Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gym opening in East End Scarborough…

March 25th, 2015 by invisible · No Comments · Events, Uncategorized

Straight Blast Gym Scarborough Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be opening our doors to our 2000 sq ft facilities in Spring 2015. Located at 489 Brimley Rd close to the intersection of Danforth Rd, Eglinton Ave and Brimley we are a short distance away from Eglinton East, Cliffside, Cliffcrest, Scarborough Village and Guildwood areas.

We will be offering adult and teen Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes catering to both women and men. For more information, please contact us at 416-908-1756 or visit us at:

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Thymeless Longboard Series – Adrian Hayles x Longboard Living

March 14th, 2012 by sawtay · No Comments · Adrian Hayles, Behind the Front, Events


In collaboration with Adrian ‘Sawtay’ Hayles, we have developed the Ball Point Series. Originally designed on raw wood longboards with ball point pen, Adrian used the architecture of Toronto’s landmark buildings as letters in the word “Toronto”. This became part of a limited edition run of 100 “Toronto” Thymeless decks by Longboard Living. The Series moved to another city very close to both of us, New York. The New York / Toronto Longboard communities are very culturally rich and dependent on the amazing environments and people that surround us. The “New York” signature design will be available in a limited edition run of 50 1″ drop, symmetrical free ride / downhill / commute deck on February 24th during Longboard Living x Adrian Hayles: NYC EDITION @ Uncle Funky’s

Available at:

Proper Reserve
498 Queen Street West, Toronto
between Spadina and Bathurst at Portland on the north side.

Longboard Living
202 Augusta, Toronto, ON.

Uncle Funky
128 Charles Street, New York, NY 10014
1 646.895.9943

Glossy Collective
289 College Street, Toronto, ON.

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Bachelorette Nude Life Drawing Sessions

March 14th, 2012 by sawtay · No Comments · Behind the Front, Events























Looking for an alternative to the typical bar-based bachelorette? Why not grab your favourite girls and learn to sketch? your subject? a gorgeous nude man!

Adrian says it’s all the rage for the urban bride: Nude Life Drawing Bachelorette parties. For $850, nine to fourteen of the best girlfriends you’ve got will have access to “one hot model”, three hours of sketching instruction, and four bottles of wine! Catering is provided by Vert Catering and musical entertainment is provided by Cr8apes 

For more information or to register your party, please get in touch with Adrian by calling {647} 502-2787 or by emailing at

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Christmas with The Salads & Friends

November 23rd, 2011 by sawtay · No Comments · CR8APES, Events

Adrian Hayles had the pleasure of designing this ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’ album cover for our friends the Salads a few weeks back. Check it out.

All proceeds from the purchase of ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’ will be donated to a local charity (TBD).

eOne Music Canada has signed an exclusive distribution deal with mauiwowie records and is proud to present ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’, a digital download album tentatively set for a December 6th release.

The 15-track album is the first all-Canadian ska/punk holiday album ever, and features such Canuck bands as The Salads and IllScarlett festively covering Christmas classics and performing original tunes.

Toronto-based rock-reggae band The Salads wanted the opportunity to work on an album with friends, focusing on simply having fun creating punk rock music together; thus, ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’ came together. The Salads also plan to release their new record for the spring of 2012, their first full-length album since the 2007 release of ‘THE BIG PICTURE’.

IllScarlett are a fellow Canadian rock-reggae fusion band and have been compared musically to the likes of California-based band Sublime. They have made a name for themselves internationally, promoting each of their four major studio albums, latest being the 2009 release of ‘1UP!’. They can be heard performing Christmas Vacation on the ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’ compilation.


The Salads – A Holly Jolly Christmas
The Salads – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
IllScarlett – Christmas Vacation (radio edit)
King Kong Girio – Old Toy Trains
Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide – The 12 Daze of Christmas
Sumo Cyco – Little Drummer Boy
Four Square – Christmas
Dodger – Jingle Bells
Ashes – O Holy Night
Killin’ Time Band – Egg Noggin’
Beards of Prey – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Lo-Fi – Christmas Tradition
The Fairmounts – Christmas Tradition
The Johnstones – I Saw Mamma Kissing Santa Claus (Clean)

Staylefish – White Christmas

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Behind the Front Visual Arts Studio – Life Drawing Course & Drop-in Program

November 22nd, 2011 by sawtay · No Comments · Behind the Front, Events

Starts June 13th

Behind the Front Visual Arts Studio
Life Drawing Course and Drop-in Program

@ influx Creative Space
141 Spadina at Richmond
For more information please contact us at 647•502•2787
or email us at

Starts Wednesday June 13th, 6:30pm — 9:30pm
Eight classes
Eight weeks

Private tutoring available

To Our Prospective Student
Whether you are a designer, animator, illustrator, artist, hobbyist, student or someone who believes in art as a form of therapy, Behind the Front Visual Arts Studio has something to offer you. Creating art is an opportunity to express one’s self imaginatively, authentically, and spontaneously; it is an experience that over time, can lead to personal fulfillment, emotional reparation and recovery. Whatever your reason, Behind the Front will help you grow artistically with our team of qualified artists.

Our Objective
Our goal is to provide students with traditional skills for drawing, designing and animating. We focus on the understanding of figurative techniques (realistic drawing) by learning to see the things in our foreground, mid-ground and background. We believe that learning to draw is learning to see. Once students acquire these fundamental skills the focus turns to developing personal expression.

The Program
Our program is from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and starts Wednesday June 13th. It focuses on how to approach the human figure, how to simplify the difficult, what is important, line & analysis and using geometry.

Materials and Supplies
All basic drawing supplies are provided by the studio. We work strictly with qualified models at no extra cost to our students. Student’s work can be stored on the premise for the duration of their studies. To ensure the comfort of our students, our studio is also equipped with stud horses designed by Instructor Adrian Hayles.

Monday Drop in Sessions
The sessions will go from 6:30pm to 9:30pm every Monday. Each session will cost $10. We also offer cards of 10 sessions for $80. Participants are required to bring their own materials.

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“MAGNIFICENT 7s” w/ DJs Son of S.O.U.L., Jun & General Eclectic

May 18th, 2011 by invisible · No Comments · Events

Friday, May 27th, 2011
Jang Bang (403 College St.)
with DJs: General Eclectic • Son Of S.O.U.L. • Jun


This is the launch party for a brand new monthly called “MAGNIFICENT 7s” brought to you by the dangerous DJ trio of DJ Jun, Son Of S.O.U.L. & General Eclectic!

A party where the music will be fueled entirely by 45rpm 7″ vinyl.

The idea is simple; take three 45 loving DJs and ask them to push the limits of their collections by restricting them to this lone format.

It seems limiting on paper but given the sheer amount of amazing music available on 7″s and our sizable record collections, the resulting soundtrack will be ‘eclectic’ to say the least.
Expect a wide range of international and forward thinking selections from vintage to brand new — everything from SOUL, BOOGIE, ROCK, ELECTRO, HIP HOP to FUNK, REGGAE, LATIN, AFROBEAT, R&B AND more

This first jam will be FREE to give you a taste of the flavour.
We will be continuing this jam every LAST Friday of each month.

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Toronto Hearts Japan – A Fundraiser for Japan

March 25th, 2011 by invisible · No Comments · Events

Narwhal Art Projects, and friends are excited to host Toronto Hearts Japan, a fundraiser for our far-away loves.

Our hearts have been broken by news of devastated towns and people separated from their homes and families, and we want to help. This event lets all of us who feel a special connection to Japan lend a hand in our own way. All proceeds will be donated to The Red Cross and to helping rebuild the Birdo Flugas Artist Centre and Community in Shiogama.

Toronto Hearts Japan is an exhibition, silent auction, and two (count them!) parties at the beloved Gladstone Hotel (with DJ Paul E. Lopes and DJ Jun). Featuring works from local to international artists (and other surprises too), everybody can find a way to offer our hearts to Japan and help them soldier on.

» RSVP to the Facebook Event page

Silent Art Exhibition from:
Thurs March 31 – Tues April 5, 2011
Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor
12-5pm daily

Friday April 1st

$20 suggested admission (includes raffle ticket)
*Special one night only auction and raffle with art gifts and surprises*

With DJ Paul E. Lopes (Bump N’ Hustle)
& DJ Jun (,

Tuesday April 5th 6-8pm
Winners of our silent art auction will be announced!

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Reel Asian Opening Night Gala Party w/ DJ Jun

October 31st, 2010 by invisible · No Comments · Events

The Reel Asian Film Festival has invited me back to spin for their Opening Night Gala Party.  Great festival, great party.  Hope to see you there.

Admission: $10 or FREE with Opening Night Screening stub
Performers: Featuring DJ Jun (

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Freeman Dre & the Kitchen Party – ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

October 3rd, 2010 by invisible · 2 Comments · Events

Our friends, Freeman Dre & the Kitchen Party are celebrating the release of their debut album “RED DOOR, SECOND FLOOR”.

Thursday, October 28th at the Dakota Tavern.
249 Ossington Ave (at Dundas)
Toronto, ON
Show starts at 10pm.
10$ to get in & includes a copy of the album

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Share The Love

June 16th, 2010 by invisible · No Comments · Events

Come one come all – to another Share the Love event!

Enjoy some live music, cheap drinks and free food, all in support of a great cause.

Tickets – $10
DJ – Liem Bui
Special live performance by Mikey Costantini

Tons of prizes, raffles, and other fun ways to win.
More details to come.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the WoodGreen Red Door Family Shelter.

Event location: A private music rehearsal space in Toronto’s Leslieville – Marigold Studio is located at 56 Marigold Avenue
*enter from the alleyway at 1195 Queen Street East – look for the orange door.
Free parking is available

Share The Love – sharing love since 2008 (still more love to give!)

Facebook event link here.

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