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Toronto’s own Jazz Cartier just released his latest project entitled “Marauding In Paradise”. By now, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Jazz. He’s been making a name for himself over the past couple of years, and this project lives up to the hype. Marauding In Paradise is the first full-length project since 2013, featuring 16 new records, produced entirely by Jazz and Lantz. His eclectic approach to music can be attributed to the fact that he’s lived everywhere from New England to Kuwait before calling Toronto home.

“Marauding in Paradise is the sound of Downtown, Toronto”, says Jazz Cartier.

For more music check out: soundcloud.com/jazzcartier

Previously: Jazz Cartier – “Count On Me” (Official Video)

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If you aren’t already aware, Thursday’s are the new Friday’s, and if you weren’t at The Fitting Room Toronto’s event alongside the Handsome Brut, you most certainly missed out. It was an outstanding, intimate, networking evening filled with sparkling wine, savoury food pairings courtesy of Luther’s Chicken, and great conversations. Owned by Bryan Brock and Brian Cafua, this cut and culture shop knows how to get the conversations going. With the power of social media, a contest rollout was the initiative to a successful night:

“Enter for your chance to win an exclusive VIP experience at The Fitting Room with Handsome Brut on Thursday, March 19th from 8-10PM. Post a photo of your latest haircut on Instagram tagging @fittingroomtoronto and include the hash tag ‪#‎AreYouHandsome‬.”‬

Dim lights and mellow groovy tunes accompanied the relaxed ambiance of the lounge-like gentlemen’s grooming shop. The atmosphere was undeniably attractive. As the crowd mixed, mingled, sipped on some bubbly, and enjoyed h’orderves, Levi of the Handsome Brut, gave the crowd an informative insight on the creation process of the sparkling wine.

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“The Niagara region is really bang on for Sparkling wine,” he said. “The climate, the soil type, the seasons — It’s perfect for it.”

The Handsome Brut is said to do things old school by believing in quality, tradition, and doing things right.

“The problem with bubbles is any little mistake you make with it, it’s going to show up in the wine; it’s a science.”

It takes longer and requires more work but the end results are worth it.

“I love making sparkling wine because it’s the hardest one to make. Reds and whites are a walk in the park,” Levi said as he threw his hands up.

The key to a successful sparkling wine is in patience and moderation with alcohol content and fermentations.

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“With sparkling, you don’t want too much alcohol to begin with. You want to start off nice and low with under 10 per cent of alcohol because it’s going to go through two fermentation processes,” he said. “If you rush the process and go too high with the alcohol percentage, it’s going to kill the yeast and you’ll be left with too much residual sugar, which can lead to bacterial infections later on.”

The Handsome Brut is a true traditionalist. Their wines are handmade in the traditional method from 100 per cent Ontario Chardonnay and undergoes two fermentations in the bottle, where it also spends two years aging on average.

“The traditional method is putting the wine back into the bottle, putting the yeast with the sugar, and that’s what produces the bubbles in the bottle,” Levi explained. “We add to it what we call a dosage, a secret herb and spices — it’s the wine making secret. It take about 18 months to eight years.”

Much like The Fitting Room, the Handsome Brut loves great company. Bryan Brock had mentioned the importance of the evening’s event was to gather not only their loyal clients and supporters, but also some of Toronto’s creative influencers for a night of networking, building, and sharing. We all have hectic work and personal schedules and Brock found it fitting (pun intended) to host an intimate event where memories, experiences, relationships and conversations are guaranteed to be created.

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Featuring the Handsome Brut tasting in Toronto’s newly opened lounge-like men’s barbershop was a no-brainer. Combining the culture and style of the city that’s conveniently located in the heart of Dundas West, it was only appropriate to also include local Luther’s Chicken in the mix for food pairings.

According to the beliefs of the Handsome Brut, “Bubbles are key to enjoying many foods, so, if it’s something you’d serve beer or soda pop with, you can serve Handsome Brut with.”

“I’d give it a go with all types of foods… You’d be surprised with that you’ll stumble across,” Levi said. “I think it would compliment a variation of dishes and spices and make the simplest dish fancy in flavour.”

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Naturally, the Handsome Brut is said to be a great solo act that can go from posh parties to game-day hangouts. Either way, Handsome Brut classes up pretty much any occasion and it certainly outdid itself at The Fitting Room’s event!

As an added bonus, mucking around with sparkling wine and having fun with different flavours is highly encouraged, according to Levi.

“Maybe some Brandy, maybe some Cognac, maybe a little but of Port; just something to give it some complexity, and that’s the secret. It’s incredible how something so small can change the wine.”

In regard to the men of The Fitting Room, mixing more alcohol with alcohol shouldn’t be a problem. They aren’t groomed to be handsome brut’s for nothing!

For more info visit: fittingroomtoronto.com

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Young Wolf Hatchlings are the latest Toronto-based dj/producers making a name for themselves. They had their first Billboard number one record in January with the production of Fall Out Boys “Uma Thurman”. Recently, they released a dubbed rework of Thomas D’Arcy’s record “You Lovely You”, along with an official music video (watch below). Keep an eye and ear out for these guys!

Listen to more of their music here: soundcloud.com/youngwolfhatchlings

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The One Eighty Experience

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On April 7, The One Eighty hosted an event to showcase the re-established 51st Floor of the Manulife Centre building, previously known as Panorama. Renowned for its spectacular, panoramic north and south views of the city of Toronto, and romantic atmosphere, The One Eighty introduces a unique LA-inspired dining experience.

The name refers not only to the 180-degree-view of the city, but also reflects the approach to the new food menu, spearheaded between Sebastien Centner, President and CEO of Eatertainment and Executive Chef, Christopher Matthews.

“We are introducing a new culinary experience unlike any other in Canada, and bringing the dining experience to a whole new level,” said Sebastien Centner, President and CEO of Eatertainment.

The One Eighty’s unique interior design and overall menu concept is inspired by Centner’s life changing travels around the globe. He mentions taking chances, creating experiences, and finding interesting ways to make situations enjoyable. For instance, the “Brussels Sprout Cesar” on the menu originated from his hate for Brussels sprouts until he ordered it during his travels.

“I saw it on a menu when I was travelling and I hate brussels sprouts but I ordered it because I want to try it and it turned out that I liked it,” he said. “So I thought, if there’s a way one can make brussels sprouts in a way that I like it, then we have to create it on the menu and find an interesting way to do it — so we did our own version!”

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Introducing a fun, luxe takes on interactive tableside service to charm guests, servers visit tables between courses, offering exclusive gastronomic items and specialty cocktails from stylish bar-carts. Their tasty tapas dishes range from $6 – $9 and they are the perfect, sharable, snacks to tease the taste buds between meals.

“We had a lot of fun with the menu and the idea behind it is, it’s going to change seasonally but we have the flexibility of doing that more often if we wanted to. The moment we’re not inspired by something on it, we’ll just change that dish.” Centner said. “With the cart, we’re going to do it differently; every night will be different. Whatever the chef comes up with that he thinks is great, we’ll add.”

Select house cocktails are served bottled for a pop-art touch. Executive Chef of Eatertainment, Christopher Matthews, whose culinary inventions are inspired by great art and architectural designs, inspired this idea.

“The idea behind the cocktails is, there’s five ounces of liquid in that bottle and two ounces of it is alcohol,” Centner explained. “It’s suppose to look sweeter than it actually taste. It’s suppose to taste less strong than it actually is, and it’s an all-around tribute to classic cocktails with a twist.”

The Coconut Lavender Lemonade and Blood Orange Sangria are both vodka based with sweet and tart elements, making them ideal for the upcoming patio season, while the Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour will warm up even the coldest of Toronto days.

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The 2,500 sq. ft. interior reflects a unique juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary luxury. Centner says despite that all, the real focus was on creating an outstanding menu that pushes the boundaries of innovation while remaining highly accessible.

“This was by far, the most collaborative menu that we’ve ever done,” he said. “We had my executive chef at catering, sous chef at catering, corporate chef, three other chefs involved, plus myself.”
The menu features fresh new takes on recognizable comfort dishes from culinary cultures around the world.

Appetizers and salads will include duck confit hash with rapini; and lobster gratin with kettle chips and lemony pea shoots. Mains include buttermilk fried chicken and waffles with chipotle honey and lemon; rosemary spatchcock Cornish hen with zucchini tagliatelle; green pea risotto with edamame and pickled beets; and house made white pizza flatbread with prosciutto and smoked provolone. For dessert, guests can choose from among the tempting molten chocolate macaron with vanilla ice cream; the decadent chocolate peanut butter tart; or the refreshing creamsicle panna cotta. The unique daily snack-cart offerings, not found on the everyday menu, will also offer a wide range of sweets!

Harmonizing the relationship between great taste, perfect texture and bold colour, each dish is founded by quality ingredients.

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The One Eighty is open Sunday to Wednesday from 5pm – 1am and Thursday to Saturday 5pm – 2am. For more information, please visit the51stfloor.com.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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The Remix Project has teamed up with Samsung to produce a multi-media exhibit featuring photos, videos, and audio projects created exclusively on Samsung mobile devices. CONTENT features the works of 10 alumni from The Remix Project’s Academy of Creative Arts. Each artist was provided with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Samsung Tab S and challenged to use their devices to create art showcasing how mobile technology allows them to get closer to what they love.

You’re invited to join the creative community for the launch of CONTENT on Thursday, April 23rd from 8pm – 12am at Neubacher Shor Contemporary Gallery (5 Brock Ave). This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain open from 12-5pm on April 24th and 25th.

We’ll see you there!

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Fresh off an incredible debut Coachella performance, Toronto-based “Trap Band” Keys N Krates team up with Serato to perform an in-studio version of “Understand Why”. Keep an eye on keyboard frontman Matisse who’s rocking his @1LOVETO “Toronto” Tee! If you’re in Toronto this weekend, make sure you stop by Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St East) this Saturday, April 18th between 12-7pm to pick up your very own Toronto Tee!

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The guys over at Community 54 teamed up with Toronto Raptors very own Patrick Patterson in a collaborative effort to create an exclusive capsule collection entitled “Team 54″. The collection, made entirely with classic Champion cotton and fleece is now available, just in time for playoffs!

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Project Gallery Presents 15 Painters

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15 Toronto-based emerging contemporary painters will be participating in Project Gallery’s pop-up preview exhibition from April 16-22nd, 2015. Each featured artist has an upcoming solo or duo exhibition at Project Gallery (1109 Queen Street East) sometime later in 2015/16. These artists are committed and incredibly talented contemporary artists who each work with paint in a different way to create imaginative, precise, and evocative results. Navigating diverse subjects, themes, and styles – this exhibition promises to be be a dynamic showcase that reflects bold explorations in the contemporary aesthetics of paint through their works.

Participating Artists Include: Richard Determann, Kevin Colombus, Jerry Campbell, Christina Mazzulla, Alex Buchanan, Lisa Johnson, Sara Pearson, Ted Zourntos, Brian Harvey, Colin Davis, Dominique Fung, Callen Schaub and more.

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Alex Sheriff (Showing Aug 13 – 26th, 2015)

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Tessar Lo (Showing Sept 10 – 30th, 2015)

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Erin Loree (Showing Oct 1 – 14th, 2015)

For more info visit: projectgallerytoronto.com

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Legendary Toronto designer Adrian Aitcheson (of Too Black Guys) is speaking with Artscape & Manifesto for an exclusive “In Conversation with” on Saturday, April 18th from 3-4:30pm inside Ada Slaight Hall at Daniels Spectrum. This talk, hosted by Juno Award winning rapper Kardianl Offishall, will highlight and celebrate the last 25 years of Adrian’s work with Too Black Guys. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of this!

FREE RSVP HERE

Check out tooblackguys.co

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Toronto-based artist and friend Samara Shuter is hosting her second solo exhibition entitled “Getting To Know You”, from Friday May 8-10th at the Andrew Richard Designs Studio located at 571 Adelaide Street East. The event is benefiting the Mark Daniels and Andrea Weissman-Daniels Foundation “Ignite the Spark Fund”, in support of Children’s Aid. If you’re unfamiliar with Samara’s work, see a few examples below and visit her website here: samshuter.com

FOR TICKETS & EVENT INFO CLICK HERE

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Without any exaggeration, Bryan Espiritu and his brand The Legends League is hands down one of the most important movements in Toronto. We know this is a wild statement and you may be skeptical, but hear us out.

Upon first exposure (which for many now-a-days is via instagram) you’d conclude that Legends League is a Toronto-based clothing brand. You’d be right, but you’d also be missing the point. It’s not until you do a little more digging that you’ll learn exactly what makes the brand so unique. What sets The Legends League apart from the rest? Well, it’s a bunch of obvious stuff (quality design, consistency, a strong team) but more importantly, it’s honesty that you won’t find anywhere else. Seriously, we challenge you to find a brand, let alone a person that bares their soul in a more stripped down honest and humble way. The Legends League/Bryan’s honesty is as brave as it is necessary.

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The line between Legend League and Bryan Espiritu does not exist. They are the same entity. In a world oversaturated with faceless brands that write words that mean nothing, Legends League is the antithesis. This brings us to Saturday March 28th, when the LL Sweatshop officially opened its door to the public. The plan had been in the works for at least a year. We know this because as in everything that the brand does we were given a very open and candid behind the scenes look into exactly how a brick and mortar shop materialized. At 5PM on opening day we arrived at the shop. There was still a line! The first person had lined up the night before at 7:30pm. It was bitterly cold but this factor didn’t dampen the spirits and the overall electric atmosphere. Bryan was outside, kicking it, greeting everyone and thanking each person individually for their continued support.

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After probably the most jovial waiting experience of our lives we were ushered up the stairs and into the LL Sweatshop. Hands down the most aesthetically pleasing ‘sweatshop’ we’ve had the pleasure of visiting! Every detail in the spot is meticulously strategized (again, check out @legendsleague on instagram for all the behind-the-scenes rationalization of all the architectural details), the merchandizing is on point and the overall experience is world class. The team is an extension of the brand. It’s a family. It’s a group of dudes who genuinely understand their responsibility in positively effecting Toronto’s culture. They are the leaders of a movement that, “is growing up quick”.

The opening of the LL Sweatshop is monumental, it is a testament to hard work and acts as proof that our inner fundamental core should be embraced and celebrated not repressed to appease others. If Bryan and the Legends League has taught us anything it’s to always be true to ones self. Write your own Legend and create your own League.

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Make sure you check out the LL Sweatshop for yourself. The store is located at 9 Camden Street and is open Monday – Saturday 11am to 7pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm.

For more info: thelegendsleague.com

Posted by Jesse Ingalls

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