#HoP2016 Knowledge Conference


The 13th Annual House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture celebrates and elevates the culture that connects us and nurtures the roots of our community. In exploring ways on how to break down the forces that divide our communities, we must recognize that this action of decolonization is taking place on unceded Algonquin Territory, where Anishnabe of Turtle Island have been protecting their culture for over 500 years.

Hip Hop began as an expression of cultural defence and reclamation for  marginalized communities. Continuing with this tradition, House of Paint is committed to supporting our communities in fostering safe, respectful, anti-oppressive, just, and empowering spaces.

Decolonization is a process that invites us to question our relationship with our land, our communities, our governments and most importantly, ourselves.

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Intro to Decolonize HOP Film Night + WORKSHOP: Let’s Connect Politic Ditto

Origin Studios, 57 Lyndale Avenue, Ottawa

Welcome to #HOP2016. This pre-festival introduction to our theme begins with the documentary film “First Out Here” regarding Indigenous hip hop, followed by a short Q&A. After a short break, small groups will participate in an Anti-Oppression 101 workshop; investigating anti-oppression terminology/ practices with practical application to everyday situations as well as how to identify individual, implicit biases.

Facilitator: Yami Msosa (Community Organizer)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Getting Started in the Arts Sector: Youth Careers & Access Funding PANEL: “FACTOR & MySparkPath Q & A”

Friday, August 26, 2016 6PM – 6:50PM

Seeds Tent, Brewer Park, 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

Details: A career in the arts, culture and heritage sectors can be difficult to navigate especially as a youth. Bringing together a senior project coordinator for a major music arts funding body, a career development specialist, and a grant recipient, this panel is for anyone looking for guidance in their career in the arts in Ottawa.

**Both Tamara and JP will be available at our Learning Booth Saturday 1PM – 5PM to answer any questions or 1:1 sessions.

Moderator: Veronica Michelle

Panelists: Tamara Dawit (FACTOR), JP Michel (MySparkPath), Apollo the Child(Ottawa)


Friday, August 26, 2016 6PM-7:30PM

Origin Studios, 57 Lyndale Avenue, Ottawa

Materials to bring: Please prepare one or two pieces and bring pen and paper.

Details: Join singer-songwriter Sarah MK and beatboxer X-WAM, members of the improvisational Montreal collective, Kalmunity. Through vocal exercises and performance exploration, learn how to collaborate on song creation in a group context, then apply it to the stage right away!

Hosts: Sarah MK (Montreal); X-WAM (Montreal)

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Seeds Tent, Brewer Park, 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12PM-4PM

1. A) Q&A with Tamara Dawit, Cultural Funding Officer, FACTOR
2. B) Q&A with JP Michel, Youth Career Development Specialist, My Spark Path


12:30pm: Dance – Luv2Groove with Julia Gutsik

1:30 – 2:30 BREAK for Knowledge Panel

2:30pm: Visual Art – Robbie Lariviere

3:15pm: Poetry – John Akpata

5:50pm: Lowertown youth group performance following hip hop music workshops

About Kids Workshops: To celebrate and elevate urban arts and culture in the national capital region, we must start with our children. Join us in the Seeds Tent Kids’ Corner for workshops on breaking, spray-painting, poetry writing and beat-making and to learn about the history of hip hop and urban life in Canada and the world.

Mentorship PANEL: Mentorship and Collaborating: Sharing the Knowledge

Saturday, August 27, 2016 1:30PM-2:30PM

Seeds Tent, Brewer Park, 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

Details: Artists and their communities simultaneously benefit from mentorship programs and relationships that foster personal and professional growth. This panel will discuss how the mentor network can better equip young and emerging artists to navigate a career in the music industry, as well as how to better integrate and gain support from diverse communities.

Panelists: Crazy Legs (New York), Dan-E-O, Buddha (Ottawa), Dominique Boisvenue (Ottawa), Lef7y (Toronto)

Culture Remixed PANEL: Hip Hop and Cultural Fusion

Saturday, August 27, 2016 4PM-5PM

Seeds Tent, Brewer Park, 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

Details: Contemporary and traditional cultures can be united for a grounded and lucrative music career without “selling out”- but how? Be part of the discussion with three notable hip hop artists who have garnered a sustainable career based in fusing hip-hop with indigenous music and culture. Topics of discussion include: strategies and techniques for making a living off of music as a career, corporate sponsorship, merchandising, commercial radio play, and using music skills in other aspects of arts industry.

Moderator: John Akpata

Panelists: Beny Esguerra, DJ JS1, Aspects, Wise Atangana


TOP ROCK MASTERCLASS with Ynot (Rocksteady Crew)

Saturday, August 27, 2016 1PM-2:15PM

Carleton University, Norm Fenn Gym, Room 2404, Ottawa

B-boy YNOT is a student of hip hop and slave to rhythm. Starting off as a multi-instrumentalist jazz artist and performing big band style, YNOT loves funk and soul music. His interest in James Brown was a key factor in his appreciation of hip hop music. YNOT shares his love affair with hip hop dance in his Top Rock Masterclass.

Popping MASTERCLASS with Sweepy

Saturday, August 27, 2016 2:30PM-4PM

Carleton University, Norm Fenn Gym, Room 2404, Ottawa

A Senior member of the RockSteadyCrew and Machine Gone Funk, Sweepy is known for his innovative, fun and authentic style. He has appeared in Grammy award-winning music videos and featured roles in blockbuster films. Currently, Sweepy shares his love for dance and hip hop culture with children at The Rhythm Attic Dance Academy.


Sunday, August 28, 2016


Seeds Tent, Brewer Park, 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

1. A) Anti-Oppression Q&A with Yami Msosa
Anti-oppression and decolonization resources and tools
Resources on alternatives to calling the police

2. B) Project Soundcheck Q&A with Kira-Lynn
Being diligent at mass gatherings
Resources and tools on how to be an ally at mass gatherings

Hip Hop Brunch – NETWORKING

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 11AM – 2PM

Seeds Tent, Brewer Park, 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

To open the final day of the Knowledge Conference, attendees (industry professionals, music entrepreneurs and artists) for an intentional gathering to begin and build relationships – through conversation, exchange and networking – catered to the Hip Hop industry.

Host/Networking Facilitator: Cara Gooding

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 1:30PM – 2:30PM

Seeds Tent, Brewer Park, 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

Opening Remarks

12:30PM         Introduction by Cara Gooding

1:00PM           Welcome Address & Ceremony

Speakers: Mista Wasis, Anthony Bansfield

Ladies First PANEL

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 1:30PM – 2:25PM

Seeds Tent, Brewer Park ,100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

Let’s be real, the music industry in general is male dominated and often sexist, while women have navigated these murky waters and carved out a career path for themselves. This panel will bring together women at different points in their development as professionals in Hip-hop music.

Panelists: Naadei (Montreal), Phoenix Pagliacci (Toronto), B-girl Lynx (Montreal), Kool Krys (Ottawa)

Moderator: John Akpata (Ottawa)

Decolonize Hip-Hop PANEL

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 2:30PM – 3:45PM

Seeds Tent, Brewer Park, 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

This panel explores this year’s festival theme. Hip Hop began as an expression of cultural defense and reclamation for marginalized communities; carving out space for self expression and empowerment. How do we protect and nurture hip-hop to preserve it as a tool for self-determination and cultural expression, and what tools are needed to support our communities in safe, anti-oppressive and empowering spaces?

Panelists: Fabel, Jay Gullo, Sergio “Hyf” Guerra

Closing KEYNOTE : Drezus

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 3:45PM – 4PM

Seeds Tent, Brewer Park, 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

Drezus wears the pride of his people, while effortlessly crushing stereotypes and microphones on a journey to Self. Armed with a library of hip-hop knowledge and fire kept from generations past, Drezus inspires us to ask ourselves relevant questions regarding our own personal decolonization.


BREAKING MASTERCLASS 1 with Vicious (Sweet Technique/ Boogie Brats)

Sunday, August 28, 2016 1:30PM – 3PM

Carleton University, Norm Fenn Gym, Combative Room, Ottawa

About B-Boy Vicious: Vicious began dancing on the streets in 1998 and turned pro in 2006. He is a member of Sweet Technique, Boogie Brats and 20th Century bboys. His experiences with traveling and breaking have connected him with so many people in the worldwide community who continue to inspire him.

BREAKING MASTERCLASS 2 with Crazy Legs (Rock Steady Crew)

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 2:30PM – 4:00PM

Carleton University, Norm Fenn Gym, Combative Room, Ottawa

About Crazy Legs: Legendary b-boy and Rock Steady Crew President Crazy Legs (Richard Colón) has had a long and inspiring career in Hip Hop; one that is fueled by organizing within the community. But what might set him apart is the ability to use Hip Hop as a tool to help build and elevate communities outside the confines of Hip Hop. Living between New York and Puerto Rico, the Bronx native is very busy, but not too busy to make time for causes close to his heart.

Q&A with Rock Steady Crew: DJ JS-1, Crazy Legs, Sweepy, YNOT

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 4PM – 5PM

Carleton University, Norm Fenn Gym, Combative Room, Ottawa

The Rock Steady Crew will be soon celebrating 40 years! Emerging out of the b-boy rivalries in New York; RSC was established in 1977 by Bronx b-boys Jimmy D and Jimmy Lee, and joined by many others along the way. With a variety of performances, judge titles and even contributions to a theatrical production, The New York Times called the Rock Steady Crew “the foremost breakdancing group in the world today.”