Tag: Michael Bole

Call to Artists – Cover Artist Gets $1,200 and 2 Featured Artists $600

 Radical Dreams of Equity and Kindness


What kind of world do you want to live in after Covid-19? 


Share your dreams


CreativeUTO is a socially conscious incubator of creative thinkers. We are launching the inaugural issue of Symposium, a print anthology, and video exhibit. For our first issue, we have chosen the theme: Radical Dreams of Equity and Kindness. We acknowledge that Covid-19 has dramatically disrupted all of our lives. We see, too, that there are deep inequalities that undermine our core values and beliefs.


We invite all artists across media to contribute their visions of a better future. Because dreams are the first step to bring better to life.



Artists click here to submit your artwork

Video Exhibits broadcasted live on CUTO Podcast

For fundraising, details go to our fundraiser page


Event-goers buy tickets and anthology on Patreon


Submit your work, make sure to include a 250-word artist statement. You’ll be sent to an onboarding page when you register. You’ll receive a welcome package including promotional material and an invoice. We publish your work on our Facebook fan page, (y)our fans help us critique and add context to these pictures by leaving likes, comments, and sharing your work. Artists will be selected by our Steering Committee, an elected group of established members of the creative community and CreativeUTO members. Artists present their work onlinr. We work together to promote our creation, share profits, knowing that proceeds go to Sistering, ASE Community, and TICOT



  • Cover artist (visual, video and written work will be considered): $1,200
  • 2 Featured artists get $600
  • Submissions are open to Toronto artists. Some preference will be given to local Toronto and GTA based artists.


Artists click here to submit your artwork





We want to know how you envision a better world.


Be creative.

Be serious.

Be ridiculous.


We want your brave and beautiful visions to inspire and then build a better tomorrow






We use ethical and environmentally conscious for all our merchandise



Proceeds from CreativeUTO projects go to funding projects from Sistering, ASE, and TICOT




Submission guidelines:

We accept all forms of art that relate to the theme of radical dreams of equity and kindness for a post-COVID-19 world. The art we accept includes but is not limited to:


  • Visually striking eye candy
  • Visual Art (drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media)
  • Photography
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Other written work (personal essays, creative non-fiction, etc)
  • Performance (Dance, music, etc)
  • Art installations
  • Experimental Arts


The following is the definition of 1 piece:


  • One image of a visual piece (300 dpi PNG format or your print will be junk and may be rejected.)
  • One or multiple poems which collectively total up to 600 words (please submit in ONE file)
  • One piece of written work up to 1200 words 
  • One Video (Please submit a video in HD)
  • One audio file (for musicians, you’ll need audio quality guidelines. They will also need to submit text or an image which to accompany their work.)



For non-text works please include an accompanying artist statement on how your work connects to the theme and clearly indicate which piece it is accompanying. Up to 250 words per piece, the artist statement does not count as one of your pieces. Please verify that all submitted work is original to you. For work involving multiple parties, submissions, consent to participate must be given by all participants and artists.



We are giving away $1,200 to a cover artist and $600 to 2 featured artists


November 21st (Submission deadline)

  • Submission deadline for 1st edition of Anthology (live event)

  • Artists pictures will be published on IG, Facebook during the onboarding process
  • Participation fee due before we publish your work on our networks
  • Early submissions will have a chance to campaign for cover artist longer
  • We work as a community to critique the art
  • You can invite your followers to vote like and give feedback


  • Facebook or IG like = 3 points
  • Facebook or IG comments = 5 points
  • An event like at SWG = 12 points
  • CreativeUTO staff like or comment = 12 points


Saturday, November 28th

  • Symposium Video Exhibit at Studio 77
  • Very limited space available at 77 Shuter
  • Bring foods, and wine
  • The event starts at 3 pm
  • There will be a live DJ
  • Artists must submit their artwork between
  • Doors open at 8 pm
  • Private event for artists and fundraisers
  • Fundraiser to sell the book
  • Social distancing rules are in effect (wear masks, limited to 50 people)


Saturday, December 12th (Final 20)

  • Symposium Video Exhibit at Studio 77
  • Bring 2 pieces of work between 1 and 4 pm
  • Very limited space available at 77 Shuter


Download the event PDF here


Event-goers get your tickets on Patreon

Artists click here to submit your artwork

Video Exhibits broadcasted live on CUTO Podcast

For fundraising, details go to our fundraiser page



Podcast – George Floyd Where Do We Go From Here? Toronto Artists Discuss

Will the world ever get back to normal? 

What is normal anyway? 

We repeat the same mistakes over and over again. We tolerate a lot of wrongs, turn a blind eye to many things. We want to live comfort and peace so we sweep these things under the rug. 

I think in the past few months we have been tested at an unprecedented scale, one crisis crescendoing into another. We're all coping with the fallout from the pandemic in different ways; these protests and riots are a reflection of a world that’s fed up.   

In this special episode of CUTO podcast, we discuss racism and the aftermath of George Floyd, compounded by the insanity of COVID 19. We discuss how we got here and how it is impacting society.

Where do we go from here? 

In this discussion, we touch on the people responsible, the economy, racism, the pros and cons of socialism, dictatorships, we try to make sense of it all. 

As a black man, there is obviously emotional weight added to these discussions. I understand I have to change the system from within but a part of me wants to go out there and riot.

This conversation, alongside others, allowed me to put my thoughts together in the blog below. 

Insight - The Babylon System Part 1: George Floyd

The discussion, below, happened at the height of the George Floyd riot as we started our weekly creative meetup.  This creative meetup is a gathering of CUTO artists who come together to collaborate on installations and exhibits. It is exclusive to artists who have participated in CUTO projects this year. 

The purpose is to collaborate on art installations and exhibits. We’re working to launch the next event in August. 

Make sure to go to our YouTube channel for timestamps

Podcast - George Floyd Where Do We Go From Here? Toronto Artists Discuss


Follow the participating artists 

in order of appearance

Adele Steinberg


Nicole Little


More content featuring Nicole

Michael Bole


Maggie Chang


#Melanin – Michael Bole, a Creative Director at Gallery 1017


Beauty Reflections

Last year I was invited to an art show by one of the artists exhibiting at The Annex Art Party 6. Eva Frydrych has been supportive of our initiative from the start with valuable input that helped grow the community.

One of her greater contributions was the invite to Beauty Reflection; this introduced me to an art gallery on 1017 Dupont. That’s where I met Adrian, the owner. We started talking about several topics including Toronto, Toronto art, and our culture.

That's when I pitched the idea.

Melanin - Celebrating over 600 years of Black History! We've been working on making it happen ever since. We continued our discussions and since then I've explained the concept behind Creative Unicorns of Toronto and that it’s a system designed for artists to share time and resources, collaborate together and work on in-house or 3rd party projects. From The Annex Art Party 6, Beauty Reflections, to now this makes Melanin a perfect platform to collaborate and use data from this event to continue creating content.


Creative Director

I will take on the role of Creative Director for these projects and I’m bringing a collaborative incubator that includes Jessica Singh as Copy Editor, another Business Developer Shorty Bryenton and Salomeh Ahmadi as our Copywriter. 

As a Creative Director with an eye for Business Development and a project management background, I will oversee the project and work closely with creators to make the best version of their vision come to life


The Melanin art Exhibits + Programs






The Melanin art Exhibits + Programs

Content will be broken down into programs and art exhibits. Art exhibits set the mood for a week or two animating about 1,000 Sq ft of wall space with art; presenting new themes that make statements relevant to our times. We're also developing programs like free-flowing dance, art classes, guided meditation, and potluck dinners.



The Melanin art Exhibits + Programs


Strategic Partnership with Bobby Umar 5X TEDx Speaker, Inc Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speaker 

Strategic Partnership with Bobby Umar 5X TEDx Speaker, Inc Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speaker 

With the evolution of automation and flow of free information, everything in our world is changing at a faster rate than we’ve experienced in human history. The internet itself is like a hive mind, where countless trains of thought can collaborate and yield breakthroughs we couldn’t achieve before.


Free minds in motion.

Change can be abrupt, and over time, will eat away at those who already learned and favor the learning. While we become less dependent on mundane lifestyles with strict work schedules, we seek a better way to live, where a balance of time and money allows for personal freedom. 

We are tapping into our inner creator and becoming more entrepreneur minded - working with the community to solve our problems together. Our goal is to help creators find who they are, embrace their passion, and evolve into creative unicorns.


CUTO Marketplace

Our plan is to research and develop resources that help creative entrepreneurs grow and nurture their ideas. We will host hive mind-like events, where artists, creators, and influencers can gather to learn, participate in workshops, buy and sell goods and services, and exchange skills and information.

Our main event will be an art fair featuring up to 300 creative entrepreneurs.

The best way to achieve success is through a collaborative community, beginning with the development of strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations. Through this, we will be able to combine resources, focus, and hone in on our strengths.

Partnering with Bobby Umar, an inspirational coach and five-time TEDx speaker, allows us to enrich our community with content that will help users reach their full potential. With this partnership, CreativeUTO will also be able to focus on research and business development. 

Other projects we’re developing include our respective podcasts, meetup groups, art events, and our collective services.



Bobby Umar, CEO of DYPB

Bobby Umar is an inspirational speaker, coach, and one of the most prolific advocates of heart-based leadership in North America. Inc Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers, alongside such noteworthy giants as Richard Branson, Brené Brown and John Maxwell. Bobby is a 5x TEDx speaker, and one of the top social media influencers in the world, with over half a million followers. 

He has been named the "2nd Best Business Coach to Follow" on Twitter and the "4th Best Leadership Influencer" according to Kred. Bobby is an author of three international books, including a #1 Best Seller. He is also a Huffington Post contributor and hosted a weekly tweetchat called “The Power of Connection” that reached over 65 million impressions weekly. To date, his social media influence has garnered over 1 billion impressions. Bobby was also named a "2015 Speaker to Watch” and most recently, he was named a "Top 7 Networking Guru to Follow".

A social media advocate, who champions authentic connection and leadership, Bobby has appeared on hundreds of podcasts, TV and radio shows. With a background in brand marketing (Kraft and Unilever), engineering (Bombardier) and the performing arts (Second City), Bobby has led Raeallan (www.raeallan.com) for over a decade and is now a recognized thought leader in networking, social media and personal branding. He founded the DYPB – Discover Your Personal Brand movement (www.dypb.ca), which for five years hosted the largest event

in North America dedicated solely to personal branding, featuring 60 experts and over 300 delegates. 250,000+ people from across the world have experienced Bobby’s high-energy keynotes, interactive team-building activities, and engaging workshops.


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Up next

We are at the tail end of phase 2 for The Annex Art Party and plan to release phase 3 before the end of September in the meantime you can check out our next steps below.


Sponsorship opportunities

Designed to create art installations with forward-thinking organizations through sponsorship opportunities that align with their strategic goals & messages.


Toronto Linkedin Local - Moving Forward: Transitioning Your Career Or Business 

The next one is on November 21st



Potluck Meetup - Viral Marketing Strategy September 27th 

RSVP below



TAAP6 - The Annex Art Party is a Holiday Art Fair featuring over 60 artists on November 10th




CUTO Podcast - We Made Another Potluck Happen

Podcast – We Made Another Potluck Happen

We made another potluck happen.

Sand falls through the hourglass. 

A grain of sand adds up to a day, days evolve into quarters, and quarters turn to years. Along the way, we accumulate more wisdom and better ways to maximize our time.

We made another potluck happen. We eat again and, this time, it’s a new group of unicorns under different circumstances. These unicorns have different needs and wants, and when it comes to building our ideas a project outline is a common denominator.


300 Unicorns

A two-hour event where we share our food and culture, what it means to be creative entrepreneurs, and collaborate on each other's project outlines through a design and thinking process.



A piece of our soul.

I withered down what potlucks bring to the table, what makes them unique, and I can't help but come across this one word: intimacy. 

I think of intimacy because food itself is a form of art. Chefs are equally identified as artists - creative unicorns, if you will. Chefs make consumable art that feeds us mentally and spiritually, like all artists. However, what separates them is their ability to feed the flesh.

Whether we're chefs or not, like art, all foods represent our culture, our history, a piece of who we are. We are half-past naked; it’s a piece of our souls.

It’s soul food.


300 Project outlines: from the foundation up

Along the way, I’ve come across amazing people who have helped in the research and development of our podcast on various levels. They’ve all contributed to helping us reach this point. 

At this point, I’ve realized that this podcast needs to embody my core strengths and, ultimately, the core of my organization (FMiMBranding) and it’s extension (CreativeUTO.ca).

That core is business development and business development starts from the foundation up. 

Much like you’ll have to dig deep to build your skyscraper, trees grow as deep as they need to be tall. The podcast needs to provide a solution that will help the demographics by making a project outline. 

The foundation; the root to a tree.



The purpose of this podcast is to help Unicorns develop their projects and raise funding for CUTO Marketplace: a five-day expo that brings together investors, industry professionals, influencers, vendors, artists, coders, and performers to purchase art, workshops, services, and exchange skills and information.



Today is Episode 000: This is a Unicorn

On today’s episode, we recorded our first set of viral videos for The Annex Art Party. We also went over the 19/20 Mediakit and ate a delicious meal. We had fruit platters, chicken, donuts, and Filipino noodles, which are always amazing to me. During dinner, we discussed how to generate more traffic for The Annex Art Party, how to sell art for $5,000, integrating cosplay, and we talked about the Unicorn Awards - amongst other things.




Episode 1: Viral Marketing Strategy

  • Record more viral videos.
  • What is design thinking?
  • Reverse engineering a Business Canvass Model
  • Reverse engineering a project outline
  • #TAAP6 Phase 3
  • On Friday the 27th of September
  • at 730PM
  • 720 Bathurst Street 


Episode 2: Inktober Marathon


RSVP on Meetup


RSVP on Facebook



We are looking for 20 vendors for #TAAP6

Click below for more info



Register and secure your table here


Workshop – Generate Leads on Social Media for Creative Entreprenuers


You end up with a two-page project outline that clearly defines your idea, the story behind it, why a customer should buy it, and the project's objections. It includes a sales funnel that clearly defines how to receive your customers and how to turn followers into buyers. The outline will also include your social media strategy for the big three: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You’d be able to implement this outline right away.

DNA of a business

If I had to build a business infrastructure--no product, just infrastructure--then the business would have two departments: research and development.

Research gathers and interprets the info and, in my opinion, should be 60% of the business.

Development would be made up of three departments, all working in sync to process the info. Those departments are customer service, sales, and advertising. These can also be represented by people who have all three skills.

This structure can be applied to any project and it would remain a viable construct. Something as simple as starting an online business would require you to research the best way to present it, best places to host, and then you have to advertise that business. It's the same idea with a wedding, or something as simple as cooking new recipes for people. When you advertise, you have to receive the potential client and sell them on your product.

Growth Hack Marketing is the sales algorithm you develop to run your business sales and is the most viable way to know if your business is worth your time.

This workshop is designed to teach you

  • How to sell without burning yourself out 
  • Know Thyself (find your passion)
  • How to setup your value proposition
  • Keywords advertising algorithm system (KAASy)
  • How to sell yourself in 30 seconds + objections
  • Reverse engineering social media algorithms (what feeds them?)
  • How to use Facebook and Instagram to sell (without paying)


  • You end up with a two-page project outline that clearly defines your idea, the story behind it, why a customer should buy it, and the project's objections. It includes a sales funnel that clearly defines how to receive your customers and how to turn followers into buyers. The outline will also include your social media strategy for the big three: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You’d be able to implement this outline right away.

Registration process

Note that all podcast will be taped and may be republished on all CreativeUTO and FMiMBranding.com and affiliate projects

Blog – The Abyss Part 2: Transmuting Fires To Lasers

Blog - The Abyss part 2: Transmuting Fires To Lasers

I lost.

“Gone,” says the little voice in my head.

I’ve been sitting here in the early morning, before the night becomes the darkest and the morning sun paints the sky, fast forwarding and rewinding, asking myself what I did wrong.

My face is screwed up, eyes squinted, I'm blinking in little flickers, but the tears don’t stream.

Those ended as a result of too many Carlton smacks.

Like a street light hunched over in the lonely darkness, I'm looking down at my feet and my train of thought is splitting  like rain drops. The drops are filled with memories and a saxophone provides the soundscape, add drum rolls of thunder and water trickling to an electric rift. It’s a frequency.

There are several fears I contemplate in life. One such fear is to be the villain to my own story, and that’s what I’m trying to figure out in this moment,

“At what point did I become the villain in this story?”

The Abyss of Failing 2: Transmuting Fires to Lasers

Like batteries, we are energy trapped in a body designed to attract, store, and conduct it.  We absorb everything around us whether we want to or not; our brains interpret the energy based on our own knowledge. Consumption goes far beyond the food we eat, it’s the environment we’re in, the media we take in, and the people around us, which sums up the things we think about.

What we think about is a self-fulfilling cycle, our own prophecies: the spells we weave together.

It makes us who we are.

It’s why we are.

Some of us absorb energy at a faster rate than others, and to some of us the overwhelming amount of energy can overcome us and cripple us. Some of us need beds to reset, others need asylums. To most people we are known as introverted, selfish; we have problems, and we have mental health issues. 

As empaths, we have to learn the hard way about absorbing people's energies; I know absorbing the wrong energies (not necessarily negative energy) can lead to negative outcomes when we least expect it to. In my world, where I work hard, I try not to put too much value in material things as I sometimes fear the energies embedded in them.

“To want” can be a distraction, and wanting the wrong things can make us suffer.

But she is my friend.

Insight – The Abyss of Failing Someone

It took me years to learn this.

I've said it before. I wanted reasons to be lifetimes and therefore made my life toxic; I sold myself short because I am toxic. It took years to overwrite and erase that toxic energy and it needed a key called accountability to unlock it.

I made all the choices that got me here!

Overwriting the toxic energy means we need to accept our faults within our story. We need to take heed to what we represented, even if it’s not our fault. When we clear all the stages of grief, we’ll need to find the neural pathways that govern us today and write over them. Doing this costs energy or better yet, it costs MANA.

There have been times I had to meditate for days, shifting through the raindrops, taking the pictures they contain and overwriting them.

And sometimes letting go of one person, one thing, or one happening, means having to let go of 10 others.


I lost.

But she is my friend.

Insight – We Evolve Beyond One Place


Blog – We Made the Potluck Meetup Happen

Insight – We Evolve Beyond One Place

The gauntlet.

The gauntlet is the business and all the intangibles that come with it. The gauntlet is a filter that is rewarding in the same way as working out; it prepares the foundation for all growth.

As a student of the gauntlet, studying the beast is a given. Through my studies I've come to understand that it’s an ongoing recruitment process, and that recruitment process is an ongoing trial by fire. You have to workout to keep up with the daily grind.

Success comes to those who try fast and fail faster, only to re up and learn faster. Cycles such as these are embedded in all existence, minutes turn to hours, hours turn to days. We sleep, we wake, we cycle in order to do everything, even something as simple as tying our shoe laces needs loops.

Creative Unicorns of Toronto use an agile based system to turn ideas into projects that serve the community.

Insight - Who We Are?

Creative Entrepreneurs, Unicorns

Success is 99% planning, 75% course correction, and 1% execution. Most business people have it backward, wasting 99% of their time executing and course correcting a plan that was only 1% of the project. The key to success is knowing that everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

Success is a filter that only a few get to because it requires so much self-reflection. Often you find yourself (an abstract identity) in a world designed to be linear. The largest component of success is crashing through the fear barrier; an experience we have to go through countless times in life. Every time it’s the same butterflies in our stomach.

This is our journey; we get to stay who we are, maximize our skills and evolve.

On our way through our journey collecting experiences as Unicorns, some of us will evolve before the initial meetup, some of us do so throughout the work process. After this comes the profit, the eventual losses, the downtimes, and the good times when everything looks up. There will be buyouts, celebrations, losses, we will feel down from disappointments, acquisitions mergers, and other evolutions along our journeys.

Insight – 4 Kinds of Mindsets

Right now we made a potluck happen.

Chloe isn't there for the dinner but her spirit is felt through the community.
Her editing and copy writing skills have been key to the evolution of Creative Unicors of Toronto, helping out by crafting the narrative for CUTO and she also edits my writings. 


Chloe Heathers - Research, Development, Editor, Copywriting

Chloe Heathers is an illustrator, writer, and freelance copy editor living in Toronto. She has been a creative collaborator for a wide range of projects including contributing art and content for published anthologies and tabletop role-playing games. She is passionate about ending the stigma against mental illness and promoting diverse representation in art.




Also coming on board as a researcher, developer,
content creator is Karen Swyszcz. Karen will be creating weekly videos that help with business development
She is a Strategy Consultant at Makin' The Bacon with strengths in Photography, Web Design & SEO

Karen Swyszcz Copywriting, Photography, Web Design, SEO and Strategy Consulting

Karen Swyszcz, is the founder and owner of Makinthebacon. It began as a blog in 2012. She has partnered with brands such as Meridian Credit Union, minted.com, Camp Tech and Supperworks for influencer marketing campaigns.  In 2017, Makinthebacon evolved into a consulting/auditing/training services company for blogging, WordPress, and social media.

She has facilitated numerous business blogging strategy workshops within the Greater Toronto Area.

Karen Swyszcz Copywriting, Photography, Web Design, SEO and Strategy Consulting

You can connect with her on Facebook || Twitter || LinkedIn  II Instagram



Last but not least comes me,
the business development manager and with out powers combined!
I'm also the founder of Free Minds in Motion - FMiMBranding and Creative Unicorn of Toronto - CreativeUTO


Michael Bole has over 20 years research and development in marketing/sales. Michael has was worked for various companies in either sales, customer service and or advertisement. These include his projects including clothing lines, event management, talent management, as well as organizations such as Apple, Seagate, Honeywell, Air Miles, General Motors, Aimia Marketing, startups and social enterprises  like Center for Social Innovation (as a DECA) Free Geek Toronto. He launched FMiMBranding  in 2009 which focuses on business development from the foundation up  and out of that came CreativeUTO a think tank of creative entrepreneurs where we leverage our skills to helps develop creative unicorns, their ideas, and their projects.

Follow me on Instagram | go to my website | Or follow me on Facebook


Bellow is a list of skills from our collective

  • Concept art, illustration, graphic design, french, networking, Marketing, Business Solutions, Events Management, Workshop Design, Public Speaking, editing, networking, sales, QA, Teaching, Music production, Advertising, Copy editing, copy writing, content creation, illustration, logo design, project management, Focused, organized strategy, marketing, negotiation, entrepreneurship, typography, Training, Mentoring, Profile Writing, Presentations, Business Networking, Branding, Photography, Web Design, SEO, Audio Production & Strategy Consulting, SEO and Strategy Consulting, Class/webinar/workshop creation and facilitation, Basics of SEO, Basics of Google Analytics, Illustration, Design, Art Direction, Curation, Creative Networking, Recruiting, Social Media Advertising, Data Analysis, Surveying, Event Planning
Our services are focused on: 

  • Project Management, research & development
  • Branding, logo design & art direction
  • Social Media marketing, advertisement & SEO 
  • WordPress UX web development and maintenance
  • Copy writing, value proposition & sales funnels
  • Customer service, business development, sales & training 
Are you interested in joining a collaborative community of like-minded individuals? Become a Creative Unicorn to participate in profit sharing projects, events and workshops within the city! Community Memberships start at $30