Manifesto takes over the city this September as one of Toronto's largest
and newest urban music and arts festival
TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Manifesto is taking over the city of Toronto
this September with one of the largest urban music and arts lineups to ever
hit the city.
The first-ever MANIFESTO festival of urban music and art is set to take
place throughout Toronto on September 20-23, 2007. The four-day citywide
festival showcases a diverse array of talent that aims to pay respect to the
roots of the city's urban culture, spark imagination, and to plant seeds for
its future. With nearly 100 artists participating over four days, the festival
represents a grassroots based coming together of Toronto's urban music
The cornerstone of the festival is an all day FREE event at Nathan
Philips Square on Sunday, September 23rd that will transform Toronto's civic
heart into a music and arts playground. Capping off the concert will be "The
Legendary Live Mixtape," a landmark moment and collaboration in Canadian hip
hop history. Produced by Toronto DJ Rod Skimmons, the 90-minute set will be
presented in a seamless live mixtape format and feature pioneers and legends
along with current and emerging stars in Canadian hip hop. Confirmed artists
include Dream Warriors, K-OS, Maestro, Saukrates, Michee Mee, Choclair, Tara
Chase, Brassmunk, Daetona, Rochester, and many more.
Other highlights over the four days include the long awaited return of DJ
Premier to Toronto at Revival presented by the forthcoming Red Bull Music
Academy in association with Circadelic, a $2500 street dance showcase battle
in collaboration with Live With Culture at the Berkeley Church, a
retrospective art exhibition featuring the photography of NYC filmmaker and
pioneer Charlie Ahearn and 11 years of REMG event photography, and a FREE
outdoor park party with live music, art, an open skate park with a $500 best
trick competition and an outdoor screening and Canadian premier of skate film
Rising Son at Alexandra Park.
"This festival was born out of a common idea: a vision of collaboration.
We recognized that if young leaders from across the city worked together as a
united front to showcase the immense talent this city has to offer, we could
help build a momentum to help grow an internationally recognized, thriving
artistic community," says Che Kothari, Executive Director of the Manifesto
Organization. "We hope our festival sends out a pulse that inspires others to
join this manifesto...or better yet, start their own."
Founded in January 2007, the Manifesto organization has garnered a wide
array of support throughout in a short amount of time. Notable supporters of
the movement include Toronto's Mayor David Miller, "Manifesto has, for the
first time, brought together a diverse range of people from within the urban
arts sector, devoted to creating space for the city's emerging talent to
express themselves on a stage that will be shared by some of Toronto and the
world's most talented recording artists, and visual artists."
Be a part of history and come out to this landmark festival from
September 20-23, 2007. Check out www.themanifesto.ca for scheduling.
Manifesto is a non-profit, grassroots organization working to unite and
energize Toronto's urban music and arts community and find innovative ways of
working together toward common goals. Our objectives are to build a platform
for collaboration and widespread exposure, nurture the continued and essential
growth of art, music, and culture by actively engaging youth in authentic and
interactive representations of hip hop culture and other urban art forms.
Through our projects we are also aiming to instill a sense of civic and
national pride in the wealth of talent our young people possess, and
strengthen the foundations for a homegrown star structure by unearthing and
celebrating our rich cultural history.
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