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Fight For Independence

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Fight for Independence is a special event that within the lining of the city acts as an amazing night that brings out good people for a good cause. It doesn’t hurt that the nights entertainment consists of some good old fashioned ‘fisticuffs’ between some lightly seasoned amateur boxers who double as corporate heavyweights during their weekly grind.

The real reason why this event is so important is that all of the proceeds from the night go to the Nazareth House. Nazareth House is a transitional, supportive and stable home, where single mothers and their infants, women fleeing abusive relationships and homelessness or struggling with addictions and mental health issues are cared for safely until they are able to heal and turn their lives around. Over the last 10 years the Fight for Independence has raised over 1.5 million dollars for the Nazareth House!

We want to thank Famous Folks for the invitation and commend them on a great ambience, the exceptionally well executed Great Gatsby inspired theme and of course on the refreshments and eats. Looking forward to seeing what you cook up next year!

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Last week Converse took over Toronto with the launch of their highly anticipated Converse CONS Weapon Sneaker Collection. The invite-only event took place at Goodfellas Gallery with Converse’s very own Canada Vice President of Marketing, Marciano Lobo, and Converse CONS Design Director, Chris Law, not to mention special guest performances by rapper Vince Staples, El-P, and the legendary Ghostface Killah along side Sheek Louch from The Lox. The new collection is a compilation of five premium, lifestyle and skate sneakers that pays homage to the original design of the popular Weapons, but with modified aesthetics for a more modern, sleek and edgy look. Check out a few of the new kicks below!

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We’re excited to announce that 1 LOVE T.O. has partnered with the Drake General Store to create an exclusive World Pride Toronto t-shirt. The shirt is currently available at The Hudson’s Bay (Yonge & Bloor location), as part of their curated Pride Pop Up Shop! The tee will also be made available at The Drake General Store’s Queen St West location as well as online drakegeneralstore.ca. Don’t miss out on your chance to have your very own piece of World Pride Toronto history!

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A friend of ours just introduced us to Juliana’s Daughter. Even though this EP is about a year old, we thought it was too good not to still share with you! Juliana’s Daughter is a singer/song-writer from Toronto who set 2 goals last year… 1. Release an EP and 2. Go on tour. She managed to do both, and gain some fans along the way. Take a few minutes to listen to her EP and if you like what you hear she’s performing live at Duffy’s Tavern on Friday, June 13th, 2014.

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For more info: julianasdaughter.com

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We are extremely excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Cosmopolis Toronto to host a very special photography exhibit entitled “Torontonian”, featuring photos by Colin Boyd Shafer. This unique documentary photography project, curated by Vanessa Tamburro, captures and celebrates Toronto’s cultural diversity by featuring the portraits of 193 Torontonians from all over the world who now call Toronto home. Each Cosmopolis Toronto participant was photographed in a place where they feel ‘at home’ in the GTA. This Toronto centric project has already gained tremendous support and momentum, receiving media coverage from the Toronto Star, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe & Mail, CBC Radio and Global National News.

We’d like to invite you to our opening night reception on Thursday, June 12 at the Moniker Gallery, 452 Richmond St. West, from 8-11pm. The exhibit will feature a selection of 12 large-scale portraits and will run until Thursday, June 26, 2014.

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*Admission is by donation*

For more info: CosmopolisToronto.com

Previously: Cosmopolis Love

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Now this makes us ‘HAPPY’!!!

Join us as American Express Ambassadors as we live tweet on Tuesday, June 3rd at 9pm EST for another premium online experience, with Grammy award-winning, multiplatinum singer-songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams along with award winning director Spike Lee for another instalment of “American Express UNSTAGED”. Join in on the conversation by using the hashtag #AmexUNSTAGED and @AmexCanada to make the most of your front row experience.

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Amex has partnered with Vevo and YouTube to bring you another innovative live streaming music event, this time from the legendary Apollo Theatre in New York City. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, all you have to do is log on to amexunstaged.com and watch live! You can even choose your own camera view, switching between the directors main stream or the alternate artist-themed angles.

Fans will also have the option to upload their own photos to AmexUNSTAGED.com/Pharrell from now until June 2 for a chance to be shown on stage during the concert! What are you waiting for?!! We’ve already uploaded our photo!

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Whether you’re a Cardmember or non-Cardmember, American Express continues to deliver exclusive access to premium entertainment experiences, which is why we’d like to thank them for always making us feel like more than just a customer. #AmexAmbassadors

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Lula Lights Up Dundas West

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Dundas West is once again percolating with the annual LulaWorld Festival and things will get even hotter in the lead-up to the Dundas West Fest June 7 on Dundas between Lansdowne and Ossington.

Lula Lounge is an undisputed neighbourhood hub and a nexus for world music across the city and beyond. After 12 years in business, Lula has become synonymous with salsa and Latin American music in the same way the Bamboo Club was a centre for reggae and African music in the late 1980s and ’90s.

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One of the highlights of LulaWorld was Wednesday’s show with NYC-based Latin Grammy winner Dafnis Prieto and his Proverb Trio (above) featuring keys innovator Jason Lindner (left) and Washington, D.C.-based vocalist Kokayi (right).

LulaWorld co-Artistic Director Tracy Jenkins, confirms that the club has really found its voice and its audience after a difficult decade of moving from challenge to challenge.

“None of us in the core group who started Lula had any real experience running a venue,” Jenkins confesses. “We weren’t restaurateurs, we were driven by the desire to create a space where amazing music could be presented. We made a lot of mistakes. Finally, now it’s really coming together — we’ve got a great kitchen and menu, we’ve got good front-of-house management and now we can concentrate on the programming while the other stuff takes care of itself.”

“Faith in the club is more evident now, too,” adds Jenkins. “People trust our programming, they’re willing to take a leap of faith because maybe they don’t know the artist but they like Brazilian music so they come and try it out.”

Lula Lounge is also benefiting from interest in music from the Caribbean and Latin America in the lead up to the PanAm Games. Jenkins’s co-AD, Jose Ortega, is an advisor to the PanAm cultural committee and Lula Music and Art Centre was awarded one of 26 cultural commissions for the Games — staging a powerhouse collaboration that will pair Danilo Pérez with other big Latin Jazz stars from across the Americas.

“Jose is very knowledgeable about the salsa scene in Toronto and internationally,” confirms Jenkins. The Lula programming team also relies heavily on the input of local musicians who come from and have ties to an array of other countries and cultures around the globe, not just in Latin America.

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“The model we’ve been working with for a number of years is a collaborative one where we talk to local musicians about who they’d like to work with,” explains Jenkins. “Often the artists from outside are brought to us by local artists and we haven’t even heard of them. We hadn’t heard of Fred Martins before Luanda Jones said, ‘This is the guy I really want to work with.’”

“Similarly Roberto Occhipinti brought Dafnis to our attention and when we heard the CD we were blown away. There’s a quote on the internet to the effect that when Dafnis moved to New York it was like the city was hit by an asteroid. He’s really amazing. This is the first time the trio is playing in Canada and I wouldn’t have found them on my own if Roberto hadn’t brought them to our attention. The album is a really unique combination of sounds with crazily fantastic drumming.”

“We have a lot of people coming from New York this year,” notes Jenkins. “For us it’s a little bit easier than bringing somebody up from Brazil, for example.”

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Another highlight of LulaWorld 2014 is a celebration of Mexican women in song featuring Latin Grammy winner Martha Gonzalez (left) with special guests Amanda Medina Pinedo and Mamselle, backed by Toronto’s own Café Con Pan.

Jenkins reserves special praise for the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Celebrate Ontario, which is supporting the club’s powerhouse pairing of Jimmy Bosch & Ralph Irizarry and the Lula All-Stars at Dundas West Fest. “CBC Radio, CIUT and Jazz FM have also been amazing to us,” adds Jenkins.

“We always say how lucky we are to be working in this ecosystem, we get support from the city, we get support from radio and we enjoy the support of the musical community. There’s such an openness between the musicians to work with people from different cultures and different genres. It’s really, really exciting.”

WHERE/WHEN:
LulaWorld 2014 at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, 416.588.0307 (Ticket prices vary)
Dundas West Fest is June 7 from 11AM-11PP (FREE)

Shared content by Christopher Jones for livewithculture.ca

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Toronto Street Signs For Sale

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Over the next year more than 1,500 decommissioned City of Toronto street signs will be up for auction, with new signs being added each week. Each sign will live online for a maximum of 60 days, with the minimum opening bid starting at only $30 and increasing in $5 increments. For those of you on the Mayor Rob Ford bandwagon, there are currently 16 autographed signs available for purchase, with Yonge Street currently listed at a bid of $2,010. How much would you pay for a piece of Toronto?

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God Bless Toronto (Mixtape)

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Toronto’s underground rap scene continues to grow with a collection of artists who are willing to push the boundaries of what’s expected. Take in “God Bless Toronto” featuring guys like Derek Wise, Jimmy Johnson, Omari Jabari, Sean Leon and many more.

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God Bless Toronto. A project that represents the nocturnal underground life of the city. When it’s so late that it’s early, inside of a basement or a loft that you have to enter through an exit… Toronto’s creatives, hustlers, artists, tastemakers, users, insomniacs gather, give thanks and indulge in music, habits and hugs. It’s these peculiar moments in unexpected locations at ungodly hours where inspiration is indirectly conceived. It is the obligation of the like-minded to protect and nurture these moments.

The first compilation consists of new and unreleased material from some of the city’s most talented upcoming producers and musicians; Individuals who are beginning to develop and shape Toronto’s underground culture and sound.

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