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JD Era, Rich Kidd and Shi Wisdom headline 106 and York on Aug. 31 [News]

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Toronto, ON – It’s been a long, hot summer in Toronto, and shows no signs of cooling down – at least not on stage. On Friday, August 31st, 106 and York UrbanArts Youth Festival brings together the city’s top artists for an annual multi-disciplinary youth arts festival that happens in Toronto’s North-West communities. Now in its fifth year, this community event has grown and invites everyone to join in celebrating the talent of performers and visual artists from across the city. Headliners for this year’s events include JD Era, (signed to the label of Raekwon, of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan), Juno-nominated producer/MC Rich Kidd, one of Toronto’s most exciting new vocalists, Shi Wisdom, lyrical assassin JellyTooFly, and many more.

Click the jump for more details, including the official flyer.

News: JD Era, Rich Kidd and Shi Wisdom headline 106 and York - HipHopCanada.com

News: JD Era, Rich Kidd and Shi Wisdom headline 106 and York - HipHopCanada.com

106 and York UrbanArts Festival

Event details

Friday, August 31st, 2012
Doors open at 4 p.m. (food and red carpet pictures)
Show Starts at 6 p.m.
Cover: $5 at the door
York Woods Theater (1785 Finch Avenue West)
Performers include JD Era, Rich Kidd, Shi Wisdom, Jelly TooFly, JD Keyz and more!

All-Ages/Families Welcome

From 4 – 6 p.m. the event will host outdoor kids activities running in collaboration with the Pan American Games. It will include face painting, and an inflatable basketball and archery station.

“The great thing about 106 and York is that it works as a community and professional development initiative by mentoring less experienced youth on all the positions necessary to make the festival happen. This way the festival is youth run – and stays youth run.”, says event organizer Leandra LeGendre. “The festival showcases established artists such as JD Era, Rich Kidd and Shi Wisdom and provide emerging artists with the opportunity of a paid performance by featuring them on the same stage. The fresh and positive grassroots energy from the crowd is something worth celebrating.”

With the support of festival partners UrbanArts, N.I.S.E. Clothing, High Class, and Manifesto, the organizers have developed a stellar showcase of Toronto’s talent and continues to give artists a platform from which they can build their careers. 106 and York also helps to build the capacity of the community to organize similar events by taking on community members as staff and interns.

In addition to performances, community merchandise/info tables allow local organizations and entrepreneurs to get involved by displaying information about their group. Some of the groups represented at our festival are: Urbanology Magazine, HipHopCanada.com, Stolen from Africa, TorontoRappers.com and other vendors will be selling their art and merchandise, so please feel free to bring the family enjoy the entertainment, and support this all ages event.

About 106 and York

106 and York is a youth-led collaborative that supports youth in the urban arts through various initiatives. Our most prominent initiative is our multi-disciplinary youth urban arts festival that is presented in collaboration with other youth-led organizations such as Highclass and N.I.S.E. Clothing and larger organizations such as UrbanArts and Manifesto.

Twitter: @106andyork

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