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A gritty and captivating portrait of some of Toronto hip hop's true hustlers.

DIRECTED BY MICHELLE LATIMER (Canada, Canadian Spectrum)
stars 4


Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.
The Royal Cinema (608 College Street)

Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m.
Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street West)

Saturday, May 4, 8:45 p.m.
Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street West)

Concerts where security is paid more than the artists; long, weed- and liquor-fueled nights spent in recording studios; low-budget video shoots. These are just a few of the realities of the Toronto hip-hop scene captured by Michelle Latimer in her illuminating and inspiring documentary, Alias. Following five local hip-hop fixtures as they go about their daily routines, the film reveals all of them to be dedicated and thoughtful dreamers trying to fit their tremendous passions into lives that don’t always have room.

Three of the subjects are rappers. The other two are singer Keon Love and promoter Knia, who represents emcee Alias Donmillion. All are struggling to get by in an oversaturated industry. Trench, for instance, is trying to arrange a tour of Europe, while Knia tries to balance his musical life with studying for his LSAT. There’s a telling moment in the film where an emcee, after not being given any time to perform on stage, spits a verse into the camera as if it had been burning his insides. The rest of Alias proves he’s not alone in feeling that way.

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