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MajidJordan

Majid Jordan dropped their new single “My Love” with a feature from OVO’s own Drake. This release comes right after Drake dropped his new video for “Energy” on Apple Music and his Beats 1 radio show announcement. All we can say is that we can’t wait for the new Majid Jordan album due out later this year! Until then, enjoy the sounds of “My Love”…

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Every summer is meant to be filled with memorable moments; it just wouldn’t feel right any other way! This summer, Amex can be your key to creating memorable moments at venues across Canada including the legendary Molson Amphitheatre.

No matter what type of music you like, Amex has got you covered this summer with artists like the Tragically Hip performing live on July 1st, Kelly Clarkson on July 23rd, or maybe you’re in to the queen of Hip Hop – Nicki Minaj performing live on July 28th!

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You might be asking yourself how can Amex make these concert experiences any better than they already are?! Here’s how…

1. As an Amex Cardmember you get priority access to a VIP line that gets you in to the venue faster, easier, and stress free.
2. Cardmembers also get to experience the Amex Lounge inside the Molson Amp where you can enjoy pre and post show events and performances.
3. Never miss another show by signing up for Front Of The Line® E-Updates
4. Explore AmexInvites.ca to learn more about some of the hottest events this summer!

We can’t wait to kick off summer right and make some memorable moments at some amazing shows this summer! You can share your memorable experiences using the hashtag #ThisMoment with @AmexCanada and @1LOVETO!

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The original Cash Money Records Rapper/Producer/DJ and one half of rap duo Big Tymers – Mannie Fresh will be here in Toronto this Friday, July 10th, performing live at Tattoo (567 Queen St West). Mannie’s best known for his production on chart-topping albums for the Hot Boys, which was composed of Lil Wayne, B.G., Juvenile, and Turk, producing all of the group’s singles. Don’t miss out on your chance to witness hip hop history!

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Tweet @1LOVETO #MannieFresh for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Mannie Fresh live at Tattoo this Friday, July 10th, 2015.

If you don’t win, don’t worry, you can still purchase tickets HERE.

BONUS ‘MANNIE FRESH’ MIX BY DJ ROMEO

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Legendary music producer and DJ – Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez aka K-Dope is making a special guest appearance next Friday, July 17th at Tattoo. This soon-to-be sold out show also features the sounds of DJ Dave Campbell and Jason Palma. We don’t want you to miss out on this musical journey, so we’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show!

HOW TO ENTER
Tweet @1LOVETO #KennyDope for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Kenny live!

If you don’t win, don’t worry, you’ve got a week or so to buy tickets before they sell out.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

We’ll leave you with a mix to get you in the mood! Enjoy…

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As Canada Basketball continues to assert itself as a force in the NBA and International basketball scene, Nike looks to foster the spirit of competition within the city by creating The Crown League. With rich traditions like the Drew League out in LA and the Rucker and EBC in New York, it was only right Nike began one in Toronto.

Every Friday from July 3rd to the 24th, six teams of potential suitors for the Kings of Toronto Basketball descend upon Jarvis Collegiate to #ClaimRoyalty in an all out elimination tournament. ACE, M.A.D.E., CIA BOUNCE, 6MAN, NORTHERN KINGS and our very own 1LOVETO are the teams vying for the Crown.

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Last week 1LOVETO’s very own Brady Heslip took home “Player of the Week” honours after dropping 44 poins and shooting 68% from the field in a big 101-88 victory over an Anthony Bennet-led CIA Bounce. This week is the final week to earn bragging rights and rankings going into the semi-finals.

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While the teams participating were invited, everyone has the opportunity to experience the competition by registering with Nike.

Join us Friday nights at Jarvis Collegiate – doors open at 5:45pm at door #6 (on Wellesley St). Tip off starts at 6:30 PM. Registration opens Sundays at 12AM. After you claim your seat, don’t forget to claim/download your NIKE+ EVENT PASS for line bypass and reserved seating.

Toronto has always had kings. Now they have a kingdom.

Posted by Graham Stewart

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This past weekend we were fortunate to not only get out to Taste of Toronto at Fort York, but to participate in a “Keepers of the Craft” Workshop led by Chef Grant Van Gameren alongside Pilsner Urquell. Taste of Toronto guests were also given a rare chance to sample some unfiltered Pilsner Urquell, a beer-tasting experience normally only available in Plzeň.

As food lovers from across the GTA ascended on the sun-soaked Garrison Common, an intimate group gathered to watch Chef Grant Van Gameren of Bar Isabel and Bar Raval lead a demonstration in the proper preparation of oysters, clams and a variety of crustacean. We sipped our cold pints of Pilsner Urquell under the shade of a miniature white tent and watched intently, knowing we were about to be doing the same ourselves.

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Chef Grant then gave us our challenge, which was to build the best seafood tower with the items available to us. We split into two teams and each got right to business at their respective stations. Before we knew it our table was overflowing with crabs legs, shrimp, oysters and more pints than were necessary for a productive assembly. As we shucked, peeled and debated important things like presenting the crabmeat in oyster or clam shells, or whether or not to hang shrimp off the side of the top, the hardest part became keeping everything on the platter and out of our mouths. Preparation and presentation eventually gave way to eating and drinking, and before we knew it Chef Grant was giving us our one-minute warning.

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Though “the bad guys” were judged to have built a better seafood tower, we thought nothing of it as we looked back at an unforgettable afternoon with our team and washed down shrimp, oyster, raw tuna, lobster, crab and more seafood than we had had in weeks with a few pints of cold, delicious Pilsner Urquell.

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Having built an international following on the same recipe and traditions that they began with in 1842, Pilsner Urquell are true #KeepersOfTheCraft. Many thanks to Pilsner Urquell, Chef Grant Van Gameren and Taste of Toronto for an incredible experience.

Posted by Graham Stewart

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Andy Warhol Revisited

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Toronto’s Revolver Gallery, founded by Canadian entrepreneur Ron Rivlin, hosted the Andy Warhol Revisited grand opening this past Tuesday, June 30th, an exhibition running until December 31st of this year. The exhibition includes over 120 works, featuring Warhol’s famous Campbell’s Soup Cans print, a tryptic of Marilyn Monroe portraits, plus the Dollar Sign canvas. Don’t miss out on your chance to see these works of art!

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Photos by George Pimentel

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Nike Women Toronto celebrated a weekend of Women in sport from June 11-14th. Approximately 13,000 athletes participated, supported, encouraged, and came together to run and train their way to a personal best. As part of the Nike Women’s Race Series, 10,000 women gathered at the start line on Toronto Island on Sunday, June 14, to fuel their passion for running.

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After a solid 10 weeks of training, some 10,000 runners pushed themselves to go farther and faster while running the Nike Women’s 15K on the Toronto Islands; through neighbourhoods, parklands and along the runways of Billy Bishop airport, all set against the backdrop of downtown Toronto. The adrenaline was at an all-time high. Hearing and feeling the planes take off and land as you ran across its runway was exhilarating to say the least! Spectators and supporters cheering you on as you crossed each kilometre made you push even harder and faster. Performances from bands and choirs were a refreshing surprise after running a few kilometres surrounded by just nature. And the scenic view of sailboats floating atop an oasis of serenity waters while running on the bride before the finish line put runners at a place of Zen. Everyone finished peaceful and strong.

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It was my first official race and my nerves the night before were going bonkers – I barely slept! I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew I was anxious and ready to run!

Firstly, I was put in Wave 4 which clocks in at a pace between 5:30 to 6:00 per kilometre when I really wanted to be in Wave 3 (5:00 to 5:30 pace) with the rest of my running crew. They had made an announcement that runners weren’t allowed to go up a wave, only down. Nonetheless, I didn’t stress it at all. I thoroughly enjoyed running on my own and getting in my own zone. Secondly, it was a cold and very wet start to the race but that was least of my worries. I was actually hoping for rain or cooler temperatures rather than hot, humid, and muggy. I guess it worked in my favour. Thirdly, I can’t say I’m proud of my time because I knew I could have finished a solid 10 minutes before my clock time. I was stuck in a sea of runners for a chunk of the race path and found it difficult to maneuver and get in my groove but I guess that comes with it! Next time I know, use them elbows (kidding but not kidding)! Nonetheless, I’m very proud to have successfully completed my first race ever! I felt good by the end of it; I wasn’t overly tired and I was in complete control of my breathing the entire time. It was definitely a proud and memorable moment for myself. Now I’m addicted to running and motivated more than ever to try new challenging marathons!

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Marlen Esparza is a professional female boxer and olympian who finished 14th alongside Joan Benoit Samuelson, an American Olympian Marathon Runner in a time of 1:01:44. Paula Findlay, Canadian triathlete finished first in a time of 53:40. It was inspiring to have personally met and shared my first 15K race with such motivating and supportive athletes, let alone 10,000 other amazing women! It was such an honour. I was emotional by the end of my race, I shed a few tears because I was overwhelmed by the entire race weekend. It was such a blessing and an all-time adrenaline high to have experienced it all. I physically and mentally challenged myself and I am #BETTERFORIT.

Currently, I’m in preparation to train for my first half-marathon race in October for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon!

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Posted by Christina Cheng

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PIQUE 2.0 Toronto

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Last year we told you about PIQUE, a project by Imad El-Sheikh, profiling 100 Torontonians. This year we’re excited to know he and his team have put together a second instalment — PIQUE 2.0.

One of the best parts of the project is not only highlighting some of Toronto’s unsung creatives, but also providing exposure and encouragement to these emerging and even established artists in a genuine, yet strategic way. “We consider their artistic merit, age and geographical location (to make sure each area of the city is well-represented) …ultimately it comes down to whether selecting the artist or creative in question will serve our goals” says Imad.

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Along with help from popular Toronto photography blog, Streets of Toronto, they’ve also curated a few photographers as part of the newly featured 100 participants. With the focus still exploring the sphere of social media and the context of immediate info, this year’s edition also features interview sessions and a six-part music video. “The new interview series is called GREY NOISE. We selected 10 creatives and asked them a series of questions. The catch was they needed to answer in the form of a teaser…short and sweet and fit within social media time frames.” The music video, features “six talented Toronto dancers of difference disciplines, each with their own teaser…”

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The progression of the PIQUE series serves as indisputable proof of the immeasurable amount of untapped creative resources the city holds. Follow @piquetoronto for all the upcoming event details and info and we’ll see you there!

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A couple of weeks ago we highlighted the Street Dreams Photo Walk #SDWalks held here in Toronto with The Creator Class, Explore Canada and Highsnobiety. Well, here’s a closer look at the creative team behind Street Dreams Magazine in this 3-part video partnership entitled #TCCSTories, housed on: youtube.com/thecreatorclass.

Watch as they connect with some of Toronto’s emerging and established artists & phtographers like Jayscale, @Jacbeale, Jazz Cartier, and more.

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Previously: The Creator Class – A Movement In The Making

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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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