Addicted Inspirations: Daniel Tal from MANIFESTO

This week we find ourselves inspired by Daniel Tal from MANIFESTO.

If you haven’t heard of Manifeto, let me bring you up to speed. This Festival is a city wide showcase of the community and culture of Toronto. Manifestio gives musicians, artists, and creatives of all kinds a chance to showcase their skills and talent, to collaborate together and to mentor those aspiring to be creatives in their own right.  And it all began 10 years ago.

Back in 2007, a group of artists, activists and creatives came together and demanded the chance to speak at Toronto’s City Hall. Their platform: a major festival, built by young people, to unite, inspire and empower them through the power of hip hop, to bring out the brilliance of our city, to break bread, break beats and break new ground.  The idea caught fire, and Manifesto was born. ManifesTO – for our city. MNFESTO10 for a decade of magic.

And the city came together, along with Manifesto’s partnering organizations, have committed to addressing some of the challenges that young creative minds find themselves up against, like systemic exclusion, marginalization, lack of resources, and more.  Some of the brightest stars and up and comers in hip hop alike have graced the stages of this festival. Over 1000 artists have been showcased. Over 1 million dollars has been provided to young artists. 1200 employment opportunities, 800 volunteer positions, 60 internships…you get the point. This festival is the real deal. Check out the highlight reel below.

Highlights of MNFSTO10 include an opening night party on Friday, September 9 at the Drake Hotel with art installations, dance crews, and headlining DJ Boi-1da.

On Friday, September 16th, MNFSTO10 and Red Bull Sound Select are bringing BJ The Chicago Kid along with local buzz-worthy acts to Adelaide Hall.

On Saturday, September 17, MNFSTO10 will present the largest show in Manifestohistory with rapper, singer and producer Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals,Polaris Music Prize short-lister Kaytranada, local rising star Daniel Caesar and more at TD Echo Beach. Tickets will go on sale on August 5, 2016 here.

MNFSTO10 will end with a massive, FREE and family friendly block party at Yonge-Dundas Square on Sunday, September 18 with headliners A Tribe Called Red. TheMNFSTO10 block party will feature multiple stages on all sides of the Square, creating an intimate space to celebrate with DJs, dance crews and MCs, plus a community market and tons of food vendors.

One of the masterminds of Manifesto Daniel Tal, the Director of Operations and Development. We got the chance to sit down and chat with him about what drives him. Read on and get inspired.


As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my Dad while he was preparing lunch for me one day. He was putting things I liked on a sandwich and chatting with me casually when he said “I don’t know what you’ll do when you grow up, but I know that it’ll be something that makes the world a better place and helps people”. He was right, that’s what I wanted. When he passed me that sandwich I feel like he handed me a mission at the same time. For him this was just casual conversation, but it rang true in my head and has echoed through the years to this very day.

What is your WHY?

My WHY is actually a BECAUSE. Because we can; because we should; because we must. Sharing the privileges we’ve been blessed with is not a gift, it’s not an act of benevolence, it’s a duty. I believe it’s that simple.

What’s piece of advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do, or trying to follow their own dreams?

There are endless amounts of quotes and inspirational mantras that are passed around, and it’s truly helpful when one just clicks with you. For my part, I’ve always found success in talking to as many people as I can, as often as I can. Dreams are like pollen, and conversation is the honey bee so I’m a big believer in meetings, discussing, following up, connecting and building. Most of my personal successes have their roots in a couple cappuccinos.

How do you do manage to do it all?

The blessing of unearned privilege, amazing teams, coffee, To Do lists, a sometimes unhealthy sense of urgency, passion, large data plan, supportive partner, mentors, personal drive, Google Drive and the list goes onnnnn.

If you had one wish to help make the world a better place, what would it be?

I wish a lot on eyelashes and 11:11 and 12:34 and shooting stars. Ultimately what I’m waiting for is an awakening within all of us. Waking up to the fact that we’re all good people, and with some monumental systemic shifts in our societal structure we’re gonna be alright.

If you could pick one charitable organization to ask our readers to donate to or volunteer with, which would it be?

Well with Festival season fast approaching, you know I gotta plug Manifesto. Apply here:

Get your Manifesto on from today, September 9th to September 18th.

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
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