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UNITY Festival Spotlight: Graffiti Artist Jesse

July 26th, 2012

MuchMusic and RapCity are proud to support this summer’s UNITY event, which took place at Yonge and Dundas Square on July 14. Hosted by RapCity’s T-RexXx, the event featured performances from dancers, beatboxers, spoken word artists and more. Each week this month we’re featuring one of UNITY’s many talented artists. This week we shine the spotlight on graffiti artist Jesse aka Phade. Click here to check out RapCity hanging out with the amazing young artists at UNITY.

UNITY Charity is an Arts Based Alternative Education Organization. UNITY engages youth 10 to 18 by implementing school and community programs helping youth positively express their stress and develop skills for success. UNITY empowers youth to make better choices as leaders, mentors and positive community role models leading to more productive citizens, safer schools, and healthier communities.

Jesses has traveled to Halifax, Calgary, Northern Alberta, New York and Japan to utilize his crafts of both art and dance. Jesse’s artwork has been displayed on Parliament Hill to an audience of over 80,000 people during a Canada day festival and he was the keynote speaker and Canadian debut at the #140 conference in New York City in 2011.

Jesse is currently one of the lead Artists With Unity and his journey has been an interesting one. His experiences have helped him to grow as an artist in so many ways. UNITY has helped Jesse to take his craft more seriously and understand the impact he can have on others. UNITY has helped him to learn how to properly teach his craft and learn more about it as well. At this year’s UNITY Festival, Jesse managed the live Graffiti station at Yonge-Dundas Square.

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