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In a city as big as Toronto we sometimes get stuck in our comfort zone and forget to explore what the rest of the city has to offer. A recent study commissioned by American Express, reveals more than half (53%) of Canadians feel stuck in their comfort zone, and almost everyone (98% of respondents) believe exploring our home towns or cities helps us live a more enriched life.

Toronto is filled with so much potential, not only the people, but the places. At 1 LOVE T.O. we constantly get the chance to explore and be #InspiredBy the different places throughout our city.

We’ve selected 5 of our ‘potentials places’ that highlight areas in the city where we get inspired through healthy living, fashion and style, music, reading and food/cooking.

1. Healthy Living: When it comes to clearing our minds and taking a break from the daily grind, while staying healthy and active, we head over to High Park to hike the trails. You can’t help but be inspired when you’re surrounded by mother nature.

2. Fashion: If you’re anything like us, we love to people watch! On any given day you can pull up a chair, or find a spot on the giant rock in Yorkville Park and you’ll see all different types of style. Summertime is the best time to get inspired by this place.

3. Music: There’s something special about watching a concert outdoors! We’ve always been inspired by live music at the Molson Amphitheatre, especially in recent years with the now iconic OVO Fest. Seeing artists from Toronto like Drake, Kardinal and The Weeknd share the same stage as Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Eminem, TLC, Stevie Wonder, (the list goes) is nothing but inspirational.

4. Reading: Believe it or not, we love to read on the Subway and/or Streetcar. Passing the time on your daily commute gets a whole lot better when you’re reading an incredible book.

5. Food: Shopping for food is almost as much fun as eating! Wandering around St. Lawrence Market has always been something we enjoy. Seeing the different types of food, people and the history of that building is all inspiring to us.

We want you to help us ‘realize the potential’ of Toronto by telling us your favourite places and hidden gems that provide you with inspiration?! Tweet your suggestions to @1LOVETO & @AmexCanada using the hash-tag #InspiredBy or leave a comment below.

Toronto Time Lapse Movie

With the latest theme to emerge from our city being Drake’s newest album title “Views From The 6″, we thought it appropriate to showcase Toronto through the eyes of Randy Hoffmaan. He spent over 100 hours shooting, editing and producing this unique time lapse video of our city skyline and the “Metis” (pronounced “may-tee”) ship. In the 1950′s this bulk carrier was used to haul grain and ore along the St. Lawrence and around the Great Lakes. By the 90′s it was converted to a barge for the purpose of carrying cement. Now, it sits idle in the Toronto port lands, which makes for a very interesting subject piece to be captured in a time lapse format. Take a few minutes to see the incredible details of a ship most of us would probably just walk by, plus the views of the skyline are something else!



Video by Randy & Brenda

Previously: Toronto Skyline Time Lapse Video

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Walk-In Closet


This Saturday and Sunday our very own Bryan Brock along side Jahmal Padmore and Daniel Eckler will be taking part in the popular Toronto “Walk-In Closet” event series by Natasha Singh. The idea behind “Walk-In Closet” is to bring together socially conscious consumers interested in local, thrift, vintage and one-of-a-kind goods who enjoy a unique shopping experience.

Stop by A Homerun in Kensington to shop a carefully curated selection of lifestyle goods (worn and unworn) including Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Tommy Hilfiger denim from the 90s, Scotch & Soda, Lacoste, Common Projects, New Era, Levis and more. Any unsold articles will be doanted to local men’s and/or women’s shelter.

The two-day pop up event is happening at A Homerun (165 August Ave) in Kensington. Hours: Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm.


For sneak peeks check out @walkin_closet on Instagram!

For more info visit: singhnature.com

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Toronto-based alternative lifestyle menswear brand NTHNG released their first collection for Spring/Summer 2014, titled “Elegy.” The collection was designed and manufactured entirely in Canada and mixes design elements of both contemporary and avant-garde wear. This eight-piece collection is a physical representation of the emotional roller coaster one experiences during their life. Heartbreak, solitude, sadness, anger, defiance.


Photography by Jaz Panaguiton

For more info: nthng.net

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1LOVETO, Puma and Ink are giving you a chance to see Future live in concert in style!

Win a prize pack featuring a pair of PUMA Future Disc Lite Opulence sneakers and t-shirt, a copy of Future’s ‘Honest’ CD plus a pair of tickets to Future’s show this Friday at Sound Academy.

There’s also 5 secondary prizes of a pair of tickets to the concert to be won!

Email events@1loveto.com, please include your full name, age, and the name of your favourite Future song, to be entered for your chance to win an exclusive prize pack, or a pair of tix!

*Prize is non-transferable
*You must be 19 or over to enter
*Must present valid ID to redeem for prize
*Tickets and prize to be picked up upon entry to show
*Contest closes July 10, 2014

Follow @1LOVETO for your chance to win! #FutureTO