Upcoming, In Divine Style, Thursday (April 28)
At open-mic party In Divine Style , only one rule holds: "This is not the place to be negative." So says Addi "Mindbender" Stewart , who with Alexis Mandziuk has been attracting the city's hungriest young MCs and inviting them to get onstage and shine.
Back when the current incarnation of IDS was first launched as a weekly over three years ago, Toronto was overflowing with underexposed talent - and, street-corner ciphers aside, there was nowhere for them to perform in front of an audience.
"Toronto needed In Divine Style," says Mindbender. "Not to dis the promoters, but most big shows wouldn't break anybody new. Where were these kids going to get experience?"
Many of the city's premier talents credit In Divine Style with giving them their very first platform to freestyle, spit writtens, perform poetry, sing, jock disks and rock out to a guaranteed supportive audience.
Following a much-needed four month hiatus, In Divine Style re-launches tonight (Thursday, April 28) at the Hooch with a new monthly format. Loyal attendees and newcomers with open minds and ears are welcome.