Music Night

The Toronto Dancehall Association

The Toronto Dancehall Association Presents: Free Up! The Dancehall Workshop and Gallery 

Explore the diverse culture of Dancehall music through an all-free dance workshop featuring choreographers Tabby Rockstar (Dancehall extraordinaire and previous member of the dance crew Baby Boys -  credits include Rihanna, Mr. Vegas, Beenie Man, Elephant Man and more) and international dance syndicate Mrs. Faby (creator of Catch Di Riddim). Learn with us as we take you through the basics of old school, mid school, and new school Dancehall moves. 

Also showcasing a Dancehall-inspired gallery featuring the work of "Humans of Dancehall" photographer Shane LaTouche.

Outside DJ Celebration

Saturday June 16th at 7pm in the Student Learning Centre atrium

Curated by: Cormac McGee

4 DJs will entertain outside of the Ryerson Student Learning Centre on Gould street! 

9pm DJ Dopey and DJ Jasper

10pm Jazz Money 

11pm Jayemkayem 

3 hours

Saturday June 16th at 9pm outside of the steps of the Student Learning Centre

THIS EVENT IS FREE!

Toronto Dance Hall Association

Shane LaTouche is a Multimedia Specialist and MA Candidate at Ryerson University. As a part of his MA major project, Shane proposed to create a multi-event Dancehall Music Festival. Through Tazz, Shane connected with Catrina and Trevor and was brought on-board to become a part of a dance-heavy project aimed at the Dancehall community within Toronto. After their first meeting, it was a unanimous decision amongst the team to merge the two projects together to create a brand new platform for a better understanding of Dancehall! Aside from being a grad student at Ryerson and a member of The Toronto Dancehall Association, Shane is also the creator of ISLVND Co. (a multimedia company), Twin City Toronto (a Dancehall video-light and photography company) and Humans of Dancehall (a social photography project aiming to humanize Dancehall dancers).

Favourite Dancehall song: Dancehall - Vybz Kartel

Favourite Dancehall move: Rubba Bounce

Shane LaTouche

Tazz was born to dance. As the former principal dancer for Blaze Entertainment (Canada’s premiere urban dance company), she was sought after by directors and choreographers alike. Tazz is not only an extraordinary dancer but she also is a talented choreographer and artistic director. She has toured and performed alongside many of the world’s most recognized artists including: Sean Paul, Rihanna, Shaggy, Flo Ryda, 50 Cent, Rolling Stones, Akon, Beenie Man, Jully Black, Fabolous, and Kardinal Offishall to name a few. With Tazz’s unique style, she has provided artistic direction for music videos, film, and live performances, working with artists and actors. Tazz accredits her choreographic style to the dancehall culture from her birthplace, the beautiful island of Jamaica. Tazz’s choreography has put her in high demand in the overseas market, doing workshops in places such as Japan, New York, and Mexico. Her insight on the music and culture lead her to assist with the very talented Jae Blaze on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance Canada for two consecutive seasons. Tazz comes from a community center dancing background (Driftwood Community Center). If it wasn’t for those resources she wouldn’t be where she is now. Giving back to the community and reaching young children is a lifelong goal of hers.

Favourite Dancehall song: Sexy Kerry (Daddy Screw)

Favourite Dancehall move: Whine

Tasha Tazz Rick

In her daily life, Catrina is an educator to the international community at Ryerson University, George Brown, and the University of Toronto. Though she loves teaching, Catrina fell in love with Dancehall two years ago, and ever since has been an avid music lover, student of dance and traveler. She finds that the soul of dance is in Jamaica and it is there that she discovered her love of dancehall music and dance. As she progressed as a student, she went to Jamaica several times to learn about Dancehall from crews in Kingston, Jamaica. There she was drawn not only to the dance but the culture behind the dance. Her goal is to build a sustainable Jamaican-Canadian relationship in the near future. She looks forward to continuing her journey as a student of dancehall and looks forward to sharing her personal and academic experience to bring awareness to the art and culture.

Favourite Dancehall song: Mi Unruly - Popcaan

Favourite Dancehall move: Wul 1 - Cleanstep Skankaz

Catrina Ama

Trevor Brown is the creative spirit behind the success of various dance groups across the Greater Toronto Area, including Baby Boyz and Madd Skylz. To have witnessed and experienced Trevor Brown’s magical dancehall touch is to see the true spirit of Dancehall in action. Trevor was born and raised in Jamaica and has witnessed the evolution of the eclectic and unique Dancehall tradition. For him, dancing was a way of life in Jamaica, a natural mode of expression. Trevor has long been hailed as one of Toronto’s luminaries, first as a dancer and then as an artistic director for the renowned Toronto crew, Baby Boyz for over a decade. Trevor is a veteran primarily in the Jamaican Dancehall style, a mentor to countless dancers and his extensive knowledge of the Dancehall culture is what sets him apart.

He still dances, but mentoring dancers and providing an opportunity to develop and express a story, (to actually say something through movement, rhythm and sound) is what gives him life.

Favourite Dancehall song: Bam Bam

Favourite Dancehall move: Jerry Springer

Trevor Brown

Outdoor Music Celebration

Cormac McGee is a music promoter, manager and DJ based in Toronto. He’s performed around North America and has run concerts with some of today’s top hip hop artists, including Drake, Future, Mac Miller, 6lack, Ab-Soul and more. He also coordinates the Music Den at Ryerson University, a business incubator for entrepreneurs in the music industry.

Cormac McGee

In just a few short years, Jazz Money has gone from busking the streets of Toronto to sharing the stage with Canada’s finest hip-hop talent. A group blending jazz, folk, hip hop and R&B, Jazz Money provides one of the most unique shows in the country. At Parodos, they will be joined by some of the most talented emcees in Toronto, including DillanPonders, Eyeda Sophia and more. 

Jazz Money

Jasper Gahunia (aka. Lil’ Jaz, Eljay II) is a multi-disciplinary artist in the music industry.  He is a DJ, Music Producer, pianist and teacher.  Forging his name first as a turntablist, he has won Toronto, Canadian, and World Championships in multiple competitions in the late 90’s.  He is currently the DJ for K-OS, music composer for RubberbanDance Group and ½ of the producer duo, Memento Mori.  Outside of the studio and stage, he is busy in the classroom.  At Regent Park School of Music (RPSM), he is an instructor in DJ arts, iPAD music production, piano, music fundamentals (First Nations School), and Project Lead and instructor for Turning Point Youth Services, providing a music education program for youth in detention. 

DJ Jasper

Josephine Cruz aka JAYEMKAYEM is a DJ, radio host and music curator currently based in Toronto. Whether she’s making appearances at some of Toronto’s most high profile events; traveling abroad to play such iconic venues as Le Bain in New York City, the Echoplex in Los Angeles or Le Baron in Shanghai; or hosting her semimonthly radio show on London’s Radar Radio, she’s constantly spreading good vibes and good times with her eclectic selections that span the genres of rap/trap, R&B, grime, UK garage and beyond.

Jayemkayem

As a certified world champion (2003 DMC World Champion) and founding member of the Turntable Monkz, Dopey (born Jon Ryan Santiago) has taken the opportunity to tour the world a few times over.  He has shared stages with the likes of Eminem, Slum Village, Kanye West, Kardinal Offishall, Dragonette and Steve Aoki, as well as DJ’d for Jazz Cartier. He continues his globetrotting by carrying out his seasoned successes as a key group member of Notes to Self, a rap crew from Toronto. It is without saying that his hard work has contributed to successful release of two Notes to Self albums. In his down time Dopey immerses himself in their creative process, spending time off tour, in the studio with Notes, writing and recording. As one of Canada’s premiere DJ talents, Dopey spent 2006 – 2013 as an integral part of the Gemini Award winning TV show MTV Live.

 

In his 10 years as a DJ/Turntablist, Dopey has “battled” his way to the top; he’s performed alongside the world’s best DJ’s and musicians, and has now taken to the studio portion of being an artist.  Currently he released “(Lament) Reprise”, a follow up to 2015’s “Dopeys Lament”.

 

Dopey is a rare and humbled talent that will continue to push the limits, not just as a DJ but as a recording artist as well.

DJ Dopey