You Can't Stop the NOISE: 5th Annual urbanNOISE Festival
Kick-off Workshop Day: Friday Aug 20, 3-5pm
Main Event: Sat, Aug 21, 4pm-8pm
Albion Library Parking Lot, 1515 Albion Road
(across the street from the mall)
Headlined by Juno-award-winning hip hop duo Ghetto Concept and R&B sensation Kim Davis, the urbanNOISE Festival celebrated its 5th year as a free, all-ages urban arts festival organized by young people in the heart of Rexdale / Jamestown in North Etobicoke.
This two-day festival kicked off on Friday, August 20 with free urban arts workshops for youth inside the Albion Library from 3pm-5pm.
The headlining acts were joined on stage by a multitude of talented local performers including JJ Money, Mista Bourne, Theo 3 and the ABS Breakdancing Crew, as well as young Rexdale / Jamestown residents looking to showcase their skills in the presence of established artists.
In addition to music, the Festival featured a number of activities including a one-of-a-kind graffiti T-shirt giveaway by Studio 32, fashion show, graffiti workshop, African drum and dance workshop, dunk tank, games, prizes, barbeque and more.
A joint venture with Expect Theatre, urbanNOISE creates a platform for youth to speak out against violence in their communities. Now in its fifth year, the project includes a free Youth Training Program and Festival that promotes leadership, unity and social change in the culturally diverse communities of Rexdale/Jamestown, located in North Etobicoke.
Year 5 of urbanNOISE is funded by:
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council
City of Toronto
The Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation
urbanNOISE Community Partners include: St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club, Albion District Library, Albion Neighbourhood Services - Boys and Girls Club, Elmbank Community Centre, Father Henry Carr Catholic High School CHS, North Albion CI, North Etobicoke Revitalization Project, North Kipling Community Centre, Rexdale Community Health Centre, Rexdale Pro Tech Youth Media Centre, Rexdale Youth Resource Centre, Royal Conservatory, The Boys and Girl's Club of Weston - Mount Dennis, Thistletown CI, Toronto Police Serivces, 23 Division, and West Humber CI.
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