MANIFESTO - Festival of Music & Art - 5 days, 7 venues, 120+ artists, one city. - September 17th-21st 2008


    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - MANIFESTO is back for the second year and will
take over the city of Toronto for five days with live musical performances
from acclaimed artists, visual arts exhibitions, a mini film festival, Hip Hop
Karaoke, $1500 street dance competition, multidisciplinary workshops, youth
initiative pitch contest, the Governor General's Urban Arts Forum of the
Americas, and hundreds of individuals from across the Americas to support
artists working to establish peace and solidarity in neighborhoods and
    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!
    For Event Highlights and further information visit
    "It has been an honor to work and learn from such dedicated and
influential figures in stamping this year's festival as a historical moment in
Canadian history. All the town hall meetings, focus groups, and conversations
have really put this movement into perspective. We are proud to have
maintained lasting partnerships and announce new ones moving into our second
annual festival with community groups, organizations, and individuals that are
committed to spreading our message of solidarity. Despite whatever setbacks
this city has faced in the past, I truly believe Toronto is approaching its
potential of being crowned one of the leading culture capitals in North
America." Che Kothari, Executive Director
    The first ever Manifesto Festival was in September of 2007 and was a huge
success going down as one of the largest and most unique hip hop festivals in
Canadian history. The festival brought together over 100 artists and thousands
of spectators for four days of art and music, culminating in a massive free
outdoor event at Toronto's civic heart, Nathan Phillips Square, where many of
Canada's revered hip hop pioneers shared the stage with some new blood in a
celebration of our nation's hip hop legacy and future.
    Do not miss this year's festival! Come and be a part of history and
witness one of the most talked about events in Toronto!

For further information:

For further information: Che Kothari, Manifesto Community Projects,
Executive Director, (647) 436-8404,; For media inquiries
contact: Cat Fawcett, CatPR,, (647) 895-4310,

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