Manifesto Festival announces Discovery Series and Main Stage addition

Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture presented by Aurora and Vancity Community Investment Bank, is pleased to announce this year’s Manifesto Discovery Series August 9-14. Taking place across multiple Toronto venues and DIY spaces, the series offers an opportunity for promoters, agencies, record labels and local organizations to celebrate community and culture through music, comedy, visual arts, dance and more leading up to the free concert at Nathan Phillips Square with headliner Chronnix, August 17. Joining the main stage performance is UK rapper, poet and activist Akala, stay tuned for full line up.

The Manifesto Discovery Series features a variety of genre-spanning artists including Indigenous rapper, activist and multiple Indigenous Music Award winner Drezus, Remix project alumni, Toronto’s dreamy slow jam R&B act LIZA along with producer, musician and Jesse Reyez’s DJ, Junia-T whose highly anticipated album Studio Monk is set for release this fall with a sneak preview during the Blue Crane x Pirates Blend x Bandbox showcase. UNCDTNL presents an all-female identifying performer showcase of artists from African and Caribbean origin including R&B singer / songwriter Staasia Daniels, BET’s #FreestyleFriday finalist DijahSB and more.

In addition to the many musical performers, the Series will also host The MRSOE (Most Races Show on Earth) comedy show. Bringing diverse comedians and audiences together. Featuring stand-up performance by critically acclaimed comedian, singer, songwriter, podcast host and chef ‘Big Norm’, the comedian has shared the stage with Russel Peters, Micheal Blackson, Lunelle Ghost Face Killa, School Boy Q, Machel Montano, Chronnix and Jhene Aiko.

RPM, the global new music platform for Indigenous music from across Turtle Island and around the world, celebrates its 2nd anniversary and mixtape release on Saturday, August 11. Featuring performances by DJ NDN (formerly of Tribe Called Red), Drezus, electronic-tribal music duo DATU along with DJ sets and surprise guests will take place at The Rootdown (225 Geary). The SNDTRK6 event at SoSo Food Club on August 12, will bring together various presenters of producer based monthlies and series in Toronto, as well as tributes and appearances from locally based producers who have worked on multi-platinum international records.
For full Manifesto Discovery Series schedule see below, and stay tuned for additional announcements.

Don’t miss the boat! The HIGH POWER Boat Cruise on August 5, will kick off the festivities. Headlined by the legendary party ELECTRiC PUNANNY from New York City, along with Toronto royalty Nino Brown, Dre Ngozi and more, this is the ultimate water bound event. To purchase tickets visit here.

Full Discovery Series Schedule:

Thursday, August 9

Blue Crane Agency x Pirates Blend x Bandbox
Drake Underground
Artists: LIZA, Haleek Maul, Junia-T the Studio Monk, Terrell Morris + a surprise 2018 Polaris nominated special guest
Host DJ: DJ Loqenz
Time: 9pm – 1am
Event Link

Friday, August 10

UNCDTNL presents
Superwonder Gallery
(all female showcase of African and Caribbean origin)
Artists: Staasia Daniels, Vanessa Lu, DijahSB, Charmie, Tamara Madison, Durreyl, ZENE
Hosted by: Cheffy
Time: 8pm – 2am
Event Link

MRSOE! Comedy Show
The Comedy Bar
Comedians: Dom Pare, Big Norm, Nick Reynoldson, Marito Antonio Lopez, Patrick Haye, Cassie Cao
Time: 10:30pm – 2am
Event Link

Saturday, August 11

RPM 2-Year Anniversary
& Mixtape Release
The Rootdown (225 Geary Ave.)
Artists: DJ NDN, Drezus, Ziibiwan, Obuxum, DATU
DJ Sets: Wolf Saga
+ special surprise guests
Time: 9pm – 2am
Event Link

Sunday, August 12

SoSo Food Club
Presenting partners: Sampler Café, CDR, Subtle Blend, Beat Academy, The Build
Time: Sampler Café (2-5pm) / Beat Academy Producer Tribute (5-7pm) / Producer Showcasing (7-midnight)
Event Link

Monday, August 13

Remix Showcase
Drake Underground
Artists: LIZA and more
Time: 7pm – 10pm (early show)

Drake Underground
Artists: TBA
Time: 10:30pm – 1:00am

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