Northern Power Summit online series continues in February
Northern Power Summit (NPS) continues to deliver its 5th annual conference virtually with an event called Black 365 on February 20th. Over 2,000 people registered to attend the January session (called Re.sound.ED) which focused on mental health in the music industry, and NPS organizers hope to build on that when they present a celebration of Black excellence in music and the arts in February.
The event will include keynote addresses from legendary Canadian Hip-Hop pioneer Maestro Fresh Wes, and founder of the New Skool Rules Conference and Festival in the Netherlands, Henca Maduro.
Staying true to the previous in-person editions, the online series will continue to provide education and tools, in addition to access to individuals who can help Canadian artists and industry professionals develop their careers. A portion of all registration revenue for February's event will be donated to Black Youth Helpline.
“Our February session is called Black 365 to highlight black excellence in Canada and abroad. This has been a challenging year. From Black Lives Matter to the impact of the deaths of George Floyd to Breonna Taylor, there is a need for this information. It was inspiring to see so many people stand up for equality over the summer. We want to be able to deliver more tools so that we can seize this moment in history,” says NPS Co-founder D.O. Gibson.
Largely regarded as the Godfather of Canadian Hip-Hop, Maestro Fresh Wes enters 2021 as one of the only Hip-Hop artists to have consistently released music in each of the last five decades, including the 2020 hit “Wish I Could” and his latest single “Slick Rick Status”, released in January.
Henca Maduro is the force behind New Skool Rules, Europe’s leading Hip-Hop conference. Based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the conference has been a launching pad for talent internationally, spring-boarding the careers of LMFAO and Nico & Vinz. The event has featured dozens of Canadian acts over the years and will continue to do so in 2021.
Black 365 will also include panels featuring Grammy winner Wanz, Toronto rapper DijahSB, Vancouver emcee and educator Ndidi Cascade, JUNO award-winning singer Dru, platinum-selling producer Jarel the Young, and Vancouver rapper Terell Safadi.
Black 365 will run from 1-6pm on February 20th. A portion of all registration revenue will be donated to Black Youth Helpline, and thanks to Believe Distribution Services Canada, advanced tickets (available until February 13) will be available for a donation of any amount to ensure the event is accessible for anyone with an internet connection.