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  • Documental Spotlight: The Homestretch

    Student and homeless are two words typically unassociated with each other. Unfortunately, for 19,000 young adults fallen victim to issues of juvenile justice, immigration, foster care and LGBTQIA discrimination - being a homeless student is a daunting reality. The Homestretch follows Kasey, Anthony and Roque - three Chicago teens fighting for better futures every day and struggling to survive their present every night. Their stories provide a chance to shake the stigma of homelessness as they persevere to create a better life for themselves.

    Manifesto and Hot Docs invite you to join us for the world premiere of The Homestretch -  "a powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young, homeless and building a future in America today". As an exclusive offer, tickets for the world premiere on April 26, 2014 - 3:00pm  @ TIFF Bell Lightbox are now available at a discounted price!


    Purchase tickets online through the individual film pages which you can view here.

    Tickets can also be purchased at the Hot Docs box office - located at 2 Bloor Street West in the Cumberland Terrance (lower level) - for $10 each with presentation of the 'DOCUMENTAL' flyer or PDF print out. Open the PDF here to print and present it at the box office.

    Hot Docs also offers free same day tickets for all screenings before 5pm to seniors (60+) and students with valid photo I.D. at the venue box offices (subject to availability).

    For a complete list of Documental films please visit here.

    Manifesto Announces New Managing Director: Judi Lopez

    Manifesto is happy to announce the hire of Judi Lopez as the new Managing Director of Manifesto Community Projects. Judi takes over from former MD Stephanie Perrin who finished up her time with Manifesto last month, with school in her near future as she pursues a masters degree.

    Judi Lopez has done past work with Manifesto as a volunteer in 2012, and as part of our 2013 dance programming team where she presented her KeepRockinYou b-girl collective as part of the festival programming under the supervision of Jon "Drops" Reid - Manifesto Dance Programmer.

    Lopez comes to Manifesto with experience both as a professional dancer, but also as an arts organization leader through KeepRockinYou (KRY) which she launched just under two years ago. KRY is a community-based artists' collective that inspires females through hip hop culture.

    Dwayne Dixon, Manifesto's Executive Director states:

    While still relatively young, Judi is already a trailblazer within the arts world and I'm extremely excited to welcome her to the Manifesto family. Her passion, dedication, love, and energy for the arts is infectious and will serve us well as we prepare for another amazing festival while continuing to offer strong year round programming for 2014 and beyond.

    Hennessy Artistry x INK Entertainment x 1LoveT.O. presents: ?uestlove

    Hennessy Artistry, INK Entertainment, and 1LoveT.O. have teamed up to present ?uestlove of The Roots spinning inside TATTOO Queen West this coming Thursday, April 17, 2014.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Ink Tickets and various other locations. For additional details see below.

    Known for co-founding the infamous hip hop group the Roots and helping create the neo-soul movement, ?uestlove has created groundbreaking hip hop albums such as Things Fall Apart (1999) and Phrenology (2002). Since 2008, he has come to popular acclaim as part of the house band for the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon talk show.

    Hennessy is bringing the ‘Global Art of Blending’ to Toronto with it's first Hennessy Artistry Event for 2014. Representing ‘The Art of Blending,’ Hennessy Artistry blends the best in music, bars and long drinks to create an unforgettable experience for audiences all over the world.

    DJ ?UESTLOVE with special guests
    Thursday, April 17 2014
    19+ / General Admission
    Doors: 9:00pm
    Advance Ticket: $15

    Tickets can be purchased at: Play De Record, Soundscapes, Rotate This, and Ink Tickets, Soundscapes

    416 RISE: Panel, Keynote, and Performances

    416 RISE presented by R.I.S.E. will begin with an Arts Enrichment panel with some of Toronto’s vital community leaders/arts organizations. The panel will include Che Kothari Founder of ManifestoAmy Hosotsuji of GYC TorontoGiancarlos Falcioni Business Dean at The Remix ProjectSabra Ripley from City of Toronto Culture: Arts Services and Michael Prosserman Founder of UNITY Charity.  

    The Panel will be followed by a keynote speech and live performances including international trailblazing poet, D’bi Young and Canadian Hip Hop Pioneer Maestro Fresh Wes.

    The Arts Enrichment panel will provide young entrepreneurs and art lovers the opportunity to learn from some of Toronto’s brightest minds. It’ll be a great opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and emerging/professional artists.

    416 RISE
    Wednesday, April 16
    585 Dundas St. East
    Doors open 6pm | Event starts 7pm

    Tickets are available online: Eventbrite


    It's spring cleaning time here at Manifesto HQ and while going through storage the MNFSTO team found 17 original "Knowledge Reigns Supreme" Hoodies from the 2012 Manifesto Festival. The KRS hoody sold out it's first run at the festival and 50 more where re-printed for a pop-up shop and events. These 17 are part of that second 50 run. The sweaters will go on sale this Friday April 4th on the MNFSTO site and will be only available online and until they sell out.

    Hip-Hop #LyricsToGo with Art in Transit

    Arriving at a subway platform near you Manifesto and PATTISON Onestop are proud to showcase the poetric artistry of ten Toronto based hip-hop with Lyrics To Go. The month-long feature will see silent 30-second videos on PATTISON Onestop screens all across the city designed to draw the commuter’s attention to the narrative revolution and metaphoric rhyming schemes of hip hop. Lyrics To Go is part of PATTISON’s ongoing Art in Transit programme.

    Lyrics To Go artists include:

    Farewell To The Flesh (Trinidad Carnival Portraits)

    The word “Carnival” is derived from the Latin “Carne Vale” and translates into “Farewell to the Flesh”. Trinidad is a deeply multicultural society and this is reflected in its Carnival. Although rooted in Pagan belief, there are elements from Europe, India, Amerindian Populations, Asia and Africa, which shine through with elements from Africa seeming to be the most prominent.  The French arrived in Trinidad during the 18th Century, which was a time of colonialism and slavery. It was mainly the European elite who held the Carnival celebrations in Trinidad from 1783 to 1838. At that time, strict law banned African slaves and persons of mixed race from participating in street festivals. After emancipation in 1838, slaves took the celebrations from their barrack yards where they used to have it, to the open streets. Costumes carry historic and cultural significance and embrace elements of the nation’s history, folklore, and heritage. Masqueraders (those who wear the costume and directly partake in the celebration) also carry ritualistic elements as well as the designer’s own personal and creative touch, often including elements of fantasy.

    Trinidad is one of the many nations in the world that celebrates Carnival and it is commonly referred to internationally as “The Greatest Show on Earth”. In Trinidad, they call it “Playing Mas” (where “Mas” is an abbreviation for Masquerade). Two days mark the culmination of a year’s work of design, organization, and preparation. Costumes incorporate wire, face paint, steel, mud, beads, paper-mache, fabric, glitter, masks, feathers, long stilts, engineering techniques, and more. Size and elaboration of costumes do not hinder the masqueraders from jumping and dancing their hearts out to Calypso, Soca and Rapso Music. Carnival is color, revelry, loosening of inhibitions, re-enactment of past history and more. Carnival also serves to break down social barriers while transcending social norms, age and status.

    The photographic process used was unorthodox yet rewarding. Initially when witnessing Carnival I wanted to photograph individual masqueraders in a studio. However, since it would be impossible to gather hundreds of masqueraders within 2 days, I decided to “Bring the studio to them” and immerse myself in the celebration as much as possible. Combining elements of street photography, documentary and portraiture. Masqueraders were lit outside using studio lighting with power generated from battery packs. They were photographed live on the streets of Trinidad during Carnival in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    Trinidad Carnival Portraits
    featuring the photography of Ray Traboulay
    Monday, March 24 - Thursday, April 10
    Opening reception - Monday, March 31
    Ryerson University - School of Image Arts
    122 Bond Street (at Gould St.)
    1st floor commons


    Having worked in Advertising as well as fine art with clients such as Lonsdale Saatchi & Saatchi and The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago, his most recent work focuses on Cultural Portraits of Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival.  Select photographs were present at The Royal Ontario Museum as part of Carnival designer Brian Macfarlane's exhibition entitled “CARNIVAL: From Emancipation to Celebration”. His Cultural Portraits of Trinidad Carnival were used at the Caribbean T20 Tournament 2013 which was the commemoration of the launch of it’s partnership with the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as well as exclusive art decor at the National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago media launch of Carnival celebration in 2013. He was also featured in a Documentary titled WHERE IS HOME which was produced by Two Time Emmy Award Winner Paul Saltzman and Directed by Aga Alegria which discusses the lives of people who grew up as expatriates as he lived in France, Indonesia, and the U.S. as a youth. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Photography from Ryerson University - School Of Image Arts in 2009.


    Daley Performing Live at Adelaide Hall on April 4 (presented by Live Nation)

    If you asked Gareth Daley to sum up his music in just three words the answer he'd give you is: Future throwback soul. The artist explains, "I call my sound 'future throwback soul' since it's what people love about old soul music, that throwback sound... but I bring it into the future." Hailing from Manchester, London the singer laments on the difficulties of making a name for himself in his hometown, "It was tough fitting into the Manchester music scene which had always been really focused on guitar and dance music, the urban scene was almost non-existent.." and yet he finds himself poised for the spotlight. While his palette's rooted in the classics, he pushes music forward with a sound beyond his years. "It's soulful at its core and in terms of sound and production, the album reflects me and my influences -- a combination of US and UK sounds," he details.

    Daley is set to make his Toronto debut this coming

    Friday, April 4
    Adelaide Hall
    250 Adelaide St West
    Tickets: Live Nation or TicketWeb. The event is 19+.

    For a sneak peek at what's to come, see below:

    DOCUMENTAL: Manifesto meets Hot Docs 2014

    Manifesto Community Projects and Hot Docs are thrilled to present ‘DOCUMENTAL’ - a selection of ten outstanding official selections at this year’s Canadian International Documentary Festival.  Featuring the North American premiere of Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me, and world premieres of The Backward Class, Shield and Spear, David & Me, and much more, the films bring to light a myriad of social and cultural issues, pushing boundaries and exploring diverse communities through the lens of film. The 2014 Hot Docs Festival begins April 24 and runs until May 4, taking place at various theatres across Toronto’s downtown core.

    "Providing greater awareness and access to and for our community members is what really excites me about this promotional initiative with Hot Docs,” says Dwayne Dixon, Executive Director for Manifesto.  “Film remains one of our primary artistic disciplines and this partnership strengthens our mandate to unite, inspire, and empower diverse communities of young people through art and culture. This year's selection of films will not only be monumental, it will be DOCUMENTAL."

    Hot Docs Executive Director Brett Hendrie adds, “Hot Docs always strives to share its passion for documentaries with new audiences.  Together we hope to inspire diverse communities of young people in Toronto to engage with our Festival and open an exciting new dialogue.”

    DOCUMENTAL selections will be offered at a special $10 discount price to the Manifesto community.


    Purchase tickets online through the individual film pages which you can view here.

    Tickets can also be purchased at the Hot Docs box office - located at 2 Bloor Street West in the Cumberland Terrance (lower level) - for $10 each with presentation of the 'DOCUMENTAL' flyer or PDF print out. Open the PDF here to print and present it at the box office.

    Hot Docs also offers free same day tickets for all screenings before 5pm to seniors (60+) and students with valid photo I.D. at the venue box offices (subject to availability).

    View the full selection of DOCUMENTAL films below...

    Photo: Gebrueder Beetz

    Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me
    Visit the Hot Docs page: http://bit.ly/1lTrzaZ

    Acclaimed filmmaker Khalo Matabane's very personal, award-winning and somewhat controversial doc explores conflicting points-of-view on the truth and reconciliation process, the quality of life in post-apartheid South Africa and Manela's own sainthood status.

    Directed by Khalo Matabane

    David & Me

    Photo:  Markham Street Films Inc.

    David & Me
    Visit the Hot Docs page: http://bit.ly/1i5zDT1

    In 1985, a Brooklyn teen is convicted of pre-meditated murder based on questionable testimonies. A tenacious filmmaker has taken up his cause, presenting compelling new evidence aimed at freeing him after 28 years of incarceration.

    Directed by Ray Klonsky and Marc Lamy

    The Backward Class
    Visit the Hot Docs page: http://bit.ly/1nBPJrX

    Intent on breaking out of the cycle of poverty, the Dalit students of Shanti Bhavan school in India prepare to make history by becoming the first from their "untouchable" caste to take high-school graduation exams.

    Directed by: Madeleine Grant

    The Boy From Geita
    Visit the Hot Docs page: http://bit.ly/1lNoEy0

    A young Tanzanian boy with albinism survives a brutal attempt to steal his body parts; witch doctors claim a potion made from them will bestow good fortune. The promise of surgery in Canada offers him hope.

    Directed by: Vic Sarin

    Photo: Lennart Malmer

    Concerning Violence
    Visit the Hot Docs page: http://bit.ly/QDBjt3

    Following the success of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Goran Hugo Olsson explores Africa's independence movements. Based on Frantz Fanon's famous book, The Wretched of the Earth, the film expertly uses archival material and musician Lauryn Hill's voiceover to bring Fanon's text to life.

    Directed by: Juan Passarelli and Mathew Charles

    Photo: Guerilla Pictures

    The Engineer
    Visit the Hot Docs page: http://bit.ly/1nUxxKw

    In this unflinching look at a fearless man on a macabre mission, El Salvador's only criminologist, Israel Ticas, pursues his life's work of finding hundreds of missing victims of the country's brutal gang war.

    Directed by Juan Passarelli and Mathew Charles

    The Homestretch
    Visit the Hot Docs page: http://bit.ly/1kOeID8

    Three exceptional teens engage in a high-stakes fight to stay in school while facing the incredible obstacle of being homeless. Struggling with abandonment, isolation and instability, can they build the future they dream of?

    Directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly

    Photo: Petter Ringbom

    Shield and Spear
    Visit the Hot Docs page: http://bit.ly/1gcjBmc

    In a country with a turbuent past and an uncertain future, progressive South African artists and musicians test the limits of freedom of expression around issues of race, class and history.

    Directed by Petter Ringborn

    Photo: Nicolas Reeves

    Slums: Cities of Tomorrow
    Visit the Hot Docs page: http://bit.ly/OQRli6

    Challenging conventional thinking, first-person stories from the slum dwellers on four continents and brillaint analysis by such critics as Robert Neuwirth make the case that slums - home to a billion people worldwide - are the solution and not the problem.

    Directed by Jean-Nicolas Orhon

    Tough Love
    Visit the Hot Docs page: http://bit.ly/1nU5smD

    An addict father and a teenaged mother each lose their kids to foster care, but in this rare glimpse inside the American child welfare system, they tirelessly fight poverty, prejudice and crushing bureaucracy for a second chance.

    Directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal

    More film details and theatre info can be viewed on the Hot Docs website.


    On Saturday March 29th our clothing and merch division MNFSTO will be launching their new spring collection. This is an special occasion because the long awaited MNFSTO shop will go live at Noon on Saturday March 29th. The site will have the new Spring 2014 merchandise and some of the older pieces on sale. Later that afternoon come by Manifesto HQ for the March installment of the monthly MNFSTO Shops that will be happening from 3:00PM - 6:00PM. Our friends at 1 Love T.O. will be in the space selling their merchandise also. Grand Groove's DJ Royale will be playing music for the day.

    Click HERE for details on the big day.
    Visit the online store right HERE.

    Check out the new Spring collection. Click the photos for more details.