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Toronto’s music scene is not only gaining popularity across Canada, but it’s making a major impact around the world. For that very reason, we’ve been posting cover songs in our series entitled “Covered”, which highlights and showcases other artists (not necessarily from Toronto) who have been inspired by our cities sound.

This time we’ve selected Tinashe featuring Schoolboy Q for their version of “2 On” (Wax Motif remix) which happens to be a dance cover of OB Obrien & Drake’s version. So far the feedback on this has been great, but let us know what you think?

Previously: Covered: “Worst Behavior” (Punjab Edition)

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OBEY – Spring/Summer 2014

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Over the past two months I’ve been representing as an official OBEY Ambassador for Canada on behalf of @1LOVETO. I’ve had the opportunity to get outfitted this summer by OBEY, plus I got a sneak peek of the Fall/Winter line, and I’m working on some incredible OBEY related projects coming later this year (stay tuned, you DON’t want to miss out)! In the meantime, I wanted to get you familiar with the brand’s latest release for both Men’s and Women’s Spring/Summer 2014. I hope you like some of the pieces as much as I do?!

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To see more from OBEY check out their online shop here: obeyclothing.ca

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Who out there is working a job they hate, barely making ends meet all while trying to pursue their dream? With the exploitation of unpaid internships and vast unemployment, the youth of Toronto are facing hurdles never before seen.

Many get discouraged and only dream of something better. Few will actually make moves and take hold of their own future. One of those very few is Andrew C. who is newly minted as a writer, film director and producer of the new web series based in Toronto, MILLIONS.

“I was born and raised in Toronto. I love Toronto with all my heart, and think it’s such a diverse and rich city, so I wanted to pull my personal experiences in Toronto into the story…reality television, pop culture figures like the Kardashians, social media, and the advent of young people striking it rich in the tech industry (a la Mark Zuckerberg), have profoundly affected our generation’s beliefs about what they think they can and should become, forgetting what actually matters in their lives and what makes them genuinely happy. I wanted to reflect on all of these things in MILLIONS.”

Andrew told us, “I was in my mid-twenties and was going through a bit of a life crisis – or a quarter-life crisis as they call it. I had previously gotten a business degree at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto and worked at a bank for a couple of years. But I was miserable.”

Growing up in a traditional Chinese family, he went the “practical” route rather than chasing his dream of being a part of the film world. When the misery was too much, he bit the bullet and enrolled himself in film school. While there, he wrote the script for MILLIONS which was intended to be a full TV series but was passed up by networks. Still determined to get his message out there and create a platform for Asian actors, he produced it himself as a web series with an extremely tight budget and lots of persistence.

“We have a slew of very talented actors in our community yet the only roles being created for them were embarrassingly stereotypical. We’re in desperate need of change.” That change started with his cast.

Ben Brillantes who plays, “Jay” says, “ …the project became important to me because I saw how it important it was to him. I have my own goals in life and I dedicate time to them, but whenever I get the chance to provide a little help to those that want to chase their dreams, as cheesy as it may sound, I do it because I want to help them get there.”

Hubert Tran who plays “Brandon” says what he wants the audience to take away is quite simple, “A good story. That’s it. It just so happens that it features Asian North Americans.”

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Pique Toronto

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Warhol once said, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” In Toronto, we only need 15 seconds.

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Imad Elsheik is proving that with his brainchild, PIQUE. The PIQUE movement showcases the talents of 100 young Toronto artists, dancers, fashion designers, beatboxers and more, in just 15 seconds. You’ll be able to check out artists from all over T.O. including, Unity Charity, RISE Edutainment, The Remix Project, BeatBox Canada, CJ’s Skateboard Park and JoyRide 150.

“Social media has shortened our attention spans. We want to see more in a shorter period of time – I’m definitely one of those people…We enjoy watching teasers for a reason,” explains Imad. “The most important goal is to ‘pique’ the audience’s interest in an artist’s talent–to learn more about the artist, hit up their website, go to their shows and pay for their work. PIQUE’s purpose is to bridge that gap.”

The point of PIQUE is simple but it encompasses a greater vision. “I believe if this becomes an ongoing movement, it will not only help the artists but it will help the city as a whole. By presenting large volumes of Toronto-based content, we can raise the bar of talent collectively, as a city.”

Interestingly enough, though always interested, Imad never formally studied photography or videography. He actually went to York for Business but PIQUE gave him the perfect excuse to learn the art of it all first-hand. “However, the most valuable thing was how to better interact with people, work wisely, and react diplomatically…when you collaborate with 100 different people in such a short period of time, you can run into all sorts of problems which may or may not be in your control. When that happens you just need to find a way, a solution–there’s always at least one.”

Here’s a sneak peak of some of PIQUE’s contributing artists:

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Nate Smith – Producer
“I started going to The Remix Project and another program called RISE (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere). Going to RISE really showed me to new and amazing people. That’s how I met Imad. I eventually showed him my work and it was synergy from there.”

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Noah Tynes – Skater (Photo by Will Jivcoff)
“Skateboarding is my craft, the creativity comes when you keep an open mind and eye.”

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Osama Siddiqui – Spoken Word
“In my opinion, spoken word poetry has the ability to really connect with the audience in the way the writer intended. It intertwines writing and rhythm to achieve an emotional impact on the audience, one that cannot be attained through traditional, written poetry.”

For more info: piquetoronto.com

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Fight For Independence

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Fight for Independence is a special event that within the lining of the city acts as an amazing night that brings out good people for a good cause. It doesn’t hurt that the nights entertainment consists of some good old fashioned ‘fisticuffs’ between some lightly seasoned amateur boxers who double as corporate heavyweights during their weekly grind.

The real reason why this event is so important is that all of the proceeds from the night go to the Nazareth House. Nazareth House is a transitional, supportive and stable home, where single mothers and their infants, women fleeing abusive relationships and homelessness or struggling with addictions and mental health issues are cared for safely until they are able to heal and turn their lives around. Over the last 10 years the Fight for Independence has raised over 1.5 million dollars for the Nazareth House!

We want to thank Famous Folks for the invitation and commend them on a great ambience, the exceptionally well executed Great Gatsby inspired theme and of course on the refreshments and eats. Looking forward to seeing what you cook up next year!

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Last week Converse took over Toronto with the launch of their highly anticipated Converse CONS Weapon Sneaker Collection. The invite-only event took place at Goodfellas Gallery with Converse’s very own Canada Vice President of Marketing, Marciano Lobo, and Converse CONS Design Director, Chris Law, not to mention special guest performances by rapper Vince Staples, El-P, and the legendary Ghostface Killah along side Sheek Louch from The Lox. The new collection is a compilation of five premium, lifestyle and skate sneakers that pays homage to the original design of the popular Weapons, but with modified aesthetics for a more modern, sleek and edgy look. Check out a few of the new kicks below!

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We’re excited to announce that 1 LOVE T.O. has partnered with the Drake General Store to create an exclusive World Pride Toronto t-shirt. The shirt is currently available at The Hudson’s Bay (Yonge & Bloor location), as part of their curated Pride Pop Up Shop! The tee will also be made available at The Drake General Store’s Queen St West location as well as online drakegeneralstore.ca. Don’t miss out on your chance to have your very own piece of World Pride Toronto history!

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A friend of ours just introduced us to Juliana’s Daughter. Even though this EP is about a year old, we thought it was too good not to still share with you! Juliana’s Daughter is a singer/song-writer from Toronto who set 2 goals last year… 1. Release an EP and 2. Go on tour. She managed to do both, and gain some fans along the way. Take a few minutes to listen to her EP and if you like what you hear she’s performing live at Duffy’s Tavern on Friday, June 13th, 2014.

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For more info: julianasdaughter.com

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We are extremely excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Cosmopolis Toronto to host a very special photography exhibit entitled “Torontonian”, featuring photos by Colin Boyd Shafer. This unique documentary photography project, curated by Vanessa Tamburro, captures and celebrates Toronto’s cultural diversity by featuring the portraits of 193 Torontonians from all over the world who now call Toronto home. Each Cosmopolis Toronto participant was photographed in a place where they feel ‘at home’ in the GTA. This Toronto centric project has already gained tremendous support and momentum, receiving media coverage from the Toronto Star, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe & Mail, CBC Radio and Global National News.

We’d like to invite you to our opening night reception on Thursday, June 12 at the Moniker Gallery, 452 Richmond St. West, from 8-11pm. The exhibit will feature a selection of 12 large-scale portraits and will run until Thursday, June 26, 2014.

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*Admission is by donation*

For more info: CosmopolisToronto.com

Previously: Cosmopolis Love

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