LIFE LESSONS POETICALLY

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Who is KING KIMBIT? 

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

The 5th Annual Hip Hop Food Drive in Ottawa

Cafe Dekcuf, 221 Rideau St, Ottawa

[Toronto/Ottawa/Montreal] – Bring Ya Eh Game presents The 5th Annual Hip Hop Food Drive taking place in 3 cities this year. December 12th in Toronto inside Black Swan Tavern, December 13th in Ottawa inside Cafe Dekcuf and December 14th 2019 in Montreal inside Local Legend. The events will feature live performances and all three dates will be hosted by Dynamic aka Ya Favourite Lightskin of Bring Ya Eh Game Radio on CHUO 89.1 FM. With the success of last years donations, Bring Ya Eh Game is proud to bring back the Hip Hop Food Drive for a 5th year as there is a need for this initiative in the community. Tickets at the door are $5 with a non-perishable food donation or $10 without. The food donations for Toronto will be going to Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre and for Ottawa they will be going to The Door and for Montreal they will be going to Depot Community Food Centre. Doors open @ 9 PM in each city.

HHFD gives local artists and supporters a platform to give back to the community by helping out those who are less fortunate!

Cap City Cyphers: Session 16 + New York Reach

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The Origin Arts & Community Centre, 57 Lyndale Ave., Ottawa

NEW YORK NIGHT IN OTTAWA with guests from New York City Cypher and Open Mic ft. Knock-Ternal Rhyme Sessions's Super King Armor (Enrae Mercer) Hip-Hop Business w/ Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Daniel Gallant

We are presenting a FULL DAY of activities starting from 2PM and concluding at 10PM.

2-5PM - REACH - Marketing & Sustainability Workshop w Daniel Gallant, ED of Nuyorican Poets Cafe 5-6PM DINNER IS SERVED - courtesy of The Carleton Food Collective; desert samples and available for purchase by High Cakes - baked same day 6:13-8:19PM - SESSION 16 w/ Knock-Ternal Rhyme Sessions & Eyeda Sophia 8:30-10PM - OPEN MIC ft. Super King Armor & Eyeda Sophia

2-5PM - REACH - Marketing & Sustainability Workshop w/ Daniel Gallant, Executive Director of Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New York

The Cap City Cyphers team is committed to learning, sharing, and building community around Hip-Hop, and so we have invited the Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a historical veteran venue/presenter in New York. We will be learning ways to market, build, and sustain our brand as presenters, as well as understanding the impact it would have on the greater Ottawa Hip-Hop community. We cordially invite all Hip-Hop hosts to join us in learning from and building bridges between Ottawa and the birthplace of Hip-Hop, New York City.

This workshop is intended for people who are interested in building and sustaining a vibrant and resourceful community for Hip-Hop artists, organizations, and venues. This workshop will focus on the business of Hip-Hop arts covering brand building and growing networks. This workshop will also provide an opportunity for Ottawa Hip-Hop artists to build a connection with the director of a venue in the heart of New York City. Daniel will also be present during our Open Mic after the Cypher.

" Daniel Gallant is the Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Director of Arts Japan 2020, and a marketing consultant. He is the recipient of an Eisenhower Fellowship and fellowships from National Arts Strategies and the Devos Institute; he was also recently named to the Fulbright Specialist roster. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, the New York Post, six anthologies from Applause Books and Vintage Books and elsewhere. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Adweek, Crains New York, Inc., New York Magazine, and on MTV, NPR, NY1, PBS, CNN’s United Shades of America and NPR's Planet Money. He has lectured and consulted about arts marketing for organizations including the Kennedy Center, PEN World Voices Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Banff Arts Centre, the 92nd Street Y, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Opera America, Fourth Arts Block, The Field, and many more."

5-6PM - FREE LUNCH (dinner) - served by The Carleton Food Collective

"We are a student-run, pay-what-you-can vegan food provider. We use food to feed people, bring together communities, educate people, and stimulate debate"

6:13-8:19PM - SESSION 16 CAP CITY CYPHERS ft Knock-Ternal Rhyme Sessions & Eyeda Sophia

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: https://www.lynngehl.com/black-face-blogging/algonquin-anishinaabe-land-acknowledgement

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. https://www.facebook.com/pg/capcitycyphers/about

"Knock-Ternal Rhyme Sessions is the brainchild of underground, bicoastal, Hip Hop artist Enrae Mercer. Better known as Super King Armor. It is a cypher welcome to beatboxers, poets, singers, musicians, conga players, producers who would like to showcase their beats via boombox, or pill, DJ's you name it! Plus rappers/Mc's of all skill levels are welcome. How else are you gonna get your bars up? Unless you rap with people who are better than you?"

" Eyeda Sophia is a Toronto born, Canadian-Caribbean rap-poet. Her rhymes are fueled by magnetic energy, feverish passion and vivid storytelling. Eyeda unpacks tales of growth and triumph via spoken-word like delivery and a facile flow. She has curated several Toronto based cyphers and events, in support of safer, more inclusive spaces to enjoy rap.

In a single year following the release of her debut tape "Much Love", Eyeda has performed at Long Winter, UNITY Fest, Manifesto, The Rex, Ontario Place, the AGO, the Royal Ontario Museum and venues all across Ontario.

She continues to represent the rebirth of new age Hip-Hop; a place for queer, marginalized and femme peoples.

https://soundcloud.com/maxandeyeda" https://www.diyspring.net/eyedasophia

8:30-10:30PM OPEN MIC ft. Super King Armor & Eyeda Sophia

Sign up (send your beats) to capcitycyphers@gmail.com There are 14 spaces for performers. Please sign up in advance.

Native New Yorker, Super King Armor is a self published Author, founder & host of weekly hip hop cypher Knock-ternal Rhyme sessions, and touring Hip Hop artist from Jamaica, Queens. The Art of Enrae L. Mercer/Super King Armor

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BOOKS 'N' BEATS

Secret Location, Montreal

BOOKS'N'BEATS Knowledge is a tinggg! . .

Bring a book, take a book. Have a look.. Chill, kick back, get your read on.. We got vinyl on decks, snacks on set, special draaank all set.

BLES-SED spinning an all vinyl hip-hop set 🔥 She always brings the heat!! . . This afternoon is in appreciation of reading in our culture. Time to turn up with a book in hand. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is sexy. Vernacular is spectacular! We just wanted to shed a light that reading, kids, is indeed da coolest.

Have a favourite passage you'd like to share? Sign up for the early "Open Page" and read to us baby! We'll even get BLES-SED to bless it with some mood music! Live performances by: King Kimbit (Ottawa) Super King Armor (NYC) Eyeda Sophia (Toronto)

Hosted by Se'lah Genesis!

Happening in a secret location in downtown MTL!! . . Snacks provided! Click ticket link! $10 $5 with book donation

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