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Global Hip Hop: The 4 Elements – Toronto’s First Global Hip Hop Festival
Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29 - All festival events are FREE admission!
(Complete event schedule included below)

TORONTO, July 11, 2007 – Hip Hop is a style, a sound, and a state of mind. Focusing on the four main elements, DJing, MCing, Breakdancing and Graffiti, this festival seeks to go beyond the music and show the complexity of a still evolving cultural phenomenon.

As the popularity of Hip Hop continues to spread, its influence profoundly affects the international social dynamic. Global Hip Hop: The 4 Elements seeks to expand upon the four central components of Hip Hop and explore the parameters of this diverse art form and universal social platform. From July 27 to July 29, Global Hip Hop: The 4 Elements unites old school and new school Generations at Harbourfront Centre.

Originators of the Hip Hop sound will re-unite for a concert to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the film WILD STYLE, presented by FIDO. A screening and Q & A with Director Charlie Ahearn will precede special performances from Lord Finesse (Canadian Debut!), Grand Wizard Theodore and the Fantastic Five, and Busy Bee, key figures who helped innovate Hip Hop.

International megastar Wyclef Jean will host a showcase of his emerging label, Sak Pasι Records. This extraordinary event will feature multiple performances and introduce the distinct sound of Hip Hop Creole to the Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage. Featured acts also include the incomparable Hypnotic Brass Ensemble; the visionary Montreal based collective Nomadic Massive; the poignant social rhymes from The Narcicyst of Euphrates; Cuban poetess and rapper Telmary; plus DJ Dopey and DJ Grouch display their limitless talents on the turntables.

Director Erin Offer will be on hand for a special screening of her film COUNTING HEADZ, an in-depth look at women in South Africa’s Hip Hop scene, as well as the Canadian Debuts for FROM MAMBO TO HIP HOP: A SOUTH BRONX TALE, which explores Latin American cultural influence on Hip Hop, and REMIXED IN JAPAN, a glimpse into the underground explosion of Hip Hop culture in Japan. The open call dance competition, freeSTYLE is Toronto's first ever urban dance with live DJs, plus the 1st Annual SICK.SOUND.SYNDROME Beatbox Throwdown.

For more information on all Global Hip Hop: The 4 Elements events, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Global Hip Hop: The 4 Elements is part of Harbourfront Centre’s summer long series of festivals, World Routes 2007 presented by RBC. Each weekend, top Canadian and international artists perform in all of the creative disciplines including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, readings and film. An unparalleled 10-acre waterfront site is prized for its fun and educational family activities at multiple venues, as well as the diversity of the International Marketplace and World Cafι. All World Routes 2007 summer festivals are FREE admission.

Global Hip Hop: The 4 Elements – All Events are FREE

All Weekend – Graffiti Lives – live graffiti artists paint (Lakeside Terrace)

Friday, July 27

6:00 p.m. - WILD STYLE screening and Q & A with Director Charlie Ahearn (Studio Theatre)
9:30 p.m. – Wild Style Concert – 25th Anniversary – Featuring the GrandWizard Theodore and the Fantastic Five, the Canadian debut of Lord Finesse, and Busy Bee – presented by FIDO (Concert Stage)
11:00 p.m. – Wild Style Late Night with GrandWizard Theodore and Lord Finesse (Brigantine Room)
11:00 p.m. – Required Listening CD Launch: DO RIGHT SOUNDSYSTEM
Featuring Abdominal, Justis, Ghislain Poirier (DJ set) – Music provided by John Kong & Aklimatize – Hosted by Isis (Lakeside Terrace)

Saturday, July 28

3:00 p.m. – COUNTING HEADZ screening with director Erin Offer (Studio Theatre)
5:30 p.m. – FROM MAMBO TO HIP HOP: A SOUTH BRONX TALE – Canadian Debut (Studio Theatre)
7:00 p.m. – REMIXED IN JAPAN – Explores the explosion of Hip Hop culture in Japan - The Canadian Debut (Studio Theatre)
2:00 p.m. – Telmary – Cuban rapper combines funk, soul and Cuban jazz (Concert Stage)
3:30 p.m. – Nomadic Massive – Montreal collective of prominent Hip Hop artists (Concert Stage)
8:00 p.m. – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Eight biological brothers are the sons of Sun Ra’s trumpeter and in high demand (Concert Stage)
9:30 p.m. – Sak Pasι Records showcase with Wyclef Jean – Hip Hop Creole with special performances (Concert Stage)
11:00 p.m. – Beat Society – Hip Hop producers showcase their talent (Brigantine Room)
5:00 p.m. – freeSTYLE – genre defying dance competition - $1,000 Cash Prize (Toronto Star Stage & Ann Tindal Lawn)
2:00 p.m. – Dyzee from the Supernaturalz Crew – Breakdance (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
5:00 p.m. – Graffiti: ELICSER (Lakeside Terrace)
2:00 p.m. – Crafty Couture – Hip Hop Photoshoot – “Hip Hop Through the Years” (Lakeside Tent)

Sunday, July 29

4:00 p.m. – The 1st Annual SICK.SOUND.SYNDROME (S3) - Beatbox Throwdown with the T.O. All Stars: Scottbox, Twin Warriors, Spittz, Poizunus (Toronto Star Stage)
3:00 p.m. – The Narcicyst of Euphrates – Socially conscious Arab Hip Hop (Concert Stage)
4:30 p.m. – Socalled – Brilliant Klezmer rap - part of the Pepsi Concert Series (Concert Stage)
5:30 p.m. – Turntable Showcase featuring DJ Dopey & DJ Grouch (Toronto Star Stage)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Turntabilism – DJ Dopey (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – MC Theology 3 (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Rap Wraps – with Phil the Rhyming Chef and Masia One (Lakeside Terrace)
2:00 p.m. – Crafty Couture – Hip Hop Photo Shoot – “Hip Hop Through the Years” (Lakeside Tent)

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON. For information please call 416-973-4000 or visit


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