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Hayley Elsaesser is an eclectic Aussie gem and Canadian-based contemporary fashion designer for the luxury streetwear market. She debuted her second Fashion Week show in Toronto, where she revealed her Midnight Cowboy-inspired collection on the runway. Elsaesser’s vibrant fall/winter 2015 collection showcased neon camouflage and animal prints, vibrant orange and lime-green furs and her signature snake graphics.

“It’s Western meets disco meets a little bit of Japanese Samari,” she said. “I had a bunch of ideas and I chose two or three and just mixed them together!”

Elsaesser is known for her bold and luxurious fabrics and prints. Her animated eight ball graphic wearing a blue cowboy hat, contrasted well with the red, purple and green cheetah print bomber jacket. It was definitely a crowd favourite and personally, a must have!

“My mind is crazy enough as it is so believe it or not, my ideas come completely sober!” she said jokingly.

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For this collection, Elsaesser experimented with intarsia knit for the first time, which resulted in an ultra-cool, multi-coloured camo print set. In addition, this was also her first collection incorporating menswear.

“In my world, this is the darkest I’ve ever gone,” she said. Normally, I like to have pink and have my collection a little bit more girly but this time, I went more masculine… Playing with oranges and greens is a departure from what I do.”

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Being a left-wing realist (so to speak) as the creative director of her brand, Elsaesser put on a beautiful and fun show, showcasing models in various shapes, sizes, and ages. Being that her aesthetic speaks to the luxurious streetwear market, she casted talent from local street kids to modern hipsters, and from friends to legitimate models.

“For all the designing and casting, I do that myself,” she said, but for added street cred, she called upon Toronto-based stylist to help pull her runway looks together by mismatching pieces from her entire collection.

“I have a stylist who helped style the runway and the look book and that’s Romany Williams. She helped me pull it all together!” she said.

Elsaesser’s attention to detail certainly doesn’t go unnoticed — the neon hair extensions and pop nail art contrasted well with the entire collection.

“The hair came to me when I was flying back from London… I really had to start thinking about what I was going to do with the hair on the runway… All of a sudden it came to when the plane landed. They’re hair extensions that look like coloured feathers!”

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When asked about the future of her brand, her response was much needed rest.

“I haven’t thought of my next collection as yet. My next plan is to just have a nap for a week and then I’ll regroup!”

Hayley Elsaesser’s collections will be available online and in a select few Toronto shops and boutiques.

“My spring/summer line will be available for another month online,” she said, “But it will be in TNT in Toronto soon. Typically, online is always my biggest thing.”

Photography by Che Rosales

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Bravestation recently signed to Toronto-based record label Culvert Music. To celebrate, Bravestation just dropped their new single “Haven”, from their upcoming EP, due out later this year. Speaking of later this year, make sure you save the date – May 29th, 2015, as the boys will be playing at The Drake Hotel. Enjoy!

Previously: Bravestation – “Somewhere We Belong”

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Join Artscape & Manifesto for an ‘In Conversation with… Adrian Aitcheson’ on Saturday, April 18th from 3-4:30pm, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of ‘TOO BLACK GUYS’ at Ada Slaight Hall inside Daniels Spectrum! Adrian has ventured on an incredible journey in building his notable brand ‘TOO BLACK GUYS’ and made exemplary strides over the course of his personal career. Hosted by Juno Award winning rapper Kardinal Offishall, we aim to give you greater insight into what has made Adrian so successful, touching on the highlights and hardships of being an entrepreneur.

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To give you a bit of background for those who are not very familiar. In the year 1990, starting out as a clothing line and a store founded in downtown Toronto, TBG was known for their thought-provoking t-shirts surrounding the ideologies and history of black culture. TBG apparel has been seen on the backs of some of the most prominent figures in hip hop culture, including Mos Def, Spike Lee, Redman, and Mary J Blige, to name a few. In 25 years Adrian and TBG have become icons, paving the way for Canadian streetwear fashion along the way.

FREE RSVP HERE

Check out tooblackguys.co

Previously: The Return of “Too Black Guys”

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Manifesto’s “Freshest Goods Market” is back for another Spring Pop-Up Market at Daniels Spectrum on Saturday April 18th, 2015. The market includes some of Toronto’s most notable brands including of course, 1 LOVE T.O., 40oz Heroes, 5ives On Top, 100 Miles, and more!

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This Freshest Goods Market is also featuring a special “In Conversation With…” Adrian Atchison – Creator of Toronto-based brand TOO BLACK GUYS, celebrating 25 years in the game! Stay tuned for more info…

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PRIDE + BASS Boat Cruise

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We’ve teamed up with some great folks to bring you the first ever PRIDE’N’BASS, an unforgettable sunset boat cruise aboard the River Gambler during Toronto’s PRIDE weekend. Kick off your celebration on Friday, June 26th, with the LGBTTIQQ2SA Community and friends with DJs Hydee, DJ Love Hz, Remedy, Maddi Qwikstepp and PVP for an unforgettable experience.

PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS HERE
PRESALE PASSWORD: 1loveTO

Our exclusive pre-sale password is in effect until midnight on Thursday! Don’t miss out…

For more info visit pridenbass.ca or find us on FB.

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Today marks a special moment in Toronto’s music, arts and culture history. Fast-approaching 10 years of serving Toronto through their innovative mix of talent incubation, youth engagement and cultural programming – two of the city’s youth arts and culture heavyweights are finally coming together to realize a grand vision for the future of Toronto arts and culture. The Remix Project and Manifesto just announced the launch of the Convergence Campaign, which will create a dynamic new permanent home for both organizations and an accessible cultural hub for artists, arts administrators and organizations from across the city.

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“Manifesto and The Remix Project are thrilled to partner with The Daniels Corporation to create our new home in Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts. This space will become the centre of gravity for youth, arts, culture and creative industries in Canada. Daniels’ investment in this project is not simply an investment in our organizations, but rather an investment in Toronto’s future as a global cultural leader.” – Che Kothari (Manifesto) & Derek “Drex” Jancar (The Remix Project) Co-Chairs of the Convergence Campaign

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With the generous support of The Daniels Corporation, the space will be part of the just-announced Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts project – a pioneering vision for a master-planned, mixed-use community coming to the corner of Queens Quay and Lower Jarvis that will amplify Toronto’s growing role as a global cultural leader. The space will combine administrative offices; a public performance theatre and cinema; a recording studio with affordable opportunities for diverse communities; a studio dedicated to photography, videography, and dance; accessible venue space with affordable prices for gatherings and events; video editing and post-production suites; a gallery; a community café; as well as access for artists and young entrepreneurs to obtain business and legal support, career guidance and professional consultation from some of the city’s key leaders and instigators. It will be a game-changing place for Toronto’s current and future arts and culture leaders to connect, cultivate and collaborate that responds to directly to the unique challenges faced by the sector.

Through the Convergence Campaign, The Remix Project and Manifesto’s combined creativity and drive will supercharge Toronto’s cultural sector, and safeguard the sustainability of these two vital organizations for years to come. To learn more about how Toronto can support the Convergence Campaign to create a new centre of gravity for youth, arts and culture, please visti: convergencecampaign.com

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Our favourite Grammy-winning pianist, Toronto-based Chilly Gonzales, returns with his much anticipated follow-up to Solo Piano II: “Chambers”. Watch his latest music video for “Advantage Points” off his new album “Chambers”, Directed by Jonathan Barré.

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Listen to the entire “Chambers” album here: soundcloud.com/chillygonzales

Previously: Octave Minds – “In Silence” (Chilly Gonzales x Boys Noize)

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Rotman Lens Rendezvous 2015

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The Rotman Lens Rendezvous 2015 event is happening this Thursday, March 26th inside the Fleck Atrium (Rotman School of Management) from 5:30-7:00pm, and 1 LOVE T.O. is inviting you to join us and support both the Toronto-based photographers, as well as local arts & cultural incubator – The Remix Project. All proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to The Remix Project’s Academy of Creative Arts. Top submissions from the Lens photo competition along with professional photographers works will be displayed, including submissions from some of our cities finest: Jalani Morgan, Taha Muharuma, Rajeshta Julatum, Joshua Telfer, and J R Bernstein.

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For more information and to get tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Toronto-based singer Alexandria releases her debut single and video for “Stay”, a song about love, drug abuse and addiction. Heavy topics for a first release, but take in her lyrics and her sound and feel what she feels.

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“This single involved a lot of emotions, I had the option to create a video that was typical – a man and woman’s relationship – but I wanted to do it another way and highlight a relationship within a family”, says Alexandria. “The visuals lift the song and vice versa, they both work really well together, through this song I wanted to evoke emotion in my audience and get them intact with their feelings and I believe it does just that.”

Listen to more music here: theonlyalexandria.com

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Roots Canada and Huck Magazine have collaborated on a radical Spring/Summer collection that’s scheduled to drop in May 2015. Staying true to Huck’s vision of celebrating people and movements that ‘paddle against the flow,’ Roots aimed to focus on that mantra with quality apparel and leather goods to represent the quality of living life unconditionally.

Made locally in Canada for a world of possibilities, this collaborated collection is honoured in celebration of Huck’s Paddle Against the Flow book release with insight on cultural influencers, living creative lives. Catering and relating to its lifestyle beliefs, Roots has built an inspiring premium collection from local quality materials meant to withstand any adventure one’s creative mind may paddle them to.

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Originated in 1973, Roots has always been a supporter of the independent, organic spirit, which ties well with Huck’s Paddle Against the Flow philosophy as its principles are rooted (pun intended) in celebrating people and roaming the globe to document and unfold grassroots counterculture.

Seeking out freethinkers who are wellspring of new thoughts and ideas, such as the rebellious heritage of surfers and skaters, Roots Canada and Huck have creative an ideal lifestyle collection, which caters to both male and female within the community.

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Huck has always been inspired by DIY principles and Roots chimed in with their classic design aesthetics. The “Paddle Against the Flow Exclusive Awards Jacket” mimics Roots’ classic varsity bomber with leather and wool detailing. In addition, it’s tees, long sleeves, and three-quarter shirts are made with Roost’s choice of 100% organic cotton; and its “Vagabond” long sleeve and “Maker” full-zip hoody are made with French Terry cloth. A timeless “Paddle Against the Flow Exclusive Student Pack” stays true to Roots’ classic leather backpack aesthetic. The entire collaborated collection has all the ideal pieces needed to withstand any adventure forthcoming this spring and summer seasons, including the “Paddle Against the Flow Hardcover Huck Magazine”. This will certainly come in handy for stimulating creative reading material when road tripping.

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Be on a lookout for the entire collection come May 2015.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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The Cloud 10 Travel Experience

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If you like to travel as much as we do, we’ve got some exciting news from our partners at American Express. Amex is launching a new benefit as part of their Cloud 10 program at Toronto Pearson Airport. If you’ve ever been to Pearson and used any of the Cloud 10 benefits you know they have something for every type of traveller.

When we travel, we like to travel in style with the full VIP experience. Our travel routine starts with followed by security line bypass (hands down the best thing ever), complimentary Wi-Fi (for Instagram purposes), plus access to the premium lounge with complimentary food and drinks.

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One thing we can all agree on is that we can’t to get to our destination… but with #Cloud10 waiting got a whole lot better! Amex along with HarperCollins Canada & Sony Music Canada have launched Entertainment on Cloud 10 offering free e-books and music downloads to all passengers travelling through Toronto Pearson airport.

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So next time you’re at Pearson waiting to take off, keep yourself entertained and check out amexcloud10.ca for e-book or free music downloads.

1LOVETO Suggestions:
eBooks – The Great Gatsby
Music – Bruno Mars or Calvin Harris

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To some hot dog’s are just hot dog’s, whereas to others hot dogs are a blank canvas, a delicatessen to be moulded, crafted and cooked with infinite possibilities. The “others” I am referring to in the last sentence are Christa, Julie and Simon. You’ve probably seen their wiener logo around. “Let’s Be Frank” humbly began a couple of years ago as a food truck, making its rounds within the city. In today’s highly saturated food truck marketplace their dogs eclipsed the competition pretty much everywhere they set up shop. Their mobile hot dog hut was a hit and the decision was made this year to setup a more permanent location at 460 Spadina. We were fortunate enough to get an invite to celebrate their opening this past Friday.

First things first, we were very well take care of. Having a light snack before we went was completely unnecessary. The variety and creativity in the array of concoctions we taste tested was ridiculously wide ranging. The Katsu dog was a banger, the Ketchup on the corn dog was spectacular and the dogfather was covered is Christa’s Nonna’s pasta sauce. If you love hot dogs you’ll love this place and if you’re on the fence about hot dogs Let’s be Frank will help give you a boost over the fence to the hot dog loving side.

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Beyond the food, the culture championed by “Let’s Be Frank” is one that you will easily find yourself embracing. The three owners are awesome, that’s a given, but it’s the people they have surrounded themselves with, their employees are great ambassadors to the overall positive environment they’ve created. A couple of things, there is only 1 method utilized to play music @ “Let’s Be Frank.” You guessed it, vinyl. You can bring and play your own records on Tuesday’s (although I bet they would let you play mix master any day of the week), whether you’re an S Club 7, Megadeath or Buju Banton fan.

They also serve beer and assorted spirits. It seems pretty outlandish to be chowing down on a sausage sans adult refreshment so “Let’s Be Frank” ensured this travesty would not occur.

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Finally, we got a chance to meet up with Dre, one of 1LOVETO’s original photographers, who now runs the kitchen operation. “Let’s be Frank”, If Dre’s on the payroll, these guys get our unapologetic co-sign. To learn more about “Let’s Be Frank”, visit them online at lets-be-frank.ca

Posted by Jesse Ingalls

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