30 Sewells Rd. Scarborough (Malvern Library & Community Centre)
11AM to 5PM
NO COVER -OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
On Saturday September 13, 2008 Graffiti writers and muralists will reveal their skills at this all-day graffiti fest on the grounds of the Toronto Public Library –Malvern Branch (30 Sewells Rd. Scarborough). This celebration of mural art is a joint project between Mural Routes and Toronto Cultural Services and 2008 marks its third year.
This annual festival is the final stage of an Urban Arts workshop program for youth 13yrs and up who are interested in learning about graffiti art in a positive format. One of the major goals of the festival is to provide exposure for young artists in Scarborough who wish to pursue a career in the fine arts. It is also the aim to dispel some of the negative reputations of graffiti art and expose the Malvern community to the enriching and refreshing aspects of the artform.
Twelve established or pro artists will be showcased in an effort to engage and inspire the community (the Malvern area has the greatest concentration of teens in the GTA). Their finished works (6ft x 8ft canvas) will be on display throughout the year in various City of Toronto buildings and on display at the Toronto Reference Library during Nuit Blanche (http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca).
Our Confirmed Artists include:
- *Zion (Bombshelter)
-*Duro the Third (www.durothethird.com) .
-Kane – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-AsInyjAPI&feature=related
-Recka – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6OqFdFg0CY
-SAGE – http://www.bombingscience.com/sage.htm
Confirmed Talent/ Performers include:
-Joe Eigo (www.multilevelmoves.com) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFsZDOdHw6E&feature=related
-Kuerock (BBoy affiliated with Rock Steady Crew)
-Jedi (Canadian Bboy)
-OIP Urban Dance Academy (www.oipdance.com)
-DJ Tigermouth (Maxamus Entertainment)
-Dwayne Morgan (poet) -(www.upfromtheroots.ca)
State your name and where you rep?
My name is Luther Brown and I rep. Jane and Finch. Born in Jamaica
What made you get into the dance industry?
I’ve been in love wit dance/music/entertainment for as long as I can remember. It’s something that is a part of me and has been there in every stage of my development as a person… I’ve always been fascinated by musicals, movies, concerts and music videos. I would emulate Sammy Davis Jr, Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Prince and studied videos from Janet Jackson, Madonna, BBD, Kid N’ Play and the list goes on and on and on. I wanted to be somebody that was involved in those areas of entertaining.
Would you say it is as hard as before for a male to survive in a female dominated industry?
It’s definitely not easy for males to survive in a female dominated industry.
There are still stereotypes of what type of males make up the entertainment industry and being that a lot of males are in power positions, they tend to hire more females as choreographers. But I believe that if you’re talented, it breaks the mould and you will get the recognition you deserve. (So long as you stick to your true self)
Who are some of the artist you have worked with?
Some of the artists that I’ve worked with are Brandy, Mario, Ray J, Diddy, Danity Kane, Day 26, Janet Jackson, Faith Evans, Jully Black, Shawn Desman, Keshia Chante, Alicia Keys, Sean Paul, Tammy Chyn, Blackstreet, Skye Sweetnam, Olivia and Electrik Red.
What motivates and inspires you when making up choreography?
My motivation and inspiration when making up choreography are life, the lyrics and the beat. Depending on the vibe I get from the particular artist or how defined the beat is, or just what the concept for the show or job is.
It’s really a combination of things.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date would be working with Janet Jackson for a performance she did for the U.S Troops & The Ellen Show. Being that she was one of the artists that I’ve looked up to for most of my life, the fact that I was able to work with her, one on one, was unbelievable (thanks Gil – her artistic director). Outside of that, my present position as judge/choreographer on the SYTYCD-Canada is also major and like a dream come true.
If you could work with any artist dead or alive who would you work with?
I would have loved to work with Aaliyah!! She was amazing. I would also LOVE to work with Mary J. Blige. I’m probably her biggest fan. Others are Michael Jackson, Usher, Omarion and Madonna
Canadian vs. American dancers?
That’s difficult. haha. There are more successful dancers in America, but Canada has some of the best dancers in the world. As a matter of fact, Canadian dancers make up a large percentage of the top working dancers in the game! Don’t get it twisted!
What’s next is shooting of the rest of the SYTYCD-Canada season and working with a new girl group signed to Def Jam called Electrik Red. Also Do Dat Entertainment, which I run with my partners Ryan Robinson and Wayne Samuels, has recently started a Corporate Dance-Fit! Program offering dance-fitness classes to their employees and we are starting a casting division to cast dancers for movies, commercials and videos.
I’m also gonna be working with Jully Black as a mentor and rep. for the St.Alban’s Boys and Girls Club. I also have an artist named Trish that I’ve been developing. She’s about to be LARGE!!
Last words of wisdom for upcoming dancers/choreographers?
Stick to your vision and never stop!! Part time efforts equal part time results!! Dance and choreograph from your heart and it will be felt all over the world.