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Shop – Hong Kong-born Canadian Visual Artist SofiL

Shop - Hong Kong-born Canadian Visual Artist SofiL

SofiL is a Hong Kong-born Canadian visual artist based in Toronto. She received her Master of Fine Arts from New York Studio School and Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University. SofiL has exhibited across Canada, the United States, and England. Her work is in several private collections in Canada, the United States, and Hong Kong. She is a recipient of the LCU Housing Grant, and numerous scholarships and awards, such as the Concordia Scholarship and the Association of Christian Schools International Fine Arts Festival Awards.

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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


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Podcast – Help Us Open an Incubator Space #CUTO Fundraiser

Help us open a profit share-based incubator system that helps develop creative entrepreneurs through SMARTER Collaboration. CUTO Marketplace is located inside a beautiful 6,200 sq. ft. facility on 1305 Dundas West Ave. 

Help us by making a donation, becoming a patron or renting space

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Who we are?

A profit share-based incubator system that helps develop creative entrepreneurs through SMARTER Collaboration

Profit share + creative community

  • This community is designed for us to actively participate on projects; each project will be carefully mapped out on Trello and have a monetary value attached. The structure will be broken down into 4 milestones, each with its own tasks to reach there. These milestones are, Alpha phase (gather info), Beta phase (test it amongst close friends), Launch phase and Monitor. The largest portion of the compensation will always go back to the creator (up to 60%).

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Why we do it?

  • to develop creative entrepreneurs in to becoming unicorns
  • To help solve isolation in our community
  • Give artists a platform to focus on their work
  • R&D the relationship between art, Homeless And mental health

A portion of the profit goes to participants who help along the project, and the rest goes to the community, overheads, or other projects. These percentages are determined before a project is launched during the Alpha phase. Community members can vote on which project to take on.

SMARTER Collaboration

Simplified Methods Achieving Results Through Exact Rhythm 

  • All projects must start from the foundation up because a tree grows it's roots as deep as it needs to be tall. We start all projects through a Business Canvas Model. This determines time, scope, value, and whether the project is worth pursuing by the creator as well as the community at large. Once we agree on the project we continue through to the Alpha phase by streamlining all the information gathered down to a Project Outline. When we agree on the Project Outline we map out the project on Trello, which allows us to see how it can be monetized by establishing a timeline

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Social Media Artist Lara Harb is The Host of #CUTO Podcast

From the foundation up

I have been researching and developing the creation of a podcast for years. Over the years the people I was working with came and went, topics ranged from nerd culture, manhood, entrepreneurship, to Toronto.

I got to various stages of development before things “fell apart”.

Failure, however, is like a butterfly in a constant state of evolution, bringing the ideas closer to reality. The CUTO Podcast by CreativeUTO.ca is here. I’m sure it’ll have a subtitle soon, though I do think that Creative Unicorns of Toronto Podcast peaks just enough curiosity.

Social Media Artist

CUTO Podcast is a strategic partnership between CreativeUTO and Social Media Artist Lara Harb, and it is the 1st of many programs coming to the community. It will be the foundation that helps grow the creative community, and by extension, our own social ventures and the projects we’re involved in.

It's a platform where artists can present work, come to talk about life... or present workshops. And this is only episode 0!

Episode Zero

In our inaugural podcast we talk about CreativeUTO, starving artists, a fundraiser to open an incubator space for creative entrepreneurs on Dundas West and Davenport, and the Inktober Marathon.

Also, how awkward I can be.

Take a shot for every time I say “uhm,”... see if you can keep up.

Introducing Social Media Artist Lara Harb

Lara is a social media strategist and instructor teaching at institutions like Humber College and University of Toronto. Her company, The Social Media Artist, helps artists and creative entrepreneurs improve their online impact through social media. From local voice instructors to ethical clothing companies, Lara has worked with a variety of creatives and helped them tell their story online. Before starting her company, Lara worked as a social media manager and an ad operations specialist for companies such as Torstar Digital and Jackson Marketing.

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Workshop – How to Write a Bio That Sells Your Artwork

Whether you're a professional looking for work or an artist, how you tell your story is important and a bio will help you structure that story

Why it's important

How you show up in writing is an important part of your self-expression journey. Get clear on who you are, how you serve, and what you represent. Then, convey that clarity in a well-crafted bio, and convert your fans and followers into subscribers and (if your work offers great value) into clients. - Akilah RadicalSelfie Richards

Business Development Workshops 

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Video – Graphic Design in the 21st Century by Chris Do

How can designers go beyond being pretty-makers?

In light of global forces, and the proliferation of design brokerages like 99 designs, how can graphic designers not only survive, but thrive in the new design economy? It starts by redefining what problems graphic designers should solve and how a small but important shift in thinking can have a great impact.


About Chris Do Founder & CEO at Blind

Chris is an Emmy award-winning designer, and founder and CEO of Blind Inc, where he oversees the creative and strategic direction of the company. He currently serves on the board and is an advisor for organizations that include AIGA/LA, Emmys Motion & Title Design Peer Group, Otis Board of Governors, Saleshood, Santa Monica College and Woodbury University. He has taught Sequential Design at the Art Center College of Design for over a decade. Prior to forming Blind, Chris worked at Cole & Weber as an Art Director, Epitaph Records as a designer, as a freelance designer at broadcast design firm Novocom and at R/GA LA under Kyle Cooper on main titles such as The Island of Dr. Moreau, Celtic Pride and Eraser.

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