Rastafest Inc will be launching its new audio/video production space, Studio M located at 1672 Eglinton Avenue West in Toronto, Ontario. The studio will serve artists and community members throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Studio M offers services in photography, video production, music video production, internet television, dance/theatre/studio space rentals, recording studio, music production, band rehearsal space, audio book production and music classes for all ages.
Rastafest Inc, in collaboration with Masani Productions Inc and the Canadian Reggae Music Association are providing free programs focusing on music and writing for young people ages 13 to 29 years old. The Black Youth Music Project is sponsored by the City of Toronto and the Black Writers Project is sponsored by Toronto Art Council.
The Black Youth Music Project consists of hands-on workshops in voice training, musical instruments, sound recording and the business of the music industry. The Black Writers Project include hands-on workshops in radio drama, storytelling, script to screen, creative writing, self publishing and book marketing and promotion.
The program participants will be showcasing their artistic work at the annual Reggae Music Festival, Rastafest. The festival consists of one week of cultural events from Monday, August 15th, 2022, to Sunday, August 21st, 2022, in the Little Jamaica community. The Black Writers Project participants will present their work from Monday, August 15th, 2022, to Wednesday, August 17th, 2022, at Maria A. Shchuka Library located at 1745 Eglinton Avenue West from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
The Black Youth Music Project participants will present their work on Friday, August 19th, 2022, at the Green P parking lot located at Reggae Lane from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Their final performance will be on Saturday, August 20th, 2022, at the Green P parking lot located at Dufferin Street and Eglinton Avenue West from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.