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King Kimbit is an internationally-acclaimed Hip-Hop artist with a focus on the literary sense, interested in telling stories that are authentic to her experiences and identities. Her poetic work details the realities of her upbringing as the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, the truths of her social vantage point as a young racialized womxn, and her stance on social issues regarding racism, de/colonization, and gender inequality. 


Since being crowned Urban Legends Poetry Slam Champion in 2012, King has been sharing love and light through her poetry and music across Canada, the US, and more recently in Jamaica, where she worked in part on her debut album of poetry and musical arrangements entitled "Life Lessos Poetically". King currently coordinates Urban Legends’ Youth Speak! writing and performance workshops for teens and is also 1/3 of the founding force of Cap City Cyphers, a space for rappers across the city to unite and celebrate love and unity through Hip-Hop.

 Life Lessons Poetically

YouthSpeak Ottawa: The 4th Slam & Open Mic

Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch , 120 Metcalfe, Ottawa

Join us on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2020 for the much anticipated YouthSpeak! Slam at 6:30PM in room B125 (basement) of the Ottawa Public Library / Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa Main Branch: 120 Metcalfe St.

Open mic available at the start of the slam! Sign up at the door. FREE

YouthSpeak! drop-in writing sessions take place every Monday in the basement of the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch from 5-8PM. If you're 22 and under and would like to attend, feel free to drop by any time. If you are older than 22 and still want to participate, you can sign up to be a volunteer facilitator at

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For the first time ever, YouthSpeak will be hosting a Poetry Slam for youth, age 22 and younger. The YouthSpeak writing and performance mentorship will continue ever Monday, with the last Monday of each month reserved for the SLAM. Any youth age 22 and younger are invited to drop-in for the weekly workshop series or compete in the slam or perform in the OPEN MIC portion (non-competitive) at the beginning of the slam. Sign-up at the door.

POETRY SLAM is the competitive form of Spoken Word poetry. The YouthSpeak slam series will determine a team of the top 5 youth poets to represent Ottawa at Voices of Today Youth Poetry Festival in 2020. Donations will be accepted to cover travel costs.

Cap City Cyphers: Past, Present & Future

Cultural Arts Studio, 149 King George - Unit 7, Ottawa

SESSION 19 will be paired with a documentary screening and ending with an Open Mic with a feature performance from founder 4theworld. Emcees, rappers, word samurais of all styles and backgrounds are welcome. Producers, tag and send your beats! Performers for the Open Mic, email us your music at No sign-up required for CYPHER portion.

PAST: 5PM Hip-Hop Evolution: Season 1, Episode 1 - The Foundation PRESENT: 6:13PM SESSION 19 FUTURE: 8:30PM Open Mic ft. 4theworld

Cap City Cyphers organizes and operates on the traditional land of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. You can learn more about this land claim thanks to Lynn Gehl, PHD here:

Our main goals at Cap City Cyphers are: 1) to hold safer spaces for creatives to share, foster, and develop skills related to Hip-Hop culture, mainly freestyle emceeing, beatmaking, and live drawing, as well as 2) to keep Hip-Hop culture alive by hosting freestyle rap sessions and presenting educational programming related to Hip-Hop

The intention of our series is to unite all Hip-Hop enthusiasts such as rappers, producers, and visual artists, especially artists who are living in the margins of the Ottawa/Gatineau and surrounding areas to explore their creativity in an inclusive and safer space, so we encourage attendees to refrain from rapping or engaging in any hate speech including but not limited to misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and racism. Hip-Hop has been historically a marginalized genre of music, and within that lies further ostracizing of Hip-Hop artists who are racialized, womxn, and queer. While holding this awareness at the forefront, we will not censor or shun people who might be problematic because we also believe that "cancel culture" can be just as harmful. Instead, our method of resolution to keep this a safer space for artists who are racialized, queer, and womxn as an organization is to hold people accountable for their Word by calling them in to a discussion on its power.

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Integrating Comedy and Hip Hop March 21st

Babylon Nightclub, 317 Bank St., Ottawa

We are back March 21st to bring together two of the greatest art forms, comedy and hip hop. Your MC, Kia Mazar will take you through Ottawa's comedy and hip hop scene.

The first half of the night will consist of 3 of Ottawas favourite comics and end off with 3 rounds of roasts. Two sets of roasters will go head to head until the winner of each round will roast each other. The winner of the roast will be chosen by audience vote. Jeff Davis will be defending his title and the roast champion that night.

Comedians: Peter Saran, Rachel Montgomery, Adam Mensah Adjokatcher

Andrew Wambolt VS George Assily Jeffrey Davis VS Cesar Makhoul

The second half of the show will be our hip hop portion of the night, starting off with the very talented Angeo. Continuing the show will Chubalicious defending his title in a rap battle between another local legend, Teddy KGB.

In collaboration with Cap City Cyphers the night will carry on with freestyle rap. Closing the show is King Kimbit!

Throughout the night Boysdontdraw will have booth set up with their fresh art. BOYSDONTDRAW takes inspiration from hip hop music and pop art icons such as Andy Warhol and puts a modern spin on techniques used by the pop art greats of the past to create transformative portraits of musical talent and so much more.

IMPORTANT The ticket you buy for this event will allow you to stay for the after party at Babylon Nightclub. The after party is an amazing burlesque show valued at $10 a ticket

Tickets: $8 online or 4 for $20 $12 @ door

Location: Babylon Nightclub 317 Bank St.

Time: Doors @ 8:00 PM Show @ 8:30 PM Done @ 11:00 PM

$8 online or 4 for $20 $12 @ door

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