honest and extremely personal. There’s absolutely no sugarcoating. You really get the good, the bad, and the ugly with me. I guess what I hope to have resonate with people is how openly flawed I am. Especially with my upcoming EP “Pysch Eval”, I want people to feel like they know me once they’ve heard it. If people have a love-hate relationship with me after hearing it, then I’ll feel like I did my job.

Photography by Patrick Leung

Posted by Samira

Previously: PIQUE: Curtis C (c.h.s.e. Works Leather Goods)

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PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Curtis C., chseWorks L.G.
Machines have a tendency to distance us from our natural senses. I love making every product by hand because it really keeps me connected with the craft and my passion for it.

My passion for the artisanal goods came from wanting high quality products, and being let down with other products. So I started studying aspects of leatherwork to make for myself, what I felt I needed and deserved. And the joy I got from making it for myself spurred me on the do the same for others. That’s where c.h.s.e came from. From other people realizing their value and self worth.

The first critical step I took was investing in my ability not only as a designer, but as a hands on crafts man. An artisan.

Photography by Patrick Leung

Previously: PIQUE: Clairmont The Second

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1 LOVE T.O. kicks off Harbourfront Centre’s ‘DJ Skate Nights’ with our 6th Annual Holiday Ice Skating Party on Saturday, December 19th, from 8-11pm at The Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West). We’ve got our official 1 LOVE T.O. DJ DLUX plus 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, they sell out quickly. If it gets too cold, don’t worry, you can keep warm with hot chocolate, food and other drinks inside the lounge!

We’ll see you on the ice!

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For more info: harbourfrontcentre.com/djskatenights

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PIQUE: Clairmont The Second

PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Clairmont The Second
Being in the music industry, it can really mess your head up because of how corrupted it is but I have to stay grounded and know that God has me. I want to be financially stable, mentally stable, and have a stable fan base which can enable me to tour. I want my parents to stop working or at least do what they truly want to do in life. I want to be able to move out eventually and not worry about the costs of anything. Most importantly, I want to love what I’m doing and not have to feel like a sellout or anything along the lines of that. I want many strong relationships, from God, to people, to my work. I want the music to speak to many.

Photography by Patrick Leung

Posted by Samira

Previously: PIQUE: Allie

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Cavalcade of Lights (Time Lapse)

Well known Toronto photographer Matt Barnes switches things up from using his usual DSLR, to shoot a time lapse video of the “Cavalcade of Lights” with his new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. If you missed this year’s event, press play and check out the footage from Nathan Phillips Square!

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PIQUE: Allie

PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

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Allie
For the sake of keeping it simple, I like to say my sound is “Future Soul”, but there’s a lot of different influences and styles I like to draw from. When people listen, I hope they dig deep and try to identify some of the more nuanced elements within the music. But my greatest hope is that when people listen it ignites some spark of creativity in them. I love how creativity is so contagious, how a painting can inspire a piece of music, and then that music can inspire a dancer, and the ripple effect goes on and on. That’s the beauty of art to me.

Posted by Samira

Previously: PIQUE: Yanal (Peace Collective)

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