S/O to the whole Manifesto team for putting on an amazing show! From the marketing to the performances, venue and whole execution, this year's edition of Manifesto was one to remember. Below you'll find photo galleries and summaries of the music and culture that went down at Echo Beach.
We caught the end of The Sorority's Manifesto set after some delays en route. The women put on a show with the same energy and talent we've seen them display time and time again. They had fun on stage and had us singing along to 'Ladies Night.'
Next up was Brampton's Derin Falana. The last time we saw Derin he was going by a different name and rocking a much smaller venue. It's nice to see the young artist grow and expand his reach on the Manifesto stage. His set was cut short by staff but he none the less held it down.
Matthew Progress and his DJ Nino Brown hit the stage next. Progress performed his single 'Le Fog' and other cuts off his upcoming album. The growing crowd was feeling his dance/ club style music.
Despite turning up at Baregyal just hours before, TiKA took to the stage in a flowing gown supported by her band, The Modest Few and delivered an incredible performance. She took things in a soulful direction and told stories to the crowd in breaks between songs. The positive energy and love she brings to a live performance is matched by few acts in the city. If you are not familiar with her work, you need to fix that.
Sean Leon and his DJ, Jordan Fall, we're next up. This is the first Maui Slim live performance we've attended and the man delivered. He ran through cuts off his new album, I Think You've Gone Mad, and even dropped a new joint off his upcoming project, King and Sufferin. The Parkdale rapper ran the stage end to end like he was doing suicides and took time out of his set to flirt with some ladies in the crowd.
Following a break and a t-shirt toss from the hosts the first American headliner took to the stage. TDE's Isaiah Rashad was welcomed and shown love from the Toronto crowd. He admitted it was his first festival performance in a while but had the audience in it from start to finish. I'm not familiar with his new album, The Sun's Tirade, but that didn't matter as he performed mostly cuts off his first mixtape, Cilvia Demo.
Chief Jidenna was up next. He and his band had one of the most entertaining sets of the day with Jidenna taking breaks in between every song to interact with the crowd. His warmth and charisma really transcended the stage and would both highly recommend him the next time he comes to Toronto.
Later into the evening The Internet was up. They released their acclaimed album Ego Death in 2015 but 4/5 members of the band also released solo projects in the past year. They took turns going through solo and tracks off Ego Death during their performance. They had a beautiful set as the sun was setting on Echo Beach.
As darkness overtook the beach the headliners of the night took to the stage. Flanked by blue fog the duo that met in a University of Toronto dorm room we're welcomed by the hometown crowd. They performed hits off their self titled studio album, Majid Jordan, as well as some singles. Things got turnt up to 11 when they brought out fellow OVO crewmate, Roy Woods, to perform a couple of songs. They then stunned the crowd again and brought DVSN up to serenade the city. Was an amazing way to cap off an outstanding afternoon of music.