Origins of Beat

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Maxwells, 340 Elgin Street

$10 (Eventbrite Tickets & Door)

Origin of Beat is a musical showcase of how drums and local chants have been a very significant part of Canadian music history. They have moulded music such as jazz, blues and soul that helped create different genres of music such as house. The event will showcase these roots and how modern music is heavily influenced by our history.


Saturday, February 14th, 2015

SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas Street

$15 (Eventbrite Tickets)

Euphoria will feature poets PrufRock and many more. Euphoria is an annual event with a night of poetry and jazz. For this event, Euphoria will share poetry and jazz reflective of our history and roots, whilst being entertained by jazz and soul music of historical Canadian artists. Afterwards, Tribal Threat will be performing a live set. Wine and hors-d’oeuvres will be presented by Chef Zie.


Saturday, February 21st, 2015

SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas Street

$10 (Eventbrite Tickets & Door)

Drumbox is a celebration of dance and drums. The event will feature two dance performances showcasing the strong importance of dance in Canadian history. Afterwards, Tribal Threat will entertain the audience with a live-set of music heavily influenced by drums.

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Thanks for coming out to our 2014 Hip Hop Festival! Looking forward to another awesome event next year, September 10-14, 2015.

Peace,Team HoP

Official photo Album for HoP 2014

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Official Video

House of PainT - 10 Years Strong

June 1st, 2014

Building on the success of our ten year anniversary in 2013, the House of Paint Festival of Urban Arts and Culture returns September 4th to 7th, 2014. As a community, we will again celebrate and elevate urban arts under the Dunbar Bridge near Bronson Ave. and Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada for the 11th edition of House of PainT.

Video: Footage from HoPX 2013 shot and edited by Dan Rascal.

Music: "One Life to Live" and "Ya Basta" by The Souljazz Orchestra. Courtesy of Strut Records.

World Premiere

House of PainT X final break dance battle!

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!