VIDEO: 2013 UNITY Festival (Toronto) – July 18th – 21st (Promo)

Ty Harper | Community,Concerts,Events,Music,Video | Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Visuals and more info (below) on the Toronto installment of this year’s UNITY Festival.


Day 1 Thursday July 18: The Mod Club, 277 College Street, Toronto
Free Your Sound: 2vs2 Beatboxing Battle in Partnership with BeatboxCan. To enter the 2vs2 battle, you will need to submit a video. Details to be posted shortly.

Day 2 Friday July 19: The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street
Free Your Style: Breakdancing and All Styles in Partnership with IBE. Want to qualify? Then attend this year’s pre-qualifiers at the AGO on Friday July 5th at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Details will be posted shortly.

Day 3 Saturday July 20: Yonge-Dundas Square
UNITY Concert at Yonge-Dundas Square. A full day of performances from youth, artists, headliners, breakdancing battles, live graffiti, and much more! Auditions are completed! Thank you for everyone that auditioned this year! Announcements of the youth performers will be made shortly.

Day 4 Sunday July 21: Daniels Spectrum Theatre 585 Dundas Street East.
Free Your Voice: Lyricist Battle and Showcase. If you are an MC or a spoken word artists between the ages of 13-19, audition to be part of Unity’s “Free YourVoice — All-Styles Lyricists” event taking place on July 21st, 2013. This is your chance to be a part of Toronto’s largest urban arts youth festival and share your voice and your words with the Toronto MC/Spoken word/Hip Hop community. Auditions taking place: Sunday June 2nd from 10AM-3PM at Don Montgomery Community Centre, 2467 Eglinton Avenue East. Please email: to reserve an audition slot.

EVENT: NXNE & iSTANDARD present Perkeck Strangers – June 14th @ The Velvet Underground (510 Queen St W)

Ty Harper | Concerts,Events,Music | Wednesday, June 12th, 2013


The Big Ticket monthly transforms into the official NXNE and iStandard presents hip-hop event this week, featuring Perfeck Strangers, a special live appearance/performance from Monolith and much more!


Previously: NEW VIDEO: Perfeck Strangers “Love Again” (Directed by iLL Vibe)

EVENT: EastParkPro presents “The Best of Big Ticket Vol. 1” (This Friday @ 510 Queen St. W)

Ty Harper | Concerts,Events,Music | Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

It’s the ultimate HIP HOP party and performance series in the TDot. You get the best Hip Hop music, video’s and live performances. Hip Hop lives in Toronto at the Velvet Underground, the second Friday of every month!

The January 11th edition we kick off the new year in a Big way with the best of the past 6 months. We have had a lot of great performances since July and it’s hard limit the number of performances, but you will definitely not want to miss these heavyweights as they bless the #BIGTICKET stage.

Performing Jan. 11th., Large Live and Direct / Robots Wearing Sunglasses / Perfeck Strangers / KemiKAL / SepTO / T.R.A. / Trace Motivate / Tommy Spitz / Scott Ramerez / L.I.U.

If you have not yet been to a #BigTicket event, this is definitely the one you want to attend. HashTag #BigTicket on twitter. We hope to see u Jan 11th! #Pro

CONCERT: the mu$IcbIZ presents Rich Kidd & SonReal – The Closers (Live) – Tonight @ The Rivoli

Ty Harper | Concerts,Events,Music | Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Rich Kidd and SonReal wrap up their “The Closers” tour back in The Mega with a show presented by the mu$icbIZ, who are also celebrating the release of their mobile app.

Big shoutout to these two dudes and their teams (Addy, Byron whatup!). What they did with this project was nothing short of historic, on several levels.

Previously: VIDEO: “A Casual Game Of Billiards” (Interview w/ Rich Kidd & SonReal)

Previously: VIDEO: SonReal – Alright Okay (feat. Rich Kidd) + She Gone Live @ Fortune Sound Club (Vancouver)

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Rich Kidd & SonReal feat. JD Era “MVP” (Prod. Arthur McArthur)

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Rich Kidd & SonReal “The Closers” (Episode 3) (Directed by Mark Valino)





EVENT: Big Ticket hosted by Maestro Fresh Wes – Tomorrow @ Velvet Underground (510 Queen St. W)

Ty Harper | Concerts,Events,Music,Video | Thursday, October 11th, 2012


This is a #BIGTICKET exclusive as Maestro chops it up in the studio and talks about disco Rap!!! 2013 will be Maestro’s 25th annivarsary in the music industry and is celebrating with a brand new LP called Orchestrated Noise and has just released the precursor EP Black Tuxedo, available now on iTunes.

Maestro Host #BigTicket Friday Oct. 12th at Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. at Portland in Toronto. #BigTicket is the industry official Hip Hop monthly event that takes place the second Friday of every month!!! It features the best live performances and ultimate party. Music by Award Winning DJ LAW and G5Canadian Urban. Check the links for more info…..…

VIDEO: Manifesto Festival presents “Live At The Square” – Pharoahe Monch meets BadBadNotGood + more!

Ty Harper | Community,Concerts,Events,Music,Video | Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Year #6 of the craziness that always is the Manifesto Festival’s “Live At The Square” closer.

Pharoahe Monch meets BadBadNotGood; Rich Kidd & SonReal, Maestro Fresh Wes, Andreena Mill, Shi Wisdom, D-Sisive + sOooo much more..

Full details @

NEWS: Manifesto Festival 2012 (Torontoist Article)

Ty Harper | Community,Concerts,Events | Friday, September 21st, 2012

The Torontist talks Manifesto 2012 going down this weekend. Get full details on the festival @

Read the full article HERE!

If this year’s edition of the Manifesto festival feels oddly familiar, it’s because the festival is going back to its roots. Faced with a shrunken budget due to a fall-off in corporate sponsorship, and spurred by a desire to emphasize the other initiatives they run throughout the year, Manifesto’s organizing committee opted to make this edition of the festival a smaller affair, cutting it back to its original three-day length from last year’s high of 11 days.

Manifesto started in 2006 as a celebration of urban arts and youth culture, and especially to provide performing opportunities for musicians that fell outside the rock-oriented scope of many other local music festivals. As in previous years, the highlight of the festival is the closing concert, which will take place on Sunday at Yonge-Dundas Square.

EVENT: A&R Report presents “Who Got Next Next? Artist Showcase” (September 6th @ The Hard Rock Cafe)

Ty Harper | Concerts,Events,Music | Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Pretty crazy lineup for a new showcase curated by Mr. Asante and

Flipside of flyer with more details after the jump!


Who Got Next? – Artist Showcase
Thursday, September 6
Live @ The Hard Rock Cafe, Toronto (Dundas Square)
Celebrating local talent, 12 artists will showcase their music for some of the industries biggest names including the senior VP of Island Def Jam Records, Max Gousse.
The event will be hosted by Sir Lancelot and special guest Trixx, with the soundtrack by DJ Wrispect.
Doors open at 7:00pm, showtime is 8:00pm.
Admission is $15 or $10 before 9:00pm, with proceeds being donated to MusiCounts Music Education Charity |
Artists Performing:
Shi Wisdom
Andreena (formerly known as Andreena Mill)
Luu Breeze
Rich Kidd
Aion Clarke
Emerson Brooks
Courtney Taylor
Nadia Stone
Devon Tracy
Savannah Re


EVENT: Rich Kidd presents “WOSRKS Vol. 6” – Release Party (Aug. 2nd @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W)

Ty Harper | Album,Audio,Concerts,Events,Mixtape,Music | Monday, July 30th, 2012

Richie’s been teasing fans with material off this release but the time has finally come for the whole thing to hit the digital shelves.

Volume six in his “We On Some Rich Kidd Sh*t” series (coincidentally subtitled “City on my back”) gets a release party with a live performance from the man himself supported by a nice deejay/special guest lineup too!

This year you get Wrispect, Nana, Mensa, and Meka from 2DBz! + Lancelot and Lowkey from YHTK!

We all know the type of energy Rich Kidd brings to a stage so needless to say this is a must attend.

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Rich Kidd – Thuggin’ (Refix) + DJ Pack




Previously: NEW VIDEO: Rich Kidd & dj NaNa – Confusion 2 (Directed by Marie Richer & Philip Rae)


NEWS: JD Era, Rich Kidd, Shi Wisdom & More to Headline 106 & York Urban Arts Festival 2012

Ty Harper | Community,Concerts,Events,Initiatives,Music | Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

For Immediate Release

(Toronto) 106 and York UrbanArts Youth Festival is 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 from a one-day production, to a two-date festival, 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, and more.

The festival is divided into two distinct events:

Culture Shock, presented by UrbanArts & 106 and York

Saturday August 11th, 2012


Cover: FREE

Weston Road Farmers Market

Shi Wisdom is the headlining performance for this free outdoor community concert.

106 & York UrbanArts Festival
Friday August 31st, 2012

Doors open at 4 (food and red carpet pictures)

Show Starts at 6pm

Cover: $5 at the Door

Yorkwoods Theater – 1785 Finch Avenue West  
Performers include JD Era, Rich Kidd, Shi Wisdom, JD Keyz and more!

“The best part of the festival, is the energy at the show.”, says Show Producer, Leandra LeGendre. “It’s unmatched. It’s a fresh and fearless crowd with a grassroots energy.”

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, Hip Hop, and other Toronto 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. This festival develops and showcases the talent of emerging musicians, recording artists, dancers, theatre groups, visual artists, film makers, photographers and fashion designers of North West Toronto.

Using mentorship to train younger and less experienced youth on the positions required to make the festival happen. This is not only a means of community building, but it also creates opportunities for youth to gain experience and employable skills within the arts sector. Additionally, the collective offers artist development workshops that train local emerging artists on art and business skills needed for their professional development. Beyond the festival, 106 and York supports and motivates young people who have been alienated from mainstream institutions to organize and create spaces for artistic expression in meaningful and professional ways.

For more information, please visit us online:

Twitter: @106andyork

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