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Wow, five years already? It feels like it was just the other day that the official launch and “Legendary Live Mixtape” with Canada’s top artists and DJs went down.
This year we’re introducing Wombmanifesto (see pg. 26) that will honour some of the women in our community for their contribution to the arts. These leaders, by instinct or training, have guided and inspired others to accomplish the incredible.
...and now Manifesto is even BIGGER! From September 15-25 be ready for the full Manifesto Festival experience. We’ll be bringing generations and communities together through music, dance, graffiti, film, DJing and so much more. Eleven days to get in where you fit in, through the foundations on which hip-hop was built. Being involved in the very first Manifesto (and attending them all) I have witnessed the growth of Manifesto firsthand and it’s changed my life. Seeing and being a part of the festival in Jamaica was an experience of getting to know myself through the arts. You can get to know yourself too, whether it is your love for film and documentaries, learning to plant food, or adjusting your mind to the right now as you learn how to simply breathe again! Take in as much of the full Manifesto Festival experience as you can and don’t be alarmed by how it changes you!
You’ll also see many new artists bridge the generation gap and strengthen each other through poetry, song and generous gestures from the heart. It’s where talent meets truth in a grounded atmosphere. Hip-hop has been instrumental in bringing the community together for three decades and Manifesto Festival pays homage in a way that no other festival does. It makes me proud to represent Manifesto on a main stage or in a crowd or anywhere! Welcome to Manifesto Festival 2011! Bless up,
When Michie’s on the mic, there’s ’nuff niceness - Michie Mee
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Peace Be Unto You All: A peaceful shout-out with honour to Manifesto for being servants to the people of Toronto, Canada, and the world. It is a great honour to see so many youth and adults from many different nationalities of the only race (and that’s the human race) come from all parts of Toronto, all parts of Canada, and from different parts of the world, to enjoy a festival that is giving hope and opportunity to different artists of hip-hop, funk, African and reggae to entertain, perform, speak, connect, do business and have a good time. As we say in The Universal Zulu Nation, the 5th element of hip-hop is knowledge, culture and overstanding and this is what is happening with all of us when we come to these events in the spirit of peace, unity, love and having fun to cause actions and movements within the people. It’s powerful to watch b-boys and girls who defy the dynamics of air and wind with their bodies of light. It’s powerful to hear a rapper or emcee who can shoot the words of a street dictionary in the form of a rhyme; to hear the poetic power of revolutionary concepts to either awaken you, make you jump up and take a stand, or even cause a scare. This is the power of spoken words put together in a lyrical song that can make the angels sing and dance or cause the Devil to run because of certain lyrics that could cause hell on earth. There’s the DJs who are the masters of the floor, who make you dance, stand and bop your head, or
just make you lose your mind, body and soul for a moment of time with a beat from God.
There’s the singing of songs of a woman or man from the God in them, to reach the god in you. How good some of them sound or how terrible some of them sound, it still hits a chord in you to react with a hey, ho, yeah and no.
This is what’s happening here at The 5th Annual Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture. The bands, the DJs, rappers, singers, dancers, speakers, helpers, actors, the doers—all making this happen for you, the people. This is Manifesto’s 5th Anniversary, come and manifest yourselves in peace, unity, love and having fun, for in truth we are all everyday people of this great planet we called mother earth. We must show respect to our indigenous mother the planet, and respect to each other with no hate, but to stand on love, truth, peace, freedom and justice for all. We all play a role in helping to uplift fallen humanity. Each one teach one, help one, feed one, and let’s enjoy ourselves and keep rocking to, and on, this Planet Rock.
Peace, Honour and Respect Brother Afrika Bambaataa The Amen Ra of Universal Hip-Hop Culture The Father of The Electro Funk Sound Indigenous Minister of The People
Are you ready for the new age, they are settin’ the stage for the renegades - Afrika Bambaataa
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Executive Director Che Kothari Creative Director Ryan Paterson Programming Director Jesse Ohtake Managing Director Noora Sagarwala Outreach & Internship Director Jade Lee Hoy Music Director Wan Lucas Visual Arts Director Ashley McKenzie-Barnes Dance Director Jon “Drops” Reid All Styles Dance Director Diana Reyes Freshest Goods Director Taurean Scotland Wombmanifesto Directors Jade Lee Hoy, Nayani Thiyagarajah Education & Workshop Director Shaka Licorish Film Directors Che Kothari, Shaka Licorish Lead Designer Marc Ghali Web Director Kevin Centeno Motion Designer Rob Aitken Fundraising Director Jason Eano Fundraising Team Kofi Gyeke, Amy Peebles Bookkeeper Heather Campbell Consultants Tamir Z. Brown, Venture Deli, Chris Kang, Mendicant, Maneesh Singhla
Production Director Cameron Wright Production Assistant Zach Gordensky Merchandise Director Taurean Scotland Volunteer Coordinators Jennifer Galley, Celesté Palanca ArtReach Program Manager Shahina Sayani 106 & York Coordinator Leandra LeGendre Wombmanifesto Artistic Director Amanda Parris Origins: The Firekeepers Partner Rob Reid Aboriginal Outreach Coordinator Victoria Vaughan Film & Workshop Assistant Maya Despres-Bedward Conference Coordinators Amy Hosotsuji, Tara Muldoon F-You Project Director Tara Muldoon Inside Out Project Directors Ashley Mckenzie Barnes, Che Kothari, Shaka Licorish Graffiti Director SKAM All Good On The Hood Coordinators Lauren Passander, Amy Peebles Hip-Hop Flash Mob Katharine Harris, Che Kothari, Lenny Len, Maestro Fresh Wes Festival Operations Assistant Elle Alconcel Marketing Team Alborz Mohtashami, Nicole Shimura Public Relations Prize Fighter Video Documentation Directors Brian Gregory, Char Loro, Jon Riera Video Documentation Advisors Brian “Veteran” LaPointe, Giles Monette, Mark Valino Videographers & Editors Elliot Clancy-Osberg, Marc Cusi, Trevor Harris, Lucas Joseph, Nick Kazlovskis, Jared Lorenz, Bre Major, Jackie Mak, Brent Marson, Jamie McMahon, Maddy O’Shaughnessy, Jonny Page, Zanana Pinas, Jason Rodricks, Justin Rojas, Kat Rizza, Tyler Young Photo Documentation Directors Philip Livetsky, Michael C. Palma, Tobias Wang Photographers John Campbell, Michael Dach, Chris Hernandez, JoeyTooFresh, Robyn Kent, Ahmed Sagarwala, Melissa Salmon, Lisa Vuong, Amanda J. Waddell Social Media Team Laurel O’Neil, Zoi Kautso
MANIFESTO BOARD OF DIRECTORS Muginga Antonio, Garvia Bailey, Donna Harrow, Seema Jethalal, Ian Kamau, Miro Oballa, Devon Ostrom, Jonathan Ramos, Prakash Surapaneni, Taslim Visram
MANIFESTO SCHOOL OF COMMUNITY & CULTURE Supported by Youth Employment Services (YES), Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) and the United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) Executive Assistant Huda Hassan Executive Assistant Advisor Nayani Thiyagarajah Mentee to the Executive Director Shaka Licorish, Yasmine Mathurin Managing Director Assistant Soko Negash Design Intern Christian Bortey Programming Assistant Amy Hosotsuji Music Assistant David Delisca Dance Assistant Diana Reyes Wombmanifesto Intern Zanna Phaeton Visual Arts Assistant Casandra London Freshest Goods & Merchandise Intern Sufya Hayat Documentation Intern Jon Riera Fundraising Interns Leyla Kasim, Roza Samson Social Media Intern Yusuf Mohamed Fundraising & Flash Mob Intern Carol Kwak
Manifesto MAGAZINE Team Editor Rodrigo Bascuñán Design & Layout Roberto Cortez, Ryan Paterson Assistant designer Christian Bortey Writers Olivia Arezes, Simon Black, Sajae Elder, Makaya Kelday, Pablo Pizarro-Janczur Photographers Mauricio Calero, Huda Hassan, Che Kothari, Philip Livetsky, Michael C. Palma, Nabil Shash, Tobias Wang
You want the real hip-hop? Well join this movement - KRS-ONE
Manifesto Blog Team Sean Deezill, David Delisca, Greg Drakes, Huda Hassan, Amy Hosotsuji, Yasmine Mathurin, Ritchie Miranda, Yusuf Mohamed, Big Norm, Adhimu ‘Mindbender’ Stewart
to all the past staff, longtime supporters, sponsors, artists, promoters, program partners and amazing volunteers who commit their time to Manifesto and help make all we do possible. Other special thanks to Adrienne Lorico, Manifesto Jamaica Family, Manifesto Barbados Family, all our parents and families, Gaurav Sawhney, Denzel Benitez Ortega, Julio Benitez, Maylin Ortega, Josue Salazar, Mike Peterson, Dave Guenette, Marcel DaCosta, Trevor Goodwin, Todd Simmons, Steve Ferrara, Lisa Martin, Schools Without Borders, Rob Sandolowich, 106&York Family, Younited Family, Big C, Jamvan, David Smulowitz, OAC, Anju Virmani, Nadira Pattison, Margaret Chan, Violetta Illkiw, Marie Moliner, Jeff Melanson, Robert Foster, Gary Slaight, Derrick Ross, Maestro Fresh Wes, Michie Mee, Afrika Bambaataa, Ruza Blue, Ernie Paniccioli, Jamel Shabazz, Sol Guy, K’Naan, k-os, Talib Kweli, Kenny McIntyre, Andre De Pape & The Red Bull Team, Giuliana Natale, Ari Xenarios, Angelique Knights, Brent Bain, Alan Convery, Pam Litt & Lance Rowbotham, Dan at Clockwork Music, AGO, Patricia Devlin, Chris Lee & Beyond Marketing, Joe Domingo, Tim Mclaughlin, Laura Metcalfe, Adam Meghji, Ravi Jain, Mriga Kapadiya, Nana Yanful and so many more. We would need this entire magazine to acknowledge everyone who has contributed and inspired but know that you are in our hearts and in our minds.
Wombmanifesto Council Members Afrakaren, Amai Kuda, Amanda Parris, Amoye Henry, Ania Soul, Ashley Mckenzie-Barnes, Ayo Leilani, d’bi young anitafrika, Diana Reyes, DJ L’Oqenz, Domanique Grant, Ebonnie Rowe, Elle Alconcel, Izzy Mackenzie, Jasmin Linton, Joanna Duarte, Keisha Monique Simpson, Lishai Peel, Liza Paul, Michie Mee, Mriga Kapadiya, Nana Yanful, Ngozi Paul, Noora Sagarwala, Rosina Kazi, Saidah Baba Talibah, Sonny Bean, Stacia Williams, Stella Emily Aird, Suritah Wignall, Victoria Mata, Zanna Phaeton
Music Council Members Abby Tobias, David “Click” Cox, Ian Kamau, Ivan Evidente, Lissa Monet, Makaya Kelday, MelBoogie, Mindbender, Motion, Olivia Arezes, Quentin Vercetty, Rodrigo Bascuñán, Tara Muldoon, Tim Stuart, Tonika Morgan, Ty Harper, Wristpect
All-Styles Dance Council Members Amadeus “Primal” Marquez, Char Loro, Doc, Emily Law, Graeme Guthrie, Kwame Mensah, Ma’yan Jascovich, Mark Neo Geo Cabuena, Mary Jane, Matthew “Knox” Walker, Tasha Powell, Tony
B-Boy Dance Council Adrian Switch, Andel Handlez James, Cory Benzo Daniels, Chris Miracles, Damian AZ, Eric Vaiman, Fil Fury, Ian Tin Tin, Joe J-Rebel, Lance Leftalep, Marcel Frost DaCosta, Mariano, Mary Fogarty, Merv Tango, Mikey Piecez Prosserman, Nomad GI, Paul Goose, Roy Dyce, Soupy, Thoa Ho
Freshest Goods Council Members Carlos Ortiz, Coburn Blair, Chris Thomas, Elle Alconcel, Lola Plaku, Phil Dos Santos, Theo Gibson, Yvette Bickerstaff To advertise in Manifesto Magazine, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-569-6355 We welcome and encourage your feedback. Send comments to email@example.com or mail to: Manifesto Community Projects Inc., 37 Bulwer Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1A1 © 2011 by Manifesto Community Projects Inc.
Visual Arts Council Members Alyssa Fearon, Clay Rochemont, Danilo McDowellMcCallum, Dre Ngozi Roberts, Natalie Lakhan, Sabra Ripley, SKAM, Steve Ferrara & Lisa Martin
Cover photo Che Kothari SUPER ADORABLE KID ON THE COVER Denzel Benitez Ortega
U.N.I.T.Y. that's a unity - QUEEN LATIFAH
M e s r s a a e ge Y 5 A few nights ago, the crew was chilling watching footage from the 416 Graf Expo, an annual hip-hop event that used to take place in Toronto. We all went nutty when a freestyle session opened up with a young emcee by the name of Krow. You see, Krow is crew, and a decade after that footage was taken most people know Krow as Ian Kamau. Ian now sits on Manifesto’s board of directors, alongside Jonathan Ramos, the founder of 416 Graf Expo, and the man behind the camera, Mark Valino, was a founding member of Manifesto. To top off the cosmic cake, the street 416 was born on, Bulwer St., will soon be Manifesto’s new address. This is not all some coincidence—it’s much bigger than that. Our festival is built by people putting in blood, sweat and tears. Young people who draw energy and knowledge from their ancestors and channel it into new creations and ideas that feed into our evolving and expanding vision of hip-hop. After listening to all the feedback on the four years past, we really did our best to create the most inclusive festival we could for year five. We have all sorts of new and important elements: an Indigenous Hip Hop Showcase (pg. 30), Wombmanifesto: The Rebirth celebrating womyn and transgendered people in our community (pg. 26), a Community and Career Conference (pg. 44) and more. The organization is much more than just a festival, throughout the year we’re working to connect, cultivate, create, communicate and showcase young people’s expressions.
Manifesto Festival is for the people, an annual burst of youth creativity that aims to combat the negative stigmas that get attached to young people and to showcase what they can achieve given space and support. The process of creating the festival each year is as important as the festival itself. We are exploring new ways of organizing, collaborating and unleashing the potential of collective action. We’ve taken new steps to include more people at the decision making table and now have over 100 council members and organizers co-creating the programming that you will undoubtedly enjoy. We’re learning and evolving as we go, laying the foundation for young people across the city, across the nation and across the planet to work together on a global council. Here we are at year five, and this is only the beginning, we haven’t even passed the starting line. Get ready... Spread LOVE by Every Means Necessary, MANIFESTO. PS: Denzel Benitez Ortega (the boy on the cover) was born the same year as Manifesto. His generation and the ones to follow are the ones we are working for. “Love,” as his medallion reads, is the message. This generation will make the change. PPS: Watch out for Kamau’s new album dropping October 2011! iankamau.com
"I heard them say 'love is the way,' 'Love is the answer,' that's what they say" - K'Naan
nifesto’s a M MANIFESTO Create As an organization consisting of creative individuals
OUR Objectives Manifesto has five overarching objectives: to listen and then to connect, cultivate, communicate, create, and showcase.
we recognize the power of expression, media, and cultural artifacts in the shaping of consciousness and the making of meaning. It’s not enough to simply promote and support the arts, we need to be directly involved—and it just so happens that the things we create tend to further our other objectives as well.
Connect Communicate We bring people together by opening new channels We understand the responsibility that comes of communication, creating opportunities for sharing and collaboration, strengthening networks, and building community ties. By making use of our growing network, we’re able to cultivate long-lasting relationships at the local and global level. We’ve also learned the value of working with others and sharing resources and best practices in order to maximize our collective potential.
Cultivate In order to know where we’re going, we must know where we’ve been, so it’s important to pass down cultural histories and art forms. While connecting sets new relationships in motion, cultivating is about direct engagement with our audience. From intimate skills-based workshops to public art exhibitions—our activities nurture growth, spread knowledge, teach skills, supply resources and provide support.
with being an organization that creates public entertainment and cultural activities. Recognizing this, it is paramount that we use these opportunities to communicate positive and constructive messages, share critical information, and promote discussion. In addition, our unique ability to communicate with a young audience, and our experience communicating with government, corporations, and other institutions, allows us to dialogue directly with youth and advocate on their behalf, as well as on behalf of the arts community at large.
Showcase This is fairly self-explanatory and permeates everything we do. We showcase talent, from the upand-coming to the world famous... and it happens to be one of the things we do best.
For more information about Manifesto Community Projects, please visit themanifesto.ca/about “We want substance in place of popularity” – Lupe Fiasco
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11 days. 14 events. 100+ artists. one city. Thursday September 15th
Thursday, September 22nd
ArtReach Pitch Contest
Red Bull mUSIC ACADEMY WORLD TOUR
Friday September 16th
Friday, September 23rd
New Artist Showcase Saturday, September 17th
Floor Awards & Solid Ground
106 & York
Saturday, September 24th
Sunday, September 18th
COMMUNITY & CAREER CONFERENCE
So Much Things to Say
All . Art. Everything.
Sunday, September 25th
Tuesday, September 20th
Origins: The Firekeepers Wednesday, September 21st
Movie Night Legends Series:
Boot Camp Clik 18
The Main Event:
Live at the Square Official Afterparty
100% for BROTHER ernie FUNDRAISER I profess and I don’t jest ’cause the words I manifest - Guru
MAP & INFO YONGE ST.
BLOOR ST. WEST JARVIS ST.
DUNDAS ST. QUEEN ST. WEST PARLIAMENT ST.
kING ST. WEST
LAKESHORE BLVD WEST
99 Sudbury 99 Sudbury St.
Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St. W
Bell TIFF Lightbox 350 King St. W
AGO 317 Dundas St. W
Earl Haig Secondary School 100 Princess Ave.
Sound Academy 11 Polson St.
Yonge & Dundas Square
Revival 783 College St.
FINCH AVE. EAST WILLOWDALE AVE.
The Great Hall 1087 Queen St West
918 Bathurst Centre North of Bloor
Echo Beach 909 Lakeshore Blvd W
SHEPPARD AVE. EAST
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/ManifestoFestival MANIFESTO: www.themanifesto.ca TWITTER: @manifesto_fest #manifesto5yr VIMEO: www.vimeo.com/themanifesto
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
“For my peoples still breakin’, graf writin’ and rappin’” – Talib Kweli
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Reach t r A Pitch CONTEST Three Categories
Community Youth Arts Groups INDividual Artists Youth Arts Entrepreneurs 9 youth arts finalists pitch it Judges out for $15,000 in cash prizes! Michie Mee As part of this always exciting event, ArtReach Toronto and Manifesto, in partnership with Toronto Culture, will hold a live pitch contest to award prizes to young artists between 16 and 24 years of age, to support them in pursuing their careers and aspirations. Finalists will be chosen to participate in a live pitch contest in front of a panel of judges, and will be required to make a creative, inspiring and convincing pitch or performance.
Canada’s First Notable Female MC
Ravi Jain Kay McConney ROZINA KAZI Che Kothari
Why Not Theatre Executive Minds
918 Bathurst Centre 918 Bathurst St.
Free Admission | All-ages 7:00 p.m. doors open | 7:30 p.m. contest begins “I’m here to reach the youth the only way that I can -–Masta Ace
Presented in partnership with
Slaight Music in association with
Lyrics To Go & YUME
The first ever Manifesto Fresh concert is an opportunity to witness the most promising emerging talents from across the GTA and beyond. The showcase will also provide an opportunity for these artists to be introduced to new fans and forge industry contacts.
88 Days of Fortune Luu Breeze JR MINT Fresh Kills x Relic x
DJ TLO Lord Quest Jeff Spec Inner City Grooves
MindBender The Official Dj
88 Days @88daysoffortune
Luu Breeze @luubreeze
88 Days Of Fortune is a grassroots, queer and straight identified, youth-run, music and multi-media collective. With 21 collective members, 88 Days is based in Toronto, but has members branching out as far as Seattle and Japan. They have been hosting sold-out, bi-monthly parties throughout the city of Toronto for the past two years.
The 23 year-old Torontonian of Nova Scotian and Jamaican heritage has been rapping for most of his life. Recently he co-wrote a track for the Game’s “R.E.D.” album and wrote a song with R&B artist Lloyd. Stay tuned for his Boi-1da and T-Minus produced project.
JR Mint @planetminty Mint has spent years on the Toronto scene, honing his craft and making his mark as an artist to watch. His full-length album “Canadian Mint” featured production from Rich Kidd, MoSS and more.
Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas St. West
Doors open 10 p.m. |19+ | $10 or 2 for $15
“I know you want me on a song ’cause I’m fresh” – Blake Carrington
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Highclass, N.I.S.E., Just BGRAPHIC and Manifesto Present: 106 & York, a multi-disciplinary urban arts festival that showcases some of Toronto’s finest young talent in music, fashion, dance, spoken word, and more. 106 & York kicks off with Artist Development Workshops on September 3rd and a photo exhibition on September 13th at York Woods Art Hub where photos of previous 106’s will be shown.
Trish Captain Hooks The Violinist Shi Wisdom
Church Chizzle Jelly Too Fly Regular Robb Simple the Prince Enn Moses Peterson Chaotic Crew
After making a remarkable recovery from a tragic accident, Church knew it was time to make rap his full-time hustle and leave the streets behind. Since then, he’s released multiple songs, a video, appeared on RapCity’s #Freestyle, and has plans to unite Toronto’s talent and make the city’s hip-hop scene world-renowned.
Refusing to have his work categorized, Quentin’s art is a constantly evolving canvas, layered with meaning and imagery. Being influenced by impressionism and expressionist styles of art, Quentin normally uses emblematic colours to inspire and motivate others towards social change.
Making their debut at 106 & York, DiscoLoveChild is a brand new House dance crew that is centered on classy, feminine, yet powerful female House dancers. DLC also perform New Jack Swing and Waacking, just to round out their dance vocabulary.
J La Soul Rascalz Dance Crew Discolovechild Dance Crew Unbuttoned Quentin Vercetty No Mans Land Mace and Men
Earl Haig Secondary School 100 Princess Ave. $10 door, $5 w/ canned food item | Public |All-ages Doors open 5 p.m. | Showcase Starts at 6 p.m.
"'Causin' pandemonium, how to rock the auditorium" – Maestro Fresh Wes
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Where the rapper meets the actor, the painter meets the poet and the dancer meets the singer. For the first time in Manifesto his/story, women and trans artists will be coming together for a daylong celebration in honour of us all. The day will kick off with a conference full of panels and workshops, exploring everything from motherhood to body politics to the re-definition of feminism. Later in the evening, an all-star cast of Canadian women and trans artists will be taking 26
centre stage and defining a new vision for hip-hop culture. Wombmanifesto will also be celebrating and paying tribute to some of the female pioneers of the game who helped build the foundation for Canadian hip-hop. Wombmanifesto draws upon two key inspirations: the vision and beauty of the event Omega Vibrations at Manifesto Jamaica 2010, and the 2010 album wombanifesto by dâ€™bi young. Make sure you are there on September 18th to witness Toronto hip-hop her/story.
â€œLet me state the position: ladies firstâ€? - Queen Latifah
Showcase Eternia DJ L’Oqenz Afrakaren & Tuku Ania Soul AquillaRootz Haviah Mighty Jani Lauzon Telmary
Keisha Monique Kumari Liza Paul & Bahia Watson Sam Rose The M.A.D Poet
Honoured Guests DJ MelBoogie ANita Stewart Ebonnie Lillian allen Rowe Kinnie Starr Jemeni Michie Mee Motion Arterias Choreography and Performance by
Milo de Milo and Victoria Mata, live music by Rosina Kazi, accompaniment by R3 artists Amai Kuda and Sonny B
As part of Wombmanifesto: The Rebirth, Manifesto will be hosting an afternoon conference. The conference will feature three workshops and two panel discussions, focused on creating space for dialogue, creation and learning.
Tits, Tats & Henna
Sound Making & Spoken Word
Presented by Lost Lyrics Facilitated by Natasha Daniel (Lost Lyrics) and Tee Fergus
Presented by R3 Collective, LAL and da Grassroots Facilitated by Nic (da Grassroots, LAL), Rosina Kazi (LAL, R3 Collective), Sonny B (R3 Collective), and Mr. Murray (Da Grassroots)
An exploration of how symbols effect our bodies dependent of gender and identification. Tee Fergus, a professional tattoo artist, will be collaborating with Lost Lyrics to start a dialogue that ranges from indigenous practices of body painting to the ways we label our bodies in an urbanized environment. We’ll be discussing whether we can still decorate our bodies in meaningful ways or if fashion and trends have co-opted our creativity... maybe it’s both... come and indulge. We will be sharing our insights as we delve into politics of the body while having some fun!
Join Nic, Rosina Kazi, and Sonny B in a sound making and spoken word collaborative workshop. We’ll be creating and recording a musical background as well as an abstract spoken word piece, and each participant will receive an mp3 of the created work. This workshop is open to all, with or without any experience. LAL has been performing and recording for over 12 years and have been conducting sound workshops all over the GTA. Sonny B is an accomplished vocalist, instrumentalist and storyteller.
Revival 783 College St. Conference: 1- 6p.m.| Free | Doors at 12 p.m. for Workshops + Panels | All-ages Showcase: 8-10:30 p.m. | Doors open 7:30 p.m. for Showcase | All-ages “Time to heal our women, to be real to our women - Tupac
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ebirth. For Wombmanifesto, the word stands for a shift in the perception of what hip-hop is and what hip-hop can be. It’s a move from the status quo of mainstream hip-hop, and a return to the altruism and nurturing that made hip-hop possible. The first event of its kind at Manifesto, Wombmanifesto sets out to empower and uplift. It’s an opportunity to deconstruct issues, share experiences, and create connections between female and trans artists in the community. Wombmanifesto draws upon two key inspirations: the vision and beauty of Omega Vibrations at last year’s Manifesto Jamaica, led by singer Jah9, and influenced by the 2010 album wombanifesto by d’bi young.
Wombmanifesto Honourees Michie Mee
As a woman who has been in Canada’s hip-hop industry for over 20 years, rapper and actor Michie Mee (a.k.a. the first Canadian MC to ever receive a record deal from a major American label) has more than earned her place as one of the country’s most influential and historically relevant MCs.
Phem Phat CEO Ebonnie Rowe has been setting the stage for female musicians in Canada since 1995 with her signature event, Honey Jam. Attracting women from across Canada and across genres, Honey Jam boasts alumni like Jully Black and Nelly Furtado. A dedicated warrior for women, Ebonnie tells us, “I just want to know that the work that I have done has had a positive effect and has brought the spotlight to important issues.”
Motion A poet, MC and vital player and facilitator in Toronto hip-hop, Motion is honoured to be recognized and understands the importance of this event, “Empowering female energy is necessary for hip-hop to continually evolve, both creatively and industry-wise.” Motion may be an honouree, but her best days lie ahead. Today she uses her blend of spoken word, soul, jazz & hip-hop to create a connection with her listeners, and the University of Toronto graduate of African Studies recently released her second book of poetry, 40 Dayz. 28
Jemeni Poet, activist, host and radio broadcaster, Jemeni has been (and continues to be) an important promoter, advocate and creator in Canada’s hip-hop scene. Preferring to express herself through verse, Jemeni is renowned for the humour, insight and openness of her poetry.
It’s me, the brand new intelligent black woman - Yo-Yo
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“X” to symbolize collaboration is the cool thing to do these days. But does Milo de Milo x Victoria Mata x Rosina Kazi x Amai Kuda x Sonny B really say much? Do the “Xs” really capture the spirit and strength of the women who make up Arterias? Definitely not. How about: Milo and Victoria choreograph and perform, Rose makes music, and Amai and Sonny accompany—movement, music and sound. It’s a bit better. But to further understand Arterias you should also know that even before they start the show, they’ve made a scene. As gender-benders and trans artists their very presence is progressive for hip-hop. It’s par for the course for this crew, who individually possess impressive backgrounds: Milo, the founder of the hugely popular Colour Me Dragg; Amai and Sonny represent the politically minded artist collective, R3; Rose, an accomplished musician with the group LAL; and Victoria, the founder of MataDanze and seasoned dancer. As Rose Kazi puts it, “It’s brilliant when you can come together with a group of women to collectively learn and share with one another.” And if you happen to make a beautiful spectacle in the process—it’s even better. Now do you know what all the “Xs” equal? Naw, you need to feel it first.
Rappers don’t really make resumes, but Eternia’s would be tough to top if they did. Under “Work experience:” four fulllength albums, two Juno nominations, shows from Mexico to Japan. For “Achievements:” “gained ’nuff respect in the underground,” and it’d all conclude with, “please call Lady of Rage, Jean Grae or Maestro Fresh Wes for references.” Often touted as Canada’s best female lyricist, Wombmanifesto is proud to have Eternia in our inaugural showcase. The event’s mission hits a personal chord with Eternia who raps about her own experience with sexual assault on “The Future” from her 2010 album, At Last, “The fact that they want to dive into more serious content is really fitting with the type of music that I do.” As a woman in a male-dominated industry, Eternia has had to set herself apart from her peers by relying on raw talent. “It’s almost like, a redundant conversation, but I understand that to other people it’s not. For me it’s like, ‘Women in hip-hop? Aren’t we past this already?’ But for some people, it still needs to be discussed.” Or in Eternia’s case, rapped about. And then noted on her already awesome resume.
Author, playwright, musician and dub poet pioneer, Lillian Allen is an internationally recognized “woman of letters.” Her politically and socially perceptive works have influenced a generation of women to pick up pens and microphones and provided insight and inspiration for all who have experienced her work. Lillian’s albums Revolutionary Tea Party and Conditions Critical both received Juno awards for Best Reggae/ Calypso Album.
Usually, when music industry legend Clive Davis flies across the continent to convince an artist to sign with him he doesn’t come back empty handed. But that’s what Kinnie Starr did to him and serves as a testament to her talent and clear vision. The same talent that’s made her a critically acclaimed musician and Juno winner and the same vision that’s made her a vocal proponent on identity and political issues.
DJ MelBoogie A veteran of community radio, DJ MelBoogie is best known for being the co-host/co-DJ of Droppin’ Dimez Radio, Canada’s only all-female hip-hop show. When she’s not spinning big chunes or interviewing rappers, Mel works as a publicist and writer. She also spends some time picking up awards, like Stylus’ Female DJ of The Year 2008, and College Radio Show of the Year 2011 (amongst others).
Anita Stewart is a Dub poetry pioneer and former member of the influential Poets in Unity group, who attempted to establish a governing body for Jamaican poetry as well as performing their politically and socially aware work across the island. Her poems “Politician”and “Beggin’ is a Ting” were both featured on the Mutabaruka produced Woman Talk.
This one goes out to all the ladies in the house - LL Cool J
â€œOriginal man is first - Lord Jamar
Kinnie Starr Recognized for her fierce intelligence and ability as a rapper, Juno nominated Starr possesses a chanteuse-like grace and was described by The New Yorker as edgy and enchanting.” Kinnie has a decade of international touring and production credits under her belt, and has been recognized countless times as a cultural icon.
2oolman & Sese A favourite among the hip-hop community, 2oolman & Sese bring a unique sound that combines melodic, soulful backdrops with deft lyricism. With Six Nation’s native Tim “2oolman” Hill becoming one of the most talented producers in the country and St. Catharines’ own Mattia “Sese” DiSimone receiving over a million YouTube views... their movement is just beginning.
Q-Rock Famous for his toprock agility, Toronto’s Q-Rock is the world’s most famous Aboriginal b-boy, who in past years has established serious street cred as a rapper. Born into the Nippissing First Nation, he spent his childhood traveling around North America with his mother, celebrated native educator, Doreen Roy. Q-Rock was introduced to the world of dance, art and music known as hip-hop when he attended the Rock Steady Crew Anniversary in 1997. Q-Rock then dedicated his teenage years making a name for himself as both a dancer and MC.
J-R.E.Z. J-R.E.Z, born Jared Big Canoe, is from Georgina Island First Nation and has been sharpening his skills as a rapper since the age of 12 when he spit his first freestyle. In the past decade he has produced albums for his group Rezset and released a solo album The Gift. J-R.E.Z is currently recording his second studio album under the independent record label Intertribal Records out of Six Nations, Ontario.
Red Slam Collective The Toronto-based Red Slam Collective is an eight-member hip-hop-soul-rock fusion band whose goal is to uplift, self-identify and promote unity through “Spoken Lyricism which Arranges Meaning” (SLAM). Forming in 2008, Slam has since toured across Canada, and is preparing their first studio release in early 2012.
The Great Hall 1087 Queen St. W.
19+ | Admission: $10 or two for $15 | Doors open 8 p.m.
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In association with Hercules
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A night of groundbreaking and introspective documentaries and shorts focusing on issues that resonate internationally and domestically. Manifesto Movie Night will present a blend of films that engage and challenge our audience’s ideologies and perspectives while also shining light on some of the people and places that have had an instrumental impact on our Toronto arts and culture scene.
waste land Directed by Lucy Walker,
Karen Harley with Vik Muniz
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Waste Land follows photographer Vik Muniz as he travels from his home in Brooklyn, New York, to the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located just outside Rio de Janeiro in his native Brazil. Muniz and the “catadores,” self-designated pickers, collaborate to recreate images of themselves out of garbage, as they reveal the dignity and despair of their situations, while envisioning better lives for themselves.
Black august A Hip-Hop Documentary Concert Directed by
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Directed By Celine Wong
Beginning in California’s prisons in 1979, Black August proposed to honour the lives of freedom fighters and to educate people on acts of resistance. Years later, inspired by these original manifestations, hip-hop journalist, dream hampton, created a series of events and fundraisers in its name. Her documentary about her events includes more than ten years of footage shot by hampton and features artists such as Talib Kweli, dead prez, Mos Def and Assata Shakur.
Bell TIFF Lightbox 350 King St. W. All ages | Screenings 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.| $10 advance per screening or $15 advance combo $15 per screening (at the door)
Getting more props than a movie set - Big Daddy Kane
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MANIFESTO FESTIVAL in association with UNION EVENTS and SOUND ACADEMY present
“I’m looking forward to when my Boot Camp Clik family comes to Sound Academy to SHUT that place down.”
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he legendary NYC crew Boot Camp Clik, which has contributed heavily to NYC’s hip-hop scene, makes a return to Toronto for Manifesto 2011. The Duck Down Music Inc. roster of Buckshot & DJ Evil Dee of Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, and Sean P will bless the Toronto audience with a night of classic boom-bap. Also performing are Toronto-based Promise, Richie Sosa, and a special reunion performance of T-Dot supercrew, the mighty Monolith. This is a co-presentation of Manifesto, Union Events and Sound Academy.
Boot Camp Clik
Buckshot and DJ Evil Dee of Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Sean P Tickets
Also available at Play De Record - 357 Yonge St. Soundscapes - 572 College St. Slinky/Moog Audio - 442 Queen St. W. The Forum Barber - 5519 Yonge St. Broadway Fashion - Mississauga Square One & Scarborough Town Centre
Promise Richie Sosa Monolith Host Bozack Morris Deejay DJ Akiin
Top Five Bootcamp Clik Songs “Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka” – Fab5 “Sound Bwoy Buriell” – Smif N’ Wessun “I Love You” – Smif N’ Wessun ft. Mary J. Blige “And So” – BCC “Headz Are Reddee Pt. 2” – BCC
Sound Academy 11 Polson St. $20 in advance |19+ | Doors open at 8 p.m. Now let me see some hands way up in the air real quick, 'cause you know BD Buck represent Boot Camp Clik - Buckshot
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Four DJ crews hailing from Glasgow, London, Montréal, New York and Toronto will be representing their sound on four different stages and sound systems as they battle it out in front of thousands for the title of Red Bull Music Academy World Tour Culture Clash Champion in the largest sound clash Toronto’s ever seen. Crews battling for the crowd’s favour:
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AFRIKA BAMBAATAA Afrika Bambaataa. It’s a name every hip-hopper and rap listener should know and respect. For without him, there might be no hip-hop. Originally a leader of one of NYC’s largest gangs, the Black Spades, the Bronx-born Bamabaataa, was transformed by a trip to Africa that inspired him to use his leadership skills to take youth off the streets and into the party. Credited for envisioning hip-hop as a comprehensive culture that included emceeing, DJing, b-boying and graffiti writing, Bambaataa pushed his vision through his Universal Zulu Nation. As a musician, Bambaataa and his Soul Sonic Force crew created “Planet Rock,” a song that continues to spark new genres of music. As an icon of our culture, his legacy cannot be overstated.
LuckyMe Just Blaze x Rustie x Hudson Mohawke x Lunice Mad Decent Dillon Francis x DJ Sega x Paul Devro x South Rakkas Crew
Starting from Scratch Boi-1da x Lissa Monet x DJ Mensa x Lindo P & Special Guests
The evening will kick off with a 15-minute warm-up set on each stage – and then the real fun begins.
Round 1 - Selection Round
Round 3 - Mixed-Up Styles Round
The crews try to impress the judges with their music selection.
This round will challenge each crew to stray from their comfort zone and play a different genre of music.
Round 2- Entertainment Round
Round 4 - Banger Round
Each crew will bring a special guest to their stage to see who can get the crowd hypest!
The crews will pull out their biggest and baddest tunes to win over the crowd once and for all!
Echo Beach 909 Lakeshore Blvd W.
16+ | Doors open 6 p.m., Show at 7 p.m. | $22.50 advance; $30 at the door
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In association with Dose.ca
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Awards Party Battles Showcase 2 Rooms - 1 Movement
he Movement is a two-room celebration of Toronto street dance culture. With The Floor Awards celebrating the vital members of the B-Boy/B-Girl community in Toronto and Solid Ground showcasing the finest in a diverse range of dance styles.
Mr. Wiggles from Rock Steady, Electric Boogaloos and Zulu Nation will be making a special guest appearance and a host of the veterans and young shining talent from Torontoâ€™s dance community will be in both rooms all night!
The Movement will feature a massive Toronto vs. Montreal battle that includes a City vs. City component and 1-on-1 B-boy/B-Girl exhibition battles, as well as All-Style 1-on-1 battles and showcases from an incredible variety of dance styles. Itâ€™s going to be wild, son!
The Movement will honour, celebrate, award, showcase, battle and party the night away together as a community. Come join The Movement with Manifesto.
We all got a little B-boy livin' inside us - Juice
The Floor Awards
A Celebration of Toronto Street Dance Culture and Community Toronto’s first B-Boy/B-Girl award ceremony celebrating our culture and community, featuring exhibition battles and an after-party that will make you get FUNKY! featuring
T.O. B-Boy/ B-Girl of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award Community Education Award Who's Got Next? Award Taking T.O. International Award TORONTO ORIGINAL Award Community Contribution Award & more!
Mr. Wiggles Puerto Rican, South Bronx-born, Mr. Wiggles was raised on hip-hop in the harsh streets of the Bronx. From a young age he learned the arts of graf writing, emceeing, beat making, b-boying, locking, popping and rocking. He is a proud member of three major forces in hip-hop culture; the Rock Steady Crew, the Electric Boogaloos and the Zulu Nation. Wiggles’ skills have allowed him to perform all over the world, on Broadway stages, appear as a special guest performer on “Dancing with the Stars”, and become a VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Honoree. He appeared in “Wild Style” and “Beat Street”, two movies that helped establish hip-hop in mainstream media and culture. Mr. Wiggles is still learning his crafts to this day and will remain a true student of hip-hop culture until the day that he dies.
Toronto vs Montreal All-Star City vs City exhibition battle No Judges
All B-Boy Flavour!
Special Award Presentations by Mariano – Bag of Trix / ABS Lenny Len – Flavorshop Tribe / Alpine House With Djs
DJ Dopey Gary Cronin Hosted by
Buddha – Canadian Floor Masters
“I cold rock a party in the B girl stance” – MC Lyte
Solid Ground All-Styles DanceShowcase
Toronto’s Diversity of Styles in One Room
Featuring Performances by NewJackSwing
Black Tops DanceHall
Dammecia Hall Vogue
House of Pink Lady Waacouture Popping
Tony & Neo
DJ SON OF S.O.U.L. DJ DIRTY DALE Hosted by
The Floor Awards | In The Glassworks
Toronto’s First B-Boy/B-Girl Community Award Ceremony
Solid Ground | In The Gallery
Street Dance Styles Showcase | Battles | Party
99 Sudbury St.
$20 advance, $25 door | All Access (both rooms) | 19+ | 9 p.m.
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O n ’ Y n i l o y u t S By: Makaya Kelday and Buns Photo by: Phil Livetsky
Wining and grinding haunt the parents’ minds like no other dance moves, but Dancehall is more than creating crotch friction or ten foot pelvis-to-pelvis dives. One of the mostly dynamic and progressive styles, Dancehall is in constant flux with new moves coming in and out of vogue from week-to-week. Moves such as “the dutty wine,” “row the boat,” “skip to ma lou,” “signal the plane,” and many more have been popularized through songs and competitions such as the famouse Dancehall Queen contest. Get Familiar: Shisha, Hottie Cat, Kieva the Dancing Diva
Danced to the music of the same name, House has roots in the nightclubs of Chicago and New York. The main elements of this fluid style include Footwork, Jacking, and Lofting, but an emphasis is placed on creativity and spontaneity. Get Familiar: Tony “Sekou” Williams, Ejoe Wilson, Brian “Footwork” Greene
Characterized by the intensity of its movements, Krumping evolved in LA from the more playful Clowning. Chest thrusts and arm slings are fast-tempo and explosive; Krump battles can look hostile, but they’re pure energy and communal fun. Get Familiar: Tommy The Clown, Tight Eyez, Big Mijo
When most of us can’t do a dance move, we look uncoordinated, but when Don Campbell couldn’t do the “Funky Chicken” he invented Campbellocking. Campbell, a dancer from LA, soon developed his particular halted, staccato moves into a new style that became popularized on “Soul Train.” First associated with funk music, as the dance’s popularity grew, it was drawn into hip-hop, and the name Locking was adopted. Get Familiar: Don Campbell, Fred “Rerun” Berry, Hilty and Bosch, A-Train.
Make your whole click breakdance, backspin, headspin - 50 Cent
New Jack Swing
Popular from the late-’80s into the mid-’90s, New Jack Swing used R&B vocals sung over hip-hop and dance beats. Artists include, Bobby Brown, Wreckx-n-Effect and Bell Biv Devoe. Some of your favourite dance moves come from New Jack Swing, like the “Running man” and the “Roger Rabbit.” Get Familiar: Bobby Brown
Stepping has entered the mainstream through movies like Stomp the Yard, Drumline and the popular TV show America’s Best Dance Crew. Get Familiar: Showtime Steppers, Alpha Phi Alpha (Howard University), Omega Psi Phi (University of Maryland)
One of the original “funk styles” that came from California, popping is characterized by continuous muscle flexing and relaxing that creates the illusion that the body is popping. Get Familiar: Poppin’ Pete, Boogaloo Sam, Pop n Taco
If Egyptian hieroglyphics came alive and decided to get down with their bad (and old) selves they’d definitely be tutting. Getting its name from the Pharoah Tutankhamun, tutting is all about geometric shapes and angles. Dancers create robotic patterns with the limbs, while maintaining a strong focus on the rhythm of the music. Though not well documented, tutting is believed to have emerged in the ‘80s with other funk styles. Get Familiar: Hok of Quest Crew, Nam Hyun Joon
Generally performed in large groups, step-dance was popularized in the mid-20th century by fraternities and sororities at historically black colleges. Dancers use their whole bodies as the instrument to create rhythm through a combination of stomping and footwork, speaking or singing, and hand and body claps. In recent years
Getting its name from Vogue magazine, Vogue is characterized by its exaggerated model-like posing. Picture a photo-shoot (with no camera) on a dance floor. The style found mainstream exposure when it was featured in Madonna’s video Vogue and the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning. Get Familiar: Willi Ninja
See it Now!
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1:10 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
crucial voice in the hip-hop community for the last two decades, dream hampton is a world-renowned journalist, filmmaker and social activist specializing in the fields of music, culture and politics. A pioneer in the game, dream was the first female editor at The Source and has contributed to a slew of other hip-hop mags. Some of her more notable works include collaborating with Jay-Z on Decoded and co-authoring his upcoming Black Book, she’s also co-authoring Q-Tip’s memoir, Industry Rules. dream is also known for her social activism as a founding member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and a sponsor of Black August, an event in support of political prisoners.
Feminism in hip-hop
2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Panelists: Zaki Ibrahim, Kabaka Pyramid, Narcicyst, Mazi Moderated by Dalton Higgins
Panelists: Lauren Burrows, Lola Plaku, dream hampton, MelBoogie Moderated by True Daley
Panel Description: This panel will focus on hiphop’s expansion to Indigenous, Latin-American, Middle Eastern, and Asian cultures. We’ll discuss hip-hop as a form of expression and examine its meaning in cultures around the globe.
Panel Description: A continuation of a panel taking place at Wombmanifesto: The Rebirth on Sunday, Sept. 18th, we’ll discuss the word “feminism” and how it relates to hip-hop. Panelists will also share their perspectives on the word “feminism” and their experience of being working womyn in hip-hop.
“Hip-Hop reached me when I was in unbuilt Emirates. It touched me in the concrete jungle of Montréal. It is truly one of the only movements to become a culture that has created an internationality. I wish hip-hop had a passport.” - Narcicyst
Health and Wellness
“Hip-hop has always been a form of self-expression and women have found their place in it. It’s taken a while for us to get here, but we’re finally in the position to make changes.” - Lola Plaku
2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Panelists: David Lewis-Peart, Saidah Baba Talibah, Doug McNish, Julian Diego Moderated by Amrit Singh Panel Description: This is a chance to deepen your knowledge about mental health, nutritional health, physical exercise and spiritual well-being while working a full-time job, specifically in the field of Community Arts. “You interrupt a lie in one of two ways; by stating facts or by speaking Truth. The Truth is that all real power exists for all people. We’re all producers of our reality. That’s Truth.” - David Lewis-Peart 44
“We gon' speak for ourselves” – dead prez
Super Panel on One-Nation
2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Panelists: Motion, Mario The Voyce, Javid from LOFT, Piecez from Unity Charity, Ricki from Remix Project Moderated by Shaka Licorish Panel Description: Role models often owe much of their knowledge and success to the wisdom and experience of others. We’ll hear about the experiences of local community leaders who have contributed to social change, community engagement and have held the role of both mentor and mentee.
“In hip-hop, mentorship is bigger than opening up doors to the industry. Mentorship guarantees the evolution of the culture.” - Motion
3:40 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Panelists: Sabra of House of PainT, Sterling of Under Pressure, Don of Hip-Hop In The Park, Anthony of Livestyle, Tamir of Lyrics To Go, Drew of Hopscotch, Cass (Winnipeg programmer), Mike from YUME Hosted by Che Kothari Panel Description: Festival leaders from across North America come together to discuss their experiences with festival planning in a super panel aiming to unify one hip-hop nation.
“It’s time for us as a Hip-Hop Nation to come together and unify our efforts for building a healthier, more resilient and connected community across the country and across the globe.” - Che Kothari
Panel on North American Bloggers
4:40 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.
Panelists: Dan of Okayplayer, Meka of 2Dopeboyz, Lowkey of You Heard That New, Hustlegrl, Marcus Troy Moderated by Rodrigo Bascuñán Panel Description: Another super panel, this discussion will be a unique opportunity to catch top North American bloggers in the same room, discussing blogs, their impact on the hip-hop music industry and much more.
“Your site is just as important as you are. It’s a reflection of your view on the culture. If you lose your voice, you lose your identity in this game.” - Lowkey
Forgiveness Project 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Panelists: Bryan Espiritu of TheLegendsLeague, nightilfe expert Ian Andre Espinet and Katrina Lopes, Shawn Desman’s manager. Moderated by Tara Muldoon Panel Description: Artists and professionals will give an intimate account of their trials and tribulations during the Forgiveness Project. F-You aims to empower people to heal themselves and others through resisting blame and granting pardon.
“Each speaker was hand-picked for their strength; how they had to experience forgiveness and self-forgiveness in unimaginable circumstances including rape, murder and being the abuser in an abusive relationship.” - Tara Muldoon
Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West Free | All Ages | 1:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lowkey’s Top Five Things
a Blogger Should Never Do
Never buy leaked or unauthorized records. E.V.E.R. Never compromise because the competition is. Never show your mother and father your site if you curse like a sailor. Never think you’re only a blogger. Never let anyone steer you away from what you believe in. If starting a blog in your mom’s basement makes you happy, well DAMN IT keep on doing it.
F-You Project Writing CONTEST FIRST Annual
The Forgiveness Project is straightforward and honest: we create a conversation about forgiveness. We are a collective of professionals who desire to see unity and forgiveness replace resentment and bitterness. We feel the power in saying three simple words, “I forgive you.” Created by Tara Muldoon and Gravity Affect, supported by Manifesto, Healing Soul and IMMNF, F-You has become an acclaimed project that relieves the community of everyday egos, pride and image. We encourage stories and discussion, in many forms. Our first annual writing contest was a great success.
The Forgiveness Project’s Writing Contest was open to everyone: Rappers, Writers, Poets and those who felt their piece was worth sharing. We wanted to see how you interpret forgiveness with hip-
hop, how you feel they connect, and what common traits they share. Hip-hop for both F-You and Manifesto, is a tool for communication, diversity, and cultural expression. Of course, hip-hop has had its ups-and-downs as any person would, and we wanted you to explore this! This is an excerpt from our first ever winner, Mr. Gerry Quammie out of Brantford:
The relationship between artist and audience is a shame. The lame radio-edits are attempts at fortune and fame, and most of them don’t have a name, but a title. If it’s a divorce, we’re getting less than half a month’s alimony. Can I forgive you? I mean, can I give you a second chance? Because my heart yearns for genuine romance. If we could get another Wu, or Erick and Parrish, maybe we wouldn’t be famished and the sincerity wouldn’t have perished. For more information, please see gravityaffect.com/f-you
In partnership with
The Art Gallery of Ontario & Hercules
A . r l l A th t. y i n r e g v . E Annual Art Exhibition
Always a festival favourite, our 5th annual art exhibition brings together a multitude of incredible Canadian artists for a celebration of ALL.ART.EVERYTHING. We decided to keep it fresh with our homegrown talents including Vancouverâ€™s own Indigo and Toronto natives like Totem Resolve, EGR, 1LoveT.O, and many more. We also have over 25 local photographers telling their stories in the largest activation of the global arts initiative, the Inside Out Project, which will be featured on our cityâ€™s streets.
Piece by Indigo
Featuring Works by
Suritah Teresa Wignall MediaH ” totem resolve
1love t.o. x Eugine Paunil x mike deadly delmundo
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Viviana Astudillo & Logan Miller FRANCESCA NOCERA ” Sarah Golish EGR ” Jalani Morgan ” ERIC Q Danilo McDowell-McCallum Javid ” Mark ‘Kurupt’ Stoddart Performances By
Maylee Todd Ayo Leilani! Five Steez Ian Kamau With Djs
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“So yo, grab a can and put your man up and stand up ”- Tame One
inside out project
Manifesto brings the global participatory arts initiative, the Inside Out Project, to Toronto. Twenty-four local photographers will display 400+ of their black and white portraits of everyday people all over the walls of Toronto. Participating photographers include:
Ahmed Sagarwala “ Aden Abebe “ Ajani Charles “ Alejandra Higuera “ Alexis Finch Alyssa Katherine Faoro “ Angie Choi “ Anna Keenan “ Anora Graham “ Buruk Early Che Kothari “ Gaby Cueto “ Gillian Mapp “ Jalani Morgan “ Jon Blak “ Julian Campbell “ May Truong “ Nabil Shash “ Natalie Caine “ Nathaniel Anderson Noah Ocran-Caesar “ Nzeghua Anderson “ Steve Carty “ Yannick Anton Featured installations by
Multi-disciplinary artist specializing in stencil art, dance, photography and writing, who is best known for her somber wheatpastes.
One of Toronto’s most respected graffiti writers, Mediah’s work is part of the avant-garde of graffiti.
suritah teresa wignall
A visual artist who explores themes of beauty and liberation within the context of the African diaspora. She will be launching her latest project entitled “The Badu Effect”.
Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas St. W. All ages | 19+ bar | Doors open 6 p.m.. | $5 minimum donation
A working genius, a work of art - Wale
W a e l l h T Have Eyes s By Olivia Arezes
You may notice something different about our city in the next few months. Where there were once EMPTY SPACES, giant black and white portraits now stare back at you. 50
“I’m a work of art, I’m Warhol already” – Jay-Z
The Man Behind the Faces Blending photography and graffiti (to become a, “photograffeur”) JR has used the streets of the world’s depressed communities as his own openair art gallery to wheat paste giant images of the everyday people that inhabit them. The purpose: to humanize the marginalized, because it’s easy to ignore statistics, but much harder to ignore 50 foot tall photos. In 2007, alongside fellow artist Marco, JR pulled off his Face 2 Face project, the world’s biggest illegal photo exhibition ever, with an equally important meaning behind it. Deemed impossible, he posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities, on the both sides of the Israeli-West Bank separation wall. In a similar fashion, JR’s other works have honoured the forgotten women of the developing world and the elders of Spain. In each project, JR has ensured to give a face to the faceless and involve his subjects in every step of his process.
These giant wheatpasted photo portraits are a part of The Inside Out Project, a global participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Or, put another way, it mounts giant photos of people onto the city’s walls. Familiar faces, strange faces and strangely familiar faces now adorn our city’s streets, or as French contemporary artist, JR, calls them, “the greatest gallery in the world.” Led by JR, winner of the 2011 TED Prize, Inside Out aims to create a movement where people stand up for what they care about by literally putting their best face forward—and attaching a message to it.
Participating is easy. Send in a close-up of your best headshot. Inside Out will print it and send it to you (for free!) so you can post it up in your city. Done. You are now an artist in an international project. Using the theme of “intergeneration,” Manifesto has joined the Inside Out Project by enlisting 24 local photographers to wheatpaste 400+ of their photos across Toronto—the largest activation of the Inside Out Project in the world, ever. Now it’s up to you to discover the stories of the people who share our city. www.insideoutproject.net #torontoinsideout themanifesto.ca/insideout
“Yes indeedy I wrote graffiti on the bus” – The Pharcyde
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Manifesto’s “Live At The Square” includes main-stage performances, an open B-Boy/BGirl dance floor, a 60 foot 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 hip-hop playground – backed up by a free concert showcasing some of Canada’s musical legends and emerging talent, alongside a handful of international guests.
“We live on stage and we do it for you - Dilated Peoples
Super Block Party featuring...
Rakim & Kid Capri
Phonte & 9th Wonder Blu & Exile Supported by Hercules
Times Neue JD Era Just BGraphic Roman Tre LEJI KJ Zaki Ibrahim
Michie Mee feat.
A-Game Andreena Mill Beatbox Canada feat. Terry KRNFX First Look Cypher (Fresco
P, Phoenix, Church Chizzle, Element, Jelly Too Fly) Freedom Writers feat. Sweet Touch Foundation
Narcicyst Notes To Self Oguerre Shi Wisdom Son Real The Get By The Lytics
Only if you know you live, from the club to the parking lot - Pharrell
Meka (2dopeboyz) DJ James Redi DJ Ariel DJ Wristpect Hosted by
MASTERMIND Shannon Boodram Big Norm Trixx Femi of 106 & York & More!
Rakim The GOD emcee. Acknowledging Rakim as anything otherwise is tantamount to treason within hip-hop. This New York legend is widely considered to be one of the greatest rappers to have ever held the mic - he’s actually your favourite rapper’s favourite rapper. Rakim had his humble beginnings collaborating with a DJ/ producer by the name of Eric B. They would record four albums together, and change the face of hip-hop forever. Rakim’s groundbreaking approach to emceeing created a powerful legacy and few artists have had a similar impact on the genre. Their first album, Paid In Full, is universally acknowledged as one of the most important and influential records in hip-hop history. One of hip-hop’s last remaining icons, Rakim commands respect whenever he touches the mic. With an enthralling stage presence, Rakim is a true emcee that performs in the booth and on-stage flawlessly. @rakimgodmc
Blu & Exile After a hiatus, the critically acclaimed duo comprising of the enigmatic rapper Blu and the prolific producer/DJ Exile, is reuniting this fall for the pleasure of Manifesto crowds. Blu, a mixture of classic west-coast flare and east-coast sensibilities, has returned from hibernation and is promoting his upcoming album No-York, as well as his upcoming collaboration with the perennially hardworking Exile. Re-united, these two artists seem poised to capitalize on all the momentum they had back in 2007 when they dropped their now classic Below The Heavens mixtape. @exileradio | @HerFavColor
Andreena Mill If you’ve paid even the slightest attention to the Toronto music scene in the past little while, then you have definitely seen R&B singer Andreena Mill’s name pop-up somewhere. As enthusiastic about her work as she is talented, Andreena Mill is gearing up for the fall release of her debut album All Eyes On Me. @andreenamill
Down to earth and honest, Stalley harnesses a raw appeal that has had him see a huge rise in popularity recently. Hailing from Massillon, Ohio, Stalley keeps himself busy with a hectic touring, and writing and recording. Fresh off a recent visit, it seems that Stalley is becoming quite enamoured with Toronto. @stalley
9th Wonder & Phonte A special set that reunites two-thirds of the much loved (and missed), Little Brother trio. Behind the boards is producer 9th Wonder, a Grammy Award-winning super-producer who’s firmly cemented himself in hip-hop history through his work with such giants as Jay-Z, Erykah Badu and Destiny’s Child. More than just an artist, 9th Wonder has done his best to play a part in the continued growth and evolution of hip-hop culture, by developing university courses and seminars and through personal projects and ventures. Reteaming with 9th is Phonte, an underground stalwart and lyricist of the highest caliber. Phonte has kept busy over the years with his own solo work, by appearing as a guest vocalist on a whole slew of songs, mixtapes, and albums; as well as by being one half of the increasingly buzzworthy duo, The Foreign Exchange. @9thWonderMusic | @phontigallo
Freedom Writers What do you get when you take some of Toronto’s most well respected hip-hop veterans and mash them together with up-and-coming prodigious talent? You get the super group known as the Freedom Writers. Comprisied of Theology 3, Progress, Frankie Payne, Adam Bomb, Tona, and Big Sproxx, the recently formed Freedom Writers are putting out work with alarming dedication and passion. @freedomwriters_
Ready or not I have arrived and I’m live - MC Lyte
JD ERA Long-time staple on the Toronto hip-hop stage, rapper JD Era has been a fan favourite from day one. With a talent for creating poppy, catchy songs, while maintaining a raw gritty style that is so often missing from the mainstream, JD Era is a young rapper with seniority within Toronto’s burgeoning hip-hop scene, and with his recent signing to Raekwon’s Ice H20 record label, he’s at the tipping point of superstardom. @jdera
Notes to Self A hip-hop collective comprised of rappers Roshin and Swamp Donkey, producer/rapper Bronze One, DJ/ Turntablist extraordinaire Dopey, and visual artist Elicser. With a solid Toronto and Canadian following, these artists are rumoured to be getting ready to release a whole slew of new material. A mixture of classic hip-hop appeal and new-school relevance, Notes To Self has it all. @nnnnnotestoself
ZAKI IBRAHIM A true maverick in every sense of the word, the act of confining Zaki Ibrahim to a single genre is a disservice to her work. Even more talented than she is beautiful, Zaki is known for her eclectic, soul stirring performances and brutally honest songwriting. @zakiibrahim
+ Open Canvas Project + Freshest Goods Market + Free Workshops + open dancefloor
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Yonge-Dundas Square 1 Dundas St. E. All-ages | FREE | 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.
60 FT. DOUBLE-SIDED PLYWOOD MURAL A 60 ft. double-sided plywood panel will be set up on Yonge-Dundas Square where invited artists will be painting live during the all-day concert.
SKAM Art Child Mr. Wiggles Hemps Insight
Recka EGR Mediah Elicser Indigo
Set Times 11:55-12:00 12:15 – 12:25 12:35 – 12:50 12:55 – 1:05 1:10 – 1:20 1:25 – 1:40 1:50 – 2:05 2:10 – 2:25 2:35 – 2:50 2:55 – 3:10 3:20 – 3:30 3:30 – 4:00 4:10 – 4:25 4:35 – 4:50 5:00 – 5:15 5:15 – 5:25 5:25 – 5:40 5:55 – 6:15 6:25 – 6:40 6:55 – 7:15 7:20 – 7:27 7:35 – 7:50 8:00 – 8:30 8:30 – 8:40 8:55 – 9:30 9:30 – 10:05 10:05–10:40
I wanna know where my live women is at - Busta Rhymes
Surprise Performance OgueRre Tre Leji Just BGraphic SHI WISDOM FIRST LOOK CYPHER (FRESCO P, PHOENIX, CHURCH CHIZZLE, ELEMENT, JELLY TOO FLY) THE GET BY THE NARCICYST SON REAL KJ All Styles Dance Council Performance STALLEY THE LYTICS TIMES NEUE ROMAN A-GAME DJ WRISPECT NOTES TO SELF ZAKI IBRAHIM JD ERA ANDREENA MILL TERRY KRNFX /BEATBOX CANADA MICHIE MEE & DJ X FREEDOM WRITERS FEAT. SWEET TOUCH FOUNDATION Bboy Council Performance BLU & EXILE PHONTE & 9TH WONDER RAKIM & KID CAPRI
e h t S t q a u a e r v i e W O R T K F S A R H C O P R S GUIDE L KNOW YOU Muay Thai
Led by Michael Perez of Southside Muay Thai and Submission www.southsidemuaythai.ca
Southside will be performing a small demonstration and historical playback of the popular folklore of the birth of the sport. They will also be demonstrating some techniques and a synchronized pad session, then allowing audience participation. Southside hopes to share this experience with the Manifesto community to provide an active and educational workshop for all ages.
About Southside Southside Muay Thai was established in 2007 with the purpose of teaching Muay Thai as it’s taught in Thailand. Through training and education they aim to teach students to adapt the lessons of Muay Thai to other areas of life. Southside’s instructors are qualified under Ajahn Suchart, (the grandfather of Muay Thai in Canada) and have extensive experience in Muay Thai’s history and application.
Led by the New Leaf Yoga Foundation
Members of New Leaf ’s team of peaceful warriors will lead an active and inspiring one-hour session demonstrating how yoga is for everyone. Incorporating music, they’ll introduce yoga poses for building strength and flexibility, managing stress and improving overall wellbeing—demonstrating how yoga can be a benefit on many different levels. No experience required… in fact we encourage you to come out and try it for the first time!
About the New Leaf Yoga Foundation New Leaf ’s mission is to empower youth through yoga. We work with young men and women in the GTA and beyond who are striving to create positive change in their lives. Our mission is to make yoga accessible and relevant in some of the least-serviced neighbourhoods and facilities and specifically to youth who are facing some of the greatest challenges. We believe that when youth find peace inside themselves, that peacefulness can shine in our communities.
Who got a flow and a live show better than mine? - T.I.
Led by Scramblelock
Scramblelock offers an introduction to locking, a style of dance that blends hip-hop and funk. Participants will learn the basics of locking: breathing, control, energy and timing.
About Scramblelock Hailing from Hamilton, Marc “Scramblelock” Sakalauskas has been b-boying for the last 13 years. Scramblelock quickly developed a genuine love for the dance and became fascinated with the roots of hip-hop beats: funk. He discovered Locking in 2000 and has learned from the best in the international locking scene.
Workshop lead by Jahyu
This workshop will focus on jewellery making using wires, a multitude of beads and recycled materials. Individual artists will be encouraged to create works that contribute to a shared vision of love, community and creativity.
About Jahyu Jahyu is an educator, artist, community activist, sister and founder of Jewels Are We.
Led By Adrian Hayles of Behind adrianhaylesproductions.com the Front Visual Arts Studio
Whether you are a designer, animator, illustrator, artist, hobbyist, student or someone who believes in art as a form of therapy, Behind the Front Visual Arts Studio has something to offer you. Creating art is an opportunity to express one’s self imaginatively, authentically, and spontaneously; it is an experience that over time, can lead to personal fulfillment, emotional reparation and recovery.
About Adrian Hayles Toronto-based illustrator Adrian Hayles discovered the expressive nature of the visual arts at a young age. He is a graduate of the Graphic Design program at Humber College with over ten years of working experience behind him. In 2008, Hayles established the Behind the Front Visual Arts Studio; it’s mission is to support upand-coming artists in developing and promoting their skills and creativity.
Led by Angie Choi aka Eyekahfoto www.eyekahfolio.tumblr.com
@missAika Take part in an interactive, two hour open concept photo shoot & workshop for those who wish to learn more about studio lighting & photography. Get your photography questions answered, in addition to getting portraits of you and your friends posted on the Manifesto blog.
About Eyekahfoto Angie Choi works with film and digital photography. Her varied artistic background is evident in her thoughtful photographs that are rich with storytelling.
Yonge-Dundas Square 1 Dundas St. E. All-ages | FREE | 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
It's a festival in hip-hop, we do it non-stop - Common
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By Simon Black Photos by Mauricio Calero, Huda Hassan
Few politicians embodied the spirit of Manifesto like Jack Layton did. Jack believed in creativity and community, and the power of everyday people to make positive change in their lives, city, and country.
itâ€™s kinda hard with you not around, know you in heaven smilinâ€™ down - Puff Daddy
Emerging on Toronto’s political scene in the early 1980s, Jack spent two decades as a councillor fighting for a just city. His politics were driven by love and expressing a philosophical awareness crystallizing Cornel West’s assertion that “Justice is what love looks like in public.” His many victories were a testament to his tenacity and political courage. With his support for bike lanes and wind power, Jack was green before green fell victim to cliché. The White Ribbon Campaign working to end men’s violence against women, which he helped found, challenged men to reinvent themselves and shape their relationships and communities with the same caring and loving masculinity that Jack personified. His work on affordable housing worked to erase the contradiction of widespread homelessness in a city as wealthy and prosperous as our own. When HIV-AIDS was still marginalized in the mainstream as a gay man’s disease, Jack was one of the few politicians with the courage to stand in solidarity with those affected, fight their stigmatization and win increased public funding for prevention, harm reduction and public education. He was on guard for the rights of LGBTQ folk well before the Pride parade had become a popular tourist attraction and same sex marriage the law of the land. Working people knew that “Union Jack” would represent their interests at Toronto City Hall and good jobs with livable wages were core to his vision of a socially just city. Jack took these causes to the federal scene when he became leader of the NDP in 2003. He never tried to be bigger than the movements, just their devoted, steadfast and loyal representative in City Hall and in Parliament. But as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Manifesto, those who identify with urban culture must pay homage to Jack as a soldier for our cause. We salute his contribution to defending the arts and urban culture from attack, debasement and disrespect. For as we stand in our city’s premier public space with hip-hop’s boom bap filling our ears, younger heads can be forgiven for not knowing there was a time in our city that an expression of urban culture as visceral and as a proud as Manifesto would not be permitted. Hip-Hop’s baby steps in Toronto were taken when the interests of a conservative and lily-white mainstream domi-
nated the city. While the politics of some councillors were progressive, many others were not. And those occupying other positions of power, from the police to the business community, were reluctant to embrace a vision of multiculturalism that entailed a shift in the visual and artistic landscape of our city. A shift in what expressions of culture were deemed legitimate and worthy of respect; a shift in power related to who got funding and gained material recognition for their cultural output. In Jack we had an OG on council who forever challenged Toronto’s powerbrokers to envision a city that lived up to its motto of “Diversity, Our Strength.” Speaking with us, not for us, he helped carve out a space for urban culture, defending our funding, promoting our projects. For two decades Jack stood tall for us at City Hall, when other politicians cowered. When times got rough, when our city and province descended into Mike Harris’ Common Sense Revolution, when antiracist initiatives were rolled back, when equity was off the agenda and equality on the defensive, Jack was our voice on council. His love for our culture is illustrated in an anecdote from Manifesto Executive Director Che Kothari. In the middle of a party at Jack and Olivia’s Chinatown crib, Layton pulled Kothari outside to give him a tour of an alley attached to the house. The walls were painted top to bottom with graffiti. Jack knew the names of every artist, the nuances of their styles; he had in fact commissioned many of the pieces. But as much as he loved us, he never tried to hijack our events for his political gain. For Jack didn’t have to try to be down with us, because we knew he was down for us. Yes, we have lost a fan of our music, our style, our art, but in Jack we also have lost something more important, something that we—the makers and lovers of urban culture—know is so rare in our city’s and our country’s corridors of power; we have lost an ally. We must demand of our current politicians no less than the love and respect that Jack showed us. And when they are not willing to give it, we will honour Jack’s legacy by being loving, hopeful, and optimistic and we’ll change our city with or without them.
It be a privilege you associated with us, I hope you in a good place where life is love - 0.C.
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IT’S BRAND NEW. AND IT’S JUST FOR YOU. You’re invited to the Youth Centre Launch Party! FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 I 7PM TO MIDNIGHT WESTON FAMILY LEARNING CENTRE AT THE AGO
FREE ADMISSION • THREE special guest DJs • Performance art by AGO youth Council & Deanna Bowen • Performances by Harmony Movement’s Arts For Equity Showcase • Non-alcoholic beverages, light snacks and cake Presented in partnership with Manifesto Community Projects and Manifesto’s 5th year anniversary.
Join us in the Youth Centre to make art, meet new friends, and take part in group projects and special events. The AGO is FREE for Ontario high-school students with valid ID, Tuesday to Friday after 3pm. Free After 3 generously supported by Kate Subak and Family
AGO Youth Programs Lead Sponsor
Youth Programs generously supported by The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation