The Known Unknown: IDENTIFY at Harbourfront Centre

Sharine from The Known Unknown team here, and I am so happy to help curate The Known Unknown showcase for this year’s Kuumba festival. I remember the first show I went to in February of 2012, not knowing that I would help to coordinate the following year’s event.

Fast-forward to today and here I am!

Toronto has a plethora of talent and I am so grateful that platforms like this exist to allow rising talent to showcase their work to the public.

If I haven’t already convinced you that should be attending this awesome event, here are many incentives as to why you going would be a great add-in to your weekend plans:

It’s free
It’s all ages
It features Toronto’s best up-and-coming talent
DJ Starven Marvin will be spinning on the ones and twos
Did I mention that it’s free?

The headliner 

a l l i e

a l l i e is a singer and songwriter from Toronto with an amazing set of vocals. Her four-track EP, Strange Creature, includes the standout single “Cross My Mind.” Her music can be found on her SoundCloud page:

The support:

The OBGM (Ooh Baby Gimme More)

The OBGMs are an afro-punk group that had REVOLT TV dubbing their latest video “2013’s trippiest video.” With an incredible résumé that includes performing on the same stage as Janelle Monae, performances at Canadian Music Week and Edgefest, The OBGM’s will definitely be the group that has you jumping out of your seat screaming, “Ooh Baby Gimmie More!”

Juvon Taylor

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Juvon Taylor perform live on multiple occasions and his set is one that you don’t want to miss! This R&B crooner has dominated stages on the Toronto circuit, and recently teamed up with Chris Ramos to produce the infectious EDM single, “Love In Your Eyes” – which was recently blogged about by VIBE!

Esie Mensah

Esie Mensah is one of the top dancers and choreographers in the Canadian dance industry. She has an impressive and extensive resume that includes an appearance in Walt Disney’s Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Sean Desman’s  Alive, as well as placing within the Top 100 dancers on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. With a true-to-self philosophy – with plenty of hard work and discipline, too – we are ecstatic to have her grace our stage.


Charmie is a young up-and-comer to the Toronto music scene. She’s in her final year of high school with big dreams and aspirations. Performing at local shows and venues with a notable performance at last year’s R.I.S.E Edutainment Convention, Charmie is definitely one to watch.


Another young performer to hit the stage is Maurice. This talented triple threat sings, produces and pens a large portion of his music. The Ottawa native has recently released an EP (Paramount) and is working towards being a staple in the Canadian R&B scene.


Brampton native Gadda is a producer and songwriter with a passion for music. We are excited to have him perform on our stage and look forward to what he’s bringing to the table.

You need to be inside the Brigantine Room this Saturday, Feb. 8 starting at 10pm. Don’t miss out on all these great performances.

Love always,

Sharine Taylor

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The Known Unknown: Identify
February 8, 2014