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Beats, Breaks and Culture: Hip-Hop and Electronic Festival

Fun | Written on August 5, 2016

There’s a party happening a few minutes from our Liberty Central By The Lake Two Liberty Village location and we’re all invited! Pull out your dancing shoes, practice a few moves in front of your mirror and be sure to look for some clothes that you can groove in! The Beats, Breaks and Culture Music Festival is back for another hip-hop and very happening year at the Harbourfront Centre and it’s definitely bringing a “get down and boogie” vibe with it!

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From August 5 to August 7, we’re making the 7-minute drive to 235 Queens Quay West to enjoy all things hip-hop and electronic music at this year’s Beats, Breaks and Culture. We can already feel our inner break dancer popping and locking. When in Rome…right? So, when we’re at the Beats, Breaks and Culture Festival, we’re definitely going to embrace the great music and performances!

And we do mean great! The music at this year’s event will be a combination of DJ music, live music and dance sessions! Oh yeah! We’ve got to say that the event’s “bringing back the beat” theme couldn’t be more apt! And the line-up of performances and events are even more cause for excitement:

Prince Innocence - Photo from The Fader

Prince Innocence – Photo from The Fader

  • Toronto’s own Prince Innocence will be kicking off Beats, Breaks and Culture on Friday, August 5 with their pop and R&B sounds! There’ll be no room for foot-tapping here. They’ll be bringing the kind of music that your whole body will be swaying to. Their contemporary sounds have been making waves since they entered the music scene in 2012 and they continue to evolve, create and showcase their incredible talent! Prince Innocence will be performing from 8:00pm – 9:00pm.


Sinkane - Photo from Huck Magazine

Sinkane – Photo from Huck Magazine

  • On August 5 from 9:30pm – 11:00pm, Sinkane will be bringing his unique and very recognizable afro-futuristic music to the festival! Sinkane has collaborated with a host of musicians, across different genres, and at this year’s event, he’ll be performing with members of his band – Jaytram who plays the drums, Ish Montgomery who will be on the bass and Jonny Lam who plays the guitar. Prepare to rock out to Sinkane and his “post-rock, free jazz, electronics and Sudanese pop” music!
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Jungle Brothers – Photo from a3cfestival

  • On Saturday, August 6, the Harbourfront concert stage will be serving up another dose of incredible, eclectic music, thanks to The Jungle Brothers! The Jungle Brothers founded the Native Tongues collective and are known as the first group to merge jazz and hip-hop, while also sometimes incorporating house influences. Their music spans several decades and is both original and highly regarded in the hip-hop world. The Jungle Brothers will definitely make Saturday, August 6 a night to remember! Check them out from 9:30pm to 11:00pm!

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  • The Saturday night fun at Beats, Breaks and Culture doesn’t end there! There will be an after-party, with doors opening at 10:30pm. From the name alone, we know that it will be epic! The Hip-Hop vs. House After-Party will be held in the Brigantine Room at the Harbourfront Centre and will run until 3:00am! The DJ booth will be exploding with talent! Prepare for a body-shaking, dance-inducing time brought to you on Saturday by: New York City hip-hop master spinner, Stretch Armstrong, Toronto DJs Lissa Monet and Dirty Dale featuring live sounds from the Guru Bros and, hosts Taboo, Shaman, Cyberkrib, Fly Lady Di and Underdog!
Toby Air -Photo from Universal B-Boy League

Toby Air -Photo from Universal B-Boy League

  • There’s no time to rest just yet! The party isn’t close to over for attendees at this year’s Beats, Breaks and Culture! On both Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7, there will be a breakdance battle! Yes, folks! We told you that this event was bringing all things hip-hop to the forefront! Canada’s competitive breakdancers, the Universal B-Boy League, will be entertaining, representing and showing off some serious skill with a 3-on-3 battle and lots of breakdancing moves! The Battle in the Round breakdancing sessions will run from 5:30pm to 8:00pm on Saturday and from 3:30pm to 6:00pm on Sunday.

With the exception of the Hip-Hop vs. House After-Party, all events are free to attend. Entrance to the After-Party is permissible only to persons who are 19 years and older, with valid ID. Advance tickets are $15 and day-of entry tickets are $20.

Liberty Village, we’ve got to say, this 3-day music event is more than worth the short commute from our neighbourhood. Look out for us among the crowd, we’ll be there busting a move!


Written by L. D. Moore