Friday, September 12, 2008

News:: MANIFESTO - Festival of Music & Art

The Ack and I don't discuss many Toronto events on the hill anymore, and there's a pretty simple reason for that: we don't live there anymore. But that's not to say we aren't down to talk about any interesting goings on in that fine city, especially when they seem as worthwhile and interesting as MANIFESTO, a festival celebrating pretty well all the aspects of hip hop culture taking place in TO next week (17th to the 21st). You would like some more detail? I have detail:

The main event of the festival is a FREE day-long show at Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday, September 21st which includes a legendary headlining set with performances by the Rascalz, k-os, k'naan, Kamau, and more, hosted by Sol Guy. The event also features an emerging artist showcase presented by the Toronto Youth Cabinet, a 70-foot mural wall, workshops, the Freshest Goods Artist Market, an open break-dance floor, and much more!

Event Highlights for the festival include: One City Series, a pre-festival series of individually organized events, which come together under a single umbrella (Sept 11th-17th), the Governor General’s Urban Arts Forum of the Americas at Nathan Phillips Square, Pitch Contest at Nathan Phillips Square with the winning project pitches being awarded a $2000 prize (Wed Sept 17th), Manifesto Film Festival at the Royal Ontario Museum presented in collaboration with the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the ROM, Hip Hop Karaoke at Revival (Thurs Sept 18th), Us & Them Art Exhibition at Well & Good Gallery (Fri Sept 19th), From Block To Block: Two Simultaneous Block Parties: Live from Scarborough at Scarborough Town Centre Move On Up 2 at Earl Bales Park, Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre (Sat Sept 20th) and The Official After Party at CiRCA including DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock performing together for the first time in Canada and second time in history plus some of the finest and most influential DJs and local performers; including international guests: Black Chiney dancehall kings from Miami and baile funk artist Deize Tigrona from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. For full details visit

I have to say, if you're at all interested in hip hop or urban culture in general, I have to think you'll find something worth attending at this festival. And the main show looks pretty impressive - my friend K-os, K'naan, the Rascalz - all enjoyable I would think, but there's also a number of other acts on the bill worth seeing (D-Sisive, Hero, Notes To Self, Kaleb Simmons - Word to Dartmouth, and Royce Birth). Then there's the finale, a Premier vs. Pete Rock show. Now that, that would allllllll right with me. So if you're in TO next week, I'd check this out.

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