Ladies and Gentlemen. If you love Hip Hop and have a passionate and grassroots spirit of pride and possibility that believes in CHANGE, then hear Ye hear Ye! :: Get yourself up and out to feel the good vibes at Toronto’s own 2010 Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture.
This is your chance to get involved in art that works, celebrates, and promotes social awareness; your chance to engage in art that puts change in motion. This is the Hip Hop movement.
Events are spread over seven days (September 20th-26th). Here’s the Low-Down.
Thursday (23rd) = Today!
Tonight’s “Made you Look” art exhibition is a festival favorite, featuring famous photographers (Ernie Paniccioli), painters (among many, TO’s Adrian Hayles), artists (including Cubeworks, who has created a 30-ft Rubiks Cube as a tribute to Canadian hip hop greats) cinematographers (RT! & Charles Officer) and more, who will share their work alongside performances by Montreal’s Sarah Linhares and TO/Halifax’s The Extremeties. There were also be various DJ sets to bang out to.
Day Five gets back and fully into the thick of the beats, and offers a solid line up headlined by one of the dopest female rappers (and lyrical rappers –that’s a double dope…) in the game, Jean Grae. Also bring your Canadian pride because you’ll see some of Canada’s best Hip hop artists, including Toronto’s own Citizen Kane, NYC’s favorite b-boy Mr. Mecca, Vancouver’s SonReal, T.O’s electro-hop 4th Pyramid, UK Born and Toronto Raised KJ. DJ Serious–who layed a set with T.O’s Miles Jones during the Kweli and Tek Concert this past June–will be behind the boards.
The So Much Things To Say speaker series (Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St) is dedicated to thought cultivation. It will feature inspirational speakers, cultural movers and shakers, professionals, and artists, who will share their pearls of wisdom on community building. The Manifesto coordinators have really rounded up some extraordinary individuals who work to make a difference. I’m all sorts of inspired, and I’ve only read their short bios. Starts at 1:00PM and wraps up around 6:30PM – FREE!
ALSO! After you brush up on your philosophy and get your motivation up and running, make it down to the MANIFESTO industrial warehouse at 358 Queen St & Dufferin where there will be an epic bboy/bgirl competition with over $3000 in cash prizes. It’s dubbed as the “Must see Dance Event of the Year!” –and I don’t doubt it will be. Son of S.O.U.L and Dj Gary Cronin will be spinning. Grab a hot dog at the kick off BBQ from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, then settle in for some epic crew competitions from 8:00PM – 1:00AM.
Yonge-Dundas will turn into a massive block party, where attendees will soak in Big-time artists J.Period and Black Thought (who will perform “The Live Mixtape”), Jay Electronica (maybe you’ll see Badu?) among many other Canadian Hip hop artists including Saukrates, D-Sisive, Shaun Boothe, Kae Sun, Nilla, and more.
If you end up drunk off the vibe and are feeling all sorts of inspired, check out the afterparty to meet like-hearted people who feel the same. Your boss will understand the next day. Trust me.
Download the MANIFESTO iPhone APP, click through events, and check out some interviews and videos over on the manifesto website. You can also get the most up to minute deets on twitter/facebook, all linked in below.