video premiere: toronto artist t i k▲ creates space for and unity amongst black femme creatives in visual concept “tenfold”

March 18, 2016

“Tenfold” is Toronto artist T i K▲’s bold visual, conceptualized around the idea of unity amongst black femme creatives. T i K▲, who is known in Toronto’s arts community as a supporter and curator for unknown artists, through a monthly music showcase and lifelong, The Known Unknown, doing her part to create space for independent artist to be heard and celebrated. “Tenfold” is the advocate’s first single as a solo artist and a collaboration with fellow Torontonian, accomplished photographer and videographer Patrick Tomasso. The video, running just two minutes long, is minima,l but strikingly so, relying mainly on the absolutely glorious multiplication of black femmes taking up space. Unposed, non-smiling, space-taking. “Black female creatives from Toronto are usually overlooked or ignored. ​My vision was to simply showcase how beautiful + powerful we are sitting in solidarity,” T i K▲ tells AFROPUNK.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Picture credit: Kadeem Ellis

Produced by: McCallaman
Co-written by: Casey MQ
Directed by: Patrick Tomasso
Cinematography: Alex Anthony, Andrew Amistad
Creative Team: Fran Saraco, Kadeem Ellis, Stephanie Smith

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at