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Reggae Or Not

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Beth Lesser’s exhibit “Reggae or Not: The Birth of Dancehall Culture in Jamaica & Toronto” is an important look at the evolution of reggae music during the 1970s and 80s. During this time she travelled extensively between Jamaica and Toronto documenting the music scene as it became popular in places like Toronto’s Kensington Market, Little Jamaica’s Eglinton Ave West and St. Clair Ave East. Dancehall music grew in popularity not only because of Jamaican immigrants and reggae enthusiasts, but from the help of community radio stations like CKLN who broadcasted Jamaica’s “Reggae Showcase”.

The exhibit runs until February 28th at the Gladstone Hotel with live music, panel discussions and film nights.

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For more info CLICK HERE.

Posted by Tahnee Pantig

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Muttonhead

Local unisex brand Muttonhead is set to showcase their “Great Exploration” Collection at the Capsule show in NYC this week. If you’re not able to attend the show, don’t worry, we’ve included some images just for you.

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Classic Dress Shirt made with Recycled Hemp

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Reverse Pocket Tee made with Recycled Polyester and Organic Cotton

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Baseball Pant made with Recycled Hemp | Utility Dress Shirt (Blue Stripe) made with Linen and Organic Cotton

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Two Tone Crewneck (Black/Charcoal) Poly Cotton Blend

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Field Jacket made with Wool

All garments are manufactured in Toronto.

For more info: muttonheadcollective.com

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Beautiful City: Billboard Tax

You might remember our post back in April ’09, about the “Beautiful City” initiative. It aims to implement a “Billboard Tax” that holds advertisers accountable for their impact on public spaces. Implementation of the bylaw/tax would increase arts funding in Toronto while opening access to different forms of expression in our public spaces.

Recently the Supreme court of Canada upheld the billboard tax unlocking one of the last barriers to increased funding for the arts in Toronto. This billboard tax was first proposed to the city in 2001 during the Creative City Youth Consultations as a way to enhance art in the public realm and empower diverse voices.

Tonight inside City Hall, artists, city councillors and young people from across the GTA held an art rally in support of the idea of using the billboard tax to rejuvenate arts and culture in Toronto.

It’s still not too late to get involved!
TAKE ACTION

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Introducing SoTeeOh

We’d like to introduce you to a very talented Toronto based photographer known as SoTeeOh. He’s a ‘visual junkie’ with an addiction to showcasing everything Toronto. We’re not only fans of his work, but we’re also proud to announce that SoTeeOh has joined the 1 LOVE T.O. team as our new contributing photographer on Instagram.

Take a look at some of his work below…

For more photos check out: soteeoh.tumblr.com

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Amir Johnson x SPiN x The Remix Project

On Sunday, Dec. 23rd Toronto Raptors’ Amir Johnson teamed up with SPiN for a charity ping pong tournament in support of The Remix Project. Amir brought along some of his Raptors friends including Ed Davis and Demar Derozen. In total, everyone who attended helped raise over $1,500 for The Remix Project. If you weren’t able to attend, check out some of the action below.

For more info: theremixproject.ca

Photos by shot.by.cris

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Unrehearsed With Keys N Krates

We’ve been blogging about Toronto’s own Keys N Krates for years, so it’s nice to see them get some well deserved shine via Hypebeast. Check out the full feature below!

Shout out to Matisse for rocking his 1 LOVE T.O. shirt on stage!

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Having witnessed the recent unfolding of the “All Originals Represent” campaign, Hypebeast aligns with dance party curators Keys N Krates for a piece we aptly dubbed Unrehearsed. Comprised of Adam Tune on drums, David Matisse on keys and Jr. Flo on the ones-and-twos, the Toronto-based tripartite formed in 2008 out of a desire to do something different through fusing electronic remixing and live dance parties. In creating an experience unlike so many, the electro-collective started by locking themselves in a rehearsal room for six months to create and finesse their unique sound and identity. Having now traveled the world rocking with all ethnicities, the struggle returns in the form of maintaining that originality for their loyal fans and unfamiliar listeners. Forever in search of a certain “oneness” with the crowd, a Keys N Krates’ party is something that can only be truly experienced in person. In the meantime however, enjoy this video treatment as Filmmakers Sid Singh and Nithya Thayaal follow the three musicians as they prepare for and perform at a live showing.

Previously: Zedd – “Follow You Down” (KNK REMIX)

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Time Lapse: “City Rising”

Toronto photographer Tom Ryaboi just released his first ever time lapse project entitled “City Rising”. The video took Tom over 4 months to create, and in the process he climed the equivalent of an average sized Himalayan Mountain (23,000 feet)! Watch this beautiful video as it takes you around the city, from rush hour traffic to the highest city peaks and above the clouds. Toronto, like you’ve never seen it before.

Previously: Toronto Tempo

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