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La Carte Life

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La Carte is the product of five Toronto-based editors and writers sitting around a table talking about the travel magazine that they really wanted to read, one that simply didn’t exist. Less interested in the rinse-and-repeat all inclusive scene, and well past our backpacking days, we sought out to make a magazine that was equal parts adventure, luxury and true travel (as opposed to vacationing) — and one that focused on stories and narratives rather than lists and slideshows. So far, we’ve navigated the public transit system in Ghana, surfed sharky waters in California and drank in a haunted bar.

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La Carte launched in February 2015 and its first quarterly issue is well underway for fall 2015!

Edited for a savvy and affluent traveller, La Carte’s reader understands the difference between vacationing and travelling. Graduated from backpacking and fungible all-inclusives, our readership has the experience and the financial means to explore the world on their terms. And like a well-traveled friend, La Carte appreciates that the modern travel experience is as much about a judicious airport security grope as it is a perfect sunset cocktail on safari.

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For more info visit: lacartemag.com

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Taste Of Toronto 2015

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Taste of Toronto is back again this year, taking place on the historic grounds of Fort York with cooking classes, demonstrations, tastings, live entertainment and more! In its second year, the only North American outpost of the international Taste Festivals is once again offering visitors unique experiences to interact with the country’s top culinary talent, including Iron Chef and Michelin-starred Masaharu Morimoto; California cuisine innovator Jonathan Waxman of Montecito; Egg Farmers of Canada Chef Ambassador, and celebrity chef and owner of Ruby Watchco, Lynn Crawford; and MasterChef Canada stars Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung and Eric Chong.

General tickets start from $19, granting access to one of six lunch or dinner sessions from Thursday, July 2nd – Sunday, July 5th. Each session offers the opportunity for festival-goers to sample dishes from over 16 restaurants and participate in fresh and exciting programming.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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Metro Master Class
The Metro Master Class offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn pro skills and pick up personal tips from their favourite chefs in hands-on cooking sessions. Each Taste of Toronto session includes three to four unique, 30-minute cooking classes.

The Tasting Room
Join top winemakers and Franco Stalteri of Charlie’s Burgers as they lead tastings of New World Varietals and Wines of Garnacha, share tips on food and beverage pairings, cellaring how-to and much more. Following last year’s success, Richmond Station is back with fan favourites like fresh oysters and Northern Divine caviar to pair perfectly with the summer’s best wines. Sessions in The Tasting Room are 5 crowns (festival currency, 1 crown = 1 dollar) each and spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Cadillac Taste Theatre
See some of the world’s best chefs in the Cadillac Taste Theatre as they share secrets to creating their most well-known dishes. To kick things off on opening night, culinary master Masaharu Morimoto capture the audience as he breaks down a full tuna, live on stage. On Friday afternoon, sustainable seafood advocate Rick Moonen teaches spectators how to compose grilled True North salmon with refreshing cucumber gazpacho and marinated heirloom tomatoes. Throughout the weekend, the city’s most revered chefs, like Alvin Leung of R&D and Bo Innovation, Michael Bonacini of Oliver & Bonacini, Cory Vitiello of The Harbord Room and THR & Co., Elia Herrera of Los Colibris and El Caballito, Rob Bragagnolo of Marben and Adrian Niman of Rasa, among many others, also take the stage to reveal tricks that are sure to inspire. The Cadillac Taste Theatre is free, but seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Taste x WayHome Stage
Taste of Toronto is partnering with the city’s hottest music festival of the summer, WayHome Music and Arts, to provide the perfect soundtrack for the weekend. The all-Canadian line-up includes indie darling Lowell, multi-talented singer-songwriter Melissa Payne, Juno-award winner Tomi Swick and Toronto art-pop adventurers For Esmé, all slated to appear at this year’s inaugural WayHome Music and Arts Festival happening just outside of Barrie July 24-26, 2015.

Taste of History
History buffs have the opportunity to peek into the past and explore the 1815 Officers’ Mess Establishment on the Fort York grounds. The Mess dining room exhibit showcases the table settings, furnishings, dining customs and mess lifestyle of British Officers stationed at Fort York during the year 1815. The oldest kitchen existing in Toronto, original from 1815, is located in the basement, along with a wine cellar and money vaults, while the kitchen on the main floor dates back to 1826. Expect to see a complete reenactment of kitchens from that time period, with cooks in historic costumes making original recipes that reflect Officers’ food of the early 19th century. Guests can enjoy free samples made from the recipes in cookbooks of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Vendor Marketplace
Visitors can sip, sample and shop from over 60 recognizable producers and premium brands, alongside up-and-coming names, of olive oils, jams, cheeses, beer, wine, kitchen tools and more, in the vendor marketplace at Taste of Toronto. This year’s vendors include local favourites like Blackbird Baking Co., Lee’s Ghee, Olive Oil Emporium, Mad Mexican and Ninutik Maple. Six vendors from the recently opened market space OK Friday Barn Fair, a collaboration between Burl’s Creek Event Grounds and the Karma Project, are also rotating throughout the weekend, adding yet another vibrant and local element to the festival.

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Here’s a short-list of our Top 5 picks from the Taste of Toronto 2015 line-up:

Stuart Cameron, Byblos, Patria and Weslodge
Ted Corrado and Matt DeMille, The Drake Hotel, The Drake Devonshire and Drake One Fifty
Victor Barry, Splendido
Mark McEwan, McEwan Group
Rick Moonen, True North Salmon

For more info, please visit: tasteoftoronto.com

Previously: Taste of Toronto Experience (2014)

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Calling all visual artists, photographers, multi-media, new media, muralists, digital media and graffiti artists! MANIFESTO Festival is now accepting Submissions for the 2015 Festival!

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HOW TO SUBMIT
Applications are accepted at mnfsto.com/apply — just go to the webpage, select the discipline you’d like to apply to, and fill in the type form. All applications, with the exception of volunteers, require a $25 fee to cover administrative costs. As well, please include a sample of your work, and a headshot.

Just for applying, you receive FREE entry to the 2015 Art Exhibition that you are applying to, and half-off the Summit. All successful artists will be notified in early July.

The Festival will be running in September 2015, so apply now!

Any inquiries or questions, please email: ashley@themanifesto.ca

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Once A Tree – “Take Me”

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Originally from the West Coast, the now Toronto-based husband and wife duo – Once A Tree comprised of Jayli Wolf (singer) and Hayden John Wolf (producer & husband) just released their second record entitled “Take Me”, off their forthcoming EP, “Thousand Lives”, due out July 10th. Let us know what you think?

Watch their video for “Howling” below.

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NXNE BLOCK PARTY

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Toronto’s newest creative workspace and members only lounge East Room have partnered with Collectif NUDE to bring you the “NXNE Block Party.”

On Saturday, June 20th, East Room and Collectif NUDE are offering Toronto’s cultured city a new and exciting afternoon filled with music and live art in celebration of NXNE. The event will showcase performances by Toronto-based artists and musicians including: Drew Howard, Birthday Boy, Prince Innocence, Clairmont The Second, Shagabond, and other surprise guest performances. In addition, a live art installation by LovebotTheRobot (Matt Del Degan) will also be in attendance.

The block party will commemorate the second stop in LovebotTheRobot’s “The 2015 Love Invasion” multicity endeavor; the unveiling of a brand new icon; and a live preview of Drew Howard and Birthday Boy’s latest collaboration entitled, “88 Berth”.

Tickets can be purchased online at: collectifnude.com

For the complete list of NXNE events, visit nxne.com or download the official NXNE 2015 app on iPhone or Android.

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It’s official!!

We will be on the road TOGETHER at this year’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival as Guinness Extra Stout partners with Team Saldenah & 1LOVETO alongside International Soca Artist Machel Montano, who will be playing in Che Kothari’s “LIKE AH BOSS” section, designed by Project Runway Winner Anya Ayoung-Chee, co-hosted by Toronto native, International Supermodel Winnie Harlow and 1LOVETO ambassador Tyrone “T-rexxx” Edwards in Saldenah Mas-k Club’s presentation of “The Chronicles of Machel Montano” on Lakeshore Blvd, Saturday August 1st, from 8am-6pm.

Be part of this monumental collaboration as we all jump down lakeshore bringing together Soca, Mas & Culture.

REGISTER NOW at the MAS CAMP (2220 Midland Ave #84AP) between 1-10pm daily or visti saldenahcarnival.com

Spots are limited and are selling fast, we urge you not to miss your opportunity to be a part of this iconic experience as our cut-off date will be SUNDAY JULY 5TH!

For more information email: LikeAhBossToronto@gmail.com or call 647-870-4662

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ABOUT SALDENAH + MACHEL MONTANO + ANYA AYOUNG-CHEE
There is only one word to describe this year’s ScotiaBank Toronto Caribbean Carnival presentation… Iconic.

In an unprecedented collaboration, three creative giants will unite in Toronto’s annual one-of-a-kind Carnival parade to give the world a remarkable show.

It begins with Louis Saldenah, who is regarded as a formidable pillar of North American Carnival, after being a driving cultural force in Toronto for over 35 years. This 17-time winner of the Band Of The Year title has stunned all with his ingenuous ability to bring Mas to life in the city’s streets.

Also adding her internationally recognized talent this year is trailblazer and entrepreneur Anya Ayoung-Chee. The philanthropist holds the distinct honour of being the 2011 winner of the Lifetime Network’s highly competitive Project Runway, where her unique designs astounded judges and marked her homeland of Trinidad and Tobago as a fashion capital to be closely watched.

Accompanying them in this venture is Machel Montano, whose 33 years in Soca Music serves as the inspiration behind this alliance. His well-earned legendary status as an entertainer, as well as the numerous accolades bestowed upon the Soul Train Music Award winner makes the 17-section Mas presentation based on his music, must see viewing come festival day.

It has been almost 50 years that the city of Toronto has put on this transcending event. An explosion of revelry and arts through which the wondrous beauty of its Caribbean community has been displayed, and which over time has grown to be the largest North American showcase of Caribbean culture.

Louis Saldenah initiated this extraordinary partnership, when he revealed to Machel his desire to pay tribute in Mas to his 33 years of work. Humbled and excited by such a generous gesture, Machel immediately thought to include Anya, to ensure Toronto had a direct infusion of authentic Caribbean culture in this year’s presentation. For many years the city has made Montano a part of its celebration and finally through this group effort, he is able to reciprocate that love in a show of true unity and positive creativity.

The main focus here is to inspire others and to establish a continuous fellowship built upon the strength gained from working together.

Helping to make this happen is Machel’s new manager, Toronto native and well-known cultural ambassador and youth advocate within the city, Che Kothari. He once again takes up the familiar mantle of encouraging artistic development across borders as the section leader for “Like Ah Boss”, which is based on the Road March and Power Soca Monarch winning song. This section will be hosted personally by Montano and has been designed by Anya.

With absolute certainty the time has come for peers around the world to blend together much like the multiracial and multicultural metropolis of Toronto.

Not surprisingly, the Montano brand leads the way as this combination ideally demonstrates the power to be found when everyone forges forward in unity.

Written By: Mystie Thongs

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Over the years, many families emigrated from Portugal to start a new life here in Toronto, Canada, making Toronto’s ‘Little Portugal’ a place the Portuguese call home. As Toronto ages, so do the neighbourhoods in which we live, and with time comes change. That being said, Director Sarah Goodman captures todays ever-changing neighbourhood landscape with stories tucked away in the pockets of Little Portugal, in her film entitled “Porch Stories”. The film opens today, June 19th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

About Porch Stories
Packing to move to her new home with her workaholic fiancé, restless thirtysomething Emma (Toronto indie musician Laura Barrett) is suddenly confronted by a man from her past (José Miguel Contreras, lead singer of By Divine Right). As the day progresses, Emma begins the inevitable comparison of the two men, and as she uses the vantage of her porch to observe her neighbours — including an elderly Portuguese couple arguing about divorce, and a musical brother/sister duo who are pursuing their dreams without worrying about the consequences — her perceptions about love, her past, and her future radically shift. Making her narrative feature debut after the acclaimed documentaries Army of One and When We Were Boys, writer-director Sarah Goodman crafts a keenly observed portrait of both a neighbourhood and a young woman watching her carefully planned-out life slipping into utter confusion.

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While Sarah was creating her film “Porch Stories”, another filmaker, editor and photographer Nadia Tan was also paying homage by capturing the spirit of the neighbourhood through an intimate photo series. The photos were shot on the same streets as the film Porch Stories, and actually includes a photo of Director Sarah Goodman’s landlord.

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For more info please visit: tiff.net

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Toronto native Adria Kain just released her new album “Island In My Mind”. The album is an incredible collection of songs Adria’s carefully selected as the maturing artist she is. If you remember, we originally blogged about Adria as an emerging artist back in 2012, with her first EP project “Love, Kain”. Since then she’s graduated from The Remix Project, released new records, performed at countless shows, including our Hennessy Artistry event along side the legendary Questlove of The Roots. This album shows the true growth Adria’s gone through not only as an artist, but as a person. Her stories, content, and overall vibe on this album are a natural progression from her earlier music. We encourage you to listen, download, donate and/or share her music with your friends and music lovers alike.

Previously: Adria Kain – “Higher”

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Street Dreams Walks Toronto

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Thanks to The Creator Class’s collaboration with Street Dreams plus support from Explore Canada and Highsnobiety, we witnessed one epic experience!

The hilarious, Steven John Irby, led a photographer’s meet of about 200 people who all came to explore the city through their lenses. It was a huge mix of seasoned photographers to ones who told us they only recently picked up a camera or started using Instagram. The walk was supposed to start at 2pm and at 2pm sharp, the rain came pouring down. For the rest of the world, there was a mad dash to get indoors but all the photographers were itching to get outside. As soon as we all gathered, we headed down Queen St. to Nathan Phillip Square and everyone scattered all around the grounds and started taking photos. When we encountered a second installment of Mother Nature, we took the PATH (thank God for the PATH) to Brookfield Place.

There, the photographers took advantage of the public art installations which acted as the backdrop to a lot of the photos. It was chance for us to talk to some of them, some even coming from the U.S to participate in the weekend. Neivy, a talented photographer from Connecticut came with his friend Andrew, from Florida, to capture Toronto. “I really like lines, I focus on the design of a space” Neivy explains, and then proceeded to show us how he’d photograph the area we were standing in.

Interpretations, styles and techniques of each artist, truly added an amazing depth to their photos. It was interesting to see how the same shot, taken by two different people, could take on a completely different vibe.

To check out more photos taken during the walk, check out the hashtag #SDwalks on Instagram and Twitter.

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Photos by @s_looch and @qursed

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This Saturday, June 6th, Toronto plays host to Red Bull’s BC One B-Boy Battle, consisting of 16 of the best dancers from across Canada. Breakdancing has had a long and very competitive history in this city, and it’s no surprise that for the first time in Red Bull history, the Canadian Cypher is being held in Toronto. The event is happening inside the legendary performance venue The Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St.) and competitors will be challenging each other for a spot to move on to the North American Final in Orlando, FL in August. Winners from there will have a shot at the Red Bull BC One World Final in Rome, Italy late November of this year.

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Here’s a complete list of Canada’s 16 Red Bull BC One competitors:

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FROM THE WEST
Jbugz (Vancouver) – Soul Felons/The Hoodz
Phil (Vancouver) – The Wizardz/Robson Darkside
Gomo (Calgary) – Floor Wookies
Siahnara (Calgary) – The Wizardz/Juicebox/Jesus Nation
Spooks (Saskatoon) – Dangerous Goods/Alpha Kids
Jax Fermada (Surrey) – Now Or Never/Nation of Funk

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FROM THE CENTRE
Tricky Troublez (Toronto) – The FAM/MEC
Onton (Scarborough) – SuperNaturalz
Switch B (North York) – The FAM/MEC
Styx (Scarborough) – MEC
Toby Montana (Toronto) – The FAM/Ready to Rock/Fresh Fools

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FROM THE EAST
Fléau (Montreal) – Sweet Technique
Vicious (Brossard) – Sweet Technique/Boogie Brats
Promo (Montreal) – Sweet Technique/Boogie Brats
Effect (Montreal) – Deadly Venoms
Sancho (Repentigny) – Full Force/Battle Squad/Fresh Format

Photos by @SoTeeOh

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Toronto’s indie film and music fans will get another chance to watch their favourite stars under the stars, as the Open Roof Festival #ORFTO returns for its 6th season, running every Wednesday from June 17 to August 19 at 99 Sudbury (just south of Queen St W & Dovercourt). The 10-week festival offers urbanites an al fresco take on hit cinema from Canada and across the globe, paired with live music by emerging artists in a variety of genres. ORF tickets are on sale now for $15 each and can be purchased here: OpenRoofFestival.com

1 LOVE T.O. is proud to announce our continued partnership with Open Roof Festival, co-presenting this year’s opening night film screening of “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”, the authorized documentary by Brett Morgen. Using material from Cobain’s personal archives, the documentary, which earned rave reviews coming out of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, examines his music career, from his early days in Aberdeen, to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana, until his untimely death.

For more info about Cobain, visit: cobainfilm.com

Previously: Open Roof Festival 2014

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On Saturday, May 23, Nike Women hosted a special #NTC #DoneBeforeDawn studio workout at the Arcadian Loft with Nike Master Trainer Eva Redpath, and special guest Spencer O’Brien, Canadian Olympian and professional snowboarder.

“Eva is such a great trainer, I’ve had such a good time getting to know her over the last few years and I’m really excited to finally do one of her classes!” Spencer said.

One of the main reasons for Spencer’s appearance and participation in the live studio workout was to encourage and empower women, especially those training for the Nike Women’s 15K to remember that they’re only getting #BetterForIt. Athletes train for those big events and big moments, but off-season training is equally important and infinitely harder to keep yourself on track. As a professional snowboarder, Spencer understands the dedication and motivation required to train all year round, but also knows that she’s always better for it in the end.

Despite an early morning wakeup call, a crowd of media influencers arrived for 6:00 a.m. to interview Spencer O’Brien, and enjoy everything Nike Women and the Arcadian Loft had to offer prior to the scheduled 7:00 a.m. studio session. DJ FeelGoodSmalls also had the tunes bumping to get the ladies in their morning groove. Floor to ceiling windows that overlooked the city of Toronto was an added motivation in itself.

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Upon arrival, guests were greeted by their personalized Nike lockers and gifted studio wraps and sports bras. In addition, fresh pressed juice and other breakfast goodies were also included to fuel everyone up. And Nike Women wouldn’t be Nike Women without a hair-braiding studio to have you looking cute while you sweat!

Spencer is a firm believer of NTC as she squeezes workouts in between her off-season training.

“I use NTC all year round because it’s such a good program for me when I’m on the road and don’t have time to get to a gym.” she said. “I’m always in ski resorts and sometimes there isn’t a gym available so NTC is great because I can pull it out and do it in my hotel room. There are so many different workouts!”
Spencer is the first and only Canadian to have a workout on the Nike+ Training Club App., called, “Power Legs,” and recommends her training regime to those training for the upcoming Nike Women’s 15K in June.

“I think Power Legs would be a great workout for training for the 15K because just like it says in the name, it’s all about legs which for me as a snowboarder, is the most important muscle group.” she said.

“It’s really about building explosive muscle power so things like squat jumps, scissor jumps, box jumps; really dynamic and quick explosive movements. It would be a great thing if you’re training for the 15K to break up your workouts.”

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Spencer is currently training on her off-season and focuses around building her endurance and strength at the gym in preparation for her competition training at the end of the summer season.

“Everything in the gym is recovery so foam rolling, biking, stretching, core, and maintenance for the strength that I built in the off-season is key,” she said.

When in training mode her favourite go-to gym pieces are the Legendary Tights and the Nike Free TR Flyknits.

“I’m a big, big tight girl – I love tights! And Free TR Flyknit is my favourite to train in; it’s almost like wearing a sock on the upper but you still have that good support and traction for the sole. I’m really into those and they come in some really cool colours!”

Maintaining her endurance and stamina is key to her on and off season training and her go-to runners are the Nike Zoom Pegasus.

“I switch to the Pegasus when I’m out for a run because they have so much support,” she said.

“There’s a big difference in competition training and off-season training. In competition, I’m obviously on snow about five to six days a week for three to four hours a day, and then I usually have a gym session after that for about two hours.”

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Her off-season go-to moves can be found in her Nike+ Training Club app – Power Legs.

Spencer says her off-season training has been heavily intense and plans on taking a vacation before hitting the slopes in August for her first event in Australia.

In addition to Eva’s live studio class, the event ended with the opportunity to explore and privately shop the new Nike Women’s Concept space at Hudson’s Bay, while getting complimentary make-up touches courtesy of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Nike Master Trainer, Eva Redpath certainly gave the ladies the ultimate wakeup call on Saturday morning with intense and challenging upper and lower body training. Nonetheless, every woman left feeling #BetterForIt and ready to tackle their weekend. They were #DoneBeforeDawn and feeling accomplished.

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