Toronto Standard: A Hip-Hop Community Takes Chinatown

Posted by | December 01, 2011 | News, Press | No Comments

I was part of an interview for Toronto Standard about Manifesto Festival’s transition into our new space at 37 Bulwer Street.

A notch north of constantly-humming Queen, brushing up against Spadina, is the eerily quiet Bulwer Street. At one end, pleasant newish row houses face a parking lot, part of a residential mass that stretches up Soho Street. But walk west past a fenced-off concrete schoolyard and bar and restaurant backdoors and you’ll come up on a series of silent, abandoned-looking buildings. Rumour goes that the Weeknd recorded part of House of Balloons in a studio ensconced behind one of the tagged up doors. And not too long ago, splintered steps and shuttered windows were part of the faade at 37 Bulwer. Now restored, it’s the cheery HQ for Manifesto Community Projects, and a beacon signifying the nondescript street’s transformation into our city’s own Diagon Alley. Since late August, the building’s been in quiet use (with the exception of one raucous Halloween party) by Manifesto and POUND Magazine staff who’ve relocated from the cluster of industrialized workspaces that dot Queen and Dufferin.

You can read the rest of this article by Anupa Mistry here.