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EVENT: 106 & York "Urban Arts Festival (2011)" (Promo Vid)

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

Lots to appreciate and support in these coming weeks – here’s one of them!

http://www.106andyork.com

106 and York is less than a week away! Come out on Saturday September 17, Doors open @ 5pm

Earl Haig Secondary School
100 Princess Ave.
(North of Sheppard off Yonge St, walk East down Empress)

Tickets: $10.00 (at the door)

RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=27173593617439CHECK
LIKE US: https://www.facebook.com/106andyork
FOLLOW US: https://twitter.com/106andYork

Highclass, N.I.S.E., Just BGraphic and Manifesto Presents: 106 & York, a multi-disciplinary urban arts festival that will showcase some of Toronto’s finest young talent in music, fashion, dance and spoken word, etc. The event will include performances by emerging artists and headliners.

This event is to help promote upcoming local artists in a positive light. Partners are hosting this event with a number of community partners and sponsors who want to promote artists to get youth off the streets and onto the stage.

Artists Performing at 2011 106 & York:

Headliners: Trish, Luu Breeze, Captain Hooks, & The Violinist

Rappers: Church Chizzle, Jelly Too Fly, Regular Robb, & Simple The Prince

Singers: ENN, Moses Peterson

Dancers: Projecxts, Chaotic Crew, J La Soul, Rascals, & Diana Reyes

Collabs,Bands,Spoken Word,Other: Unbuttoned, Quentin Vercetty , Nomanzland, Mace And Men, & Dynasty Willams

VIDEO: Manifesto "A Message Of Love" (Promo)

hyperadmin | Community,Music,Video | Monday, September 12th, 2011

Ridiculously cute!

MANIFESTO FESTIVAL OF COMMUNITY AND CULTURE
CELEBRATING OUR 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
11 days. 14 events. 100+ artists. One city.
September 15th-25th, 2011
Toronto. Canada.

Toronto, August, 23rd, 2011 – 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:
themanifesto.ca

Follow Manifesto on twitter here:
twitter.com/​#!/​Manifesto_Fest

Down the guidebook on Monday, Sept 13th – 2011 @
themanifesto.ca/​2011magazine

VIDEO: K'naan & Sol Guy "These Are Our Kids" (Somalia Famine Awareness Short)

hyperadmin | Community,Initiatives,Interviews,Music,Video | Thursday, September 8th, 2011

K’naan and Sol Guy talk the famine crisis in Somalia as they attempt to make a difference at a grassroots and government level with the likes of U2’s Bono and Senator John McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain.

Shot & edited by Jordan Haro.

Hit the jump for CNN coverage that featured K’naan and Bono plus a clip of the two artists singing “Stand By Me” during a U2 show in Minneapolis.

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EVENT: Manifesto Festival (Sept. 15th – 25th 2011)

hyperadmin | Community,concerts,Events,Initiatives,Music | Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

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It’s here!

Toronto, August, 23rd, 2011 – 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 festival highlights at themanifesto.ca or hit the jump for a run down!
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NEWS: Honest Music Signs Deal With EMI Label Services Canada!

hyperadmin | Community,Music,News | Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Dope!

HONEST MUSIC SIGNS DEAL WITH EMI LABEL SERVICES CANADA

(Toronto, ON) Introduce yourself to Honest Music. A record label birthed from The Remix Project is now officially a part of the EMI family. Boasting a fresh, diverse roster of young artists, the label will provide music that connects not necessarily along the lines of genre, but with the hearts and minds of listeners on an instinctual level.

As a social enterprise, Honest Music acts as an extension of The Remix Project (charity # 82247 1421 RR0001), the world class charity focusing on cultural and creative incubation. The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and underserved communities and now Honest Music takes it one step further by providing a platform for the world class talent that is surfacing from this program. The label emerges as a testament to the power of The Remix Project and its alumni which even includes Label Manager Adiel Papa.

Honest Music prides itself on being entrenched in the culture of today while participating in the creation of tomorrow. It’s with this in mind that the label is committed not only to releasing music, but fostering artist development from the moment of inspiration to point of sale. While the label plans to release various singles throughout 2011, its first full key release will be the compilation ‘Get Money, Make Change. vol. 1’  Scheduled for August 2012, this release is tied in with The Remix Project’s key annual fundraising event “Give Money, Make Change”.

“This relationship we’re forging with EMI Music Canada is literally a dream come true,” comments Gavin Sheppard, Executive Director of The Remix Project/Honest Music.  “For years now, The Remix Project has been serving as a launch pad for some of the most important and successful young urban talent in the city of Toronto. EMI opens the door to the missing piece of the equation, infrastructure to support that talent’s emergence on the worldwide scene. We hope that Honest Music can be an exciting example of social enterprise here in Canada.”

“The spirit of the team and artists at Honest Music greatly impressed and inspired us,” says Deane Cameron, President of EMI Music Canada.  “We see a unique opportunity for our staff to offer significant expertise and mentorship to this label, and to help them monetize the exceptional talent coming out of The Remix Project.  We can’t wait to get started!”

For further insight into the heart of Honest Music’s vision, check out this short film narrated by actor Jamie Hector (The Wire, Heroes) and directed by Maurico Ruiz of Madruk Ent. (Remix’s director in residence) – http://vimeo.com/26177561.  As the label continues to scout and develop talent, a series of viral videos entitled ‘Honest Moments’ will also soon be available.

EVENT: Ian Kamau presents "Reasoning w/ Donisha" (This Friday @ Scadding Court Community Centre)

hyperadmin | Community,Events,Initiatives,Music,Video | Thursday, August 4th, 2011

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Ian Kamau in conversation with Bob Marley’s granddaughter?! I’m down.

This Friday, August 5th (in Toronto) I am organizing an informal Gathering on youth and spirituality with Rita & Bob Marley’s granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast. This session is connected to a film called RasTa coming out this September; the session on Friday is called RasTa Sessions: Reasoning On Youth and Spirituality, it is a FREE and informal conversation in Alexandra Park in partnership with Scadding Court Community Centre (where I worked for years in my teens and early twenties). The session will explore tradition, spirituality, culture and knowledge and give young people the opportunity to speak with Donisha about their own spirituality, ask questions and contribute to the conversation. You can find more information about the film at www.rastaonline.ca

Aug 5 | 6pm in Alexandra Park (PO)
South of Scadding Court Community Centre
(707 Dundas St. at Bathurst)

Visuals after the jump!

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EVENT: Tika Simone Presents: The FINAL "Intimate & Interactive" (Tonight @ Lambadina, 875 Bloor St. W)

hyperadmin | Community,Events,Music | Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

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After an inspiring run putting some much needed shine on our city’s talent, Tika Simone puts together one final “Intimate & Interactive” before she makes her move to NYC for her new acting role in the stage presentation of “Da Kink In My Hair” (huuuuuge achievement Tika!).

Check the lineup above – then check yourself at the door tonight – you wouldn’t wanna miss it..

…but we will miss you Tika.. break a leg in NYC!

http://WWW.TIKASIMONE.COM

http://WWW.TWITTER.COM/TIKASIMONE

http://TEACUPSIMONE.TUMBLR.COM

NEWS: "Love, Props & The T.Dot" Airs Tomorrow @ 5pm on CBC Television (Toronto)

hyperadmin | Community,Documentary,Music,Video | Thursday, June 30th, 2011

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Earlier this year the CBC put together a Hip-hop Summit to pay homage to Toronto and Canada’s on-going hip-hop legacy. Tomorrow (Canada Day) @ 5pm on CBC Toronto will be presenting a documentary – “Love, Props & The T.Dot: Toronto’s Hip Hop History” – that incorporates footage from that show, along with interviews from some of this city’s legends – to tell a bit about a story we’ve all lived – but have never seen televised nationally.

Big shouts to all the people over at CBC and in this city that made all this possible. Salute.

Official info below:

Love, Props and the T.Dot: Toronto’s Hip Hop History
A documentary premier on CBC Television hosted by Dwight Drummond

Features live footage from CBC’s Hip Hop Summit and interviews with Maestro Fresh Wes, Michie Mee, Ghetto Concept, Dream Warriors, Rumble, DJ Starting from Scratch, Shad, Kardinal Offishall, Beat Factory Records’ legendary hip hop producer/manager Ivan Berry, Choclair, Saukrates, CKLN’s Ron Nelson, DJ and host of the influential radio show
Fantastic Voyage, LA Luv, k-os and more.

Airdates:
Friday, July 1 | 5PM | CBC in Toronto Only
Saturday, July 2 | 11PM | CBC Across Canada
Sunday July 3 | 8PM | CBC News Network

Info: http://www.cbc.ca/toronto/community/hiphop.html

INITIATIVE: The Forgiveness Project w/ keynote speaker Wayne Barrow (June 5th @ Toronto City Hall)

hyperadmin | Community,Initiatives,Interviews | Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

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I took a HEAVY scolding from Ms. Muldoon for not posting this event earlier, and it was well deserved.

For the record, this is an AMAZING initiative Tara and I really appreciate you taking the hip-hop discourse past the obvious strands to a new level of openness and maturity. This is arguably an unprecedented undertaking and hopefully gets the awareness and recognition it deserves.

Here are the particulars:

HIPHOP INDUSTRY HEAVYWEIGHT WAYNE BARROW ADDED TO THE F-YOU PROJECT LINE-UP

Event takes place June 5th, 2011, 3pm at Toronto’s City Hall. FREE EVENT.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

It is with great excitement that the F-YOU: Forgiveness Project team announces music industry powerhouse Wayne Barrow as the newest speaker added to the panel-based event.

Barrow is recognized as being the management force behind the careers of the Notorious B.I.G, Shyne and Nas, and most recently acclaimed hip-hop artist J. Cole. He also produced B.I.G’s biopic “Notorious”  which grossed over 75 million dollars. Hip-hop fans across the world consider Barrow, who works in partnership with his cousin Mark Pitts (R Kelly, Chris Brown, Usher), to easily be one of the core business men driving hip-hop culture today. He is currently the president of By-Storm Entertainment which includes a roster of #1 R&B artist Miguel, J.Cole and Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishall, among others.

Barrow is just as passionate about giving back as he is about his business – he is the Vice Chairman of The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation which is a charitable organization established by Ms Voletta Wallace to provide educational tools; books, computers and tutorship to inner city youth. Joining the F-You panel in support of the message, he will be speaking on his experiences in both the industry and his personal life.

It is highly suggested that those wishing to attend this F-YOU event arrive early as this event will reach capacity. This is a completely free event.

About F-YOU:

A panel of six people, a mix of race, age and gender, speaking about a time in their lives they had to forgive either themselves or another. The Forgiveness Project 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 overcoming barriers that at one point seemed insurmountable. Hearing first-hand trials and tribulations from people just like us can open the door to inspiration and the motivation to do better and most importantly, feel better. Included themes on the panel are murder, sexual assault, depression, drug-use and self-forgiveness.

The panel includes:

Wayne Barrow – manager (J.Cole, the late Notorious B.I.G) – keynote speaker

Katrina Lopes – manager (Shawn Desman) – Exploring our notions of forgiveness

J “Bizz” Brown – Creator, “Hip Hop’s Not Dead, It Lives In The North” – speaking on attempted suicide

Kamplex – speaking on the murder of her two brothers

Priscilla – speaking on the aftermath of an abusive relationship

EVENT: "United In Flow" w/ Sinotra, Thrust, Travis Blackman & Mindbender Supreme Tonight @ Sneaky Dees

hyperadmin | Community,Events,Music,Video | Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Just seen this last minute.

Showcase takes place TONIGHT @ Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street)

Celebrating The World Of Hip Hop! Mindbender Supreme Presents: United In Flow’s Monthly Showcase! Come join us as we present some of the best rappers in the Toronto hip hop scene. Performers include:

Travis Blackman
http://www.travisblackman.com/

Thrust
http://www.myspace.com/thrustunltd

Sinotra
http://www.myspace.com/sinot

Live

Conspiracy
http://www.myspace.com/conspiracysbu

and

Toronto Hip Hop Legend

Mindbender Supreme
http://www.mindbenderlovesyou.com/

Doors Open @ 9, Show Starts @ 10

THIS IS A 19+ EVENT, I.D. IS REQUIRED!!

Be sure to come on out and Check out some of the hottest hip hop in this beautiful city we call Toronto!!

Check out www.unitedinflow.com to find out more about what United in flow is all about!!

GET INTO IT, GET INVOLVED!!

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