>5 Questions with Fueled, at 739 Ossington Ave.

What was the inspiration behind creating Fueled?

We wanted to balance our diet because we were eating unhealthy. We realized that there were not too many options for people looking to eat plant based diet. At the same time we really enjoyed spending time in indie coffee shops. So we decided to create a space that feels like coffee shop but serves also fresh juice, smoothies and fresh, healthy and unprocessed food.

What inspired the name?

Energy that’s hidden in raw produce and coffee beans.

What’s the most popular item right now?

Shredder.

The décor is quite nice inside, what type of look were you looking to create?

Quaint, atmospheric, relaxed and enjoyable.

What can we expect in the near future?

We just extended our hours few days ago. We’re open for coffee at 7am on weekdays. We are also working on extending our menu.

What was the inspiration behind creating your restaurant?
The inspiration is feeding people the stuff I (we) grew up on.  Which is next to impossible to get outside of a family dinner.
What inspired the name?
The name literally means to eat in Yiddish/German.
What’s the most popular item right now?
The most popular item is either the Jewish ramen or the braised beef brisket.
What can people expect when they go to in to the restaurant?
When you come to Essen, expect warm friendly service, a spacious dining room and well made, approachable food.
What can we expect in the near future?
In the near future expect us to expand our take out services, carry more preserved foods for sale, and events such as Shabbat and holiday dinners!
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Essen is located at 1282 Dundas St. West.

What was the inspiration behind creating your restaurant?

The inspiration is feeding people the stuff I (we) grew up on.  Which is next to impossible to get outside of a family dinner.

What inspired the name?

The name literally means to eat in Yiddish/German.

What’s the most popular item right now?

The most popular item is either the Jewish ramen or the braised beef brisket.

What can people expect when they go to in to the restaurant?

When you come to Essen, expect warm friendly service, a spacious dining room and well made, approachable food.

What can we expect in the near future?

In the near future expect us to expand our take out services, carry more preserved foods for sale, and events such as Shabbat and holiday dinners!

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Essen is located at 1282 Dundas St. West.

5 Questions with Hohme
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What motivates you?

So many different things. The community around me is so creative and enthusiastic, it’s hard not be motivated to do awesome things. Also the chills I get when I finally find that gem of a song that speaks the exact vibe I want to present to my audience… such an amazing feeling.

What’s the best part of what you do?

Getting to spread positive energy via such a beautiful medium; music.

What most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

A guy I’ve never met came up to me after a show and he was crying. After I gave him a hug, he explained that my music had gotten him through some of the toughest times of his life. He thanked me from the bottom of his heart and gave me a beautiful pin that I’ve since then worn on my favorite hat.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

Absolutely. I find I produce my best work when I’m in the moment and not worried about anything. There’s something about the energy you feel when you know you’re in the right place and everything’s going to work out fine.

What’s next for yourself?

Gig-wise, I’ve got BangON’s Halloween party on the 31st which is gonna be awesome as always.

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Music wise, in the process of launching a record label and working on new solo original productions. My REAL EYES project has a ton of unreleased material that we plan on putting out steadily over the next year.

Unique Starbucks ad with real cups at Carlton and Yonge in Toronto.

What inspired the title of your album Midnight Rhumba?
Rhumba, or Rumba, is a popular Latin rhythm and a lot of my music is based on the Rumba Flamenca style. The words “midnight rhumba” conjures up images of an intimate gathering of musicians, dancers and singers and many of my songs would be exactly the music you’d hear in such a setting.
What’s the most inspiring thing a listener of your music has told you?
I’ve had many people write me over the years telling me how my music has helped them through different life experiences. Once that sticks out was a person with cancer who wrote me to tell me how my songs brought her happiness through the tough times.
Does a specific state of mind generate your best work?
Usually, I do most of my composing in solitude. In solitude and silence I can reflect on deeper emotions without distractions. Also spending time in the Caribbean, with palm trees, coconuts, ocean, etc. helps a lot!
Aside from music, are there other forms of art which you draw inspiration from?
I love many forms of art, in fact I once was planning on being an artist before music took over as my passion. I also studied Martial Arts for many years, Hung Gar style Kung Fu and Qi Gong to be precise. But the greatest art that inspires me is nature.
Do you feel with each album you do you continue to adapt, evolve, and get better at your craft?
I’d say yes. I don’t like to repeat myself musically so I am always trying to grow and expand in terms of playing skills, composition, arranging, and even engineering in the studio when I record. To me a perfect song starts with a beautiful melody, then an interesting accompaniment, mix in some virtuoso guitar playing and good sound quality and there you have a song that will touch the heart of the listener.
What’s next for yourself?
Though most people see me as a musician, my spiritual life is really who I am. I teach Kundalini yoga and conduct retreats in the Dominican Republic several times a year and music is always a big part of this. As I continue to grow spiritually my music grows too because they are inextricably linked. I pour my soul into every note of music that I play and I believe the listener can sense that. I am very content in all that I do, so the only “next” is to continue doing what I am already doing and just allow the world to unfold around me and not take any of it too seriously.

What inspired the title of your album Midnight Rhumba?

Rhumba, or Rumba, is a popular Latin rhythm and a lot of my music is based on the Rumba Flamenca style. The words “midnight rhumba” conjures up images of an intimate gathering of musicians, dancers and singers and many of my songs would be exactly the music you’d hear in such a setting.


What’s the most inspiring thing a listener of your music has told you?

I’ve had many people write me over the years telling me how my music has helped them through different life experiences. Once that sticks out was a person with cancer who wrote me to tell me how my songs brought her happiness through the tough times.


Does a specific state of mind generate your best work?

Usually, I do most of my composing in solitude. In solitude and silence I can reflect on deeper emotions without distractions. Also spending time in the Caribbean, with palm trees, coconuts, ocean, etc. helps a lot!


Aside from music, are there other forms of art which you draw inspiration from?

I love many forms of art, in fact I once was planning on being an artist before music took over as my passion. I also studied Martial Arts for many years, Hung Gar style Kung Fu and Qi Gong to be precise. But the greatest art that inspires me is nature.

Do you feel with each album you do you continue to adapt, evolve, and get better at your craft?

I’d say yes. I don’t like to repeat myself musically so I am always trying to grow and expand in terms of playing skills, composition, arranging, and even engineering in the studio when I record. To me a perfect song starts with a beautiful melody, then an interesting accompaniment, mix in some virtuoso guitar playing and good sound quality and there you have a song that will touch the heart of the listener.

What’s next for yourself?

Though most people see me as a musician, my spiritual life is really who I am. I teach Kundalini yoga and conduct retreats in the Dominican Republic several times a year and music is always a big part of this. As I continue to grow spiritually my music grows too because they are inextricably linked. I pour my soul into every note of music that I play and I believe the listener can sense that. I am very content in all that I do, so the only “next” is to continue doing what I am already doing and just allow the world to unfold around me and not take any of it too seriously.

Ted Baker London opens at the Toronto Eaton Centre on October 30th. 

Ted Baker London opens at the Toronto Eaton Centre on October 30th. 

Greg Hanna in Concert at First Canadian Place Waterfall Stage on Oct 23rd.

Greg Hanna in Concert at First Canadian Place Waterfall Stage on Oct 23rd.

5 Questions with Austin Hood

What motivates you?

Ahh, so many things and people motivate me. Music motivates me toward wanting to work on my productions, as well as producers i look up to.I think mainly, my daughter motivates me to constantly better myself to make this life the best it can be for her.

What’s the best part of what you do?

The energy. I love when I play out and I see people dancing and going mad. It’s one of the greatest feelings for a producer or DJ. Plus meeting a lot of the bigger name producers I look up too is a huge perk as well.

What most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

Well once I was told I was a prodigy. Being explained to that I’m only 22 years old and already this far. I kinda blew it off at first and then was told again by someone completely different and it made sense to me. They were talking about potential. Regardless that was pretty inspirational to say the least.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

YES.

A specific state of mind is a very crucial element to production and even DJ’ing. If I am angry, the tracks are more likely to be heavy dubstep. If I’m really chill at the time they may come out as purple or electronic ambient.

What’s next for yourself?

I know what I’m going to try to do but I don’t know what’s actually going to happen. I’m going to keep working on my production skills and try and stockpile tracks for when I play out. Hopefully someone of major importance to a record label finds out who I am. Especially someone from like smog, firepower or never say die. (laughs).