MANIFESTO Festival Launches Today!

Posted by | September 17, 2014 | News, Press | No Comments

ab95b4fa-9c87-4b33-8497-6f458cd7de8b#MNFSTO8 | Sept 17th – 21st 

From West to East, performance to profession, musicians, artists and creatives… Manifesto 8 has it all!  

Manifesto began 8 years ago with a group of young and passionate artists and organizers – sitting together in a room at City Hall visioning the arts community we wanted to create.  The vision is alive, strong and growing.  The evolution has been beautiful to be a part of and we invite you to witness where it is at today.  8 years and building!  I would love to see you out at the festival which starts tonight.  Get all info below and at

I love this city.  You continue to inspire and drive me. Thank you Toronto.

ps.  two of our headlining acts at Dundas Square (which btw is on Saturday this year not Sunday) are 18 and under.  We are excited to share their incredible talents with Toronto and show the power of young people’s voices when given the resources, connections and platform to excel!

#incubate #elevate #generate

21ca4ec6-a7e0-4a68-b1b6-9eae1892515eWed. Sept. 17 | Redbull Sound Select: Curated by Manifesto

Isaiah Rashad
Tasha The Amazon
Tre Mission
Dillan Ponders

Red Bull Sound Select presents… Curated by Manifesto, an artist development program and music discovery platform to help break emerging artists. #BREAKMUSIC Featuring Tre Mission, Tasha The Amazon, and Dillon Ponders.  Headlined by Isaiah Rashad (TDE | Tennessee) at Revival 783 College. Entry is not guaranteed. Events are first come first served based on capacity.

Revival, 783 College St. | 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. | FREE w/ RSVP | 19+ event


822fa069-399b-4cf8-a835-bbbb10140d4aThurs. Sept. 18 | Transcension Art Show

Mister Cartoon
Low Riders
Fidel Gastro’s
DJ Wristpect
DJ Mensa
DJ Ariel

The Transcension Art Exhibition will see headlining works from international graffiti artist and tattoo legend Mister Cartoon (Los Angeles, CA). Mister Cartoon will be doing a live mural alongside Colombian artist Kno Delx and local graffiti artist SKAM (Toronto, ON), at the Steam Whistle Roundhouse.

Steam Whistle Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd. | 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. | $15 advance (see for tickets and full listings)

c7bf7a9f-b06f-40db-bca7-55b7d82b9be1Fri. Sept. 19 | Rumble In Regent

Skratch Bastid
DJ Grouch
James Redi
DJ Riccachet
DJ Bambii
DJ Spoonz
DJ Royale
Dub Connection w/ Kzar
Choppa Chop of Big Toe’s HiFi
Paul Chin

Featuring 12 DJs and six music styles, with two 2 DJs battling per style before the final six DJs battling to decide the winner of Rumble in Regent. Event takes place at Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum. Please arrive on time to help decide the winners.

Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St E | 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. | $10 advance | 19+ event | Ticket Outlets – Play De Record . Soundscapes . MOOG Audio . Brooklyn Projects

42539594-73b8-4e92-870e-8d9b9e9d45bfSat. Sept. 20 | Live At The Square

Ryan Leslie
Bishop Nehru
Tanika Charles & Slakah The Beatchild
Honey Jam
R.I.S.E. Poetry
Sophia Danai
Big Ticket
King Reign
Canada Pro
Freshest Goods

The 8th annual Live at the Square will feature headlining acts Bishop Nehru, Raury and Ryan Leslie, as well as curated sets presented by R.I.S.E., Honey Jam, and Urbanology throughout the afternoon and evening at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Dance competitions include: Last Style Standing 3 (popping, locking, house & hip hop freestyle), the Canada Pro 1vs1 Bboy Championship, the Red Bull Cypher Floor (featuring the Sound Cypher, B Boy Nasty Ray and DJ Skeme Richards) and the Movement Showcases.

Yonge & Dundas Square | 12 noon – 11 p.m. | FREE | all-ages + family friendly

f7c37c9e-4d31-4be4-8b1f-a75503a8c4d0Sun. Sept. 21 | The Summit

Ryan Leslie
Mister Cartoon
Can’t Knock The Hustle
Lyrics To Go
The Business of Art
Tour Life

The George Brown Waterfront Campus will play host to the Manifesto 2014 Summit, featuring a series of panel discussions including The Business of Art, Lyrics To Go, Love My Crew, and Tour Life. CARFAC will present a number of discussions geared toward the visual arts community, and Manifesto’s Dance department will present a youth dance cypher.

The 2014 Summit will also feature In Conversation with Mister Cartoon.  This Los Angeles legend known worldwide for his tattoo work, illustration, and lowriders will join us following his headline appearance at our art show. Cartoon will discuss his extensive tattoo work on some of the biggest names in hip hop, his lifetime mastering his craft, and how he’s utilized his art and learning to benefit young people in his community.

Finally, the 2014 Summit will feature a keynote address from Ryan Leslie, who has just launched a new sales/marketing/networking platform called Disruptive Multimedia. Leslie explores the idea of artists personally connecting with every fan of their music, and utilizing that personal touch to sell records because of the intimacy and access inherent in artistry today.

George Brown Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Dr | 12noon – 7pm | $10 advance (see for tickets) | All Ages

Manifesto is an opportunity for emerging artists to elevate their work and share the stage with established international talent. The festival attracts thousands of attendees every year to art exhibitions, outdoor concerts, dance shows, film screenings, pop-up markets, workshops and more.

Visit Manifesto’s website and social media channels for more information:

About Manifesto

In less than a decade, Manifesto has featured over 1000 artists from across Canada and continues to encourage young creators to get involved and celebrate the arts in their communities. Through art exhibitions, dance competitions, workshops, free outdoor concerts, film screenings, networking opportunities, seminars, festivals, a pop-up arts market, and more, Manifesto creates powerful and engaging experiences, and provides opportunities for young artists to grow.


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