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TD Partners with The Weekend's Hxouse to form Black Hxouse

Prior to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announcing a new $221M Black Enterpreneurship business investment initiative from Hxouse, the Queen Quay-based incubator financed in part by Abel "The Weeknd

TD Partners with The Weekend's Hxouse to form Black Hxouse

By Nick Krewen

Prior to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announcing a new $221M Black Enterpreneurship business investment initiative from Hxouse, the Queen Quay-based incubator financed in part by Abel "The Weeknd " Tesfaye,  last week, TD Bank Group threw its hat into the ring to sponsor Black Hxouse, a leadership and entrepreneurial  development initiative.


Aimed to provide Black, Indigenous and People of Colour with mentorship, tools, learning and networking opportunities, it is believed that TD Bank Group is providing a six-figure investment to help empower qualifying individuals.

Hxouse was launched in Toronto in 2018 by Tesfaye, his creative director La Mar Taylor and sports and entertainment marketer Ahmed Ismail with an initial investment of $6M and is located within the Artscape Daniels Launchpad.

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Consisting of 35,000 square feet of studios and workspaces for  jewellers, photographers, fashion, graphic and digital design, Hxouse has provided state-of-the-art recording studios for practical experience for aspiring creatives in the building, which occupies the site that was formerly the homes of RPM, The Warehouse and The Guvernment night clubs.

Artists and music professionals affiliated with Hxouse  as educators include producers Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels, Ebony "WondaGurl" Oshunrinde, Metro Boomin' and Kasseem "Swiss Beatz" Dean and artists Halsey and Daniel "Oneohtrix Point Never" Lopatin and Mustafa "The Poet" Ahmed, among other creatives.

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CNE Bandshell Gets Big Boi, Sloan, Big Wreck And More For Throwback Summer Concerts

The headliners tie together the Toronto waterfront series' '90s and 2000s revival theme, while contemporary acts like MacKenzie Porter, Ruby Waters, Tynomi Banks and more will keep things current.

Toronto's CNE Bandshell concert series is leaning into big nostalgia this summer, with major '90s and 2000s acts headlining the throwback-themed lineup.

OutKast rapper Big Boi, Canadian-American rock band Big Wreck, and east coasters Sloan are leading the summer music programming at the Canadian National Exhibition, a major entertainment fair that takes over the Exhibition Place grounds every August.

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