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Recognizing the barriers to access information, network and enter Toronto’s arts and culture media industry and communities; 1030 Right Now merges the gap between accomplished and aspiring media creatives and professionals.
As passionate journalists, producers, photographers and videographers we believe artistic experiences cannot be described through written words. There are beats, tastes and textures that can only be experienced visually.
This is our pick of hot arts and culture events in Toronto right now. 
"Just like there's somebody for somebody in this world, there's a client or a need for someone's creative outlet whether it be photography or videography. So if you wanna stand out, stand out by just being yourself," said Giancarlo Pawelec, Toronto-based Editorial and Commercial Photography and owner of 311 Studio. Watch the full interview right here!
Community is everything for Anthony Esguerra who is part time creative, part time tech head. "Bringing those people together is the most exciting thing for me," he says. Anthony keeps it casual in his photography passion, biking around Toronto looking for inspiration, capturing the city in the moment rather than planning his shots. Sometimes we overlook the value of community and focus too much on the grind, rather than personal passion of the creative industry. How do you find a community in Toronto?
To continue our Photo Project series in which we are featuring creatives in the arts and media industry; we spoke with musician, Julie Neff about touring, travelling and musical composition process. “[touring internationally] helps me come back and have a renewed energy for what I'm doing," said Neff. "And obviously bringing that experience and different kinds of music and people that you have met. You always bring that with you." Check out the full interview right here. What do you like or dislike about Toronto's music industry? How do you think it will change? 
We put the word out and you listened! 1030 Right Now is back with an exciting Photo Project series where we are featuring creatives in the arts and media industry. From work influences to current projects - we asked filmmakers, dancers, photographers and more about their experiences. Our first feature is film director, Alexander DeSouza who spoke to us about how he entered the film industry, how his heritage and roots are influencing his work and more. Check out the full interview right here.
This one's for all you creatives and foodies! We're collaborating with Janet Sonethasack to bring her business idea to the forefront. Janet's is a a new emerging, business that hosts a series of pop-up events to celebrate and connect Toronto's diverse communities. Think unique entertainment, authentic food and a one of a kind crowd! The launch party is November 14 so mark your calendars! And check out the video ofcourse 🙂
We're wrapping this week up with insight from FITC's key guests. As media sponsors of this creative technology and design conference we interviewed leaders in this industry. Check out their answers to 1030rn's questions.
"There aren't many concept sneaker stores in Toronto," said Founder and CEO of MILK Sneaker Boutique, Kamaj Silva. Do you agree? Watch the full interview with the founder of this unique milk and cereal themed streetwear boutique right here!
Lawyer and Co-Founder of Lawyers & Lattes, Dale Barrett speaks to 1030rn about why he started Toronto's first legal cafe. With his team, Barrett balances two unique operations together: a full service cafe and law firm in one space and explains to us why both must be done right together.
Canadian Film Fest is back this weekend with a second Homegrown Shorts program, industry series, script contest and more! This all-Canadian organized and featured platform showcases diverse genres and is offering attendees multiple networking opportunities. Watch our interview with the Founder and Festival Director, Bern Euler and Director and Producer, Zac Bernbaum who fill us in with what this festival is all about. 
Italian Contemporary Film Festival hosted their Call The Shots: Female Power Through Film event on Friday March 8, in honour of International Women’s Day.  This event featured a panel of four women in the film industry and a screening of The Name of a Woman. We spoke with director of operations, Mara Cataldi about why she started this event and what to look out for this coming year.
Contemporary Art Fair, Artist Project is back this weekend at Better Living Centre and is our event pick of the week. Why? This annual exhibition hosts Canadian art only, with over 14 mediums of art work. Contemporary realism, textile art, portraits - there's something for everyone here. Check out our interview with the Director of Artist Project who sheds more light on this colorful, vivid exhibit. 
Celebrating talented young film makers under 25 years old - TIFF Next Wave Festival is happening right now ‘till Sunday. We spoke with TIFF Youth and Community Manager, Brigid Tierney about the Next Wave committee who programmed this festival by watching submitted films first and sending them for final nomination. Along with advising young film makers to develop their unique voice, Brigid explains why aspiring film directors should get involved with TIFF and TIFF Next Wave.
Meet R&D restaurant chef / owner and former Master Chef Canada champion Eric Chong! We got the pleasure to interview him at his restaurant while he prepares for Winterlicious 2019.  
One restaurant you must dine at this year is The Chefs' House. Located in the East End of Toronto’s core, this student operated restaurant offers a $23 lunch and $33 dinner. We got a preview of some chef creations specially curated for #winterlicious.
Did you know Winterlicious began 17 years ago?! The annual event is back as of today and runs until February 7th. City of Toronto's Event Support Supervisor, Partnerships, Eirine Papaioannou is one of the participating individuals we spoke to about this food cultural event!  
If you’ve been following us for a while then you know we wouldn't miss Gladstone Hotel's annual event: Come Up To My Room. We spoke with exhibition director, Lee Petrie about this 3-day design exhibition that challenges conventional ideas of space, light and materials. Learn more about these beautiful installations here.
Last night 1030rn attended PULP, a party full of live music, art installations, and dancing - all for charitable cause.
Rotem Yaniv, one of three Founding Directors of
PULP: Reclaimed Materials Art and Design, spoke with us about this annual party and platform that supports Toronto's arts community. Check out the action. 
Fanny pack or clutch? Gloss or metallic? What do you think of these 2018 trends? Do these professional fashion entrepreneurs agree? We sat down with Jodi Goodfellow, founder of Startup Fashion Week and founder of LUXFINDZ, Noriko Oyama and spoke about which 2018 trends they would prefer. 
It's all fun and games with Founder and CEO of Inlighten Co, Eddy Song and CEO of Bennett Bespoke, Ben Rogul who execute polar clothing styles smoothly. Would they prefer leather over jean jackets or design clothing for Walmart or Costco? Watch our Would You Rather series with both gentlemen.
What makes Toronto different from other cities you might ask? Innovative startup platforms like Fashion Startup Week are one of the few, unique platforms and annual events that blend unique concepts together; in this case fashion and technology. We spoke with Startup Fashion Week Founder, Jodi Goodfellow about her platform that reached Montreal and is now expanding to Vancouver. 

What do you picture when you see storage containers? Is it a place to store unwanted goods after you downsized into your new home? Or a memory box full of sacred artifacts? 1030rn  visited Art Spin: The “Holding Patterns” exhibit, which reimagines storage containers. See for yourself, this is the last weekend to view the space! Located at 1655 Dupont St. Or you can watch our interview. 
Take a look inside one of the biggest contemporary art exhibits right here in Toronto.
Art Toronto is back again for its 19th year featuring artists from around the world. This year’s spotlight focus is California!  1030rn spoke to a attendees and organizers!

Blending art with technology, Change Up hosted it's inaugural JAM over the weekend at Toronto Media Arts Centre. The three-day event invited artists, designers and game makers to come together and collaborate on artistic and technological projects. Check out our interview with founding organizers, Brian Wong and Amy Gottung
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Our spotlight on young upcoming creatives in Toronto.
This month's featured artist goes out to web series, Gay Mean Girls Director of Photography, Hayley Wong! 🎥 Hayley spoke to us about the inspiration behind Gay Mean Girls, a typical day in set and more! Catch the full interview here.
This is the amazing illustrator, Elise Conlin! You may have seen her work in OCAD University's Zine Fair, and may one day see these designs at her dream jobs around the world. Are you an emerging creative? Take a look at how Elise overcomes “illustration block,” and more.
From sports to portraits, you may recognize our 1030rn guest as @crookedabstract on Instagram! We had the chance to talk with Hung Le about his transition into the creative career, his latest gigs and the Toronto photography community right now.
Meet Shayla Bond - a full-time freelance illustrator in Toronto! You may have seen her clean and stylish work in Walrus Magazine or BY THE NAMESAKE . Take a look at our full interview video with her as she answers 10 of our burning questions in 30 seconds or less, including how to start freelancing on your own! ✏️
We're kicking the long weekend off with Stephania Stefanakou who is the CEO and Co-Founder of  House of Anesi. This innovative brand is offering adjustable bras that conform to breast size changes. We spoke about entrepreneurship, Sunday plans and more!
Were you at Toronto New Wave this past weekend? We spoke with Co-Founder, Emmanuel Teji and challenged him to answer each of our 10 questions in 30 seconds. Check out the full video. 
Meet Dani Doucette - Ssinger, songwriter, and creator in Toronto. This small-town girl is doing some amazing things in Toronto! Check out her 10 questions in 30 seconds interview with 1030rn.
Meet Jane Hilton - a singer / songwriter in the process of developing her first EP! Aside from her music career, this female powerhouse possesses a few dozen hidden talents. Take a look at our 10q in 30s interview with this up and coming rock star. 
Meet Nicole Haber - singer-songwriter and actor who’s done great things this 2018 year. Working with international producers, Nicole’s song Tonight produced by @xadrianmusic has almost 40K views! This emerging Toronto artist will be hitting the big stage soon.
Black Lives Matter
A big thank you to Toronto-based creatives: Ryan Malcolm-Campbell, Linda Tachie-Mensah, Mike Regis, Yoni Mutonji and Enni Balo for speaking to us about their experiences with Black Lives Matter and racial injustice. It was a learning experience for us to understand different perspectives and hopefully through sharing this, you too will learn, understand and educate yourself about the injustice surrounding us. These thought-provoking conversations covered immigration, systematic racism, social media, and much more. Everyone has a role to play and equality and injustice isn't up for debate. Do your part.
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