8TH ANNUAL CULTURESHOCK FESTIVAL!
VOCAL TALENTS TRISH & SHI WISDOM HEADLINE URBANARTS: 8TH ANNUAL CULTURESHOCK FESTIVAL!
UrbanArts Community Arts Council is once again livening up the Weston-Mount Dennis neighbourhood and Toronto this summer with a full schedule of youth arts programming. The UrbanArts’ team is leading everything from dance camps, speakers’ series sessions and live music performances to mural painting and community beautification projects.
CultureShock Festival – The highlight of the summer takes place on Thursday and Friday, August 9th & 10th from 5-7pm, with an art exhibit and film screening respectively at UrbanArts and culminates on Saturday August 11th from 3-9pm with our 8th Annual CultureShock Community Arts Festival, at the Weston Farmers’ Market location at 14 John Street. This year, UrbanArts is teaming up with the popular 106 & York Urban Arts Festival to present CultureShock.
The festival, MC’d by Comedian Trixx and Hip Hop pioneer Michie Mee, and headlined by R&B singer Shi Wisdom and electro-pop entertainer Trish, will also feature an array of local musical talent, spoken word, art show and sale, youth art activities, vendor & community booths, and of course great food. A special presentation will be made by Choreographer Anthony ‘Prime’ Guerra and the Afro Caribbean Dance Group featuring the Black Corps: War of 1812 that chronicles the unheard story of 35 black men who fought and won fame during the war. The festival aims to profile the artistic community and to reflect UrbanArts’ ongoing commitment of engaging youth and community development through the arts.
UrbanArts is a non-profit Community Arts Council focused on enhancing neighbourhoods by engaging youth in community development through the arts. UrbanArts initiates arts activities that bring people together in central-west Toronto and citywide. One of four community arts councils serving Toronto, UrbanArts is an incubator for local arts, with a range of year-round programs for youth led by professional artists in visual arts, theatre, spoken word, dance music and leadership development.
Our mandate is to promote, engage and facilitate cultural and community development opportunities between artists, arts organizations, community members and community organizations.
For more information please contact:
Marlene McKintosh, Executive Director or Lennox Cadore, Arts Program Manager