HoP 2008 Press Release – May 15, 2008

House of PainT 2008 – 1-9pm, Sunday, June 15th

Break Dancers, MCs, DJs and Graffiti Artists bring the Hip Hop community together under one bridge!

Ottawa, Thursday, May 15, 2008 – Only one month to go before the next House of PainT festival and the countdown is on! This year House of PainT will once again partner with Hip Hop 360 and the Canada Dance Festival to bring you their biggest event yet. Artists from across Canada will be keeping it real with an all day event showcasing the four elements of Hip Hop.

On Sunday, June 15, 2008, House of PainT will feature Break Dancers (Bboys and Bgirls), MCs (Rappers), DJs, and Graffiti Artists from Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and more. The artists will gather at the House of PainT, a legal urban art wall, to dance, rap, spin records, and paint under the Dunbar Bridge, where Bronson Avenue crosses the Rideau River.

Once again graffiti artists will fill the grey underside of the bridge with colourful urban artwork while DJs fill the air with funk and hip hop, Break Dancers compete for prizes and MCs rock the mic on a stage set up under six lanes of fast-moving traffic heading north and south on Bronson. Members of the HipHop community will share their skills with Ottawa residents through mural painting and breakdancing lessons, as well as a talk on the history of Hip Hop.

Admission to the House of PainT is free and open to all. Expect to find non-vegetarian and vegetarian options at the BBQ and art for sale by participating artists.

“The House of PainT has become a major annual event for the Ottawa Hip Hop community,” says Festival Coordinator Sabra Ripley. “By partnering with Hip Hop 360 and the Canada Dance Festival, we take things to another level; bringing artists from across Canada to see the amazing talent we have here in our city.”

Last year’s festival attracted over 600 participants and more are expected for 2008. The event serves to commemorate the establishment of Ottawa’s first legal Graffiti wall. With the new Graffiti Management Strategy now in effect and Ottawa officials cracking down on Graffiti across the city, it’s more important than ever to maintain a space where urban artists can express themselves legally. The strategy puts legal walls like HoP on a one year probation.

So mark Sunday, June 15th in your calendars and come out and discover what all the excitement is about. See you “Under the Bridge!”

For more information contact:

Nika Alia Khan, House of PainT Communications Coordinator, at houseofpaintfestival@hotmail.com

Visit www.houseofpaint.ca for more information about House of PainT

Visit www.canadadancefestival.ca for more information about Hip Hop 360

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