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Five of Toronto’s most notable independent art galleries have collaborated to create SURFACE, an exclusive alternative art fair and party at Toronto’s 99 Sudbury the weekend of September 19-20th, inside 99 Sudbury. The Black Cat Artspace, Creative Blueprint, #Hashtag Gallery, Graven Feather and Project Gallery have created this event in celebration of young contemporary visual arts talent in Toronto. The exhibit features five unique series of curated works from local artists along with installations, live performance and music. All works will be available for purchase. Opening night Reception starts at 7pm, with Saturday and Sunday being open from 11am – 6pm.

For more info CLICK HERE

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Toronto’s F-You: The Forgiveness Project, headed up by Tara Muldoon, presents its first ever photo exhibit, entitled ‘Triggers’. The groundbreaking exhibit showcases stories of pain, forgiveness, strength and resiliency through the perspective of key individuals from the city, including 1LOVETO’s very own Bryan Brock. The exhibit is not limited to only photos, but includes commentary from the subjects, live performances and more!

Opening night is this Friday, August 28th at The Richmond (477 Richmond St West), doors open at 7pm.


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SummerWorks Festival 2015


The performances at this year’s SummerWorks festival had us seriously wowed with the intricate range of artistic abilities, techniques and perspectives. The festival, which celebrates four key components: Music, Dance, Theatre and Live Art, packed an extra punch for their 25 year milestone. It was hard to pick a few favourites but we’ve narrowed down our most memorable shows in each category.


Music: LAL / All You Can Hold
You can’t box this Toronto-based collective as simply ‘Canadian electronica’ because they’ve found a way to infuse those beats with a fiery, unique voice and a mandate which “bridges the art with social justice.” Vocalist, poet and activist, Rosina Kazi alongside producer and sound engineer, Nicholas “Murr” Murray seduced the audience into a trance. It was a dreamy rhythm but also had heads bobbing to the bass and electronics at the same time. The vibe was so powerful and positive, it was almost tangible.

Director / Designer / Costumes by Ange Loft (Cult of Kateri); Dance performances by Ill Nana and Victoria Mata; Live Digital Painting by Sonny Bean; Projections by Matt Maaskant

Dance: Forgetting Remembering
This performance is described as a “relational sensory song and dance, modulating frequencies of experiences to empty time from mind.” It was cool because it was like choreographed chaos, a freestyle with a note of structure which played out a purpose. The strobe lights and rhythmic moves, voices and projected visuals created an immersive experience as they sprawled themselves among the audience. There was a lot of the same, yet we were still left guessing ‘what was next?’

Created by Robert Kingsbury; Performed by Niomi Cherney, Francesco Gagliardi, Danielle Baskerville, Julia Male, Brian Solomon, Claire Turner Reid, Jasmin McGraw, Winnie Ho


Theatre: That Syncing Feeling
This project had our hearts racing more than once. This was an experiment which consisted of two parts. Both examined our relationship with technology, our cellphones in particular. We were asked write our phone numbers on a piece of paper which were then mixed up and handed out to the audience. Then, we had to call that number and leave a random message. At one point we all had to put our phones in the middle of the floor. The unease on everyone’s face was reason enough to conduct these exercises which were re-teaching us how to communicate.

The second part was an experiment conducted by a woman in a doctor’s white coat. Half of us were given a number to text of someone in the room and an iPod loaded with instructions. We ended up sharing deep connections with these strangers and left never knowing who they were. We definitely got a dose of ‘that syncing feeling’ and currently, re-examining how we engage with technology, ahem, I mean, humans.

Written by Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe; Directed by Simon Bloom; Performed by Alex McCooeye and Nicola Elbro; Produced by Mitchell Cushman; Stage Managed by Bryn McLeod

Live Art: Wildlife
Wildlife was an awesome collection of skits and monologues which tapped into heavy themes like, race , religion and Drake vs. Meek Mill; hilarious but in a real thought-provoking way. For example, one skit was a depiction of Eve eating that fateful apple. She starts off sweet and innocently ( as I’m sure lots of us imagine) but then she gets really into this new found taste. It turns subtly sexual, then comedic. These nuances forced us to re-visit this famous imagery in a way we never thought to consider it.

A collaborative performance produced by Events In Real Time; Conceived of by Liz Peterson; Written by Amy Lam and Liz Peterson with Hannah Cheesman, Lindsey Clark, Onyeka Igwe, Sean O’Neill, Aliya Pabani, Matt Smith




Special Presentation: HYPER_
This performance was an intersection of ‘visual and digital arts…a combinations of UV lights, body paint and video projections’. It was a dance which used all these facets to produce a trippy expansion of our periphery. The colours were wild and the movements were full of conviction and strength. You know you’re in for a hell of an experience when you’re handed 3D glasses upon entry.

Performed and Created by Freya Björg Olafson; Lighting Design by Hugh Conacher; Music by Ghostigital, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Kippi Kaninus [Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson], LE1F, Dubbel Dutch

SummerWorks is the largest, curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, and live art in Canada with a strong focus on Canadian works. Can’t wait for next year’s line-up! For more info visit: summerworks.ca

Photos by Dahlia Katz

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On August 12, #WorldElephantDay had a global and social impact with approximately 60,718 Instagram posts, over approximately 118,000 Twitter posts, and over 20,000 supporters on Facebook. In addition, 15,161 have signed the petition on worldelephantday.org to protect elephants, wildlife, and their habitat. Staying relevant on a timely and fashionable manner, Holt Renfrew’s H Project shop has teamed up with BRIKA, a retail concept that highlights the best of modern craft, to curate a charitable elephant-themed pop-up shop for the month of August in support of “Save the Elephants.” Inspired by Holt Renfrew’s recent travels to Kenya and Rwanda for the Spring/Summer 2015 “Uncrate Africa” shop, a curated assortment of luxury elephant-designs and products support culture, craft and artisans from designers such as: Tanya Taylor, Me To We, Chantecaille, BRIKA, and more.


“The journey to Africa was a great opportunity to meet extraordinary artisans across a creative and cultural mosaic, and to celebrate many dignified talents and beautiful handicrafts,” says designer Stella Jean. “Uncrate Africa is a cultural crossover, demonstrating how boundaries are just a state of mind.”


Holt Renfrew’s H Project presents their latest “Uncrate Africa” shop filled with extraordinary products with extraordinary stories. Their discovery through their travels in Africa brings unique products and unparalleled partnerships, all in support of humanity and habitat throughout the continent. For instance, an assortment of apparel, accessories, home décor and beauty products, including products made from socially conscious materials are all for a charitable cause.

“These products equal opportunity, education, empowerment, creativity and entrepreneurship,” said Alexandra Weston, Holt Renfrew’s Director of Brand Strategy. “The H Project shops present products which may be extraordinary in a number of ways. Perhaps it is the artisanal method with which they are made, the unique materials used, or the way they might celebrate a culture.”


Alexandra Weston and her team recently journeyed through Africa for ‘uncrate a culture,’ sourcing a rich showcase of exclusive merchandise from across the region for H Project, in partnership with a variety of powerhouse designers. For Spring/Summer 2015, H Project transformed into “Uncrate Africa” boutiques; bringing to life the region’s culture, craft and artisans through a spectacular capsule collection of fashion, accessories, home wares, cosmetics and textiles. Renowned designers, such as Dannijo, Stella Jean, LemLem, FEED Africa, Mark Holden, Indego Africa, Otago, Kiya Kenya, and many others, have collaborated on exclusive designs for H Project’s “Uncrate Africa” boutique- each giving back to the region in its own incredible way.

“A large percentage of the global population relies on traditional craftsmanship as work. By investing in these products, you’re helping support the artisans who made them,” Alexandra said.

In addition to “Uncrate Africa,” H Project supports two amazing lifesaving elephant initiatives: Save The Elephants and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.


With the escalation of habitat loss, human-elephant conflict, poaching, ivory trade, and mistreatment in captivity, Save The Elephants is the world-leading elephant research and conversation organization devoted to securing a future for elephants, and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a Kenyan-based initiative that saves elephants everyday through field projects that protect animal welfare.


From now until August 31, 2015, H Project’s “Uncrate Africa” pop-up will be available at Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary and Vancouver where 10% of total proceeds will be donated to Save The Elephants.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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The Rogers Cup Experience


This Saturday we were invited to experience the Rogers Cup and watch some WTA US Open Series action by Peroni. Not only were we there to spend the afternoon watching an amazing match, we were able to get out on the courts as well.


As thousands of tennis fans made their way to the Aviva Centre on the west end of York University, a group of us were already out on the courts in our tennis whites for a morning clinic. Coach Mike and his team of trainers put us and our new Wilson Burn racquets to work and spent time working on improving each of our games. Groundstrokes, serves, volleys and the game itself were taught and rediscovered as we confused onlookers with some very amateur tennis on the Aviva Centre side courts. As the clinic came to a close most of us would have likely been content continuing to work ourselves into a sweat, but Peroni had a better proposition.



We freshened up and made our way up to the Peroni Suite, where a delicious spread of panini sandwiches, salads, charcuterie and more was served for lunch. Excited conversation about the clinic buzzed around the suite as the players warmed up on Centre Court and we filled our plates. Washing the warmth and food down with cold Peroni, we eventually made our way to our seats to watch some mesmerizing points between Simona Halep and Sara Errani. The strong Romanian presence in the stadium certainly helped Simona en route to the 6-4, 6-4 victory.

As someone who has been at the Rogers Cup almost every year since it was sponsored by du Maurier, and even Players, I didn’t think it was possible to experience something new here. The day with Peroni showed otherwise as they treated us to an unforgettable country club experience.

A huge thank you to the team at Peroni, and the team of coaches on the courts with us for a truly amazing day at the Rogers Cup. And congratulations to Belinda Bencic, who went on to win the tournament on Sunday.

Photos by @erinsimkinphoto

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Toronto Pianist/Producer The Theorist replays Drake’s latest drop “Hotline Bling”, the only way he knows how – on the keys. The Theorist has been gaining popularity since the first time we blogged about him back in July of 2012 with his release “Music Of The Night”. Since then he’s released numerous covers, performed live at Hennessy Artistry and most recently played keys for PARTYNEXTDOOR at OVO Fest. We can’t wait to hear what’s next on his soon to be released EP.

Previously: The Theorist – “Runaway”

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WILDE – “Colours”


Toronto-based band WILDE just premiered their second official single “Colours” yesterday on Complex. Lead vocalist Giselle Mapp doesn’t disappoint, along side the production of Brandon Merenick and Olutobi ‘Nyrea’ Akinwumi.

WILDE fans can look forward to the official ‘Flashlight’ EP coming very soon.

For more music check out WILDE on soundcloud.

Previously: Hennessy Artistry Presents ‘The Art of Blending’ With SOULECTION & WILDE

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Roots Canada has just launched their latest #sweatstyle campaign, collaborating with a very talented group of Canadian musicians including JUNO Award winning and Grammy nominated artists such as: k-os, Brett Kissel, Sophie Pelletier, Dave Monks, Francesco Yates, Hannah Georgas and Kira Isabella.


In celebration of Roots 42nd Anniversary, on Thursday, August 13th they’re offering 42% off all sweats at Roots stores and roots.com. This couldn’t come at a better time – Back To School and End of Summer is the perfect time to join #TeamCozy with some new sweats.





For more info about the Roots #sweatstyle campaign CLICK HERE.

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The Dundas West Portrait Project


The Dundas West Portrait Project by photographer Miguel Arenillas is a collection of contemporary portraits of the faces that make up Dundas Street West. This is the first solo show by Arenillas, and will be on display for public viewing at Hermann & Audrey (1506 Dundas St. W) from August 21st – 22nd, with a private opening reception on August 20th.

Dundas Street West (or #DuWest as it has been affectionately dubbed) is on its way to becoming recognized as one of the most multicultural and fastest growing neighbourhoods in Toronto. The Dundas West Portrait Project was created by Miguel Arenillas in conjunction with the Dundas West BIA and Hermann & Audrey to showcase local businesses and owners who are helping to grow this burgeoning area. The exhibit features more than 20 business owners to celebrate their stories of success and dreams, while shining a spotlight on each owner’s independent business with the recognition they deserve.


To see more work from Miguel, visit: miguelarenillas.com

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