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Nike’s motto of #ChooseYourWinter has exceeded to an all-time high with the latest announcement of the upcoming Nike Women’s Race Series, which will be the world’s largest race series designed for women. Not only are we ‘choosing our winter,’ we’re now conquering our winter by mentally and physically training our minds, bodies, and souls in preparation mode for the race! Choosing our winter is officially mandatory and clearly not a joke. The race is made to motivate runners of all levels to push their limits by offering a variety of distances — ranging from 5k to half-marathon — on epic courses in 20 cities around the world including first time participant cities such as: Toronto, Mexico City, and Hong Kong.

This makes for exciting news for Toronto as the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto will be a weekend-long celebration tailored for our city. The race marks a new experience for athletes in two ways. It’s a proving ground for women to put themselves to the test and rediscover the joy of running faster, and running farther.

Each run in the series has a format that speaks to the local community, in this case, the race will take place on Toronto Island, which has a variety of terrain and run routes. It’s the perfect location for the 15K distance and to capture the energy and backdrops of the cityscape.

In addition to uniting a global community of female runners, every race offers something different, including exciting new courses; runner services; and access to elite athletes. For instance, professional Olympic runner, Sheila Reid, joined Toronto’s Queen West Run Club and N+TC crew last week for added motivation as she shared details on Nike’s Women’s Race Series and N+TC Tour.

The new Nike Women’s event series challenges women to face and train to new heights and personal bests.

In preparation, Nike encourages bringing together a global fitness community by extending Nike’s vision to motivate, inspire and connect athletes through both physical events and digital connections. With that being said, the Nike+ Running App helps runners track their workouts and stay inspired throughout their training, and the Nike+ Training Club App includes more than 100 full body workouts designed by Nike Master Trainers, many of whom will participate in the N+TC Tour and Race Series.

Nike also announced the introduction of the Nike+ Run Analysis available now at the Nike Store at the Toronto Eaton Centre. The run analysis is the perfect first step in any athletes training journey, as it records each runner’s personal running aesthetic to help gear them toward running better, longer and faster with their suggested sneaker. It essentially sets them up for success as they begin thinking about achieving your personal goals in 2015.

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As a member of Toronto’s Queen West Run Club and N+TC, this will be my first officially 15K race. I’m ready and willing to train at my personal best with the encouragement and motivation from my fellow Nike Running and Nike Women crew as we’re all getting stronger and aiming farther together. Toronto’s Nike Women’s Race is scheduled for June 14, 2015. This is just four days before my 26th birthday and I am determined to accomplish this race at my personal best! I shall consider this a gift to myself.

For a full list of race dates, CLICK HERE and make sure to follow Nike’s Women race series journey on Facebook and on Twitter. You can also find more information on the international Nike Women’s Race series events HERE. As for my fellow Torontonians, you can find motivation and keep up to speed on a timely basis by visiting Nike Toronto’s Twitter page.

Continue to motivate one another by consistently Choosing Your Winter. Let’s stay strong together. See you all on the pavement on June 14. We got this! JUST DO IT.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Muttonhead presents its second annual holiday collection entitled, High & Dry, which features favorable winter pieces and quality essentials. The latest lookbook collection was shot in Iceland by Eric Greene, and showcases a slew of Muttonhead’s latest Fall/Winter basic additions including: Classic and Two-Toned Crewneck sweaters, Quilted Coaches Jackets, and their most popular textured 6-Panel Wool Camel and 5-Panel Cord hats. Captured in some of the most rustic and scenic locations of Iceland, the collection’s use of neutral and earth tone colourways contrast well with the peaceful backdrop. Inspired by Iceland’s mountains and beautiful wild horses, the latest FW collection incorporates additional high-quality pieces such as: Mountain Socks, Wild Horses Blankets, and Magic Mountain Longsleeve tees. Muttonhead steers its High & Dry collection into a more lifestyle-focused brand.

Shop the collection now and pull outfit inspirations from their latest lookbook.

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Photography by Eric Greene

Posted by Christina Cheng

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OVO x KOTD = Blackout 5

This is history in the making.

Blackout 5 is shaping up to be the biggest rap battle the world has ever seen and will bring forth only the best, to battle for the King of the Dot title! We caught up with Toronto Rapper and King of the Dot Entertainment Founder, Organik, to get his thoughts on the movement and upcoming event.

“I always thought the potential was there. I just wasn’t sure if it would come to fruition.” He says even as a child he gravitated towards hip hop and eventually started rapping. “I really took pride in the freestyle element coming up. It was where I felt like I had the edge over everyone due to being able to think faster and rap cleaner.”

He fell in love with every aspect of the scene, especially the competitive nature of the game. “The fact that I could compete in Toronto and the top battlers in whatever city across the world would be paying attention and vice versa, just pulled me in.”

Blackout 5 spans over 2 days at the QET, will be live-to-tape and be available on PPV…a long stretch from battling outside Eaton Centre! The competitors’ names have been revealed but most of the matches have not; the audience won’t know until the two names hit the stage. Their battles in the past have been co-hosted by names like, Raekwon and Method Man and now, KOTD has partnered up with OVO. “Drake and Hush have always shown us a great deal of respect and have treated us like family… It’s two powerhouses in the city working together to bring nothing but the best.”

OVO & KOTD promise a diverse and intense showcase of skill and will bring not just the best the world has to offer, but also bring back some of the most requested battlers. He reiterates, “It’s not just a preference of music, it’s an entire community. We live in the most multi-cultural city in the world and it’s a beautiful thing…we just some Toronto boys trying to make a difference.”

Date: Feb 7th & 8th 2015
Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Boulevard
Doors: 3:30pm

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS or PPV

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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In today’s health conscious society, living a healthy and organic lifestyle has become indispensable to the longevity of life. This is not only applicable to nutrition and health, but also to skincare. Trinitae has recently opened its first ever flagship store in Toronto that offers unique, all-natural skincare products using a combination of organic cleansing salt and soothing mud from the Dead Sea, with extracts and botanicals from locally sourced herbs, fruits, and plants of the Jordan Valley.

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According to Ariane Laezza, co-owner of Nubi Trading Co. she says:

“A lot of the plants such as the Succulents and Aloe Vera are elements that we have in our Trinitae products. It’s high enriching, paraben free, sulfate free, and naturally sourced. That’s something that people are really interested in these days; they want to know what goes into their products.”

The Aloe Vera mud line is one of Trinitae’s most popular as its base product incorporates a simplistic blend of Dead Sea minerals and Aloe Vera. The body lotions, hand creams, and facial masks are said to be this winter season’s go-to items because Aloe Vera is known to typically have healing property as it balances your body’s natural moisture.

Being that the human skin is the largest organ of the body, it’s crucial to understand what your skin absorbs. As for Trinitae, their bath crystals and aroma therapy oils are their most pure items because it is sourced from Dead Sea crystals right from the Dead Sea Mud of Jordan, combined with natural botanicals that offer no artificial scents and colours. All Trinitae’s ingredients come from the fruit, vegetables and herbs of Jordan, which in turn provide a wide range of natural scents: Rosemary, Rubina, Herbal Citrus, Lavender, Vanilla, and Patchouli.

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“Aroma Therapy products are apart of feeling better and taking care of yourself through the power of scent,” Ariane said. Our luxury soaps are also really delicate and beautiful, which are enriched with Dead Sea minerals and have natural scents and colouring such as: Pomegranate, Orange Blossom, and Apricots.”

The Jordanian-based brand is designed to envelop the senses and soothe the soul, carrying a wide range of restorative products including: balancing cleansing milk, herbal balancing toner, moisture replenishing day cream, and enriching body lotion.

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“Even though we’re a skincare line, it’s more about a lifestyle brand so it’s not just the skincare portion we believe in, it’s also eating well, drinking lots of water, having passion in life, and enjoying what you’re doing. Our motto here is: Love Yourself First.”

With Valentine’s Day just weeks away, Ariane predicts her best selling item will be the Aromatherapy Dead Sea Salt Crystals with romantic Rose botanicals.

In addition, their latest face line with Dead Sea minerals and rose extracts has been a top gifting package which includes: Day and night cream, cleaning milk, eye serum, and toner.

“Our age demographic is a wide net and gifting ideas are endless,” she said.

“We can customize your packages as we have five different gift boxes that range from $35 – $200+ and despite only been open in November, we’ve noticed a lot of men and women enjoy the line. It’s a bit more unisex— everybody should be able to take time to pamper themselves!”

Trinitae has you covered from skincare to homecare with their: Aromatherapy line, Original line, Massage Oils, Aloe Vera mud line, Pure Dead Sea muds and salts, Bath crystals with botanicals, Luxury soaps and scrubs, as well as the Room Diffusing oils.

Gift a loved one and pamper yourself. Visit Trinitae’s new Toronto flagship store on Queen St. West and Niagara (254 Niagara Street).

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Posted by Christina Cheng

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Dinner With Mr. D (Gerry Dee)

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Canadian television is a tough gig. In fact television as a whole now-a-days is a really tough gig. The amount of people tuning into weekly sitcoms is on the decline. Blame the internet. Blame technology. Blame over saturation. Fact of the matter is, now, more than ever you have to have something really special to attract and subsequently retain viewers. Mr. D does just that. The show is going into it’s 4th season this year. To put that into context, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, an institution, a heavyweight in the sitcom genre aired for 6 seasons. The show is moving into more established territory which speaks directly to it’s quality. It’s funny, like really funny. I’m not just saying that either. The first episode of season 4, which aired this Tuesday @ 9:30 PM EST on CBC and can be viewed online HERE, opens on Gerry, who plays a high school teacher, systematically planning his upcoming years sick days. His rationale is spectacular. The episode only gets funnier.

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This Tuesday we got a chance to chop it up with the cast at PF Changs, where the hospitality was tremendous and the entire cast was wildly welcoming. Jonathan Torrens, a personal favourite, cast some insight and reminisced on one of CBC’s most important programs, Jonovision, as well as the transition into playing an old guy on Mr. D vs. playing J-Roc on Trailer Park boys. We were also fortunate enough to be seated beside Wes Williams, better known around these parts as Maestro and Lauren Hammersley. Both play vital roles on Mr. D and were instrumental in making a great night possible.

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You can learn more about the show HERE, (which you can stream online FREE).

Thanks to Nick Lee from Best of Toronto for letting us repurpose their photos from the night.

Posted by Jesse Ingalls

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Last night we attended the Monogram Dinner by Design event in Toronto, founded by GE Monogram Appliances and Azure Magazine as a way to celebrate design talents and to raise funds for two incredible organizations: Casey House & The Design Exchange. The concept of the event provides a unique dinner and cocktail experience highlighting well-know interior designers, architects, decorators and influential members of the design community. We participated in the ‘Cocktail by Design’ portion of the evening and saw everything from minimalist design, class & sophistication, to some unique and extremely artsy settings. See some of our favourites below.

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Watch a beautiful recap video from last year’s event in Vancouver.

For more info: dinnerxdesign.com

Thanks to the good folks at Kronenbourg 1664 for the invite.

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Living That #AmexLife

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As Amex Ambassadors we’ve been living the #AmexLife for as long as we can remember! It’s a lifestyle that embodies unique experiences and inspirational moments. There are no limits, and everyone has the potential to live life to the fullest. Whether it’s test driving a new BMW 435i and 435xDrive at the , or taking a once in a life time trip to Iceland for your birthday – it’s about experiences that create lasting memories.

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One of our favourite examples is from this past summer’s 5th Annual OVO Fest at the Molson Amphitheatre. Every year Drake brings out an all-star surprise cast of hip-hop royalty to the city, which makes for an unforgettable sold-out show! The Molson Amphitheatre holds 16,000 people, which makes entry into the venue a little slow to say the least. Luckily for us and many other Cardmembers, we were able to live the #AmexLife by skipping the enormous line-ups with the Amex express line. Needless to say, we got in first and didn’t miss one act! As if that’s not enough, Amex also offers a private lounge, fully equipped with comfy furniture, giant flat screen tv’s, large scale bar, outdoor patio, and private washrooms. You feel like one of the stars backstage!

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We could list off so many more memorable moments, but we want to know how YOU live an #AmexLife! Tweet your photos to @1LOVETO & @AmexCanada #AmexLife

Lululemon Presents "Beats & Balance"

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This Saturday January 24th Lululemon Athletica in support of The Remix Project will host “BEATS & BALANCE”, the ultimate mashup of athletics, art, music and community for a day long celebration of Toronto to shake off the winter blues and get those resolutions in motion!

You’re invited to join lululemon at Toronto’s Arcadian Court (401 Bay Street) along with some of Toronto’s finest fitness instructors to showcase exercise concepts native to our city. Athletics classes will be paired with live performance from some of the cities most exciting young artists and DJs.

11am – Brent Bishop (interval) w/ Dj Hedspin
1 pm – Kate Gillespie (Downward Dog Yoga Centre) w/ Trophy Jones
3 pm – Martin Reader – Strive Conditioning and Nutrition w/ Glenn Morrison &Frank Walker
5pm – Amber Joliat (misft studios) w/ Brendan Fallis

Hosted by Sarah Taylor and 1LOVETO’s very own Tyrone ‘T-rexxx’ Edwards

Tickets for the fitness classes are $10 and each ticket sold benefits the mentorship and curriculum being offered by local charity The Remix Project.

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SPiN Toronto has become the hottest Ping-Pong social club in the city’s eclectic entertainment district on King Street West. Equipped with 12 high-quality Ping-Pong tables, Olympic-quality flooring, custom-designed lighting and two full service bars, it’s inevitably the go-to spot to fulfill a night of fun with a competitive edge. Building a community that consists of sportsmanship; SPiN Toronto has collaborated on four limited edition graphic tees, designed by Toronto-based artisans including: Doublenaut, Good Kids, Brianne Donut, and Fieldguided. Entitled, “White Dove and Paddles,” “SPiN Kombat,” “Funny Paddle Faces,” and “White Paddles,” each design is unique and available in both basic tees and raglans that are suitably themed for the sport at hand. The collection is exclusive as it’s limited to just 45 shirts per style. These shirts make for the ideal gift to represent your respective Ping-Pong teams. They are currently available for purchase at $38 a piece at 461 King St. West, Lower Level.

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For those interested in joining, SPiN Toronto is open seven days a week between the hours of noon to 1AM from Sunday through Wednesday, and between noon to 2AM from Thursday through Saturday. All are welcome and membership packages are also available.

For more information visit: toronto.spingalactic.com

Tell ‘em we sent ya!

Posted by Christina Cheng

Previously: SPiN Toronto’s Spring Menu

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After a solid three-week holiday vacation, the Queen West Run Club reunited on another Wednesday evening at “The Loft” (Nike Toronto’s home base, 548 Richmond St. W.), to kicked off 2015 with their first run of the year. Courtesy of Nike Running Canada, the 1 LOVE T.O. crew has been a proud participant of the ever-growing #QueenWestRC for a strong year now. With that being said, we took a look back at the amazing and accomplishing 2014 with a recap of the running activity within the Toronto Nike+ Community.

To highlight Toronto’s achievements, Nike created “Your Year with Nike+”, a series of unique and personalized animated films for the Toronto, LA, NYC and Chicago communities.

The Toronto film features our weather, activity and movement data, which includes such outstanding benchmarks as: Running over 221,000 kilometers – that’s the equivalent of running 5 laps around the globe! In addition, over 99 million Nike fuel has been earned – helping North America earn 228 billion NikeFuel collectively.

As we embark on our 2015 running journey together, Nike has also recently launched the first-ever Toronto City Page on Nike.com, which will act as Toronto’s one-stop portal for Nike Run Club, NT+C and more events and key information for Toronto athletes.

Toronto continues to make big movements, let’s continue to make them together!

For more info visit: nike.com/toronto

Posted by Christina Cheng

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