City Lights

For the hip-hop community to know they're loved and to find life. | Hip-hop culture, caring for each other, and grace & truth through Jesus Christ. | All without any pressure/expectations to leave your crews or do Gospel versions of the elements.

The Hope

We wanna bless by giving opportunities to those involved and/or interested in the hip-hop culture to build their skillz like breaking sessions and rehearsal time for emcees/rappers. We aslo want to provide safe opportunities to build authentic and accepting friendships by building with each other, riding with each other during good and bad times, and providing you with opportunities to serve those less fortunate. As well, we wanna build faith through prayer, learning from the Bible, and experiencing God's love and truth and the amazing life that comes through Jesus. Ultimately, the vision is to see Canada’s hip-hop community following Jesus Christ, without compromising the truth of who he is, but also doing it in a way that's relevant and comes naturally to us "hip-hop heads". And hey, even if you don't/won't believe, come by anyway cuz we'll still love ya.

The Invites

Faith and hip-hop are both things that are much better when experienced than from a distance. You are more than welcome to come through.

Open sessions every Monday, 6-9pm. Free. 300 Steeles Avenue East (Bayview & Steeles), use the upper east side doors. Good floor. Good tunes. Good vibes. Let's build our skillz and build each other up.

There are steps between writing lyrics and performing on stage. We're renting a rehearsal studio for emcees, spoken word artists, singers, and beatboxers to practice. Whether it's your skillz, a song, or a stage set, Free Practice is a space for artists to help each other improve. First Thursdays of the month at 260 Emerson Ave, 7-9pm, in the Street room.

Last year, in conjunction with Krosswerdz of Australia, we held an international, hip-hop and Christian conference called Uprock Canada. It was a time to learn about the hip-hop elements, check out a concert, and see what a life with God in hip-hop looks like. Look for this to come back during the first weekend of September!

More than learning, starting in July, we'll gather together at a bar (Goose and Firkin, 1875 Leslie St.) to discuss life and faith (but not in a what-is-going-on kinda way). Every Sunday, 7:30pm.

Taking a hiatus for the summer, on the third Saturdays of each month, a time for hip-hop to give back to others by serving meals to the marginalised in the neighbourhood. It's at 5:30-8:30pm at 789 Dovercourt Road in Toronto (entrance and free parking on the north side), which is the home of Bloor Central Salvation Army.

Life is better when not done alone (and with people who'll love you). Crew Therapy is a time to safely share about how we've been (you can pass if you want) with laughing, crying, venting, or celebrating. We'll also pray with/for each other. Keep checking back on our Instagram page for when these happen or hit us up on email for a listening ear, prayer, and/or our attempts to answer questions about God.

The Real

Real hip-hop. Real Jesus Christ. Real forgiveness. Real love. Real acceptance. Real authenticity. Real journey. Real adventure. Real security. Real peace. Real life. Real change. Real truth. Real freedom. Real hope. Real healing. Real purpose. Real interactions with God. Real impact. Real improvement. Real fun. Real joy. Real friendships. Real belonging. Real power. Real relevance. Real meaningful. Real good. Real redemption. Real eternity. Real dope. Real worth it.

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