Biz Markie, Airplane Boys to Play Toronto's UNITY Festival

Biz Markie, Airplane Boys to Play Toronto's UNITY Festival
Toronto's annual UNITY Festival has unveiled the lineup for its sixth edition, and with it comes news that Biz Markie will close out the four-day celebration of hip-hop and youth culture.

This year's UNITY runs from July 23 to 26 at various venues across Toronto. As with years past, the opening night starts off with a beatbox battle showcasing the talents of youths involved in the UNITY charity's various school and community programs. UK beatboxer Ball-Zee will also be there to perform for the third annual instalment of UNITY's beatbox competition.

July 24 finds Toronto's Tattoo hosting the UNITY Break Dance event, with B-boys and B-girls going head to head in the 3 vs. 3 Under 19 Breakin' Battle. B-boy Moy of the Havikoro Crew will also be on hand to show off some moves. The next day, a spoken word event at 918 Bathurst will have youngsters flexing MC and spoken word skills alongside Shaun Boothe, Amanda Seales, and Rudy Francisco.

Finally, a free show at Yonge-Dundas Square on July 26 will have Biz Markie making the music with his mouth, while the day will also feature sets from Raz Fresco, Airplane Boys, and various youth performers.

Save for the finale at Yonge-Dundas Square, each event costs $5 to get into, though a pass for all three paid events comes in at $10. You can find out more details of this year's festivities over here.

UPDATE: Maestro Fresh Wes will also be making an appearance.

UNITY is an after-school program for youths aged 10 to 18 "helping youth positively express their stress and develop skills for success."