THE BOROUGH MOST THOROUGH (TBMT)
The Borough Most Thorough is a series of fully immersive urban music creation workshops for youth ages 14 -19. The Borough Most Thorough reinforces for participating youth the depth of cultural wealth that currently exists within themselves and their own communities.
TBMT engages participants in an intense, week-long series of mobile music recording workshops. Each workshop allows participating youths to collaborate on the creation of original hip-hop tracks. The program culminates in the creation of a professionally produced album and digital .mp3 files. The Borough Most Thorough participants gain first hand recording experience, and are free to use their final album to promote themselves and their artform.
Presented in partnership by Scarborough Arts Council and Beatz to da Streetz, The Borough Most Thorough 2010 was the third installment of the urban music program for youth in under-served Scarborough communities. In 2010, TBMT doubled in size from the previous year, visiting each of the 6 priority neighbourhoods within Scarborough and engaging 70 participants.
Locations: McGregor Community Centre, Dorset Park ANC (Dorset Park), East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club (Kingston-Galloway), Heart Beatz – Cliffcrest Community Centre (Scarborough Village), Malvern Branch – Toronto Public Library (Malvern), Pro-Tech Media Lab – Toronto Public Library (Eglinton East-Kennedy Park), Agincourt Community Services Association (Steeles-L’Amoureaux), Subtext: Multi-Arts Festival – Launch Party
The Borough Most Thorough 2009 consisted of a mobile program that visited the neighbourhoods of Steeles-L’Amoureaux, Malvern and Kingston-Galloway with intensive one-week urban music workshops. Each one-week workshop program allowed over 10 youths between the ages of 11 – 15 to collaborate on one track, which was recorded in the final session of the week.
Upon completion, each of the 35 participants received ten CD copies of the final album, with original custom artwork. The program culminated in a launch event and listening party at Scarborough Youth Resource Centre, where youth and the community came together to listen to the finished tracks, celebrate their success, and experience a private performance by Canadian hip-hop artist Rochester.
Locations: East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club (Kingston-Galloway), Malvern Branch – Toronto, Public Library (Malvern), Agincourt Community Services Association (Steeles-L’Amoureaux)
Scarborough Youth Resource Centre, Scarborough Town Centre – listening party
The Borough Most Thorough is launched.