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A couple of weeks ago, and in collaboration with Gloria Chik of Urbanebloc and Rogue Stories, I was invited to attend the Bridgestone Winter Driving School, in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
My recent trip to Colorado marked many firsts for me; including but not limited to my first time traveling to the mid-western region of the United States, my first time traveling to the Rocky Mountains, and my first time attending a winter driving school.
As we flew across the Rocky Mountains from Chicago, not only was I blown away by the breathtaking views below, but I also experienced an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the opportunities and experiences ahead of me (in Colorado, in 2016, and beyond).
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, more commonly known as Caribana was definitely one of the events that contributed to my definition and experience of Toronto as a youth.
Recently, I attended the Caribana parade for the first time in four years and even though quite a bit had changed within the structure and administration behind the event, I had a great time and felt a sense of pride and gratitude for my caribbean, Haitian and African roots.
I felt a great deal of positive energy and happiness as I walked through the parade, photographing those that played mas as powerful soca music reverberated throughout the Canadian National Exhibition grounds.
Over the course of the last eight years, I have had the honor of learning from, collaborating with and building with some of Toronto's most talented artists and community leaders through the Remix Project and also through Manifesto (which is otherwise known as Manifesto Community Projects).
Collaborating with both organizations has definitely helped me to curtail the fears and daunting existential dilemmas that most creative individuals experience. Furthermore, since 2007, being amongst like-minded members of Manifesto and the Remix Project always reminded me that I was not alone and that I should always dream big and follow through on those dreams. Watching both organizations evolve from their humble beginnings has been impressive and I am grateful for their creative energies and hugely positive impact on Canada's arts community and marginalized youth populations.
With that said, this article is a congratulatory post to my friends Gavin Sheppard and Che Kothari (along with their business partners Ryan Paterson and Drex Jancar along with the rest of their respective organizations).
Much of the chronology of my life and many of my memories are tied to music that reminds me of certain periods of time.
In terms of my early high school years, many of my memories are intertwined and triggered by Dr. Dre's "Chronic 2001" masterpiece and most of Eminem's seminal work during the late 90s and early 2000s.
In fact, one of my earliest high school memories involves being intrigued and perplexed by my first viewing of Eminem's "My Name Is" music video.
Ryan McGinley is an accomplished American photographer that shoots primarily with film. Some of his many accolades include a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art and being "Young Photographer of The Year" by the International Center of Photography in 2007.
He is also the former photo editor for VICE and his career has skyrocketed considerably over the course of the last seven years or so.
Produced by Boi-1da and co-produced by 40 and Nineteen85, "0 To 100/The Catch Up" is a perfect example of Drake's understanding of his own virality and the concept of supply and demand.
Scott Bradlee, Steve Sweat and their Saturday Morning Slow Jams collective have kept their creative momentum going by releasing an incredible rendition of the "Transformers" theme song.
The Washington Post recently went behind the scenes at the Washington Ballet to get six professional dancers to show off their most difficult moves.
Known for his commercial work for a variety of publications, Sergiy Maidukov is an amazing artist with a unique style that places a great deal of emphasis on negative space.
Serial entrepreneur and adventurer Tim Ferriss recently stopped by the CreativeLive studios to chat with his friend and CL co-founder Chase Jarvis.