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The Toronto rapper and record executive has curated a lineup that includes Dave Chappelle, Michael Che Notifi, Michie Mee and more
Kardinal Offishall is looking to bring the city together in collective grief, healing and celebration. The Toronto rapper and Universal Canada record executive is launching a new free concert series called Free The City, starting June 30 at CityView Drive-In.
A release for the show promises “participation” from a long, multigenerational list of DJs, performers and celebrities from the city and outside of it. The flashiest names are American comedians Dave Chappelle and Michael Che.
There are also local legends like Michie Mee and Glenn Lewis and younger performers like Notifi. Other guests include: Donnell Rawlings, Karl Wolf, Shantel May, Jamar McNeil (Chum FM), DJ 4 Korners from the Raptors, Swaggerite, Dr. Jay de Soca Prince, Jester, Blessed, Agile, Asun Eastwood and Golde London.
The event, which you can watch safely from your car, will be hosted by the voice of the Raptors, Mark Strong, as well as Kardinal himself, who is curating and producing the show.
“My city has been hurting for a long time and I wanted to create an event that allowed us all to come together safely and finally be able to celebrate, heal, and enjoy while rocking to a beautiful sonic backdrop of the sounds of Toronto,” he says. “Many of us have suffered during the pandemic. Being physically distant and trying to remain socially connected has taken its toll on the City of Toronto and the world at large. We haven’t gotten to celebrate together, grieve together, or take part in the everyday joys of life.”
Tickets for the June 30 event at the 20 Polson drive-in venue, which went up this morning, are already listed as sold out, but Free The City is touted as a “series” so there will likely be more to come. Kardinal will be giving away a handful of tickets over the next week. And keep your eye on CityView’s website in case they release more tickets.