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Manifesto organizers get back to the basics

Submitted by on October 11, 2012 – 9:40 pmNo Comment

This year’s Manifesto saw a return to its roots. Due to a smaller budget from government and corporate donations, organizers decided they wanted to spread what money they had around. They opted this year to host the festival for only three days, down from a high of 11 in past. Manifesto’s choice to place greater emphasis on other projects and initiatives they do throughout the year has shown also their commitment to the community without sacrificing quality. Manifesto over the years has been building strong connections with community movers and shakers, as well as other festivals like Luminato and Hot Docs, to name a couple. Their goal is to help create a bridge to attract, engage, and inspire youth and multicultural audiences. I, for one, can’t wait to see what blossoms from Manifesto, a festival sure to take an unorthodox course course over the next few years. Che and the Manifesto organizing committee put together a jam-packed weekend for the 2012 installment of the Toronto festival. First up, this year’s opening night part aptly titled “Doin it in the Park,” was held at the newly minted multi-million dollar Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre. The centre is truly a site to behold. Next up on Saturday the festival hosted a fresh arts summit at the George Vari engineering building on the Ryerson University campus, where keynote speakers Pharoahe Monch, d’bi young, and Kardinal Offishall gave truly introspective, inspirational and impassioned speeches. The speeches were followed by lectures headed by the likes of Jully Black and Shad, Director X and Cazhmere, and followed by a panel on the history of hip-hop with Wes Jackson, Kim Crosby and others. Sunday’s day-long festivities at Dundas Square were a site to behold. There were b boys and b girls strutting their stuff; a fresh goods market dotted the map, where some of Toronto’s most unique and delicious foods like One Veg; other local designers were showcasing their wares for sale from handmade jewellery to the well-known 1LoveT.O. t-shirts. The “Art is Power” march entered the square and delivered some impassioned speeches from unique voices. That was followed by a capoeira demonstration. Later, Lady Di, Bags of Tricks, and Dirty Dale busted a move. Lenny Len also teamed up with Scratch Bastid and, with the help of the Flavor Shop dance crew, set the stage for up and coming artists like Shi wisdom, and SonReal, who got the crowd that was filled the square primed for the evening’s star studded line up. In previous years Manifesto’s line-up has been about 75 percent Canadian content, 25 percent international. This year, however, it was 99 percent Canadian, and one percent international artists. The nights performances started with a female quartet headlined by Michie Mee, followed by an   impromptu performance from the The Beatnuts. People were wall to wall all the way to Queen Street. To close Canada’s very own hip-hop legend Maestro Fresh Wes showed his true patriot love dressed in red and flanked by two mounties bearing Canadian flags. Maestro rocked the stage and set the stage for Pharoahe Monch, who took to the mic and kept the high energy flowing. In 2012 Manifesto pulled through again with another outstanding festival. Even though they were forced by factors out of hand to shorten their festival by several days they, organizers still delivered an astounding, amazing and well thought out program, without compromising the quality or integrity they have come to be known to deliver. Story and photos by Tee Onek

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