Press Release

14th Annual House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture in Ottawa: Aug. 24-27



OTTAWA, July 31, 2017 – As the summer of #canada150 and #ottawa2017 draws to a close, one event will leave its mark on Ottawa as a juggernaut of arts and culture from the underground, rising up to bid farewell to the Summer in style. Ottawa’s 14th Annual House of PainT Festival will celebrate hip hop under Dunbar Bridge in Brewer Park on August 24-27, 2017.

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, giving a stage, a platform, for burgeoning and established artists alike to play with headliners, inspiring audiences of all ages with interdisciplinary and cross genre works and performances that celebrate and elevate Hip Hop in all of its elements.

More than 200 graffiti artists, urban dancers, hip hop artists, and DJs of all levels will gather underneath the Dunbar Bridge, while thousands flock to House of PainT’s breaking competitions, live concerts, artisan booths and outdoor food from local vendors, the 14th Annual House of PainT Festival is bringing the DMC DJ Competition (Turntablism) back to Ottawa on Friday, August 25 at Kinki Lounge and Kitchen, which is also the home of the monthly pop up, Hip Hop Brunch. Additionally, for the first time ever in Ottawa, the Bazaar Dance Showcase, a staple event in Toronto where competitive dancers perform in a non-competitive setting, will be taking place under Dunbar Bridge on Friday August 25.

The Main Event on Saturday, Aug. 26 will feature crew dance battles and live music from a curated selection of local and international artists. Saturday boats of Free Admission and an entire afternoon of family-friendly programming both under the bridge, and in the Seeds Tent, where a youthful curiosity in Hip Hop Arts is fostered and grows under the guidance of professional artists.

On Sunday, Aug. 27, the day starts off at Bayview Yards, in the Innovation Centre, with the Knowledge Conference and Master Classes – think TED Talks for Hip Hop Heads, and advanced level dance classes. Under the bridge, the festival will culminate with performances by a plethora of musicians, headlined by Hip Hop legends, Smif n Wessun, and International superstar DJ and former DMC World Champion, A-Trak.

14th Annual House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture

Aug. 24: OG 500 Poetry Slam – La Nouvelle Scene @6pm
Aug. 25Popping Battles, Bazaar Under The Bridge – Brewer Park / under Dunbar Bridge @7pm ; DMC Ottawa Championships, Kinki Lounge and Kitchen @Time TBA
Aug. 26: Main Event – Dance Battles, Seeds Tent workshops, Live Music, Brewer Park @11am. Afterparty with Skratch Bastid TBA
Aug. 27Hip Hop Brunch, Knowledge Conference + Master Classes, Bayview Yards Innovation Centre @9:00am; Live Concert with A-Trak, Smif N Wessun, Dubmatique + more! – Brewer Park @3pm

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 Tickets and Festival Passes are available in advance. House of PainT programming, 2017 Artist profiles and event details will be available at

Interviews with House of PainT General Manager, Sami Elkout, and artists are available upon request. 2017 House of PainT artist bios and photos available upon request.

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