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The sun is finally shining, which means it’s time to breakout your sunglasses. If you’re due for a new pair, or just looking to improve upon the set you already have, you may be interested in the new designer sunglasses from local designer Philip Sparks. He’s partnered with Jordan Paul from the Junction eyewear store Opticianado, to bring you a new collection of unisex shades. They retail for $295, but well worth the price for this Made-In-Toronto item.

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To see more options, visit: philipsparks.com

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Magic Pony Leaves Queen St West

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The rumours are true…

It’s official, after 10 years in Toronto’s Queen West Arts District, Magic Pony will be closing it’s Queen St West location on February 23rd, 2014. You can still follow Magic Pony online (Twitter, Instagram, Shop) and in person at their new Pop-Up Shop at The Design Exchange, as part of the “This Is Not A Toy” exhibition, running until May 19th, 2014.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

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Dim Mak Greatest Hits 2013

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Steve Aoki’s label Dim Mak records just released a collection of their greatest hits from 2013, which happens to feature Toronto’s very own Keys N Krates. If you’re in Toronto tonight, head down to the Hoxton to see the boys from Keys N Krates perform live!

DIM MAK GREATEST HITS 2013 AVAILABLE HERE

Check out a quick video interview from “The Aoki Files” (Miami Edition) with Keys N Krates.

Previously: Keys N Krates – “I Just Can’t Deny” (Video)

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This Is Not A Toy

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Last week we had the opportunity to see the Design Exchange’s latest exhibit, “This Is Not A Toy”. The exhibit focuses on art and collectible design with curators, John Wee Tom, Sara Nickleson, and guest curator Pharrell Williams. The exhibit features works from artists like KAWS, Takashi Murakami, Kidrobot, Futura, DOMA, and even local designers like Doublenaut. The exhibit runs until May 9th, 2014, so there’s still a lot of time to see the show. If you’re not one for galleries or museums, don’t worry, you can check out some of our photos below.

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For more info: dx.org

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Cosmopolis Love

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Colin Boyd Shafer is on a mission to photograph the world, one Torontonian at a time. That means he plans on photographing someone born in every country of the world, now residing in the Greater Toronto Area. One portrait depicts each person in a place they feel at home in Toronto, and another photograph shows them holding an object that connects them to their past.

After photographing people from over a 140 different countries, Colin has come to understand that LOVE is an emotion that clearly has no boundaries. Each individual’s encounter with love – whether for another person, idea or place – has found its unique expression here in Toronto. Here are a few examples from the Cosmopolis Toronto project:

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Tjidzani (Born in Zimbabwe) and Edgar took a walk one day and stopped at this midtown parkette bench to talk. By the end of the conversation, they had decided to get married. This bench will always hold a special place in their hearts.

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This beautiful sculpture of two figures embracing was made by Margaret’s (Born in New Zealand) father, and sat at the front College Street United Church the day she was married.

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Paul (Born in South Africa) lost two siblings and parents at a young age. His older sister Alice, a practicing Muslim, is the only sibling he has left from his immediate family. Paul explains how he is a practicing Christian, but while they are different in the sense of ‘faith’, Paul’s love for Alice runs deep.

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Melvyn (Born in Botswana) says he is grateful knowing that each morning when he wakes up, his mother – a woman who fought for him to come to Canada after he lost his brother – is around.

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Dulce’s (Born in Portugal) late maternal grandmother who, despite her age and lack of education, was the only person in the family with the vision and belief that Dulce would realize her dreams.

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Whenever Stephanie (Born in Madagascar) smells cloves she is taken back instantly to the place where she grew up in Madagascar. She hopes one day she will be able to share those memories with her son.

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Jamie’s (Born in Barbados) wedding took place here in the Steam Whistle brewery, with over 200 Canadian and Bajan friends and family together in celebration.

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Catalina (Born in Colombia) is holding a photograph of her best friends from Colombia who she calls her “chosen sisters”.

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In 1962, Eli (Born in Austria) began teaching guitar lessons to a student named Anne. For 40 years now, Eli has been living happily in this house with his beloved wife, Anne.

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This photo has a special meaning to Marta (Born in Poland) because her parents sacrificed their own happiness, their friends and their life, in Poland in order to pursue better opportunities for their children.

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Vytas (Born in Lithuania) and his wife decided to replace their lawn with all kinds of flowers, shrubs and trees. He says their “garden changes in appearance throughout the seasons, warming [their] hearts”

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The strong opinions of Lorena’s (Born in Ecuador) mother often differed from hers, but she always knew that her mother had her best interest at heart.

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While in the Masjid Darus Salaam in Thorncliffe Park Paivastun (Born in Afghanistan) prays for his war-torn country, and “his people.” He wants to gain “knowledge, power, patience and abilities to serve [his] country, and… help as many people as [he] can.”

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Inna (Born in Bulgaria) feels lucky to have been raised with the love and support of her grandparents, they taught her many valuable lessons that helped shape her into the woman she is today.

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The Women’s College Hospital holds significance for Marko (Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina) as he spent a great deal of time there with his mother before losing her to ovarian cancer. He says this experience made him want to be a better pharmacist and focus on women’s health.

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Jennifer’s (Born in Ireland) Grandmother Mary was a strong and central figure in her childhood and she likes to be reminded every day of her life and face through keeping this memorial card on her fridge.

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Rebecka (Born in Sweden) fell in love with Matt last summer, and is now a regular at Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club, where Matt has his boat and on weekends she is learning to sail.

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This photograph of Hiba (Born in Iraq) and her sister in a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia illustrates the relationship they have and how they have always been hand-in-hand throughout life.

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Since having her son, Valeria (Born in Argentina) has had many happy moments in Trinity Bellwood’s Park playing, picnicking and seeing her son grow happy and strong.

For more info: cosmopolistoronto.com or facebook.com/CosmopolisToronto

Previously: Cosmopolis Toronto

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Introducing Paul Nguyen

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Jane/Finch – Those two words together, say volumes. Depending on where you live, the message varies.

A lot of people have grown up with the belief it’s an unsafe, menacing place to be without even having stepped foot into the area. It’s judgments like that which fuels the fire of activist and filmmaker, Paul Nguyen. “‘Jane-Finch is dangerous’ or ‘the area is full of gang members’; it’s funny how these stereotypes can be put to rest with just a simple visit,” he says.

While he was growing up, Paul says he and his friends felt “blacklisted” by people automatically making negative assumptions about him just because they’re from Jane and Finch. “Even a city councillor once said that 80% of people in Jane-Finch don’t pay to get on the bus. Like WTF?! I got tired of my community being stepped on so I decided to show our positive side by creating Jane-Finch.com.”

The website is a platform which produces stories about the Jane-Finch community by the Jane-Finch community. “We make lots of videos about life in the neighbourhood. We like to focus on the good stuff, but we won’t shy away from serious issues. Residents can speak out against social injustice, crime or just about any hot topic.” It serves as a creative vessel for the youth who help produce the content as well as a forum for discussion. “We aim to give people the real story without any censorship or bias. It’s been our hallmark to give it raw.”

Paul has mentored countless kids who have in turn given back to the community. He has made it his mission to break misconceptions about his neighborhood and empower its kids. “I wanted to show youth that they can reach their goals no matter where they come from… We want to prove that you can achieve your goals with heart and determination.” Paul recalls an unforgettable moment where Canadian Rapper, Maestro Fresh Wes, came to the area and sat down with them to shoot an interview. After that moment Paul says, “We got kids thinking they can be reporters, producers, whatever they want. Anything’s possible.”

He says that the website is just a small example of how easy it can be to break down prejudice and racism which are all born out of fear. “If we want to live in a peaceful and prosperous community we need to embrace our differences and work together, not against each other… Get to know your neighbour and you’ll be surprised how similar we all are.”

To learn more visit: jane-finch.com

Posted by Community Contributor Samira Zia Rehman

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We’re proud to present an exclusive release by Toronto’s very own Mustafa The Poet, entitled, “PEACE”. This release is in anticipation for his debut poetry project EP and special event at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St E), on Wednesday, February 19th, at 7PM.

For ticket info CLICK HERE

If you’re unfamiliar with Mustafa’s work, he’s an extremely talented young man who’s words hold great power. We’ve been fortunate enough to see him speak on numerous occasions, including back in 2011 at the Camden File Project, which we featured here on 1loveto.com. He’s also spoke at TEDxToronto, Manifesto Festival, Nelson Mandela Park Public School, and many more. Listen up and pay attention to what this poet is preaching.

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For more info: mustafathepoet.com

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Toronto Love Lettering Project

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The Toronto Love Lettering Project, created by local artist Lindsay Zier-Vogel, has partnered with Pattison’s Art In Transit program to fill our underground walkway (PATH) from February 3-28, 2014. The Love Lettering Project is in its 10th year, with Torontonians sharing their handmade missives in response to a public call for love-letters. If you get the chance to take the PATH, be sure to check this out!

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For more info: artintransit.ca

Previously: The Love Lettering Project

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