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Eric Richards

Eric Richards is one of the creators of WIL Studios, a new menswear brand that offers a new take on everyday silhouettes. WIL, an acronym for What I Like, is favoured by Daniel Caesar, who collaborated with the brand to create tour merch commemorating his week-long Toronto stop last year. V Magazine declared WIL Studio’s to be “Canada’s next Supreme,” placing Eric and his co-founder Rahul Madan at the forefront of Toronto’s emerging streetwear scene.

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Apolonia Rodrigues

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Apolonia is a member of the INRUN Crew.

You can follow her here.

Where are you from?
Toronto from day 1

What do you do?
Through uni I worked for a Real Estate Brokerage, so now I’ve started the process of getting my license. But I’m still looking for something more in the field I studied and I model sometimes but would like to explore acting. For fulfillment, travel - I’m bit of a culture nerd. Or just a nerd in general - love a good book, movie night or nature walk with my dog.

What is your dream creative project?
I’d love to curate a sportswear collection in collaboration with a Canadian brand like Lululemon.

What are your go-to tunes for… 

Rising? -  My playlist is a lot of old hip hop and R&B - from Tupac to Al Green

Exercising? - Favela, Hip hop anything upbeat and aggressive really 

Partying? -  I usually pass the aux, unless everyone’s down for a throwback

Where are your favorite places to… 

Eat? -  
Sushi - Japango
Pasta - Piano Piano
Tacos - Kensington
Seafood - Ufficio

Dance? - Wherever the music's on point and my friends are

Drink? -  Snackbar or Locals Only

Shop? - Online or Queen West

Why is running important to you? It’s a solid stress release

What change/difference is the INRUN Crew making for the LGBTQ+ community?
I think it creates a positive space for everyone to come together and share. And it further produces a platform for the community to continue to generate active change

Is there something you really want to do in your city that you haven't yet?
I’ve never been to The Botanical Gardens, that and there’s always some restaurants on my to try list: Annabelle, One2 Snacks, Flor De Sal

List three people that inspire you…My Mom :)
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Kim Esquila

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Kim is a member of the INRUN Crew.

You can follow her here.

Where are you from?
Toronto, ON
What do you do?
Sleep

What is your dream creative project?
A full music project

What are your go-to tunes for… 

Rising? -  88 BPM 

Exercising? - 120 - 140 BPM 

Partying? -  @mccaroldeniteroioficial @akabadgyal @britneyspears  

 

Where are your favorite places to… 

Eat? -  At home when I make dinner because I'm Barefoot Contessa with the wrist 

Dance? - Ruffles @ 1305 Dundas St W, if not there then at home in my underwear

Drink? -  I don't drink alcohol =( ,  if I could name one spot in Toronto I feel most comfortable at with my friends, I would say Unlovable Bar

Shop? - Online

Why is running important to you?
Health and Wellness is important to me

What change/difference is the INRUN Crew making for the LGBTQ+ community?
I think it is important for LGTBQ+ to have a place to gather and work together towards a greater goal

Is there something you really want to do in your city that you haven't yet?
Start a business

List three people that inspire you…
Tito Ed, Marvin Veloso, I'm Jennifer

Matthew Vautour

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Matthew is a member of the INRUN Crew.

You can follow Matthew here.

Where are you from?
Originally from a small town in New-Brunswick called Cap-Pele. Made my way to the 6IX when I graduated high school and been here ever since

What do you do?
My job is to kill fat & build some booties; in other words I’m a personal trainer and group fitness instructor

What is your dream creative project?
Open up my own training facility

What are your go-to tunes for… 

Rising? -  Anything Sabrina Claudio

Exercising? - Migos, Big sean or Drake

Partying? - The Weeknd

 

Where are your favorite places to… 

Eat? -  STK

Dance? - Big primpin

Drink? -  Cactus Club

Shop? - Queen St West

 

Why is running important to you?
It’s my way of giving back and showing my support to the lgbtq+ community. Especially for the youth!!!!

What change/difference is the INRUN Crew making for the LGBTQ+ community?
Normalizing LGBTQ+ in sports and showing the community that there will be a place of acceptance and love out there for anyone and everyone

Is there something you really want to do in your city that you haven't yet?
Everything and anything

List three people that inspire you…
Lyzabeth Lopez, Jenny lam & Nicholas Eichenberger

Beatrix on the Beat

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Beatrix is a member of the INRUN Crew.

You can follow her here.

Where are you from?

I was born in the Philippines and moved to Vancouver as a child. Now I live in Toronto.

What do you do?

I am a music producer / graphic designer. Before I become a music producer I was active in the b-boy community. I still break every once in a while but more for the sake of having fun instead of competing.

What is your dream creative project?

My dream creative project would be to work with other multidisciplinary artist on a large scale art series that includes filmography, photography, music, fashion, and animation.

What are your go-to tunes for… 

Rising? -  any of the Soulection mixes

Exercising? - A$AP Mob

Partying? -  Hyphy / G Funk / Trap music

Where are your favorite places in Vancouver to… 

Eat? -  Guu

Dance? - Robson Square

Drink? -  Fortune Sound Club

Shop? - Thrift Stores on commercial drive

Why is running important to you?

Running is important to me because it helps keep my mind sharp and refreshed as well as maintaining my health.

What change/difference is the INRUN Crew making for the LGBTQ+ community?

I believe the InRun crew is giving the LGBTQ community more exposure when it comes to LGBTQ in sport. There isn’t enough representation when it comes to the LGBTQ community in sport. I think it’s dope that there is a place like the InRun crew where I can feel comfortable being myself while pursuing an active lifestyle with likeminded individuals.

Is there something you really want to do in your city that you haven't yet?

I haven’t snowboarded in Toronto yet but I would love to go up to Blue Mountain and see what it’s like snowboarding there vs. snowboarding in Vancouver.

List three people that inspire you…

1.) Wondagurl 

2.) Sam G Notes (owner of New Generation Studios)

3.) Marvin Waves (singer / artist) 

Sisi Berhe

Sisi Berhe is a PR maven who has quickly ascended from associate to executive with MSL Group, where she specializes in lifestyle, beauty and fashion. After her 9-5, she works with L’Ame Inconnue (Unknown Soul), a creative collective working to bring the designs of African designers to the forefront of the industry and to change the mainstream perception of African fashion. Staying true to her Eritrean roots, Sisi’s work with L’Ame Inconnue is setting the foundation for borderless future for African designers.

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Imad Elsheikh

Imad Elsheikh is the man behind Pique, an online platform for emerging artists. While Pique was initially built around 15-second clips of each artist, in collaboration with Bell, it has since expanded into a central hub for events and exposure for creatives based within and beyond Toronto.

Imad Elsheikh and his platform Pique have a combined following of 7k with good engagement on each account. Each post averages 330 likes and 14 comments, with videos peaking at almost 800 views.

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Jacqueline Ashton

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You can follow Jackie here.

Where are you from?: Toronto

What do you do for work?: Growing photographer, part time Yoga studio receptionist

What do you do for fulfillment?: Creative shoots, travelling, friends, movies, listening to music/finding new music

What is your dream creative project?: Probably working with a musician I really admire on a shoot/music video

Do you consider yourself a freshman, sophomore or senior in your field?: In that transition period when a freshman slowly turns into a sophomore

What can’t you leave the house without?: Headphones, lip balm, my fave essential oil roll on

What's a typical day in the life for you?: Everyday is different now that I'm done University, but I like routine - generally coffee first then I figure it out from there

What would your perfect 24 hours consist of?: Probably hanging out with friends in the summertime outside, eating lots of good food, and then going to a Rihanna concert and then hanging out with her after haha

Where's your favourite place to eat?: I frequent Kupfert and Kim a lot - but I really like Hanmoto

Where's your favourite place to dance?: Anywhere with good music

Where's your favourite place to drink?: Rhum corner

Where's your favourite place to shop?: Vintage stores ~ public butter, value village...

Is there something you really want to do in your city that you haven't yet?: Pursuit OCR

What are your go-to tunes for getting ready to leave the house in the morning?: Hands - Octavain, Charlotte Day Wilson - Stone Woman album, Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac, Death Patrol - Ariel Pink , I Follow You - Melody's Echo Chamber

What are your go-to tunes for exercising?: Future or Gucci Mane

What are your go-to tunes for going out for a night on the town?: Cardi B Invasion of Privacy album

What was your new years resolution?: Work on focus & follow through // drink more water & exercise more

What do you think are the qualities of a life well lived?: I think if you utilize your time, energy and wisdom to accomplish all of your life's desires then that's a well lived life

Kindly recommend 3 people that inspire you: 

Bianca Valle
Sabrina Scott 
Anna Collins

Othello Grey

Othello Grey

On a timeline full of self-proclaimed photographers, Othello Grey stands out. As a self-taught photographer, each of his photos are infused with an inimitable coolness that you can’t scroll past without liking, screenshotting or wishing that you took it yourself.

As Othello gets closer to 50k followers, he receives an average of 590 likes per post with an engagement rate of 1.2%.

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Zachary Roher

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Where are you from?: Toronto

What do you do for work?: Cultural Curator, Artist Manager & Clothing Designer

What do you do for fulfillment?: Work

What is your dream creative project?: Write + produce a film

Do you consider yourself a freshman, sophomore or senior in your field?: Sophomore

What can’t you leave the house without?: Unfortunately, my phone :(

What's a typical day in the life for you?: Gym, breakfast, emails, lunch, meetings, emails, dinner, option (a) sleep, option (b) event, sleep.

What would your perfect 24 hours consist of?: Somewhere warm with my friends and a pool/beach, loud music, and no phone.

Where's your favourite place to eat?: Imanishi

Where's your favourite place to dance?: The Drake Underground

Where's your favourite place to drink?: @gan.bei's apartment usually with @forkii (prominently photobombed in polaroid)

Where's your favourite place to shop?: Formerly Nomad, In Vintage We Trust, Haven

Is there something you really want to do in your city that you haven't yet?: Throw a festival

What are your go-to tunes for getting ready to leave the house in the morning?: Menahan Street Band - Make the Road By Walking

What are your go-to tunes for exercising?: G-Unit - Beg For Mercy

What are your go-to tunes for going out for a night on the town?: Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

What was your new years resolution?: Learn French

What do you think are the qualities of a life well lived?: Balanced, mindful, and full of people you love/love you

Kindly recommend 3 people that inspire you that we can continue the conversation with...: 

Charlotte Day Wilson
Rami Helali 
Dahae Song

Dana Wright

This emerging genre-bending musician has already caught the attention of Into the Gloss, Wonderland, Dazed and fashion industry fave Petra Collins. Drawing inspiration from Marilyn Manson, Eminem and the Backstreet Boys, her diverse influences transcend to her broad online reach.

With over 11k Instagram followers, Dana receives 410 likes per post and 2.5 video views, on average. Last year, Dana’s music was streamed for 29k hours in 57 countries on Spotify, where she currently received 5286 listeners each month.

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Malcolm Omoruyi

Malcolm Omoruyi

Malcolm Omoruyi is a new face rep’d by Dulcedo Management who has been seen in the pages of V Magazine and Pause, in a music video with The Weeknd and in campaigns for NOMAD, Fear of God and Get Fresh Company. Most recently Malcolm walked at Toronto Mens Fashion Week, where he closed Kollar Clothing’s show.

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Vonny Lorde

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You can follow Vonny here.

Where are you from?: I was born and raised in Toronto & currently still live in the city.

What do you do for work?: I'm a freelance photographer that you can either catch in the studio putting together a weird concept or out and about in the scene capturing memories of Toronto creatives on my film camera. I'm currently in the process of releasing a book FILMFORFUN containing said film photos.

What do you do for fulfillment?: Shooting is not only work for me, but it fulfills me and helps with my mental health as well.

What is your dream creative project?: My dream creative project is to own my own multi-purpose studio/art gallery for the youth of Toronto to use at a low cost/free if possible. Being a creative in such an expensive city is so hard, that even I myself understands how it feels to not have a space to create or the opportunity to showcase work. The kids are the future. Let's feed our future.

Do you consider yourself a freshman, sophomore or senior in your field?: I definitely still consider myself a freshmen but hopefully I can move up to the next class soon. There's still so much I have to learn as a photographer.

What can’t you leave the house without?: I can't leave my house without a camera on me. I either have one of my two film cameras, my DSLR, or Super 8 camera on me. On super rare occasions, I have all of them on me.

What's a typical day in the life for you?: Wake up. Check emails. Stress. Develop film. Edit photos. Remember to eat. Prepare for future shoots. Send photos to clients. Stress. Scroll memes on Twitter. Remember to eat again. Oh, and lots of sleeping. Did I add stress?

Where's your favourite place to eat?: There's a small quiet sushi restaurant in the Annex called Japan Sushi. Not only do I love eating there but it's also my go-to spot to gather my creative thoughts.

Where's your favourite place to dance?: Yes Yes Y'all

Where's your favourite place to drink?: Apt200

Where's your favourite place to shop?: Value Village, SSENSE, Public Butter. (Thrifted mixed with designer is the mood)

Is there something you really want to do in your city that you haven't yet?: I haven't been to Hanlan's Point yet. I'm trying to go there and be "free" if you know what I mean.

What are your go-to tunes for getting ready to leave the house in the morning?: I almost always play King Krule's "Dum Surfer" when I leave the house.

What are your go-to tunes for exercising?: I look up this hour long mp3 of the sound of rain that helps when I do yoga.

What are your go-to tunes for going out for a night on the town?: Anything to get me amped. Dancehall or Grime is always enough to get me started.

Kindly recommend 3 people that inspire you that we can continue the conversation with...: 

Nast 
Neva Wireko 
Jess Hu (NYC)

Has someone on Freshmen Friday already recommended you?: Josephine Cruz BKA Jayemkayem

Odessa Paloma Parker

Odessa Paloma Parker works double-time as contributing fashion editor for the Globe Style Advisor and head of content for Toronto cannabis giant Hiku and their sister brand Van der Pop. She also moonlights as DJ Weird Dad. Odessa wears multiple hats while wearing her signature bold outfits, characterized by masterfully mixed patterns that you would probably see if you were on the best high ever.

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Patricia Yeboah

When she isn’t doing marketing for York University or backstage at shows for Oscar de la Renta and The Collections, Patricia Yeboah is behind L’Ame Inconnue (Unknown Soul), a collective working to bring African designers to the forefront of the fashion industry and to expand the mainstream perception of African fashion, beyond just textiles. Staying true to her Ghanian roots, Tricia’s work with L’Ame Inconnue is setting the foundation for a borderless future for African designers.

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Kay Kash

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You can follow Kay Kash here.

Where are you from?
Im originally from Brampton, I now live in Toronto

What do you do?
I'm a supervisor/manager by day, DJ Kay Kash by night loll

What is your dream creative project?
Hmmmm, I think that would be putting on a big event for the city that brings music lovers of a whole bunch of genres together in one area. Also starting up an entertainment/wedding services company.

What are your go-to tunes for… 

Rising? -  Honestly I'm a mood music kind of guy. It all depends on the mood I'm feeling at the time and that can range from soca, house, trap, edm, dancehall, underground etc.

Exercising? - Generally anything with high energy.

Partying? -  My mixes. or other DJ's mixes I have available.

Where are your favorite places to… 

Eat? -  That'll be SideCar, a nice restaurant on college st.

Dance? - I don't dance now, I make money moves??? I honestly don't have a fav dance spot.

Drink? -  My home, ain't nothing better than a nice drink after a hard days/night's work.

Is there something you really want to do in your city that you haven't yet?
Aside from the dream project, I'd want to be on stage (not necessarily Djing) for a big festival to feel and gauge the energy of the crowd.
 

List three people that inspire you…

Tanya soon to be Mrs.Ash- My beautiful, sexy, wonderful, sometimes pain in my A** fiancé. She's the main reason we started our youtube channel TKLove (shameless plug, subscribe, like, comment, share lol) Always encouraging me, and making me into a better person. 

DJ Tiny (Run Place) Remington- One of the big reasons I got into Djing, taught me a lot.

Dj Andis- Up and Coming Dj to the Toronto/Gta Scene. Very passionate about the art and craft of Djing, don't see a lot of that these days.

 

Andrew Coimbra

Andrew Coimbra

Andrew Coimbra is a George Brown grad who has catapulted his career as designer and creative director of his progressive namesake brand. After interning for Proenza Schouler, Andrew Coimbra began designing luxury outerwear and streetwear seen on Refinery29, Elle Canada and the Junos red carpet. His forward-thinking brand pushes industry boundaries with genderless pieces that he defines as having a “cool and refined ease.”

With a combined Instagram reach of 10k, each post on his brand’s account gets an average of 760 video views and 160 post likes.

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