June 2018

Manifesto Festival Announces Free Outdoor Programming Featuring Chronixx For 2018 Edition

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Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture is pleased to announce the 12thedition will be returning to its original form, with expanded free festival grounds at Nathan Phillips Square, and a packed program of multi-arts events splashed across downtown Toronto. The festival was created to provide access and opportunity for young creatives to celebrate community and culture through music, visual arts, dance, an educational summit and much more. With the first iteration hosted in front of city hall, the annual event will once again occupy space in Toronto’s civic square.

Since his first-ever performance at Manifesto Jamaica, Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption have been soaring to international stardom. Coming full circle, Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption will make a return to Toronto to headline Manifesto Festival 2018 at City Hall. The Jamaican Billboard Reggae Chart topper and Grammy nominee artist fuses contemporary reggae, Dancehall, R&B, Rap, EDM and pop and will be backed by his full six-piece band.

In an effort to ensure broader accessibility, Manifesto will be teaming up with community partners from around the GTA to provide free shuttle bus programs that allow young people to attend the main events.

Stay tuned for additional announcements in the upcoming weeks regarding festival programming and the Manifesto Discovery Series, August 9-14, taking place across various Toronto venues and DIY spaces.

David Vaters A Voice in the Wilderness

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David Vaters is making the music he was meant to make and the world is taking notice. And with the state of affairs on the planet these days the world needs David Vaters’ uplifting and inspirational songs to bring a positive balance to life. There have been some detours on the road to David’s destiny but patience and laser focus helped get him to this point in his life and career.

“I started writing songs at age 15 and at 16 I was offered a record contract, an 8 single deal, but it would have involved leaving school and that wasn’t going to happen. So I put it on hold for a while.” But David’s passion and talent as a singer/songwriter was not to be denied. He spent many years honing and fine-tuning his songwriting skills and working with great musicians in North America and the U.K. and began work on ‘A Voice in the Wilderness Volume 1.’ “I was fortunate to start a business with my brother making merchandise and branding T-shirts and the like. We were responsible for Brooks Running shoes among other things. I ended up moving back to Canada from Tennessee to a home in the wilderness which was strange because I had titled my work ‘A Voice In The Wilderness’ before I knew I’d be living there.”

Famous PEOPLE Players Dinner Theatre Honours Andy Kim

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Andy Kim has added a new award this month to his list of accolades. The Famous PEOPLE Players Dinner Theatre has honoured the Canadian music icon behind classic hits such as “Sugar, Sugar” and “Rock Me Gently” with the Daring To Dream Award in applause for his continued charity work within the community.

“Famous PEOPLE Players honoured the great Andy Kim with the Daring To Dream Award for his tireless work to so many charitable organizations,” says Famous PEOPLE Players’ Diane Dupuy. On his award, FPP said “Andy Kim is a renowned artist who inspires his audience through his musical lyrics! Not only is he known for his hit songs “Rock Me Gently” and “Sugar, Sugar”, but mostly for the silent use of his humanitarian talents and music by helping to make this world a better place.”

Famous PEOPLE Players Dinner Theatre is known for their exquisite, animated performances featuring life-size caricatures and props, all defying gravity before your eyes.

Andy Kim was born in Montreal, and found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote: “How’d We Ever Get This Way?” — the first of what would be nine Billboard Top 40 hits — including #1 songs “Rock Me Gently” and “Sugar, Sugar,” one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time."

Kensington Market Jazz Festival 2018

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Mark your calendars! The third annual Kensington Market Jazz Festival will be the best one yet. Deemed by Brad Wheeler of the Globe and Mail as “wildly successful,” the new kid on the Toronto jazz festival block is the brainchild of founding director, acclaimed musician, philanthropist and Officer of the Order of Canada, Molly Johnson. Born in Kensington Market, she dreamt of creating this festival for years as inspired by playing European festivals. Since the spring of 2016, with the help of musicians Ori Dagan and Genevieve Marentette, and social media maven Celine Peterson, Johnson has been spearheading an annual celebration of Toronto culture and talent.

“What makes the weekend so magical is the coming together of the Kensington Market neighbourhood and Toronto’s music community. Musicians, audiences, volunteers and participating businesses are what make this festival what it is,” says Johnson. “CASH ONLY at the door means an ENGAGED AUDIENCE. Our goal is to have sold out shows at every venue and we work very hard using social media and hard-working volunteers to stuff those venues with people who love live music  as well as Kensington Market.”

James LeBlanc and the Winchesters: The Devil Between My Ears

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Americana singer/songwriter James LeBlanc is embarking on a brand new exciting project fresh on the heels of his critically acclaimed CD ‘The Nature of the Beast’. We caught up with James at his home in the Muscle Shoals area of North Alabama. “Thanks for this opportunity to get the word out. The first thing I want y’all to know is I ’m grateful to be able to make records. We have a blast doing it and it’s so much fun. I am pumped for this album, it’s going to a little different from my solo CDs, a little more of a band feel and is gonna be a little more aggressive. We will be exploring some southern rock aspects of ourselves, a little more edge to it musically. Plus my lady, the super talented Angela Hacker, is gonna be steppin’ out and singin’ some leads, so I’m pumped.”

James has started a Pledge Music campaign to get this project out there. “What I want to say to people about the campaign is ‘We need you’ We’re trying to bypass all the middlemen and red tape and bring somethin’ straight to you from us. No filters. “Here’s the info on the campaign in James’ words.

“Hey, guys! I am SO HAPPY to finally tell you . . . we have started recording the new album. And this time, you can be a vital part of the process by helping us with pre-orders through our new PledgeMusic campaign. It's really simple. Just click on the link, watch the video, then scan through all the great items and packages we have available for pre-sale. https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jamesleblanc