On November 12, the Canadian launch of the DISARONNO wears VERSACE event took place at The Spoke Club Gallery in the city’s King St. West district. The evening was in celebration between two iconic Italian brands. Disaronno — the world’s favourite Italian liqueur has revamped its look in collaboration with the world’s most reputable Italian fashion houses — Versace.
The design combines the classic and recognizable shape of the Disaronno bottle with the signature decadence of Versace prints; creating a one-of-a-kind collectors item for both Disaronno lovers and fashion aficionados alike. The DISARONNO wears VERSACE design takes its inspiration from the classic Versace Home Collection, draped in light blue and embellished with an opulent white and gold motif.
As the crowd mix and mingled and took a few selfies against the Versace mural, they had a chance to sip on the night’s signature drink, the ‘Disaronno Versace Sour’. Its collaborative unique flavours of Disaronno mixed with the sour notes of lime and bitter Vermouth and sparkling Prosecco, made for an enhancing bold blue colour of Curacao, garnished with a dramatic finish of real gold leaves — it’s a cocktail made in true Versace style.
The DISARONNO wears VERSACE project also supports the Fashion 4 Development initiative; a charity sponsored by the United Nations that creates opportunities for women working in the fashion industry in developing countries. ‘Tis the season of giving and this is just one more reason to add the exclusive bottle to your collection or give it as a gift during the holiday season.
The DISARONNO wears VERSACE limited edition bottles are currently available at LCBO locations and other liquor stores worldwide. Be sure and get yours while they last!
Posted by Christina Cheng
High Ends is Jeffrey Innes from Yukon Blonde. The name of the album is “Super Class”, and it features members of The New Pornographers, Ladyhawk and Gold & Youth. High Ends just released a new animated music video for the single ‘Intoxicated’ and the creator of the animated video, Tyler Witzel talks about his take on the video.
“At the time Jeff asked me to do the video, I had been working on a few designs for large outdoor, public sculptures. I thought animation would feel right for the video and aesthetically I wanted it to have a ’70s era National Film Board feel. From that came this idea of a drunken visit to an art gallery where everything kind of looks like the inside of a person’s body. I didn’t want anything overly literal associating to the themes of the song but if you’re wondering what all the pink goo is about, it’s “Cartoon Moonshine” or Pepto Bismol. Your choice.”
If you like this song, you might want to check out High Ends live in concert on November 18th at The Garrison.
For more info visit: facebook.com/highendsmusic
It seems like every year, the Design Exchange out-does it annual ‘Intersection’ soirée. The party is a celebration of creative collisions and this year, they took their game to new heights with Intersection 2014: RISE UP!
The organization brought us some incredible exhibitions this year including, “This is Not A Toy” and their latest, “Politics of Fashion / Fashion of Politics”, which also influenced the theme of this year’s party. Picketers were scattered across with signs saying, “Love Each Other”, “Freedom Forever” and the silent auction featured fashions by Vivienne Westwood and even the famous flag dress by Catharine Malandrino.
DX RISE UP honoured Frank Toskan, Co-Founder of M.A.C. cosmetics who co-founded the iconic cosmetic brand more than 30 years ago in Toronto. The brand is famous for not only its beautiful pigments and high quality coverage, but for its social initiatives including Viva Glam which benefits the M.A.C AIDS Fund.
Naturally, a party dedicated to design would of course, have to be outfitted with only the best esthetics. Toronto based company PEKOTA Design, decked the place out with their industrial yet elegant furnishings, all made in Canada. We got cosy in the PEKOTA city loungers and nibbled on delectable desserts by Marigolds and Onions.
The night ended with an epic vogue-off; Toronto VS. New York City! Voguing, popularized by Madonna, originated out of Harlem via the LBGT community in the 80s and is now recognized as one of the most iconic styles of dance to date.
For more info visit dx.org
Posted by Samira Zia Rehman
All around the world Hennessy Artistry brings together some of the most talented artists on stage for an eclectic mix of music; ranging from hip-hop to pop, rock to electronic music, which we call the #ArtofBlending.
We are also proud to announce an additional live performance by Toronto’s songstress, MERNA.
Join us Thursday November 20th at Uniun – 473 Adelaide St W Doors @ 10pm
Please RSVP to events@1LOVETO.com for you & your guests by 5pm on Tuesday November 18th.
*Must be of legal drinking age to attend.
Follow @1LOVETO #HennessyArtistryTO #ArtOfBlending
We’re excited to announce our official 1 LOVE T.O. Photographer SoTeeOh has just released a new collection entitled, “The 6 Right Now”. It’s 9 photos that represent his view of life in Toronto right now.
This is my new collection of prints called “The 6 Right Now”. My goal with these images was to strike a balance between the beauty I see in my city and the strange sense of isolation that can occur living down town in a major urban centre. When I shoot I look for moments of calm in the midst of the chaos; moments when I’m surrounded by 1000 people yet I feel like I’m the only one here. These 9 images represent my experience of life in Toronto right now.
All 9 prints are available exclusively through Nu Vango for the month of November.
If there’s one thing that everybody loves, it’s ‘games night’!
Earlier this fall @1LOVETO partnered with @iYellowWineClub & @RobertMondaviPS to host a good old fashioned ‘games night’, in the exclusive iYellow Wine Cave. We invited a few of our closest friends for a night of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music, and good company. The Jenga games were hilarious, while Connect 4, Chinese Checkers, Monopoly and Domino’s were fiercely competitive. Watch the video to see what went down!
Who’s ready for Games Night Round 2??!!
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Fresh Off The Boat is a newly open ‘seafood joint’ in the city’s vibrant and cultured Queen West area (404 Queen St W), which holds a heavy, yet clever tongue-in-cheek Asian reference and flair. Nonetheless, owner, Quinten Tran (who was also one of the founders of “Buster’s Sea Cove” food truck) found its derogatory term to fit appropriately by embracing its cheeky double entendre suitable for a seafood-centric spot.
Although the space serves as a mini dine-in and dive, it mainly focuses on takeaway, but offers minimal and intimate sized eating accommodations with a couple of tables pushed back against an aqua blue (mimicking the sea) leather banquette, and a bar-style option on the opposite side.
The space has all the characters of a trendy and modern sea shanty—fish printed wallpaper, ropes, lanterns, a wall of uniquely framed pictures, and other nautical trinkets—plus a few Asian elements, like a floor-to-ceiling shelving unit filled with Sriracha bottles.
The chalkboard menu (divided into picture frames) lists about a dozen seafood options and sides, with an influence on Asian-Canadian flair. For instance, their signature sandwich is the FOB ($11.95) which is also known as their version of an Asian poboy banh mi: battered catfish, Kim chi and burned aioli, served with broccoli house slaw and fresh cut fries with a bit of heat.
You can also go for the deep-fried battered Soft Shell Crab sandwich ($14.95) with remoulade, lettuce, tomato, fresh cut fries and house broccoli slaw. The featured specimen was intimidating at first as its legs and claws dangle over the edges of the sweet, dense brioche bun.
Catering to pescetarians and seafood lovers, this new joint has its advantage, as it’s exactly what the Queen West strip is lacking. Although they are squeezed between Kinton Ramen and Rose City Kitchen, and on the same block as Banh Mi Boys and Burger’s Priest, they stand as their own competition. It’s safe to say that Fresh Off The Boat adds a fresh new take to what has quickly become a densely delicious corner of Queen West.
Next time you have that seafood craving, check out FOB and tell ‘em that we sent ya!
Posted by Christina Cheng
We’re extremely excited to present an exclusive Hennessy Artistry “In-Studio Session” with Toronto’s Keys N Krates! If you’re unfamiliar with this trio, Adam Tune (drummer), David Matisse (synthesizer/keyboardist), and Jr. Flo (turntablist), successfully merge drums, keyboards, turntables and live sampling both on and off stage. Their unique sound lives seamlessly between genres, merging hip hop and electronic music, and creating remixed and original productions unlike any other band to date.
In anticipation for the upcoming Hennessy Artistry Tour, we got the chance to sit down with Keys N Krates at their Toronto studio to witness their unique approach to song creation and learn more about the ‘art of blending’.
“The Hennessy Artistry tour made sense to us from the get go,” says Adam Tune, drummer of Keys N Krates. “We reference everything from hip-hop to bass music in our beats, taking from whatever inspires us at the time. It’s cool how Hennessy is incorporating so many different types of acts into their live series.”
As part of the Hennessy Artistry Tour, Keys N Krates will blend and morph their set with legendary music producer Just Blaze. A force in the hip-hop scene, Just Blaze has worked with a myriad of notable artists including Jay-Z, Kanye West and most recently, Baauer, famous for his hit song “Harlem Shake.”
SAVE THE DATE: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20TH – HENNESSY ARTISTRY: Keys N Krates x Just Blaze
For more info follow @1LOVETO #ArtOfBlending
Toronto songstress Merna (formerly known as Ayah) just released her full length album “The Calling”. Before you give it a listen, take in a few words about the project from Merna below…
To my friends & supporters,
A couple years ago, I woke up, a single woman in her mid 20’s, after being in a very long, young, and reckless relationship with someone who was very much a reflection of myself: emotionally unavailable. I’m sure we loved the very best way that we knew how.
I moved around a lot as a child. It was a great experience, enriching for my soul and mind. Cultures, sounds, music, people…Beautiful.
However, it also left me with a kind of separation anxiety. It’s human nature to want to hold on to things: materials, people, ideas, what people think of us, how we view ourselves. We’re also so scared of dying, that we hold on to life, even if it’s a life we’d rather change. Society has us so desensitized and distracted. I’m not sure we know how to listen to ourselves, to really feel, connect, live in our moments, evolve with nature, hear our call, to love.
The Calling is about all of these things. I collaborated with amazing producers, Makai Black and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, who created the most luscious, rich musical masterpieces so that I could tell my story.
What I want to leave you with, is a question I asked myself when I heard the call: “if not me, then who?”
I hope you love this as much as I do.
For more info, visit: mernakilledayah.com
Previously: Merna – “A Little More” (Live Performance)