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TIFF Cinematheque focuses the spotlight on some of the world’s most exceptional cinematic visionaries and is part of the daily programming at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Most recently they’ve highlighted the world-renowned works of one of Toronto’s own: Film Producer, Screenplay Writer and Director, Deepa Mehta.

Her Elements Trilogy (Fire, Earth and Water) is what the world knows her best for and feature some of the biggest names in Bollywood plus, garnered her a nod from The Academy Awards. But what people may not know, is a lot of her work happens right here.


When she immigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto, she made her feature film directorial debut with Sam & Me (1991) which tells the story of a young Indian boy and older Jewish gentleman, set in Parkdale. Her hit movie ‘Bollywood/Hollywood’, ‘Heaven on Earth’ and ‘The Republic of Love’ also take place on our streets and tell stories a lot of young adults struggling with cultural norms, can relate to.

Although her films have mass appeal, Deepa has faced serious backlash (even death threats) for exploring taboo subjects within the South Asian community such as same-sex relationships as well as domestic violence. Fearless and self-aware, Deepa tells the story her way regardless of who tries to silence her. For this, she has gained the respect and admiration of the international industry over and over.

Most recently, she wrote and directed the crime thriller, ‘Beeba Boys’ which premiered with outstanding reviews at TIFF this year. To salute her works and contribution to Toronto, TIFF has programmed a retrospect of her films until Nov 15.

For more info CLICK HERE

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We’re happy to share a Creator Class piece #SHOOTITYOURSELF, featuring our very own contributing photographer @SoTeeOh. As his name suggests, and his affiliation with 1LOVETO, @SoTeeOh is all about Toronto and the inspiration he finds in the city. His photography highlights everything the city has to offer, from portraiture and urban landscapes to creative shoots showcasing the art & culture that makes our city so unique.

In this short video, @SoTeeOh takes us on a quick journey through the city as he shoots with the new Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless camera.

Also, check out the new #SHOOTITYOURSELF teaser video featuring Toronto’s very own WILDE on the soundtrack.

For more info visit: thecreatorclass.com

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Hennessy Artistry has always been a platform that bridges the gaps between genres, sounds, instruments and artists to create the experience known as the ‘Art of Blending’. This year, Hennessy Artistry celebrates the 25th anniversary of legendary DJ Starting From Scratch. With 25 years of music industry experience, Starting From Scratch along with Hennessy Canada and 1LOVETO have co-curated two back-to-back special events happening this month.


Hennessy Artistry highlights some of Toronto’s greatest artists with live performances by Choclair, Glenn Lewis, Jully Black, K-OS, Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Melanie Fiona and many more.

RSVP: events@1loveto.com (Subject: The Show)

Tickets Available Here


Hennessy Artistry presents ‘The Party’ with an all-star DJ line-up including the world famous Kid Capri, Walshy Fire (Major Lazer/Black Chiney), world renowned comedian and DJ Russell Peters, along side the legendary DJ Cash Money and Hot 97’s own Cipha Sounds, plus many more.

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Tickets Available Here

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

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Toronto-based artist and designer Hans Poppe is set to release a unique collection of work in his first ever solo art exhibition, entitled ‘Fabric of Tanzania.’ Hans’ motivation for this body of work comes from seeing Africans being misrepresented in the media. Hans, being a native to Tanzania (Dar es Salaam), but growing up in Canada has had the opportunity to see life in Africa from a very different perspective than the traditional media outlets highlight.



“In a city as diverse as ours, I rarely get to see the “African-Canadian” self being represented as well as I believe we can be.” says Hans. “Africa is not the hunger commercials, poverty and war stricken place painted in the media. It is a beautiful land with a rich cultural history and an evolved people and I aspire to reflect that version of African in my work.”

The paintings being displayed in this show are to reflect the “real” life of Tanzanians and/or Africans in general, the unapologetic day to day life.

If you’re interested in seeing Fabric of Tanzania, the opening reception is November 12th, 2015 and runs until January 24th, 2016 inside the 1st floor gallery at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. E)


For more info visit hanspoppe.com and follow him on instagram @hanspoppe

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As we prepare for this years Hennessy Artistry: The Art Of Blending, we wanted to take a few minutes to look back and share what made last years main event so special. Hennessy Artistry is built upon the idea of fusing different sounds, genres, instruments and artists together to create a unique mix and blend of artistry. Last year, together with Hennessy we brought together legendary hip hop producer Just Blaze and Toronto trap/edm trio Keys N Krates.

Watch what happens during soundcheck when Just Blaze and Keys N Krates are in the same room!

This year Hennessy Artistry is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Toronto’s own DJ Starting from Scratch with two special events happening on Thursday, November 19th and Friday, November 20th. Stay tuned for details…

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Udaipur Tea Party By Mani Jassal


The last time we talked to Fashion Designer Mani Jassal, she was graduating from Ryerson’s Fashion Design program, presenting her self-titled brand at Mass Exodus 2013. We’re happy to know that since then, she’s been grinding it out and making some serious moves.

Fast-forward to today; she just finished presenting her solo runway show, Udaipur Tea Party, to a packed house at 99 Sudbury. Journalist, loyal client and MC-of-the-night, Veronica Chail opened the show to a crowd high on Bautista’s bat flip just moments earlier and excitedly anticipating what was to be a clever and badass take on Indian evening wear.


The collection was inspired by a recent trip to Udaipur, India. Mani says she was so taken by the palaces, mountains and lakes, she couldn’t help but start sketching. What developed was a sophisticated merger of east and west. She says, “Being an Canadian-Indian, I wanted to include both parts of my roots… I’m not going to say it’s for South Asians. I’m not going to say it’s for Indians. It’s for people who can appreciate my art and respect my clothes.”


The collection featured a mix of indian fabrics, traditional elements paired with a edgy, rebellious streak. Regal flowing golds and sparkling sequins with incorporated blues and greens evoked the beautiful serenity of Udaipur and tea time class. But those sheer fabrics, bold cut-outs and sultry silhouettes had jaws on the floor and praising hands in the air with BBHMM blasting in the background. Another cool element? Her designs can be mixed within collections and can also be worn with your everyday jeans, tees, blazers, etc.

Mani was able to quit her retail job and focus on her brand full-time. She now takes in orders from all over the world and is gaining a solid following of women of every size and ethnicity. Her game-changing designs are what grabs people’s attention but it’s her personalized approach to clients which has earned her a loyal fan base. When we asked her “What’s the dream?” she replied, “Stand alone boutique here in Toronto and then eventually growing to locations all over the world.”


Check out more from Mani Jassal at: manijassal.com

Photography by Suman Uppal

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Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishall aka Celebrity Face is set to drop his fifth album tomorrow! The hip hop icon released his first album “Eye & I” back in ’97, along with a collection of Canadian classics from over the past 15+ years, including; the Rascalz’s “Northern Touch”, “Money Jane”, “Bakardi Slang”, “Hustlin'”, and many more. In 2008, Kardi made history on the Billboard’s Hot 100 as the first Canadian rapper to place, peaking at number 5 on the charts with the world-famous “Dangerous” Feat Akon.

Fast forward to 2015, and we’re sitting in the studio with Kardi himself, accompanied by a close-knit group of music industry professionals, friends & family. Together, we spent a couple of hours taking in “Kardi Gras Volume 1: The Clash”, with notes from Kardinal about each track. Some of our favourites include in no particular order, “OG” Feat. Assassin, “One Dream Away” Feat. Stephen Marley, “No Reason”, “Insert Here” and for the Soca heads… “Always Carnival Time” Feat. KES The Band & Quinn Marie.

As a long-time supporter of @1LOVETO, Kardinal has always shown love and respect and we’re giving it right back! Make sure you support local and buy the album tomorrow.

For more music check out: soundcloud.com/kardinaloffishall

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Virgin Mobile RE*Generation invests in charitable programs that help at-risk and homeless youth develop the skills they need to secure meaningful jobs. A recent Virgin Mobile study found that 1 in 3 Canadians know someone who has been homeless. Currently, there are approximately 225,000 Canadian youth out of work or not in school, and more than 6,000 of them sleep on the streets on any given night. It’s comes as no surprise to us, as 1LOVETO has worked first-hand with many young at-risk and homeless youth in Toronto.

We’re excited to share the news of Virgin Mobile Canada and Samsung’s recent partnership. $5 from every sale of the new RE*Generation phone (Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime) and Universal Power Bank (charge your smartphone and tablet anytime, anywhere) will help connect at-risk and homeless youth with the training they need to emerge from the cycle of homelessness.

“By picking up the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime through Virgin Mobile, Canadians can make a real difference in the lives of at-risk and homeless youth.” said Paul Brannen, Senior VP, Enterprise and Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada.


It’s rare to have the opportunity to make a difference in our own communities across Canada, by doing something we already do on the regular – purchase a phone. You can get the RE*Generation phone at Virgin Mobile retail and online locations and the Universal Power Bank ($24.99) is available in stores across Canada.

If you’re already an existing Virgin Mobile Member, you can help by adding “Change For A Dollar” to your monthly bill to donate $1/month to the program. For those of us who may not be a Member or don’t need a new phone, you can text the word REGEN to 30333 to donate $5 to the cause.

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Scouring the internet for new music has never been so easy, but yet hard at the same time. There’s some incredible talent out there, but sifting through the endless inventory of songs that take up space on the net seems to be a never ending job.

In our efforts to discover some home-grown talent, we came across local songstress and Remix Project participant Lemon, with her latest release (about 1 month ago), entitled “Your Friends” (Interlude). Press play below!

Listen to more music from Lemon HERE.

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INLAND Pop-Up Event

Coinciding with Toronto’s Fashion Week comes INLAND, a start-up founded in 2014 that provides a platform for Canada’s contemporary and next generation fashion designers to connect directly with consumers, retail buyers and press.

“Despite fashion week being really popular in the city, there’s still exclusivity that happens around the fashion scene in Canada, and I really want to make Canadian fashion and design accessible to the masses,” said Sarah Power, entrepreneur and Founder of INLAND.

INLAND aims to boost the economy of fashion in Canada by helping re-grow the community of independent designers through its two-day fashion retail events held each Spring and Fall at the Glass Factory, located at 99 Sudbury.

Mary Young is a young Canadian-based designer of her self-titled lifestyle clothing line, focusing on lingerie and loungewear. This is Young’s second season with INLAND and expresses a great deal of growth and support since her fall showcase. Young is without a doubt, one of INLAND’s success stories.

“A lot of bloggers have picked up on my brand,” she said. “INLAND is great because I sell mostly online and being at a pop-up like this gives me the opportunity to interact with consumers and see what they’re saying about the product, what designs they like or don’t like, and especially just hearing the feedback inspires me to keep going and doing what I do.”

Some of the biggest challenges for today’s Canadian fashion designers are customer awareness, support, and accessibility. Within the last decade, the number of people employed in the Canadian apparel industry has declined over 70% and Power aims to solve these challenges with INLAND.

“The designers are so amazing in this country and there’s a little bit of a lack of focus being put on the quality that’s happening here,” said Power. “It’s about the commerce being built around it; dollars need to be spent in order for the industry to be sustained and INLAND is about getting people down here and shopping!”

The two-day event connects clientele directly with the designers behind the labels, closing the gap between design and commerce in Canada.

“INLAND is extremely important because it gives a platform for Canadian designers and artists to express and showcase what they’re doing,” said Yanal Dhailieh, founder of Peace Collective. “This is our first time with INLAND and it’s been great so far. We’ve also created a great platform that allows Torontonians to get clothing and garments that help them rep and showcase the pride for their city.”

INLAND encourages consumers to not only shop local, but also discover and meet new designers, while learning about their stories and journeys into the Canadian apparel, accessories and jewelry industry.

“INLAND is one of the firsts that really putting attention back on Canada,” admitted Young. “We’re a very modest country and we don’t take pride in designers or really anything that we have. It’s just about supporting each other, building a community of designers that work well together, and putting money back into our economy is a really great thing. INLAND is definitely doing that and doing a good job at it too.”

Although approximately 50 independent Canadian designers showcased their collections at INLAND this season, a portion of them selflessly donated a percentage of proceeds to a good cause with each purchase. For instance, 10% of Mary Young’s pink items will be donated to Rethink Breast Cancer for the month of October. In addition, Peace Collective has partnered with “Breakfast For Learning” so that every garment sold provides a week of school meals to a child in need.

When asked about the future of INLAND, Power’s face lit up with an ambitious response, “It would be amazing to start a trade show in the Canadian marketplace that really focuses on Canadian labels and brands,” she said.

“The next step for INLAND might have to be taking it overseas. I think the next step is to take INLAND to New York, take it to Berlin, take it to Asia, and get people really excited about it from that perspective, and then things will start breeding internally.”

For more info: madeinland.ca

Posted by Christina Cheng

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One of Toronto’s most under-rated and unheard of bands is Unbuttoned. They continue to impress us with their music, visuals, and live shows. We’ve been blogging about them since 2013 and we can’t wait for the latest EP project “Minute Lasting” to drop. If you can spare 18 minutes, sit back, relax, turn down the lights and watch this short film accompanied by the sounds of Unbuttoned.

Directed by Victoria Long


Previously: Unbuttoned – “Shy Cry” (Official Video)

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