Toronto’s own P. Reign premiered his much anticipated new single “Rich” on Apple Music’s OVO SOUND radio station. Since his ‘Dear America’ release, P. Reign has been touring, building a solid fan base both south of the border as well as overseas. We know he’s always working hard in and out of the studio, giving back to the community and representing for Toronto. Take a listen to “Rich” below and check out his soundcloud for more music.
Last year we blogged about a Toronto-based web comedy series entitled “We Are Disorderly”, about three best friends who never pass up an opportunity to tease each other relentlessly and prey on one another’s deepest insecurities. The show was created, written by and stars Al Mukadam, Mazin Elsadig and Jonathan Malen, and directed by Samir Rehem and produced by Paula Brancati and DHX Media. Guest stars include Cristine Prosperi, Ashley Leggat, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Sergio Di Zio and Wendy Crewson.
For more info visit: wearedisorderly.com
Previously: “Disorderly” Web Series
Toronto-based ‘Supergroup’ Rebel Coast (RBL CST), made up Kyle McVea, Curtis Smith, Ryan Hawken, Angelo Moretti, and Amer Dhaliwalof, are most known for their big win on YTV’s ‘The Next Star: SuperGroup’ television show. The boy-band recently dropped a new single entitled, “Love Is Not”. Take a listen below…
For more info, check out: rebelcoastmusic.com
With a touch of a button customers will receive front-of-the-line access and incredible service at some of Toronto’s best local restaurants and cafes thanks to Ritual. If you haven’t heard of Ritual yet, it’s the latest app dedicated to connecting busy Toronto-based ‘urban professionals’ with great coffee and food spots around the city. The mobile technology allows users to make selections from a diverse range of options and place orders directly from your phone. Notifications keep you up to date on your order status and pick-up time so the experience becomes seamless, with no extra cost.
Ritual is currently offering their service in the following downtown Toronto neighbourhoods: King West, Entertainment District, Liberty Village, St Lawrence Market and The Discovery District.
Some of our favourite places available on the app are: It’z A Wrap, Magic Oven, Ravi Soups, Portland Variety, and Rose City Kitchen.
To see some of the tasty options visit their instagram page HERE.
For more info and a complete list of participating restaurants and cafes, check out: ritual.co
PARTYNEXTDOOR drops a record for his ‘girlfriend’, R&B singer Kehlani – “Kehlani’s Freestyle”. Turn down the lights and press play…
Toronto’s only Filipino Festival is back to celebrate their 10-Year-Anniversary of Kultura on August 5-9th, 2015. The Philippine inspired festival is spearheaded by Kensington Market-based, youth-led Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture and supported by community volunteers. The purpose of the event is to expose Toronto to everything the Filipino community has to offer, from arts, culture, food, entertainment and style. Through a variety of workshops, live shows, and community engagement the festival continues to grow each year, allowing the idea of understanding Toronto’s diverse communities to truly be celebrated.
You can purchase tickets HERE.
For more info, visit: kultura.ca
Photo by Dwayne Fundano
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On August 6, elusive graphic artist, Fucci, presents his collective installation entitled, ‘Squirt’, An Underwater Adventure at Toronto’s District 28 event space. Fucci is best known for his hyper sexualized graphics and thirst for creative expression, and invites Torontonians for the first time into his playful interactive world. This event will also commemorate Fucci’s first public appetence and the unveiling of his brand new iconic graphics.
Fucci re-invents modern surrealism with a unique approach and detail to minimalism. He can be identified only through his unique and bold stylized saturated colour palettes, clean lines and attention to the human form. Fucci’s thought provoking visuals have been known to spark an online craze and a collective curiosity to his identity.
As an added bonus to this unique showcase, there will be live performances by Toronto-based music artists: Bizzarh, Morelikeaqua, Bambii and Internet Daughter. Guests will be able to enjoy beverages by Fucci’s sponsors: Stolichnaya Vodka, Tromba Tequila, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, Peroni Beer and Red Bull.
Tickets can be purchased online HERE.
For more details about the artist and to view a select collection of his work, visit: fucci.ca
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Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival (Caribana) is less than a week away and 1LOVETO & Guinness Extra Stout are giving you the chance to win your very own ‘Like Ah Boss’ costume designed by Project Runway Winner Anya Ayoung-Chee, plus the opportunity to play mas with Team Saldenah, along side International Soca Artist Machel Montano, co-hosted by Tyrone ‘T-rex’ Edwards and Chantelle Winnie.
HOW TO ENTER:
Tweet @1LOVETO #GuinnessExtraStout for your chance to win!
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS (“OFFICIAL RULES”) BEFORE ENTERING THE GUINESS EXTRA STOUT TWITTER CONTEST- “1 LOVE TO INC. & GUINESS EXTRA STOUT CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL COSTUME GIVEAWAY CONTEST” (THE “CONTEST”). BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT REPRESENTS THAT HE OR SHE SATISFIES ALL OF THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS BELOW AND AGREES TO BE BOUND UNCONDITIONALLY BY THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND ALL DECISIONS OF LABATT BREWERIES OF CANADA (THE “CONTEST SPONSOR”). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MUST BE LEGAL DRINKING AGE IN YOUR PROVINCE OR TERRITORY OF RESIDENCE. OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF CANADA ONLY, EXCLUDING QUEBEC.
1. HOW TO PLAY
The Contest begins on or about Monday July 27, 2015. To play, entrants must have Internet access, a valid Twitter account, a valid email address and a valid phone number. To enter the Contest, entrants must follow the 1 LOVE TO Twitter page (@1LOVETO) and tweet the identified contest tweet that declares “Tweet @1LOVETO #GuinnessExtraStout”. All entries submitted on the 1LOVETO Twitter page at the close of the Contest Period will count as one (1) entry into the Contest by the individual, determined by the Contest Sponsor in its sole discretion. Limit of one (1) entry per individual, per full duration of the Contest Period, and per associated twitter handle and email address for the Contest Period. Entries will be stored in a Contest database and will be drawn in accordance with these Official Rules (Contest database and the site at which these Official Rules are published by Contest Sponsor referred to collectively as “Contest Website”).
2. CONTEST PERIOD
The overall Contest commences on or about 12 p.m. Eastern Time (“EST”) on July 27th, 2015 and ends at 5:00:00 p.m. EST on July 28th, 2015 (the “Contest Period”), after which time no further entries will be accepted.
The Contest is open to residents of Canada only, excluding Québec, who are legal drinking age in their province or territory of residence and who are not employees, contractors, agents or representatives of the Contest Sponsor or its parent companies, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agencies, distribution companies, the applicable provincial liquor authorities, participating liquor licensees, prize suppliers, the Contest judge, or any person who is domiciled with any of the foregoing persons. The provincial liquor authorities are not connected with this Contest in any manner whatsoever and are not liable in any way whatsoever in regard to any matter, which relates to this Contest.
There are two prizes available to be won, each consisting of:
• Two “Like Ah Bos”s Salendah costumes – for the winner and a guest of the winner’s choice, who must also be legal drinking age
• Winner and guest shall be invited to participate on 1LOVE TO Inc. & Guinness Extra Stout float at Scotia Bank Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade on Saturday August 1, 2015.
• Costumes must be picked up no later than July 31 at 5pm
The approximate retail value of each prize is: $500.00 CAD. Odds of winning a prize depends on the total number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period.
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The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, non-refundable, has no cash surrender value and must be accepted as awarded with no substitutions. The Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute the prize, or a portion thereof, with (a) prize(s) of equivalent or greater value for any reason. The decisions of the Contest Sponsor and/or the Administrator are final and each entrant agrees to abide by all of the instructions and decisions of the Contest Sponsor and/or Administrator. In the event of any dispute regarding the interpretation of these Official Rules, the decision or interpretation of the Contest Sponsor and/or the Administrator shall prevail. No communication will be entered into except with selected entrants. All entries become the property of the Contest Sponsor. Any entry that is illegible, incomplete, altered, or contains false information, is invalid. Contest Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of Twitter, any Internet or telephone network or broadcast transmission during the Contest Period.
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The Contest Sponsor reserves the right to terminate this Contest or change these Official Rules at any time, at its sole discretion without notice to participants.
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Toronto has always had Kings, but the first official Crown belongs to 1LOVETO!
Four weeks ago we set the tone for what was to come, besting the Anthony Bennett-led CIA Bounce 101-88, behind Player of the Week Brady Heslip’s 44 points. A second week loss only seemed to energize and motivate the whole squad, and we never looked back. Guest player Kelly Olynyk dropped an easy 31 while donning a white 1LOVETO Crown League jersey in Week 3, and the team rallied behind an amazing Final Week MVP performance by Dwayne Smith for the 53-49 Championship W. Leading from the start, we were able to hold off a comeback from the previously undefeated ACE squad en route to being the first team to Claim Royalty in Toronto.
A huge thank you to Nike and Jarvis Collegiate, who were the perfect hosts for the games and provided a fever pitch-like atmosphere for basketball fans from across the GTA. And of course thank you to those fans, who every Friday for a month straight packed into the hot high-school gym to cheer on all six squads and help establish Toronto’s very own Pro-Am Summer League.
Stay connected with Nike Events all year-long, and get ready to cheer us on as we look to defend the Crown next summer.
Photos courtesy of Nike Toronto
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A trip to Morocco, the Raptors in the playoffs and an innate desire to make a difference in the world, is responsible for the conception of the globally conscious, Toronto-based clothing brand, Peace Collec-tive.
It’s made up of a few key players: Yanal Dhailieh, Jordan McDonald, Macaulay Madrigal and Tricka Bi-comong. The cool thing about them is that their merch is close to an incredible cause. For every piece they sell, one child in need will be provided school meals for a month through The World Food Program USA. Yanal (Founder) says, “I believe chasing your passion boils down to two key ingredients: 1. Do what you love, 2. Add value to the world.”
It all started last year when the Raptors made the playoffs. Yanal had designed the now notori-ous, ‘Toronto vs. Everybody’ shirt, and he and Macaulay (Creative Director) wore them to Jurassic Park to watch the game. The positive reactions and feedback they encountered, triggered them to create about six different pieces for both men and women. Inspired by his recent trip to Morocco where Yanal learned about schools which provided two meals a day for students who attended (kind of like an incen-tive), he attached the charitable aspect to his newly minted clothing line which became central to their formula and the driving force behind their success.“Without [the charitable aspect] we wouldn’t exist and we wouldn’t have the loyalty we have now. When customers buy from us, they feel as if they’re join-ing the cause; they are now apart of something more” says Macaulay. But it was by no means easy, “…countless hours spent on research, designs, conversations, folding/packaging, trial and error – a lot of mistakes” but they didn’t allow the hurdles to clutter the vision.
Aside from their awesome designs, all of which are 100% made in Canada, it’s their humanity which makes Peace Collective a leader in the business of fashion. Yanal explains: “Following your passion isn’t unrealistic…Commit to your art, work hard to create value, and cultivate your following. Doing these things creates a positive impact on the world that others will notice. What’s so unrealistic about that?”
For more info: peace-collective.com
Posted by Samira
Holt Renfrew recently hosted an exclusive fashion event with Haculla, a designer streetwear collection designed by creative director Jon Koon. The latest collection is a collaborative project inspired by Harif Guzman, New York based contemporary artist and designer.
Haculla’s first collection references to Guzman’s “Dark Ages” characters. The original series is an examination of the old masters in classical art, and within this series, Guzman juxtaposes his signature street art characters with iconic styles often depicted in old master paintings.
“The Haculla characters all came about when I came to New York. It’s a character that’s been around for 18 years,” he said.
Guzman began tagging the streets of New York in the early-2000’s and became recognized for his work soon after, gaining a celebrity following. They have since watched him transition from a street artist to contemporary painter. His street and contemporary art works have been exhibited internationally. However, he calls New York home as well as his favourite canvas and inspiration.
“My collection is my life on a day-to-day basis, it’s the way I feel and I’ve put it all over New York,” he said. “It’s become an iconic imagery in New York and now I brought it to clothing along with Jon Koon who designed different styles.”
When asked about who he envisions wearing his collection he said, “Anybody that’s got a dark side to them but also likes to have a little fun; but I think there’s a little dark side to everyone.” With that being said, Guzman also adds he initially paints and designs for himself, stating, “Everything I paint is for myself. My collection is my life, what I’ve lived.”
Holt Renfrew’s concourse level was transitioned into a New York underground fashion and art event. Guests entered through the back alley where Guzman had painted a huge mural on the brick wall upon entrance. Following through, more of Guzman’s artwork and designs in monochrome with hints of deep red led the crowd through the event. A mixture of hip-hop, rap, trap, and r&b filled the space in the most suitable way possible courtesy of DJ Sophie Jones. In addition, Chef Matthew created a contemporary and cool menu for guests to enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres. Alcohol was also sponsored, including Peroni and signature themed cocktails.
“Being creative is almost like you’re being tortured… and then when you’re well received in other countries it feels nice. – Harif Guzman, Haculla”
Photos by Lesean Harris
Posted by Christina Cheng