EVENT: T-Dot Renaissance – "Diasporic Journeys Collaborative Art Installation" (Dec 3rd-4th @ Loft 404)

hyperadmin | Community,Events,Initiatives,Music | Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Another dope initiative! (Shouts to Amanda!)




December 3rd-4th, 2011

Diasporic Journeys: Young

Toronto Artists Collaborate for Collective Art Installation.


T-Dot Renaissance announces it’s first-ever collective art installation exploring diasporic journeys, from December 3-4th, 2011 at Loft 404 (located at 404-263 Adelaide St. West). Join us in this experiential exhibit, where all guests will be invited to walk through our interactive space at their own pace, and take the journey with us!


T-Dot Renaissance represents a group of emerging and interdisciplinary artists, working and rooted in Toronto. Emerging from the successful staging of Amanda Parris’s theatrical production, 32C and inspired by the artistic movement of the Harlem Renaissance, this group of artists became inspired to further collaborate, by putting together interactive and interdisciplinary installations that would see their collaboration reach new depths.


Their purpose (in progress) is:


1. To Make Purposeful Time for Play

2. To Collaborate and Build Multi-Arts Installations

3. To Learn from Collective Mentors

4. To Mobilize Resources for Artistic Opportunities for Us All

5. To Create Healing Spaces for Artists to Push Limits

6. To Re-Define Ritual and Community and Build Solidarity Between Our Village


T-Dot Renaissance seeks to tell the stories that are not told, to give voice to those often silenced, and to encourage a kind of collaborative effort that is often missing from today’s individualistic and product-driven art market. This installation will trace the journey of so-called “third world” bodies they move across space into the “first world.”  Through poetry, photography, film, painting, sculpture and dance, the artists will “flip the colonial gaze” and tell a new story; one that is embedded in critique, challenge, memory and survival.


Artistic Director: Amanda Parris

Featured Artists: Colanthony Humphrey, Natasha Daniel, Neil “Logik” Donaldson, Nadijah Robinson, Quentin Vercetty, Nayani Thiyagarajah, Kim Crosby, Myk Miranda, Camille “Ciel” Lauren, Keisha-Monique Simpson, Jamiena Shah, Kemba King, Alana Lowe, Alix Muyoti and Kayla Carter.


The collective T-Dot Renaissance is extremely thankful to the Ontario Arts Council for their support of the team’s collective efforts, and to Loft 404 for providing a beautiful space for the installation.


We encourage people to follow us on twitter.com/TDotRenaissance, check out our Facebook event, and visit tdotrenaissance.squarespace.com for regular updates on all installation news.

NEWS: Montreal hip-hop builder Matt "Dutch" Garner killed on Friday

hyperadmin | Community,Music,News,Video | Monday, November 14th, 2011

This past Friday Montreal and Canada’s hip-hop scene lost one of its most important stalwarts. Matt ‘Dutch’ Garner was a promoter and founder of EscapeMTL.ca. Current reports state he, along with another victim, were killed when purposely set ablaze during a dispute last Friday evening. Personally I knew Matt via back and forth emails with respect to music coming out of MTL’s local hip-hop scene. His death is a huge blow to that city’s movement – but most importantly an extremely tragic one based on the reported circumstances. Our condolences go out to Matt’s family, friends, loved ones, and the entire Montreal hip-hop community.

Rest in peace Matt ‘Dutch’ Garner.

For more details check the links below.





EVENT: The Forgiveness Project presents "Forgive Me Love" (w/ a performance by Ayah)

hyperadmin | Community,Events,Music,Video | Friday, October 14th, 2011


If you haven’t been to one of Tara Muldoon’s “F-You” events, this would definitely be a good time to start. Not only will there be a very frank discussion revolving around the lives of some extremely brave members of our community – Ayah will be debuting the visuals for her latest single “Forgive Me Love” off her “Back For More” collabo project with DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Should be a great, inspiring and empowering evening.

Full details after the jump!


EVENT: Manifesto Festival Presents "Live At The Square" (feat. Rakim/Kid Capri, Phonte/9th Wonder, Stalley, Michie Mee, Freedom Writers + more!)

hyperadmin | Community,Events,Initiatives,Music,Video | Sunday, September 25th, 2011


See you there!



Manifesto’s “Live At The Square” includes main-stage performances, a bboy/bgirl open dance floor, graffiti wall and open canvas artwork, the Freshest Goods Market, workshops, and more. Sunday’s all day outdoor block party transforms Yonge-Dundas Square into Toronto’s multidisciplinary urban arts playground backed by a free concert showcasing some of Canada’s musical legends and emerging talent, alongside a handful of international guests.

THE SUPER BLOCK PARTY featuring Rakim & Kid Capri, Blu & Exile, Phonte & 9th Wonder, Michie Mee & DJ X, Freedom Writers & Sweet Touch Foundation
Full day lineup and performance times after the jump!

VIDEO: Manifesto presents "First Look Cypher" (Viral Promo)

hyperadmin | Community,Initiatives,Music,Video | Saturday, September 24th, 2011

11 days. 14 events. 100+ artists. One city.
September 15th-25th, 2011
Toronto. Canada.

Celebrating our significant 5-year anniversary for this upcoming edition, the Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture returns this year with an 11-day long festival featuring an unprecedented series of events including the ArtReach Pitch Contest, FRESH (New Artist Showcase), the 106 & York Urban Arts Festival, Wombmanifesto, Origins (an Indigenous Hip Hop Showcase), Manifesto Movie Night, the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash, a Conference on Community & Career, a Street Dance Tribute and many more.

In Manifesto tradition, the festival will culminate on Sep 25 with a massive FREE outdoor concert at Yonge-Dundas Square headlined by Rakim & Kid Capri, 9th Wonder & Phonte, Blu & Exile, Andreena Mill, Zaki Ibrahim, Michie Mee and more. The festival will also include the participation of legendary hip hop forefather Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation, Mr. Wiggles, the Inside Out Project, and Indigo.

Manifesto will once again transform the city for 11 days into a hotbed of youth culture igniting 13 venues with over 100 artists offering something for everyone. With constant new additions to the festival, Manifesto returns bigger and more exciting than ever!

Full Details go here:

follow Manifesto on twitter here:


Shot By:
Che Kothari & Char Loro

Produced By:
Wan Luv, David Delisca, ELMNT

Edited By:
ELMNT & Christopher Cole

Church Chizzle
pHoenix Pagaliacci
Fresco P
DJ James Redi

EVENT: Manifesto & Dose present "The MOVEMENT" (Tonight @ 99 Sudbury)

hyperadmin | Community,Events,Initiatives,Music,Video | Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Stretch BEFORE you come, lol.

An evening celebrating street dance culture in Toronto through showcase performances, battles, open cyphers, and Toronto’s First B-Boy award ceremony. The event will take place in two rooms – one devoted to bboying/bgirling and the other to all styles of street dance. Special guest Mr. Wiggles will be performing in both rooms throughout the night. Also, in partnership with SCION, 15 car hoods painted by Toronto artists will be auctioned off at this event.

99 Sudbury – 99 Sudbury Street (Lisgar, South of Queen St)

9pm to 2am: Doors at 8pm | Ticket: $20 advanced, $25 at door | 19+


Tickets available at:
click here to Purchase Ticket
Play De Record – 357 Yonge Street
Soundscapes – 572 College St.
Slinky/Moog Audio – 442 Queen St. W.
Onyx Barbershop – 219A Yonge Street (across from Eaton Centre)
Broadway Fashions – Mississauga Square One & Scarborough Town Centre

Full details HERE!

EVENT: The Forgiveness Project w/ Tona, Bryan Espiritu, Ian Andre Espinet & more ( Saturday, September 24 @ The A.G.O.)

hyperadmin | Community,Events | Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Tara Muldoon - Forgiveness Project

Looks like another great line-up for this Manifesto Festival headlining event.

F-YOU: The Forgiveness Project is straight-forward and honest: we create a conversation about forgiveness. We are a collective of professionals who desire to see unity replace resentment and forgiveness where bitterness is building. We feel the power in saying three simple words – F-You – “I forgive you”

Created by Tara Muldoon and Gravity Affect, supported by Manifesto, Heeling Soul, PPEG and IMMNF, F-YOU has become an acclaimed Project that relieves the community of everyday egos, pride and image.

Honest conversation, no judgment.
Moving forward without looking back.

Join us as we strip the layers of persona, ego and resentment to discuss what really matters: keeping it real.

Moderated by Tona.

Included speakers: Bryan Espiritu, Ian Andre Espinet, Katrina Lopes, Latoya “JaneFrFinch” Rodney, Christine “Chris Jay” Jordan, DJ Miss Kittie.

A panel of six people, a mix of race, age and gender, speaking about a time in their lives they had to for give either themselves or another. F-YOU is an inviting, tell-all event that aligns personal growth with self-improvement. This event has the potential to impact our community and young adults by way of real-life portrayals of hardships, and over coming barriers that at one point seemed insurmountable. Hearing first-hand trials and tribulations from people just like us can open the door to motivate and inspire us to do better, to be better, and most importantly, feel better.

We at F-You share a desire to see more unity and confidence among our generation.. In a world filled with anger and resentment, it becomes easy to harden our hearts to the idea of letting go. Forgiveness is not permission, or predisposed justification – it is the release of detrimental feelings, thoughts and emotions that can consume us. F-You is a multi-faceted organization which includes panel-based community events, a T-shirt line and a collection of journals. The panel is an impassioned and inspiring event, featuring speakers who have overstepped the line between being a victim and being a sur vivor in the face of their own internal adversities. A true showcase of strength and inner character, F-You will reveal how forgiveness is the power to heal yourself and others by resisting blame and granting pardon to those who have wronged us. With guest speakers from every walk of life, including the ever-testing entertainment industry, F-You will encourage and empower all of us to let go… for no one other than ourselves.

For more information: taramuldoon@gravityaffect.com

VIDEO: Kardinal Offishall – Manifesto & RBMA's "Culture Clash T.O." (Event Promo)

hyperadmin | Community,Events,Music,Video | Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

This is a craaaazy lineup – all going down tonight!

Pioneers from four styles of sound system culture face with off in the city’s first ever cross-genre culture clash of that magnitude. Four DJ crews hailing from Los Angeles, London, New York and Toronto will be representing their sound on four different stages and sound systems, as they battle it out exciting a crowd of thousands to ultimately become the reigning champion of the Red Bull Music Academy World Tour – Culture Clash Toronto stop, as part of the critically acclaimed 11-day Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture.

Afrika Bambaataa & The Zulu Nation crew
LuckyMe featuring
Hudson Mohawke, Lunice, Rustie & Just Blaze
Mad Decent featuring
Dillon Francis, DJ Sega, South Rakkas Crew, Paul Devro, & Skerrit
Toronto All-Stars featuring
Starting from Scratch, DJ Mensa, Lissa Monet & Lindo P

Plus Special Guests

Hosted by Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishal

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – 909 Lakeshore Blvd West
6pm to 1am | $20 early bird, $25 advance, $30 door

Tickets at TICKETMASTER: http://bit.ly/ebrbmacc

Also available at:

Play De Record – 357 Yonge Street

Soundscapes – 572 College St.

Slinky/Moog Audio – 442 Queen St. W.

The Forum Barber – 5519 Yonge St.

Broadway Fashions – Mississauga Square One

Ontario university/college students hit the jump for the free hookup! (Deadline’s 12noon tho!)


EVENT: The Manifesto Festival presents "Origins" (An Indigenous Hip-hop Showcase) Tonight @ The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. West)

hyperadmin | Community,Events,Initiatives,Music | Tuesday, September 20th, 2011


Manifesto Festival in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council and World Famous Music are excited to present our debut Indigenous concert
showcase.  ORIGINS: The Firekeepers brings to together 6 Ontario based Indigenous artists/groups to recognize the talent among a segment of artists, who often receive minimal exposure to the mainstream Canadian market.  The event also provides an artist development facet, where all the performers will have the opportunity to sit-in on a discussion regarding a number of topics related to the Canadian music industry.

Tickets are 2 for $15 available at all Manifesto ticket outlets and online at ticketpicket.com.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=145229162233126
Ticket Purchase: http://www.ticketpicket.com/manifestoorigins
Event Info: http://themanifesto.ca/festival/event6.php

VIDEO: Conversations w/ Jesse Jones (Ep2 w/ guest Luther Brown)

hyperadmin | Community,Interviews,Music,Video | Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Part 2 of Jesse Jones’ “Conversations” series has him chopping it up with one of the first dudes from my generation to really take hip-hop choreography to the next  level – Do-dat founder and SYTYCDC judge – Luther Brown, whose worked with the likes of Diddy, Brandy, Janet Jackson and Alicia Keys.

Previously: VIDEO: Conversations w/ Jesse Jones (Ep1 w/ guest T-RexXx)

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