Just in time for the leaves to start falling, Toronto’s 7th annual Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture will be taking off later this month from the 19th – 22nd. The festival highlights the diverse expressions of community art culture allowing local and national musicians, visual artists and dance performers a platform to showcase their talent. Keeping in line with last year’s theme “Art is Power” the festival will be hosting the Sacred Seven Gallery as part of The Annual Manifesto Art Show, celebrating our city’s burgeoning artists. Appropriately located in the vibrant Annex neighbored, the event will be held at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education.
Headlining the gallery will be none other than Paul ”Dazaunggee” Shilling, an artist and well respected member of the Aboriginal community who has worked tirelessly with Indigenous groups across Canada to express the energy and vision of Aboriginal identity.
The gallery will also showcase the works of 25 artists – ranging from local graffiti legends to contemporary painters with appearances from Gilda Monreal , Gabrielle Lasporte, Mark ‘Kurupt’ Stoddart, Michael McQuade, Flips BSC, Raquel Da Silva and many more!
Preceding the event will be the Heartist Panel Discussion which facilitates dialogue on the collaboration of creative ‘families’ within the city. The panel discussion moderated by Kate Fraser, will look at the role of communities in the development of artistic expression while also recognizing artists who have connected with one another to share resources, a common vision as well as investments in mentorship programs for the growth of Canadian arts.
Needless to say, Manifesto Festival indulges in Toronto’s lively artistic community and facilitates cultural learning through local arts. On behalf of the ladies of Bad Perm, I urge everyone to check out for this unique community celebration of Canadian talent!