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Many of you may not know that the front-man for the popular music group Rhye is actually Mike Milosh. Milosh is also a successful solo artist and photographer who recently released his fourth project entitled “Jetlag”, which is currently available on iTunes.

Over the past month or so we’ve been working very closely with Milosh to help launch his Jetlag photo exhibit and album listening event in Toronto. The event will be hosted by Milosh on Thursday, April 17th, from 7-10pm at the Moniker Gallery (452 Richmond St. West, near Spadina) and will feature photos taken by Milosh & Alexa (his wife).

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If you’re unfamiliar with Milosh or even Rhye, check out our exclusive interview below…

1. What came first for you, music or art?

Music came at the same time as art for me. I started playing cello when I was 3 and was picking up pencils around the same time. I went to an art school for my childhood and into my high-school career where I was actually an art major and music minor. The two forms have been my outlets for as long as I really can remember having a personality. 

2. Who’s your favourite photographer?

I don’t have a favourite photographer per se, but I love artists like Ai weiwei, love his use of photography and I love artists like James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson. I guess what I am getting at is that as an artist I wouldn’t ever want to be relegated to just one particular form, art is an expression, you choose the form to suit what you are trying to express be it music, film, photography…

3. Film or Digital, and why?

I use both but I actually like Digital better. I just like what you can do with it, you aren’t confined to a particular stock, or pre existing look. I love the way film looks, and I admire what other photographers are doing with it but Digital just suits what I am doing. I love the mix of technology and art, I think there are a lot of similarities in electronic music, digital film and video.

4. I read somewhere that your wife Alexa actually came up with the music video concept for “Slow Down”. How involved is your wife in your overall creative process?

Actually she is very involved, it’s why I have her credited as my master producer. She not only inspires me to create and push things further but I view most of what I do as a collaboration with her. She was by my side during most of the recording of “Jetlag” throwing ideas in, helping with lyrics all the way to the mastering process, lending her ears on the final touches. She is such a brilliant actress, I love filming her and shooting her, this idea she came up with for slow down was just something we had to do once she thought it up. We actually kind of do everything together to be honest. All the posters for Rhye (the witch hunt series) are collabs between the two of us, the Milosh music videos… It’s fun times. We are working on another EP together as well.

5. I know you don’t agree, but a lot of your fans think you sound like a women when you sing.  Do you think the Rhye album cover may have added to the confusion?

Yeah It probably did. I didn’t realize people really thought I sounded like a woman on that record as it’s me, so, yeah… I thought people were saying that more as a joke at first. I also think because I didn’t release photos of myself people just ran with what they wanted to. It was kind of interesting to watch. 

6. Has the popularity of Rhye allowed you to grow as a solo artist?

I think, or I hope I am always growing from all the things that happen in my life, Rhye is just one of those things. 

7. Lastly, I don’t think very many people realize that you’re originally from Toronto. What type of influence, if any, did growing up in Toronto have on your style of music?

Hmmm, well in the 90’s there was a nice little electronic appreciation in Toronto so I think that helped, but I have always had a wanderlust, an interest in seeing as much of the world as possible and drawing influences from all there is. I think my specific group of friends in Toronto had a large influence on me. We were all super into music, listening to it, making it…  I don’t want to sound unappreciative, I think Toronto was the perfect place for me to grow up in a perfect time. The trees in Toronto are some of the most inspirational tress in the world, and how that relates to music well, then we need to discuss the Fibonacci sequence and how trees influence your creative spirit. Ravine city man, ravine city.

For more info: miloshphotography.tumblr.com

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Toronto-based comedian Trixx gave us a list of the “Top 5 Things People Do When They Think Spring Has Arrived” …but winter stays around like an ex who won’t take a hint!

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1. People sometimes take their Jordan’s out early only to find out that had they just checked the weather before going outside, they would avoided the winter snow salt that destroys a perfectly good pair of number 4s.

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2. Girls get a nice spring pedicure only to discover that 10cm of snow fell while they were asleep and now that lovely crappy palm tree design on their toenails that was done by an angry Korean chick that wasn’t tipped, will have to be covered by Nike socks and Uggs for another week!

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3. People take their beautiful car they’ve been dying to show off at Tim Horton’s illustrious parking lot to the car wash, only to be hit with slushy ice pellets as they leave the car wash on the way Tim Hortons. By the time they get to the parking lot, it looks like Xzibit unpimped their car because the cheque bounce!

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4. There’s that great feeling that comes over you when you’re in the mood to play some outdoor basketball. You call up a few guys and make the plan to go shoot hoops. But if one of you had just checked the weather channel or kept your TV on CP24, you would’ve known that 5 crappy CM of snow fell while u were playing NBA2K14, and it’s just another night of Game of Thrones re-runs!

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5. Nothing makes me chuckle more than when a girl wants to show off her new summer body that she’s been working hard on all winter long. She celebrates this by getting her hair done and she’s ready to make some men drool. However, while she was underneath the dryer at LaKwanda’s Booyeah Get ‘Em Guurl Hair Salon, Mother Nature didn’t receive her child support cheque in time and gives the Jane and Wilson area an unnecessary blizzard, leaving that walk to the car from the salon the angriest walk ever, because it was sunny outside earlier and she didn’t walk with an umbrella!

We want to hear your suggestions! Tweet them to @1LOVETO #SpringHasArrived

50 Ways To Be A Daredevil

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CNN recently listed “50 Ways To Be A Daredevil”, which included Toronto’s CN Tower Edge Walk at #7 on the list!

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The thrill of visiting Toronto’s CN Tower used to be the half-kilometer ride up the elevator. Now, adventurers can dangle from the outside of the roof of the tower’s restaurant, 356 meters above the ground. The Edge Walk lasts 90 minutes, with 20-30 minutes spent on the walk itself.

CLICK HERE to see the complete list.

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A new Rob Ford video surfaced yesterday, but it’s not what you think. A nine year old girl uses quotes from Ford’s crack denial and admission to try and get out of punishment from her dad. The video’s intended message is simple, “our children are watching.”

Thoughts?

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Toronto beat makers Free n Losh drop “You Had My Mind” as part of the Untz Challenge V. Untz has launched a contest with a grand prize consisting of the opportunity to perform at the biggest and best summer music festivals across the United States. If you’re feeling the track, make sure you vote for our local boys to win!

Voting begins April 3, 2014.

For more info: theuntz.com

Previously: Free n Losh – “A World Within” EP

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Toronto-based singer/songwriter Aria Zenua just released her music video for “Trippin”, a new single off her latest EP. If you’re unfamiliar with Aria, her music is a fusion of everything from soul, reggae, blues, and pop. Take a few minutes to check out her music and let us know what you think?

Listen to one of our favourite songs by Aria – “Pushing Me Away”

For more info: facebook.com/ariazenuamusic

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UforChange: Family Reunion

UforChange is an arts-based educational program for young people living in Regent Park, St. James Town, and across the GTA. They just posted a recap video from their “Family Reunion”, where over 70 of their closest friends and allies came together to celebrate the partnership between Prince’s Charities Canada, UforChange and the Wellesley Institute. Watch the video to see what UforChange is all about!

For more info: uforchange.org

Previously: UforChange: Meet Helen & Valen

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Subway Thoughts

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Toronto-based cartoonist Kurtis Scott has turned his daily commute on the TTC to a web series of hilarious, but very true commentaries entitled, “Subway Thoughts”. We’ve included a few of our favourite episodes that we know you can relate to…

THE BACKPACK

THE MIDDLE SEAT

CRAZY EYE CONTACT

WATCH ALL THE EPISODES HERE

For more info: kurttoons.com

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The Generator Hostel Berlin Mitte in Germany, has been created by Ester Bruzkus, WAF Architects and the Toronto-based Design Agency. You may already be familiar with The Design Agency’s work without even knowing it. They’re responsible for venues like Brasaii, Momofuko, Soho House Toronto and the flagship Generator Hostel in Spain. Take a look at what they’ve done in Germany!

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Photos by Nikolas Koenig

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Previously: Generator Hostel (Spain) by The Design Agency

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