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House of PainT is Ottawa's biggest annual outdoor 5-elements urban arts festival. Every year we showcase the best local, national and international talent in graffiti, breakdancing, MCing, DJing all under a massive concrete bridge.
The House of PainT legal graffiti wall can be found under the Dunbar Bridge where Bronson overpasses the Rideau River next to Carleton University.
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World Premiere: House of PainT X final break dance battle!Posted December 5, 2013
Yes yes y'all! It’s been a minute and today, we are proud to bring you the epic… the incredible…
House of PainT X final break dance battle!
The throw down at the Main Event (September 14 at the Dunbar Underpass) was unlike any before in the history of the Capital City. After a long day of battling, two crews emerged as the top of the top: Floor Assassins Militia (F.A.M., Toronto) and Groundwork Sessions Crew (GWS, North West Territories), who went toe-to-toe for a nail-biting battle that had the crowd riveted.
The battle was set to the incomparable sounds of the Soul Jazz Orchestra's Battle Suite. Commissioned by House of PainT specifically for the final battle, the composition featured a selection of 16 songs that fused breaks and hip hop classics by the likes of DJ Kool, James Brown and DJ Shadow. Woven into the mix were afro and ethio-jazz compositions by Manu Dibango and Multatu Astatke, topped off by Souljazz originals Agoya and Insurrection.
Professionally filmed by the Dan Rascal crew, this video captures the excitement of the moment. And it just goes to show you why House of PainT won the Outstanding Production award at The Toronto Festival of Urban Dance Culture this past October!
Please share, and we’ll see you again next year from September 10 to the 14, 2014.
House of PainT X organizers on stage just before the final break dance battle. September 14, 2013. James Park/House of PainT
It’s been an incredible 10th anniversary! A massive thank you to everyone who participated and celebrated and elevated with us in 2013. Thank you to all the MCs, DJs, graffiti writers bboys/bgirls, and knowledge sharers who brought their skills and talent to the table. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us during the five days and more than 12 events of the festival. Thank you to our many sponsors for supporting urban arts in Ottawa, particularly Heritage Canada, Ontario Arts Council, City of Ottawa, CBC, Broadhead Beer and Bombing Science.
Above all, big ups and respect to you, our community. Thank you for brining your families, your friends, your talent and your good vibes. We wouldn’t be celebrating 10 years without you!
We’re already looking forward to next year!
Sabra Ripley (Founder and Executive Director)
Rob Reid (Festival Coordinator)
Alexandre Mattar (Music Programmer)
Mike Gall (Graffiti Programmer)
Sami Elkout (Graffiti Programmer)
Kenji Toyooka (Graphic Design Coordinator and Visual Arts Programmer)
Caroline Cotter (Logistics and Administration Officer)
Marie-Andree de Seve (People Power Officer)
Melissa Wheeler (Communications Team Lead and Board Secretary)
Veronique Strasbourg (French Communications)
Trevor Wakeford (Seeds Tent Support)
Jamaal Rogers (Poetry Support)
Omar Hopkinson (Visual Arts Support)
Mikey Mikkelsen (Music Consultant)
Simon Xavier (Dance Support)
Lenny Valiquette (Everything Support)
James Park (Photography Coordinator)
Calum Slingerland (Social Media Officer)
Jozef Spitieri (Social Media Officer)
Rhiana and the One World Arts family
Gerald Dragon (DJ and Board Chair)
Deborah Landry (Host and Board Member)
Devin Atherton (Host and Board Member)
Allister Xavier (Finance and Board Member)
Manifesto: Sept. 19 to 22 in Toronto
House of PainT 2014 may be a year away, but our sister festival, Toronto’s Manifesto, is just gearing up.
September 19, 2013
A screen grab from Manifesto Festival's website. September 19, 2013.
By Jozef Spiteri
Manifesto’s 7th annual Festival of Community and Culture runs from September 19 to 22 in Toronto, celebrating hip hop culture and community with an exceptional line up that only Manifesto could bring to Torontonians.
Manifesto’s annual Festival of Community and Culture is a celebrated event that attracts over 40,000 attendees. The mission of the festival is to showcase creativity and culture from diverse communities of young people and to support top-notch talent.
This year, the festival will include events such as the Manifesto Art Show; the third annual Floor Awards (celebrating urban dance arts in Toronto and hosted by our boy, bboy YNot from NYC’s Rock Steady Crew); Last Style Standing Battle (including dance and art); the Freshest Goods Market. For the headz, there will be an assortment of workshops, panel discussions and more.
On Sunday the festival will end with a day-long free concert at Yonge-Dundas Square, featuring Jhene Aiko, Souls of Mischeif, Freedom Writers, Thugli with Lenny Len & the Manifesto Dancers and Peter Rabbit. Earlier in the day you can look forward to celebrating DJ Mel Boogie’s 20th anniversary with a Ladies First Cypher with Eternia (who knocked it out of the park at our Basement Raps showcase last week), Jelly Too Fly, Phoenix Pagliacci and Tara Chase.
"Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit organization working to unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture,” according to its website. “We aim to provide a platform and the resources needed to advance the growth of the arts as a tool for positive change on the individual, community and city level."
Sunday September 15: HOPx One World Knowledge Conference & Film: The AfricanCypher
Sunday September 15
Note: DJ Afrika Bambaataa will give a keynote speech about his experiences as one of the founders of hip hop culture starting at 1pm @Arts Court
DJ Afrika Bambaataa, seen here playing at House of PainT on Friday, September 13, will give a keynote speech on what hip hop was like in the early days.
Education and professional growth are key values of House of PainT. This year, for the final day of the festival, we would like to invite you to a full day of ideas, knowledge and film brought to you by the One World Film Festival and the House of PainT.
This free event will be hosted at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave). The day will start with a keynote speech with DJ Afrika Bambaataa, entitled “I was there: The history and future of Hip Hop” from 1-2pm.
We have four more sessions from 2 to 5 pm:
Knowledge Panel 1: We are a Family: Diversity and Inclusion in Hip Hop, featuring Bboy Lazy Legs and guests
Knowledge Panel 2: The City as Canvas: Getting More Art up in Public Places, featuring Debby Landry, Pixie Cram, ArtEngine and more
Tool Kit Session 1: Taking it Global: Presenting and Touring Internationally, featuring Patrick Thompson and guests
Tool Kit Session 2: How to Write a Grant Proposal, featuring lessons and tips from artists with experience in writing successful grant applications.
The sessions will be followed by a Bboy master class by Rock Steady Crew’s Bboy Ynot at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the master class are $25 in advance, available on our website.
In partnership with the One World Film Festival, we will be screening The African Cypher at 7pm (film is pay-what-you-can). It’s a documentary film about street dance in the townships of South African, opening with Pecha Kucha style presentations on hip hop and social change. View the African Cypher trailer here .
Congrats to GWS Crew
Saturday September 14, 2013
Congratulations go to Groundwork Sessions Crew for taking the title as winners of this year's bboy/bgirl crew battles. They were well matched with finalists F.A.M., and the battle --played out to the specially-commissioned SoulJazz Orchestra's Bboy Suite-- was highly entertaining for the crowd. The music was so good that the Twittersphere has already requested they release the Suite as a 7". We were there-- it was an incredibly tight battle fought to a perfect soundtrack.
The members of GWS Crew will take home $1000 and we're pretty sure they also get bragging rights.
Congrats to Agen
Saturday September 14, 2013
Congratulations also go to Agen (pronounced "again") for his piece, selected by a 5-member jury of his peers to win this year's Writers' Choice award.
Saturday September 14: Main Day Event!
September 14, 2013
Julia Gutsik leads a children's break dance workshop at the Seeds Tent on Saturday, September 14 2013. Photo by James Park.
It’s really here! After an amazing Sound Clash: Under the Bridge last night, are you ready for the biggest, best FREE (or by donation) ALL-AGES urban arts jam Ottawa has ever seen? Saturday, September 14, 2013 is our Main Day event at the legal graffiti wall at the Dunbar underpass.
We've got all the everything you've come to expect from House of PainT. We've got workshops for kids (with a performance by Hey Kids! hosted by CBC's Amanda Putz), graffiti artists working up their pieces, and plenty of artistic goods at the artists' market. There will be food trucks on site, and, starting at 6pm, you can enjoy a beer in the beer tent.
Let's not forget the break dance crew battles! These crews are competing for a $1000 cash prize, and there are some amazing dancers that have signed up to compete.
Plus! This year, we go beyond: To celebrate our 10th, we've commissioned the amazing SoulJazz Orchestra to create a Bboy Mashup Anthem-- to be played LIVE during the final break dance battle. We've never seen it done anywhere else... don't miss history in the making!
11AM to 11PM. It's a full day of the four pillars of hip hop, with performances by DJs Trevor Walker, Magnificent, Illo, Mz. Revolution, Shub of Tribe Called Red, DJ Acro, MC performances by Ghettosocks and the family-friendly rap crew HEY KIDS! (noon to 12:30), plus much more... all Under the Bridge!
DJ Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, Zaki Ibrahim + more
Note: Please dress warmly. No rain in sight but under the bridge it's always fine, rain or shine!
September 13 2013
Ottawa will be hosting an incredible concert lineup Friday night under the Dunbar Bridge with representation from Toronto, Montreal, Gatineau, plus a couple of hip-hop music legends. That’s right—not one, but two!
Our headliners, Big Daddy Kane and DJ Afrikaa Bambaataa, have contributed to the development of hip hop on an international level over the course of decades. DJ Afrika Bambaata, from the South Bronx, started hosting hop hip jams in 1977. He founded the Zulu nation, a group of youth that wanted to get away from gang violence and use hip hop as a creative outlet. He has continued the Nation over the years, and we are lucky to have him.
Big Daddy Kane is lauded for his lyrical prowess in the golden age of hip hop throughout the 1980s. He won a Grammy in 1991 for a collaboration with Quincy Jones, and has worked with Jay-Z, Tupac Shakur, MC Hammer, Public Enemy, Ice Cube and many, many more.
Representing Toronto, five-piece hip-hop band Babylon Warchild is known for their conscious, thought-provoking lyricism and live beat-making courtesy of drum machines, a cello, and a deejay. David ‘D-Track’ Dufour will also make an appearance as a ten-year veteran of the genre in Gatineau and a past finalist of the poetry slam competition Slam Outaouais.
In addition, Yassin “The Narcicyst” Alsalman is a Montreal-based MC who has shared stages across North America, Europe, and the Middle East with acts such as Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, and Public Enemy. He’s also bringing powerful vocalist Meryem Saci (Nomadic Massive) along to the fest as well. Being a popular draw on Toronto’s live music scene since the mid-2000’s, short-listed Polaris Prize nominee Zaki Ibrahim has been making waves within Canadian music with a style that blends R&B, soul, and jazz.
You do not want to miss this amount of talent in one place!
Afterparty: DJ Memetic and 2 Creamz + special surprise guest at the Mercury Lounge
Tonight! Good Look Graphic Art Show and Musique Globale + Basement Raps
UPDATE: Basement raps, doors at 9pm
First act, Homebased, on at 10pm
Good Look @ Cafe Nostalgica 6 pm to 2 am
The Good Look Graphic Art show reps Ottawa’s finest graphic design talent at Café Nostalgica. See these pieces as they were meant to be seen: printed on high-quality paper and beautifully framed. The night will also feature art by Toronto Loves Kicks, a group from Toronto that creates urban-inspired art on sneakers. Plus! Digital art by Erin English and Stefan Thompson. They’ll be creating art on individual tablets and their art will be projected onto the wall, overlapping, creating the appearance of collaboration as they each work on their own digital canvasses.
Starting at 10pm there will be some multilingual rap performances by Boogat (Spanish), Jaguar Priest (English) and Le R (French).
Basement Raps @ Ritual NightClub 9 pm to 12 am
Later, catch some excellent homegrown hip-hop talent in action! It’s Basement Raps, a showcase held at one of the city's top venues, Ritual Nightclub. The show is headlined by two Ottawa natives who have made waves across the country within the genre, Eternia and DL Incognito.
Juno Award and Polaris Prize nominee Eternia has been active since 1997. Releasing her first full-length record, It’s Called Life, in 2005, it was subsequently nominated for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2006 Juno awards. Her 2010 effort At Last was long-listed for the prestigious Polaris Prize in 2011, and also garnered her a second Juno nomination.
DL Incognito has been part of the Canadian hip-hop scene since 1998. He was nominated for Rap Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards in 2005 and 2007, for Life’s a Collection of Experiencesand Organic Music for a Digital World respectively.
Rounding out the evening are rising Ottawa talents Cashtro Crosby (who has shared stages with Wiz Khalifa, Joe Budden, and Big Sean among others), City Fidelia (who caught many an ear with his 2012 mixtape The Blindspot), Homebased (who delivered one of the greatest area hip-hop recordings this past year in Get Busy), and DJ Alive (known for spinning classic hip-hop on CHUO FM on the Beats, Rhymes and Life show).
Posted by Melissa Wheeler; Words by Melissa Wheeler and Calum Slingerland.
OG 500 Poetry Slam winner: Sir Realist
September 12 2013
Congrats to Sir Realist (aka Nathanaël Larochette) on winning last night's OG 500 Poetry Slam!
Thank you to all of our poets, guest judges and organizer for an amazing and memorable night.
CBC Radio One Ottawa's Alan Neal had this to say on Twitter:
Posted by Melissa Wheeler
New #HoPX promo video!
September 11, 2013
House of PainT X has a new promo video, just in time for the OG 500! The video stars Hyf GypsySun, last year's OG 500 winner, and the House of PainT itself. Take a look!
Posted by Melissa Wheeler
We are a go!
House of PainT X starts today with FOUR awesome events
September 11, 2013
Photo by James Park, September 11 2013 at the Carleton University quad.
At long last, House of PainT X starts today with some serious skill and talent!
We can tell you now: The Guerilla Cypher today at 1pm at the quad on Carleton University campus (in front of the library) was awesome!
At 2:30 pm, head over to the Residence Commons Conference Room (listed as CO on campus) for a panel discussion about women in hip hop. Join House of PainT Executive Director Sabra Ripley, D’Bi Young, (a Jamaican-Canadian dub poet and Dora-Award winning actor), Eternia (two-time Juno nominee and NYC-based rapper originally from Ottawa), Jewne Johnson (CKCU’s Program Director) with host Debby Landry to hear about their experiences in hip hop. This event will also be presented live on CKCU airways. This event is accessible.
At 7:00 pm, doors open at Babylon for the OG 500 Poetry slam. Twelve poets will compete for a $500 prize. The competition is fierce—especially because the first two rounds are judged by the audience. *PLUS! Special performances by Ottawa favourites: D’Bi Young, Ian Keteku with Mike Dubue, Jesse Dangerously, Missing LinX and DJ Prufrock. We will have five celebrity guest judges, including CBC Radio One Ottawa's Alan Neal, host of All in a Day.
And then, at 10 pm, there’s the House of Merc! Our GLBTQ hip hop night, with DJ Grace / Drag Hostess Eva Darling & guests / VJ Matt Cameron, Trackstars, and DJ Danya. At 11:30 pm SHARP don’t miss Pulse N Limited Swag N Sassy dance demo: 11:30 to 11:45pm, and the hip hop drag showcase featuring Eva Darling and Guests. $4 before midnight and $6 afterwards at the door
The star of our festival is the legendary space itself—the often written about, often written on legal graffiti wall known as the House of PainT. Located under the Dunbar bridge, between Brewer Park and Carleton University, it is a living art gallery.
CBC Communications Officer Joanne Steventon visited the site with our board member Deborah Landry for a guided tour of this incredible community space.
Last year's winner Hyf GypsySun. Photo: James Park
Since its inauguration into the House of PainT event line up last year, the Ottawa Grand Slam 500 (OG 500) has quickly become one of HoP's favorite competitions for wordsmiths and fans of spoken word poetry.
It sold out last year, so this year we're holding it at Babylon (317 Bank) to accommodate a bigger audience. (You can buy tix here so you’re not disappointed at the door. $12, doors at 7pm, first performance at 7:15pm).
We'll need that extra space with the line up of fierce competitors. HoPX Poetry coordinator Jamaal Rogers has just announced the 12 poets who will be competing in the slam for a $500 prize. Check it:
Hyf GypsySun (last year’s winner)
Un-commonly Andre aka Andre Prefontaine
Nathanaël Larochette aka Sir Realist
Our slam host is John Akpata, and our slam master is Brad Morden. You can also look forward to special performances by D’Bi Young, Jesse Dangerously D'Bi Young, Ian Keteku with Mike Dubue, Jesse Dangerously and Missing Linx.
It takes a lot of work to put on a 5-day festival. We have many amazing folks working with us, and we'll be telling you about some of them here.
By Calum Slingerland
With more than ten years of experience working within Ottawa’s music scene, House of PainT Festival Coordinator Rob Reid is more than ready to do whatever it takes to bring light to the talents of the city’s urban arts community.
“In House of PainT, I think we have one of the most unique events in the country,” he said. “I don’t want to just show people in Ottawa, but people across Canada.”
Moving to the nation’s capital from New Brunswick after finishing high school, Reid got his first taste of music promotion as a post-secondary student, working in the office of the Governor General of Canada. In 2003 he programmed the Governor General’s summer concert series, highlighted by bringing notable turntablist Kid Koala to play at Rideau Hall. Reid then went on to work on teams for Ottawa’s annual Bluesfest and the Ottawa Jazz Festival.
Reid started with House of PainT in 2008 after discovering the festival through working with the Canada Dance Festival. He credits this discovery with turning him on to hip hop.
“I realized that when I saw House of PainT, that there was a whole culture that I had no idea existed, and that was super brilliant,” he reflected. “I was really moved by what I saw, and I wanted to be involved with making sure that other people got to see just how powerful this cultural form is.”
Alongside his work with the hip hop festival, Reid is also the founder of World Famous Music, a concert production company bringing unique artists from around the world to Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal.
Kids’ rap group Hey Kids! to perform at the Main Day, Saturday September 14
We are revving up to celebrate our 10th anniversary from September 11 to 15! A big part of this year’s Main Event --as always-- will be kids’ programming at the Seeds Tent from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. You can look forward to workshops, an interactive graffiti wall and a live performance by children’s rap group Hey Kids!
“Hey Kids! are kind of like rap’s answer to Sharon, Lois and Bram,” said Sabra Ripley, Founder and Executive Director of House of PainT. “They rap about breakfast and the alphabet and get the kids at their shows rapping along. We’re excited to bring them from Kingston, Ontario to play the Festival!”
Hey Kids! will play from noon until 1 p.m.
In addition to the show, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be an interactive graffiti wall for kids and the always-popular workshops for children in DJing, MCing, Graffiti and break dancing.
“We want to give children, youth and parents a chance to experience hip hop as a positive creative outlet,” said Trevor Wakeford, Seeds Tent coordinator. “Our workshops are geared towards the basics, like mixing records and learning basic break dance moves. They’re open to kids of all ages – young and old. People seem to love it, so we’re offering even more activities this year.”
The House of PainT Main Event is pay what you can. Seeds Tent shows and activities are free.
The rumours are true: hip hop legend and Grammy-award winner Big Daddy Kane will join DJ Afrika Bambaataa for a double-bill of superior beats and rhymes on Friday September 13 for the Sound Clash: Concert Under the Bridge.
Hailing from Brooklyn NY, BDK’s reputation as a smooth lyricist is matched only by his sense of theatrics in his live shows. He has worked with, and contributed to the successful careers of, Biz Markie, Jay Z, Tupac Shakur, and others. He has been canonized in the rhyme history by other rappers, and is considered an integral part of the rise of hip hop as a respected art form. In addition to the seven full-length albums under his belt, he is also a model, actor and producer.
"DJ Afrika Bambaataa and Big Daddy Kane headlining? This is huge!" said Rob Reid, House of PainT Festival Coordinator. "Having the Godfather of hip hop– Afrika Bambaataa– celebrate our 10th event is big, but adding a Big Daddy Kane to the bill? This is where we blow the roof off."
Adding to the jaw-dropping line up we’ve got Zaki Ibrahim, who is shortlisted for the 2013 Polaris Prize. Rounding it out will be a performance by MTL MC The Narcicyst ft. Meryem Saci, D-Track, and Babylon Warchild. It will be hosted by Hip Hop Karaoke’s Atherton and DJ SoNice.
"The House of PainT Festival has always been about celebrating urban arts in our community, so for our 10th festival we wanted to put together a solid line up at a really great price. We've made the first 100 advance tickets just $20 a piece. After that tickets will be $25 and no more than $30 at the door. It’s a milestone for us, and we want to throw a great event for our community."