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Bryan Brock and Tyrone “T-Rexx” Edwards stand on a shipping container overlooking their new community. In a neighbouring steel box, Liang Hsiaoyu is serving bubble tea to a woman on the sidewalk. Nearby, a couple hunch over a round table pushing sloppy bunjos (Indian sandwiches with yellow peas stewed in tomatoes and tamarind) into their mouths.

“At the end of the day,” Edwards, 30, says, “this is where we came from.”

The business partners have opened their first official store for their 1 Love T.O. brand in the Live Local Marketplace on Dundas Street West, just east of Bathurst Street. The marketplace is a row of about 10 mostly orange and yellow shipping containers — theirs is the one featuring the Toronto skyline — in front of Scadding Court Community Centre.

Full Interview Here.

National Post
1 LOVE T.O. Is Looking To Spread Its Message of Community
August 19, 2011
by Melissa Leong

Thanks again Brent & Melissa.

Last week on thursday, i had the chance to kick it with Tyrone Edwards aka T-Rexxx aka Rapcity’s host aka Mr. 1 LOVE T.O. aka Canada’s Party Animal aka ow ow ow aka (i have no more akas to list).

in case you’re not aware, Rapcity is a show on MuchMusic that features the hip-hop community in music videos, performances, interviews, and rare, classic moments from Much’s bottomless vault. The show represents the life of a genre under constant evolution and redefinition. The one-hour show has been revamped in a live one-time-only format.

Full Feature Here.

Vitamin Water
A Day In The Life
May 30, 2011

Thanks Karla.

Oak + Oar: Everyday Carry

For the second installment of the ‘Everyday Carry’ we caught up with one half of 1 LOVE T.O., Bryan Brock, to take a look at his daily necessities.

Bryan Co-founded 1LoveT.O. in 2007 with good friend Tyrone Edwards (T-Rexxx). The story goes that in 2007 Tyrone was approached by then Mayor of Toronto, David Miller, to create a float for the 40th Anniversary of the Caribana Festival. Brainstorming for a way to epitomize the true essence of Toronto culture the duo came up with “1 Love”. The phrase, inspired by Milton Glaser’s ‘I Love NY’, was more inclusive and really captured the diverse culture of the city. After printing up some tees with the slogan for the event, the guys hit the parade with the Mayor and Drake’s DJ – Future the Prince along side a group of 150 people sporting the tee. After two years of constant requests for the t-shirts the guys did their first full run and started the blog which has become a staple for all things Toronto, covering the nightlife, art, music, and fashion scene.

Full Feature Here.

Oak + Oar
Everyday Carry
March 18, 2011

Thanks Chris.

Pink Mafia: 20 Questions

There’s something infectious about 1 LOVE T.O. that’s beyond their parties (which are really well attended by hot women and men in the know, not to mention the hip hop high crust of Toronto). Just the slogan, “The world in 1 city” gets us all gooey and lovey for Toronto. Co-founder and resident white guy, Brock (it’s like “Cher”, no first, no last, just Brock) took our 20 Qs.

Questions
1. What is your dream of happiness?
Happiness to me means doing what you love to do.

2. Blonde or Brunette?
Brunette (no lace front wigs)

3. What is the quality you like most in a person?
Open minded.

Full Interview Here.

Pink Mafia
20 Questions With 1 LOVE T.O.
February 16, 2011

Thanks Ana!

Toronto Sun: Interview

There’s a lot of love happening in Toronto.

And thanks to two local guys, everyone’s showing their affection for the city across the planet by taking Polaroids of shirts that read: “1 (heart symbol) T.O.”

Bryan Brock and his business partner Tyrone Edwards came up with the idea for the 1 LOVE T.O. shirts while working at the Re-Mix Project, a community initiative for youth living in at-risk neighbourhoods to become artists and entrepreneurs.

“It’s a lot different than when people see an I Love New York shirt,” Brock, 30, explained. “1 LOVE T.O. is basically celebrating everything that Toronto is, which would be bringing people together and making everything inclusive. When you say 1 LOVE T.O., it’s like Bob Marley, the idea of unity and bringing people together.”

Full Interview Here.

Toronto Sun
Showing T.O. Some Love
September 20, 2010
by Jenny Yuen

Thanks Irene and Jenny.

Much Music: Interview

If you tuned in to the MMVAs last weekend, you will know that we at MuchMusic love our city. Toronto is our home and we wouldn’t be the channel the whole country loves without it. So, we checked in with the boys of 1 LOVE T.O., a blog that celebrates the city as much as we do. They’ve also been long time supporters and friends of this local rapper you may have heard of, Drake.

Much Music
Much On Demand
June 25, 2010

Thanks Manny.

NEWSTALK 1010: Interview

Spider Jones from Toronto’s NEWSTALK 1010 interviews Tyrone “T-Rexxx” Edwards about the 1 LOVE T.O. “T.O. to D.C.” Documentary, The Journey To See Barack Obama’s Inauguration.

Watch Trailer Here.

NEWSTALK 1010
T.O. to D.C.
March 17, 2011
By Spider Jones