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Toronto-based Too Black Guys released their latest style instalment with ‘The Power Collection’, inspired by both the style and substance of the Black Panthers from the late 60s/early 70s. The collection (entirely made in Canada) includes a uniform aesthetic, featuring staples such as a cotton interlock long sleeve jersey and turtleneck, with more unique stand out pieces like the all black dashiki, hand made by a traditional Nigerian artisan with Japanese cotton oxford cloth. With the weather shifting from warm and sunny to chilly and grey, the snap front jacket made with 100% cotton along with the super heavy weight fleece are a perfect fit.

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“This is a collection that I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” comments Adrian, Founder and Creative Director. “I’ve designed a few uniforms in the past and I’ve always tried to make them feel as strong as the look of the Panthers.”

The Power Collection will be available online at tooblackguys.co

Previously: Before Supreme, Fubu, Legends League… there was TOO BLACK GUYS!

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Preloved Turns 20 (Capsule Collection)

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The days are getting shorter and hemlines are getting longer. Fall, easily one of the most beautiful seasons, also summons cozy clothing to compliment that cool brisk air. So naturally, we were thrilled to attend the unveiling of Preloved’s 20th anniversary capsule collection and AW15 holiday collection!

Preloved, founded by Julia Grieve who also acts as Creative Director, started up in 1995 creating fashion designed with love, pairing reclaimed vintage fabrics with classy accents, all proudly made in Canada. Combining forces with local retailers early on gave the brand the exposure it needed to make it’s mark on the industry. Soon, people like Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson were donning pieces from Preloved. Artfully mixing colours, playing with patterns and staying true to its roots is what the brand is all about.

The 20th anniversary collection features eight wardrobe basics which are named after original locations of Preloved boutiques like, the Ryerson T-Shirt and the Queen West Sweatshirt. This limited edition collection has that cool 90s vibe with an heir of sophistication and poise.

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“Conscious indulgence, thats what I call Preloved… and each piece is a one-of-a-kind” she says and after 20 years in the biz, she continues to spread her eco-friendly values as a counter to fast-fashion. “I am so proud of Preloved’s growth over the last two decades and thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with large brands and independent retailers across Canada while maintaing the brand’s core values.”

Preloved is now available in 400 independent boutiques worldwide but the anniversary collection is available exclusively online and at select retailers. You can check out the rest of these collections online at getpreloved.com

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Tale Of Two Cities (Toronto/Chicago)

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The Remix Project and The City of Toronto present “Tale of Two Cities” – a Toronto Showcase happening on October 1st, 2015 at Tattoo (567 Queen St. W). The showcase is an initiative of the sister cities agreement between Toronto and Chicago, supporting the exchange of culture and community programming. The Toronto show is headlined by Juno Award Winning Naturally Born Strangers and Wilde, along with Chicago’s own Bread Doe and Frankie08 with music provided by The Remix Project’s very own Hustlgrl.

For more event info CLICK HERE.

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Manifesto & 1LOVETO have partnered to present the first official “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “Common Ground” Art Show. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters. We got the chance to ask our very own Instagram contributor @mr.jobeezy six questions as part of our interview series. See below…

What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?
I’m from the east side of Toronto, Scarborough.

What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
My favourite aspect of where I’m from is the cultural diversity. I love how the community is able to come together and support each other’s endeavours.

How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
There are a lot of many talented and artistic people from Scarborough. So much that it has translated to something a lot of these artist do for a living. They have utilized their art to represent how they live and tell their story.

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What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
I try to keep my photography relatable at most. At times I like to take it a step further and get creative with my shots in order to tell a story or bring out an emotion.

What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
An image that strikes me the most is of a suspension bridge with the fog. I planned to shoot at that location on a rainy day. The best part about it was my family came along on that exploration to experience how I explore. So that shot is particularly special to me.

Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
It’s important to be involved in a festival like Manifesto. It is a humbling experience because it gives me an opportunity to show the love I have for the city through imagery.

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For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.

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Manifesto & 1LOVETO have partnered to present the first official “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “Common Ground” Art Show. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters. We got the chance to ask our very own Instagram contributor @ellenaturel six questions as part of our interview series. See below…

What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?
I am from the eastern side of the GTA, I live in the city of Pickering

What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
As much as I love being in the core of downtown, I love the space where I am from. It gives me a euphoria of green surrounded by earths beauty. It definitely contributes to my creative process and meditation.

How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
Every area has its own identity, when I visit different areas in my city I can see young talent being expressed everywhere. It’s liberating to see because it is constantly changing and in some areas it will look one way and you come back again and it’s totally different. I love to see how creativity evolves through time

What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
As an artist I believe that I was created for a purpose. To share, to create, to inspire to change and share my vision with the world. True artists work comes from the heart, it’s true and real and with that I believe it can touch the lives of almost everyone and show them a piece of my soul only I can reveal

What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
That’s a hard choice haha, I would have to say one of the most striking images I have been able to witness and shoot was the summer of 2014. Right by my house is a huge field/ secret passage way I visit often to meditate and explore my creative freedom, after a huge thunderstorm what was produced afterwards was absolutely breathtaking. From the change of colours in the sky to the fog covering the land. It felt as if I was in a vivid dream. I’m forever grateful that I am able to witness the beauty this earth can reveal before our eyes.

Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
It is an honour for me to take part in this exhibit because of how Toronto has influenced me and how it has helped me find myself and my style as an artist. There is so much to explore in the city and my imagination comes to life I begin and still continue to view the city as magic realism.

For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.

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Manifesto & 1LOVETO have partnered to present the first official “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “Common Ground” Art Show. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters. We got the chance to ask our very own @soteeoh six questions as part of our interview series. See below…

What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?
I live in Kensington Market.

What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
I think of Kensington as the unofficial heart of Toronto. It’s right in the middle of the city and to me it really represents what Toronto is about. In only a few small blocks you have people from every part of the world. People of different cultures and identities, really people from all walks of life, getting a long and making it work in this small community. It’s so interesting to me. Just walking down the street is so entertaining, you never know what your going to see. There’s also a really creative vibe in the neighbourhood. These are the things that make Toronto special in my opinion and its all represented in Kensington.

How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
As I mentioned, Kensington has a super creative vibe. I know a lot of artists that live in the area and I think a lot of people, myself included, draw a lot of creative inspiration from the neighbourhood. I think the art is one of the reasons that Kensington has been preserved. There are a lot of changes taking place right now but hopefully that creative vibe gets saved.

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What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
I think the main thing that makes me different is how I think about photography. I’m constantly asking myself how I can bring the images I create back into a physical form. Whether its through prints or on textiles or wheat-pasting I like to see my work in tangible forms. That pushes me to be more experimental and playful with the images I create because I’m constantly thinking about how an image will work in all these different scenarios.

What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
I have this one image of the reflection of a boy walking past a puddle in Regent Park. That’s always been one of my favourites. The other one is the image of the CN Tower and the cross-walk sign counting down to 6. I think that one just captured the mood of the city right now. The 6 is becoming an icon for the new wave in Toronto.

Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
Manifesto is such a huge part of the arts scene here in the city. It’s played a huge part in the development of so many artists in Toronto. I think teaming it up with 1LoveTO is the perfect move because 1Love is also about community building. It really represents that city pride and that positive energy. So getting to represent those two organizations is just a huge honour and to get to do this exhibition with so many other talented artists is really special to me.

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For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.

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Manifesto & 1LOVETO have partnered to present the first official “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “Common Ground” Art Show. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters. We got the chance to ask @tahaphoto six questions as part of our interview series. See below…

Interview: Taha

What part of Toronto (GTA) are you from/Where do you live in Toronto (GTA)?
I grew up in a few different areas in the east end of Toronto. I’d consider East York my true stomping grounds (specifically St. Clair and O’Connor area). However, my family and I also lived south of Pape and Danforth for almost 10 years, we moved down there when I was about 10 years old. Now I live closer to the core in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.

What is your favourite thing about where you live or the part of the city you are from?
I appreciate the history and 19th century architecture of my neighbourhood. There are also great spots nearby like the St. Lawrence Market, Lake Ontario and The Distillery District. You’re also close to the Don River, Cherry Beach and surrounded by some of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods. When you include the easy access to street cars, the bike path and subway stations, travelling from one end of the city to the other is fun and inspiring.

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How have you seen art and creativity directly impact the area of the city you live in?
There’s a beautiful basketball court just down the street from me at David Crombie Park. There is a huge mural there that was painted by a group of local youth. The art is a symbol of teamwork, peace and diversity. I often walk by it and feel the energy and positive vibes. You see kids along with their families, laughing and staying active in a safe environment.

What do you think that you as a photographer brings to the table that is different than other artists and is your identifying trait?
I appreciate and love learning about Toronto’s history. When I go out to shoot, I always try to do a little research on the location to understand what had been there in the early days. So naturally, I’m always trying to find the soul− the energy and the essence of what was and now is.

I’m inspired by Toronto photographers that captured the soul of the streets decades before me like Michel Lambeth and Ivaan Kotulsky and of course, Arthur Goss who was literally everywhere! He documented the city like no other. He took thousands of photographs and he was very objective. I always look to the past to inspire where I want to go and I guess that might be what makes my style unique.

What particular image that you have photographed has been the most striking to you and why?
There are a few images that come to mind, but I would say the photo of the TTC train arriving at Victoria Park Station. It always gets me thinking. I took that through a fence on my iPhone4, on a really cold winter day. It brings me right back to my childhood. I started taking the subway when I was 8 years old and I can vividly remember taking that exact train up and down from East York.

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Why is it important for you to take part in the 6ix by 6 exhibit at Manifesto festival?
Well, each and every person sees this city differently based on his or her experience in that moment in time. I love that this exhibit helps showcase the different perspectives of Toronto. That’s what we need so we can keep our community and creative dialogue going. Also, it’s an exciting time for Toronto with a bunch of spotlights on us. Decades from now when people look back, I’d want them to think we were alright! This exhibit and the whole Manifesto festival is contributing to our history and I’m honoured to be a part of it.

For more info about the “6IX x 6″ Photography Exhibit, CLICK HERE.

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Introducing Anthony G. (XvXy Photo)

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You might remember Anthony Gebrehiwot of XvXy Photo from last year when we told you about the ArtReach Youth Pitch Contest. Since then, this talented photographer has accomplished even more. We’re always intrigued by emerging artists making moves so we wanted to talk to him and see where his journey has taken him and where he’s headed.

“The first three years were me just learning the basics. I had a simple studio set up in my best friend’s, girlfriend’s apartment and collectively we started a charity called “Shooting For Change.” We took all the profits made from our shoots and bought food/clothes to feed the less fortunate. When that didn’t work out, I didn’t pick up a camera for over a year because I couldn’t handle the idea of failure.

But when things are meant to fall in place, they do. “After that period of time, I got involved with RISE and that inspired me to pick up the camera again and to give it another shot.”

Now after shooting for six years, he’s had his work displayed in Toronto’s City Hall, been published in The Globe & Mail and produced a solo exhibit. That photo exhibit focussed on healing it’s participants through art and expression, discussing the roller coaster of mental health issues such as depression.

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“Creating is the only form of expression that gives me peace of mind at the end of the day. This world that we live in makes very little sense to me. If I didn’t have these outlets, I don’t think I would have the will to continue living. I have a strong need to express myself and the things that we’re so reluctant to speak on.”

The power of art to not only inspire but to heal people is the reason why people are addicted to creative culture – music, dance, blogging, etc. To be that beacon, to be that vessel, is something people aspire to attain and it looks like Anthony, is well on his way. We’re looking forward to what he develops next.

To see more of Anthony’s work, visit: xvxyphoto.com

Photos by Patrick Leung

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Manifesto and Complex Canada have partnered to present this year’s art exhibition entitled ‘Common Ground’. The exhibit is on Sunday, September 20th at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St W.) and features a special @1LOVETO co-curated photography exhibit, highlighting 6 of Toronto’s top Instagram shooters, including: @bora.vs.bora, @soteeoh, @mr.jobeezy, @jayscale, @tahaphoto, @ellenaturel.

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The art exhibit features works from international artist/designer Taj Francis as well as local artist such as Aleks Bartosik, Andrew Palmer, Hans Poppe, Mark ‘Kurupt’ Stoddart, Tabban Soleimani, Eugene Paunil, Adrian Hayles and many more.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE!

For more info CLICK HERE

Curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes for MNFSTO.

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Last week we celebrated the unveiling of the new line of jeans by Silver Jeans Co. and Toronto Blue Jay, José Bautista called, “Joey Series”. The event was attend by a select bunch of attendees, media and of course, Joey Bats himself!

“Developing this line with Silver Jeans was a fun and unique experience, Bautista says. “Stepping outside of my normal routine and getting to see some of my personal creativity come to life like this was fantastic.”

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The Joey Series collection, which arrives this Fall at Jean Machine, features a classic, straight fit and has that well-worn, relaxed feel. You’ll notice the stitching you see on baseballs, embroidered on small areas of the jeans like the back pocket and watch pocket. The inside of the jeans are just as artfully constructed with a signature waistband and graphics on the pocket bag. The initial production of Joey Series will be a limited edition, only 1000, so each pair of jeans comes with a cool collectible, numbered hangtag inspired by a vintage ticket stub.

As he was pursuing his baseball dreams, his family always hammered in the importance of having a solid education so he started The Bautista Family Education Fund. Proceeds from the sales will be donated to his charity which aims to raise awareness about the power of education and helps provide access to higher education to young athletes.

For more info CLICK HERE

Photos by Patrick

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