Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit grassroots organization working to unite, energize, and celebrate Toronto's vibrant and diverse music and arts community and find innovative ways of working together towards common goals.
Everything we do is geared towards fulfilling our mandates and the desires identified through community engagement and feedback, using a multi-disciplinary approach including arts and music workshops, professional development programs, art exhibitions, filmmaking, concerts... whatever's clever. Without a doubt though, our focus is the annual Manifesto Festival, and our point of origin lies in hip hop culture - in its spirit of ingenuity, raw creativity, and people power. We strive to stay out of boxes though, to create a platform with the potential to act as a catalyst for cross-pollination, collaboration, and the growth of new forms in this city of wildly talented people.
The first ever Manifesto Festival in September of 2007 was a huge success and went down as one of the largest and most unique hip hop festivals in Canadian history. The festival brought together over 100 artists and thousands of spectators for 4 days of art and music, culminating in a massive free outdoor event at Toronto's civic heart, Nathan Phillips Square, where many of Canada's revered hip hop pioneers shared the stage with some new blood in a celebration of our nation's hip hop legacy and future