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Motionball 2014

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We were honoured this past weekend to take part in a special event to celebrate the efforts and spirits of some very special athletes.

Motionball 2014 brought together people from every sector of the city to raise funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation (SOCF). This year’s festivities took place at Liberty Grand which was transformed into an enchanted evening of music, fashion and art. When people weren’t breaking it down on the dance floor, you could find them upstairs bidding on the silent auction, which dispersed all proceeds directly to SOCF. The highlight of the night was Carmen Electra’s high-energy, feel-good performance which needless to say, took everyone’s heart-rates up a notch or two!

The Special Olympics Canada Foundation focuses on promoting healthy and active lifestyles for those who face an intellectual disability. They do this through the power of sports which creates that amazing sense of belonging, teamwork, sportsmanship and pride. Divisions have been created pertaining to specific levels of ability in order to ensure all eligible athletes are able to play. SOCF differs from the Paralympics in that it deals with intellectual disabilities versus physical. Both are separate organizations and are both recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

The powerful message that SOCF sends of acceptance and fairness is one that Canada has echoed while we went into Sochi this year. Regardless of your ability, race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation, we all have the right to be treated as equals and be given a fair chance to reach the peaks of our potential.

To learn more visit: specialolympics.ca

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Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

Photos by Andrew Palmer

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The Art Gallery of York University in collaboration with Success Beyond Limits presents “If We Ruled The World”, a multi-media art installation put together by 8 youth artists from Jane & Finch. The exhibit is FREE and runs from February 5th – March 2nd at the AGYU, Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT
Success Beyond Limits is an after-school educational support program and The AGYU, through this collaboration, are offering youth in Jane and Finch the opportunity to participate in stimulating and enriching arts and cultural workshops led by the city’s leading artists. If I Ruled the World, is providing youth in our community with the invaluable opportunity to collaborate with Mark “Kurupt” Stoddart and The M.A.D Poet, to create art works that explore and develop an urban spatial imaginary.

Looking at the architecture, landscape, and urban plan of their neighbourhood, youth artists are employing visual art and spoken word poetry to explore the impact that spatial inequality and injustice has had on their lives. Moreover, they will use painting, drawing and spoken work poetry as a means of envisioning urban transformation that will result from a more socially just and equitable neighbourhood and spatial structure.

For more info: theAGYUisOutThere.org

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Torro Torro – 2014 Winter Mix

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Toronto-based production duo Torro Torro recently released their 2014 Winter Mix (courtesy of EDM.com), including what they’re currently listening to and/or playing live. This mix also includes a couple unreleased previews of new music from their latest studio sessions. If this doesn’t get you out of bed on a Monday morning, nothing will.

For more info: torrotorro.com

Previously: Torro Torro – “Blue Blouse” (Video)

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Art Battle Toronto

Art Battle is celebrating their 100th live competitive painting event in Toronto, on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at The Great Hall (1087 Queen St W). Whether you like to paint or not, this is one event you don’t want to miss!

REGISTER HERE
To compete as a painter: artbattle.ca/register

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WHAT IS ART BATTLE?
Art Battle is a live competitive painting event. 16 painters will create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, the audience moves around the easels, allowing them an up close view of the creative process. The medium used is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any other non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes for their favourite painting and can also later place bids in a silent auction to take the paintings home. This is Art Battle Canada’s 5th season!

For ticket info: artbattle.ca/art-battle-100-toronto/

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We’re proud to announce that our good friend Che Kothari, Toronto Photographer and Founding Director and Board Chairman of Manifesto Community Projects will be launching his first ever portfolio website on February 21, 2014. If you’re unfamiliar with Che’s work, he’s an incredible photographer and community leader who’s traveled the world shooting and sharing his experiences. We’ve decided to highlight some of his experiences with 10 Toronto-based artists that Che’s had the pleasure of shooting.

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Fritz

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Saukrates & Rich Kidd

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K’Naan

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Boonaa

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Kardinal Offishall

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Zaki

For more info about the launch event CLICK HERE

Check out chekothari.com (Launches February 21, 2014)

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How Do You See Toronto?

A new video has surfaced featuring some of Mayor Rob Ford’s most notable quotes appearing around the city at familiar spots like Honest Ed’s, The ROM, Chinatow, and more. Leave a comment letting us know – how do you see Toronto?

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Nuzzles By RAW Design

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Check out what Toronto-based design firm RAW produced for Winnipeg’s 2014 Warming Huts Contest (An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice), which happened to claim first place.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Imagine a series of glowing mounds on the frozen river landscape, each creating immersive layers of light, warmth and interaction. Inspired by the insulating properties of fur, NUZZLES brings a unique, engaging experience to the visitors of the Assiniboine River. Moving away from the introverted enclosure, NUZZLES exhibits a heated, lit core, encompassed by a multitude of insulated appendages which allow users to nestle into the structure. Constructed from a geodesic lattice of hollow aluminum tubing, and an outer layer of foam bristles (pool noodles), NUZZLES provides an inner layer of still air in order to increase heat capacity. Occupants are encouraged to playfully interact with bristles in order to sculpt informal seating or standing space as well change the lighting dispersions of the glowing structure.

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For more info: warminghuts.com

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