This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada with special funding and support from the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and Celebrate Ontario.
★★★★★/5 The dancing is spectacular: one-handed hops, explosive, dizzying upside-down spins
This festival within a festival will transform Toronto for an entire weekend.
The world’s biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre, showcasing the very best from around the world and around the corner, is coming to Canada for the first time. Curated and hosted by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, this awe inspiring weekend features exceptional performances from world champion b-boy and b-girl crews to cutting edge street dance companies. Headline programming includes two evening main stage performances featuring some of Canada’s best hip-hop companies – Juxtapose, LockUnity, and RoyaLazyness – and Toronto’s own Footnotes, JHHA Performance Company, Involuntary Movement, Tense Image, and The Surgeons performing alongside renowned international acts Just Dance (South Korea), Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa), and BirdGang Dance Company (UK) on the Sony Centre stage. Programming will continue to be updated.
Spilling off stage and taking over the whole building, the Sony Centre lobbies and surrounding areas will be transformed with DJs, Cypher Floors, graffiti, art exhibits, free-style sessions, and workshops from top international and local artists. It’s an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
Breakin’ Convention creator Jonzi D, a dancer, spoken word artist and director, is the foremost advocate for hip hop, and has changed the profile and influenced the development of the UK hip hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades. Supporting Jonzi D will be Toronto’s local hip hop rep Judi Lopez, founder and project director of KeepRockinYou. The two recently collaborated on Open Art Surgery at Toronto’s Harbourfront and are bringing their magic back to Toronto in June.
A Sadler’s Wells London project presented by the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in association with Luminato