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T-Dot Pioneers 2011: The Glenn Gould Remix

T-Dot Pioneers 2011, The Glenn Gould Remix is a cultural and historical exhibition that examines various aspects of Toronto's hip hop history and culture. Building on the tremendous success of our initial event in 2010, this year's exhibition is a non-linear engagement with the themes creativity, community and documentation. Housed in the historic Glenn Gould studio at the CBC, T-Dot Pioneers 2011 reverts back to the notion of hip hop as a culture of creation rather than consumption.


Emerging out of the rumble that was the South Bronx in the 1970s, the cultural phenomenon now known as hip hop is clearly a defining feature of this generation. Despite its current multi-billion dollar yield, hip hop's humble origins reveal much of its revolutionary potential and appeal. At a time when youth unemployment rates, particularly for young Puerto Ricans and African Americans, topped the 60% mark, the ingenuity of hip hop's open-air makeshift recreational centres literally saved a generation in the 1970s.

Much has been written about the meteoric rise of hip hop in America, from Nelson George's early work to Jeff Chang's recent Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation. In contrast, very little has been written about or documented when it comes to hip hop in Canada. As early as the first half of the 1980s, hip hop music and culture could be found in parts of Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. In roller skating rinks, rented halls and on community radio stations, hip hop was taken up, mostly, but not exclusively by young Caribbean newcomers. On CKLN's "The Fantastic Voyage Show" in Toronto and on CKGM's "Club 980" in Montreal, hip hop received airplay alongside rhythm and blues, funk and reggae. More importantly, Toronto and Montreal became key testing grounds of new material for American hip hop artists, ranging from L.L. Cool J to Public Enemy.

Northsidehiphop.ca is an online archive that aims to capture the many oral histories that best embody the essence of hip hop's youthful exuberance in the 1980s & 90s. By digitizing oral histories, event flyers, posters and analog recordings, northsidehiphop.ca takes seriously the accomplishments and hidden histories of Canadian hip hop and is interested in providing resources for future generations of hip hoppers. In effect, the T-Dot Pioneers exhibition is interested in illuminating Toronto's rich hip hop history so as to provide tools for future generations to explore identity, social awareness and the aesthetic ingenuity that is hip hop culture.

T-Dot Pioneers is an exhibition series that provides the general public with direct access to the various memorabilia, and thus histories that make Toronto's hip hop culture heterogeneous and overlapping. Beginning in 2010, each year the exhibition series seeks to uncover, illuminate and document lost voices, obscured narratives and the important subtexts and contexts that make Toronto's hip hop culture special. The objectives of the T-Dot Pioneers series are to create dialogue around and instigate an active documentation of hip hop histories in Toronto as well as to demonstrate an appreciation for the art form and respect its architects. In 2011, T-Dot Pioneers, the Glenn Gould Remix will be housed inside the CBC's Glenn Gould studios from March 28-April 2, 2011.


(Via Northsidehiphop.ca)