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King Kimbit is an internationally-acclaimed multidisciplinary literary Hip-Hop artist, 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. 


King is the 2012 Urban Legends Poetry Slam Champion and she regularly performs music and poetry across North America. King currently coordinates Urban Legends’ Youth Speak! writing and performance workshops for teens, and released her debut album of poetry and musical arrangements entitled “Life Lessons Poetically” at the end of 2017.  King is also responsible for the recent inception of Cap City Cyphers, a space for rappers across the city to unite and celebrate love and unity through Hip-Hop.

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17th Annual Dapo Fun Day

Blackburn Community Park, 190 Glen Park Dr, Gloucester, ON K1B 5A3

Friends and Family it is that time of year again! Come Join the Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace at 190 Glen Park for the 17th Annual Dapo Fun Day! For those of you whom have yet to attend this event, it is day to promote non-violence,peaceful conflict resolution and most of all to empower our youth to be peacemakers in our community.

The day will include a little bit of fun for all ages!!! BBQ, Raffles with great prizes, Bouncy Castle, free face painting, cotton candy, live entertainment, key note speakers and DJ Phil Kid live on location! So bring your whole family and enjoy a day a positivity and a wonderful atmosphere in the sun.

This is our major fundraising event to support the Dapo Agoro Scholarships and community initiatives, so every little bit counts and your support is greatly appreciated! Can't wait to see you all there!!

The Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace embraces Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a world where nonviolence is a way of life. Dr King pointed out that nonviolence means more than the absence of physical violence. Nonviolence is not passive, but a courageous, active resistance to injustice. It is a way of life reflected in thought and deed, a method of conducting yourself in all of your affairs. The Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace seeks to create a forum for the community to address the problem of youth violence in our communities and a support group for families that are victimized as result of youth violence.

Our commitment is to launch innovative projects and programs that promote non violence among our youths through the use of positive re-enforcement by awarding an annual peace award to a student at Lester B. Pearson High School who demonstrates these traits. We aim to promote against youth violence through the use of state-of-the-art communications technology.

We seek new partnerships with organizations and individuals who demonstrate commitment to help educate people all over the world in Nonviolence. We will continue to support organizations that have missions similar to that of the Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace.

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OG500 Poetry Slam

Queen St. Fare, 170 Queen St, Ottawa

The OG500 is Ottawa's largest annual spoken word event, bringing poetry lovers and urban storytellers across the nation's capital to explore the spoken word and exchange in a live show of wit, verbal acrobatics and theatre.

As House of Paint's signature opening event for the past 6 years, the show has brought in headlining acts such as Maestro Fresh Wes, D'bi Young, The Recipe, Moe Clarke, Sarah MK and the legendary grandfather of Hiphop, Jalal Nuriddin of The Last Poets. This year we are pleased to announce Toronto's Dwayne Morgan as our headliner!

Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. In 1994, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists.

Morgan is the 2018 winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret award, and a 2016 finalist for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2013, Morgan was inducted in to the Scarborough Walk of Fame. Morgan is a member of the Writers Union of Canada, a 2012 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word National Poetry Slam Champion, and has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts.

The show consistently has reached capacity, mostly due to its competitive structure; 12 poets coming from all across Ontario and parts of Quebec compete in a three round poetry slam where the winner receives $500 cash.

To make the engagement more exciting, all guests are invited to participate in the voting process, breaking the common practice of traditional poetry slams where only 5 judges select the winner of each round.

L’OG500 est le plus important événement annuel de spoken word d’Ottawa, rassemblant les amateurs de poésie et les conteurs urbains de la capitale pour une exploration et un échange de création parlée, dans le cadre d’un spectacle vivant où l’esprit s’allie aux acrobaties verbales et au théâtre.

Spectacle d’ouverture emblématique du festival House of Paint depuis six ans, l’événement a déjà accueilli des têtes d’affiche comme Maestro Fresh Wes, D'bi Young, The Recipe, Moe Clarke, Sarah MK et le légendaire Jalal Nuriddin des Last Poets, considéré comme le grand-père du hip-hop.

Dwayne Morgan a commencé sa carrière d'artist du mot parlé en 1993. En 1994, il a fondé Up From The Roots entertainment, pour promouvoir la contribution positive des Canadiens Africains et les artistes d'influence urbaines.

Morgan est le gagnant du Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award 2018, et un finaliste pour le Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts en 2016. En 2013, Morgan a été introduit dans le Scarborough Walk of Fame. Morgan est membre de l'union des écrivains du Canada, un champion du Canadian Festival of Spoken Word National Poetry Slam en 2012, et a reçue un prix African Canadian Acheivement en plus du Harry Jerome Award for Excellence dans les Arts.

Le spectacle fait régulièrement salle comble, surtout en raison de son caractère compétitif : douze poètes de l’Ontario et du Québec s’affrontent dans un concours de poésie slam de trois rondes, dont le gagnant reçoit 500 $ en espèces.

Afin de rendre le combat encore plus palpitant, le public est invité à voter, ce qui rompt avec la tradition des concours de poésie slam où seulement cinq juges choisissent le gagnant de chaque ronde.

House of Paint - The Main Event!

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Brewer Park, 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

Yes yes, y'all! House of PainT is back for a sixteenth year of music, dance, art, and knowledge!



Gates Open: 11:00am

PWYC: Suggested Donation $5 per person, $20 for families

As the largest urban arts event in the Nation's Capital and one of Ottawa's fastest growing community events, House of PainT Festival of Urban Arts & Culture showcases the elements of hip hop culture in Ottawa. DJing, MCing, graffiti art and urban dance are the four elements that flood Brewer Park annually for the past 16 years!

The Main Event features concerts, competitions, workshops, and academic talks – celebrating and elevating hip hop in Canada. Also returning this year is the Obscura Creative Arts and Vendor Market, showcasing the work of local artists and makers in the community.

Featuring the Main Stage with music powered by Smallworld LIVE as well as visual artists and dancers throughout the day, House of PainT boasts a variety of talented artists both local and visiting. Watch this space for the full line-up!

Brewer Park - 100 Brewer Way - Ottawa



House of PainT Knowledge Conference 2019

Galerie SAW Gallery , 67 rue Nicholas Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B9

Each one teach one!

House of PainT's annual Knowledge Conference includes an array of amazing skill-building and thought provoking panels, workshops, talks, and classes.

House of PainT Knowledge Conference celebrates the 5th element of Hip Hop, Knowledge. It is a place to learn and grow, to find community and network with peers, elders, and up and comers. Seating will be available. Fully accessible venue.

Full schedule here:

The Flava Factory will host Master Classes in multiple dance styles. These classes are geared towards experienced or intermediate dancers.