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Torontonian vintage heads are in for another treat as founders Josh Roter and Chantal Varela of, In Vintage We Trust (IVWT), expands their e-commerce market and opens its first ever retail headquarters store in the city’s ever growing Parkdale area. With their innate ability in retail, wholesale, design and fashion consultation, their passion lies in vintage clothing.

“eBay has been an excellent platform for us to grow our business internationally. However, the majority of our customers are not located in Canada. We knew that we wanted to bring IVWT to the local market and the best place to do that is right here, in the heart of Parkdale,” said co-owner Josh Roter.

Having earned its share of recognition and winning the eBay ‘Service-preneur of the Year’ award, IVWT guarantees to source some of the rarest vintage garments on the face of the earth by bringing the best of workwear, sportswear, military, and popular culture to the Toronto market. Both Josh and Chantal’s approach to vintage is unique as they aim to create a new way to view vintage menswear along with excellent customer service and product knowledge.

“We pride ourselves in being able to provide a back history to all of the items that sit inside our store.”

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Inside the newly opened brick and mortar shop, you will find some of the vintage industry’s most elusive hand-picked garments that you simply can’t (and won’t) find anywhere else.

Despite another vintage shop coveted on the West Queen West strip, In Vintage We Trust believes itself to differ from the typical vintage clothing experience as they have grown from being an online shop (in 2010) to one of the top names for international vintage menswear and collectibles at fair market value.

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Support the ever growing vintage wave and visit their newly opened retail location at 1580 Queen Street West, visit them online invintagewetrust.com, or follow IVWT on Instagram @invtgwetrust.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Greatness isn’t measured by how much you have, rather it’s gaged by how much you give.

Dear friends of @1LOVETO, Chef @AdrianForte (Food Network) has decided that for his 3rd annual community holiday dinner he wanted to team up with 1LOVETO to reach even more people in need. On Saturday December 27th, when everyone is out shopping for Boxing Day sales we will co-curate a dinner for members of our community who need it most. No matter the details of the story, if you or someone you know could benefit from this dinner, all are welcome.

We are excited to open the doors to our home Revival Bar (783 College St.), from 3-6pm on Saturday Dec 27th, with already confirmed attendance c/o Street Voices and Breakfast Club of Canada, this will reach people in need from every part of the city.

So now to you! We are inviting our readers to donate non-perishable food items at our Holiday Shuffle Party at Revival this Friday night Dec. 26th! A portion of the donated food will be used by Chef Adrian Forte for our 1LOVETO dinner and the rest will be donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

DONATIONS CAN BE MADE HERE

What: Holiday Shuffle Party

When: Friday, Dec 26th, 2014

Time: 10pm – 2am

Where: Revival Bar – 783 College St. West

For more info visit: facebook.com/shuffleparty or email: shuffleparty@gmail.com

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WILDE – “Hanging Tree (Are You?)”

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Toronto-based band WILDE, made up of Giselle Mapp, Olutobi “Nyra” Akinwumi and Brandon Merenick just released their debut single “Hanging Tree (Are You?)”, a cover of Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) “The Hanging Tree”. The group is signed to Last Gang Records (Chromeo, Ryan Hemsworth, etc) and are finishing up their debut “Flashlight EP” ready to drop early 2015. Keep an ear out for this trio, they’re about to make a lot of noise!

For more info, visit their official website: wearewilde.ca

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Coming off a high from their Hype Machine number 1 remix of Odesza’s “It’s Only”, Free n Losh bring us a rework of a classic, Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft.” This time they’ve teamed up with UK multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Tyler Rix to bring you a unique tune that showcases each others true musicianship and creativity. Sit back, relax, and press play.

Previously: The Art Of Blending – Free N Losh

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Haute Pan Toronto Serves It Up

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Let’s face it, who has the time and energy nowadays to prep and cook a meal once coming home from a long day? Many of us don’t. Opting for take-out or attending late business dinners have sadly become the norm. With that being said, there is a solution and culinary expert, chef Adrian Forte and holistic nutritionist, Jennifer Lau of Fit Squad are willing to show us the way. For instance, last month, a group of ladies (who, much like myself) were invited to an intimate three-course cooking class and meal-tasting event entitled, Haute Pan, which caters towards ladies who are influencers; movers and shakers in the city. The Fit Squad duo demonstrated how to prepare quick, healthy and delicious meals from appetizers, entrees and desserts, while gaining valuable nutritional advice.

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Upon attendance, the ladies were treated to specialty cocktails, a goodie table with various gourmet popcorn flavours, a makeup bar courtesy of Da Lish Cosmetics, a tarot card reading session, Fit Squad gift bags filled with health and wellness goodies, and a customized pen and notepad for jotting cooking tips while chef Adrian Forte kindly prepared (step-by-step) the dishes in front of us so we could learn how to easily replicate the dishes from the comfort of our homes.
On the Designer Dish Demo Menu, the ladies were introduced to the Tiger Shrimp ceviche with red beet hummus for the appetizer, Jerk marinated chicken cutlet on rice noodles and eatable flowers for the entrée, and organic Chocolate & Chickpea Brownies for dessert. These three simple and healthy meal options make for an ideal holiday party.

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TIGER SHRIMP CEVICHE WITH RED BEET HUMMUS
Yield: 6
Ingredients:
· 1 cup Tiger shrimp (raw, peeled, deveined)
· 2 fresh lemons (Juiced)
· 3 fish limes (Juiced)
· 1 bunch cilantro (Chopped)
· 1 Medium red onion (diced)
· 2 teaspoon kosher salt

Method:
· Remove the shells of the shrimp, and rinse
· With a meat cleaver or chef’s knife, chop each shrimp into quarter of and inch pieces
· In a large A nonreactive bowl or pan—stainless-steel, enamel-coated or glass
· Add diced onions, chopped shrimp and chopped cilantro
· Add ½ cup of citrus (juiced lime & lemons)
· Add 2 teaspoon kosher salt
· Mix well, refrigerate and marinate for no longer than 60 minutes

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RED BEET HUMMUS
Yield: 1 liter
Ingredients:
· 5 medium sized red beets (sliced)
· 3 tsp. salt
· 1 tsp. cracked pepper
· 1 tbsp. brown sugar
· 2.5 cups chickpeas
· ¼ cup coconut oil,
· 3 cloves garlic

Method:
· In the blender, 2.5 cups chickpeas, 5 medium red beets, 3 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon cracked pepper, 3 cloves garlic
· Add all the ingredients in vitamix or blender and pulse while pouring in ¼ coconut oil, add 1 tablespoon brown sugar
· Mixture is finished once it is lump free and smooth

Once complete, spread the hummus mixture on your choice of corn or rice based chip, or tostadas. Spread the hummus mixture on your preference of chip, add a spoonful of ceviche and top with micro greens to garnish and serve.

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CHOCOLATE & CHICKPEA BROWNIE
Yield: 30
Ingredients:
· 1 ½ cup Almond flour
· ½ cup brown sugar
· 2 large eggs
· 5 cup Garbanzo beans (Chickpeas)
· 1/2 cup coconut oil
· 1 cup unsweetened melted chocolate
· 1 cup shredded almonds

Method:
· In a large bowl add 1 1 ½ cup almond flour, ½ cup brown sugar and whisk together
· In blender or vitamix blend 5 cups of garbanzo bean, ¼ of coconut oil and puree until smooth
· Add pureed garbanzo beans to flour and sugar blend, then add 2 large eggs and whisk aggressively mix
· Add 1 cup of melted (raw) unsweetened melted chocolate and mix aggressively until smooth and lump free
· In a parchment lined baking pan pour brownie batter in and bake for 15 minutes at 350Fo
· Remove brownies from the oven and drizzle ½ cup of melted unsweetened chocolate
· Add 180g of shredded almonds
· Cool before serving

For more information on Fit Squad’s personal training services, nutritional consultation; meal plans, food delivery, healthy catering and future Haute Pan events, please visit FitSquad.ca.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Toronto Christmas Market #AmexLife

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Last Friday, we visited the world famous Shop.ca Toronto Christmas Market at the historic Distillery District. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out on a very unique indoor/outdoor shopping experience presented by American Express. It’s truly become a Toronto holiday tradition!

We started our adventure at the American Express Lounge. A place where everyone alike can escape the Canadian cold… Next to it, we played a round of ‘Spin To Win’ at the Amex Cabin, for our chance at some great prizes.

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After warming up in the lounge, we made our way through the cobblestone walkways by following the sounds of the Candy Cane Carolers. We ended up at the sound stage and joined in with the performers by singing along with some classic holiday feel good songs. The Market’s lineup was stacked with great Canadian artist with American Express providing the entertainment on select evenings.

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Believe it or not, we built up an appetite while singing our lungs out, so we decided to taste test some of the local vendors in the Market. Let’s just say, you need to try the giant pretzels, the chicken drumsticks and the French Canadian poutine. If you feel like grabbing a beer or Christmas cocktail we suggest you make use of El Catrin’s heated, yes we said heated outdoor patio. There’s nothing more Canadian than enjoying a cold one on a patio in the middle of winter!

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For those of you under 19, don’t worry, you can still enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by the cozy fire pits throughout the Market or over to the American Express Lounge for a complimentary cup!

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One of the coolest things about the Market is that you can shop both indoors and outdoors while supporting local vendors. If you’re looking for a one of a kind gift for that special someone, you’re sure to find it at the Shop.ca Toronto Christmas Market.

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Follow Joffrey Lupul on his off days at some of his favourite spots in the city. From his local coffee shop, to his favourite live music venue, to his “boys night out” steak house. Rate his style by Gotstyle and for every vote, Joffrey Lupul and Gotstyle will donate $1.00 to local charity – The Remix Project. Last year the #LupulStyle collaboration raised $25,000 for the True Patriot Love Foundation, this season they’re looking to raise even more for The Remix Project.

VOTE HERE: lupulstyle.com

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To learn more about The Remix Project, please visit: theremixproject.ca

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The Regent Park Film Festival

The beauty of film is that it can relay powerful stories and messages which can resonate with the viewer and change perspectives. When those films are coming straight out of your own neighbourhood and represent your voice, that’s power.

The Regent Park Film Festival does exactly that and we were lucky enough to check out the 2014 festival at Daniels Spectrum. Festival Manager, Amanda Pileggi, told us that the festival is not only accessible and open to all, it offers free admission and free child care! She says RPFF is a place where “everyone can connect to storytelling and film” and fosters a deep sense of community and connectivity.

We caught the screening for “Black Men Loving” directed by Ella Cooper, Intersections directed by Snap! A youth filmmaking workshop, and Hope Heights directed by Marc Magnusson in partnership with Manifesto.

Black Men Loving did a phenomenal job demolishing the stereotype of Black fathers by profiling some in Regent Park and across Toronto. Jason Creed, father of four, was one of the fathers profiled and recounted some moving truths of parenting young girls. We also got a real look at a homosexual relationship which, regardless of the endless stereotypes, provides a loving home to their son.

Intersections is project by the RPFF, funded by the Ontario Arts Council. “Professional artists Sheena D. Robertson and Richard Fung worked with youth from the Regent Park and Lawrence Heights communities, who wrote, produced, acted, and filmed all aspects of the production.” It takes the audience on the journey of one kid and shows us how we all connect, or intersect, without even noticing it. It sheds light on stereotypes the kids of Regent Park and Lawrence Heights face and the reality they have to survive in a very clever way.

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Hope Heights is about a section of Toronto known as Lawrence Heights. Although the community has seen violence and tragedy, the point of the film explains that the media makes it worse than it actually is. We all rely on the news to tell us what’s happening in the world but sensationalism is compromising the facts. The community doesn’t deny terrible things have happened there but the good outweighs the bad; the people are respectable and the potential is infinite. The lesson we come away with is to seek out truth for yourself; if you didn’t see it with your own eyes, or hear it with your own ears, you don’t truly know.

For more info: regentparkfilmfestival.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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EAST vs West T.O.

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We found ourselves in a room with a panel of some notable Torontonians debating a question that has caused clashes, confrontations and general chaos: East end or West end, what’s better? They called it, “An intelligent discussion on a not so important topic.”

Representing the West End: Roz Weston of the Roz & Mocha Show on Kiss 92.5FM and Co-Founder of Toronto music label Arts & Crafts, Jeffery Remedios.

Representing the East End: City Breakfast Television Host, Jennifer Valentyne and Editor/Publisher of NOW Magazine, Michael Hollett.

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Vogue Magazine recently declared Queen West one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. It’s got Bellwoods Trinity Park, the Entertainment District and cool hotels like The Drake. Does cooler mean better though? East end boasted about their green space, a family orientated community and the ease of getting into downtown anytime they want. They claim the cuisine is amazing and it’s far easier to make a reservation and enjoy your surroundings. There is less congestion there and has a very chill vibe. East end is home to Leslieville and The Beaches but West end has The Annex, Parkdale and The Junction.

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Things got a little heated when an audience member challenged Roz on the very existence of Scarborough. The man in the audience claimed Scarborough doesn’t really exist saying, ‘it’s Toronto’. Roz, obviously annoyed, came back with, “Scarborough does exists. Tell somebody FROM Scarborough that Scarborough doesn’t exists; Scarborough exists!” The man says, “I AM from Scarborough!” Remedios chimed in with, “Oh no, you’re from Toronto.” The audience was in stitches! LOL!

The general conclusion of the night? The best end depends on who you are and what you like. You’ll find something that fits you because here, it’s all good in the hood.

Photos by Katherine Holland

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The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities. Our programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education; The REMIX Project provides top-notch alternative, creative, educational programs, facilitators and facilities. Our mission is to help refine the raw talents of young people from across the GTA in order to help them find success as participants define it and on their own terms.

The Remix Project is now accepting applications for the following youth programs.

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APPLY NOW (DEADLINE: DEC 27TH, 2014)

For more info: theremixproject.ca

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