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I've had "Feel" by SAFE on replay for the last two months and the record's music video is no less mesmerizing than the song itself.
Indicative of Toronto's cultural diversity, musical prominence and experimentation over the course of the last six years, SAFE is undoubtedly one of my favourite musicians from my hometown.
Musicians like Prince, Queen, Guns N' Roses and Michael Jackson dominated the 80s and set the bar unbelievably high for live musical performances.
As such, very few artists that represent my generation have been able to measure up to the superhuman standards that were established during the 1980s and before.
With that said, one of the few songwriting and musical performance anomalies of my generation is undoubtedly Miguel and I didn't truly have an appreciation for his level of artistry until I saw it firsthand.
Last week, the Los Angeles native performed to a packed crowd at Toronto's Sound Academy as part of his "Wildheart" tour and between his open jacket complete with white fringes and the rawness of his music, he did not disappoint.
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.
As an artist and entrepreneur that has experienced countless burnouts and devastating drops in morale over the course of the last eight years, the premise behind Sebastien Zenella's "Please Stay Positive: Jeremy Flores" short film truly resonated with me.
When I first began my career as a photographer, due to my overwhelming enthusiasm and lack of professional experience, I never anticipated that the business and entrepreneurial nuances of it combined with my (unhealthy) workaholism and perfectionism would cause me to begin to resent photography and my career at times.
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).
Jokke Sommer is a former professional motocross racer that quickly transitioned into skydiving and base jumping in 2007.
In 2008, Sommer traveled to the United States and completed 250 jumps in two months to gain the required experience needed to familiarize himself with base jumping and skydiving. Soon after, it didn't take him long to acquire Redbull and GoPro sponsorships, in addition to many other accolades.
My friends at The Substance Group (alongside INK Entertainment) recently brought Tinashe to Tattoo in Toronto for her first Canadian tour date.
The Substance Group's timing could not have been better, as Tinashe's career has been blowing up recently with the momentum generated by her platinum single "2 On" and the recent release of her amazing debut album, "Aquarius".
As I walked into Tattoo on December 14th, I immediately realized that regular ticket holders would have very little room to breathe or move, as the venue was completely packed and filled with the infectious energy of collective anticipation.
Soon after, I spotted Boi-1da and made my way to begin photographing beside him while asking him about his perspective on Tinashe's album and career, primarily because I knew that he co-produced her hit single "Cold Sweat".
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.
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.