An inner-city urban arts festival designed to make noise against violece in the City of Toronto.


This July of 2006, the Rexdale community will welcome the city of Toronto as it plays host to the first annual urbanNOISE Festival. Designed as a reaction against the violence and negative forces that are decaying neighborhoods and communities in the GTA, urbanNOISE will be a one of a kind event that fuses popular hip hop culture with social activism to examine and eliminate the crime taking place in neighbourhoods across the city.

Located in the Albion Rd. and Kipling Ave. area, Rexdale is a unique community rich with many cultures that truly makes it one of the most diverse places in the world. From rap, to break dancing, to spoken word, this largely youth-based community has its finger on the pulse of today’s popular culture.

urbanNOISE will be comprised of two components – training workshops and a three-day multi-disciplinary festival.

Beginning in March of 2006, the youth of the Rexdale and Jamestown area will be invited to participate in thirteen, three week workshops in various urban arts disciplines including: spoken word, video/film production, music, dance, and theatre.

In July of 2006, international, local, and youth artists will perform various urban arts pieces centering on a single theme that the community feels is important to explore.

urbanNOISE is funded by
Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Arts Council, Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, J. P. Bickell Foundation and the City of Toronto: TO Live With Culture.

Community Partners
Woodbine Entertainment, Albion Neighbourhood Services - Albion Boys and Girls Club, Albion Library, North Albion Collegiate Institute, Rexdale Community Health Centre, Montgomery’s Inn,
Father Henry Carr CHS, Thistletown CI, Westhumber CI, Elmbank Community Centre, Police Services, 23 Division and the North Etobicoke Revitalization Project.

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