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Manifesto Festival announces line-up for 2018 Discovery Series
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Manifesto Festival announces lineup for 2018 Discovery Series

This year’s Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture is just a few weeks away!

Today, Manifesto announces the lineup for their Discovery Series, as well as additions to the main stage.

Check out the press release and poster below.

Manifesto Festival announces line-up for 2018 Discovery Series

Staasia Daniels (Photo: Facebook)


Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture presented by Aurora and Vancity Community Investment Bank, is pleased to announce this year’s Manifesto Discovery Series August 9 to 14. Taking place across multiple Toronto venues and DIY spaces, the series offers an opportunity for promoters, agencies, record labels and local organizations to celebrate community and culture through music, comedy, visual arts, dance and more leading up to the free concert at Nathan Phillips Square with headliner Chronnix, August 17. Joining the main stage performance is UK rapper, poet and activist Akala, stay tuned for full lineup.

The Manifesto Discovery Series features a variety of genre-spanning artists including Indigenous rapper, activist and multiple Indigenous Music Award winner Drezus, Remix project alumni, Toronto’s dreamy slow jam R&B act LIZA along with producer, musician and Jessie Reyez’s DJ, Junia-T whose highly anticipated album Studio Monk is set for release this fall with a sneak preview during the Blue Crane x Pirates Blend x Bandbox showcase. UNCDTNL presents an all-female identifying performer showcase of artists from African and Caribbean origin including R&B singer / songwriter Staasia Daniels, BET’s #FreestyleFriday finalist DijahSB and more.

In addition to the many musical performers, the Series will also host The MRSOE (Most Races Show on Earth) comedy show. Bringing diverse comedians and audiences together. Featuring stand-up performance by critically acclaimed comedian, singer, songwriter, podcast host and chef ‘Big Norm’, the comedian has shared the stage with Russel Peters, Micheal Blackson, Lunelle Ghost Face Killa, School Boy Q, Machel Montano, Chronnix and Jhené Aiko.

RPM, the global new music platform for Indigenous music from across Turtle Island and around the world, celebrates its 2nd anniversary and mixtape release on Saturday, August 11. Featuring performances by Drezus, electronic-tribal music duo DATU along with DJ sets and surprise guests will take place at The Rootdown (225 Geary). The SNDTRK6 event at SoSo Food Club on August 12, will bring together various presenters of producer based monthlies and series in Toronto, as well as tributes and appearances from locally based producers who have worked on multi-platinum international records. This showcase highlights the growing lo-fi beat scene in Toronto.

For full Manifesto Discovery Series schedule see below, and stay tuned for additional announcements.

Don’t miss the boat! The HIGH POWER Boat Cruise on August 5, will kick off the festivities. Headlined by the legendary party ELECTRiC PUNANNY from New York City, along with Toronto royalty Nino Brown, Dre Ngozi and more, this is the ultimate water bound event. To purchase tickets visit here.

Manifesto Festival announces line-up for 2018 Discovery Series

Full Discovery Series Schedule

Thursday, August 9

Blue Crane Agency x Pirates Blend x Bandbox
Drake Underground
Artists: LIZA, Haleek Maul, Junia-T the Studio Monk, Terrell Morris + a surprise 2018 Polaris nominated special guest
Host DJ: DJ Loqenz
Time: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Friday, August 10

UNCDTNL presents
Superwonder Gallery
(all female showcase of African and Caribbean origin)
Artists: Staasia Daniels, Vanessa Lu, DijahSB, Charmie, Tamara Madison, Durreyl, ZENE
Hosted by: Cheffy
Time: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

MRSOE! Comedy Show
The Comedy Bar
Comedians: Dom Pare, Big Norm, Nick Reynoldson, Marito Antonio Lopez, Patrick Haye, Cassie Cao
Time: 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday, August 11

RPM 2-Year Anniversary
& Mixtape Release
The Rootdown (225 Geary Ave.)
Artists: DJ NDN, Drezus, Ziibiwan, Obuxum, DATU
DJ Sets: Wolf Saga
+ special surprise guests
Time: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sunday, August 12

SoSo Food Club
Presenting partners: Sampler Café, CDR, Subtle Blend, Beat Academy, The Build
Time: Sampler Café (2-5 p.m.) / Beat Academy Producer Tribute (5-7 p.m.) / Producer Showcasing (7-midnight)

Monday, August 13

Remix Showcase
Drake Underground
Artists: LIZA and more
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (early show)

Drake Underground
Artists: TBA
Time: 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

About Manifesto

Founded in 2007, Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture is a celebrations of hip-hop culture and beyond. The non-profit, youth-powered platform was designed to showcase local artists and create events aimed at cultivating multi-disciplinary artistic and professional development for young people across a variety of mediums.

Now in its 12th year, the festival continues to provide carefully curated programming in music, visual arts, dance and more – through concerts, art shows, block parties, workshops, summits. New this year is the Manifesto Discovery Series, a dynamic group of community and arts events in partnership with Toronto’s up and coming arts collectives, organizations, artists and move-makers.

Manifesto seeks to address barriers for young creatives including:

  • Insufficient income-generating and employment opportunities for young people and artists;
  • Unrealized benefits of greater collaboration between artists, organizations, institutions & genres;
  • A lack of mainstream support infrastructure for homegrown artists (venues, media, industry, etc.); and
  • Systemic exclusion and under-resourcing of marginalized and racialized communities.

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