Juno award winning R&B songstress Divine Brown headlined the fourth annual urbanNOISE Festival on Saturday, September 26 at the North Kipling Community Centre in Rexdale.
Themed "Labels", the fourth year of the urbanNOISE program allowed participants to explore how the labels we assign each other (race, class, gender) can lead to violence, and to investigate positive and peaceful ways to tackle these stereotypes.
The festivities kicked off on Friday, September 25, 2009 with free workshops for youth, including dance, drumming and graffiti arts. The Festival followed on Saturday with Tricky Moreira from Flow 93.5 as host. Youth trained in music production, singing/songwriting, deejaying, dance and other urban arts shared the stage with established hip hop artists:
- Divine Brown - (R&B - Headliner)
- Tricky Moreira (FLOW 93.5 - Host)
- Grand Analog (Dub/Hip Hop - Headliner)
- Dwayne Morgan (Spoken Word)
- Marc Trinidad (Comedian)
- Baby Boyz (Hip Hop Dance)
- Baque De Bamba (Afro-Brazilian Drumming - Performance+Workshop)
- S3 - Sick Sound Syndrome (BeatBoxing - Performance+Workshop)
- DJ Fase (Workshop Only)
- Funktion Gallery (Graffiti Arts)
- SGPD Entertainment (Bhangra Dance)
- ABS Crew (Break Dance)
- Black Sage (Rap)
Congratulations to our Co-Chair Karl Sprogis, who was recognized for his continued support and dedication with a "Shout-Out" award. And congratulations to Expect Theatre and all the funders, community partners, volunteers, artists and participants who made the fourth Festival a continued success.
Photographer - Robert Carter
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