未来は今開始します 'future starts now
未来は今開始します 'future starts now
NBA canada and FootLocker Canada put together a lovely evening event exhibiting sneakers from iconic moments in basketball history. Bringing together some familiar NBA faces as well as anyone that lives this TO lifestyle, with the #NBAallstarTO around the corner this was a great way to kick things of. #HeartAndSoleTO
Matt Devlin, Jerome JYD Williams and James Johnson sat in on this panel, discussed and gave us their insight on the All star event that's about to hit our city, also gave a chance to those that attended the event to chat with the panel. I'm definitely excited to see the events and visitors that will be heading our way for this years all star festivities. Take a look at the gallery from the event, link below.
When you think of your cities museum, it's a place that's normally library quiet, filled with boring on lookers, school field trips, senior citizens and tourists. You never see it as night life, drinks, food, party type atmosphere, well that's not the case with the Royal Ontario Museum (rom) in downtown Toronto. For eight weeks every Friday night starting Oct 18th-Dec 6th the ROM transforms it's inner shell, becoming Friday night live at the ROM aka FNLROM. It's like walking into a time warp of some sort, that's if you can even get in with the line up outside wrapping around the entire building, I'd hate to wonder how many people actually do not even make it inside. By ROM's count, 3000 people venture out Friday night to get their drink/eat/ groove on. Witnessing the night myself, I don't doubt that number at all, it's absolutely packed inside. Toronto Loves Kicks put on another installment of the Sneaker Design Project that evening and celebrating their 3rd year anniversary could not have been in a better venue. With special Beat Boxing presentation by Chris Fernandez & Killa Beatz, Beat Box Canada, threw down some mouth rhythms. Unity BreakDance crew violated the stage with their performance getting the crowd all hyped up. While this was going on, next to the main stage the sneaker design project artists were set up to create. With a blank pair of Converse in hand along side a bag full of freshly opened Sharpies the visionary skills was just waiting to be unleashed on a shoe canvas. Our artists had roughly 20-30mins to create something on the spot, pressure you may think? Not so, the talent were prepped & ready! When it came time to draw, they were in the zone, surrounded by on lookers, flashes from cameras going off every few seconds. I asked myself 'how these guys could manage to work under pressure in low lit, mad traffic situations like these. No matter how, they pulled it off and their work spoke for itself. There was no winner chosen for this competition but their artistry and abilities were recognized. I'm sure the crowd had their favorite pair out of the 4 created. Ig/twitter could attest to that. The sneaker design was held to expose Torontonians to the arts, sneaker culture/lifestyle etc... This was really a special evening for TLK. Being part of an event to this scale was something to remember. Now that the artists creations have been delivered to me, I can proudly share them with everyone. Shout out to the entire TorontoLovesKicks family, all who supported this incredible evening & celebrated with us! Below you can enlarge the images of the creative creations from the Sneaker Design Project 3
Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt
Whether you're a new sneaker groupie or a veteran sole body, you should come and check out ShoeTopia at the Air Canada Center on Nov 9th 2013. Tables to display your collection are available, buy/sell/trade your grails, with the purchase of entry ticket, you can stay for the Raptors game vs Utah following the event. Player exclusive shoes will be available to purchase, signed by players, new & game worn. Lots of prizes courtesy of FootLocker. Something for the city of Toronto on a whole new level. Raptor players in attendance, most likely. They do like their sneakers.
Follow @ShoeTopiaTO on IG for full info, if your're looking for a table and are down with @TDoTLovesKicks, get at them for discounted prices on tables.
Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt
Toronto Loves Kicks presented another chapter of Toronto's own Sneaker Battle United We Sole on Sunday Sept 15. Bringing back sneaker enthusiasts as well as entertaining new comers. Reuniting in the Great Hall, where the atmosphere was low lit, pumping with DJ Channel 9's hard hitting beats and sneaker lovers in every part of the 30K square foot venue. Throne Barbers were on sight fading & lining up customers, art displays were being shown & raffled, vendors promoting apparel and kids walking around with shoes in their hands looking to sell/trade was in full mass. As for the sneaker battle itself, individuals/crews brought their collections of kix, displayed for all to see & judge. Contestants brought out for show everything from original sneakers from way back in the day, to some of the hottest footwear being released to date. Of course judging a sneaker battle is all in good fun, it's about personal preference and what each individual likes.
Surprisingly also was the good amount of female sneaker enthusiasts on scene, which is great to see, the ladies have a fantastic shoe game, they rocked them on foot and displayed them as well *cough cough (@bevy_bevv)
A special presentation from @SelfMadeSince89 to the TLK crew, custom pair of Jordan X's, which were designed with the city of Toronto in mind, city map/architectural structures and nicknames were hand burned into the leather of the silhouette, salmon colored accents flow through out the shoe.
Bringing the day to a close, some on stage performances were conducted, beat boxing showcase, local artists dropping lyrical madness and of course the announcement of the sneaker battles winner! Which for the second year in a row went to the 'SneakerMisfits !!! Congrats!
#TorontoGotSole & #CanadaGotSole was represented in the best way! This was def not the typical low key event that we have seen in the past.
I was humbly ecstatic to see familiar faces as well as meeting folks that I have talked to via social media but never had the chance to chat face 2 face, of course meeting new people with the same passion was really nice.
Please click the image below, it will take you to the full gallery, cheers & enjoy some of my captures!
Sneaker Design Project 2
March 16th 2013 brought us another event put on by Toronto Loves Kicks, Sneaker Design Project part 2 at the Bata Shoe Museum. Night time atmosphere with Channel 9 dropping the beats, crowd of locals that came to support their friends and family. Thanks also to Sharpie Canada and Luigi Sardo / Converse for providing the ink and canvas for the contestants to create their magic on. Artists had 25 minutes to create/design, lay down a sharpie theme that would be judged by the attendees. Coloring and designing a all white sneaker isn't easy by any means. Especially in a 25min span, crowds hovered around you, taking pictures/video etc...With time ticking down, pressure on, these players created some amazing concepts. With that said, here are a few images that I captured that evening. Thanks to the #SneakerMisfits who showed up in full force! See you at the next event.....
Creator \\ Lucas @Eye_ProjekT
It was quite a nice site to see the crowd gather and cheer on, enjoy as the artists were doing their thang. Honestly, I wasn't expecting the capacity to reach the number it did. Salute.
& of course a few sneaker shots, cause you know there had to have been at least a few in the crowd.