The 9th annual House of PainT (HoP) festival went down this weekend under the Dunbar Bridge in Ottawa!
Shouts to Ottawa’s hip hop community for celebrating walls of colour painted by talented Canadian graffiti artists, DJs spinning classics (shouts to DJ Ducats) & MCs captivating the audience (shouts to Eternia) and bboys & bgirls throwing down!
Having grown up and acquired my love for hip hop in Ottawa I was energized by the positivity & love that was felt among HoP attendees. It is touching to see hip hop enthusiasts with a passion comparable to KRS-One teaching kids about the roots of hip hop and respect for one another. Seeing the younger generation in breakdancing circles, interacting with live art, and watching live performances with wide eyes assured me that hip hop is indeed still alive and well… and reaching youth in Canada.
Uniting under one bridge – the bridge that links Ottawa’s south to north – allows us to share a moment in time year after year. Much respect to HoP for bringing the elements of hip hop together in one place to build & strengthen our community, share the art that we all love, and connect with one another at the capital city’s biggest free hip hop jam.
If you attended HoP 2011 and picked up The 613 Series Vol. 1 “Connect”, peep the Kool Krys joint “Let Me Play It” on Track 10.