Fresh Wes Joins UNITY Festival Line-Up
The 6th Annual UNITY Festival is ready to get down, July 23 - 26, 2014, with some of the best hip-hop acts in the biz, with a stellar line-up of break dancers, MCs/spoken word artists, beatboxers and bands including Maestro Fresh Wes, Biz Markie, Raz Fresco, Airplane Boys, Ball-Zee and many more.
Brought to you by lead sponsor Tangerine, the 2014 UNITY Festival kicks off on Wednesday, July 23 with UNITY Beatbox at The Mod Club, in partnership with Beatbox Canada. Headlined by BALL-ZEE, the 3rd annual beatbox competition will showcase Canada's best beatboxers of all ages, from youth (aged 13-18) to professionals (19+).
On Thursday, July 24, UNITY Break Dance will bring out North America's top BBoys and BGirls for the 3 vs. 3 Under 19 Breakin' Battle, headlined by MOY (HAVIKORO) at Tattoo.
On Friday, July 25, in partnership with RISE, UNITY MC & Spoken Word will unify the two essential elements of hip-hop by bringing together Toronto youth MCs and spoken word artists under one roof at 918 Bathurst, headlined by SHAUN BOOTHE, AMANDA SEALES, and RUDY FRANCISCO.
The festival will culminate in a FREE show, presented by Tangerine, at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, July 26, featuring performances by UNITY Youth performers and headlined by some of the most sought-after hip-hop entertainers: MAESTRO FRESH WES, BIZ MARKIE, RAZ FRESCO and AIRPLANE BOYS.
The UNITY Festival is UNITY Charity's annual showcase event presenting the most dedicated and talented youth performers from across Canada. Youth performers are recruited from UNITY's school and community programs and open auditions from the community. This event helps to build bridges between communities and brings people together through their passion for art and a desire to make positive changes in their schools and communities.
UNITY Charity engages youth by implementing school and community programs helping youth positively express their stress and develop skills for success. UNITY empowers youth to make better choices as leaders, mentors and positive community role models leading to more productive citizens, safer schools, and healthier communities.
Founded in 2007 by Michael Prosserman aka "Bboy Piecez", one of Toronto's most preeminent B-boys, UNITY has reached over 100,000 youth across Canada through its after-school program designed to teach positive self-expression through beatboxing, breakdancing, spoken word, poetry, graffiti, and more.