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High Ends is Jeffrey Innes from Yukon Blonde. The name of the album is “Super Class”, and it features members of The New Pornographers, Ladyhawk and Gold & Youth. High Ends just released a new animated music video for the single ‘Intoxicated’ and the creator of the animated video, Tyler Witzel talks about his take on the video.

“At the time Jeff asked me to do the video, I had been working on a few designs for large outdoor, public sculptures. I thought animation would feel right for the video and aesthetically I wanted it to have a ’70s era National Film Board feel. From that came this idea of a drunken visit to an art gallery where everything kind of looks like the inside of a person’s body. I didn’t want anything overly literal associating to the themes of the song but if you’re wondering what all the pink goo is about, it’s “Cartoon Moonshine” or Pepto Bismol. Your choice.”

If you like this song, you might want to check out High Ends live in concert on November 18th at The Garrison.

For more info visit: facebook.com/highendsmusic

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It seems like every year, the Design Exchange out-does it annual ‘Intersection’ soirée. The party is a celebration of creative collisions and this year, they took their game to new heights with Intersection 2014: RISE UP!

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The organization brought us some incredible exhibitions this year including, “This is Not A Toy” and their latest, “Politics of Fashion / Fashion of Politics”, which also influenced the theme of this year’s party. Picketers were scattered across with signs saying, “Love Each Other”, “Freedom Forever” and the silent auction featured fashions by Vivienne Westwood and even the famous flag dress by Catharine Malandrino.

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DX RISE UP honoured Frank Toskan, Co-Founder of M.A.C. cosmetics who co-founded the iconic cosmetic brand more than 30 years ago in Toronto. The brand is famous for not only its beautiful pigments and high quality coverage, but for its social initiatives including Viva Glam which benefits the M.A.C AIDS Fund.

Naturally, a party dedicated to design would of course, have to be outfitted with only the best esthetics. Toronto based company PEKOTA Design, decked the place out with their industrial yet elegant furnishings, all made in Canada. We got cosy in the PEKOTA city loungers and nibbled on delectable desserts by Marigolds and Onions.

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The night ended with an epic vogue-off; Toronto VS. New York City! Voguing, popularized by Madonna, originated out of Harlem via the LBGT community in the 80s and is now recognized as one of the most iconic styles of dance to date.

For more info visit dx.org

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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All around the world Hennessy Artistry brings together some of the most talented artists on stage for an eclectic mix of music; ranging from hip-hop to pop, rock to electronic music, which we call the #ArtofBlending.

We’re excited to announce the latest edition of the Hennessy Artistry Series for 2014, featuring live performances by Keys N Krates & Just Blaze!!

We are also proud to announce an additional live performance by Toronto’s songstress, MERNA.

Music for the night provided by our official DJ D-LUX & hosted by 1 LOVE T.O.’s own T-REXXX.

Join us Thursday November 20th at Uniun – 473 Adelaide St W Doors @ 10pm

Please RSVP to events@1LOVETO.com for you & your guests by 5pm on Tuesday November 18th.

*Limited Capacity
*Must be of legal drinking age to attend.

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“The 6 Right Now” By SoTeeOh

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We’re excited to announce our official 1 LOVE T.O. Photographer SoTeeOh has just released a new collection entitled, “The 6 Right Now”. It’s 9 photos that represent his view of life in Toronto right now.

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This is my new collection of prints called “The 6 Right Now”. My goal with these images was to strike a balance between the beauty I see in my city and the strange sense of isolation that can occur living down town in a major urban centre. When I shoot I look for moments of calm in the midst of the chaos; moments when I’m surrounded by 1000 people yet I feel like I’m the only one here. These 9 images represent my experience of life in Toronto right now.

All 9 prints are available exclusively through Nu Vango for the month of November.

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Games Night With Robert Mondavi

If there’s one thing that everybody loves, it’s ‘games night’!

Earlier this fall @1LOVETO partnered with @iYellowWineClub & @RobertMondaviPS to host a good old fashioned ‘games night’, in the exclusive iYellow Wine Cave. We invited a few of our closest friends for a night of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music, and good company. The Jenga games were hilarious, while Connect 4, Chinese Checkers, Monopoly and Domino’s were fiercely competitive. Watch the video to see what went down!

Who’s ready for Games Night Round 2??!!

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Fresh Off The Boat Opens In Toronto

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Fresh Off The Boat is a newly open ‘seafood joint’ in the city’s vibrant and cultured Queen West area (404 Queen St W), which holds a heavy, yet clever tongue-in-cheek Asian reference and flair. Nonetheless, owner, Quinten Tran (who was also one of the founders of “Buster’s Sea Cove” food truck) found its derogatory term to fit appropriately by embracing its cheeky double entendre suitable for a seafood-centric spot.

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Although the space serves as a mini dine-in and dive, it mainly focuses on takeaway, but offers minimal and intimate sized eating accommodations with a couple of tables pushed back against an aqua blue (mimicking the sea) leather banquette, and a bar-style option on the opposite side.

The space has all the characters of a trendy and modern sea shanty—fish printed wallpaper, ropes, lanterns, a wall of uniquely framed pictures, and other nautical trinkets—plus a few Asian elements, like a floor-to-ceiling shelving unit filled with Sriracha bottles.

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The chalkboard menu (divided into picture frames) lists about a dozen seafood options and sides, with an influence on Asian-Canadian flair. For instance, their signature sandwich is the FOB ($11.95) which is also known as their version of an Asian poboy banh mi: battered catfish, Kim chi and burned aioli, served with broccoli house slaw and fresh cut fries with a bit of heat.

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You can also go for the deep-fried battered Soft Shell Crab sandwich ($14.95) with remoulade, lettuce, tomato, fresh cut fries and house broccoli slaw. The featured specimen was intimidating at first as its legs and claws dangle over the edges of the sweet, dense brioche bun.

Catering to pescetarians and seafood lovers, this new joint has its advantage, as it’s exactly what the Queen West strip is lacking. Although they are squeezed between Kinton Ramen and Rose City Kitchen, and on the same block as Banh Mi Boys and Burger’s Priest, they stand as their own competition. It’s safe to say that Fresh Off The Boat adds a fresh new take to what has quickly become a densely delicious corner of Queen West.

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Next time you have that seafood craving, check out FOB and tell ‘em that we sent ya!

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We’re extremely excited to present an exclusive Hennessy Artistry “In-Studio Session” with Toronto’s Keys N Krates! If you’re unfamiliar with this trio, Adam Tune (drummer), David Matisse (synthesizer/keyboardist), and Jr. Flo (turntablist), successfully merge drums, keyboards, turntables and live sampling both on and off stage. Their unique sound lives seamlessly between genres, merging hip hop and electronic music, and creating remixed and original productions unlike any other band to date.

In anticipation for the upcoming Hennessy Artistry Tour, we got the chance to sit down with Keys N Krates at their Toronto studio to witness their unique approach to song creation and learn more about the ‘art of blending’.

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“The Hennessy Artistry tour made sense to us from the get go,” says Adam Tune, drummer of Keys N Krates. “We reference everything from hip-hop to bass music in our beats, taking from whatever inspires us at the time. It’s cool how Hennessy is incorporating so many different types of acts into their live series.”

As part of the Hennessy Artistry Tour, Keys N Krates will blend and morph their set with legendary music producer Just Blaze. A force in the hip-hop scene, Just Blaze has worked with a myriad of notable artists including Jay-Z, Kanye West and most recently, Baauer, famous for his hit song “Harlem Shake.”

SAVE THE DATE: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20TH – HENNESSY ARTISTRY: Keys N Krates x Just Blaze

For more info follow @1LOVETO #ArtOfBlending

Merna – “The Calling” Album

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Toronto songstress Merna (formerly known as Ayah) just released her full length album “The Calling”. Before you give it a listen, take in a few words about the project from Merna below…

To my friends & supporters,

A couple years ago, I woke up, a single woman in her mid 20′s, after being in a very long, young, and reckless relationship with someone who was very much a reflection of myself: emotionally unavailable. I’m sure we loved the very best way that we knew how.

I moved around a lot as a child. It was a great experience, enriching for my soul and mind. Cultures, sounds, music, people…Beautiful.

However, it also left me with a kind of separation anxiety. It’s human nature to want to hold on to things: materials, people, ideas, what people think of us, how we view ourselves. We’re also so scared of dying, that we hold on to life, even if it’s a life we’d rather change. Society has us so desensitized and distracted. I’m not sure we know how to listen to ourselves, to really feel, connect, live in our moments, evolve with nature, hear our call, to love.

The Calling is about all of these things. I collaborated with amazing producers, Makai Black and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, who created the most luscious, rich musical masterpieces so that I could tell my story.

What I want to leave you with, is a question I asked myself when I heard the call: “if not me, then who?”

I hope you love this as much as I do.

Available on iTunes

For more info, visit: mernakilledayah.com

Previously: Merna – “A Little More” (Live Performance)

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CONTEST: Win A Whistler Getaway For 2!

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We’re super excited to announce the launch of the Adventure Series campaign with Bench. Canada! Bench. Canada is challenging YOU to an adventure! We Dare YOU to #Adventurewithus on a #BenchAdventure photo challenge for a chance to win a Whistler getaway for 2!

ENTER CONTEST

STEP 1:
Enter by following @BenchCanada on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and re-post the image below to accept the challenge!

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STEP 2:
Participate by posting your interpretation of each photo challenge by using #BenchAdventure and #AdventureWithUs.

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PHOTO CHALLENGE DATES:
NOVEMBER 3rd – Today’s #AdventureWithUs photo challenge is #NoComfortZones

NOVEMBER 6th – Photo challenge is #LiveFree

*Contest ends November 9th, 2014.

Previously: Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Rock Climbing Adventure With Bench. Canada

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Nike Celebrates Women’s Week

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The week of October 20, 2014 marked the start of an incredible, moving and inspiring week for women across the globe. Nike Women celebrated Women’s Week in New York City with a Media Launch Summit for women who are apart of the media field and apart of living a healthy and athletic lifestyle. With that being said, Nike Women was able to connect with 65 million women across the global digital community by inviting a handful of women from various cities and countries to connect with their active followers via their social media networks/handles in hopes to inspire and motivate each other by sharing their individual experience throughout the summit, and to encourage women worldwide to keep it moving!

Throughout the week, each women apart of the media launch summit was in for a treat. On October 22, Nike (NYSE: NKE) unveiled its new Spring/Summer 2015 Women’s collections in New York City at Spring Studios with 27 of the world’s top athletes, showcasing a breadth of performance and lifestyle products as well as digital services as it continues to accelerate growth within its women’s business.

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“Sport and fitness are powering a new lifestyle shift for women around the world,” says Mark Parker, President & CEO of NIKE, Inc. “Our relationship with our digital community of 65 million women, coupled with great product innovation, is driving our momentum and we expect to add another $2 billion in revenue to reach $7 billion by FY17.”

According to statistics and research, women all over the world are choosing to work out and run with Nike. The Nike+ Training Club App (N+TC) for women has been downloaded 16 million times and 9 million women have downloaded the Nike+ Running App. The Nike+ digital community is a global ecosystem of inspiration and optimism, using knowledge and community to motivate. By offering athletes at every level a better understanding of themselves, Nike serves as the direct link between the female consumer and her goals.

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Nike’s Spring/Summer 2015 Women’s collections feature new performance looks and designer collaborations catering to every element of a modern woman’s athletic lifestyle. These include new products across Nike’s running, training and sportswear categories, ranging from high-performance tights to Nike Flyknit footwear to innovative new sports bras.

“With such an explosion of creativity in sport and a growing lifestyle that seamlessly integrates her run and workout with the rest of her day, Nike has never been better positioned for growth,” says Amy Montagne, VP/GM of Nike Women. “Today we’re introducing the most comprehensive and innovative women’s collection Nike has ever created.”

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The global lineup of athletes in New York included Olympic gold medalists Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Adelina Sotnikova; two-time tennis Grand Slam champion Li Na; and professional basketball star Skylar Diggins.

Nike also revealed its collaboration with Brazilian designer Pedro Lourenço, which meshes the latest performance innovation with Lourenço’s craftsmanship and reinvents classic women’s training styles with new cuts, shapes, and premium detailing. It’s a collection of training apparel and footwear that blends performance with a unique interpretation of style.

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After witnessing upcoming athletic apparel, over 300 women apart of the media launch summit were invited to test out some of the new gear and participate in a live NTC workout lead by Nike Master Trainers — Eva Redpath and Traci Copeland at the beautiful and historic Cipriani on Broadway. The adrenaline and energy in the space was filled at an all time high as a crowd of women joined together to enjoy a fun, electrifying, high intensity workout.

Posted by Christina G. Cheng

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