Canadian Floor Masters (CFM) is a hip-hop institution in this country. Formed in 1983, Canada's original breakdancing crew is celebrating its 30th anniversary today by hosting a family-friendly B-boy battle against Montreal's New Energy posse.
Other breaking crews and friends from the U.S. and across Canada are expected to attend the dance party at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts in Ottawa.
In their heyday, CFM opened for acts like James Brown, Ice-T, Grand Master Flash, George Clinton, Public Enemy and even the Kirov Ballet.
The original lineup was made up of Buddha (co-founder Stephen Leafloor), KidQuick (co-founder Wayne Lacasse), TrickyT (Trevor Walker), Dexter (Chris Albrey), Lil Glen (Glen Walker), BeatStreet (Rob Giroux), and Coach (Matt Sparks), with DJ Paul Everette (SemiSweet Scott).
Some members are still active in the dancing community. Sparks, for example, is the dance captain at the Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba show, and Leafloor spearheads BluePrintForLife, a hip-hop outreach program that focuses on Canada’s youth prisons and First Nations communities.
Leafloor, who is now 54, promises a dope event, and is pumped about getting together with the old crew.
“We all still love to dance and still hit the floor when we get together, but the muscles and joints aren’t the same as they used to be,” he said in a release. “But that’s not the point. The coolest thing is that we really are family for life.”
The afternoon family-friendly event kicks off at 1 p.m., with the main all-ages event featuring the dance battles starting at 7:30 p.m. and lasting until 2 a.m. For more information, check out the CFM website, and watch the video below for a taste of what you can expect.