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Kool Krys Feminum Album Release

ByWard Blizzard Beats starts Friday, Feb. 3

#ByWardBlizzardBeats is back, starting this Friday, Feb. 3 with Eazy El Dee and Dj Laocapone!

Friday and Saturday evenings all 3 weekends of Winterlude 2017 at 7:30 – 10:30pm.

Location: ByWard Garage, 70 Clarence Street Loading Bays (east side and west side).

ByWard Blizzard Beats | Rhythmes du Blizzard ByWard | ByWard Market

A new experience in an old urban space. Lights and sounds will transform these cold corners into lively music filled public spaces. Shake off the cold and get into the groove with local and international DJ’s:

DJ Neil Armstrong (Jay-Z’s former tour DJ)
Dj Illo
Trevor Walker
DJ MACE from Ebony & Ivory Lifestyle
Igor Stipanac (Iggy Smalls)
RayRay Phono Jones Sulaman
Peter NautyNyce Mak
Balu Adamowicz
Eazy El Dee
Dj Laocapone
Bounleuth Chanthapanya
Sean Daigle

#TheKiss with Skratch Bastid: NAC, Oct. 14


On Friday, October 14, House of PainT and the National Arts Centre Orchestra present a night featuring Ottawa visual artists Allan André, Mique Michelle, Pat Buck and Dan Metcalfe painting the interior walls of the NAC with colourful works inspired by The Kiss, the NAC-commissioned art from internationally-renowned Canadian artist Anita Kunz, whose work has graced the covers of The New Yorker and Rolling Stone.

The event is part of the NAC’s Beethoven and Schumann Festival and kicks off at 9:30pm with LiVE 88.5’s DJ Noah spinning in the NAC Main Foyer, followed by a special tribute to Beethoven and Schumann by Canada’s turntable champion and crowd favourite Skratch Bastid.

“DJ Skratch Bastid is brilliant and electric, and is known for his expressive execution, coaxing mash-ups and collaborations, with the likes of the Afiara Quartet, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Buck 65 and Shad. He is truly innovative in his ability to disrupt and merge genres. I am thrilled to include him among the phenomenal group of soloists who will perform during our 10 day Festival,” says NACO musical director Alexander Shelley.

Over the past 15 years, Canada’s own Skratch Bastid has been spreading his skills and name around the world. At the rate of over 150 shows a year over the last decade, he has been increasingly heralded for his comfort and versatility in different styles – hip hop, funk, disco, club, rock and just about anything that makes people dance – the Bastid has rocked dance floors in Asia, Europe, Down Under and everywhere in between. With an incomparable hold in his country where he has become a staple of Canadian DJ history, he now celebrates his culture and community in his home base of Toronto and throughout Canada with the annual Bastid’s BBQ held every summer.

You won’t want to miss this party or the chance to devour delicious food samples and see a Bastid mash-up you never thought possible!

Doors open at 9:30pm
$10 cover

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Alan Neal interviewing Patrick McCormack, General Manager, House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture; Anita Kunz, Professional Artist and Skratch Bastid on CBC’s All in a Day. Here’s the CBC Radio interview.


The party continues at Kinki following Skratch Bastid’s NAC Performance + DJ MACE
Friday, Oct. 14, No Cover, 19+

Ottawa Footy Street: Aug. 6


Ottawa Footy Street: Ottawa’s First Family-friendly Soccer Tournament and Arts Festival
Aug. 6, 11am – 7pm, ByWard Market

OTTAWA — August 2, 2016 — On Saturday, Aug. 6, Ottawa Footy Street Festival takes over the ByWard Market. The first of its kind in our Nation’s Capital, the festival is a multi-cultural event that mirrors the values of our community, healthy living and good sportsmanship promoted by the international game of soccer.

In partnership with Ottawa’s largest urban arts organization House of PainT, soccer players, attendees and their families can participate in a fun, respectful, and interactive environment. Attendees will also be thrilled to witness entertainment running throughout the day, including live street art, street dancers, DJ’s, and live performances.

WHO: House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture and Ottawa Footy Street

WHAT: Ottawa Footy Street Festival: A one-day event dedicated to soccer, arts, and entertainment in our Nation’s Capital

WHERE: Sidewalk adjacent to George Street (ByWard and Sussex) of the ByWard Market (55 ByWard Market Square)

WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 2016, 11am – 7pm



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 prepares to celebrate hip hop and urban culture under Dunbar Bridge in Brewer Park on August 25-28, 2016.

13th Annual House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture (Aug. 25-28)

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
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

Interviews with House of PainT General Manager and Ottawa Footy Street Organizer are available upon request. 

Media Contact:
Christina Devine,

Happy International Women’s Day

In honour of International Women’s Day 2013, I would like to share this playlist of my favourite ladies rockin the mic for you to bump as you celebrate this day.



1. Mystic – The Life
2. Eternia – Evidence
3. Bahamadia ft. K-Swift & Mecca Starr – 3 The Hard Way
4. Rah Digga – Tight
5. Jean Grae with DJ I-Dee – The Right ft. Wrekonize
6. Psalm One – Women at Work
7. Ladybug Mecca with Digable Planets – 9th Wonder Blackitolism
8. Michie Mee – Jamaican Funk
9. MC Lyte & Missy Elliott – Cold Rock a Party
10. Salt n Pepa – Ain’t Nuthin But a She Thing