Festival of Urban Arts & Culture


House of PainT?

Ottawa’s Festival of Urban Arts and Culture, House of Paint is Ottawa's annual outdoor Hip Hop festival showcasing the best in Canadian urban arts & culture -- celebrating 16 years.

The House of Paint is a FREE Outdoor HipHop Jam that showcases Graffiti, Breakdancing, Dj's and MC's from across Canada. It is one of Ottawa’s fastest growing community events. Since 2003, House of Paint has created space to exhibit and uplift hip hop culture in the Nation’s Capital.

House of Paint’s pillars are the four elements of hip hop: Graffiti Art, DJing, MCing (Poetry and Rap), and Urban Dance are celebrated and elevated through concerts, competitions, workshops, and academic talks for all ages.



Meet the 2019 Team

House of Paint wouldn't be the success it has been over the years without the tireless efforts of its staff. Meet the 2019 team!

Veronica Roy, Festival Director
Veronica is a settler canadian artist, activist, and project manager with over a decade of leadership experience in the arts and not-for-profit sector in Ottawa. Working at the intersection of arts and community, Veronica brings a passion for accessibility, diversity, and sustainability to projects.

Veronica has served as the Entertainment Coordinator at Capital Pride, Festival Coordinator at Digi60 Filmmaker's Festival, Event Coordinator at Kind Space, and Project Manager at House of Paint for Canada 150 projects in 2017. Veronica founded the Ottawa International Burlesque Festival, and has worked with Glowfair, Buskerfest, QVBIA, Westfest, Ottawa Geek Market, Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau, Nature Nocturne, and many more cultural events and festivals in Ottawa.

A student of Business Marketing at Algonquin College, Veronica uses communication and administrative skills to uplift art in its many forms and facilitate space for marginalized people within the arts. Veronica has been a columnist for Upfront Magazine, contributor to Apt613, and a featured speaker/facilitator at Creative Mornings Ottawa, The Toronto School of Burlesque, Algonquin College, and the Remai Centre for the Arts in Saskatoon. 

After 3 years in a supporting role at House of PainT, Veronica is excited to be leading the team in presenting #hop2019.

Thomas Radford, Project Coordinator
Thomas Radford brings over 10 years of community engagement in arts and culture. Celebrating all forms of creativity, Thomas has shared his passion for the arts by producing concert series, working with Ottawa’s premiere urban art festival House of PainT, hosting numerous radio programs, coordinating art residencies, and overseeing large scale murals seen throughout the city. Thomas is currently sitting on the board of directors for Apt613. He is thrilled to help bridge the gap between art and innovation, creativity and technology.

Emmett Stowe, Administrative and Project Support Coordinator
Emmett embraces all aspects of arts and culture. He’s been involved with an alternative queer festival, helped to run a smoothie stand at a dubstep festival, DJs funk music, creates video projection installations, makes music with guitar, keys, voice, and random synth sounds, and has helped set up audio and visuals at events across the east coast of Australia. He’s now back in his hometown working with a festival that celebrates his favourite creative culture: HIP HOP.

Kimberley Dawkins, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Kimberley Dawkins is a musician, writer, photographer, maker and performing artist working across a number of disciplines. Her work as an artist has taken her from Kingston, Jamaica to Carnegie Hall, from BC to Montreal. She is the founder of Chrysalis, an Ottawa (formerly Toronto)-based micro press which publishes and distributes zines, chapbooks and art books. Kimberley also produces events in Ottawa, from plays to poetry readings to a quarterly variety show going on its fifth year. When not making music, art, or food, Kimberley can probably be found in the library, garden or park. She is looking forward to to sharing her love of art, education and hip hop as a part of the House of Paint team.

SmallWorld LIVE, Music Programmers
Smallworld LIVE is a concert promotion company seeking to elevate Ottawa’s live concert experiences by booking shows with the most popular and in-demand artists in the hip hop scene. Their goal is to make hip hop concerts accessible for Ottawa music fans so they can see their favourite artists perform without ever having to leave the city.

King Kimbit, Seeds Tent Coordinator
King Kimbit is an internationally-acclaimed literary Hip-Hop artist born and raised on unceded Algonquin Aniishnabeg territory (Ottawa). Interested in telling stories that are authentic to her experiences and identities, her poetic work details the realities of her upbringing as the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, the truths of her social vantage point as a young racialized womxn, and her stance on social issues regarding racism, de/colonization, and gender inequality. This is all exemplified eloquently on her debut album “Life Lessons Poetically”. Committed to healing and creative spaces in her city, King currently organizes with Yoga.Unity, Cap City Cyphers, and YouthSpeak!

Jamaal Jackson-Rogers, Spoken Word Programmer
Jamaal Jackson Rogers is an award winning Poet Laureate, arts educator, creative entrepreneur, and performance artist. He has brought his work to audiences locally and internationally and his defining moments are when he makes intimate connections with his participants during his workshop exchanges and performance sets. His topics range from emotional maturity to social justice, from parenting to the human condition, while his works have been highlighted in festivals, documentaries and educational institutions. He resides in Ottawa, Canada, using the capital and his performance studio, The Origin Arts & Community Centre as his launch pad to teach, mentor and advocate for the arts.

Kalkidan Assefa, Visual Arts Programmer
Kalkidan Assefa is a multidisciplinary artist, muralist, and arts educator. As a muralist he has successfully completed projects for a variety of clients and stakeholders including municipalities, BIA's, and galleries as well as private commissions and community murals. Kalkidan has also participated in group exhibitions and collaborative projects both regionally and abroad, and curates and organize art exhibits. As a certified Artist-Educator, he facilitates interactive workshops and projects for youth in a diverse range of communities.

Robbie Lariviere, Graffiti Programmer
Robbie Lariviere spent the first 20 years of his life playing basketball religiously and listening to hip hop music. He’s always liked drawing and was fascinated by graffiti tagging. He was hooked from his first job selling spray paint in a retail store, not only to the medium and techniques of graffiti but the whole lifestyle that came with it.

Graffiti, as well as skateboard culture, have been a huge part of his life, making him stronger and more community-minded and inspiring him to keep moving. His love of graffiti, seeing tags and meeting the artists in his community led him to his work hosting club nights to bring people together and sell their work (The Collective Seen, WAVES, and of course House of Paint). Robbie considers himself blessed to be part of Ottawa’s strong, vibrant arts scene.

LeRoy Walden, Volunteer Coordinator
...while you all may know him as the Soul Food guy (a.k.a. the chicken guy), LeRoy has been professionally trained as a musician since he was 10 years old at the Mattie Moss Clark Gospel Conservatory in Detroit. When there he learned to play piano, sing, and write musical lyrics while performing with great gospel legends (The Winans, Bebe and CeCe, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Take 6...) from Detroit. While in high school he had the greatest performers around to study: Royce, Proof, Eminem. From 1997 to 2000 LeRoy's family opened an at risk youth center that was attached to the family owned Public Relations firm in the heart of Detroit where he assisted in helping underprivileged youth gain access to a greater life with mentorship and job placement (YOUTH LINKS USA). During that time as he also helped recruit talent for artists like Boyz II Men, Uncle Sam, Chanté Moore, BBD, and many more (All Media Inc, Encoded Multimedia). In 2001, LeRoy arrived in Canada with a well known group called D12 for the Purple Pills Tour with Obie Trice, and Frank n Dank. Looking to pursue his entertainment career and wanting to help more artists he developed 1111 Records and Studio in 2004 in Hallville, Ontario where he had Proof (of D12) help pick future talent. LeRoy since then has become more involved in his new country, city, and neighborhood in any way he can. His main goal is to try to put the right people together so everyone can help each other get to the next level.

Kim Epino, Dance Programmer
Kim Epino, A.K.A. Bboy Kim has been dancing for 8 years. He has traveled around the world for dance competitions such as Outbreak Europe, the UDEF Championships and Freestyle Session. He is also the founder of Keep it Moving.

He has experience organizing competitions such as All Styles and Breaking battles all over Ottawa. This year, he is so excited to be a part of House of Paint. Having participated in his first dance cypher years back at the Festival, it’s very special to him. Kim is excited to be this year’s dance programmer and can’t wait for it to start!