We stepped into the world of Fame as the TIFF Bell Lightbox was transformed into our own modern school for the arts, inspired by the 1980 film’s prestigious performing arts high school in New York City. Guests immersed themselves in a unique, multi-sensory experience, featuring the best of Toronto’s emerging artists and performers.
It took everything they've got, but we knew they had what it took!
It was a night to remember as we gathered some of Toronto’s most talented creators to share their diverse and fascinating perspectives on TIFF’s dynamic fall programming.
boombox installations and experiences included a cinema, a film studio, an art studio, a digital jam space, a VR lounge, and an auditorium dance floor with more than enough space for everyone's meticulously scheduled breakdance battles.
Keep your dial locked on this station for updates about the artists and installations that will take over TIFF Bell Lightbox for 2018!
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boombox was voted "Best Annual Event in Toronto" in 2014 and 2015 by Best of Toronto.
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Take a look at the artists, dancers and DJ’s who transformed TIFF into boombox on Nov 2 2017! Keep your dial locked on this station for updates about the artists and installations that will take over TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2018!
Alexander Junior is a multi-platform artist and member of the Toronto-based alt-world/tribal band DATU. His previous projects include the punk band Styrofoam Ones and the hip-hop group Times Neue Roman. Junior’s music has appeared on popular TV shows such as CSI: NY, CSI: Las Vegas, Death Valley, and Rookie Blue, as well as in ads for Zara and EA Sports games like Fight Night Round 4, SSX, and NHL 2K11. He has visited the Philippines to learn from the last of the gong makers of Kulintang music and brings forward his creations of gong triggers to visual projection mapping.
Toronto based dj/producer Beat Sampras has been releasing his 90s influenced trap-wave beats on soundcloud for not all that long actually. determined to steer away from the unknown basement producer plague, sampras started sharing his music online to an audience made up of probably just his friends and family. Shaped by the sounds of french house, 90s r&b, 00s neptunes, sebastiAn, timbaland, 9th wonder, kanye, jamie xx, etc., Sampras makes things that sound good to him. people with similar tastes are finding their way to his wave, and they seem to be sticking around.
You know, like Cool J, but with a V.
A nomad spirit with roots scattered wide like sound waves, Dre Ngozi has always been moved by the music of this world. She has a background in dance and classical piano, and studied sound design in university. Ngozi has been rocking the decks alongside music heavy-hitters like Vashtie Kola, DJ Starting From Scratch, and Lissa Monet, and has opened for artists like The Internet and Majid Jordan.
Michie Mee is a Toronto-based performer known for her unique combination of reggae and dancehall with hip-hop. With over two decades in the entertainment industry, the Juno-nominated rapper and actress was the first Canadian hip-hop recording artist to sign an American major record deal. She is the recipient of the 2012 DJ Stylus Hall of Fame Award, the 2013 CUMC Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 Black Canadian Award for Best Female Rap Act, and most recently, she won the Toronto Arts Council’s Roy Thomson Hall Award, which recognizes creative, performing, administrative, volunteer, or philanthropic contributions to Toronto's musical life. Mee is the CEO of MBM Publishing and was featured in the 2011 CBC hip-hop documentary Love, Props and the T. Dot.
Nino Brown is no stranger to making people on dancefloors sweat, grind, head nod, flash a lighter, or just plain old two-step. She is a founder of the dance party Yes Yes Y'all, which has been voted one of Toronto's top jams since 2009, and she also founded YYY's sister event in Montreal, the monthly Cousins Party. In addition, Brown is a resident DJ and promoter for some of Toronto's hottest events.
The Sorority is a sisterhood of talent destined to empower, entertain and educate, with each member contributing their own style and personality. Haviah Mighty, Keysha Freshh, Lex Leosis, and pHoenix Pagliacci use rhythm and rhyme to bring unique energy to a common craft, cementing their places in Toronto’s hip-hop culture.
Xavier Pierre is a Toronto-based DJ with Chinese, Caribbean and French roots. He recently partnered with Get Fresh Co to curate music for their TOM Fashion Week Runway show, which included a melodic dose of tropical sounds from around the world. Pierre has worked with local collective Lootbag on their culture-themed events, featuring sounds of grime, dancehall, baile funk, afro beats and house. He plans to continue working with brands and pushing the envelope in his music.
Oluseye is a conceptual artist working across a variety of media. Central to his practice is the recurring black male form, which he engages as the locus for his intersectional exploration of desire, identity, beauty and existentialism. He combines acrylic, charcoal, pastel and photo transfers to create layered portraits that tread between the physical and the spiritual. His practice also includes expansive photo-based social installations, which are often interactive and serve as an extension of current conversations on race, expression, and outsider cultures. He has exhibited locally at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and internationally at Gallery 151 in New York, School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, and Art Twenty-one in Lagos, Nigeria.
Raha “Euphoria” Moshfeghian is a commercial, fashion, and music-video director and producer based in Toronto. She holds an HBA in media studies from the University of Guelph, in addition to a diploma in communications from Humber College. She is a protege of Director X and RT!, and has spent years working closely with these iconic music video directors. Euphoria has worked on various music video sets for artists such as Drake, Sean Paul, Rihanna, Shawn Mendes, B.O.B. and many more. She has produced art installations like 15 Seconds of Fame (15) for TIFF boombox, and has collaborated with Director X on projects like Death of the Sun (16) for Nuit Blanche.
Diana Reyes, also known as Fly Lady Di, is a Toronto-born multidisciplinary artist. A professional dancer known for her abilities in house, waacking, and hip-hop, she has travelled the world teaching and performing in cities like Dubai, Manila, Berlin, Seoul, Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, and Mumbai. She has been featured in Toronto Life, the Toronto Star, CBC Arts, CBC's The National, CTV’s etalk, as well as in press in India, Japan, France, and the United States. Reyes has performed at Cold Tea, SOHO House, AGO First Thursdays, Fenty Beauty's Toronto launch, Design Exchange's EDIT Opening Night, as well as Jagmeet Singh's historical NDP leadership win. She currently choreographs and performs for Toronto-based recording artists Maylee Todd, MC Han Han, Datu, and performing arts troupe Hataw, where she fuses traditional Filipino dances with her electrifying street dance flair.
Angel Crystal Recollet is an Ojibwe/Odawa/Potawatomi dancer from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Reserve on Manitoulin Island. She has danced northern traditional for the past 11 years and also dance woodland styles and jingle. As a young girl, the inspiration for her dress came to her in a dream, representing the power to heal her sick family member.
Cylene Morrison is a Toronto-based Ojibway artist originally from Temagami First Nation. She is a champion dancer that travels throughout Canada and the US to compete in fancy shawl competitions and was a two-time Iron Woman champion at the Wiikwemkoong annual powwow. Morrison has appeared in music videos with various artists from the native community, including Brooklyn's Most and Kara Jade, and she also worked with Sony Records on the WizKids song "Closer."
Jonathan Yellowhead is Ojibwe from Whitefish Bay. he has been dancing the traditional style for five years, and more recently took on the Woodland style, a warrior dance.
Leslie McCue is Mississauga/Ojibwe from Curve Lake First Nation. She is an arts administrator, artist, performer, and educator who fights for Indigenous rights by breaking stereotypes and raising cultural awareness. Her work is driven by her past, and a passion to educate and empower others. McCue is currently the General Manager for Paprika Festival, the Administrator for Chocolate Woman Collective, the Coordinator for the Royal Ontario Museum Youth Cabinet, and a Resident Artist Educator for Young People’s Theatre this season. She currently sits on the Indigenous Advisory Circle at the Royal Ontario Museum, and works freelance for various organizations in arts administration, facilitation, project coordination, and curation. McCue has been invited by Theatre Direct to conceive and curate a week of Indigenous arts and learning-focused programming for children and their families for WeeFestival 2018.
In the last few years, Anthony “Illz” Put has secured his reputation with over 60 first-place finishes in such competitions as MuchMusic 3 Kingz (2009), World of Dance (2012), Skillz-O-Metre (2014), FloorLords Anniversary (2014), UBL Main Event (2014), World B-boy Classic D.C. (2015), Just for Laughs Gags (2015), Keep On Dancing Canada (2015), RedBull BC One Canada (2016), FreeStyle Session Florida (2016), the Breaks Kru Anniversary (2016), and was most recently crowned a World Champion at the Serial Kickerz Hip-Hop Intl (2017). Illz was also selected amongst all the other Canadian B-boys to represent the country at the RedBull BC One North American Finals and the Unbreakable World Finals. For three consecutive years (2015-2017), Illz has also been invited to compete at the Pro Breaking Tour’s Silverback Open. In the next chapter of his career, his mission is to create events that celebrate authenticity and growth.
Michael Prosserman, a.k.a. “Bboy Piecez,” is the Founder and Executive Director of UNITY Charity, an organization that empowers youth to be role models and leaders in their communities through after-school programs in Break Dancing, Graffiti Art, Spoken Word Poetry and Beat Boxing, and which now reaches over 100,000 youth. Michael has performed for over 300 audiences, has spoken at over 100 schools and at prominent conferences including TED x Youth Toronto, Government of Ontario Federated Health Conference, and TDSB’s Dare to Dream Conference. Furthermore, Michael has taught hundreds of workshops all over the world, from Canada to Italy to Asia to the Arctic, on topics ranging from social entrepreneurship to breaking barriers within the international community through dance.
Lakesan Sivanathan is a Toronto B-boy who started dancing at the age of 12. Lakesan’s mentors, the infamous Canadian crew Maximum Efficiency, have been training him for the past six years. Lakesan has been exclusively selected as one of Canada’s Top 16 to compete in the RedBull BC One 1-v-1 national competition, has flown out to do showcase battles, has performed at several PanAm shows, received two consecutive Manifesto Floor Awards, taught workshops for UNITY Charity, and won several Canadian competitions. Lakesan currently works as an artist for UNITY Charity.
A breaker for over 20 years, Bob Veruela Jr,. a.k.a.B-boy Boobjester, currently works for UNITY Charity as National Program Manager, designing and providing outreach programming nationally through hip-hop arts, along with sharing his knowledge of B-boy culture in the dance communities and educational system in Canada. Bob has travelled to instruct in Northern communities and youth correctional facilities across Canada through initiatives with Blueprint Pathways and Graffiti Art Programming Inc., has represented his hometown of Winnipeg by participating in many international competitions and shows with his breaking crew Dangerous Goods, and has helped produce national breaking events and guest-judged various competitions across Canada.
Since its genesis in 2012, boombox has raised over $1.2 million in support of TIFF’s charitable endeavours. Proceeds enable TIFF to continue its work in film-based education and outreach, film preservation, and filmmaker development.
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Each year, boombox offers unique and memorable experiences that celebrate film and engage Toronto’s creative community. Attendees are the “who’s who” of Toronto’s social and corporate elite, the fabric of this great city including filmmakers, artists, musicians, professionals and others looking for a unique and exciting experience.
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Your Report Card: Upon arrival, you'll receive an Event Guide (your "Report Card") with a map detailing various checkpoints that are located next to our artist projects, installations, and performances.
Keep track of your progress through boombox, and then head to the Principal's Office when you're finished your assignments to have your final grade recorded — and for a chance to win a prize (more than just a gold star)!
Though dressing to theme is not required, we are excited to see some of your inspired outfits!
It’s a celebratory evening, so cocktail attire is perfectly fine, but please feel free to embrace your inner creative teenager or step back in time to relive the ‘80s for a night.
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