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ComeTOgether-Blog

The Toronto Blue Jays and 1 LOVE T.O. have Come Together to create a limited edition t-shirt available this coming Tuesday, May 5th, 2015. The first 15,000 fans inside the stadium will receive an exclusive tee as part of the Connect with the Jays Night, presented by Honda!

You’re invited to join us at the game alongside our 1LOVETO artist Tom Chitty and of course the Blue Jays for an exciting evening full of baseball, art and community.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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”I think it represents the Blue Jays, I think it represents 1LOVETO, and I think it represents Toronto.” – Bryan Brock, Creative Director (1LOVETO)

”I like the idea that there might be some kids running around wearing that shirt for a few years.” – Tom Chitty (Artist)

Let’s Go Blue Jays!!!

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Toronto People: Jully Black

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Born and raised in the city, Jully Black, dubbed Canada’s Queen of R&B, is something of an institution in Toronto.

A double platinum recording artist, Jully’s impressive career has earned her awards and nominations – she was also named one of “The 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever,” by CBC Music. She has collaborated with many artists including Nas, Saukrates, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Destiny’s Child and Sean Paul.

And yet, through her career, Jully Black has remained a vocal advocate of Canadian music and supporting local industry artists.

On Tuesday, May 5th she is set to launch her most dynamic show to date, This is for My City: Jully Black Live at The Phoenix. We’ll be giving away a pair of tickets on Twitter, so follow @1LOVETO for your chance to win!

Toronto People Editor, & 1LOVETO contributor Michelle Pinchev (of City By Heart) sat down with Jully to talk Toronto, music and her upcoming show.

Tell me about Tuesday’s show – what made you decide to dedicate it to your city?
I decided to dedicate Tuesday’s show to the city of Toronto because of all of the love, support and loyalty my city and my country has shown to me. Unlike many of our other Canadian treasures, I have released music in Canada only for the past 16+ years, and so the show is to let everybody know that I am proud to be a Torontonian, and that I am here to make a difference and bring positive changes to our industry.

What are some of your favourite neighbourhoods in Toronto?
My most favorite neighborhood for food is the Danforth. I also love a nice summer day in the beaches and I do admire the city of Markham where I currently reside. It is the safest neighbourhood I’ve ever experienced.

Jully’s Black’s Favourite Spots
Coffee shop: David’s Tea is my new JAM!
Restaurant: Taste of the Silk Road on the Danforth! Special shout outs to the owner Margaret and her mom!
Nightlife: I’m not a club Goer but I will send a special shout out to Ian Espinet for his incredible dedication to throwing fun, classy, urban parties. You can never go wrong at an Amnesia, Soul Kitchen or a Redemption jam!

What are some of your favourite venues in the city to perform?
I love performing – period. So choosing a room is a bit challenging! I’ve had the milestone performances at the Opera House, The Phoenix Concert Theatre, The Mod Club, Hugh’s Room, Molson Amphitheater, Kingswood Theatre, Roy Thompson Hall and the Drake Hotel to name a few. I’m probably missing a few but let’s just say I love performing everywhere and anywhere!

Who are some of your local Toronto heroes?
I often say there are heroes and sheroes!

Maestro Fresh Wes always finds a moment to drop me a line or message to encourage me to continue to fight the good fight for black music in Canada. I grew up admiring him and was the only benchmark I had even as an RnB singer!

Vivian Barclay is my local Toronto Shero. Not only is she a good friend, she’s also my mentor and publisher. She is the General Manager at Warner Chappell Publishing (Canada) and is a Black Woman born and raised in Jamaica!! To some, that may seem like not the biggest of deals, but to me she is my Michelle Obama! Seeing what she has to do inspires me when I get tired. I had radio and my record label say there’s no room for me and she never turned her back on me no matter what. I don’t think she has been recognized nearly enough for making a major difference in the music business in Canada.

If you could change or improve one thing about the city, what would it be?
If I could change or improve one thing about Toronto it would be for us to be like other cities in the world and support local talent before we break internationally.

Posted by Michelle Pinchev

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Last month Dine Alone recording artists Yukon Blonde released their latest single entitled “Saturday Night” and now they’ve released the official music video directed by Mac Boucher and Gaya Abdalian. The guys also just released a new song called “Como”, you can LISTEN HERE. They’re full length album ‘On Blonde’ is set for a June 16th release, and they’ll be touring across Canada from May 23 – Aug 21. Don’t miss out on your chance to see these guys live!

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Previously: Yukon Blonde – “Saturday Night”

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Calling all vintage shoppers!

Vintage Crawl Toronto happens twice a year (Spring/Fall) and the Spring edition is happening tomorrow night, Thursday, April 30th from 7pm – midnight. The event is all about helping shoppers reduce, reuse and recycle by connecting them to the unique vintage shops and small business owners in their downtown neighbourhoods. Stores stay open late tomorrow night, hosting special sales, parties, in-store activations and more. The event is FREE and with 50 vendors taking part, we guarantee you’ll find something you like along the crawl.

To see a glimpse of what you might find tomorrow night, check out @vintagecrawlto on instagram.

Here’s a short list of some of the participating vendors:

69 Vintage – 921 QUEEN ST W
Bridge + Bardot – 1138 DUNDAS ST W
Common Sort (Riverside) – 804 QUEEN ST E
Daisies Vintage – 223 JAMESON AVE
Kingpin’s Hideaway – 71 DUNCAN ST, 3RD FLOOR

For more info visit: vintagecrawltoronto.com

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Canadian Music Week is upon us and the good folks at Stones Throw are in the city this Friday, May 1st, to showcase a special guest DJ set by Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One), alongside Peanut Butter Wolf and J-Rocc. The lineup gets even better with an exclusive all vinyl 45 set with DJ Pump, Illo, and Vinyl Ritchie. Don’t miss out on your chance to see this live, this Friday, May 1st inside Tattoo, located at 567 Queen St. West, doors open at 9pm, and it’s a 19+ event.

CONTEST
Tweet @1LOVETO #Tuxedo for your chance to win a pair of tickets to this Friday’s show at Tattoo!

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

We’ll see you at the show!

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WILDE – “Flashlight”

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Toronto’s WILDE released “Flashlight” today along with a teaser for their official music video dropping this Friday. We’ve been posting about WILDE since 2014 and all we’re going to say is remember where you heard it first! #OnRepeat

Here’s a sneak peek glimpse at the visuals for their “Flashlight” video…

For more info, visit: wearewilde.ca

Previously: WILDE – “Love Me Like You Do”

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We’re very honoured to announce our very own @1LOVETO contributing photographer @SoTeeOh is hosting his first solo exhibition at Project Gallery as part of this years CONTACT Photography Festival. The exhibition entitled ‘6: STREET’ runs from May 1-13, 2015, with an opening reception on Friday May 1st from 7-11pm at the gallery (1109 Queen St East).

This contemporary exhibition explores a current digital street photography movement from a uniquely Toronto perspective. A blend of design, architecture, urban grit, cityscapes, and street fashion – SoTeeOh employs an urban guerrilla approach to photography to create staged compositions in dynamic environments. Significant post digital processing is also a component of this style and aesthetic, producing images that are rooted in the urban scape but also feel slightly surreal.

We got the chance to ask @SoTeeOh a few key questions, please read below.

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What makes this show different?
This is my first solo exhibition, so it’s way more comprehensive than anything I’ve done before. So many people are talking about how Toronto is on the rise, how there is a different energy in the city right now and I really aimed to capture that visually. I wanted to create a cohesive collection of imagery that would really speak to what is happening in Toronto right at the moment. All the artwork is also hand mounted and finished by me. I used wood panels and reclaimed window frames. It’s really organic; from Toronto, by Toronto, for Toronto.

If you could only shoot one type of photo, what would it be? Landscape, Street, Portraits? And why?
Street is definitely my favourite. I never get bored of what happens on the street. The streets are so eclectic too, you can incorporate anything into a street photograph; fashion, portraits, cars, architecture. As long as it’s spontaneous, it’s street and that’s what I love.

Toronto photography has exploded over the past few years with instagram playing a major role. How has it affected your career?
I think the trend is actually global. Toronto photography has exploded, but the same style has blown up in lots of other cities all over the world and it is a style that is kind of unique to instagram. I was fortunate to get into it early, so I’ve kind of found myself in a position where a lot of people look to me as one of the main representatives of this style for Toronto. It’s definitely opened up a lot of doors for me and connected me to a lot of other amazing artists. But I really want to see this scene continue to grow because there are so many amazing photographers in this city and I think collectively it’s having a positive impact on the perception of this city.

Looking forward, what else do you want to accomplish as a photographer?
I’m always learning, so that’s number one on my list, just to continue to grow as an artist. I think the next phase for me will be about finding a natural connection to some of my other interests. So far my work has centred entirely on the city. I think my next move will be to expand and find a way to remain true to the city, but to speak to other ideas and deliver other messages that extend beyond.

Any advice you’d give to new shooters?
Shoot every day and shoot every day and… oh yeah, shoot every day. If you’re an artist and you practice your art form every day, growth is inevitable and growth is what creativity is all about.

For additional event info CLICK HERE.

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Two of our favourite Toronto photographers and @1LOVETO affiliates @SoTeeOh & @TahaPhoto had the pleasure of shooting the city with the help of the new Samsung Galaxy S6. Both photographers got the chance to explore the city with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 before it was available to the public. We’ve included some of their best pics, but feel free to search #SamSungBoYYZ on instagram to get the entire collection.

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“As artists we always have to keep it moving. We like to explore, be spontaneous and create things on the fly. The Galaxy S6 is such a powerful creative tool because it can do some many things but it still fits right in your pocket so its perfect for a creative lifestyle. Both of us focus on street photography so we need equipment that’s quick and versatile to catch the constantly changing scenes in a city like Toronto. Most phones still don’t cut it but the S6 has been amazing in every situation we’ve tried it in. We’ve always loved exploring Toronto so when Samsung asked us to take the new GalaxyS6 out for a spin there was no hesitation. As much as we’ve explored Toronto over the last few years, there’s still so much more to see. Sharing the soul of our city through the lens of the S6 has injected a renewed passion to document the beauty of T.O.” – @SoTeeOh @TahaPhoto #samsungboYYZ

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Samsung just launched their new Samsung Galaxy S6 at Sound Academy with a surprise special guest performance from English indie rock band Alt-J. Needless to say, Alt-J rocked the crowd before heading off to their much anticipated set at Coachella! If you missed out, check out some of the photos below.

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For more info visit: samsung.com/ca/

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Zack Mirza is an up-and-coming Toronto street magician and television star – his new show, ‘Illusions of Grandeur’ airs Tuesday nights at 9:30 ET/PT on OLN.

A few years ago, 1 LOVE T.O. introduced the world to Toronto’s very own “mystifier,” up-and-coming street magician Zack Mirza. Zack has come a long way since then, when all he had was a dream and self-funded demo reel, having landed a starring role on a new OLN series, ‘Illusions Of Grandeur.’

His journey has taken him across North America, to over 12 major cities including New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and L.A. The show documents Zack’s “magic pilgrimage” – a quest to become one of the greats, the next David Blaine or Copperfield. On the show, he seeks to learn the history of the art form, and follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest magicians of the past and present, facing fears and overcoming challenges as he goes.

Zack was born in the UK but was raised and currently lives in Toronto. We caught up with Zack after the premiere of his new series to talk about his love for the city, favourite spots and where to find the magician after dark.

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Tell us a bit about your hood

Zack Mirza: I live in Liberty Village – it’s got it’s own little community which is cool… it’s close to everything that I need, so I find that I don’t have to go far to get things done. It’s filled with young, healthy professionals, so the vibe matches my lifestyle.

What are some of your favourite coffee shops in the city?

Zack Mirza: When I’m looking for a quiet spot to get some work done, I usually like to leave my hood – Liberty can sometimes become a bubble so I do my best to get out as much as I can. You can find me on Queen Street West at a couple of my favourite coffee shops like Dark Horse, or RSquared.

So, when it’s time to eat, where does a magician like you go to fuel up?

Zack Mirza: I cook most of the time, but I’ll normally hit up Saving Grace or The Drake for breakfast, and if I’m feeling a little fancy, Le Select Bistro – the brunch there is bomb. A couple of my favourite lunch spots would have to be The Fish Store up on college, that place is healthy and also just straight up delicious. I also really like Fresh, for those days where I feel like going the vegetarian route. For dinner I normally go to the Soho House. You can find me there most of the time. It’s a great atmosphere to get work done, and also network with people.

You’re a fashionable guy – what are some of your go-to Toronto shops?

Zack Mirza: I normally do all my shopping online… but my favourite place in the city to shop would have to be Nomad. They’re like family – been shopping there for years and they’ve always taken really good care of me to make sure I’m looking fresh.

When it comes to doing the thing you do best – what would you say are the best spots to do magic?

Zack Mirza: The best place to go out and do some magic would have to be Kensington Market for its wide variety of people, especially during Pedestrian Sundays. I also love doing magic over at Yonge and Dundas because of the amount of traffic there is — I’ve had a lot of success performing over there for its touristy vibe. I’m always doing magic at the Soho House for people I meet too. It’s the perfect environment for me to do my thing.

And last but not least, who are some Toronto people that you look up to and respect – who are your local heroes?

Zack Mirza: One of my local heroes would have to be Drake. The amount the guy has done for our city is incredible. He reps Toronto hard everywhere he goes, and has definitely put us on the map. I’d like to be able to make an impact on the magic industry, just like he has for the music industry. I’ve had the opportunity to travel quite a bit over the last year, and out of all the places I’ve been, Toronto is still my favourite.

Posted by Michelle Pinchev (from CityByHeart)

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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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