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EXCLUSIVE: A Toronto Organization Is On A Mission To Help Artists And Save Music Venues At Risk Of Closing Forever Across The City

COVID-19 has hit many businesses hard, especially those within the Toronto music scene. In total, 22 music venues were lost last year and fans began to take notice. So, they began to raise money in order to prevent another stage from being lost for good. One fan established an initiative called Save Toronto Music Venues. STMV began as a personal art project in November 2020 but has since turned into a non-profit, dedicated to helping Toronto’s struggling venues. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝕊𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕋𝕠𝕣𝕠𝕟𝕥𝕠 𝕄𝕦𝕤𝕚𝕔 𝕍𝕖𝕟𝕦𝕖𝕤 (@savetorontomusicvenues) Through its online store, sales of custom artwork, and a GoFundMe, STMV has been raising cash to help these venues sustain themselves until they can re-open. All the money raised is put into a pool which is evenly divided among the part...

A Spa Owner Turned Chef Reignited His Love For Cooking During The Pandemic And Is Blowing Up Online

For the past year, COVID-19 has reconnected many of us with our passions and hobbies. For Jonathan Robson, COVID has been a blessing in disguise. It gave him the opportunity to fall back in love with cooking.  Robson is a business graduate who ran a spa business prior to the pandemic. Like many small business owners in Ontario, he found himself closing down due to lockdown measures. He started cooking as a way to keep himself busy and started an Instagram account to share the dishes he’d been cooking up. The Canadian-Pakistani home chef, based out of Mississauga, is known as 6ixhomechef to more than 15,000 of his Instagram followers. His Instagram page, started in 2020, captures the cooking journey of the home chef.  “It has been extremely positive and overwhelming,” Robson told 6ixb...

EXCLUSIVE: This Indigenous Organization In Nunavut Is Utilizing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In Funds To Support Their Community

This Indigenous organization has one goal: To provide Nunavummuit, people living in Nunavut, with English and Inuit literacy skills while keeping their teaching approach culturally rooted. Executive Director Adriana Kusugak at Ilitaqsiniq Nunavut Literacy Council, told 6ixbuzz their mission is to empower Nunavummiut and help Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit develop the modern-day skills needed to support themselves, while consistently grounding their culture into these supports. “Ilitaqsiniq is well-known and respected in Nunavut for the delivery of our unique embedded literacy, culture based programming, which contribute to making a real substantial difference in the lives of adults, children, families, and local communities,” she said. One of the reasons the organization’s progr...

Drake And Live Nation Are Launching A New Venue In The 6ix This Year With Show Dates Confirmed

Early Tuesday morning, Live Nation Ontario announced that they’d be teaming up with Toronto legend Drake to bring us a fresh new venue later this year. It’s a historic revelation, especially since the name of the locale will literally be “History.” Read More: The Plant-Based Meat Industry Is Booming Right Now And Drake Is A Major Investor Aside from his music, Drake’s been busy working on his imprint as a businessman, securing partnerships with multiple brands. Live Nation Ontario confirmed that the new establishment would host 200 events annually and as Ontario begins the process of reopening, this could be an opportunistic time to welcome a new venue. Show dates for bands like Bleachers, Surfaces, July Talk, 24kGoldn, and All-Time Low were also a part of the...

EXCLUSIVE: This Is What The Statue Of Egerton Ryerson Being Toppled Means For The Indigenous Community

The controversial statue of Egerton Ryerson, whom Ryerson University is named after, has been toppled over after previously being defaced.  The uproar against the statue of Egerton Ryerson has been ongoing for many years. It was further amplified after discovering the 215 buried bodies of Indigenous children at the former Kamloops Residential School in BC.  Earlier in the day, a peaceful protest named Bring Our Children Home March commenced at Queens Park at 2 p.m. However, it’s important to note that the peaceful protest and the events surrounding the statue coming down were isolated incidents. 6ixBuzz got the opportunity to chat with Sam Howden from a group of Ryerson students called “Wreckonciliation University.” When asked about the statue coming down, Howden said, &#...

It’s Filipino Heritage Month And These Toronto Entrepreneurs Are Pushing For Representation Across The Globe

June is Filipino Heritage Month, and two Toronto entrepreneurs have spearheaded a brand new movement to push for more representation across the globe. Argentina Beltran and Joycelyn David are fellow Filipino-Canadians who are passionate about highlighting the invaluable contributions of the growing Filipino diaspora. And like all successful movements, they started a hashtag: #FILIPINOW. #FILIPINOW is a social media campaign calling on the Filipino diaspora to tell their stories throughout the month of June.  “Our hope is that Filipinos of all backgrounds, and our allies, will stand up to proudly represent and celebrate each other,” David said in an interview with 6ixBuzz. “There’s about 12 million of us outside of the Philippines that are doing amazing things but most times are ...

This T-Shirt Travelled The World During The Pandemic To Bring Us Together

Many lives changed during the pandemic, and Siddhant Agarwal’s was one of them.  Agarwal is the creator of Project HOPE, a campaign aimed to connect us all during the pandemic, through a traveling t-shirt. The t-shirt, nicknamed HOPE has made its way across 5 continents, landing in the hands of various artists on the journey. The artists created a vlog while wearing the shirt, giving audiences a taste of their city and lockdown story before sending off the t-shirt off to the next person to do the same. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Siddhant Agarwal (@siddhant_vikas) “The t-shirt serves as a real bond and gives the project a tangible feeling which is exactly what has been missing during this time of video calls,” Agarwal said in an interview with 6ixbuzz. Project HOPE embodie...

EXCLUSIVE: This Toronto Startup Created A Wholesome Solution To Wasteful Greeting Cards

Plantiful Crafts is reinventing the way we express sentiment by giving greeting cards an entirely new life – literally! Founders of the company, Carol Huynh and Jin Chen, have a solution to the awkward throwing away of printed greeting cards. They created an alternative that you plant instead! “We’ve given a second purpose to these thoughtful gifts by making them plantable,” they said in an interview with 6ixbuzz. The duo launched Plantiful Crafts in April this year, delivering beautifully designed and affordable greeting cards to patrons all across North America. The cards are made using seeded paper, with one’s choice between wildflower or basil. “Our wildflower cards help us save the bees (it’s among their favourite flowers) while our basil cards bring joy into the kitchen,&...

One Of Toronto’s Most Famous Clubs Is Closing Forever

The pandemic has taken a massive toll on businesses across the country and unfortunately, many have had to close forever because of it. One of those businesses closing its doors for good is one of Toronto’s most popular clubs. Read More: Toronto’s Newest Club Is Opening Up At Woodbine Beach This Month And It’s Already Taking Reservations Cube and its famous beer garden, located behind those famously aesthetic Queen and Soho doors, won’t be reopening with the rest of Ontario. While there hasn’t been any statement from Cube or its owner, INK Entertainment, it was confirmed that the building it’s housed in is now up for lease. Cube has also been removed from INK Entertainment’s list of properties on their site. The 314 Queen St. West property is currently av...

JUNOS 2021: Stories From The Studio With Murda Beatz and Wondagurl

One of the biggest parties of the year is underway this Sunday when the 50th annual JUNO Awards take place in the 6ixSide – Toronto! This one is going to be huge, especially after a tumultuous 2020 that forced the cancellation of last year’s JUNO Awards. Several notable Canadian music-makers still received awards, but nothing was the same, and fans of the show felt it. However, this year’s JUNO Week festivities came back in a big way as they kicked off on May 27. The events will run until June 6, the night of the JUNO Awards ceremony. Stories from the Studio Within the 10-day long celebration, there are countless events in which fans can interact with big names, such as Stories from the Studio. This experience in particular is so highly anticipated because it features JUNO Award-nominated ...

Toronto’s Newest Club Is Opening Up At Woodbine Beach This Month And It’s Already Taking Reservations

Woodbine beach is in the headlines again. If you remember, the beach was recently the site of a massive gathering over the Victoria Day long weekend that left Toronto’s favourite beach a total mess. Locals had to then clean up the sandy beach after the dust settled. And unfortunately for them, scenes like that might become a bit more common as Woodbine beach could see even more parties after a club announced their intentions to set up shop. READ MORE: Police Handed Out Fines After Woodbine Beach Was Completely Trashed Thanks To Long Weekend Party You read that right, the club, simply named Toronto Beach Club, will be located at 1681 Lake Shore Blvd. E, an area that recently went through millions of dollars worth of renovations. The club itself is actually set to open in just a few we...

Trinity Bellwoods Got The ‘Woodbine Beach Treatment’ And Was Destroyed With Garbage Over The Weekend

Another weekend has passed and this time Trinity Bellwoods was left a complete mess after people gathered to enjoy the weather. In fact, sunbathers and picnic folks alike left trash all over the premises Sunday morning. One Toronto resident even filmed the aftermath of the socially distanced gatherings. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Joe Clement (@joeclement) The video shows solo cups, plastic bags and other pieces of trash left in white social distancing circles. Unfortunately, Trinity Bellwoods becoming a garbage dump has become a weekly event. That’s because every weekend the park has needed to be thoroughly cleaned. Read More: Police Handed Out Fines After Woodbine Beach Was Completely Trashed Thanks To Long Weekend Party Many residents have shown their displeasure ...

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