Our Manifesto Festival 2010 coverage [Article]
Toronto, ON – Just announced, MANIFESTO Festival insider and ex-HipHopCanada Associate Editor, Jules Che will be teaming up with HHC’s Central Canada Editor Jonathon Brown to coordinate a full week of exclusive coverage starting Monday, September 20, 2010 through Sunday, September 26, 2010.
Featuring interviews with Jay Electronica, Black Thought of The Roots, J.Period, Saukrates, Rich Kidd, Jean Grae, Citizen Kane, 4th Pyramid, DJ P-Plus, DJ Serious, Supernaturalz, Dubelyoo, RT!,Cazhmere, Elicser, YNOT of Rock Steady Crew, Nomadic Massive, D-Sisive, Lindo P, Mindbender, Eternia and many more, MANIFESTO is Canada’s go-to event for all things hip-hop. Here’s a run down of what Jules and the HHC team will be checking out and what you don’t want to miss… Click the jump for much more.
MONDAY SEPT 20 (7PM-9PM) – Once again MANIFESTO will join Her Excellency the Right HonourableMichaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, in a high-energy discussion with young artists, young leaders, youth-led organizations, philanthropists and decision-makers to spark greater collaboration, learning and sharing. This Dialogue represents the grand finale of the Governor General’s “Can We Talk” series, which has mobilized hundreds of young people, philanthropists and elected officials across Canada in an intergenerational dialogue on youth empowerment, inclusion and social change. Let’s rap.
TUESDAY SEPT 21 (8PM) – Neosoul powerhouse Bilal treats Toronto to an exclusive 2-hour live concert with 5-piece band in support of his new LP on Plug Research, “Airtight’s Revenge”. Also featuring a solid lineup of neosoul and hip hop innovators alongside The Main Ingredient DJs. Don’t miss this rare intimate performance by one of the neosoul game’s most respected artists.
WEDNESDAY SEPT 22 (7PM) – This year’s double-feature filmfest showcases two moving and timely films that resonate both locally and globally. Through the stories of a bboy in Uganda in Bouncing Cats and two young men from Toronto’s Regent Park in Invisible City, these films delve into the power of arts and culture to transform, heal, and empower – and give voice to the experiences and challenges faced by racialized minorities in urban society.There will also be a live Q&A with Crazy Legs.
THURSDAY SEPT 23 (8PM) – Always a festival favourite, the MANIFESTO art show brings together incredible Toronto, Canadian and international talent in painting, illustration, design, photography, mixed media and more for an awe-inspiring mashup of goodness. This year’s show features work by special guest Dubleyoo (ATL), with special installations by Cubeworks, RT!, and tons more. Not to be missed!
FRIDAY SEPT 24 (9:30PM) – Hot of the heels of Manifesto’s bus trip to throw down at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, this event will see some of NYC’s freshest talent come represent in Toronto for a jam-packed collaboration showcase at the Great Hall. Jean Grae, Citizen Kane, Mr. Mecca, 4thPyrami, DJ Serious and more. Big!
SATURDAY SEPT 25 (2PM) – The So Much Things To Say Speaker Series will feature a group of outstanding cultural innovators, artists and professionals who will be sharing their unique wisdom and experiences. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from some remarkable individuals speak.
SATURDAY SEPT 25 (6PM) – With $3000 in cash prizes on the line and judging by some of the biggest names in bboying, top crews from across North America will battle for the Canada Pro 2010 Championship title. To top it off, this event will feature a Hip Hop Showcase Competition that will bring both dance styles under one roof! Taking over an industrial warehouse at Queen St &Dufferin St, and starting things off with a Bboy BBQ, this epic battle is the MUST SEE DANCE EVENT OF THE YEAR! Don’t sleep.
SUNDAY SEPT 26 (1PM) – Sunday’s full day outdoor block party combines all elements to transform Yonge-Dundas Square into Toronto’s hip hop heart – an interactive urban playground with music, art, dance, workshops, a marketplace, and much more – backed up by a free concert showcasing some of Canada’s top veteran and emerging talent, alongside special international guests.
SUNDAY SEPT 26 (11PM) – Always one of the livest jams of the year, this year’s afterparty features mixtape virtuoso J. Period sharing the ones and twos with Toronto talent hand-picked by our fam at the Stylus DJ Awards. Even better, it’s right next door to Yonge&Dundas Square. Get your tickets now, this one is guaranteed to sell out fast!
J. Period Live Mixtape, 2010 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
For more info, venues and exact times check out The Manifesto official werbsite at http://www.themanifesto.ca.
Written by Jules Che for HipHopCanada