It’s been a busy summer, and some of it had been spent gearing up for this!

2013 marks my 20th anniversary of DJing on radio.  Since the age of 19, I’ve been blessed enough to do what I love on the airwaves, each and every week.  I’m amped that I get to partner with the folks at Manifesto, organizers of the biggest hip hop festival in Canada, to celebrate by bringing you the Ladies Cypher on the Yonge Dundas Square stage, on Sunday September 22nd! I’m excited and honored to be performing with some of the dopest MCs ever to touch the mic – including, Jelly TooFly, pHoenix Pagliacci, Eternia, Tara Chase – and of course I’ll have some surprise guests with me.  Each of the MCs in the cypher were hand-picked by me to participate because their talent is nothing short of mind-boggling, and I have an immense amount of respect for each and every one of them.  We’re cooking up something that is going to be historic on the Manifesto ‘LIVE AT THE SQUARE’!

It’s only fitting that we open for SOULS OF MISCHIEF – also celebrating their 20 year milestone this year, on the very same stage! With performers like Freedom Writers, Jhene Aiko, Blake Carrington, Notes to Self and more also performing, the day is guaranteed to be epic.  Congrats to the Manifesto peeps for reaching Lucky Number 7!  It all kicks off on Thursday September 19th, and combines workshops, mentoring sessions, interviews and performances throughout the four-day festival.
See the official details below…

 

For immediate release,

(Toronto) We are excited to share that the 7th Annual Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture is less than a week away!
First off, our massive “Live at the Square” free show is going down:

Sunday, September 22 – Yonge & Dundas Square
– co-headlined by Jhene Aiko & Souls of Mischief
– DJ MelBoogie’s 20th Anniversary Tribute w/ Eternia, Phoenix Pagliacci, Jelly Too Fly & Tara Chase
– Freedom Writers
– Thugli w/ Peter Rabbit, Lenny Len & The Manifesto Dancers
– Notes to Self
– Sean Leon
– Raz Fresco
– Blake Carrington
and more…

For Full Line up  http://www.themanifesto.ca/festival/2013/events/live-at-the-square/

Also taking place throughout the week:

Thursday, Sept. 19 – Common Thread: Launch Party at Measure Bar w/ Pirate’s Blend
http://www.themanifesto.ca/festival/2013/events/common-thread-launch-party/

Friday, Sept. 20 – The Beat – Adelaide Hall – 250 Adelaide St W
– producer showcase
– Oddisee, Sango, Elaquent, Sunclef, Lancecape, Rich Kidd
– hosted by MyManHenri
– $20 advance tickets available at http://www.northerntickets.com, Play De Record, Soundscapes, MOOG Audio
http://www.themanifesto.ca/festival/2013/events/the-beat-producer-showcase/

Saturday, Sept. 21 – 3 Events

So Much Things to Say: Evolution Summit – George Brown Waterfront Campus – 51 Dockside Drive
PANELS:
– The Last Word w/ Jhene Aiko hosted by Karen Civil
– Women on the Move Canada w/ Vanessa Satten from XXL Mag, Karen Civil, Vivian Barclay
MENTOR CLASSES:
– Behind the Boards w/ Boi-1da, Oddisee, Tasha the Amazon, Sango
– and many more.
http://www.themanifesto.ca/festival/2013/events/so-much-things-to-say-evolution-summit/

Sacred Seven: Art Exhibition – 918 Bathurst
http://www.themanifesto.ca/festival/2013/events/sacred-seven-art-exhibition/

The Floor Awards: Dance Showcase – 918 Bathurst
http://www.themanifesto.ca/festival/2013/events/the-floor-awards/

Follow #MNFSTO7 on Twitter https://twitter.com/Manifesto_TO and
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ManifestoFestival

For a look back at last year check the recap video from Manifesto 2012: http://youtu.be/HLyaW7I-sFA

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20 ARTISTS FROM ACROSS CANADA SET TO PERFORM
AT THE HONEY JAM CONCERT – THURSDAY AUGUST 15TH

TORONTO –  The Honey Jam Canada Concert, celebrates its 18th anniversary at the Mod Club Theatre in Toronto (722 College Street) on Thursday, August 15, 2013.  Hosted by MuchMusic’s Lauren Toyota, the 2013 edition promises to deliver a night of exciting live entertainment with a diverse group of artists who were introduced at the recent launch – check out video highlights HERE

The lineup includes 20 artists from Nova Scotia, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and London representing pop, hip hop, r&b, soul, blues, rock and more.  Go to www.honeyjam.com and click on “2013 Artists” to see more info on the artists performing this year.

Tickets are available now online at ticketweb.ca or from Play de Record located at 357A Yonge Street.  Only $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  Proceeds support YWCA Toronto’s programmes for women & girls.

Sponsored by:  Slaight Music, Factor, TD, the Barbados Tourism Authority, Nelstar, Universal Music Canada, Flow 93.5, Canadian Musician, Much Music, Urbanology Magazine, Exclaim.ca, Yamaha Canada and OMDC

Background

Honey Jam is an all female artist showcase and developmental initiative produced by non-profit organization PhemPhat Entertainment Group since 1995.  Along with producing the concert, they also provide opportunities to the artists including workshops on Songwriting, Media Training, and Vocal/Performance, one-on-one vocal training with celebrity coach Elaine Overholt, having a track featured on the Honey Jam compilation CD and a one hour A&R consultation session from Universal Music.
Additionally, one lucky artist will receive:

  • The Honey Jam Hookup Prize Pak including $3000 in equipment from Yamaha Canada, free entertainment lawyer consultation from Taylor, Klein Oballa, and a package from Think Fitness Studios
  • The opportunity to perform at Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artist Stage
  • The opportunity to perform in Barbados, courtesy of the Barbados Tourism Authority.

Honey Jam also promotes and raises funds for women’s charities, with Proceeds from this year’s show to support YWCA Toronto’s programs for women and girls.

For more info on Honey Jam go to www.honeyjam.com or follow the tean on Twitter: @thehoneyjam

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve RINSED this chune on DD Radio since it came out a few months ago. Loving that these ladies represent with the visuals AND lyrics.

Check out A. Harmony, pHoenix Paggliacci and Kzaraw on Soul Runner (shouts out to Mega on the beat), which can easily be summed up in one word:
BRRRRAAAPS!!!

Enjoy!!

I can’t make a list about dope emcees on the come up without adding Phoenix Pagliacci’s name to the mix.  Phoenix, is an artist that shouldn’t be slept on.  It’s no surprise that the real headz already know what’s good with her – just peep who did production and collabos on her album. It was released a few months ago, but it’s still buzz worthy, and I definitely consider her to be part of the next generation of Canadian emcees.

Part Jean Grae, part Lauryn Hill with sprinkles of Tara Chase (yes, I’m going there), Phoenix possesses the effortless attitude of Rah Digga with a verbal delivery that can be tender in one breath and aim for the jugular in the next.  She describes herself as a diamond in the rough, and I agree – listen closely and you can hear what’s about to take shape.  I liked the fact that she didn’t seem to afraid to push herself as an artist, and shows her feminine side while sweetly telling you that she’s not one to f*ck with. She keeps you on her toes, and although I’d LOVE to see more support from college radio on this one I hope that DJs and listeners get on board with her sooner, rather than later.  

The album features production by Bass Line, Merciless, Junia-T (Smash Brovaz), and collaborations with Miss G, Lola Bunz, LA, Erik Flowchild, PG, and more.

I probably can’t pronounce her name properly, but it’s definitely worth checking out these tracks to get a taste, and visit here to purchase the full release -> www.cdbaby.com/CD/phoenixpagliacci
War ft. Miss Gg. Lola Bunz & L.A. 

Illusion of Grandeur