PRIMARY SOURCE: Documenting, Archiving & Preserving Local HIP HOP Histories

23 Nov 2012 9:30 AM | Anonymous member
Manual Labour, Manifesto, and York University Present

Documenting, Archiving & Preserving Local HIP HOP Histories

Manifesto Studio
37 Bulwer St. (Behind the Rivoli)
Toronto, ON

Public talks and discussion about the documentation, archiving and preserving of local hip hop histories with a special emphasis on dance.


Andrew “Andycapp” Hicks

Andrew “Andycapp” Hicks is a multi-talented DJ/Community Arts Promoter/Filmmaker who just finished his M.A. in Global Film Cultures. His thesis titled “New York Beat: Collaborative Video and Filmmaking in The Lower East Side and the South Bronx from 1977-1984” examines the media, artists and creative practices that emerged in the New York City downtown art scene in the Lower East Side and the uptown hip-hop scene in the South Bronx during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

Andrew will be discussing the cultural and political milieu of the Lower East Side, South Bronx and Times Square in conjunction with the collaborative artworks, alternative media spaces (clubs, bars, parks, abandoned warehouses, television studios) and technologies (Super 8, 16mm, video) and how these art practices might be used as inspiration for future collaborative work in Toronto.

Mary Fogarty

Dr. Mary Fogarty is Assistant Professor of Dance at York University. She is the author of "Each One Teach One: B-Boying and Ageing," a chapter in a new anthology Ageing and Youth Cultures (Berg 2012). She was recently invited to participate in a symposium at the Schomburg Centre in Harlem about preserving and archiving hip-hop histories. She will be a Visiting Scholar at NYU in 2013 to continue her research about international b-boy/b-girl histories.

Mary will be discussing her research about the significance of video mediation for the cultural memory of b-boy/b-girl history focusing on the value and impact that underground b-boy videos had for the local Toronto history in the 1990s. Her research is further discussed in the article "Breaking Expectations: Imagined Affinities in Mediated Youth Cultures," (2012) in Continuum, and in that work she challenges older theoretical models for thinking about youth culture by arguing that mediation produced experiences of inclusivity, rather than homogeneity of movement as previously argued by scholars.

Robin “Rocabye” Coltez

Robin is the creator of Fat Laces, an on-line magazine with the purpose of documenting the Hip Hop Street Dance Culture from a Canadian perspective covering various styles of Street Dances such as Bboying, Popping, Locking & House. This site shows the ties between various dances and disciplines that has it’s beginnings or influences from the streets such as Capoeira, Tap, and Salsa. The name Fat Laces was chosen because it was the first symbol of hip hop: specifically Breaking that my twin brother Collin Coltez and I were introduced to in 1983 by our childhood friend and fellow crew member, Rod Oyco (B-Boy Chi Ko).

From the early 1990’s to present, Freestyle Hip Hop/ House Dancing and the reenergized Breaking scene in Canada around 1992 inspired Robin to form The HardNox Skoolerz Dance Company in 1997 with his brother to represent teh clothing line BobbyNox. While teaching Breaking and Freestyle Hip Hop/House Dancing for 10 years starting in 2001, Robin was inspired to dig into the reasons of what influenced him to begin Street Dancing and to search for and document the stories of the Canadian Street Dancers past and present that has inspired him throughout the years. In this talk Robin will focus on the factors that lead to the hiatus of Breaking in Toronto in the mid 80’s.


Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit grassroots organization working to unite, energize, support and celebrate Toronto’s vibrant and diverse music and arts community, and find innovative ways of working together towards common goals. Through art exhibitions, dance competitions, workshops, free outdoor concerts, film screenings, networking opportunities, seminars, a pop-up arts market, and much more, Manifesto creates powerful and engaging experiences, and provides opportunities for young artists to grow.

The Manifesto Studio at 37 Bulwer St. is a social hub where great energies merge! The space has been used to host; artist talks, yoga classes, gallery exhibitions, workshops & collaborative meetings, culinary events and other creative endeavours. 37 Bulwer embraces artistic expression, education and entrepreneurship and aims to be a foundation to connect passionate individuals, groups, and collectives. With multi-purpose spaces available for short-term rentals, we aspire to support the capacity of artists, community builders, and local organizations.
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