Published May 28, 2013Toronto's UNITY Festival has unveiled plans for its fifth annual edition, and the youth-minded hip-hop event will return this year with performances from Talib Kweli, Rich Kidd and more.
This year's festivities run July 18 to 21 at various venues across Toronto, kicking off with the Free Your Sound: 2vs2 Beatboxing Battle at the Mod Club on opening day. On top of the contest between up-and-coming beatboxers, the night will feature a performance from the legendary Rahzel.
To celebrate National UNITY Day (July 20), organizers have booked a free concert at Yonge-Dundas Square that will feature a headlining set from Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli, as well as local MC Rich Kidd, Lazylegz and more.
Other events include a breakdancing showcase at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on July 19 and a lyricist battle at Daniels Spectrum Theatre on July 21.
You can find out more details on the shows over here.
UNITY is an after-school program for youths aged 10-18 whose goal is to "teach positive self-expression through beatboxing, breakdancing, spoken word, poetry, graffiti, and more."