By Ellie King
Jazz, one of the most famous genres of music in the world, originated in the African-American community from New Orleans in the 19th century. However the roots of Jazz date all the way back to colonialism and slavery. Though suffering from brutality and oppression at the hands of White supremacy, enslaved Blacks found solace working through songs, religious songs and “field hollers”, which were calls between people working in the fields.
By Yulia Federov
Canada’s hip hop scene is bumpin’. With stars like Drake and Kardinall Ofishall to show for it, our hip hop artists are gaining visibility and media attention, and rising through the ranks by the dozen. But it wasn’t always such a smooth road for hip hop artists in Canada.
“Just a regular queer female out here trying to make some loud noise.” -Shaili Champ
By Shafniya Kanagaratnam
Growing up in the Jane and Finch community, Shaili Champ is a GTA based independent hip-hop artist and activist. She wants to create music on topics that are underrepresented in mainstream media and create change. Currently out with Shaili’s most recent two tracks are, “Basmathi”, with over 7,500 streams on Spotify, and her latest release, “Call in Sick”.
By Moboluwajidide Joseph
For a massive choral production involving eleven choirs and over 200 different performers, what Maada'ookii Songlines does really well is logistical coordination. In telling an important story of Toronto’s multiculturalism, and the need for Indigenous knowledge in creating harmony amongst diverse peoples, it is also successful. What it fails at, if you can even consider this failing, is making the audience feel much. This is not due to any technical oversight: the set is gorgeously constructed, the setting of Toronto’s waterfront is an excellent choice and the singing is quite good.
By Rumi Amoo
The month of Pride is a time to celebrate who you are and strive to appreciate the differences that come with living in such a diverse and intricate society. There are many events that occur throughout the month of June, but the LGBTQ+ community is present year round. To celebrate, check out these THREE LGBTQ+ friendly podcasts.
By Tonte Spiff
This year marks the 1st annual Alternative Pride Toronto Festival which is an independent, non-corporate, artist-led music and arts festival celebrating queer artists and spaces. It takes place over a span of 4 days (June 20 – June 24), presenting unique and diverse events including warehouse take-overs, outdoor urban activations, wild gallery parties, and grimey underground after-hours – all while raising money for some important Toronto queer charities.