It was a full house at the Line Knitwear Fall/Winter 2013 runway show on Tuesday and with good reason. Line’s collections have always been aesthetically on point, but this season they took it to another level. Every look that came down the runway was interchangeable and appropriate. The collection featured a plethora of their signature knits with metallic accents in the accessories and in some of the garments. Leather and A-line skirts were thrown into the mix in just the right amounts making it completely cohesive without the slightest hint of monotony. For a Fall wardrobe, the clothes felt light and easy with plenty of movement, not to mention, silhouettes shown would complement so many different shapes which means that they are without a doubt hitting a core market.
Congrats John & Jenn!
Photos by George Pimentel
Posted by Jessica Franklin
Previously: John & Jenn Collection
Toronto’s Regent Park has never been considered a dining destination. Enter Paintbox Bistro, a colourful new restaurant with a social mandate, that seeks to empower the community through food. At the very least, it’s given Regent Park a cozy neighborhood joint, where the cooking is solid, and the service, sincere. A desire to revitalize the community through social mission and community initiatives takes this restaurant to another level.
Paintbox’s cultivating nature is not unlike the student-run Chef’s House at George Brown College, and the many similar programs across the city that provide training, support, and opportunities to the community. But the mandate is even more ambitious at Paintbox- train inexperienced locals, adopt and promote socially responsible values, and attract others to an otherwise stigmatized community – all while turning a profit. It’s these bold ideals that set Paintbox Bistro apart from other restaurants.
The restaurant itself is charming and lovely, and quaint details -like mini easels to hold up table numbers, and paintbrushes in the flower arrangements – lend themselves to the artistic theme. The dinner menu showcases a comfortable selection of ‘primers’ (appetizers), ‘grand strokes’ (entrées), and ‘finishing touches’ (desserts), all prepared by an in-house kitchen staff of locals and students in training- some never having even yielded a knife prior to this. Nevertheless, technically sound cooking, whimsical presentation and amiable, earnest servers make for a pleasant dining experience, such as has never really been seen before in Regent Park. It’s this kind of recipe for social change that breaks down barriers in a community and brings people together.
www.paintboxbistro.ca | 555 Dundas St. E, Toronto
Posted by Jenelle Antolin
Toronto indie band The Darcys just released a video from their live performance of “I Got The News” from their full interpretation of Steely Dan’s “AJA” at Lee’s Palace back in November of 2012. Enjoy!
Directed by Adrian Vieni
For more info: facebook.com/itsthedarcys
Previously: The Darcys – “Don’t Bleed Me” (Video)
Last week Chaos Theory hosted their Fall/Winter 2013 Brand Showcase. The event was held in a condo on King Street West with a view of the city as their backdrop. The models lined up in an open area sporting the collection, which was super wearable and particularly well made. The high end street wear brand is continuing to grow since their launch last year. They aim to “blur the line between street wear and contemporary fashion” and this season, they did just that. Can’t wait to see what’s next for Chaos Theory – hopefully women’s apparel!
For more info: wearchaostheory.com
Posted by Jessica Franklin
Once a month, 1 LOVE T.O. presents YOU (our readers) with the opportunity to celebrate good music with a special guest DJ/Artist. This Thursday, March 21st we’re hosting another edition of “Save Our Soul” with legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex! We’d like you to join us inside Maison located at 15 Mercer St in downtown Toronto.
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org (SUBJECT: FLEX)
Melanie Fiona sits down with Billboard to pay tribute to Whitney Houston as she sings “One Moment In Time”.
For more info: melaniefionaworld.com
When Sheyla Abdic made the solo trip to Toronto from Austria to pursue her studies at York University and start a new life, she never thought she’d also find herself smack dab in the middle of an emotionally and mentally troubling situation. No, not that 12 page, single spaced, fully annotated paper, but rather, the firsthand discovery of the stark divide between the haves and the have-nots.
Through media and gossip, Sheyla was starting to have a not-so-pretty picture painted of an area nearby known as, Jane and Finch, a troubled neighbourhood rattled with stigmas and stereotypes. She explains, “Being a naturally curious person, I walked into Driftwood Community Centre at Jane and Finch and began to volunteer my time in order to observe the dynamics of everyday life myself”. She began mentoring the ‘Girl’s Club’ and observed the sub-culture within the area drenched in fear and accustomed to fighting to survive, literally. “There have been many occasions in which one of my girls would start crying, just because of hunger pain. Behavioural problems were prevalent absolutely every single day. Children simply cannot concentrate in school or during play.” The lack of funding and constant struggle to meet the basic needs of the children at Driftwood, gnawed at her subconscious.
Meanwhile, to support herself, Sheyla was using her exceptional academic talents to tutor children from upper class families ready to dish out the dinero for their kids. By putting herself through school by tutoring and scholarships, she understood the enormous power that education has and how it can transform a person’s life. Although everyone has the potential to become a success, not everyone has the necessary means or opportunities.
“I began to ask myself, what if there was an after school program in place that could help Toronto’s high risk youth with their studies by using the same quality tutors that wealthy people would pay for, to volunteer their time, keeping them engaged in academics, while at the same time providing them with financial assistance for their hard work…” So Sheyla developed, The Ace Project which does exactly that and is under the umbrella of her company Ace One Tutors which launched officially after winning a 2011 nation-wide competition for female entrepreneurs called, “Start Something with Alesse”. While pursing her goals towards medicine, Sheyla keeps herself busy with tutoring and The Ace Project.
“I believe it all comes down to not only the choices that people make, but most importantly the opportunities that are presented to them.” Thanks to her initiative and innovative idea, more children will have a leg up on that ladder to the top with an ace up their sleeve.
For more info e-mail Ace One Tutors at: email@example.com
Posted by Samira Zia Rehman
Muttonhead presents “Good Sport, Eh”, their Spring/Summer 2013 Collection “strongly influenced by the 1970′s sporting culture and style.” This season the collection is made up of 10z denim, corduroy, coated linen, cotton twill, french terry and recycled hemp with classic sportswear cuts and modern shapes. Check out their look-book which is partially composed of a series of vintage style baseball cards.
For more info: muttonheadcollective.com
Posted by Jessica Franklin
Previously: Muttonhead – “Great Exploration” Collection
Toronto punkers Metz are still flying high on the success of their self-titled debut album. They recently dropped a new music video for “Wasted,” directed by Scott Cudmore. Metz appear in the video along with a bunch of other Toronto bands, including members of Holy Fuck, Fucked Up, Prince Innocence, The Soup Cans, and more.
For more info: metzztem.com
Posted by Simone Zucker