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Introducing Ritual

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With a touch of a button customers will receive front-of-the-line access and incredible service at some of Toronto’s best local restaurants and cafes thanks to Ritual. If you haven’t heard of Ritual yet, it’s the latest app dedicated to connecting busy Toronto-based ‘urban professionals’ with great coffee and food spots around the city. The mobile technology allows users to make selections from a diverse range of options and place orders directly from your phone. Notifications keep you up to date on your order status and pick-up time so the experience becomes seamless, with no extra cost.

Ritual is currently offering their service in the following downtown Toronto neighbourhoods: King West, Entertainment District, Liberty Village, St Lawrence Market and The Discovery District.

Some of our favourite places available on the app are: It’z A Wrap, Magic Oven, Ravi Soups, Portland Variety, and Rose City Kitchen.

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To see some of the tasty options visit their instagram page HERE.

For more info and a complete list of participating restaurants and cafes, check out: ritual.co

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More than 7000 of the finest athletes from across the Americas and Caribbean are in Toronto for the 2015 Pan Am and Para-pan Am Games and as you probably already know, the city is on fire! There is so much anticipation and excitement surrounding the games and we absolutely love the passion.

The arts scene is also getting in on the action being inspired by the skill, diversity and excellence the games represent. The Pan Am Path Arts Relay is “comprised of 14 consecutive weeks of arts programming in 14 zones throughout the city which will feature a mix of installations and events”. The Pan Am Path extends from Brampton to Pickering and will serve as the artistic “connective tissue”. With almost 2 million dollars in funding and over 80 kilometres of multi-use trails, the path is shaping up to be a lasting legacy in Toronto’s history.

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Zone 9 a.k.a SHIFT, features a “variety of temporary and permanent art installations and murals created to celebrate arts in the east end of Toronto. The artworks selected for this project playfully explore themes of diversity and emphasize the potency of a simple shift of perspective.” SHIFT is brought to you by East End Arts, Friends of the Pan AM Path, young civic leaders and The City of Toronto.

Last Saturday, a guided bike tour explored all that Zone 9 has to offer so far. It will be officially completed by 2017.

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For more info: panampath.org

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Posted by Christina Cheng

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1. Cosmopolis TO saw huge success and like Interlove, deals with the idea of connections and awareness. How did the idea of Interlove come to you?

Spending a year photographing someone from every country of the world for Cosmopolis Toronto, made me think a lot about ‘diversity’. One area of diversity that I thought needed further exploring is the diversity of relationships – specifically in regards to beliefs. Like Toronto is the perfect place to try and find someone from every country of the world, I thought Ontario would be the perfect place to tell interfaith love stories. In many places around the world, this project would be much more controversial, much harder to do, and possibly unsafe for the participants.

2. Why were these stories important ones to tell?

Many photographers have used portraiture to tell stories of interracial / interethnic love, but I like to believe that today, here in Ontario, these types of relationships are accepted. However, I don’t know any photographers who has told interfaith love stories and I also think it is still a topic that many people know little about. These stories are not overtly visual, BUT they are important. It is important to note that project not only includes people who believe in the supernatural, but also those who doubt (freethinkers, atheists, agnostics etc.). In a world full of stories of hate, often times with that hate being drawn along religious lines, I think it is essential to tell real stories of love. These couples’ love stories can teach us all something.

3. Some of the couples featured describe some sort of conflict in their life by being in an “interlove” relationship. What do you think propelled those conflicts and why do they (the conflicts) exist even today?

To be honest I think if you ask any couple anywhere about their relationship they will have faced many challenges. That is life. There is no consistent experience across all of the couples I have met. Clearly some of them have families that make things difficult, but also many of them have families that make things easy. Many of them explain how surprised they were by how their families accepted their partner. Ultimately belief is an important part of one’s existence, but if both partners are willing to communicate with respect and find compromise then things seem to work.

Here is a quote from Jameel (Muslim) and Lauren (Jewish)’s story:

“Considering the divisive state of mainstream social politics between Jews and Muslims, some are surprised that we do not embody those same political divisions and that our relationship has not faced any unique challenges that other married couples do not also encounter.”

4. What surprised you the most after interviewing interlove participants? What did you learn?

I am learning a lot about healthy relationships. All of the couples I have met are exemplary. It is rare to find stories of lasting love anywhere and to be able to explore these is a special experience. This project is about interfaith couples, but really I am just telling awesome love stories. One love story that definitely inspired me was Najwa and Samir who met almost half a century ago in Lebanon. http://interloveproject.com/post/109984101221/najwa-samir-newmarket-on-najwa-describes-her. They had to risk so much to be together, and today their love is as strong as ever.

5. Why do you think participants reached out to be a part of this project?

For many of the couples’ this is an opportunity to tell their story with confidence – the way they want it to be told. Many of these couples have faced obstacles, and in a way this is an opportunity to be proud of their love and also share some advice with anyone who may be charting a similar path. I have received messages from many people who are following the project from outside of Canada emphasizing how these stories give them hope. That is a great feeling.

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6. What do you say to people who say they do not approve of “interlove” because it destroys the traditions/cultures which they’d like to preserve?

I think if anything it strengthens traditions and culture. When someone is in a relationship with someone of a different belief, they themselves actually have to think deeply about what they believe and why they do the rituals they do. This requires a lot of introspection, and ultimately it leads to increased confidence in one’s culture. There is no reason why the children of an interfaith family can’t explore both beliefs. Susan Katz Miller’s book, Being Both, is a great read for anyone interested in this topic. I have also seen many of the couples create their own beautiful hybrid traditions within their new interfaith family.

Here is a great quote from Annie (Catholic) and Sunder (Hindu): Our children learn and celebrate both religions and will have freedom to choose one of our religions, none or another religion of their choice.”

7. After talking to so many couples, what would you say are the keys to a successful relationship?

I guess I would call it the 4 Cs :) Communication, Compromise, Compassion and Common Values. Ultimately relationships are a lot of work, but totally worth it – and these couples demonstrate that well. It has become clear to me that regardless of belief, it is the values the couple shares that matter.

One of the partners mentioned to me how he thought in the beginning of breaking up with his partner because she was not of his religion. However the more he thought about it he came to recognize that he had way more in common with her than he does with anyone at his church.

8. The idea of interlove suggests two different worlds coming together in love. How do you think it is possible for interlove relationships seem to make it work despite their differences in major aspects of their lives?

Once again I must emphasize common values. Here is a great quote from Sahar who is Muslim and is marrying Alvaro who is a Catholic: “I never thought of being in a relationship with someone who was not Muslim. The more I got to know Alvaro, I realized we grew up similarly, thought the same way and had the same expectations for the future. That is when I started to think of the possibility of marrying someone who was not Muslim. I think the ‘AHA’ moment was his relationship with my sister and cousin sister. He was so good, kind and generous with them.”

9. What do you think it is going to take to make interlove relationships lose its negative perceptions and stigmas?

First of all I think that is happening naturally. In a diverse society like Toronto, people are exposed to other beliefs and this exposure leads to understanding. A project like this demonstrates how powerful of a force love can be, and how differing beliefs in the face of communication, compassion, compromise and common values can’t top love.

I am still looking for more couples to photograph for the project: interloveproject.com/apply

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We’re very honoured to announce our very own @1LOVETO contributing photographer @SoTeeOh is hosting his first solo exhibition at Project Gallery as part of this years CONTACT Photography Festival. The exhibition entitled ‘6: STREET’ runs from May 1-13, 2015, with an opening reception on Friday May 1st from 7-11pm at the gallery (1109 Queen St East).

This contemporary exhibition explores a current digital street photography movement from a uniquely Toronto perspective. A blend of design, architecture, urban grit, cityscapes, and street fashion – SoTeeOh employs an urban guerrilla approach to photography to create staged compositions in dynamic environments. Significant post digital processing is also a component of this style and aesthetic, producing images that are rooted in the urban scape but also feel slightly surreal.

We got the chance to ask @SoTeeOh a few key questions, please read below.

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What makes this show different?
This is my first solo exhibition, so it’s way more comprehensive than anything I’ve done before. So many people are talking about how Toronto is on the rise, how there is a different energy in the city right now and I really aimed to capture that visually. I wanted to create a cohesive collection of imagery that would really speak to what is happening in Toronto right at the moment. All the artwork is also hand mounted and finished by me. I used wood panels and reclaimed window frames. It’s really organic; from Toronto, by Toronto, for Toronto.

If you could only shoot one type of photo, what would it be? Landscape, Street, Portraits? And why?
Street is definitely my favourite. I never get bored of what happens on the street. The streets are so eclectic too, you can incorporate anything into a street photograph; fashion, portraits, cars, architecture. As long as it’s spontaneous, it’s street and that’s what I love.

Toronto photography has exploded over the past few years with instagram playing a major role. How has it affected your career?
I think the trend is actually global. Toronto photography has exploded, but the same style has blown up in lots of other cities all over the world and it is a style that is kind of unique to instagram. I was fortunate to get into it early, so I’ve kind of found myself in a position where a lot of people look to me as one of the main representatives of this style for Toronto. It’s definitely opened up a lot of doors for me and connected me to a lot of other amazing artists. But I really want to see this scene continue to grow because there are so many amazing photographers in this city and I think collectively it’s having a positive impact on the perception of this city.

Looking forward, what else do you want to accomplish as a photographer?
I’m always learning, so that’s number one on my list, just to continue to grow as an artist. I think the next phase for me will be about finding a natural connection to some of my other interests. So far my work has centred entirely on the city. I think my next move will be to expand and find a way to remain true to the city, but to speak to other ideas and deliver other messages that extend beyond.

Any advice you’d give to new shooters?
Shoot every day and shoot every day and… oh yeah, shoot every day. If you’re an artist and you practice your art form every day, growth is inevitable and growth is what creativity is all about.

For additional event info CLICK HERE.

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Toronto’s own Jazz Cartier just released his latest project entitled “Marauding In Paradise”. By now, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Jazz. He’s been making a name for himself over the past couple of years, and this project lives up to the hype. Marauding In Paradise is the first full-length project since 2013, featuring 16 new records, produced entirely by Jazz and Lantz. His eclectic approach to music can be attributed to the fact that he’s lived everywhere from New England to Kuwait before calling Toronto home.

“Marauding in Paradise is the sound of Downtown, Toronto”, says Jazz Cartier.

For more music check out: soundcloud.com/jazzcartier

Previously: Jazz Cartier – “Count On Me” (Official Video)

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Fresh off an incredible debut Coachella performance, Toronto-based “Trap Band” Keys N Krates team up with Serato to perform an in-studio version of “Understand Why”. Keep an eye on keyboard frontman Matisse who’s rocking his @1LOVETO “Toronto” Tee! If you’re in Toronto this weekend, make sure you stop by Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St East) this Saturday, April 18th between 12-7pm to pick up your very own Toronto Tee!

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Nike’s motto of #ChooseYourWinter has exceeded to an all-time high with the latest announcement of the upcoming Nike Women’s Race Series, which will be the world’s largest race series designed for women. Not only are we ‘choosing our winter,’ we’re now conquering our winter by mentally and physically training our minds, bodies, and souls in preparation mode for the race! Choosing our winter is officially mandatory and clearly not a joke. The race is made to motivate runners of all levels to push their limits by offering a variety of distances — ranging from 5k to half-marathon — on epic courses in 20 cities around the world including first time participant cities such as: Toronto, Mexico City, and Hong Kong.

This makes for exciting news for Toronto as the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto will be a weekend-long celebration tailored for our city. The race marks a new experience for athletes in two ways. It’s a proving ground for women to put themselves to the test and rediscover the joy of running faster, and running farther.

Each run in the series has a format that speaks to the local community, in this case, the race will take place on Toronto Island, which has a variety of terrain and run routes. It’s the perfect location for the 15K distance and to capture the energy and backdrops of the cityscape.

In addition to uniting a global community of female runners, every race offers something different, including exciting new courses; runner services; and access to elite athletes. For instance, professional Olympic runner, Sheila Reid, joined Toronto’s Queen West Run Club and N+TC crew last week for added motivation as she shared details on Nike’s Women’s Race Series and N+TC Tour.

The new Nike Women’s event series challenges women to face and train to new heights and personal bests.

In preparation, Nike encourages bringing together a global fitness community by extending Nike’s vision to motivate, inspire and connect athletes through both physical events and digital connections. With that being said, the Nike+ Running App helps runners track their workouts and stay inspired throughout their training, and the Nike+ Training Club App includes more than 100 full body workouts designed by Nike Master Trainers, many of whom will participate in the N+TC Tour and Race Series.

Nike also announced the introduction of the Nike+ Run Analysis available now at the Nike Store at the Toronto Eaton Centre. The run analysis is the perfect first step in any athletes training journey, as it records each runner’s personal running aesthetic to help gear them toward running better, longer and faster with their suggested sneaker. It essentially sets them up for success as they begin thinking about achieving your personal goals in 2015.

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As a member of Toronto’s Queen West Run Club and N+TC, this will be my first officially 15K race. I’m ready and willing to train at my personal best with the encouragement and motivation from my fellow Nike Running and Nike Women crew as we’re all getting stronger and aiming farther together. Toronto’s Nike Women’s Race is scheduled for June 14, 2015. This is just four days before my 26th birthday and I am determined to accomplish this race at my personal best! I shall consider this a gift to myself.

For a full list of race dates, CLICK HERE and make sure to follow Nike’s Women race series journey on Facebook and on Twitter. You can also find more information on the international Nike Women’s Race series events HERE. As for my fellow Torontonians, you can find motivation and keep up to speed on a timely basis by visiting Nike Toronto’s Twitter page.

Continue to motivate one another by consistently Choosing Your Winter. Let’s stay strong together. See you all on the pavement on June 14. We got this! JUST DO IT.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Lululemon Presents "Beats & Balance"

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This Saturday January 24th Lululemon Athletica in support of The Remix Project will host “BEATS & BALANCE”, the ultimate mashup of athletics, art, music and community for a day long celebration of Toronto to shake off the winter blues and get those resolutions in motion!

You’re invited to join lululemon at Toronto’s Arcadian Court (401 Bay Street) along with some of Toronto’s finest fitness instructors to showcase exercise concepts native to our city. Athletics classes will be paired with live performance from some of the cities most exciting young artists and DJs.

11am – Brent Bishop (interval) w/ Dj Hedspin
1 pm – Kate Gillespie (Downward Dog Yoga Centre) w/ Trophy Jones
3 pm – Martin Reader – Strive Conditioning and Nutrition w/ Glenn Morrison &Frank Walker
5pm – Amber Joliat (misft studios) w/ Brendan Fallis

Hosted by Sarah Taylor and 1LOVETO’s very own Tyrone ‘T-rexxx’ Edwards

Tickets for the fitness classes are $10 and each ticket sold benefits the mentorship and curriculum being offered by local charity The Remix Project.

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After a solid three-week holiday vacation, the Queen West Run Club reunited on another Wednesday evening at “The Loft” (Nike Toronto’s home base, 548 Richmond St. W.), to kicked off 2015 with their first run of the year. Courtesy of Nike Running Canada, the 1 LOVE T.O. crew has been a proud participant of the ever-growing #QueenWestRC for a strong year now. With that being said, we took a look back at the amazing and accomplishing 2014 with a recap of the running activity within the Toronto Nike+ Community.

To highlight Toronto’s achievements, Nike created “Your Year with Nike+”, a series of unique and personalized animated films for the Toronto, LA, NYC and Chicago communities.

The Toronto film features our weather, activity and movement data, which includes such outstanding benchmarks as: Running over 221,000 kilometers – that’s the equivalent of running 5 laps around the globe! In addition, over 99 million Nike fuel has been earned – helping North America earn 228 billion NikeFuel collectively.

As we embark on our 2015 running journey together, Nike has also recently launched the first-ever Toronto City Page on Nike.com, which will act as Toronto’s one-stop portal for Nike Run Club, NT+C and more events and key information for Toronto athletes.

Toronto continues to make big movements, let’s continue to make them together!

For more info visit: nike.com/toronto

Posted by Christina Cheng

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3•W•Y (When We Were Young) releases their latest winter ’15 lookbook collection entitled, Jameson & Cigarettes, while drawing lifestyle inspirations from their own home city of Toronto. Photographer Barbora Simkova, incorporates the city’s skyline with rustic elements of brick and mortar, which characteristically contrasts well with 3•W•Y’s clean aesthetic.

“Toronto is our home and our goal is to always showcase the city and its aesthetics as true to self.”

Paying homage to the eclectic Toronto Fashion District, the lookbook highlights three of the most popular pieces in the collection: the Ruche Pants, the Vance Bomber Trench, and the Ranger Camo Bomber. Toronto’s rising artist, VITAL, showcases the collection’s use of simplicity, clean lines, and basic must-have winter pieces. Essentially catering to practicality and versatility, the lookbook centres its perfect go-to items that’ll easily take you from morning to evening.

Aside from dropping a fresh collection, 3•W•Y has been working on multiple projects and collaborations including: A sneaker collab. with Filling Pieces— which has been published in Hypebeast’s FW14 lookbook and various other style blogs. In addition, they have expanded their premium stockist accounts with Hypebeast’s online worldwide shop, Contraband in Canada’s Toronto and Vancouver locations, and many more.

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Visit 3-w-y.com and shop their entire collection.

Posted by Christina Cheng

Previously: 3•W•Y – Spring 2014

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After a strong 2014, Toronto’s Nike Women crew earned over 35,000 minutes on the N+TC app – helping earn North America a total of 95 million minutes. With that being said, for 2015, the ladies of Nike Women are determined to push harder and go beyond last year’s benchmarks together with the updated N+TC 4.0 App.

On Thursday morning, Toronto’s N+TC/Nike Women crew reunited at The Academy of Lions and had a serious wake up call as they rang in their first 2015 workout with Nike Master Trainer, Eva Redpath, and crushed the latest TABATA Toned Workout, while exploring the new and improved app.

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Aside from Toronto’s first-ever Toronto City Page on Nike.com, they have also recently refreshed the N+TC app to help Outdo You in 2015 and connect you with Toronto’s community of athletes like never before. It is now equipped with the all-new Nike Sport Feed, where you can engage with your friends and community, and share your completed workout. It also includes a profile feature, where you can track your NikeFuel tally and more! Lastly, it features photo sharing on social media making it easy to share your personal bests.

The N+TC app allows you to choose from over 100 workouts by Nike Master Trainers, get motivated by your friends and community, train better and get stronger together.

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Whether you want to get lean, get toned, or build strength, there’s an N+TC workout for every woman. There are a number of drills to choose from to suit your desired workout to reach your goals: HIT (High Intensity), yoga, pilates, and running.

The latest N+TC app has features which encourages you to motivate and be motivated. For instance, you’re able to get trainer tips from pro athletes, share your session with your crew, snap a photo after your session and see what workouts your followers are mastering.

N+TC and Nike Women pushes you to reach new goals this year and get there together as a crew. The updated app allows you to mix up your drills with top athletes and connect with the NTC community, while challenging each other to earn Fuel and minutes that allow you to sync and share to your Nike+ profile.

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Motivate. Share. Together.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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