Manifesto’s 16th Edition Festival Features GRAMMY-Winner Jazmine Sullivan and Afrobeats Phenomenon Tems

The Manifesto festival of music, arts and youth culture celebrates its “sweet sixteen” August 8th-13th and begin their rollout on August 12th at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage with a live concert experience featuring two of the music industry’s most talked about artists; R&B singer-songwriter powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan and afrobeats phenomenon Tems. Tems’ meteoric rise in the global music industry has been propelled by numerous hit singles including “Higher” – which is sampled on Future’s 2022 chart busting “Wait For U” single alongside Drake, making her the first African artist to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts – and was further cemented by breakthrough collaborations with Drake (“Fountains) and Wiz Kid (“Essence”) among others. Philly’s two-time GRAMMY-winning hit maker Sullivan boasts a catalogue of hit songs (“Need U Bad”, “Let It Burn”, “Pick Up Your Feelings”) and anthemic collaborations (“Girl Like Me” with H.E.R), that helped land her on the list of Time Magazine’s 2022 “100 Most Influential People”. This year’s festival will be co-hosted by Creative Tresor and recent 2022 Juno Award-winning rapper Charmaine, and promises to be special. “Manifesto is beautifully unique because it was started and continues to be led by young artists and community leaders whose mandate is to incubate, elevate and generate opportunities for the next generation of music leaders and decision makers. This year we were intentional in weaving our year-round programming throughout not just our live show, but all the programming leading up to it. We’ve been listening to you Toronto, and we will not disappoint” says Tinesha Richards, Manifesto’s Managing Director. Adds festival co-host Charmaine “Last year (Manifesto) was my very first live performance on any stage, so it’s really amazing to be a part of it in this capacity this time around. Can’t wait to see all the talented artists and beautiful crowd out there. It’s about to go DOWN!”

As has been the case over the last 15 years, this year Manifesto produced a festival lineup that seamlessly blends global superstars with some of Canada’s finest homegrown world class talents. From critically-acclaimed R&B singer-songwriter Amaal, all the way over to performances from rising stars, Juno-nominated Dylan SinclairPlanet GizaZeina and more (TBA), including sets from Manifesto’s in-house DJ Killa Kels, this year’s lineup will whet the appetite of festival attendees, both new and old, looking for a real entertainment boost this summer. The mission and mandate of Manifesto has always been to provide a platform for emerging artists to showcase their skills, and this year is no different, as buzzing up-and-comers DVBLMFame HolidayTia BanksRay HMNDBenita, and Vividd will also be taking centre stage and performing live, for all of Toronto to see. “This summer is already turning out to be a legendary moment for the city, with all the festivals and curated activations that are coming to Toronto and our city finally being viewed as a central destination for high-end live musical experiences,” explains Manifesto’s Programming Director, Marcus Adade. “Manifesto Festival goes a bit further with the aim to create the most memorable moments and continue to add to the rich legacy of live concert experiences. In the planning stages, the community was the central plot in our mood-board and we confidently feel that this festival is the people’s choice award!”

Although returning to a ticketed model, Manifesto made certain that accessibility was a top priority. Tickets are priced from $25 – $99.50 (+taxes and fees) and will go on sale Friday, June 10 2022. Tickets will be available for purchase on at 10:00 am EST.

Follow Manifesto on TwitterInstagram , and TikTok for updates and more information about Manifesto Festival Week: Heath and Wellness Retreat, The Summit: Future Insiders, Next Up: Emerging Artists Showcase and The After Party, which will run from August 8th to August 12th.

Jazmine Sullivan, Da Brat, Le’Andria Johnson, Avery Sunshine & More to Perform at URBAN ONE HONORS on May 16 @ 9PM/8C

Urban One announced today its annual awards show, URBAN ONE HONORS, will pay special homage to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. The critically acclaimed, all-female jazz band of the 1930s included Helen Jones Woods, a founding member and mother of Urban One Founder and Chairwoman, Cathy Hughes. The Sweethearts band, comprised of 17 ethnically diverse members who achieved international accolades despite discrimination, sexism and Jim Crow – to become symbols of success against adversity. URBAN ONE HONORS will air on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 9 p.m. ET/8C on TV One and will be simulcast for the first time on TV One’s sister network, CLEO TV.

The annual awards program will feature three performances dedicated to ‘The Sweethearts.’ Each musical selection will commemorate electrifying performances of the jazz and soul ensemble’s hit singles with a modern twist. The ceremony will also feature with talented, contemporary, female performers including Jazmine Sullivan, Da Brat, Le’Andria Johnson, Avery Sunshine, and the all-female house band Kim Burse and the KB Players.   “I am thrilled to pay homage to the sheroes whose lives depict black excellence, leadership and service. It is also quite humbling to recognize my mother, Helen Jones Woods, and the young musicians who were a part of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, among this year’s honorees,” said Cathy Hughes, Chairwoman, Urban One Inc. “Urban One Honors was created as an extension of our 40-year mission of service. We remain committed to creating programming that fulfills that mission and presents the best of who we are.”  

Grammy-Award-winning gospel artist Erica Campbell and award-winning journalist, author, and syndicated columnist Roland Martin will host the event. This year’s theme is ‘Women Leading the Change’ and will highlight the extraordinary contributions of women in business, media, health, politics, and community outreach, who are leading impactful change within the Black community. Now in its third year, Urban One Honors was created to acknowledge and pay homage to individuals and organizations whose work significantly impacts culture and society- at large.   This year’s URBAN ONE HONORS will commemorate the myriad achievements of women leaders who are blazing trails and creating new pathways for others in their respective areas of expertise. Categories of recognition reflect the tireless effort and triumphant accomplishments achieved by the honorees and include:   

  • Voting Rights Champion dedicated to a fearless leader whose efforts help to build political infrastructure by turning out voters and protecting their votes. 
  • Business Alchemist presented to a leader tapped for successfully breaking the glass ceiling to blaze new trails in corporate America. 
  • Investigative Journalism Crusader bestowed upon a media maven who is reframing the national conversation by covering the impediments and contributions made by Black Americans. 
  • Health Equality Advocate awarded to a champion of health who answered the call to eliminate institutional barriers preventing healthcare to those in her community. 
  • Reparations Ambassador who is working to break down systemic racism and barriers that have held African Americans back. 
  • Family Needs Ambassador presented to a resilient provider of direct service and resources to individuals in crisis within the community she serves. 

     The inspiring night of excellence will also feature exciting musical performances, unprecedented collaborations, and surprise appearances to be announced in the coming months.   URBAN ONE HONORS is executive produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas and Robert Boyd of Swirl Films and produced by Jazz Smollett. Susan Henry serves as Executive Producer for TV One. Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One, and Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent and Casting. Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

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