NEWS: “Secrets of a Black Boy” 2016 Season Dates Announced (Nov. 10th-20th)

rez | News | Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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Some big news from the homie Darren Anthony! Congrats to everyone involved. Definitely a must-see show!

We’re excited to finally announce that our PLAYINGwithCRAYONS production of SECRETS OF A BLACK BOY will be in Theatre Passé Muraille’s 2016/2017 season from November 10th – 20th. Secrets is back in Toronto after being in the US for 2015 in a bigger and better way than before. We even have a few more secrets to tell. A big shout-out the cast and crew, sponsors and supporters who continue to grow with us.

Secrets, now more than ever, gives some poignant insight into the male perspective in this very racially-charged socio-political climate. Secrets continues to give a voice to the voiceless in this noisy world by using our platform to release our deep thoughts, secrets and fears- no issue is too taboo – It’s great to see that a piece we created a few years ago is still evolving and continues to resonate with everyone in the community. We hope with this evolving production we can continue to spark healthy dialogue and positive change…come take this next step with us. For more info please checkout playingwithcrayons.com #SecretsofABlackBoy

NEWS: Marvin’s Room w/ Amanda Parris Debuts on CBC Radio2 (Tonight, July 8th @ 8pm)

rez | News | Friday, July 8th, 2016

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Big step in the right direction for the CBC. Congrats Amanda!!!

Marvin’s Room

Friday’s from 8pm-9pm on CBC Radio 2 (94.1FM in Toronto)

Marvin’s Room is a weekly CBC Radio 2 show that explores the world of R&B from neo-soul to trap soul and everything in between. Inspired by the studio where Marvin Gaye recorded much of his legendary music AND by the more recent Drake song of the same name, Marvin’s Room is a one hour journey that brings back the old school but also introduces what’s new. From Patti LaBelle to Party Next Door, host Amanda Parris is the guide for a whirlwind journey through R&B.
#MarvinsRoom #CBCMusic #CBCRadio2
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EVENT: R.I.S.E. Edutainment presents John River x Esie Mensah x pHoenix Pagliaaci x Adria Kain + more!

Ty Harper | Community,Concerts,Events,Music,News,Video | Saturday, December 12th, 2015

A couple years ago when I was at MTV News I got word of an open mic initiative in Malvern getting a lot of attention. It was called R.I.S.E. and run entirely by young kids from the area. One of those kids was Randell Adjei and I would end up producing a profile on him and how he started the initiative with his friends and peers. This Monday will be R.I.S.E’s last event of the year. If you haven’t been to a R.I.S.E. event yet, this would be a good opportunity to check it out. Guest performers include John River, Esie Mensah, pHoenix Pagliacci, Adria Kain, Brooke Jean, Tuggstar, Wolf J, YHW, C-Flava, Te Holder and Zakisha Brown.

Shouts to Randell and the whole R.I.S.E team. What they’re doing over there is great. I wish I had something like this to look forward to when I was coming up in Malvern.

It all goes down Monday December 14th at 1081 Progress Ave. Show starts at 7:30pm

EDITORIAL: NOISEY presents “An Insider’s Look In: Examining the real value of Toronto’s rap scene” (written by Ian Kamau)

Ty Harper | Community,Editorial,Music,News | Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

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Great critical piece about the undervaluing of our local hip-hop scene and the role that has played in its economic/industry shortcomings, written by Ian Kamau and currently up on Vice/Noisey.

WE NEED MORE OF THIS TYPE OF ANALYSIS FROM OUR MEDIA!

A few weeks ago I read an article that addressed a statement made by Drake in a short promotional documentary which features the Toronto rapper. In the commercial Drake confidently encourages emerging artists to “do it from where you’re at!” This statement grabbed my attention, partly because I think it’s an important one, and partly because I am an rapper born and raised in Toronto. Although the statement has some merit to it, it isn’t totally true. Yes, the Internet has changed the music industry completely by providing an opportunity for international exposure where at one point there was nothing. Artists like Shi Wisdom, Jazz Cartier and Daniel Caesar (currently some of my favorites from Toronto) have all used the Internet to build their audience locally and internationally. However, Drake’s statement is oversimplified and doesn’t take into account the labyrinth of gatekeepers, relationships, and power dynamics in the music industry as a whole, and the lack of accessible music infrastructure in Canada specifically.

Read the full piece @ http://noisey.vice.com/en_ca/blog/an-insiders-look-in-examining-the-real-value-of-torontos-rap-scene

Previously: NEW MUSIC: IAN KAMAU “HEADING HOME” (THE GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW REMIX EP)

RALLY: Black Lives Matter Toronto – Day of Action: Justice for Andrew Loku & Jermaine Carby! Today @ 5pm @ Eglinton Gilbert Parkette

Ty Harper | Community,Events,News | Monday, July 27th, 2015

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The highly questionable and tragic killings of Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby by Toronto police are just two of the more recent incidents that inform the city’s Black communities’ turbulent relationship with the TPS. The Toronto chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement are holding a rally today to bring awareness to the need for more accountability, transparency, diligence and action from our law enforcement agencies and political institutions.

From Black Lives Matter Toronto:

Members of the Black community and their allies will hold a public protest at the Eglinton-Gilbert Parkette demanding justice for community members who have been victims of police brutality. The rally was called by Black Lives Matter-Toronto, who are specifically calling for justice for Jermaine Carby and Andrew Loku, both of whom are Black men who were slain by police in the Greater Toronto Area.

What: Rally demanding justice for Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby

Where: Eglinton Avenue and Gilbert Street Parkette- 504 Gilbert Ave

When: Monday, July 27th 2015

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Black Lives Matter-Toronto have delivered these demands to the Mayor of Toronto and Chief Police Saunders:

  1. The immediate release of the name(s) of the officers that killed Andrew Loku & Jermaine Carby.
  2. Charges to be laid against the officers who killed Mr. Loku and Mr. Carby.
  3. A confirmation that the police officers who killed Mr. Loku and Mr. Carby are off the streets.
  4. The immediate and public release of any video footage from the apartment complex where Andrew Loku was murdered.
  5. A date, no longer than four weeks, confirming when the SIU will conclude an initial investigation.
  6. Monetary compensation for the families of Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby.

 

Black Lives Matter-Toronto is the Toronto chapter of #BlackLivesMatter, an international organization and movement fighting anti-Black racism all over the world.

For further information: For inquiries, contact Sandy Hudson at blacklivesmatterTO@gmail.com or 416-722-8842.

NEWS: Manifesto 2015 Submissions Now Open

rez | News | Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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It’s that time of the year again! Bom bom.

Manifesto Community Projects is now accepting submissions for dance, DJ, visual arts, music and vendors for the 2015 Festival in September. The festival is a several day long culmination of hip-hop culture in Toronto, featuring up and coming talent from all over the city.
Submissions are open until June 30th, and can be completed online through the Manifesto website http://mnfsto.com/apply/

NEWS: CBC announces Shad as new host of Q!

Ty Harper | News | Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

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To say this is historic is to call it what it is. And as I said in my FB post, we can only hope that this signals purposeful, transformative and monumental changes to our public broadcaster.

Congrats to Shad, G and team on this one.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/shad-named-new-host-of-cbc-s-q-1.2989942

NEW VIDEO: The Remix Project Chicago (Interview w/ ABC7 Eye Witness News)

Ty Harper | Community,Music,News,Video | Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Eye Witness News covers The Remix Project as they take their art-based youth incubator formula to Chi-Town!

NEW VIDEO: On Point “3rd Annual North Pole Hoops Platform”

Ty Harper | Community,Interviews,News,Sports,Video | Monday, January 20th, 2014

http://www.onpointbasketball.com

On Point went on location to the 3rd annual North Pole Hoops Platform. An event that features some of Canada’s finest and fast rising basketball players in an Upperclassmen Game(2014/2015) and an Underclassmen Game(2016).

Some participants included Obi Okolie, Jacques Lukusa, Russell Baker, Kadeem Smithen, Damian Prehay, Gene Spagnuolo, Marcus Ottey, Eddie Ekiyor and many more of the country’s top young ballers. Okolie was named MVP of the Upperclassmen game while Lukusa was the Underclassmen MVP. Baker was the Heart & Hustle Award winner.

Hosted by: Drew Ebanks
Produced by: Drew Ebanks & Jay Irving
Filmed and edited by: David Zelikovitz
Music by: BLAAOW!
Graphics by Mark Sylvain

Special thanks to the North Pole Hoops crew and the Mattamy Athletic Centre for the access and accommodations.

***For best viewing please watch at 720p or higher***

@DrewEbanks
@JIFilms

Previously: NEW VIDEO: On Point “Basketball Brotherhood: Canadian Senior Men’s Basketball Team”

NEWS: K’naan – Waving Flag featured in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Movie Trailer

rez | News | Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Nice surprise watching this trailer and “Waving Flag” comes on. Huge. Really looking forward to seeing this.

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