Manifesto is finally here! Established in 2007 by co-founders Che Kothari and Ryan Paterson, Manifesto has grown into the largest hip-hop festival in the city that also supports local artists. Both Ola and I (Nur) have been regular attendees of the festival and seen Ludacris, Shad, Jhene Aiko, Kardinal Offishall and many more rock the stage at the festival's annual show at Y&D square. This year the organizers have decided to go bigger and moved the festival's headlining show to Echo Beach, while adding a crew of new artists to the bill. That's not all that will be happening over the festival weekend though. Check out our guide below for all the events and parties going down at Manifesto11. City finna be lit.
MANIFESTO HOUSE PARTY | Thursday, June 8 @ The Drake Hotel
Manifesto kicks off with house party at the Drake Hotel on Queen West. The whole spot is going to be filled with vibes and libations on every floor. The underground will feature the Practice, an improvised musical event that bridges and incubates a network of local musicians. Toronto is filled with musical talent so there's a high chance some magic will be made Thursday night. Upstairs the Manifesto team will be removing the furniture in the dining hall and creating a dance floor. DJ's KillaxKels, Sammy Rawal and Revy B will be curating the sounds in the living room. The party continues outside on the patio with a selection of future beats, throwback classics and other tunes. Birthday Boy, Laith and Abscvnd will be spinning on the patio. The free RSVP for this event has closed but with such a great selection of music in one place there isn't a better spot to be at on Thursday night.
HIGH POWER feat. Vashtie - Official Manifesto11 After Party | Saturday, June 10
What can we say about High Power? We’ve attended quite a few editions, with various lineups, in unique locations. It’s a safe space where you can certainly free up and shine a light on your authentic self. But you get by with a little help of a bumping soundsystem, flashing lights and non-stop dancing. This year, Manifesto is bringing in one of our favourite DJs, Vashtie, from the Big Apple. The multifaceted music video director, filmmaker, artist, designer, creative consultant and disc jockey will bring a nonpareil curated playlist of all the vibes to keep the party moving post-Echo Beach. Hometown heroes, Dre Ngozi and Nino Brown, will also be taking to the decks, and we’re looking forward to some partying pre-Caribana with some sweaty Soca jams, Afrobeat, world music and Hip-Hop bangers. Out of all the High Power events, whether sipping on rum slushies in the Coconut Room of Miss Thing’s or meeting Isis Salam outside Luanda House after her strobe-drenched techno set last summer, we’re so excited about the venue. Love to the rave, for this edition is taking place at the infamous 500 Keele St. Unit 101 – an old shipping warehouse located north of Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood. To quote the event page on Facebook, “June's version is the Official Manifesto 11 After Party and we're taking it to a big ol' warehouse cause we need the space, and we're making it.” Now, what to wear?
MANIFESTO TALKS - VASHTIE - In Conversation wih Che Khotari | Sunday, June 11 @ Free Space
Nurse a hangover and numb legs after a night of dancing to Vashtie spin at High Power by absorbing her insight the next morning. Vashtie will be on a panel in conversation Manifesto co-founder, Che Kothari, to discuss her storied career as a video director, filmmaker, artist, designer, DJ and overall boss. Vashtie keeps killing the game as a world traveler, delivering her sonic gifts and unparalleled style to the masses. Once named "Most Stylish New Yorker" by Time Out New York, and a progenitor of the city's DIY scene, Vashtie is a multidisciplinary creative that we have been watching from time.