Vancouver rapper Emotionz is headlining the fifth annual Hip Hop’s Toys for Tots. (Photo supplied)

Donations open for Nanaimo’s Hip Hop’s Toys for Tots fundraiser and toy drive

Vancouver rapper Emotionz to headline charity concert

Once again Tyler Barnes is harnessing the power of hip hop to give those in need reason to celebrate this holiday season.

Since 2014, the Nanaimo rapper, who goes by the stage name Jinx TK, has been organizing the Hip Hop’s Toys for Tots fundraiser and toy drive through his Community Cadence Foundation. The group’s website notes that around 60 low-income families and more than 120 children have benefited from the program to date.

“Last year the amount of applications we had come in matched the three years prior to that … and we catered to all those people fine,” Barnes said. “But I have a feeling this year’s going to be a little bit bigger as well.”

Toy donations are already being accepted at That 50’s Barber Shop and The Edge Barber Shop and this year Barnes set up a Gofundme page with a $4,000 goal.

Hip Hop’s Toys for Tots culminates with an all-ages concert at Cavallotti Lodge on Nov. 23 followed by a 19-plus after party at Koncept nightclub. The show will feature winners of an MC competition hosted by Nanaimo rapper Sirreal, breakdancers and local rapper Konfidential with Vancouver beatboxer and MC Emotionz headlining the event.

This was the Community Cadence Foundation’s first year as a registered society. Barnes said that status “opened up more doors for us.”

This past year the group provided haircuts and sandwiches to those at Discontent City and Barnes said there are plans to add more fundraising events throughout the year.

“We’re trying to organize a summer festival as well, which will kind of be a Toys for Tots, but more geared toward the summertime,” he said. “We’re thinking maybe a ‘back to school’ sort of thing and help support with backpacks and school supplies.”

Barnes said he would like to see Hip Hop’s Toys for Tots become a staple institution that Nanaimo is known for. He said word is already reaching other communities.

“Last year I had people reaching out from other towns asking me if I could come to their town and do the same thing,” he said. “And obviously we’re not that big yet but that would be awesome to see it grow.”

WHAT’S ON … Hip Hop’s Toys for Tots 2018 all-ages show takes place at Cavallotti Lodge, 2060 East Wellington Rd. on Friday, Nov. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. 19-plus after party at Koncept nightclub to follow. Tickets $20 in advance here. Donations can be made at That 50’s Barber Shop, 16A Victoria Cres., The Edge Barber Shop, 2220 Bowen Rd., or online here.



arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Genealogy exploration can uncover unexpected connections

Kathy Jones will present Beginning with Genealogy as first ElderCollege talk Feb. 23 in Nanoose

Kidney Foundation trying to keep patients warm this winter

Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Warm the Sole campaign takes chill off dialysis treatments

Nanaimo RCMP to host summer youth camp

Youths can discover if they have the mettle to be a Mountie at five-day camp in July

GUEST COMMENT: Temporary emergency shelter just part of solution

Setting up temporary emergency shelters was and is a reasonable response

Nanaimo Theatre Group will start its season by staging a farce

Self Help follows married second-rate actors who become famous self-help coaches

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

New museum exhibit presents Nanaimo mysteries

Nanaimo Mysteries exhibit unveils city’s fiction and even stranger facts

Most Read