Manifesto Thurs., Sept. 9 – Sat., Sept. 11 In-person and virtual festival Free – $15 CityView Drive-In, 20 Polson St. Toronto mnfsto.com
Manifesto, one of the country’s biggest celebrations of hip hop, community and culture, is back for a 15th year with a two-day summit and a full day of live music. The summit is free to access online and will cover important artist development topics like personal financing and marketing music. Not to be missed is the panel Stolen Canada (Thurs., Sept. 9, 4 pm ET), discussing hip hop’s role in raising consciousness and featuring 2oolman of The Halluci Nation and Bob Marley’s granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast.
Saturday is all about live performances from Notifi, Savannah Ré, Raz Fresco and many others. You can catch the action in person at CityView Drive-In (no car required!) or watch live online.
Celebrate the return to “live” for an entire week with Y440 as six artists livestream from the Yamaha YouTube channel, including Vancouver singer-songwriter Jon Bryant (Tues., Sept. 21) and Toronto-based fave Skye Wallace (Fri., Sept. 24). These sessions take a deep dive into the artists’ creative processes; past sessions, all available online, include an in-depth interview with Sam Roberts Band drummer Josh Trager.
A Song Called Hate at Calgary International Film Festival Sun., Sept. 26, 9 pm MT Tickets $13.50 per film, bundle options available Cineplex Eau Claire, 200 Barclay Parade SW Calgary ciffcalgary.ca
In addition to a broad slate of programming, Calgary International Film Festival’s Music On Screen series features music-related narratives and docs, including A Song Called Hate, which chronicles the headline-making Icelandic BDSM techno duo Hatari who, at the 2019 Eurovision Contest in Tel-Aviv, defied the apolitical rules of the competition to speak up about Palestine. Other promising features include I’m Wanita, the tale of a troubled Honky Tonk queen, and Sisters With Transistors, the untold story of the female pioneers of electronic music.
Westward Music Festival Sept. 8 – 13, various times Music Festival Ticket prices vary; packages available Vancouver, various locations westwardfest.com/tickets-schedule
Vancouver gets a blast of music festival frenzy as Westward returns in clubs across the city. Catch acts like spitfire rapper Haviah Mighty (Sept. 12, Imperial), quirky indie-folkster Chad VanGaalen (Sept. 11, Rickshaw), genre-bending duo MONEYPHONE (Sept. 10, Imperial), iconic comic rapper BBNO$ (Sept. 11, Vogue) and many more.
Toronto International Film Festival Thurs., Sept. 9 – Sat., Sept. 18 In-person and virtual screenings $19 – $69 Toronto, Various theatres and online tiff.net
One of the world’s biggest film festivals returns to Toronto with over 150 films across a hybrid of theatre, drive-in and virtual screenings. Highlights include several great music documentaries, including Alanis Morissette’s Jagged and Toronto rock legends, Triumph: Rock & Roll Machine and Oscar Peterson: Black + White.