The Manifesto showcase billed as Off Campus: The Prelude is back with rising Canadian rappers, singers, songwriters and musicians from Toronto, Ottawa, and Nova Scotia.
This weekend marks the 17th edition of Manifesto. This year’s event is being called Manifest Presents: The Block Party, in partnership with CBC Music.
As a warm up to the big day, last night Manifesto hosted their ‘Off Campus: The Prelude’ showcase at The Drake Underground in Toronto as part of Manifesto’s Summer Festival Week.
The show was headlined by 2022 Juno Award Nominee Emanuel and hosted by Manifesto’s own Summer Knocks and Shans Ashley. Including Manifesto’s 2023 Artist Discovery Series, the showcase had some national representation this year. What started with 150 entrants ended with four talented artists taking the stage. There was Ottawa singer-songwriter Doressa who stole the show with booming yet soulful vocals and guitar. There was Markham, Ontario lyricist Tay Jireh and Brampton’s Hundo who showed off his blend of melody and lyricism. There was also some R&B flavour with Toronto’s Lyhz, as well as Nova Scotia’s Reeny Smith and Haliey Smith whose out of this world vocals landed them on the lineup.
Head to the top of this article to check out our photos. For information and tickets about Manifest Presents: The Block Party visit mnfsto.ca.