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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.




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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3•W•Y (When We Were Young) releases their latest winter ’15 lookbook collection entitled, Jameson & Cigarettes, while drawing lifestyle inspirations from their own home city of Toronto. Photographer Barbora Simkova, incorporates the city’s skyline with rustic elements of brick and mortar, which characteristically contrasts well with 3•W•Y’s clean aesthetic.

“Toronto is our home and our goal is to always showcase the city and its aesthetics as true to self.”

Paying homage to the eclectic Toronto Fashion District, the lookbook highlights three of the most popular pieces in the collection: the Ruche Pants, the Vance Bomber Trench, and the Ranger Camo Bomber. Toronto’s rising artist, VITAL, showcases the collection’s use of simplicity, clean lines, and basic must-have winter pieces. Essentially catering to practicality and versatility, the lookbook centres its perfect go-to items that’ll easily take you from morning to evening.

Aside from dropping a fresh collection, 3•W•Y has been working on multiple projects and collaborations including: A sneaker collab. with Filling Pieces— which has been published in Hypebeast’s FW14 lookbook and various other style blogs. In addition, they have expanded their premium stockist accounts with Hypebeast’s online worldwide shop, Contraband in Canada’s Toronto and Vancouver locations, and many more.




Visit 3-w-y.com and shop their entire collection.

Posted by Christina Cheng

Previously: 3•W•Y – Spring 2014

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After a strong 2014, Toronto’s Nike Women crew earned over 35,000 minutes on the N+TC app – helping earn North America a total of 95 million minutes. With that being said, for 2015, the ladies of Nike Women are determined to push harder and go beyond last year’s benchmarks together with the updated N+TC 4.0 App.

On Thursday morning, Toronto’s N+TC/Nike Women crew reunited at The Academy of Lions and had a serious wake up call as they rang in their first 2015 workout with Nike Master Trainer, Eva Redpath, and crushed the latest TABATA Toned Workout, while exploring the new and improved app.


Aside from Toronto’s first-ever Toronto City Page on Nike.com, they have also recently refreshed the N+TC app to help Outdo You in 2015 and connect you with Toronto’s community of athletes like never before. It is now equipped with the all-new Nike Sport Feed, where you can engage with your friends and community, and share your completed workout. It also includes a profile feature, where you can track your NikeFuel tally and more! Lastly, it features photo sharing on social media making it easy to share your personal bests.

The N+TC app allows you to choose from over 100 workouts by Nike Master Trainers, get motivated by your friends and community, train better and get stronger together.


Whether you want to get lean, get toned, or build strength, there’s an N+TC workout for every woman. There are a number of drills to choose from to suit your desired workout to reach your goals: HIT (High Intensity), yoga, pilates, and running.

The latest N+TC app has features which encourages you to motivate and be motivated. For instance, you’re able to get trainer tips from pro athletes, share your session with your crew, snap a photo after your session and see what workouts your followers are mastering.

N+TC and Nike Women pushes you to reach new goals this year and get there together as a crew. The updated app allows you to mix up your drills with top athletes and connect with the NTC community, while challenging each other to earn Fuel and minutes that allow you to sync and share to your Nike+ profile.


Motivate. Share. Together.

Posted by Christina Cheng



Torontonian vintage heads are in for another treat as founders Josh Roter and Chantal Varela of, In Vintage We Trust (IVWT), expands their e-commerce market and opens its first ever retail headquarters store in the city’s ever growing Parkdale area. With their innate ability in retail, wholesale, design and fashion consultation, their passion lies in vintage clothing.

“eBay has been an excellent platform for us to grow our business internationally. However, the majority of our customers are not located in Canada. We knew that we wanted to bring IVWT to the local market and the best place to do that is right here, in the heart of Parkdale,” said co-owner Josh Roter.

Having earned its share of recognition and winning the eBay ‘Service-preneur of the Year’ award, IVWT guarantees to source some of the rarest vintage garments on the face of the earth by bringing the best of workwear, sportswear, military, and popular culture to the Toronto market. Both Josh and Chantal’s approach to vintage is unique as they aim to create a new way to view vintage menswear along with excellent customer service and product knowledge.

“We pride ourselves in being able to provide a back history to all of the items that sit inside our store.”


Inside the newly opened brick and mortar shop, you will find some of the vintage industry’s most elusive hand-picked garments that you simply can’t (and won’t) find anywhere else.

Despite another vintage shop coveted on the West Queen West strip, In Vintage We Trust believes itself to differ from the typical vintage clothing experience as they have grown from being an online shop (in 2010) to one of the top names for international vintage menswear and collectibles at fair market value.


Support the ever growing vintage wave and visit their newly opened retail location at 1580 Queen Street West, visit them online invintagewetrust.com, or follow IVWT on Instagram @invtgwetrust.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Greatness isn’t measured by how much you have, rather it’s gaged by how much you give.

Dear friends of @1LOVETO, Chef @AdrianForte (Food Network) has decided that for his 3rd annual community holiday dinner he wanted to team up with 1LOVETO to reach even more people in need. On Saturday December 27th, when everyone is out shopping for Boxing Day sales we will co-curate a dinner for members of our community who need it most. No matter the details of the story, if you or someone you know could benefit from this dinner, all are welcome.

We are excited to open the doors to our home Revival Bar (783 College St.), from 3-6pm on Saturday Dec 27th, with already confirmed attendance c/o Street Voices and Breakfast Club of Canada, this will reach people in need from every part of the city.

So now to you! We are inviting our readers to donate non-perishable food items at our Holiday Shuffle Party at Revival this Friday night Dec. 26th! A portion of the donated food will be used by Chef Adrian Forte for our 1LOVETO dinner and the rest will be donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank.


What: Holiday Shuffle Party

When: Friday, Dec 26th, 2014

Time: 10pm – 2am

Where: Revival Bar – 783 College St. West

For more info visit: facebook.com/shuffleparty or email: shuffleparty@gmail.com

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WILDE – “Hanging Tree (Are You?)”


Toronto-based band WILDE, made up of Giselle Mapp, Olutobi “Nyra” Akinwumi and Brandon Merenick just released their debut single “Hanging Tree (Are You?)”, a cover of Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) “The Hanging Tree”. The group is signed to Last Gang Records (Chromeo, Ryan Hemsworth, etc) and are finishing up their debut “Flashlight EP” ready to drop early 2015. Keep an ear out for this trio, they’re about to make a lot of noise!

For more info, visit their official website: wearewilde.ca

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Coming off a high from their Hype Machine number 1 remix of Odesza’s “It’s Only”, Free n Losh bring us a rework of a classic, Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft.” This time they’ve teamed up with UK multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Tyler Rix to bring you a unique tune that showcases each others true musicianship and creativity. Sit back, relax, and press play.

Previously: The Art Of Blending – Free N Losh

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Haute Pan Toronto Serves It Up


Let’s face it, who has the time and energy nowadays to prep and cook a meal once coming home from a long day? Many of us don’t. Opting for take-out or attending late business dinners have sadly become the norm. With that being said, there is a solution and culinary expert, chef Adrian Forte and holistic nutritionist, Jennifer Lau of Fit Squad are willing to show us the way. For instance, last month, a group of ladies (who, much like myself) were invited to an intimate three-course cooking class and meal-tasting event entitled, Haute Pan, which caters towards ladies who are influencers; movers and shakers in the city. The Fit Squad duo demonstrated how to prepare quick, healthy and delicious meals from appetizers, entrees and desserts, while gaining valuable nutritional advice.


Upon attendance, the ladies were treated to specialty cocktails, a goodie table with various gourmet popcorn flavours, a makeup bar courtesy of Da Lish Cosmetics, a tarot card reading session, Fit Squad gift bags filled with health and wellness goodies, and a customized pen and notepad for jotting cooking tips while chef Adrian Forte kindly prepared (step-by-step) the dishes in front of us so we could learn how to easily replicate the dishes from the comfort of our homes.
On the Designer Dish Demo Menu, the ladies were introduced to the Tiger Shrimp ceviche with red beet hummus for the appetizer, Jerk marinated chicken cutlet on rice noodles and eatable flowers for the entrée, and organic Chocolate & Chickpea Brownies for dessert. These three simple and healthy meal options make for an ideal holiday party.


Yield: 6
· 1 cup Tiger shrimp (raw, peeled, deveined)
· 2 fresh lemons (Juiced)
· 3 fish limes (Juiced)
· 1 bunch cilantro (Chopped)
· 1 Medium red onion (diced)
· 2 teaspoon kosher salt

· Remove the shells of the shrimp, and rinse
· With a meat cleaver or chef’s knife, chop each shrimp into quarter of and inch pieces
· In a large A nonreactive bowl or pan—stainless-steel, enamel-coated or glass
· Add diced onions, chopped shrimp and chopped cilantro
· Add ½ cup of citrus (juiced lime & lemons)
· Add 2 teaspoon kosher salt
· Mix well, refrigerate and marinate for no longer than 60 minutes


Yield: 1 liter
· 5 medium sized red beets (sliced)
· 3 tsp. salt
· 1 tsp. cracked pepper
· 1 tbsp. brown sugar
· 2.5 cups chickpeas
· ¼ cup coconut oil,
· 3 cloves garlic

· In the blender, 2.5 cups chickpeas, 5 medium red beets, 3 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon cracked pepper, 3 cloves garlic
· Add all the ingredients in vitamix or blender and pulse while pouring in ¼ coconut oil, add 1 tablespoon brown sugar
· Mixture is finished once it is lump free and smooth

Once complete, spread the hummus mixture on your choice of corn or rice based chip, or tostadas. Spread the hummus mixture on your preference of chip, add a spoonful of ceviche and top with micro greens to garnish and serve.


Yield: 30
· 1 ½ cup Almond flour
· ½ cup brown sugar
· 2 large eggs
· 5 cup Garbanzo beans (Chickpeas)
· 1/2 cup coconut oil
· 1 cup unsweetened melted chocolate
· 1 cup shredded almonds

· In a large bowl add 1 1 ½ cup almond flour, ½ cup brown sugar and whisk together
· In blender or vitamix blend 5 cups of garbanzo bean, ¼ of coconut oil and puree until smooth
· Add pureed garbanzo beans to flour and sugar blend, then add 2 large eggs and whisk aggressively mix
· Add 1 cup of melted (raw) unsweetened melted chocolate and mix aggressively until smooth and lump free
· In a parchment lined baking pan pour brownie batter in and bake for 15 minutes at 350Fo
· Remove brownies from the oven and drizzle ½ cup of melted unsweetened chocolate
· Add 180g of shredded almonds
· Cool before serving

For more information on Fit Squad’s personal training services, nutritional consultation; meal plans, food delivery, healthy catering and future Haute Pan events, please visit FitSquad.ca.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Toronto Christmas Market #AmexLife


Last Friday, we visited the world famous Shop.ca Toronto Christmas Market at the historic Distillery District. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out on a very unique indoor/outdoor shopping experience presented by American Express. It’s truly become a Toronto holiday tradition!

We started our adventure at the American Express Lounge. A place where everyone alike can escape the Canadian cold… Next to it, we played a round of ‘Spin To Win’ at the Amex Cabin, for our chance at some great prizes.



After warming up in the lounge, we made our way through the cobblestone walkways by following the sounds of the Candy Cane Carolers. We ended up at the sound stage and joined in with the performers by singing along with some classic holiday feel good songs. The Market’s lineup was stacked with great Canadian artist with American Express providing the entertainment on select evenings.


Believe it or not, we built up an appetite while singing our lungs out, so we decided to taste test some of the local vendors in the Market. Let’s just say, you need to try the giant pretzels, the chicken drumsticks and the French Canadian poutine. If you feel like grabbing a beer or Christmas cocktail we suggest you make use of El Catrin’s heated, yes we said heated outdoor patio. There’s nothing more Canadian than enjoying a cold one on a patio in the middle of winter!


For those of you under 19, don’t worry, you can still enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by the cozy fire pits throughout the Market or over to the American Express Lounge for a complimentary cup!



One of the coolest things about the Market is that you can shop both indoors and outdoors while supporting local vendors. If you’re looking for a one of a kind gift for that special someone, you’re sure to find it at the Shop.ca Toronto Christmas Market.

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