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When Did Toronto Get So Cool?

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Recently, BBC Travel released an article entitled, “When Did Toronto Get So Cool?”. We’ve always been “cool”, it’s just that nobody ever paid us any attention. With the spotlight continually shining on Toronto, from our musicians like Drake, The Weeknd, City & Colour, etc, or maybe our sports teams such as The Leafs or The Raptors (having the best fans in the world), or the simple fact that Toronto is truly one of the most diverse destinations on the planet… it’s all helped in raising the awareness of how “cool” Toronto really is.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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Toronto’s First Condom

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Toronto’s first city-branded condoms are coming soon to a location near you.

Following the success of campaigns in New York City and Los Angeles, Toronto Public Health is launching #condomTO – a free limited-edition condom. Why are cities branding their own condoms? It’s simple. When condoms are more easily accessible and available, condom use tends to increase.

Stay tuned for the big reveal of the condomTO wrapper design on June 4th. After this reveal, condomTO will be available in bars, clubs, hotels, gyms and clinics across the city.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this one?!

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Vitaly – Spring/Summer 2014

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Vitaly is a Toronto-based unisex accessories brand that focuses on complex materials such as wood, ceramic, tungsten, stainless steel and rose gold to bridge the gap between high-end, and costume jewelry. Co-Founder, Shane Foran along side friend and Co-Founder Jason Readman just released their Spring/Summer collection and are proud to announce that their new luxury brand “Clocks & Colours” will be available for purchase this Spring 2014.

Make sure you check out Vitaly’s Pop-Up event, running from May 7-12th at 1101 Queen St. West.

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To see more from Vitaly visit: vitalydesign.com

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We aren’t all photo buffs. With that said, we intake photography on a daily basis whether we consciously acknowledge it or not. Music and photography are synonymous. Think of all of your favourite albums, whether you downloaded it or purchased a hard copy, there was a visual that accompanied that album, and that visual set the tone for what you were about to hear.

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We got the opportunity to listen to Jonathan Mannion speak with Che Kothari at the opening of the “40 Years of Hip Hop Photography” exhibit, being showcased from May 2nd to May 30th at the Gladstone Hotel. Mannion is responsible not only for some of the most iconic album visuals ever, (see: Jay-Z “Reasonable Doubt”, DMX “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of my Blood” & Aaliyah “Aaliyah”), but more importantly proudly carries the torch as a true ambassador and grass roots developer of hip-hop and it’s culture. Mannion’s overwhelming positivity and passion was the perfect energy to open a show that pays equal homage to both the past and present of hip hop. If you love hip-hop go see this exhibit. If you love photography go to this exhibit. If you love both, well, you already know. PS: The exhibit is completely FREE of charge, so no excuses!

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For more info: 40yearsofhiphop.com

Posted by Jesse Ingalls

Photos by Marshall Cole

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Taste Of Toronto

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Taste, the World’s Greatest Restaurant Festival is touching down in Toronto this summer from Thursday July 24th to Sunday July 27th. Toronto is the first North American city to host a Taste Festival validating the notion that TO is in fact, a Foodie’s paradise. If you want it, you can find it here, and the rest of the world is beginning to take notice.

The Taste of Toronto festival will feature food from establishments such as Richmond Station, JaBistro, El Caballito and Rose and Sons, just to name a few.

We were fortunate enough to attend the preview to see what the festival will offer this summer. Our taste buds were engaged by the spicy shrimp salad from KHAO SAN ROAD and we were especially satisfied by Ninutik and their Canadian inspired cheese and maple syrup pairing, appropriately titled “SASSeh!”.

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For more info: tasteoftoronto.com

Posted by Jesse Ingalls

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NXNE 2014 (Teaser)

Now in its 20th year, North by Northeast Festivals and Conference (NXNE) has become the Canadian festival destination for emerging artists and major-label headliners; for music filmmakers; hilarious comedians; visual, sound, and other artists; and for digital interactive innovators bridging the gap between technology and the arts.

NXNE recently released this promotional video highlighting Toronto landmarks along with their take on logo flips, highlighting some of the talent expected at this years Festival.

Wristbands on sale now at nxne.com/tickets

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40 Years of Hip Hop Photography

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This Friday, Che Kothari & The Gladstone Hotel present “40 Years of Hip Hop Photography” as part of this year’s CONTACT Photography Festival. This feature exhibit will highlight Hip Hop’s humble beginnings from New York City’s South Bronx all the way up until present day. The show aims to celebrate a collection of iconic portraits that serve as vital contributions to the immortalization of some of the Hip Hop’s biggest legends.

Featuring select works by: Ernie Paniccioli, Jamel Shabazz, Jonathan Mannion, Nabil Elderkin, Janette Beckman, Charlie Ahearn, Estevan Oriol, Che Kothari, Mike Schreiber, Matt Barnes, Ricky Powell, Danny Clinch, and Steve Carty.

Opening night is this Friday, May 2nd from 7-11pm and runs until May 30th, 2014.

TIX AVAILABLE HERE

For more info: 40yearsofhiphop.com

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