Early last week, Black Lives Matter Toronto began a protest/occupation in front of police headquarters in Toronto in response to the lack of charges against the officer who shot Andrew Loku in July 2015. They intend to remain there until their demands are met. To help raise funds for the ongoing protest, they’ve released a mixtape composed of Toronto hip-hop and R&B artists, including choice cuts from some of our favourites in the city: Witch Prophet (of Above Top Secret) LAL, Lido Pimienta, and pHoenix Pagliacci (whose new record Ars Amatoria was our Album of the Week last week).
The compilation is available from Bandcamp, and all proceeds go to Black Lives Matter Toronto. We highly recommend it both musically and politically – and if you’re in Toronto, be sure to voice your opinions to public officials and Chief of Police Mark Saunders, and follow Black Lives Matter on Twitter to keep informed about how you can help.