Ten years ago, Toronto music promoter Dalton Higgins produced the first historic Bad Brains Alternative Music Summit, a one-of-a-kind music Black History Month conference & showcase that featured a historic gathering of Black musicians who make genre-bending music and don’t fit into cliché mainstream rap and R&B conventions. Featured musicians included Juno Award-winning rapper k-os, The Dears’ Murray Lightburn and NYC’s Tamar Kali with special guests, including James Spooner (director of acclaimed film Afro Punk), and it helped kick start a local music movement.
Rap N’ Roll: The Afro Alternative Music Showcase returns this year with a “Young, Gifted & Black” theme. The event continues to be a game-changing Canadian “urban music alternative” concert experience featuring a variety of acts that represent a newer generation of Black musical “outliers” who are working outside the narrow confines of commercial hip hop and R&B to help reshape the indie music landscape.
Presented by Dalton Higgins, B.A.N.D (Black Artists in Dialogue), and TD Then and Now, this year’s showcase acts include: Young Paris, Bonjay, Phoenix Pagliacci, Junia T & the Juice Money Collective, the Bakers Club and special guests.
Rap N’ Roll: The Afro Alternative Music Showcase will be held at 9 p.m. on Friday, February 27 at the Rivoli, 334 Queen St. West.
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