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As Canada Basketball continues to assert itself as a force in the NBA and International basketball scene, Nike looks to foster the spirit of competition within the city by creating The Crown League. With rich traditions like the Drew League out in LA and the Rucker and EBC in New York, it was only right Nike began one in Toronto.

Every Friday from July 3rd to the 24th, six teams of potential suitors for the Kings of Toronto Basketball descend upon Jarvis Collegiate to #ClaimRoyalty in an all out elimination tournament. ACE, M.A.D.E., CIA BOUNCE, 6MAN, NORTHERN KINGS and our very own 1LOVETO are the teams vying for the Crown.


Last week 1LOVETO’s very own Brady Heslip took home “Player of the Week” honours after dropping 44 poins and shooting 68% from the field in a big 101-88 victory over an Anthony Bennet-led CIA Bounce. This week is the final week to earn bragging rights and rankings going into the semi-finals.







While the teams participating were invited, everyone has the opportunity to experience the competition by registering with Nike.

Join us Friday nights at Jarvis Collegiate – doors open at 5:45pm at door #6 (on Wellesley St). Tip off starts at 6:30 PM. Registration opens Sundays at 12AM. After you claim your seat, don’t forget to claim/download your NIKE+ EVENT PASS for line bypass and reserved seating.

Toronto has always had kings. Now they have a kingdom.

Posted by Graham Stewart

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This past weekend we were fortunate to not only get out to Taste of Toronto at Fort York, but to participate in a “Keepers of the Craft” Workshop led by Chef Grant Van Gameren alongside Pilsner Urquell. Taste of Toronto guests were also given a rare chance to sample some unfiltered Pilsner Urquell, a beer-tasting experience normally only available in Plzeň.

As food lovers from across the GTA ascended on the sun-soaked Garrison Common, an intimate group gathered to watch Chef Grant Van Gameren of Bar Isabel and Bar Raval lead a demonstration in the proper preparation of oysters, clams and a variety of crustacean. We sipped our cold pints of Pilsner Urquell under the shade of a miniature white tent and watched intently, knowing we were about to be doing the same ourselves.


Chef Grant then gave us our challenge, which was to build the best seafood tower with the items available to us. We split into two teams and each got right to business at their respective stations. Before we knew it our table was overflowing with crabs legs, shrimp, oysters and more pints than were necessary for a productive assembly. As we shucked, peeled and debated important things like presenting the crabmeat in oyster or clam shells, or whether or not to hang shrimp off the side of the top, the hardest part became keeping everything on the platter and out of our mouths. Preparation and presentation eventually gave way to eating and drinking, and before we knew it Chef Grant was giving us our one-minute warning.




Though “the bad guys” were judged to have built a better seafood tower, we thought nothing of it as we looked back at an unforgettable afternoon with our team and washed down shrimp, oyster, raw tuna, lobster, crab and more seafood than we had had in weeks with a few pints of cold, delicious Pilsner Urquell.


Having built an international following on the same recipe and traditions that they began with in 1842, Pilsner Urquell are true #KeepersOfTheCraft. Many thanks to Pilsner Urquell, Chef Grant Van Gameren and Taste of Toronto for an incredible experience.

Posted by Graham Stewart

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Andy Warhol Revisited


Toronto’s Revolver Gallery, founded by Canadian entrepreneur Ron Rivlin, hosted the Andy Warhol Revisited grand opening this past Tuesday, June 30th, an exhibition running until December 31st of this year. The exhibition includes over 120 works, featuring Warhol’s famous Campbell’s Soup Cans print, a tryptic of Marilyn Monroe portraits, plus the Dollar Sign canvas. Don’t miss out on your chance to see these works of art!





Photos by George Pimentel

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Nike Women Toronto celebrated a weekend of Women in sport from June 11-14th. Approximately 13,000 athletes participated, supported, encouraged, and came together to run and train their way to a personal best. As part of the Nike Women’s Race Series, 10,000 women gathered at the start line on Toronto Island on Sunday, June 14, to fuel their passion for running.


After a solid 10 weeks of training, some 10,000 runners pushed themselves to go farther and faster while running the Nike Women’s 15K on the Toronto Islands; through neighbourhoods, parklands and along the runways of Billy Bishop airport, all set against the backdrop of downtown Toronto. The adrenaline was at an all-time high. Hearing and feeling the planes take off and land as you ran across its runway was exhilarating to say the least! Spectators and supporters cheering you on as you crossed each kilometre made you push even harder and faster. Performances from bands and choirs were a refreshing surprise after running a few kilometres surrounded by just nature. And the scenic view of sailboats floating atop an oasis of serenity waters while running on the bride before the finish line put runners at a place of Zen. Everyone finished peaceful and strong.


It was my first official race and my nerves the night before were going bonkers – I barely slept! I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew I was anxious and ready to run!

Firstly, I was put in Wave 4 which clocks in at a pace between 5:30 to 6:00 per kilometre when I really wanted to be in Wave 3 (5:00 to 5:30 pace) with the rest of my running crew. They had made an announcement that runners weren’t allowed to go up a wave, only down. Nonetheless, I didn’t stress it at all. I thoroughly enjoyed running on my own and getting in my own zone. Secondly, it was a cold and very wet start to the race but that was least of my worries. I was actually hoping for rain or cooler temperatures rather than hot, humid, and muggy. I guess it worked in my favour. Thirdly, I can’t say I’m proud of my time because I knew I could have finished a solid 10 minutes before my clock time. I was stuck in a sea of runners for a chunk of the race path and found it difficult to maneuver and get in my groove but I guess that comes with it! Next time I know, use them elbows (kidding but not kidding)! Nonetheless, I’m very proud to have successfully completed my first race ever! I felt good by the end of it; I wasn’t overly tired and I was in complete control of my breathing the entire time. It was definitely a proud and memorable moment for myself. Now I’m addicted to running and motivated more than ever to try new challenging marathons!


Marlen Esparza is a professional female boxer and olympian who finished 14th alongside Joan Benoit Samuelson, an American Olympian Marathon Runner in a time of 1:01:44. Paula Findlay, Canadian triathlete finished first in a time of 53:40. It was inspiring to have personally met and shared my first 15K race with such motivating and supportive athletes, let alone 10,000 other amazing women! It was such an honour. I was emotional by the end of my race, I shed a few tears because I was overwhelmed by the entire race weekend. It was such a blessing and an all-time adrenaline high to have experienced it all. I physically and mentally challenged myself and I am #BETTERFORIT.

Currently, I’m in preparation to train for my first half-marathon race in October for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon!


Posted by Christina Cheng

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PIQUE 2.0 Toronto


Last year we told you about PIQUE, a project by Imad El-Sheikh, profiling 100 Torontonians. This year we’re excited to know he and his team have put together a second instalment — PIQUE 2.0.

One of the best parts of the project is not only highlighting some of Toronto’s unsung creatives, but also providing exposure and encouragement to these emerging and even established artists in a genuine, yet strategic way. “We consider their artistic merit, age and geographical location (to make sure each area of the city is well-represented) …ultimately it comes down to whether selecting the artist or creative in question will serve our goals” says Imad.


Along with help from popular Toronto photography blog, Streets of Toronto, they’ve also curated a few photographers as part of the newly featured 100 participants. With the focus still exploring the sphere of social media and the context of immediate info, this year’s edition also features interview sessions and a six-part music video. “The new interview series is called GREY NOISE. We selected 10 creatives and asked them a series of questions. The catch was they needed to answer in the form of a teaser…short and sweet and fit within social media time frames.” The music video, features “six talented Toronto dancers of difference disciplines, each with their own teaser…”


The progression of the PIQUE series serves as indisputable proof of the immeasurable amount of untapped creative resources the city holds. Follow @piquetoronto for all the upcoming event details and info and we’ll see you there!


Posted by Samira

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A couple of weeks ago we highlighted the Street Dreams Photo Walk #SDWalks held here in Toronto with The Creator Class, Explore Canada and Highsnobiety. Well, here’s a closer look at the creative team behind Street Dreams Magazine in this 3-part video partnership entitled #TCCSTories, housed on: youtube.com/thecreatorclass.

Watch as they connect with some of Toronto’s emerging and established artists & phtographers like Jayscale, @Jacbeale, Jazz Cartier, and more.


Previously: The Creator Class – A Movement In The Making

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La Carte Life


La Carte is the product of five Toronto-based editors and writers sitting around a table talking about the travel magazine that they really wanted to read, one that simply didn’t exist. Less interested in the rinse-and-repeat all inclusive scene, and well past our backpacking days, we sought out to make a magazine that was equal parts adventure, luxury and true travel (as opposed to vacationing) — and one that focused on stories and narratives rather than lists and slideshows. So far, we’ve navigated the public transit system in Ghana, surfed sharky waters in California and drank in a haunted bar.


La Carte launched in February 2015 and its first quarterly issue is well underway for fall 2015!

Edited for a savvy and affluent traveller, La Carte’s reader understands the difference between vacationing and travelling. Graduated from backpacking and fungible all-inclusives, our readership has the experience and the financial means to explore the world on their terms. And like a well-traveled friend, La Carte appreciates that the modern travel experience is as much about a judicious airport security grope as it is a perfect sunset cocktail on safari.


For more info visit: lacartemag.com

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Taste Of Toronto 2015


Taste of Toronto is back again this year, taking place on the historic grounds of Fort York with cooking classes, demonstrations, tastings, live entertainment and more! In its second year, the only North American outpost of the international Taste Festivals is once again offering visitors unique experiences to interact with the country’s top culinary talent, including Iron Chef and Michelin-starred Masaharu Morimoto; California cuisine innovator Jonathan Waxman of Montecito; Egg Farmers of Canada Chef Ambassador, and celebrity chef and owner of Ruby Watchco, Lynn Crawford; and MasterChef Canada stars Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung and Eric Chong.

General tickets start from $19, granting access to one of six lunch or dinner sessions from Thursday, July 2nd – Sunday, July 5th. Each session offers the opportunity for festival-goers to sample dishes from over 16 restaurants and participate in fresh and exciting programming.



Metro Master Class
The Metro Master Class offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn pro skills and pick up personal tips from their favourite chefs in hands-on cooking sessions. Each Taste of Toronto session includes three to four unique, 30-minute cooking classes.

The Tasting Room
Join top winemakers and Franco Stalteri of Charlie’s Burgers as they lead tastings of New World Varietals and Wines of Garnacha, share tips on food and beverage pairings, cellaring how-to and much more. Following last year’s success, Richmond Station is back with fan favourites like fresh oysters and Northern Divine caviar to pair perfectly with the summer’s best wines. Sessions in The Tasting Room are 5 crowns (festival currency, 1 crown = 1 dollar) each and spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Cadillac Taste Theatre
See some of the world’s best chefs in the Cadillac Taste Theatre as they share secrets to creating their most well-known dishes. To kick things off on opening night, culinary master Masaharu Morimoto capture the audience as he breaks down a full tuna, live on stage. On Friday afternoon, sustainable seafood advocate Rick Moonen teaches spectators how to compose grilled True North salmon with refreshing cucumber gazpacho and marinated heirloom tomatoes. Throughout the weekend, the city’s most revered chefs, like Alvin Leung of R&D and Bo Innovation, Michael Bonacini of Oliver & Bonacini, Cory Vitiello of The Harbord Room and THR & Co., Elia Herrera of Los Colibris and El Caballito, Rob Bragagnolo of Marben and Adrian Niman of Rasa, among many others, also take the stage to reveal tricks that are sure to inspire. The Cadillac Taste Theatre is free, but seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Taste x WayHome Stage
Taste of Toronto is partnering with the city’s hottest music festival of the summer, WayHome Music and Arts, to provide the perfect soundtrack for the weekend. The all-Canadian line-up includes indie darling Lowell, multi-talented singer-songwriter Melissa Payne, Juno-award winner Tomi Swick and Toronto art-pop adventurers For Esmé, all slated to appear at this year’s inaugural WayHome Music and Arts Festival happening just outside of Barrie July 24-26, 2015.

Taste of History
History buffs have the opportunity to peek into the past and explore the 1815 Officers’ Mess Establishment on the Fort York grounds. The Mess dining room exhibit showcases the table settings, furnishings, dining customs and mess lifestyle of British Officers stationed at Fort York during the year 1815. The oldest kitchen existing in Toronto, original from 1815, is located in the basement, along with a wine cellar and money vaults, while the kitchen on the main floor dates back to 1826. Expect to see a complete reenactment of kitchens from that time period, with cooks in historic costumes making original recipes that reflect Officers’ food of the early 19th century. Guests can enjoy free samples made from the recipes in cookbooks of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Vendor Marketplace
Visitors can sip, sample and shop from over 60 recognizable producers and premium brands, alongside up-and-coming names, of olive oils, jams, cheeses, beer, wine, kitchen tools and more, in the vendor marketplace at Taste of Toronto. This year’s vendors include local favourites like Blackbird Baking Co., Lee’s Ghee, Olive Oil Emporium, Mad Mexican and Ninutik Maple. Six vendors from the recently opened market space OK Friday Barn Fair, a collaboration between Burl’s Creek Event Grounds and the Karma Project, are also rotating throughout the weekend, adding yet another vibrant and local element to the festival.


Here’s a short-list of our Top 5 picks from the Taste of Toronto 2015 line-up:

Stuart Cameron, Byblos, Patria and Weslodge
Ted Corrado and Matt DeMille, The Drake Hotel, The Drake Devonshire and Drake One Fifty
Victor Barry, Splendido
Mark McEwan, McEwan Group
Rick Moonen, True North Salmon

For more info, please visit: tasteoftoronto.com

Previously: Taste of Toronto Experience (2014)

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Calling all visual artists, photographers, multi-media, new media, muralists, digital media and graffiti artists! MANIFESTO Festival is now accepting Submissions for the 2015 Festival!


Applications are accepted at mnfsto.com/apply — just go to the webpage, select the discipline you’d like to apply to, and fill in the type form. All applications, with the exception of volunteers, require a $25 fee to cover administrative costs. As well, please include a sample of your work, and a headshot.

Just for applying, you receive FREE entry to the 2015 Art Exhibition that you are applying to, and half-off the Summit. All successful artists will be notified in early July.

The Festival will be running in September 2015, so apply now!

Any inquiries or questions, please email: ashley@themanifesto.ca

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Once A Tree – “Take Me”


Originally from the West Coast, the now Toronto-based husband and wife duo – Once A Tree comprised of Jayli Wolf (singer) and Hayden John Wolf (producer & husband) just released their second record entitled “Take Me”, off their forthcoming EP, “Thousand Lives”, due out July 10th. Let us know what you think?

Watch their video for “Howling” below.

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Toronto’s newest creative workspace and members only lounge East Room have partnered with Collectif NUDE to bring you the “NXNE Block Party.”

On Saturday, June 20th, East Room and Collectif NUDE are offering Toronto’s cultured city a new and exciting afternoon filled with music and live art in celebration of NXNE. The event will showcase performances by Toronto-based artists and musicians including: Drew Howard, Birthday Boy, Prince Innocence, Clairmont The Second, Shagabond, and other surprise guest performances. In addition, a live art installation by LovebotTheRobot (Matt Del Degan) will also be in attendance.

The block party will commemorate the second stop in LovebotTheRobot’s “The 2015 Love Invasion” multicity endeavor; the unveiling of a brand new icon; and a live preview of Drew Howard and Birthday Boy’s latest collaboration entitled, “88 Berth”.

Tickets can be purchased online at: collectifnude.com

For the complete list of NXNE events, visit nxne.com or download the official NXNE 2015 app on iPhone or Android.

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