Revolutionizing Arts Education

Toronto Hip Hop & Reggae Archive

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This research project traces the history of Toronto Hip Hop & Reggae, and the relationship that the practitioners and culture industry professionals have had to the music marketplace and creative industries in both the City of Toronto and Canada more broadly. 

This research project is part of our focus as we move forward with online self guided education.  Kayode Brown and Dr. Francesca D’Amico-Cutherbert lead this research project and are committed to realigning our educational programs to reflect the mission statement; ‘Revolutionize Arts Education’. This research project aims to trace the history of Toronto Hip Hop & Reggae and the relationship that the practitioners and culture industry professionals have had to the music marketplace and creative industries in both the City of Toronto and Canada more broadly. 

Focusing on the historical period of 1985 – 2020 the research will include interviews, artifacts and materials from the various participants helping learners explore how the Toronto Hip Hop scene has unfolded over the past thirty- five years, and how the members of this arts community developed an infrastructure to support their artistic expression in spite of industry practices that have limited, excluded, and marginalized their participation in the Canadian music marketplace and creative industries. 

This approach to academic study, will explore the history of Toronto Hip Hop & Reggae in relation to a much longer history of Black Canada and the contributions of Black artists to the national and cultural history of Canada. Our social enterprise model of course development and prime resource archiving of histories will be resource to learn and inspire.

Founder Kayode Brown has been the visionary behind the organization and has guided his team through a decade of growth and development. Father of four, son of a Minster and retired principal, Kayode comes from a foundation of education and community development. Kayode is currently studying at York University towards his masters in education with plans to work within the ministry of education developing curriculum that is inclusive and representative of our diver society.

Dr. Francesca D’Amico-Cuthbert

Dr. Francesca D’Amico-Cuthbert

Dr. Francesca D’Amico-Cuthbert is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute – housed at the University of Toronto. Dr. D’Amico-Cuthbert, a historian of Hip Hop culture and Black popular music, received her Ph. D in History from York University in September 2019. To date, her published research has focused on the history of Hip Hop and Rap music (in both the United States and Canada), Hip Hop pedagogy and educational curriculum, and the history of other Black popular music forms such as Soul, Funk and Disco.

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If you are interested in participating in this research study as a practitioner within Toronto’s Hip Hop, R&B and Reggae Community please complete the form below. Our research team will contact you to 

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