The 2019 installation of the Sauga Street Dance Summit featured performances by Michie Mee, Bboyizm, Nekkrak, Ground Illusionz, Five and Tens, P.E.A.C.E. Liftid, Boom Bap Brass and more. Check out the event on Instagram: Subscribe to 40oz Heroes:


The creation of “7 Samurai” street-dance battle event is to celebrate, honour and nurture our Mississauga Street-dance community. This event is genuine and authentic to our home community while developing a respectful dialogue, relationship and informed lens between vision, artist and community support. The “SAUGA STREET-DANCE SUMMIT” is aimed at holding tribute to the finest quality practitioners of Street-Dance culture, manifested in all its varied forms. At the same time “S3” is meant to inspire and unify the collective Mississauga community of all ages, creating an intergenerational support network that grants continual inspiration and encouragement of our hidden gems and world class talent.


The Hip Hop Appreciation Week celebration in Mississauga included special performances, workshops and of course… cyphers. Watch the recap of the event comment below with how you celebrated. #HHAW On May 18th 2018, The “All Elements HUB” hosted by Unity Charity, Nexus Youth Services, The City of Mississauga and funded by the Ontario Trillium foundation will be celebrating its 3 year finale event for Hip-Hop Appreciation within the Mississauga valleys Community Centre.

Since 2015 “The Hub” free weekly programming has become Peel Regions primary source of Hip-Hop art education accessible to youth ages 8-24. It has served over 700 participants and conducted workshops with some of the best art facilitators from around the world, hailing from countries such: USA, UK, France, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, and Canada. The effective impact of “the HUB” within peel has been part of a unique legacy in programming which began within the Mississauga Valleys Community Centre 15 years ago, through the inception of Hip-Hop education in the form of “B-Boy Culture” & “The Word Project”. These two initiatives have been instrumental catalysts in sparking consistent youth engagement in the form of Urban Arts within Mississauga.

The results have created generations of young professional artists, practitioners and healthy citizens within and exported from our city. “The HUB” has been a continuation of this tradition and we wish to celebrate our internationally recognized Hip-hop programming and finale event on the grounds where Mississauga Hip-Hop culture was originally fostered.

Our goal is to create dynamically engaging “calls to action” for inspiring cultural and programming sustainability; gathering together our intergenerational community -future prospective stake holders, youth leaders, community and art scene veterans, youth and professional artists all in one location. Our finale event theme will, be related to “The TEMPLE”.

We acknowledge that ‘through the practice of street arts and culture like Hip-Hop, communities are more resilient and empowered to cultivate holistic health – mind, body, emotional & spiritual. Some elements or our event will include: Live soul and funk music, turntable scratch crew, live and safe urban visual arts, Hip-Hop & breakdance, Spoken Word, poetry, rap performances, photobooth, healthy lifestyles presentation, collaborative art works, electronic gaming education units, dance circles, giveaways, friendly contests, ceremony, ultimate cypher and party vibes for everyone!!


Ground Illusionz
Hip Hop Nrthrn
Creators at Play
UNITY Market & Cafe
FIVE and TENS – Live Band
BoSS Culture
Overcoming initiative
Hand Eye Society
DJ I.Khan
Pizza Pizza
Temple of Hip Hop
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“THE HUB” | The only FREE open space DROP-IN & Urban Art Workshop Curriculum in Mississauga Hosted by UNITY Charity | NEXUS | Wal Mart At Play & Supported by Ground illusionz, The City of Mississauga & funded by Trillium Foundation of Ontario.

Promoting • Knowledge • Expression • Experience  – between 2015-2018

CURRENT HUB Program is now at “KINDRED CULTURE” in Mississauga
Fridays 5-7PM

SAUGA HUB feedback ONE – 2016



“R.H.Y.T.H.M” · Program Coordinator 2011-2013
· The RHYTHM (Reach & Helping Youth Through Help-active-living in Mississauga) program attempts to address low self-esteem by educating and motivating youth to take part in active and positive self expression. Using dance and the arts as a vehicle, we make change in our communities by teaching youth about: healthy active living; respect for diversity and empowerment through the arts. We strive to forge connections between like-minded young artists and mobilize youth with positive goals.




“BEHAVIOUR” · Head Producer
BEHAVIOUR (2009 -2014) Art Festival became a catalyst in unifying and bridging the gap between urban arts & culture, traditional & contemporary heritage communities here in Mississauga & across the country. With a sincere vision, our intention was to preserve and progress the efforts and lifestyles of hardworking & genuine arts practitioners, authentic to their crafts.  BEHAVIOUR successfully collaborated with UNITY Charity, Ground illusionz, BluePrint For Life, The City of Mississauga, Culture Division creating a FREE event that would see both National & internationally renowned artists stage in a unique manner and narrative that would break down the walls between the performer and integrate the participants in fresh original ways.   My role as Head Producer was extensive: Successfully Implementing the vision, Budgeting, Artist contact, Marketing, Programming, Organizing & executing, reporting and closing the event each time.




The “Ground Illusionz” is a multicultural creative collective of Hip-Hop artists that focus on the cultures original styles of Art, Music & Dance. Their message of transcending foundation through creativity & originality have grown them into a crew that not only represent Mississauga & Toronto as competitive champions, but also as vast contributors to community engagement through demonstration, development & sharing of knowledge. For the past 16 years the Ground Illusionz have proven without a doubt to be one of the Canada’s finest Hip-Hop crews and part of a legendary GTA history of Hip-Hop artists. GI has been inspiring people around the nation through showcase representation on every major Canadian television station, including appearances on: MuchMusic, City TV, CBC, Global, CTV… etc.  More accomplishments include:

  • 500 performances between all 25 members since 1999
    · Over 70 Canadian tournament championships
    · International Representation & Championships
    · Film (Honey · Save the last dance)
    · Independent music videos (Masia One, OLP, Slakah)
    · Workshops across the Canada
    · “Social Justice through Arts & Culture” award in 2009,
  • Five MARTY nominations in between 2003 · 2012
    · ”R.H.Y.T.H.M” in 2011 · 2012
    · International membership: Korea, Taiwan & Japan.
    · Head Producer – 3 Major event titles
    “Next Level” · 2009,
    “Let Go EXPO” · 2011
    “Behaviour” · 2009 · 2014

The Ground illusionz in partnership with the Mississauga Culture Division, UNITY & BluePrint For Life produced “The Behaviour Urban Art festival” in 2009, 2013 & 2014: Responsibilities included:

  • Arranging over 20 professional multi-disciplined Artists
    ·Event & team assembly co-ordination
    ·Scheduled group Meetings & tasks
    ·Creating budgets & invoices
    ·Gathering Sponsorship
    ·Head Production & Day of Production
    ·Promotion & Hosting International Guest
    ·Closing & Reporting




“The Word Project” 2004 · Head Producer
· I was first producer of “the Word Project”, a multi-disciplinary art festival and concert, which has sparked the current “My Mississauga” annual summer festival. “Word” uniquely brought together a full collaboration with 25 + independent artists from across the GTA, for the purpose of professional performance & instruction of educational workshops while cross-pollinating their mediums, (visual arts, spoken word, music and dance). Members of this collaboration would later form the foundation of MANIFESTO


“B-Boy/B-Girl Culture” 2004-PRESENT · Developer & Supervisor
· Was created and currently stands as the City of Mississauga’s first Hip-Hop education program in 2003. Based on the “Strategic Planning Model” and created for the purpose of developing young artists, using the cultural facets of Hip-Hop: Art, Music & Dance, B-Boy / B-Girl Culture presently hosts Drop-in sessions at participating Mississauga Community centers.


“Understanding Movement & Lyric”2005 · Facilitator
· Two week in school art program developed and run through St. Vincent de Paul Catholic elementary school. The program was a success in using experimental learning processes and facilitation through games and activities with children from grades JK to grade 8. Student participants were encouraged to think critically