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Andrews Sherway Gardens Grand Opening Event

The chic, upscale Toronto-based women’s wear retailer, Andrews has expanded and is now open for business! Sherway Gardens is now home to the third location of Andrews featuring avant-garde interiors, carefully selected fashion collections and unique personalized customer service. To help celebrate the expansion, Darren Mason, President & Co-Founder of Andrews, along with his trusty Andrews Team were onsite for the grand opening on October 7th with champagne in hand. The evening was brimming with luxury and style, from cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, to a DJ and some informal modeling of falls top trends.

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Darren Mason has lived and breathed fashion since childhood and has immersed himself in the business for over twenty years. Mason founded the two existing Andrews locations at Hazelton Lanes (Yorkville Village) and Bayview Village shopping centres and looked absolutely elated on his latest Sherway Garden destination. All locations feature a variety of American and European designer and contemporary brands, including ready-to-wear, accessories, and handbags. In addition to the superior quality and affluent style Andrews offers, Mason utilizes his extensive industry knowledge and love for all that is fashion by creating an alluring and rewarding experience for its shoppers. The Andrews Team focuses on one-on-one intimate and personalized service for those modern women that exude confidence and demand edgy fashion alternatives.

Andrews, a Toronto fashion destination for over twenty years, truly represents the best in style, quality, and selection. Discover your beautiful…discover Andrews.

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Let the pampering begin at beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart Suite

Thanks to the awesome crew at Shoppers Drug Mart beauty Boutique Canada’s top television and radio personalities received some special perks on the job while covering TIFF 2015. Who says Hollywood celebrities are the only ones who deserve some pampering and a bit of glitz and glam?

The complete pampering suite included, Stila Professional Makeup Artists and beautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart Experts who were on hand to create some dazzling red carpet looks. Phyto Paris was also part of the suite for the first time with Chicago-based celebrity hairstylist and Phyto Artistic Director Anthony Chistiano providing hair styling and consultations. For luscious lashes, DUO Professional Eyelash experts were on stand by along with Ceramic Glaze manicures and St. Tropez custom skin finishing treatments by Celebrity Tanning Expert Sophie Evans. The spoiling didn’t end there; folks went home with an even whiter smile thanks to the Shoppers Drug Mart & Phyto Paris TIFF Suite, which included the Luster White, an at-home teeth-whitening system. Next to looking beautiful, smelling sultry and sophisticated is equally as alluring and thanks to Marc Jacobs’ latest fragrance, Marc Jacobs Decadence, the special guests achieved just this…true complete artistry and glamour thanks to beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart Suite.
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CAITLIN CRONENBERG AND W MAGAZINE RETURN TO NKPR IT LOUNGE AT TIFF 2015

Celebrating its tenth year, the NKPR IT Lounge is back and better than ever! For the first time, IT Lounge was located at Festival headquarters as part of a strategic alliance with the Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF, who is in their 40th year, worked with NKPR to design an exclusive anniversary Festival experience unlike any other.

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NKPR’s IT Lounge took place throughout the duration of the TIFF from September 10th to 20th and was proud to bring back Caitlin Cronenberg as the headliner for this year and her signature portraits will be presented in an exclusive section of W Magazine. W Magazine previously featured the photographic works of Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Bruce Weber and countless others and will now be featuring Cronenberg’s photographs of film festival and IT Lounge celebrity attendees. Cronenberg was recently featured in The New York Times for her upcoming photography book, The Ending, about the after-effects of romantic break-ups.

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Past IT Lounge guests have included international and homegrown local stars such as Julianne Moore, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Elizabeth Banks, Felicity Jones, Jena Malone Mila Kunis, J.K. Simmons, Eddie Redmayne, Jared Leto, Olivia Wilde, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Paul Haggis, Adrien Brody,Adam Driver, Daniel Radcliffe, Colin Firth, David Cronenberg, Miles Teller, Elizabeth Olsen, George Stroumboulopoulos, The Property Brothers - Jonathan and Drew Scott, Jully Black, Colin Mochrie, Deb McGrath, and many more.

Throughout the decade, NKPR’s IT Lounge has become an essential part of the city’s film festival culture. “Working in partnership with TIFF on the tenth anniversary of the IT Lounge is a significant milestone for NKPR,” says IT Lounge founder and NKPR president, Natasha Koifman. “Over the years, the IT Lounge has become a must-go-to destination for visiting talent. We have continued to create experiences that are unique, while cultivating a relaxed and fun environment in partnership with great IT Lounge brands.”

Speaking of brands, this year, IT Lounge attendees can look forward to a wide selection of brands from fragrances, pens to foods and more. Saje Natural Wellness offers a suite of essentials oils with blends that will calm nerves, relieve pain, boost immunity and more. Goody is known for smart innovations like the exclusive Spin Pin and QuikStyle brushesTM. Goody will create an authentic goody bar made up of their most vivid and iconic hair accessories and styling tools. Looking for a savory treat? Barilla Pasta will be offering guests an exclusive tasting of Italian-inspired food all festival long. At the IT Lounge CROSS will be showcasing its collection of precious pens. Tom Tailor, leading European contemporary fashion brand for men, women and children makes their North American debut at the IT Lounge featuring their cool and worn in tees. SEQUENCE founded by former fashion and accessories editor for InStyle, Lucky and Harper’s Bazaar Ariela Suster. Sequence is a collection of jewelry and accessories is handcrafted by at-risk youth turned local artisans in Tepecoyo, El Salvadore in an effort to positively impact their lives and disrupt the “sequence” of events that limit or lead them into violence. TWENTYSIX, a philanthropic fragrance created by Natasha Koifman in partnership with Aromacology, makes its debut at the IT Lounge.

NKPR’s IT Lounge looks and sounds like the place to be and definitely is where “IT’s” at for TIFF 2015. High-profile attendees can sit back, relax and enjoy all the IT Lounge has to offer and get their portrait taken all at the same time! Setting aside the excitement and dazzle of the lounge experience, an important part of NKPR’s IT Lounge is the charitable component. As North America’s first Lounge to give back, the IT Lounge 2015 will help raise funds in support of Artists for Peace and Justice, making a donation on behalf of every celebrity that has their portrait taken by Caitlin Cronenberg at the IT Lounge. In addition, throughout the duration of the film festival, NKPR will lend strong support to Best Buddies. Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is a non-profit organization founded by Oscar-winning Canadian director Paul Haggis. This cause encourages peace and social justice, addressing issues of poverty around the world with an immediate focus on raising funds and awareness to support long-term, sustainable development in Haiti. Best Buddies Canada was established in 1993 by Daniel J. Greenglass and Penny Shore. Best Buddies continually strive to foster lasting friendships between students and people with intellectual disabilities.

Glitter and Glam is back as The Stylist Suite returns for TIFF 2015 and expects a mega celebrity guest attendance!

Canada’s premiere celebrity styling and fashion showroom, The Stylist Suite, was held during the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Just as TIFF is transforming the way people see the world, through film, The Stylist Box is here to renew the way people are looking at Canada’s existing and emerging fashion by connecting designers to editors, stylists and fashion media.

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The celebrity elites that were dressed and pampered by Stylist Box and visited The Stylist Suite during the film festival include Mischa Barton, Omar Sy, Paul Sorvino, Michael Madsen, Danny Trejo, Rossif Sutherland, Laura Vandervoot, Paul Gross, Natalie Brown (The Strain), Ari Millen (Orphan Black), Lara Jean Chorostecki (X Company, Hannibal), Manjit Minhas (Dragon’s Den), Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black), Dee Dee Sorvino, Lyric Bent (12 Years a Slave), Jenn Robertson (Schitt’s Creek), Jessi Cruickshank, Katie Boland (Born to be Blue), Tara Spencer Nairn, Melinda Shankar, Liane Balaban, Monika Schnarre, Meghan Heffern, and many more. As with previous years, visiting celebrities are given a full red carpet styling experience at The Stylist Suite. The VIP experience doesn’t just end there, celebrity guests walked away with an array of products and services valued at over $12,000.

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For those that don’t know, The Stylist Suite provides privileged access to a range of women’s daywear and eveningwear, menswear, jewellery, shoes, and handbags for celebrity bigwigs to borrow for red carpet appearances during the film festival. The Stylist Suite will also offer complimentary red carpet styling by Stylist Box who connects emerging and established fashion and accessory brands to high-profile personalities, top fashion and celebrity wardrobe stylists, and fashion editors. The exclusive showroom is located in Toronto’s trendy Dundas West neighbourhood inside the luxurious Trump Residences. Trump’s reputation for providing the ultimate affluent experience holds true here as well as the property features 118 luxury condominium residences showcasing ravishing views of Toronto's skyline.

 

 

 

 

Come on T.O. Let’s Go To The Ex!

One of the most celebrated end-of-summer family rituals is taking place right now at Exhibition Place. Torontonians look forward to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), also known as the Ex, all summer long and as usual it is here for only 18 days leading up to and including Labour Day.  With over a million visitors each year, the CNE is one of Canada’s largest annual community fairs and one of the top 10 agricultural fairs in North America.  The CNE is filled with a wide variety of entertaining colorful experiences for almost everyone to enjoy.  From concerts, classic food fairs, celebrity chef demonstrations, farm animals, shopping, to wacky games and thrill seeking rides, the Ex is the place to go to make sure you’ve ended your summer in the most perfect way.

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For those that wish to seek out some thrills and chills, the CNE offers its classic midway rides showcasing the Twister, Zipper, Mega Drop, Sky Ride (highly recommend!) and much more.  If you’re attending with kiddies, be sure to attend the family-friendly Kiddie Midway featuring 30 playful fun rides and a selection of age-appropriate games.  Be sure to try your luck at the old-fashioned vintage CNE games and casinos, and take a stroll through the Pavilions and shop till you drop!  You cannot and will not forgive yourself if you don’t indulge in one or two...or more of the delicious mouth-watering unique foods introduced at the Ex.  Visit the Food Building filled with tempting and tasty treats for everyone from fried chicken to waffles on a stick, deep-fried cheesecake, poutine balls, to food trucks and craft beer!  From celebrity chefs, rib fests, international performers, acrobatic & ice skating shows to concerts and parades the CNE is the place where memories are made with your loved ones.  The excitement comes to a close on Labour Day weekend in a three-day air show, which you do not want to miss!

Three words best describe The Canadian National Exhibition, EXcellent, EXtreme, EXcitement…only at the EX!

 

The Night was ‘Yonge’ for a Busker Soiree!

An exclusive VIP Busker Soiree shook up the downtown streets of Yonge on August 13th. The Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy returns in just a few days for another electrifying year!

All in support of Epilepsy Toronto, the soiree was held at the charming Aperture Room and OTSN was there to take in all the exquisite events the evening had to offer. We spoke with NBA Basketball star, Tristan Thompson, Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul, Jully Black and Toronto’s Mayor John Tory.  The Busker Soiree was produced by internationally acclaimed designers, Glen Peloso & Jamie Alexander and featured the exceptional cuisine of Oliver & Bonacini.

When Epilepsy Toronto established Buskerfest in 1999 the idea was simple - create dynamic entertainment while raising funds and public awareness of epilepsy.  The neurological disorder affects over 40,000 Torontonians and Epilepsy Toronto is committed to improving the lives of these people through support groups, employment support, counseling and programs.

The Night is ‘Yonge’ Busker Soiree was an event unlike any other and served as a gentle tease to the upcoming Toronto International Buskerfest taking place August 27th– 30th. Be sure to catch the last major festival of the summer all in support of Epilepsy Toronto!

Canadian fans lined up by the red carpet at Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto last night to catch a peek of the stunning stars of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’s exclusive debut and oh what a gorgeous screening it was!

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It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s Superman! Yes you read write, the extremely captivating cast of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. consists of the chiseled Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill, aka Superman…my superhero…*sigh!* Cavill stars as Napoleon Solo along with the equally handsome and talented Arnie Hammer from The Social Network as Illya Kuryakin.  The pair looked absolutely dapper taking pictures on the red carpet in their tailored suits alongside their stunning co-stars, Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki.

If the name of the film sounds familiar it’s because it’s a reboot of the well-known 1960s television series with the same name. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. takes place at the height of the Cold War and centers on U.N.C.L.E (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) agents, CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. The two are forced to team up on a joint mission, despite their longstanding conflict, in order to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. The duo must race against time to prevent a worldwide disaster and their only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist who is their key to penetrate the criminal organization.

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E also stars Alicia Vikander from Anna Karenina, Elizabeth Debicki from The Great Gatsby, with Jared Harris from Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, and Hugh Grant as Waverly.  The screenplay was written by Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram and directed by Guy Ritchie.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is said to be chic, stylish, comedic and filled with action.  The film will be released on August 14, 2015.

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Photography by Kopet A. exclusively for On The Scene Network.

QUEST NUTRITION SERIES WITH MATTHEW SANTORO HITS 1 MILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE

Quest NutritionDiscovering the latest and greatest food products has just become that much easier thanks to YouTube and superstar YouTubers! Quest Nutrition, creator of the world’s number-one protein bar has created a new series, entitled Food For Thought by partnering with superstar YouTuber Matthew Santoro. Thanks to the successful partnership, Quest Nutrition series reached a million views on YouTube in just under eight weeks. The duo did so well that in nearly two months Quest Nutrition’s YouTube subscriber base nearly doubled!

Quest Bar - Double Chocolate ChipOn The Scene Network (OTSN) host Darriel Roy also had a chance to try the popular Quest protein bars and is now completely hooked! Her favourite bars are, Vanilla Almond Crunch, Double Chocolate Chunk, and Chocolate Chunk. Darriel Roy says, "For someone on the go, these bars fit my lifestyle perfectly. They are filling, nutritious, and packed with protein." Roy enjoyed them so much she is looking forward to sampling the numerous other flavours like Mint Chocolate Chunk, Cookies & Cream, White Chocolate Raseberry (Raspberry)…need we say more? What Darriel Roy enjoys most about these NEW kinds of protein bars is that they are perfect for when you are craving something sweet but don’t want to cheat on your diet. Healthy eating doesn’t always have to mean compromising taste and flavour!

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Healthy foods should taste amazing and now thanks to the fruitful alliance between Quest Nutrition and YouTube star, Matthew Santoro, future Quest bar lovers will also be able to discover the true greatness and revolutionized products of Quest Nutrition.  In fact, Nick Robinson, Chief Marketing Officer of Quest Nutrition said, “Partnering with authentic Quest fans, like Matt Santoro, is the key to creating world- class content,” and “Surpassing one million views on ‘Food for Thought’ wasn’t the goal, but proves that the series is an effective bridge between Matt’s community and Quest’s.” Food For Thought follows on the success of other notable web series from Quest Studios including Cooking Clean with Quest which stars @Blogilates Cassey Ho, fan favorite #15SecondRecipes, and talk-show Inside Quest; featuring exceptional celebrity figures such as Tony Horton, Tim Ferriss, and Robert Greene. Find @QuestNutrition on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and at QuestNutrition.com.

YouTube has definitely come a long way! Just goes to show that when you partner your brand with the big wigs of YouTube you may see the fruits of your labour in the best way possible…just food for thought!

Canadian Tennis Pros, Raonic and Bouchard Lead Tennis Clinic with Kids for Mini Rogers Cup

Canadian Tennis Pros, Raonic and Bouchard Lead Tennis Clinic with Kids for Mini Rogers Cup

Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is a professional tennis tournament organized by Tennis Canada. The best players from around the world have demonstrated their skills on Canadian courts since 1881. Tennis enthusiasts may already know this but for those novice tennis fans out there here is a bit of history you can boast about when you are chatting about the Rogers Cup with your neighbours. Only Wimbledon and the US Open have longer histories than the Rogers Cup and it’s also been sanctioned by the tennis world to be one of the best-run tournaments on the Tour. If you want to sound even more tennis savy, here’s a another fast fact - National Bank offers over $3 million in prize money and the Rogers Cup draws the biggest stars in tennis year after year.

Did someone say biggest stars in tennis? It just so happens that two big Canadian tennis pros where in Toronto on July 22nd.  Milos Raonic and Eugenie "Genie" Bouchard, who are set to play in the Rogers Cup in a few weeks, shared their love of the sport by leading a Tennis Clinic at HTO Park and On the Scene Network (OTSN) was there!  Raonic and Bouchard led the tennis clinic in celebration of Mini Rogers Cup which is a kid's tournament that provides young tennis stars the chance for their own title and to be recognized on-site during Rogers Cup this August.  The one-hour tennis clinic was hosted by Sportsnet's Evanka Osmak and Ken Reid and took place on a tennis court atop a barge docked on Lake Ontario.  Raonic and Bouchard shared their skills and experience of tennis with kids from local tennis clubs and demonstrated their tips and tricks of tennis on the courts.  Mini Rogers Cup is part of Rogers's commitment to grassroots tennis and growing the game along with partner Tennis Canada.  The event also allowed opportunities for fans to ask questions and receive autographed tennis balls, shirts and more.

Milos Raonic, a 24-year old Montenegro-born athlete grew up in Thornhill, Ontario from a very young age.  At the age of nine, Milos began playing tennis and played his first tennis tournament when he was 10 in Toronto.  When he was 16, he grew into one of Canada’s top juniors and was invited to be one of the first to join Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre in Montreal.  Milos spent three years training with Canada’s top juniors in Montreal.  In 2008, Raonic turned pro and he became one of three Canadians to reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam championship.  He was named as Newcomer of the Year in the 2011 ATP World Tour Awards after jumping from No. 156 in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the start of the season to No. 31 on 14 November 2011.  Milos has won five ATP World Tour titles and became the first homegrown finalist at the Canadian Masters since Robert Bedard in 1958 when he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal in August 2013.  Raonic currently holds the No. 8 spot.

Eugenie ‘Genie” Bouchard, a 21 year old athlete was born and currently resides in Montreal.  At the age of five, Bouchard began playing tennis and seven years later she moved to Florida with her mother to be coached by Nick Saviano.  By 2009 Genie turned pro and at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Bouchard became the first Canadian to reach the finals of a Grand Slam in singles, finishing runner-up to Petra Kvitová.  She also reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open‪ and 2014 French Open, and won the 2012 Wimbledon girls' title. Following the end of the 2013 WTA Tour, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year.  The next year, Bouchard received the WTA Most Improved Player award for the 2014 season.  Genie currently holds the No. 26 spot.

Seeing as how both Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard started playing tennis at such a young age it seems almost fitting that they were the ones to lead the Tennis Clinic, the smiling faces of the two athetics including the kids definitely seemed to proved that. Good luck to Canadian superstars, Milos and Eugenie on their upcoming Rogers Cup matches!

@rogerscup @OTSNmedia

JusReign interview at YouTube Fan Fest 2015

For the first time ever, Toronto was the host of the 2015 YouTube FanFest and what an unforgettable show it was! The Yonge-Dundas Square welcomed some of the biggest Canadian and international YouTube superstars and brought them live on one stage. Our host Darriel Roy had a chance to speak with Jasmeet Singh (JusReign).

Jasmeet Singh began making videos and short sketches when he was in university because he needed a creative outlet.  Singh decided to call his YouTube channel, JusReign and soon after his videos began to go viral, people referred to him by the name of the channel itself and since then he's gathered over 560,000 subscribers. JusReign’s success on YouTube has definitely surprised the rising online creator but what I personally admire about his authenticity is that he simply had a goal in mind and acted on it. “I wanted to be the first brown guy on YouTube so I did that!” JusReign’s advice to those seeking to be YouTubers – “Don’t do it, be a doctor and make your parents happy…just kidding…you got to be wanting to do it!"

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