I don’t know much about the internal politics of how Caribana worked / works so this is all new to me. Interesting look by Incite Films behind the scenes of one of the city’s biggest festivals and most culturally important events.
Incite Films takes a rare look at what actually happened to CARIBANA™.
Should be another dope event by a dope initiative in the community. Shouts to everyone involved!
UforChange is an arts and civic engagement project for newcomer, at-risk and low-income youth living in and around St. James Town. This July we will be celebrating the graduation of our Cycle 6 participants with our arts showcase, Vivacity. Vivacity celebrates the graduation of our participants from the most recent cycle with a two day art showcase. Vivacity allows our supporters and the public to come take part in the celebration and view the work of the participants over the past six months. Vivacity is a time for the youth of UforChange to network, share the skills they have learned and art they have created with the City of Toronto.
Please view the attached video of our previous Vivacity Showcase and flyer which contains a detailed schedule of the events taking place during Vivacity!
We hope to see you there and appreciate the support.
Visuals and more info (below) on the Toronto installment of this year’s UNITY Festival.
UNITY FESTIVAL 2013
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve an audition slot.
www.notestoself.net — Notes to Self – Popular Music (Official Video) — Course of Study — The CNE is our Disney Land, our Universal Studios. Food pavilions where you can eat Poutine and Shish Taouk in one-sitting, washed down with an ice cream waffle sandwich or mini sugar donuts ala Tiny Toms. Ride the rickety ass wooden roller-coaster: ‘The Flyer,’ the lightning fast car: ‘The Polar Bear Express,’ the spinning cages they call ‘The Zipper’ and swinging gondola’s on a massive Ferris Wheel lit by the park. All run by old Dudes who have built and rebuilt these steel-traps for 101 years. The same ones who hire young locals to take money from the kids who want to get high and ride. Ben & Bronze have been going to The Ex for years with their families & friends, Notes to Self even performed Yellow & Grey and Worst Comes to Worst on-stage at the CNE with their Big Brothers, Dilated Peoples in 2009 — so its location always had “potential music video” written all over it, especially for Notes as their love of all things nostalgic is nothing less than whole-hearted. Nothing screams classic fair grounds quite like The Canadian National Exhibition.
Ever since Notes to Self’s video for “Nobody” dropped, creative types have been reaching out to the Toronto outfit to collaborate — none more talented than their Homie, Brother, Animator & Co-Director, Russ Murphy aka RUFFMERCY from Britain. In his own right, RUFFMERCY has time and time again brought life to some of your favourite, soon-to-be-classic rap videos. Notes bonded with Russ for the last year and half over their painstaking attention to detail(s) – a trait Russ shares in his animations. Co-Directors Bronze and Ben thought it would be a good idea to involve Russ in this spectacle of carnie games and stuffed animals — a place perfect to express the popular culture the 3 had grown up on in their formative years developing their visual eyes, that they had clearly bonded over — a place to express the groups childhood memories of Kelly Kapowski, Street Fighter and Lou Diamond Phillips; a time when Jimmy Key was King of the Mound.
What you see in this video is an evening of sheer fun. Watch Dopey whistle down some single ladies walking the fairway, Roshin shoot targets with ease, Bronze whack-a-mole and Swamp win a stuffed animal shooting hoops. The directorial debut of the RUFFNOTES collaboration of Bronze, Ben and Russ, bottles an exciting moment in time but reflects on good times passed, icons of their generation and the popular culture they all were influenced by, in no particular order. — Artist: Notes to Self Song: Popular Music Produced by BOOK & BRONZE for Heart on Sleeve (Notes to Self’s own Bronze One & Book of Beatface) Raps by Roshin, Swamp Donkey & Bronze One (all of NTS) Cuts by DJ Dopey (of NTS)
To celebrate Canada Day, Maestro Fresh Wes delivers his address to the nation with a new video for Black Trudeau, a track that as the Toronto Star says “speaks the truth: he was Canada’s first domestic rap music breakthrough.” Last year hip hop fans in Toronto were given a taste of the track when Wes was invited on stage by hip hop legends Public Enemy. The crowd went wild and Chuck D fell to the floor in awe as Maestro delivered rhymes about Drake, former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Brotha J goes in on auto-tune dependent “singers”.
“AutoCoon” A derogatory term Originated by Brotha J. Used to describe “Wannabe” Vocalists who depend too heavily on auto-tune.
Song by: Brotha J of NevR. Produced by: Lancecape.
A New track called “AutoCoon”. Brotha J takes aim at vocalists who depend too heavily upon the technology of auto- tune to make themselves sound better than they actually are.
Brotha J, a Member of the Toronto crew NevR and Whole Wheat Brothers Music affiliate, has given us some dope music over the past year and is doing a good job creating a track record for having dope sounds as well as content.
The Juno award winning artist is dropping this single “AutoCoon” as the first single off of his second project entitled “Hip Hop Soul”. The production on this track is done by none other than Toronto’s own Lancecape.
Brotha J’s previous Project Entitled “YouAlreadyKnowMe” which includes the songs Shine, What Does It Profit and Officer Down can be downloaded below. Here’s the New “AutoCoon” track by Brotha J, Produced by Lancecape.