Catch John River at Manifesto’s Live At The Square concert in Toronto [News]
Toronto, ON – Mississauga’s own John River will be performing at Yonge-Dundas Square on Sunday, September 22 for the 2 O’Clock Fresh Showcase during this year’s Manifesto Festival’s Live At The Square concert.
The showcase will feature various budding MCs and singers and one DJ from Toronto and the GTA, including: DJ Romeo, Caliph, A. Harmony, L The 12th Letter and Kzara W. For more information about Live At The Square visit TheManifesto.ca.
Click the jump for more information about John River and his organization, Hope City.
About John River
John River, born Matthew Jonathan Derrick-Huie to parents of Trinidadian (mother) and Jamaican (father) descent, was raised in Mississauga, Ontario, a city located west of Toronto. John River is an 18 year old, well-rounded and musically adept rapper/producer who not only conveys his own message and story through his music, but also that of his peers. When you listen to John River you will quickly notice that at such a young age he is incredibly aware of himself and his surroundings and is also passionate to have his voice heard. The young artist is by no means a stranger to the spotlight. At the age of 15, John River moved oversees to Europe where he played semi-pro soccer in France and Italy. As bold of a decision it was to move away from everything he knew in Canada, living alone to pursue this dream truly shaped who he is today. In school, John River also excelled and was a finalist in a Peel provincial public speaking competition in both French and English.
John River broke into the music industry in early 2012 at the age of 17 when he released his first single, “Every Evening.” The song generated 30,063 views on his YouTube channel, making it the highest played video on his channel thus far. Since “Every Evening,” he has released 4 other songs and their accompanying videos which have collected over a total of 110,000 views on YouTube. John River’s first project, The Calm, released in November of 2012, was critically acclaimed and received positive feedback from various media outlets. The Consignment Show, from London, Ontario awarded The Calm the best Canadian project of the year in 2012 and The Come Up Show, a well-known radio show and online publication elected John River as one of the top upcoming artists in 2012. The Calm was also in commemoration of the following lives taken to soon: Lukas Schueder (suicide), Khadeem Antoine (murdered) and Odaine Lumley (under investigation).
Flow 93.5, Toronto’s home of Hip-Hop and R&B and most popular urban radio station picked up John River’s music, crowning him the youngest Toronto rapper to ever be played on that radio station. River has opened for acts such as, Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen and singer/songwriter Andreena Mill. On October 5th, 2013 River, alongside acts such as Rich Kidd and Raz Fresco, will be representing Canada at ‘That New North;’ an all-Canadian showcase taking place at the All 3 Coasts (A3C) Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
Co-signs from other artists include: Toronto natives, Kardinal Offishall, JD Era and Andreena Mill, Bad Boy recording artist Los, New York rapper ANTHM, and 2am Club from Los Angeles. John River is the founder and president of the Hope City brand.
About Hope City
Hope City is the brand that stands behind the young Mississauga artist with the intention to inspire hope within urban communities and populations through the process of creating inspirational music, clothing and philanthropic activities and events.