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Toronto native Adria Kain just released her new album “Island In My Mind”. The album is an incredible collection of songs Adria’s carefully selected as the maturing artist she is. If you remember, we originally blogged about Adria as an emerging artist back in 2012, with her first EP project “Love, Kain”. Since then she’s graduated from The Remix Project, released new records, performed at countless shows, including our Hennessy Artistry event along side the legendary Questlove of The Roots. This album shows the true growth Adria’s gone through not only as an artist, but as a person. Her stories, content, and overall vibe on this album are a natural progression from her earlier music. We encourage you to listen, download, donate and/or share her music with your friends and music lovers alike.

Previously: Adria Kain – “Higher”

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Street Dreams Walks Toronto


Thanks to The Creator Class’s collaboration with Street Dreams plus support from Explore Canada and Highsnobiety, we witnessed one epic experience!

The hilarious, Steven John Irby, led a photographer’s meet of about 200 people who all came to explore the city through their lenses. It was a huge mix of seasoned photographers to ones who told us they only recently picked up a camera or started using Instagram. The walk was supposed to start at 2pm and at 2pm sharp, the rain came pouring down. For the rest of the world, there was a mad dash to get indoors but all the photographers were itching to get outside. As soon as we all gathered, we headed down Queen St. to Nathan Phillip Square and everyone scattered all around the grounds and started taking photos. When we encountered a second installment of Mother Nature, we took the PATH (thank God for the PATH) to Brookfield Place.

There, the photographers took advantage of the public art installations which acted as the backdrop to a lot of the photos. It was chance for us to talk to some of them, some even coming from the U.S to participate in the weekend. Neivy, a talented photographer from Connecticut came with his friend Andrew, from Florida, to capture Toronto. “I really like lines, I focus on the design of a space” Neivy explains, and then proceeded to show us how he’d photograph the area we were standing in.

Interpretations, styles and techniques of each artist, truly added an amazing depth to their photos. It was interesting to see how the same shot, taken by two different people, could take on a completely different vibe.

To check out more photos taken during the walk, check out the hashtag #SDwalks on Instagram and Twitter.





Photos by @s_looch and @qursed

Posted by Samira

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This Saturday, June 6th, Toronto plays host to Red Bull’s BC One B-Boy Battle, consisting of 16 of the best dancers from across Canada. Breakdancing has had a long and very competitive history in this city, and it’s no surprise that for the first time in Red Bull history, the Canadian Cypher is being held in Toronto. The event is happening inside the legendary performance venue The Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St.) and competitors will be challenging each other for a spot to move on to the North American Final in Orlando, FL in August. Winners from there will have a shot at the Red Bull BC One World Final in Rome, Italy late November of this year.


Here’s a complete list of Canada’s 16 Red Bull BC One competitors:


Jbugz (Vancouver) – Soul Felons/The Hoodz
Phil (Vancouver) – The Wizardz/Robson Darkside
Gomo (Calgary) – Floor Wookies
Siahnara (Calgary) – The Wizardz/Juicebox/Jesus Nation
Spooks (Saskatoon) – Dangerous Goods/Alpha Kids
Jax Fermada (Surrey) – Now Or Never/Nation of Funk


Tricky Troublez (Toronto) – The FAM/MEC
Onton (Scarborough) – SuperNaturalz
Switch B (North York) – The FAM/MEC
Styx (Scarborough) – MEC
Toby Montana (Toronto) – The FAM/Ready to Rock/Fresh Fools


Fléau (Montreal) – Sweet Technique
Vicious (Brossard) – Sweet Technique/Boogie Brats
Promo (Montreal) – Sweet Technique/Boogie Brats
Effect (Montreal) – Deadly Venoms
Sancho (Repentigny) – Full Force/Battle Squad/Fresh Format

Photos by @SoTeeOh

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Toronto’s indie film and music fans will get another chance to watch their favourite stars under the stars, as the Open Roof Festival #ORFTO returns for its 6th season, running every Wednesday from June 17 to August 19 at 99 Sudbury (just south of Queen St W & Dovercourt). The 10-week festival offers urbanites an al fresco take on hit cinema from Canada and across the globe, paired with live music by emerging artists in a variety of genres. ORF tickets are on sale now for $15 each and can be purchased here: OpenRoofFestival.com

1 LOVE T.O. is proud to announce our continued partnership with Open Roof Festival, co-presenting this year’s opening night film screening of “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”, the authorized documentary by Brett Morgen. Using material from Cobain’s personal archives, the documentary, which earned rave reviews coming out of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, examines his music career, from his early days in Aberdeen, to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana, until his untimely death.

For more info about Cobain, visit: cobainfilm.com

Previously: Open Roof Festival 2014

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On Saturday, May 23, Nike Women hosted a special #NTC #DoneBeforeDawn studio workout at the Arcadian Loft with Nike Master Trainer Eva Redpath, and special guest Spencer O’Brien, Canadian Olympian and professional snowboarder.

“Eva is such a great trainer, I’ve had such a good time getting to know her over the last few years and I’m really excited to finally do one of her classes!” Spencer said.

One of the main reasons for Spencer’s appearance and participation in the live studio workout was to encourage and empower women, especially those training for the Nike Women’s 15K to remember that they’re only getting #BetterForIt. Athletes train for those big events and big moments, but off-season training is equally important and infinitely harder to keep yourself on track. As a professional snowboarder, Spencer understands the dedication and motivation required to train all year round, but also knows that she’s always better for it in the end.

Despite an early morning wakeup call, a crowd of media influencers arrived for 6:00 a.m. to interview Spencer O’Brien, and enjoy everything Nike Women and the Arcadian Loft had to offer prior to the scheduled 7:00 a.m. studio session. DJ FeelGoodSmalls also had the tunes bumping to get the ladies in their morning groove. Floor to ceiling windows that overlooked the city of Toronto was an added motivation in itself.


Upon arrival, guests were greeted by their personalized Nike lockers and gifted studio wraps and sports bras. In addition, fresh pressed juice and other breakfast goodies were also included to fuel everyone up. And Nike Women wouldn’t be Nike Women without a hair-braiding studio to have you looking cute while you sweat!

Spencer is a firm believer of NTC as she squeezes workouts in between her off-season training.

“I use NTC all year round because it’s such a good program for me when I’m on the road and don’t have time to get to a gym.” she said. “I’m always in ski resorts and sometimes there isn’t a gym available so NTC is great because I can pull it out and do it in my hotel room. There are so many different workouts!”
Spencer is the first and only Canadian to have a workout on the Nike+ Training Club App., called, “Power Legs,” and recommends her training regime to those training for the upcoming Nike Women’s 15K in June.

“I think Power Legs would be a great workout for training for the 15K because just like it says in the name, it’s all about legs which for me as a snowboarder, is the most important muscle group.” she said.

“It’s really about building explosive muscle power so things like squat jumps, scissor jumps, box jumps; really dynamic and quick explosive movements. It would be a great thing if you’re training for the 15K to break up your workouts.”


Spencer is currently training on her off-season and focuses around building her endurance and strength at the gym in preparation for her competition training at the end of the summer season.

“Everything in the gym is recovery so foam rolling, biking, stretching, core, and maintenance for the strength that I built in the off-season is key,” she said.

When in training mode her favourite go-to gym pieces are the Legendary Tights and the Nike Free TR Flyknits.

“I’m a big, big tight girl – I love tights! And Free TR Flyknit is my favourite to train in; it’s almost like wearing a sock on the upper but you still have that good support and traction for the sole. I’m really into those and they come in some really cool colours!”

Maintaining her endurance and stamina is key to her on and off season training and her go-to runners are the Nike Zoom Pegasus.

“I switch to the Pegasus when I’m out for a run because they have so much support,” she said.

“There’s a big difference in competition training and off-season training. In competition, I’m obviously on snow about five to six days a week for three to four hours a day, and then I usually have a gym session after that for about two hours.”


Her off-season go-to moves can be found in her Nike+ Training Club app – Power Legs.

Spencer says her off-season training has been heavily intense and plans on taking a vacation before hitting the slopes in August for her first event in Australia.

In addition to Eva’s live studio class, the event ended with the opportunity to explore and privately shop the new Nike Women’s Concept space at Hudson’s Bay, while getting complimentary make-up touches courtesy of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Nike Master Trainer, Eva Redpath certainly gave the ladies the ultimate wakeup call on Saturday morning with intense and challenging upper and lower body training. Nonetheless, every woman left feeling #BetterForIt and ready to tackle their weekend. They were #DoneBeforeDawn and feeling accomplished.


Posted by Christina Cheng

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Toronto’s Nike Run Club hosts monthly runs called “The Local”, where they have some of the cities most influential people lead an exploratory themed run through Toronto. This month’s run was built around the concept of ‘Hip Hop’, with our very own Tyrone “T-reXx” Edwards leading the run, sharing stories from over the last 5-10 years. The run had 4 scheduled stops over a 6KM route, including some hidden historic parts of our local hip hop scene.


First stop was none other than the MUCH MUSIC studio at 299 Queen St. West, which aired the iconic television show – RAPCITY, with hosts like Michael Williams, Oliver, Master T., Namugenyi Kiwanuka, and in 2011 our very own Tyrone “T-RexXx” Edwards.



Second stop was only a quick jog down Queen West to BARCHEF (472 Queen St. W), to meet with Owner & Mixologist Frankie. Frankie & Tyrone shared a few classic moments from the secret Jay-Z afterparty in 2009.



The group ran up to College Street to the now famous Italian restaurant – Vivoli (665 College St.), to speak with Manager and long-time friend Mario. Over the years, Vivoli has become a second home to many of Hip Hops royalty, including the 6ix’s own Drake. If you ever get a chance, ask for a pitcher of Sangria!


The final stop on the 6KM run through downtown Toronto was the new OVO store, located at 899 Dundas St. West. The OVO store represents so much in terms of growth, community, artistry, entrepreneurship, and of course representing Toronto.


Big thanks to Nike for supporting local talent and allowing us to be a part of their running experience. Plus, thanks for the exclusive 1 LOVE T.O. x Nike Running Tees!

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Byron Gray stands on a stage at Pine Point Park on a Saturday afternoon. The sun is shining down. On stage with him are dignitaries including MPP Laura Albanese. There is a crowd in front of him and they’re all cheering.

They’re here to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Freedom Fridayz, a platform Byron started with Kofi Frempong, Felix Cabrera and Andrew Newsome in the Jane and Finch community. We wanted to provide a platform for community members to both showcase and celebrate their skills, talents and knowledge,” explains Kofi. “There wasn’t really an art-based initiative that spoke to artists where they could come together and showcase their art. It was a place you could find established as well as amateur artists so in that sense, Freedom Fridayz filled a void.


The group began holding monthly events at the Black Creek Community Centre where young people could display their art, whether it was visual works, poetry or musical talent. The first event drew a small crowd of 10 people. “I think it was just some random youth that had nothing to do,” laughs Byron. But word quickly spread and every month, the crowd got bigger and the acts got better.

They had to move to The Spot drop-in centre when they outgrew their initial location and now, they once again find themselves nearing capacity. “We’ve had events where we had over 500 people show up,” recalls Byron. “I don’t think we expected to grow so quickly but because of how organic this all came about, the response has been really good,” he adds.


Freedom Fridayz is also gaining momentum outside of Jane and Finch. Their event at Pine Point Park is part of the Pan Am Path Art Relay, a city-wide relay of art installations and events that are happening along the Pan Am Path between May and August. Each week, the festival travels across Toronto to celebrate some of this the city’s greatest assets: nature, arts and active outdoor living. “We saw that they created a welcoming, inclusive, non-judgmental, and safe space where youth could come together, share and celebrate one another and we were impressed,” says Gracia Dyer Jalea, programming manager for the Pan Am Path Art Relay. “It’s effectiveness as a program has spread throughout the City and now youth groups from across Toronto, including communities outside of Jane and Finch, are looking to Freedom Fridayz as a model and often flock to their events each month. “

“We got involved with the Pan Am Path Relay because we believed that it would allow us to do what we do on a bigger scale while fitting into the spirit of the Pan Am Path… Diversity, community, arts, and togetherness,” says Kofi.

As the event draws to a close, the Freedom Fridayz team contemplates what’s next. “We really believe in empowering young people,” explains Byron. “There’s so much talent out there. We’re looking for future leaders to pass the torch to.” “They’re a success story,” adds Gracia. “There’s so much the rest of the city can learn from them.”



Photos by Taiwo Bah

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In 2013 we introduced you to 16-year-old producer Wondagurl, who at the time had just graduated from The Remix Project and had her beat placed on Jay-Z’s latest album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”. Fast forward two years, she’s had additional beat placements with French Montana, Travis Scott, and more.

The Creator Class caught up with her for their latest episode of ‘ORIGINALS’, where they highlight the lives and ambitions of creative entrepreneurs who are following their passions. Check out the video and get to know a little more about one of the youngest producers in the game!


Directed by Jackie Beale

Previously: The Creator Class: A Movement In The Making

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Around the globe Hennessy Artistry brings together some of the most talented artists on stage for an eclectic mix of music; ranging from hip-hop to pop, rock to electronic music, which we like to call the #ArtofBlending.

We’re excited to announce the latest edition of the Hennessy Artistry Series for 2015, featuring live performances by SOULECTION (Esta, Jay Prince, Lakim, Joe Kay)!! We are also proud to announce additional live performances by Toronto’s own WILDE, music by MyManHenri and hosted by 1 LOVE T.O.’s very own T-RexXx.

Join us on Thursday May 28th at Tattoo – 567 Queen St W Doors @ 10pm.

Please RSVP to events@1loveto.com for you & your guests by 5pm on Tuesday May 26th.

*Limited Capacity
*Must be of legal drinking age to attend.

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Last November @1LOVETO hosted our 2nd Annual Photo Walk with our contributing photographers @SoTeeOh & @ellenaturel. With over 80 participants ranging in experience from beginner to professional, we met at City Hall, walked through the Financial District, along Front Street and ended our photographic journey in the Distillery District. Along the way people were sharing helpful advice on shooting techniques, editing apps, sharing equipment and of course free cookies courtesy of @madvillain.

We’re in the planning stages for our 3rd Annual Photo Walk for the Summertime!

Follow @1LOVETO on instagram for details…






Photos by @soteeoh & @suesthegrl

Video by Shanik (Stiir)

Previously: 1 LOVE T.O. 1st Annual Photo Walk (Evergreen Brickworks)

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1. Cosmopolis TO saw huge success and like Interlove, deals with the idea of connections and awareness. How did the idea of Interlove come to you?

Spending a year photographing someone from every country of the world for Cosmopolis Toronto, made me think a lot about ‘diversity’. One area of diversity that I thought needed further exploring is the diversity of relationships – specifically in regards to beliefs. Like Toronto is the perfect place to try and find someone from every country of the world, I thought Ontario would be the perfect place to tell interfaith love stories. In many places around the world, this project would be much more controversial, much harder to do, and possibly unsafe for the participants.

2. Why were these stories important ones to tell?

Many photographers have used portraiture to tell stories of interracial / interethnic love, but I like to believe that today, here in Ontario, these types of relationships are accepted. However, I don’t know any photographers who has told interfaith love stories and I also think it is still a topic that many people know little about. These stories are not overtly visual, BUT they are important. It is important to note that project not only includes people who believe in the supernatural, but also those who doubt (freethinkers, atheists, agnostics etc.). In a world full of stories of hate, often times with that hate being drawn along religious lines, I think it is essential to tell real stories of love. These couples’ love stories can teach us all something.

3. Some of the couples featured describe some sort of conflict in their life by being in an “interlove” relationship. What do you think propelled those conflicts and why do they (the conflicts) exist even today?

To be honest I think if you ask any couple anywhere about their relationship they will have faced many challenges. That is life. There is no consistent experience across all of the couples I have met. Clearly some of them have families that make things difficult, but also many of them have families that make things easy. Many of them explain how surprised they were by how their families accepted their partner. Ultimately belief is an important part of one’s existence, but if both partners are willing to communicate with respect and find compromise then things seem to work.

Here is a quote from Jameel (Muslim) and Lauren (Jewish)’s story:

“Considering the divisive state of mainstream social politics between Jews and Muslims, some are surprised that we do not embody those same political divisions and that our relationship has not faced any unique challenges that other married couples do not also encounter.”

4. What surprised you the most after interviewing interlove participants? What did you learn?

I am learning a lot about healthy relationships. All of the couples I have met are exemplary. It is rare to find stories of lasting love anywhere and to be able to explore these is a special experience. This project is about interfaith couples, but really I am just telling awesome love stories. One love story that definitely inspired me was Najwa and Samir who met almost half a century ago in Lebanon. http://interloveproject.com/post/109984101221/najwa-samir-newmarket-on-najwa-describes-her. They had to risk so much to be together, and today their love is as strong as ever.

5. Why do you think participants reached out to be a part of this project?

For many of the couples’ this is an opportunity to tell their story with confidence – the way they want it to be told. Many of these couples have faced obstacles, and in a way this is an opportunity to be proud of their love and also share some advice with anyone who may be charting a similar path. I have received messages from many people who are following the project from outside of Canada emphasizing how these stories give them hope. That is a great feeling.


6. What do you say to people who say they do not approve of “interlove” because it destroys the traditions/cultures which they’d like to preserve?

I think if anything it strengthens traditions and culture. When someone is in a relationship with someone of a different belief, they themselves actually have to think deeply about what they believe and why they do the rituals they do. This requires a lot of introspection, and ultimately it leads to increased confidence in one’s culture. There is no reason why the children of an interfaith family can’t explore both beliefs. Susan Katz Miller’s book, Being Both, is a great read for anyone interested in this topic. I have also seen many of the couples create their own beautiful hybrid traditions within their new interfaith family.

Here is a great quote from Annie (Catholic) and Sunder (Hindu): Our children learn and celebrate both religions and will have freedom to choose one of our religions, none or another religion of their choice.”

7. After talking to so many couples, what would you say are the keys to a successful relationship?

I guess I would call it the 4 Cs :) Communication, Compromise, Compassion and Common Values. Ultimately relationships are a lot of work, but totally worth it – and these couples demonstrate that well. It has become clear to me that regardless of belief, it is the values the couple shares that matter.

One of the partners mentioned to me how he thought in the beginning of breaking up with his partner because she was not of his religion. However the more he thought about it he came to recognize that he had way more in common with her than he does with anyone at his church.

8. The idea of interlove suggests two different worlds coming together in love. How do you think it is possible for interlove relationships seem to make it work despite their differences in major aspects of their lives?

Once again I must emphasize common values. Here is a great quote from Sahar who is Muslim and is marrying Alvaro who is a Catholic: “I never thought of being in a relationship with someone who was not Muslim. The more I got to know Alvaro, I realized we grew up similarly, thought the same way and had the same expectations for the future. That is when I started to think of the possibility of marrying someone who was not Muslim. I think the ‘AHA’ moment was his relationship with my sister and cousin sister. He was so good, kind and generous with them.”

9. What do you think it is going to take to make interlove relationships lose its negative perceptions and stigmas?

First of all I think that is happening naturally. In a diverse society like Toronto, people are exposed to other beliefs and this exposure leads to understanding. A project like this demonstrates how powerful of a force love can be, and how differing beliefs in the face of communication, compassion, compromise and common values can’t top love.

I am still looking for more couples to photograph for the project: interloveproject.com/apply

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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