Photos: “Into The Clouds” At Brookfield Place, Toronto

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Photos: Tiffany Shum

Little Cloud and three friends are spending the lazy days of summer hanging out in the Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place.

Produced by Pearl Wagner-Media & Art Consultants.

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Photos: New Monuments For New Cities-The Bentway, Toronto

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Photos: Tiffany Shum

New Monuments for New Cities is the inaugural project of the High Line Network Joint Art Initiative, a new collaboration between infrastructure reuse projects in North America. This public art exhibition will travel across the United States and Canada throughout 2019.

For the exhibition, five urban reuse projects that are part of the High Line Network invited five of their local artists or artist groups to create proposals (in the form of posters) for new monuments for a 21st century city. Each participating location will produce an exhibition of the resulting 25 artworks that is specific to their site. The Toronto exhibition at The Bentway runs May 11-August 30.

For more information please visit: thebentway.ca

Shop Indigo’s ‘Back To School’ Deals Until August 18th 2019

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The Indigo Back To School Shop Is Open! Click HERE for all your ‘back to school’ needs.

Click HERE to save 25% off Crayola and Yoobi School Supplies (ends Aug 18th)
Click HERE to save 25% off Backpacks, Lunch totes and Water Bottles (ends Aug 18th)

Click HERE to save 25% off Parkland Bags (ends Aug 18th)

Click HERE to save 15% off Yumbox (ends Aug 18th)

Bonus: click HERE to save on Indigo’s Summer Sale – up to 50% off!

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Getting Dorm Room Ready With Target

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Living in a dorm for the first time, or even returning to dorm life can be hard. Having to share small spaces with others and stay organized is tough, but we’ve got some tips and suggestions on how to make the best of it. If you can, find out as many dimensions as possible early on, which will help when buying things like rugs, mattresses, and furniture.

Bedding, Throws & Pillows: Combine different colors, textures, patterns & more to create unlimited looks that are all your own. Choose items that’ll make you feel cozy and homey, and that are easy to throw in the wash.

Accent Pieces & Decor: Fill your space with things you love, and items that will inspire you everyday like wall art, mirrors, plants and family photos. Lighting is also super important, so make sure to choose lamps that are both functional, but that give off a warm glow helping you to relax.

Organization & Planning: Make sure your desk area has essentials like pencils, pens, chargers, notebooks, calendars, pin boards etc. Anything that will help you stay organized and on top of your game.

Maximize Space: Make the most of your closet space, and the space around you with multi-functional closet organizers & totes that’ll help you stay tidy & open up floor space for extra storage.

Bath & Kitchen: Living healthy and taking care of yourself is one of the most important aspects, so make sure to have items that help you feel your best. Things like a Brita for filtered water, travel bottles and bath totes filled with all your essentials.

(shop our favorite Target picks in the carousal below!)

For college checklists, dorm room ideas and more visit: https://shopstyle.it/l/6MWV

Fruity Pebbles, Lucky Charms + More, At Jam Cereal’s Toronto Milkshake Pop-Up

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Photos: Tiffany Shum

Popular Ottawa cereal bar JAM Cereal hosted a pop-up in Toronto, inside Convenience Resto Bar on Queen Street West, where patrons got a chance to taste test their delicious cereal milkshakes.

We tried The Neighbourhood Creative (left) with Fruity Pebbles and The Convenience (right) with Lucky Charms.

Photos: Matt Lang-The Piston, Toronto-July 29, 2019

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Photos: Tiffany Shum

Quebec-native and country singer-songwriter Matt Lang took over Toronto’s The Piston for a private, industry only showcase. His debut, self-titled English EP hit #1 on the iTunes Country Albums chart in 2019.

This year Lang signed with Toronto based label and management company, Jayward Artist Group, founded by hit singer-songwriter, Tebey, and veteran artist manager/label executive, Jill Snell.

Lang’s latest EP was produced by Danick Dupelle, a fellow French-Canadian and member of the popular group Emerson Drive. The EP quickly made its way up the country charts with the first English single, ‘Love Me Some You’, gaining over 2.5 million streams.

A second English release is slated for a fall 2019 release and recently Lang was chosen as one of the Top 3 finalists for SiriusXM’s Top Of The Country competition. The winner will be announced live in Calgary during the 2019 CCMA weekend.

Exploring The ‘Brian Jungen Friendship Centre’ Exhibit At The AGO

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Photos: Tiffany Shum

via the website: Brian Jungen Friendship Centre is an in-depth exploration of this internationally acclaimed artist’s approach to sculpture and the largest exhibition of his work to date. He has repeatedly worked with existing consumer products, reassembling them to make potent new forms. His recent Warrior sculpture series, made from Air Jordans, presents variations on Indigenous headdresses, while his Prototype for New Understanding series are made from Nike sneakers sewn together to resemble masks created by Northwest Coast peoples.

The AGO is featuring sculptures, paintings, drawings and installation work that spans Jungen’s entire career. His newly created works include Tombstone (2019), a sculpture resembling a giant turtle supported by a base of filing cabinets, alongside a director’s cut of Modest Livelihood (2019), a film he made with artist Duane Linklater that explores their relationship to the land through moose hunting. Furniture Sculpture (2006), a monumental tipi created from 11 leather sofas, will be on view in Walker Court from July 5 to 28.

The exhibition makes public for the first time material from Jungen’s archive, offering viewers access into the artist’s working process, giving visitors deeper insight into how he thinks and creates.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario

Toronto Is “Loving Bigger” With Big Love Ball

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Photos: Tiffany Shum

Via press release: We are in TORONTO to say LOVE, BIGGER.

Big Love Ball is conceptual art, a ‘happening’, led by artist and designer Wendy Williams Watt. A mash up of LOVE + DESIGN + ART, Big Love Ball is an installation, activation and interaction. Beginning with large orbs with the emboldened word LOVE across their breadth arranged in molecular clusters reaching 15 feet high and twenty feet in length, this public stunt of rolling out LOVE is traffic halting. Williams Watt describes her iconic Big Love Ball as a visual metaphor, manifested by her desire to express love for humanity, swiftly and vastly. “The world can’t wait,” she believes. And apparently, she’s not the only one.

“We all want to declare how we feel. And I am certain there is no lack of love and empathy amongst us. I do feel that we are apprehensive to express love for fear of rejection. My goal has been to create public gestures that chip away at the bedrock of cynicism in which we currently find ourselves. We’re bombarded with platitudes surrounding love so I’m offering something different in order to keep the conversation going. Big Love Ball is impossible to ignore.”

Big Love Ball is gaining speed, showing up e v e r y w h e r e on the map, from underground art dens to the red carpet, on the pages of tony decor mags to the hallways of underserved schools. Big Love Ball has been on major news networks, made cameos in films, and through the marvels of social media, has exploded into pop culture. Six degrees of Big Love Ball is now a ’thing’.

Along with formal appearances throughout Toronto this summer, Williams Watt intends to ‘pop up’ in unexpected places. Big Love Ball is “a love note to seven billion,” says Williams Watt. If you see it, it’s meant for you

Cooling Off With Frozen Treats At TD Union Summer Market, Toronto

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Photos: Tiffany Shum

Union Summer Presented by TD returned to the Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza this summer bringing an eclectic offering of food, musicians, film screenings and live performances to Union Station. The market showcased ‘Where Toronto is Going’ with a curated mix of local food vendors.

With an epic view of the CN Tower serving as the picturesque backdrop, hungry guests refueled with a myriad of treats from Toronto’s hottest eateries like Union Chicken, WVRST, The Carbon Bar, Fiasco, El Catrin and more. Union Summer-Presented by TD also featured a licensed bar area with options including Mooseheader, samuel Adams, Hop City and Angry Orchard.

Exploring ‘The Moon: A Voyage Through Time’ At The Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

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Photos: Tiffany Shum

Since the dawn of civilization, the moon has captivated cultures. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, The Moon: A Voyage Through Time explores our enduring fascination with this enchanting orb in the sky and looks at the role it has played in faith, science, and the arts across the Muslim world and beyond. (click on images to enlarge)

Interactive devices, displays, and installations invite us to observe and imagine the moon in new ways. For more information, please visit: https://agakhanmuseum.org/exhibitions/the-moon

Fueling Our Imagination At Eye Candy Toronto

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via their website:

Eye Candy is a family-friendly experience that brings together the vibrant, the inspired, and the epic. We exist with one shared mission: To fuel imagination and embrace the adventurous bone that lives inside all of us. Leave your cares and worries at the door and come to experience the whimsy and wonderful world of Eye Candy Toronto! This is a one-of-a-kind pop-up experience with incredible installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms, and endless moments of sweetness.

Hop on the beautiful white cruiser bike and pose amidst the cherry blossoms, share your love of pizza with a larger-than-life slice, dive to the bottom of the deep end of the swimming pool, or fulfill your dreams of mega money in the bank vault!

All fun, and all photo-ready with just the snap of your camera – these expertly-lit rooms are sure to produce the perfect shot every time, no matter your device.

For more info or to buy tickets visit: https://www.thisiseyecandy.com

Celebrating “La Dolce Vita” At The Bar Aperol PopUp

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Photos: Tiffany Shum

A new popup bar, Bar Aperol has opened on Queen Street West in Toronto just in time for patio season! Patrons can order the iconic Aperol Spritz for $9, as well as charcuterie and snacks. (click on photos to enlarge)

What Makes Aperol Spritz Special?

Well, according to their website, “Its orange is unmistakable, a vibrant color that lights up your toasts and adds extra joy to the moment. Everything else is brought to the table by the inner lighthearted spirit of Aperol Spritz: the same spirit that spontaneously gather people together and sparks nothing but good vibes. This spirit is also contagious: it’s difficult to hold back from enjoying a toast with friends, one orange sip at the time.”

How To Make One:

Start by adding ice into the glass then pour in the Prosecco, the Aperol and add a splash of soda, top with a slice of orange. This serving avoids the Aperol settling at the bottom. (Preparation Time: 5 min)

Step 1: FILL A WINE GLASS WITH ICE
Step 2: COMBINE PROSECCO DOC FOLLOWED BY APEROL IN EQUAL PARTS
Step 3: ADD A DASH OF SODA
Step 4: GARNISH WITH AN ORANGE SLICE

Crate & Barrel: Outdoor Entertaining Must-Haves

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From spring until winter, the patio is one of the most important rooms of your home. It’s the go-to place for late night drinks, BBQ’s with friends, and family parties. Your patio is an opportunity for you to create your own unique oasis to soak up the sun and enjoy the weather.

Entertaining? Make sure to have an alfresco food prep, grilling and dining area. If possible also create a space for your guests to relax with cocktails while dinner is being prepped. Make sure your guests stay comfy with pillows, blankets, and hammocks. If your patio space is small, try to add items that can be easily moved, or serve double duty.

Don’t forget to set the mood with fresh plants and potted flowers. As dusk falls, make sure to turn on outdoor lanterns and string lights to finish off the evening in style.

Looking for inspiration? Scroll through our favorite outdoor entertaining items from Crate & Barrel.

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10 Gift Ideas For the “Stranger Things” Fan In Your Life

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Kat Harlton

July 4th marks the return of supernatural 80’s inspired Netflix show Stranger Things. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of 10 gift ideas for the “Stranger Things” fan in your life.

Stranger Things Word Art Print

Stranger Things Coffee Mug

Stranger Things Bracelet

Notes From The Upside Down: Unofficial Guide To Stranger Things

Monopoly Stranger Things Edition

Hawkins Middle School A.V Club T-Shirt

Stranger Things Eggo Card Game

Stranger Fillings: A Parody Cookbook

Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 VF – Stranger Things Edition

Stranger Things, Vol. 1 A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack

We hope you love the gifts we recommend! Just so you know, The Harlton Empire may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

Checking Out Instagrammable Toronto Pop-Up “Utopia”

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Photos: Tiffany Shum

Pop-ups are big in Toronto right now, and you can add another one to your list with “Utopia” in Kensington Market at 144 Augusta Avenue. A nature themed popup, it has rooms inspired by florals, rain, clouds and more. Check out some photos below (click to enlarge).

You can get tickets at: https://www.utopiapopup.com

Getting Beach Ready With Indigo

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We’re getting summer ready with these must-have beach essentials from Indigo! One of my favorite things to do in summer is spend a day at the beach with a good book. If a beach day is in your future, make sure you’re ready with our handy list.

The number one beach essential? snacks. Keep your snacks and drinks cool in a cute cooler bag or bucket and while you’re at it, make sure to hydrate with a water bottle or travel mug.

Sun protection should also be at the top of your list, so make sure to grab a hat, but also think about getting a beach pop-up tent or umbrella. Indigo has some super cute pop-up tents that we absolutely love.

You should also make sure you’ve got some beach towels handy, we recommend picking one that will stand out from the crowd so you can find your spot when the beach gets crowed. Also think about beach mats or blankets, which are great for picnics but can also double for naps.

Scroll through some of our suggestions below:

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Grammy Award Winner Michael Wansley (Wanz) Talks Northern Power Summit And Career Highlights

Kat Harlton

Toronto based management and consulting company, Northstarr Entertainment, is bringing the 4th annual Northern Power Summit to the Artscape Sandbox and Supermarket in Toronto from August 16th–17th, 2019. This two-day urban music conference strives to provide education, tools and networking opportunities to the music community through interactive conference discussions with music industry professionals and music showcases.

This year sees an incredible roster of conference speakers who will be sharing their music industry expertise with delegates of the two-day event. One of the inspiring keynote sessions features GRAMMY Award winning rapper Michael “Mike” Wansley (better known as Wanz) an American singer, songwriter and rapper who was featured on the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ hit single “Thrift Shop”, receiving two GRAMMY Awards for “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song”. Wanz also hosted a Ted Talk conference event talking about his career in the music industry.

We had the opportunity to speak with the GRAMMY Award winner to discuss the Northern Power Summit, career highlights and what’s next.

Kat: Can you tell us what it means to you to be asked to be a keynote speaker at Northern Power Summit?

Michael: I am extremely honored to address NPS! This is a totally unexpected request that is my pleasure to fulfill. Music is a community, a very large community! I am humbled to think me sharing my experiences would be useful to this community.

Kat: You were featured on the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ hit single “Thrift Shop”, receiving two GRAMMY Awards for “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song”. What did that single mean to you and your career?

Michael: At first, it was just another session for me. After the video dropped on August 29, 2012, my life began to change. First, my direct friends and acquaintances threw in their support, then the country, then the world! Before I knew it, every single dream I had ever had as a performer had come true; including sitting behind Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in the 3rd row of The GRAMMYS!!

Kat: You hosted a Ted Talk conference event talking about your career in the music industry. What was that experience like? What did you take away from it?

Michael: Doing a Ted Talk was a cool experience! To have the opportunity to tell the story of my musical journey, culminating in a hit song, worldwide tv and live performances along with awards and accolades, I felt I needed to remind people that their uniqueness is their gift, their strength. Having faith in one’s self is powerful, especially in those times when it feels like the world is against you. It will try to convince you that you should be like everyone else. So the talk was intended to remind everyone that they too can be as rare and magical as a unicorn, if the ‘want’ it bad enough.

Kat: Do you have any advice for emerging artists, or were you given advice along the way that made a lasting impact on you?

Michael: I asked someone, “what should I do to keep this ‘popularity’ from “Thrift Shop” going? It was suggested that I write about things I cared about and believed in, then put them out for the people – not to see who likes it, but to find others who felt as I did. So, my advice is, if it makes you happy and especially makes someone else happy, never, ever stop doing it!

Kat: What’s next? New music? Tour?

Michael: I’ve been working on ‘life after fame’. Many will tell you about the ‘come-up’, but no one can prepare you for the ‘come-down’. It’s been a long and sometimes tortuous journey since I left the tour in 2015. Only now have I found the courage to put out new music “Sexy Luvin” and recommitted myself to my love of music and tolerance of the business. Hopefully, I will gain some followers and create my little community…who knows, maybe I’ll write a song about going through the drive-thru and people will relate to it like they did thrift shopping, LOL!

For more on the Northern Power Summit, visit: http://www.northernpowersummit.com

10 Back To School Essentials For Riverdale Fans

Kat Harlton

Go back to school in style and be ready for anything that comes your way with our back-to-school essentials for ‘Riverdale’ fans!

Bughead Backpack, Pencil Case & Lunch Box 

Riverdale 2019 Wall Calendar

Jughead ‘Stay Weird’ Travel Mug

Funko Pop Archie & Jughead Pen Toppers

Southside Serpents Hardcover Journal

Vinyl Sticker Set (15pcs)

Riverdale Projector Pen

Set Of 4 Magnetic Bookmarks

Riverdale Pin Set (4pcs)

Riverdale Student Handbook

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Photos: Discover Kariya Park, Mississauga

Photos: Tiffany Shum

Like a tranquil lake of serenity at the heart of busy Mississauga, Kariya Park lies calmly in the city core, with the famous Civic Centre clock-tower easily glimpsed through the greenery.

The park was officially opened in July 1992, honouring the eleventh anniversary of our twin-city relationship with Kariya, Japan.

It is a legacy to future generations, and will mature with age like its array of rhododendrons, pine, gingko and sweetgum trees, remaining a peaceful haven from the bustle of city life as Mississauga grows around it.

For more information visit: mississauga.ca

Photos: Discover Erindale Park, Mississauga

Photos: Tiffany Shum

Erindale Park is the largest park in the City and features 5 picnic facility ares, 5 barbecues, 6 comfort stations, 1 playground equipment area, a lookout on the old dam and a toboggan hill. This park also offers walking trails, fishing, canoeing and spectacular views of the Credit River and tall ravines. The park is inviting to bird watchers, photographers and anyone at all who enjoys getting back to nature.

Another aspect of the park is the David J. Culham Trail, a pathway system through a heavily-forested area that provides spectacular views of the Credit River and trail ravines. The trail is particularly breathtaking in autumn, but has a special brand of peace and beauty that manifests itself throughout the year. This trail is perfect for hikers, joggers, cyclists and cross-country skiers.

For more information visit: mississauga.ca

Experiencing An Immersive Art Adventure At Toronto’s ‘Funhouse’ Popup

Photos: Tiffany Shum

The Funhouse is an immersive experience brought to life by visual artists from across Toronto, with featured environments inspired by local musical artists. The adventure begins in a 1940s inter-dimensional hotel. As you descend down a rabbit hole, discover an alternate universe of art, interactive tech and music complimented by augmented reality pieces.

Each space within the Funhouse features artwork and creative collaborations from their talented team of visual artists, digital media artists, and fabricators, including Lights, Jazz Cartier, The Beaches and more. For a complete list visit: http://funhousetoronto.com/artists.php

To buy tickets or to learn more visit: http://funhousetoronto.com/faq.php