"This Is For You"
Toronto-based spoken word artist and poet David Deliscateamed up with AVNU to film his latest piece “This Is For You”. AVNU is a creative community of learning where young people are encouraged to ask questions and be creative, feel valued for their lived experiences, and experience personal growth and development. AVNU aims to transform education through meaningful learning experiences that result in real positive change for young people.
For more info:avnu.ca
Yo. Waddup!?! Happy New Year.
During December 2013, I balanced my life with finding with innovating breakfast meal of oatmeal mixed with virgin ciroc for the liquid base (because water or milk is overrated) and writing a lot of stuff. One of the stuff was a piece called “Brother” that I wrote was a contribution to a great Toronto-based movement called N’Exposé that enables and facilitates awesome collaborations of Toronto artists of many different artistic stream. The initiative was created by funky fly girls, Martika Gregory and Alexandra Blaauw.
This month’s edition was called Flux, where visual artist and poets collaborated. Poets were asked to write a piece based on the inspiration of a piece created by a visual artist. I had the honor to created brother based on the inspiration of a piece written by present mommy-to-be, Janelle Newbold. I had a fun time writing it and I am happy to have been part of the project.
Ayo, We Won
For the past four years, I have been involved with the Toronto Poetry Slam team and this year I was finally able to be a champion.
Much love to my team, our captain Optimus Rhyme, Philosofly, Kilggy, IF and our coach Ian Keteku.
It’s been a great ride filled with valleys and peaks but it’s a beautiful situation to grow with so many talented artists and wonderful humans. Our goals have been achieved and our voices have been heard. We are the best team in Canada.
Part of the “Sounds of My City” Series (6 of 6)
Directed/Filmed/Edited by: Mark Valino
Written & Performed by: David Delisca
Keep It Goin’ comes from a guest contribution that I did for my boy Crossword’s project “Different Light” EP. A while back, Crossword asked me if I could write something about persistence and I said “yea, waddup, I gotchu” and that’s how Keep It Goin was born.
The idea for it stared during my genesis as an artist in Canada with all the adversity that was against me as a new artist trying to make a sustainable lifestyle doing what I love. As a new immigrant during that time, I had issues finding my stance while having financial issues and this is something that I am not the only one who relates to. New immigrants and new artist will suffer resistance but they are to trust their persistence and keep it goin to make it through.
I met up with the smooth playa Valino after having developed a relationship through our ties at Manifesto and I yearned to work with and then the universe like “aight, imma make this happen for ya’ll’ and then whoop, there it is.
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In February of 2013 David posted a FB status update saying that he was curious what a video artist could do with his work. Knowing that David is a hugely talented writer I took on the challange. Although it would take half a year for us to actually get together to shoot something it was a project I had in the back of my mind all through a busy summer. I picked the grange park for a bunch of different reasons. One being that I walk through this park everyday and there are so many great angles to shoot in this downtown park and so much goes on there in terms of culture. Second was because I felt it went with the theme of his piece, being about struggling artists and what better place than in between the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Ontario College of Art. Also through our Manifesto roots we decided to showcase some of the new line of clothing which also fit the theme of Art is Power. This video was roughly planned and executed with little to no plan which I try to do at least one of these shoots a year to keep my skills sharp and works as a creative exercise for me. This was shot within the span of 3hrs on a beautiful sunny day in September and fully edited in 6hrs.
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What a beautiful night filled with beautiful people. On August 17th 2013, I had the opportunity to host an amazing showcase featuring some of Canada’s best acts as well as internationally renowned poet Warsan Shire of London, England.
Much love to the homie Maz for amazing a great vision and the great work of Lisa and the whole team in executing such a wonderful night.
"To love well is the task in all meaningful relationships, not just romantic bonds." - bell hooks
Thank you to the community for showing that love.
sometimes i wonder
am I enough?
(enough for redemption?)
am I enough?
“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne
I went to Day 3 of the Unity Festival that was happening Dundas Square of Toronto. I run into my former slam teammate, Britta Badour. (Hol’ up, let me fix that, she ain’t a former anything, once a teammate, always a teammate.) Seeing Britta reminded me about the time we talked about “happiness” and she referred the Hawthorne quote.
It was fitting to see her because I was chasing a few butterflies this week and kept accidentally scaring them away with my chase. (Funny joke, I’m already a “suspicious” black man, so I can’t be chasing stuff but I guess if a butterfly does think that I am suspicious then that means it’s a racist butterfly and I shouldn’t get involved with racist butterflies. Okay, not that funny of a joke after I typed it out.)
Anyway… I’m just gon let happiness rest its wings upon my forehead while I lay up in the concrete jungle. I’m gon walk around like a dope ass botanical garden because it’s all about the energy. Nature know about your energy so I gotta more aware about the energy that I give to Nature.
Follow Britta on Twitter: @missbrittab
July 13th 2013 at Drake Underground
It came with a challenge, the morning of the show I found out that I was not going to be performing with the person that I had rehearsed my set with. I almost felt like a stray dog, going to the backdoor of an open-all-year-around Mom and Pop Supermarket that hands him leftover scraps, only to find that the supermarket was closed on this particular day for whatever reason. It’s all good.
I had to use my resources and find someone to sing with and do the back-up vocals and I needed someone that could play the guitar as well. What a blessing to find Jessica and TJ.
I was able to find TJ by calling JP and asking if he could suggest anyone and he then I got a call from TJ and he was very excited. I was able to send him an email with audio recording of the songs/poems and it was able to pick up on it.
I was already familiar with Jessica and was honored that she even said yes because Jessica just had a baby and was out strolling downtown with her son and still she said yes. Wow. She came to the show with her son as well, maybe I was her son first concert. Haha.
I got to rehearse with them for about 20 mins for a 45 mins set, and we surely maximized it.
Photos taken by Candace.
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Dahveed Log: Ayo, fresh off the flavorful Right Beside You good times that would make JJ jealous of the dy-no-mite concert that I had on June 16th, I get the opportunity once more to showcase my musicality and poetry on the Drake Underground stage. This time, I have the opportunity to scale it down into an acoustic show with the help of my supa dope amazing friend, Enuma, who will be accompanying me with her guitar and vocals.
This opportunity was made possible by the homie JP Saxe, whom I feel is one of the most talented people that I have ever come across and it is a honor that he would ask me, little ol me to part this show. Amazing. I ain’t even gonna front, I am excited to perform a bunch of new stuff for what would potentially be a new crowd for me, you know a playa gotta up his twitter followers, ya dig?
Below are the detail to the show.
Both in the midst of making their records, JP SAXE and KAI are taking a step out of the studio to share some new material never before played live in an acoustic setting. Joined by writer/spoken word artist DAVID DELISCA, this will be an intimate evening of stories and songs to move you and make you dance.
At 22 years old, Toronto native KAI has already made international waves. Since signing with Warmer Music, Kai has cowrote and collaborated with many writers/producers including Ivy Quainoo (winner of ‘The Voice Germany’), Montreal dubstep group Adventure Club, and music heavyweight Diplo. Currently, Kai is in studio recording her first EP with Warner, tentatively titled Here We Go.
Back and forth from LA and Toronto, JP SAXE is at that point in his career when each month is as unexpected as the last. After a youtube cover of his favorite singer Allen Stone landed in him in studio with Allen’s producer Andy Rose, Andy and JP have been working together on a new record and developed sound.
DAVID DELISCA is a four-time member of the Toronto Poetry Slam’s national team. His works have been published in anthologies such as Basodee (2012) and The Great Black North (2013). He as performed across Canada, and his first chapbook, I Grew Up Right Beside You was published in 2013
- Venue: Underground
- Type: Live
- Cover: $5
- Time: July 13, 2013, 7 p.m.
Jamaica Kincaid - Girl
Log: I was really impressed by the writing on this. Really inspired me to be more transparent in my writing, I believe the intentions of transparency allow for the output of creativity to manifest itself.