Dorset Park

Thursday, August 5, 2010.

Good day ladies and gents of TBMT!

I was recently sent a couple of songs by one of our participants, Chris “Talent” Dundas-Robinson, which he had produced outside of the Borough Most Thorough. I am a firm believer in thinking that it is so important that we continue to support each other as community artists in order to get our stuff out there. So, here is your chance to get in touch with your community’s next big stars.

To download or listen to Talent’s remix or Airplanes, follow this link here:

To view a whole list of Talent’s songs, check him out on Facebook. Simply click on the play button on the left sidebar to start listening. While you are there, listen to the catchy beat of “Let ‘Em In”. Follow the link below!

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010.

The Only Thing…I’m staying out of is trouble.

Check out this crazy documentary video on Dorset Park done by Quincy Sutherland from East Metro Youth Services. Congratulations participants from the McGregor Community Centre. You did such a great job!

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

Looking Back at Dorset Park

The weekend has passed and it has given me some time to reflect on the ongoings of last week. As you from the McGregor Park Rec Centre would know, we were given surveys on how things went at our workshop. I thought that I should take the time to share with you how this has played out for me…

Was The Borough Most Thorough workshop a positive experience for you? Why or why not?

“The Borough Most Thorough – Dorset Park was an amazing and definitely positive experience for me. It was a chance to  learn about the music from a different stand point that I’m used to, work with a great team of staff and get to know the youth and the ongoings on their lives. They were truly a great group – their personalities really shone through.”

What did you learn by coming to participate in TBMT?

“I learned that even outside of the classroom, I love what I get to do. Anybody is lucky when they get to share in experiences like this. I know I am.”

What did you enjoy most about this program?

“Definitely the innovation that these youth showed – that made my day, everyday. They’ll go far – I get their songs stuck in my head all the time. Working with these guys is a bonus to my job.”

Did you participate in the Dorset Park TBMT workshop? How did you find it? Would you like to participate in another workshop? We would absolutely love to hear back from you! Post your comments and input down below.

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Friday, July 16, 2010.

Today we will be concluding our week’s program at McGregor Community Centre. It was for sure a wonderful experience for me to have worked with such creative and involved people. And after only a week, I know that these youth are going to go far, no matter which road they take. They have shown much commitment and dedication, and as long as they put this effort in each time, I know they’ll make it big.

But before I end on this high-strung emotional note, I would like to put some shout outs out there. In alphabetical order, I would like to thank Wayne “Dutch” Connell, Christopher “Talent” Dundas-Robinson, TJ “TJ” Edwards, Aisha Farah, Karar Jafar, Yakeen Jafar, Christine Myles, Samiya Malam, Christopher “C-Note” Smalling Jr., and Anastacia “Stacey” Smirniotis for making this eventful week as awesome as it was! You guys rock!… Or should I say rap?

In addition, make sure you check out these “Talent”-ed people. Our good friend, Chris Dundas-Robinson, has given us the honour of posting his music up on our blog. Within the Borough Most Thorough project, Chris came up with a super catchy song. He’ll merit radio time one day, you just wait and see. But for now, check out the real “Talent” here!
(Facebook fanpage – main interaction page for fans and fellow artists alike, videos, beats, music, posts, etc.)
(Myspace page – select music and bio, interaction for fans and artists)
(Youtube channel – videos, beats, songs, etc.)

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Thursday, July 15, 2010.

This week has flown by so quickly. We first started off learning about bar counts and the history of hip hop evolution. Then there was some free-styling and battling. Finally, it was on to the immense and creative task of picking your beat, finding your collaboration group, and coming up with the lyrics and the tune. Today is Thursday (pre-workshop) and already our group has grown tremendously, in numbers as well as in experience. Today, the youth will be practising and memorizing their lyrics for the big day tomorrow.

As the coordinator for this event, I must say that it’s been wonderful to see the individual growths which have occurred beyond the music. Our youth opened up about themselves and towards each other. They worked alongside one another, giving each other good advice and of course, good company.

This week has been really intense and would not have happened without a lot of people and volunteers behind our back for support. You know who you are and we, the Scarborough Arts Council, thank you graciously for your dedication to this program.

Make sure you pop into the pics and vids section to see what we have from our experiences at Dorset Park. And remember, if you enjoyed this week, we still have open registration for 2 other locations where you will get the opportunity to work with a different group as well as create a totally different track. I can’t wait to see the end result. Keep up the great work guys!

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Friday, July 2, 2010.

Organization Name: Dorset Park Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC)

Program Location: McGregor Community Centre

Address: 2231 Lawrence Avenue East

Dates and Times: July 12 to July 16 2010 – 5:00 to 7:00PM

TO REGISTER, contact Jen Fabico at or at 416.698.7322


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