Press Release

13th Annual House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture

August 25-28, 2016


OTTAWA – As the largest growing urban arts event in the Nation’s capital and one of Ottawa’s fastest growing community events, the 13th Annual House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture will celebrate hip hop under Dunbar Bridge in Brewer Park on August 25-28, 2016.

DJing, MCing, graffiti art and urban dance are the four pillars upon which House of PainT offers concerts, competitions, workshops and academic talks – elevating urban culture in Canada.

“We welcome Ottawa families to attend our weekend of art-filled days of workshops, music and live graffiti to experience how hip hop and urban arts inspire collaboration in Ottawa’s community,” says Patrick McCormack, House of PainT General Manager.

More than 200 graffiti artists, urban dancers, hip hop artists and DJs of all levels will gather underneath the Dunbar Bridge to celebrate and elevate hip hop culture. While thousands flock to House of PainT’s breaking competitions, live concerts, artisan booths and outdoor food from local vendors, the 13th Annual House of PainT Festival is bringing the DMC DJ Competition (Turntablism) back to Ottawa on Friday, Aug. 26 at Brewer Park under Dunbar Bridge.

The Main Event on Saturday, Aug. 27 will feature Rock Steady Crew judging crew dance battles and a live concert. On Sunday, Aug. 28, the family-friendly day will start with Hip Hop Brunch with local food vendors, House of PainT’s annual Knowledge Conference and Master Classes, and a live concert starting at 3pm with feature performances by EPMD and A-F-R-O & Marco Polo.

13th Annual House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture

Aug. 25: OG 500 Poetry Slam, Gladstone Theatre, 6pm
Aug. 26: DMC Ottawa DJ Competition / Popping Battles, Brewer Park, 6pm
Aug. 27: Main Event – Dance Battles, Rock Steady Crew and Live Concert, Brewer Park, 11:30am. Afterparty at Babylon Nightclub
Aug. 28: Hip Hop Brunch, Knowledge Conference + Master Classes and Live Concert with EPMD and A-F-R-O & Marco Polo, Brewer Park, 11am

House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture started in 2003, after Ottawa-Gatineau-based urban artists lobbied for a graffiti wall and the city granted the Free Zone for Legal Art underneath Dunbar Bridge where Bronson Avenue crosses Rideau River.

House of PainT Festival Passes and VIP Passes are available in advance. House of PainT programming, 2016 Artist profiles and event details are available at

Media Passes, interviews with House of PainT General Manager and artists are available upon request. 2016 House of PainT artist bios and photos available upon request.

Media Contacts:
Christina Devine,, 613-796-2622
Thomas Radford,, 613-413-2062