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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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House of PainT seeking new Board members

March 13, 2014

House of PainT is recruiting new Board members! The organization is currently seeking applications from interested members of the community to join the organization's volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is seeking leaders with a wide range of expertise. Deadline for application is Friday, March 28th. For more information, please click here (PDF document).



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.

Big ups from the House of PainT fam!

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2014 dates

House of PainT to return September 10 to 14, 2014

Posted December 5, 2013

House of PainT Festival will celebrate its 11th edition at venues across the National Capital from Wednesday, September 10th through Sunday, September 14th, 2014.

Our signature free, all-ages and family friendly Main EvenT (block party and 4-disciplines of Hip Hop jam) will again be held under the bridge on Saturday, September 13th, from 11AM to 11PM.

Artist registrations and requests for proposals will open in the New Year. To keep up to date on all HoP announcements, please subscribe to our e-newsletter, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.



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Thank you from HoPX!

September 15, 2013


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)

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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." 

For more information, check out :www.themanifesto.ca/festival

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Sunday September 15: HOPx One World Knowledge Conference & Film: The African Cypher

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 .

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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. 

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