Kid Koala and JonJon rock TCAF 2019 with the FLOOR KIDS JAM!
TORONTO–The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce today that it will welcome the incredible creative team of KID KOALA and JONJON to the 2019 Festival as they present FLOOR KIDS JAM, an ART X MUSIC X GAMES interactive event featuring their new game Floor Kids! The event takes place as part of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, during its programming at Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, on Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12, from 11am-5pm each day. Admission to the event is free, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Kid Koala is the ground breaking Canadian Scratch DJ, music producer, composer, and award winning graphic novelist(!) who has contributed to Gorillaz and Deltron3030, toured with Arcade Fire and A Tribe Called Quest, contributed to the scores of ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ and ‘Baby Driver’, and created the graphic novels Space Cadet and Nufonia Must Fall. JonJon (aka Jonathan Ng) is the award-winning, multi-disciplinary animation filmmaker who created the award-winning film Requiem for Romance, and is best known for his NFB film Asthma Tech. Together this incredible duo has teamed to create the original, hand-drawn animated B-boy/B-Girl Freestyle Battle Video Game FLOOR KIDS! Now they’re taking the show on the road for a two-day exhibition of the game featuring Floor Kids Arcade consoles, behind the scenes looks at the creation of Floor Kids, and even Mini Scratch DJ and Animation workshops with Kid Koala and JonJon!
This event is part of Comics X Games, TCAF’s ongoing collaboration with the Hand Eye Society to explore the crossovers between comics, video games, and new narrative experiments. Look for more Comics X Games announcements soon.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
In addition to the Floor Kids Jam: Art X Music X Games, Kid Koala is also bringing his MUSIC TO DRAW TO live event to TCAF! On Sunday, May 12th, from 2pm-5pm, join Kid Koala and friends for a a chill afternoon of quiet-time records and creativity! Kid Koala will play a 3 hour all vinyl set of his favourite ‘drawing tracks’ in a very special environment–the 5th Floor ‘Red Room’ of The Masonic Temple Concert Hall, 888 Yonge Street. Bring something quiet to do… Draw, Write, Finish that Screenplay, Knit that Scarf, Cofe that video game. Join Kid Koala and a room full of creative quiet types and get some work done!
These events, and more to come, are part of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2019! Keep reading for full details and info.
TCAF would like to thank Kid Koala, JonJon, MERJ, and Arts & Crafts for their support of these events.
EVEN MORE TO COME!
Get ready for more great announcements this week!
Head over to torontocomics.com to see the more than 400 cartoonists and publishers already announced, and keep watching our newsletter and social media for up-to-the-minute announcements!
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The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2019, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street (and surrounding neighbourhood). Saturday May 11, 9am-5pm & Sunday May 12, 10am-5pm. www.torontocomics.com
TCAF Presents: FLOOR KIDS JAM: ART X MUSIC X GAMES, @ Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon (2nd Floor), 789 Yonge St., Saturday May 11, 9am-5pm & Sunday May 12, 10am-5pm. Free.
TCAF Presents: Kid Koala: Music To Draw To, @ The Masonic Temple Concert Hall (Red Room), 888 Yonge St., Sunday May 12, 2pm-5pm. Free.
Jonathan Ng, a.k.a. JonJon, is an award winning, multi-disciplinary animation filmmaker whose unique set of hand-made styles focus on merging themes of action, experience and fantasy. He is the co-creator of FLOOR KIDS with Kid Koala. Full Bio.
Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, composer, and award winning graphic novelist. He has released six solo albums, the most recent being Music To Draw To: IO featuring Belgian/American singer Trixie Whitley. He has also released two graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet. He has also been involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew. Full Bio.
Floor Kids is a new breakdance battle game featuring unique freestyle gameplay, rhythm challenges, and multiplayer sessions. Discover stylized hand-drawn graphics by award-winning animator JonJon set to an original soundtrack by world-renowned scratch DJ/producer Kid Koala. Bring your skills. Build your crew. Find your style. Available now for Switch, Steam, PS4, XBOX One.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would not be possible without the assistance of our sponsors and partners, including presenting sponsor Toronto Public Library and primary sponsor The Beguiling Books & Art.
TCAF is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
We would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. / Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.
Seneca College is a proud Sponsor of TCAF 2019.
TCAF would like to thank Arts & Crafts and MERJ for their support of Kid Koala and JonJon at TCAF.
Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2019 are still available, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.