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This past weekend, one of Toronto’s most anticipated pop-up events entitled; Walk-In Closet, took place in the city’s most eclectic, vibrant and cultured area of Kensington Market called “A HOMERUN” on Augusta Ave. Since Kensington Market is notorious for vintage and thrift fashion, it was only fitting to have the event held in one of the city’s most respected thrift shops.

Organizing the event was Singhnature’s Natasha Singh, whose personal mantra is to recycle, reuse and reinvent. Hence, Walk-In Closet, a one-of-a-kind trunk sale whose target audience is geared towards like-minded fashion conscious Torontonians who have extensive wardrobes they’re looking to purge. Essentially, the goal is to celebrate life and style through clothing and accessories, while finding loving new homes for once-treasured belongings.

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This WIC series edition was dedicated to men whilst featuring three of Toronto’s influential male movers and shakers: Bryan Brock of 1LOVETO, Daniel Eckler of MIJLO, and record producer Jahmal Padmore.

“Walk-In Closet has been highly female focus but I am sure not to forget about the men. This was my second edition of a full on men’s closet,” said Natasha.

Collaborating with three of Toronto’s creative and fashionable men, Natasha said it was only natural to have them share their closets in conjunction to her event:

“Lucky enough they connected with me and I knew they had great gear and lifestyle goods appropriate for WIC. As much as I like to curate and select my “closeters” so often they come to me, and these three gentlemen all came to me around the same time. So I thought, why not do a collaboration of men’s closets which will give the customers variety in style and size.”

Hosting a men’s edition of Walk-In Closet definitely brought on a positive and interesting dynamic and trend to her usual crowd. For instance, featuring three outstanding individuals from Toronto who have a wide range of various styles, it was inevitable to suit the likes of not only men, but also women who appreciate men’s fashion.

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“I was impressed with the men who shopped this WIC versus the women. Especially since I have a larger female following, I really pushed for a his-to-hers concept showing females how to rock some dope men’s wear fashion in my promo. With that being said, knowing my following is female dominated, I was sure to cover my tracks to push this closet for males and females equally.” said Natasha.

Also new to the WIC event was a curated collection of art and lifestyle second hand books; along with lifestyle goods inspired by simple living collections of well-designed, quality goods, specializing in small space solutions.

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With the success and support Walk-in-Closet has had over the past, along with being a lover of connecting and sharing the stories individuals have with their fashion, it’s inevitable for both Natasha and WIC flourish. So when asked what the future holds, she expressed foreseeing it going online sooner than later. “WIC started off as a pet project and has now turned into a unique networking and social shopping experience. It allows for an authentic storytelling from the closeter to the customer, and going online only helps expand that.”

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For those interested in participating in the future of Walk-In Closet, Natasha expresses that it may be difficult as there’s a high demand of requests and a tedious wait list to follow. Torontonians just have so much to give!

“What makes WIC fun for me is scouting out the right closets. I love finding people who have a story to tell and aren’t shy to put their closet and life on blast. I have accumulated a waiting list of interesting individuals who would like to share their story, so the selection process can be difficult.”

Nonetheless, feel free to contact Natasha in regard to participating in one way or another by visiting singhnature.com

Posted by Christina G. Cheng

Previously: Walk-In Closet

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Sneak Peek: Art Battle Canada

This Saturday, July 26th Art Battle will be hosting the 2014 National Championships at the Mattamy Centre in Toronto. The event stands to be the biggest to date, with an estimated 2,500 patrons attending. Prior to this Saturday, we were invited to a kick-off event held in conjunction with Sick Kids. Each youngster got paired up with a champion painter and the art that ensued was absolutely amazing! All of the artists killed it and they truly demonstrated what it means to be creatively liberated!

If you’re interested in attending Art Battle this Saturday, you can get your tickets HERE or follow us on Twitter @1LOVETO for details on how to enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets!

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Posted by Jesse Ingalls

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Absolut Makerfest Toronto

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Absolut Makerfest is coming to Toronto on August 9th, celebrating the cultural impact of Canada’s emerging “makers”. The maker community is made up of world-class artists, inventors, tinkerers and entrepreneurs who combine traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking and craft with technology-driven creativity, including 3D-printing, device hacking, electronics, robotics and more.

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Toronto’s own Eric Boyd (Sensebridge) and Jonathan Moneta (MakeLab) are among the list of celebrated “makers” who will be exhibiting their work at Makerfest. You’ll also be able to see works from Marc Reeve-Newson, Derek Gaw, Corey Clayton and Steven Enns.

This special event will also play host to 2 celebrity “makers” of their own kind, featuring a DJ set by Q-Tip from the legendary A Tribe Called Quest, along side performer Theophilus London!

Join us on August 9th at 99 Sudbury for what promises to be a unique mash-up of art, technology, music and of course cocktails!

RSVP ONLY
EVENTS@1LOVETO.COM

(Space is limited. Email does not guarantee admission. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.)

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Our very own Tyrone “T-rexxx” Edwards teamed up with the creator of the famous Lovebot, Matthew Del Degan, for a #BrilliantWorks episode with vitaminwater. Together, they flush out some ideas on how to bring the Lovebot to life and spread even more love at the Digital Dreams Music Festival. Watch the video to see what they came up with!

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For more info: lovebot.com

Previously: The Robot Love Invasion

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We hope you love ping pong as much as we do, because on Thursday, July 24th we’re co-presenting the movie, “Ping Pong Summer” at Toronto’s Open Roof Festival.

SYNOPSIS
The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy 13-year-old white kid who’s obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip hop. During his family’s annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Ping Pong Summer is about that time in your life when you’re treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you’re as funky fresh as it gets.

HOW TO ENTER CONTEST
Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see “Ping Pong Summer” by tweeting @1LOVETO & @OpenRoofFest #PingPongSummer

(Contest closes Wednesday, July 23, 2014)

PS: If you don’t win the contest, don’t worry, you can still get your tickets here: openrooffestival.com

The Naturally Born Strangers team headed to Jamaica to shoot their latest music video for “No One Knows My Struggle”, off their NBS Album. Toronto to Jamaica with the likes of rapper/producer Rich Kidd, Adam Bomb, Tona, and of course the man behind the brand, The Legends Leagues very own Bryan Espiritu.

Directed by James McGurk & Che Kothari

Previously: The Legends League “Naturally Born Strangers” Pop Up Shop & Concert

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InspiredBy-Amex

In a city as big as Toronto we sometimes get stuck in our comfort zone and forget to explore what the rest of the city has to offer. A recent study commissioned by American Express, reveals more than half (53%) of Canadians feel stuck in their comfort zone, and almost everyone (98% of respondents) believe exploring our home towns or cities helps us live a more enriched life.

Toronto is filled with so much potential, not only the people, but the places. At 1 LOVE T.O. we constantly get the chance to explore and be #InspiredBy the different places throughout our city.

We’ve selected 5 of our ‘potentials places’ that highlight areas in the city where we get inspired through healthy living, fashion and style, music, reading and food/cooking.

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1. Healthy Living: When it comes to clearing our minds and taking a break from the daily grind, while staying healthy and active, we head over to High Park to hike the trails. You can’t help but be inspired when you’re surrounded by mother nature.

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2. Fashion: If you’re anything like us, we love to people watch! On any given day you can pull up a chair, or find a spot on the giant rock in Yorkville Park and you’ll see all different types of style. Summertime is the best time to get inspired by this place.

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3. Music: There’s something special about watching a concert outdoors! We’ve always been inspired by live music at the Molson Amphitheatre, especially in recent years with the now iconic OVO Fest. Seeing artists from Toronto like Drake, Kardinal and The Weeknd share the same stage as Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Eminem, TLC, Stevie Wonder, (the list goes) is nothing but inspirational.

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4. Reading: Believe it or not, we love to read on the Subway and/or Streetcar. Passing the time on your daily commute gets a whole lot better when you’re reading an incredible book.

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5. Food: Shopping for food is almost as much fun as eating! Wandering around St. Lawrence Market has always been something we enjoy. Seeing the different types of food, people and the history of that building is all inspiring to us.

We want you to help us ‘realize the potential’ of Toronto by telling us your favourite places and hidden gems that provide you with inspiration?! Tweet your suggestions to @1LOVETO & @AmexCanada using the hash-tag #InspiredBy or leave a comment below.