Roaming Focus is back with their 3rd episode entitled “Hashtaggin”, with local photographer Mike Palmer capturing the step by step process of painting a mural. If you’re in the Harbord and Ossington area, make sure you check out this piece of art in person.
For more info: roamingfocus.ca
Previously: Roaming Focus: “Born & Raised”
It was an extremely hot day in Toronto and the Molson Amphitheatre was buzzing, 1 LOVE T.O. was invited to attend yet another great event, Fans with Benefits, hosted by our friends at Amex. I was excited because every time Amex invites us out it’s an amazing experience, from fine dining to the hottest music events around the world. When I arrived there was a sea of people waiting to get in, however 25 very lucky contest winners and their plus 1′s received ‘Front Of The Line’ entrance (something Amex offers to all of their Cardmembers) since that night the special treatment was for their Facebook fans who had entered and won the ‘Fans with Benefits’ contest. Not only did they receive Front Of The Line access, but Fans with Benefits winners also had access to a special pre-party at the Amex lounge, food and drinks before the show(the burgers were phenomenal), and tickets to see Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson.
Once everyone had a bite to eat, I got a chance to chat with the Fans with Benefits winners and asked them about their favourite concert experience, how much they were enjoying the special treatment in the Amex Lounge that evening, how hot Adam Levine is, and for one little girl I learned that she was attending her first ever concert because of Fans with Benefits. Her mother was already an Amex Canada Facebook fan so this little girl was able to attend her first ever concert in style. How cool is that?
The best thing about Fans with Benefits is that it happens bi-weekly, so if you haven’t checked out the Amex Facebook community, I’d say it’s worth doing so! Right now you can enter for a chance to win an American Express Delights package at Hammam Spa, which runs until Friday, September 20th. Good luck!
Toronto’s very own Keys N Krates just dropped their first official Dim Mak release with their new EP entitled “SOLOW”. The EP features four very diverse tracks, including “Dum Dee Dum”, “I Just Can’t Deny” – an anthem built for stadium/festival crowds, “Ratchet Hoe$” and the popular single “Treat Me Right”. Turn this up and enjoy!
Previously: Keys N Krates – “Treat Me Right” (Video)
For decades, Toronto’s electronic music scene has been synonymous with the cutting edge, as our diversity of cultures allows for a medley of sounds to flourish. Still, the city has never been given the same spotlight as New York, Miami, or Los Angeles, but local champions of the dance scene are looking to change all of that.
Through the help of Heineken Green Room, THUMP (Vice Magazine’s new channel) has released a mini-documentary showcasing some of the artists, venues, and promoters that makes Toronto’s electronic music scene so special. Local legends like Joel Smye, Ryan Kruger, and Adam Gill break down the scene’s evolution from the early warehouse rave days all the way to today’s packed parties at venues such as The Hoxton. Moving forward, events like Digital Dreams, Canada’s largest dance music festival, shows that Toronto’s scene will only continue to grow in the years to come.
What is most impressive about this video is the high praise that comes from artists. Toronto boys Dzeko & Torres, Chicago-based duo Flosstradamus, and electro kingpin Wolfgang Gartner all boast about Toronto’s roaring crowds. Even the legend himself Tiesto talks about Toronto as the first city he ever visited in North America.
But the enthusiasm doesn’t stop at mainstream acts. Titans such as UMEK, Dubfire, and local veterans Art Department talk to the city’s vibrant underground scene, whether it be on the Digital stage at Echo Beach or during late nights at Footwork.
Sometimes we forget about the range of music we have in Toronto – even if electronic music isn’t your thing, it’s another scene we can be proud of to call our own.
Posted by Cam MacNeil
The Robot Love Invasion takes over Toronto with the help artist Matthew Del Degan and his army of Lovebots. This city-wide art project aims to illuminate some of the same things 1 LOVE T.O. consistently showcases; the love, kindness and compassion that exists in Toronto. You may have already seen the 2′ tall concrete Lovebot statues throughout Toronto, each with there own specific number that connects to a specific story that aims to inspire and spread more love.
The stories can be found here: lovebot.com
Director Shane Stirling dropped his 3rd installment of “The Leadertape” series, featuring Toronto-based artist Sam Shuter. You might remember some of Sam’s art from one of our previous posts: Sam Shuter x The Artist Project, or Introducing Sammo.
For more info: samshuter.com
Previously: The Leadertape No. 2
Gavin Sheppard most notably known as co-founder and CEO of the internationally award winning arts & cultural incubator, The Remix Project has brought to life a new vision for Toronto. As visionary, strategist, writer and executive producer, Gavin has assembled a young creative team which is proud to present RAWLUCK, a multi-media series. The idea is set in Toronto circa 2022, RAWLUCK draws equal inspiration from the great fables of Robin Hood and the very real stories of Mexico’s Zapatista Movement – Rawluck is at it’s core, a series about how citizens and loved ones navigate and rebel against a new world of state-sponsored oppression. Rawluck is also a cautionary glimpse into the not-so-distant future, exploring themes of community, immigration, justice and health care issues in a polarized Toronto.
Told across mediums, episodes of RAWLUCK come in the form of video, stop motion video, still photography and finally illustration. Welcome to the beautiful struggle.
Today marks the official release of the first 4 episodes – the series picks up again with a new episode the 15th of every month beginning October 15th.
Welcome to the struggle.
For more info: welcometorawluck.com
It’s that time of year again…
The 7th Annual MANIFESTO Festival of Community & Culture is back, September 19 – 22, with a collection of events ranging from Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Panel Discussions and more. Once again, 1 LOVE T.O. is proud to be involved in the Freshest Goods Market, where we’ll be hosting another one of our famous pop-up shops along side a variety of local vendors! Make sure you join us on Sunday, September 22 from 12-8pm at Yonge & Dundas Square.
For more info: themanifesto.ca/festival/2013/
Toronto/Bombay fashion label NorBlack NorWhite, known for their signature love for colour, handmade textiles and storytelling through creation, are bringing their flavours to Toronto for their annual BOM x YYZ, 4-day popup shop. Make sure you check out their latest collection at OZ Studios located at 134 Ossington Ave from Sept 11-14th.
Founded in 2010 by Amrit Kumar and Mriga Kapadiya, NorBlack NorWhite creates by exploring and paying respect to India, designing and documenting through adventure. Raised in Toronto, the duo moved to Bombay in 2009 to explore their Indian roots. Traveling across the country and exposed to its many disappearing art forms, NorBlack NorWhite was born out of a desire to present these ancient practices of textile design, while making them stylistically relevant to their own wardrobes. Mashing up their love for Michael Jackson, the Cosby show and all things old and gold, with their love for classic Indian textiles, their line has retailed in Creatures of Comfort New York, Los Angeles, Bombay Electric, Anthropologie and boutiques in Japan, Portugal, San Francisco, Australia and more. Having been featured in Wallpaper*, Asos, Fashion Television and Vogue India, they were also selected by Frida Gianinni (Creative Director of Gucci) as her favourite young designers from India.
For more info: norblacknorwhite.com
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