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Manifesto 11: Nicole's Top 5

07 June 2017 / by Nicole Di Donato (author)
Manifesto 11, taking place June 8 to 11, 2017.  (photo: Manifesto)
Manifesto 11, taking place June 8 to 11, 2017. / (photo: Manifesto)

Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture is kicking off its summer music festival, June 8 to 11, with parties, local DJs and a rad lineup of up-and-coming hip-hop artists. 

Marking its eleventh year, Manifesto is one of Canada’s largest celebrations of hip-hop culture. Aside from being an award-winning festival, Manifesto is a non-profit, youth-powered platform that supports local artists and empowers young people of diverse backgrounds through music, dance, art and culture.

The live show, presented by Manifesto and Rap Season, is taking place on June 10 at Echo Beach. This year’s lineup is comprised of Toronto artists Majid Jordan, Sean Leon, TiKA, Matthew Progress, Derin Falana and The Sorority as well as U.S. artists The Internet, Isaiah Rashad and Jidenna.

The community-oriented event will start things off on June 8 with the Manifesto House Party at the Drake Hotel. The Official Manifesto 11 After Party, featuring Vashtie, Nino Brown and Dre Ngozi, will take place after the show on June 10. To wrap things up, Manifesto 11 in collaboration with Creator’s Class will be hosting Vashtie, In Conversation with Che Kothari on June 11.

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Check out Nicole Di Donato’s top 5 artists to look out for at Manifesto 11 below:


Majid Jordan

Let's be real, you all knew Toronto R&B duo Majid Jordan would be on this list! The combination of Majid Al Maskati’s seductive vocals and Jordan Ullman’s stellar beats, makes for a unique sound that is sure to hype you up. Their music is chill, yet makes you want to dance and sing along. The OVO Sound artists are phenomenal live. I saw the duo in November at Rebel and I can confirm that they put on a great show - Majid sings his heart out and travels across the stage while Jordan hangs back and produces the beats. They recently released a new single called “Phases,” which has a pop and soul feel to it. You’re sure to hear the track live along with some of their older stuff. The duo will hit the stage at 9:45 p.m. 



You might recognize this American singer and rapper from his radio singles “Classic Man” and “Little Bit More.” I’ve had Jidenna’s debut album The Chief on repeat these past few months. His music has something for everyone - from R&B and soul lovers to hip-hop heads. Aside from hearing him perform live, I’m also looking forward to seeing what he wears as he is known for his unique style. Be sure to check out Jidenna's live set at 5:25 p.m. - it's sure to give you all the feels. 



Toronto singer-songwriter, actor, radio host and television personality, TiKA, is another act you won't want to miss at this year's Manifesto. In addition to being a creator, TiKA is an activist and an advocate for the empowerment of female artists. She released an EP called Carry On back in October, with features from HMLT and Clairmont The Second. TiKA's strong, soulful vocals, combined with her high energy and infectious personality will get everyone at Echo Beach moving. Catch her performance at 4:05 p.m.


Sean Leon

Sean Leon is a name widely recognized by people within the Toronto music scene. He formed the IXXI Initiative in 2012, which is a collaborative project dedicated to bringing Toronto's artistic community together. The Scarborough rapper and producer has worked with artists such as Daniel Caesar, BADBADNOTGOOD and River Tiber. In February 2017, Sean Leon dropped the first part of his highly anticipated Black Sheep Nirvana trilogy, I Think You've Gone Mad (Or the Sins of the Father). Sean Leon has both upbeat tracks that fans can jam out to as well as more serious songs that explore his complicated family relationships. He will be playing at 4:45 p.m. 


The Sorority

This fierce female Toronto hip-hop group will put on a show that you'll never forget. The Sorority is comprised of Phoenix Pagliacci, Lex Leosis, Haviah Mighty and Keysha Freshh. Each artist brings their own unique style and personality to the group's music - making it both fun and relatable. Through rhythm and rhyme, these four women prove that there is a place for them in the hip-hop music scene. The group's goal is to empower, entertain and educate people through their music. The Sorority will be opening the Manifesto 11 live show at 3:15 p.m. 


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