Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture presented by Aurora and Vancity Community Investment Bank, welcome Charlotte Day Wilson as co-headliner for the free outdoor concert at Nathan Phillips Square, August 17. Wilson joins previously announced Jamaican Billboard Reggae Chart topper and Grammy nominee Chronixx and UK rapper, poet and activist Akala
The critically acclaimed 25-year-old singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer blends R&B, folk and jazz. She recently released the Polaris Prize long list nominated Stone Woman in Feb 2018. Following her two sold out shows at the Danforth Music Hall, most recently Wilson performed with fellow Toronto collaborators BADBADNOTGOOD, at the Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton after party in Paris. The independent artist has also collaborated with Daniel Cesar and River Tiber, and continues to receive accolades and praise for her solo works.
Founded in 2007, Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture is a celebrations of hip hop culture and beyond. The non-profit, youth-powered platform was designed to showcase local artists and create events aimed at cultivating multi-disciplinary artistic and professional development for young people across a variety of mediums.
Now in its 12th year, the festival continues to provide carefully curated programming in music, visual arts, dance and more – through concerts, art shows, block parties, workshops, summits. New this year is the Manifesto Discovery Series, a dynamic group of community and arts events in partnership with Toronto’s up and coming arts collectives, organizations, artists and move-makers.
Manifesto seeks to address barriers for young creatives including:
-Insufficient income-generating and employment opportunities for young people and artists -Unrealized benefits of greater collaboration between artists, organizations, institutions & genres
-A lack of mainstream support infrastructure for homegrown artists (venues, media, industry, etc.)
-Systemic exclusion and under-resourcing of marginalized and racialized communities.