Toronto Urban Book Expo Partners with Nia Centre for the Arts' Blowout Festival 2017

TORONTO, ONT (July 2017) - Kya Publishing has partnered with Nia Centre for the Arts for their inaugural Blowout Festival, and will join their Blowout Symposium on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Taking place during Toronto's celebratory Simcoe Day long weekend (aka Toronto Carnival Weekend), the Symposium will feature a unique carnival arts exhibit in addition to Kya Publishing's Toronto Urban Book Expo.

The 4th annual Toronto Urban Book Expo is the only Canadian event dedicated to celebrating urban fiction and culture. This event will feature published and independent writers selling their books at a free and family-friendly book fair. Live hip hop, R&B, reggae, and soca music will once again be provided by Toronto's DJ Majesty. Attendees of the Book Expo will now also be able to experience Nia Centre's exhibit and carnival arts experience, as they commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Caribbean Carnival in Toronto.

A non-profit organization, Nia Centre for the Arts is a Toronto-based facility focused on the development of young people through culturally relevant arts experiences. Providing programming and services to engage young people artistically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually, Nia Centre strives to support the development of healthy identities and positive life choices, while promoting arts from an African-Diasporic perspective.

Staying committed to their mandate to help communicate and celebrate urban Canadian culture, Kya Publishing is also providing promotional sponsorship for Nia Centre's carnival costume "BOMBAX," designed by SugaCayne Designs, and scheduled to participate in the Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival's grand parade on Saturday, August 5 in downtown Toronto (Day 1 of the Blowout Festival).

"The Blowout Festival is a great partner for the Toronto Urban Book Expo," said Kya Publishing founder Stacey Marie Robinson. "Both events are all about celebrating artists, celebrating culture, and by joining forces it will only make the celebration that much sweeter!"

For details on the Blowout Festival, please visit Nia Centre for the Arts website at

Registration for vendors at the Toronto Urban Book Expo remains open at


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