The Ladies First Cypher at this year's festival was truly a historic moment! The legendary DJ MelBoogie, celebrating the 20th anniversary of her career, assembled an incredible group of artists to illustrate her brand of hip-hop. Tara Chase, Jully Black, Eternia, Phoenix Pagliacci & JellyTooFly delivered an awe-inspiring performance that was one of the most talked about segments of the day, peep the video below!
To keep up with MelBoogie, you can check her out every Tuesday night on Droppin Dimez Radio (CHRY 105.5 FM, 11 PM - 1 AM), Canada's only all female hip-hop show!
Over the next few months Manifesto will be hosting a series of mentor classes in partnership with Factor & Dream House Studios. The workshops are free and are intended to help Canadian artists develop into the best artists they can be!
Once your art is ready for an audience, how do you best present it? This workshop will teach participants how to leverage performance opportunities in order to receive tangible & intangible benefits. Topics to be addressed include partnering with promoters, revenue streams & expenses, setting your fee, market supply & demand, and more.
Special guest: Rich Kidd - Artist/Producer
Toronto’s own Rich Kidd has been Canada’s best-kept secret since his ascension from local underground stardom to national fame in the past couple of years. The architect of a new sound coming from T Dot, Rich has been steadily amassing praise from industry greats and music critics for his 360-degree musical vision: as an inspirational artist, world-class producer, and captivating performer.
Featured Panelists Ewan Exell – Embrace
Jason Furman – Feldman Agency
Katrina Lopes – Firefly Management
Cameron Wright - Festival Director, CMW
If you would like to attend you must RSVP on Eventbrite as space is limited, also please join the Facebook event where you can ask questions ahead of time.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank FACTOR & Dream House Studios for their generous support in providing these FREE workshops to the community.
KeepRockinYou (KRY) is a community artist based collective seeking to inspire females through hip-hop culture by generating new avenues to grow, become empowered and stay true to themselves. KRY was awarded the Community Contribution award at this years Manifesto's floor awards for its premier summer project The Toronto B-Girl Movement. Partnered with the city of Toronto's OIPP program, KRY focuses its community development on building the confidence and raising the number of female representation at bboy/bgirl battles and ciphers across the city. KRY consists of bgirls JuLo, Soupy and Victoria who facilitate the fundamentals of breaking as well as provoke topics surrounding women in hip-hop culture. On Wednesday, Dec. 18th KRY will be hosting a "Meet, Greet & Eat" open discussion on the 2014 KRY program at the Manifesto office (37 Bulwer St.) from 6-8 pm. For more info email email@example.com, and check them out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
These incredible ladies got the MNFSTO7 crowd open, kickin' off the festivities at Live at the Square with a crazy battle! Check out the highlights in the video below.
In early 2013, the Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded Manifesto $326,000 as part of the Future Fund. We are excited to announce that the grant will be used to expand the Freshest Goods program. Since Manifesto's inception, Freshest Goods has been a dynamic part of the organization by hosting pop-up shops, workshops, and the annual Festival market for established and emerging fashion designers, artists and community organizations.
Manifesto looks to improve and increase the impact of Freshest Goods with an online sales platform, informative workshops, and partnerships with organizations across Ontario. The goal is to improve the lives of young social entrepreneurs, fashion designers and artists in Ontario by increasing their opportunities for sales and expanding their networks.
To take the first steps to making Freshest Goods sustainable and beneficial for the young people it aims to serve, Manifesto has created two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for a business plan and feasibility study:
We are looking for proposals that will include long term stability, profitability and sustainability for Freshest Goods. The first step in making this happen is creating a feasibility study that will show the long term impact of the project and help Manifesto turn this into a long lasting successful business. We are looking for an individual or team to create this plan.
We are looking for proposals that will include a detailed budget of the first three years of the project, partnership plans and overall offerings that can be executed to make the project successful. The goal is to improve the lives of young social entrepreneurs, fashion designers and artists across Ontario. We are looking for an individual or team to create this plan.
Manifesto will be hosting two Freshest Goods Info Sessions:
Thursday, Dec 5 7:00-9:00PM at 37 Bulwer Street, Toronto. RSVP here if you would like to attend.
Thursday, Dec 12 7:00-9:00PM at 37 Bulwer Street, Toronto. RSVP here if you would like to attend.
Our next Hot Docs: Doc Accelerator Mentor Class Series is on the topic of Distribution and Marketing with Tara Woodbury. This coming Wednesday, December 4, 2013 join us and hear from one of Canadian films most successful women. From 7pm-9pm, free admission with an RSVP at the Manifesto HQ (37 Bulwer Street, Toronto).
For the last three years, Tara acted as a Development Executive for Alcina Pictures (AMREEKA, THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS), where she most recently acted as Story Consultant on the THE COLONY with Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton, which won Best Feature at SITGES. She also acts as a contract story editor for many award-winning producers and production companies, helping them develop their scripts with audience in mind.
Tara’s past endeavors have included leading Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre’s “Film Labs” which are responsible for the design, content and delivery of the Directors, Writers, Producers and Editors Labs. She oversaw the resident’s project slates, including their feature, TV, documentary and new media development. Tara also has experience working with human rights organizations, having volunteered for Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), UN Women and the Covenant House. She has also produced and participated in many panels and conferences on the topics of Canadian film and diversity opportunities in Canada.
The theme of the 7th annual Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture was evolution. That being said, we made a conscious effort to program the festival with acts pushing the boundaries of hip-hop. Thugli is made up of two talented DJ's, Pat Drastik & Tom Wrecks, producing a blend of hip-hop & dance music. Lenny Len is a world renowned dancer, choreographer & director who happens to call Toronto home. Peter Rabbit may just be the greatest drummer to ever smash a bucket. We called on all of these incredible talents to collaborate with our official MNFSTO dancers* and create an interdisciplinary piece to premiere at the festival. We collaborated with our friends at 1LoveTO to bring this set to fruition. The below video is the highlight real of that piece, enjoy and share! Go here to see the performance in its entirety.
Paul Saltzman is a two-time Emmy Award winning, Toronto based film and television producer-director known for over 300 productions.
After briefly studying Engineering Science, he did congressional civil rights lobbying in Washington, D.C., and voter registration work in Mississippi with SNCC. He began his film and television career in 1965 at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a researcher, interviewer and on-air host, and then moved to the National Film Board of Canada. In 1967 he interviewed American inventor and visionary Buckminster Fuller, who would later say that Saltzman changed his assessment of the ‘60s generation.
In 1968-69 he assisted in the birth of a new film format as second-unit director and production manager of the first IMAX film, produced for the Osaka 1970 World's Fair.
In 1969, he attended the Woodstock Music Festival; later producing a Leonard Cohen concert tour as well as producing and directing his first film, a documentary on Bo Diddley.
In 1973, Paul founded Sunrise Films Limited. He produced and directed documentaries for the next decade, including the acclaimed series Spread Your Wings. His work included producing, directing, writing, editing, cinematography and sound recording. In 1983, he turned to drama, producing and directing the premiere of HBO's Family Playhouse and a special for American Playhouse. In the same year, he co-created and produced the family action-adventure television series Danger Bay. The hit CBC-Disney Channel series ran for 6 years and 123 episodes.
He has produced television series like My Secret Identity, Matrix and Max Glick, as well as miniseries and MOW’s.
In 2000, Paul released his first book, The Beatles in Rishikesh, through the Viking Studio. In early 2006 he self-published his second book, a deluxe Limited Edition Box-Set, The Beatles in India.
In 2008, he made his feature-film directorial debut with the documentary, Prom Night in Mississippi, with Morgan Freeman, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, 2009. He is currently completing his 2nd feature-film documentary Return to Mississippi, featuring Harry Belafonte and Morgan Freeman.
Saltzman's mentor class on Wednesday, November 27 will focus on the two films below...
Over the next few months Manifesto will be hosting a series of mentor classes in partnership with FACTOR & Dream House Studios. The workshops are free and are intended to help Canadian artists develop into the best artists they can be!
Class #1: Song Composition - Thursday, November 28th - 7 - 9 PM - Manifesto Headquarters (37 Bulwer St.)
Building on the current Canadian trend of exporting more individual songs/beats than full fledged acts, this class will allow participants to examine the artistic, technical, and commercial facets of song composition. The discussion will broach topics like the purpose of a song, how to demo songs, how to write for radio, intended audience, and more.
Illangelo is a Canadian artist, producer, songwriter, musician and mix engineer. His work includes executive production of The Weekend's Trilogy along with the production of singles by Drake ("Crew Love") and Wiz Khalifa ("Remember You"), as well as remixes for Lady Gaga ("Marry the Night") and Florence + the Machine ("Shake It Out"). His debut concept album History of Man is a literary, visual and audio narrative inspired by the epic poem "Paradise Lost" by 17th-century English poet John Milton.
A highly accomplished award-winning Producer skilled in arranging all aspects of video production from “script to screen.” Rinku began his career in the music video industry by starting an entrepreneurial venture where he was producing, directing and editing all of his own work. With every project, Rinku continued expanding his experience and increased the scope of the projects he took on, until he was producing “big budget” music videos. Rinku has done it all, from location scouting and casting, to wrap books.
Rinku’s experience has led him to travel out side the country to produce jobs including taking entire film crews to the Dominican Republic, St. Martins, Trinidad & Tobago to film music videos. He has produced over 75 music videos featured on MuchMusic & is coming off back-to-back years with MMVA nominations (2012 - Best Hip Hop Video & 2013 Best Pop Video). His productions have also been featured in over 20 film festivals across the world.
Rinku also produced the short Five Dollars, a 2013 TIFF Kids International Film Festival entry.
MANIFESTO & HOT DOCS PRESENT:
THE FALL 2013 DOC ACCELERATOR MENTOR CLASS SERIES
Wednesday, November 20 & 27 and December 4
Manifesto HQ | 37 Bulwer Street | 7-9pm
ALL WORKSHOPS ARE FREE w/ RSVP confirmation (see links below) | space is limited
Join some of Canada's top film and television industry professionals as they lead four select mentor classes at Manifesto headquarters.
These sessions will cover career paths and goals, review media environments and current industry trends, explain different roles and types of possible employment in media, and identify how to build efficient connections with potential employers.
The Manifesto-Hot Docs Doc Accelerator mentor classes are designed to help young, aspiring filmmakers take their careers to the next level by offering some of the skills and tools necessary to further their film industry ambitions.
ALL WORKSHOPS ARE FREE w/ RSVP confirmation (below)