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InnerGenerational: Becoming Ancestors is the discovery and showcasing of the second-generation immigrant’s experience in finding our place in Canada. An intimate reflection on ancestral impact featuring a trilogy of Asian experiences (South Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander) shared through poetry, music, rap, comedy and storytelling.

Many of us suffer in silence through mental health issues, shame, guilt, pressures to assimilate and confusion in who we are, always feeling stuck in the middle. With exploration of our lineage and complicated family history through multidisciplinary performance arts, we are able to find where we belong.

Performances by GTA artists Siddartha & Shqdel, with special guest performer Ottawa legend King Kimbit. Also returning to his hometown, Master of Ceremony, Anto Chan.

You won't want to miss this one night only event of heart-opening, growth-minded and revolutionary entertainment!


THE ULTIMATE HIP-HOP AND R&B FESTIVAL SPREADING OUTRAGEOUS LOVE featuring Lecrae, Chandler Moore, Hulvey, KB & Dunamis District.

About JON Festival + Our MissionCan a city be saved in a day?

JON Festival is the platform to change the nation. The 2 days before the event, October 13th and 14th, is a community focused initiative to spread God's love into the nation. This outpour, called the Outrageous Love Campaign (OLC), aims to positively transform Canadian cities by meeting the most current needs of the local community.

We will achieve this by igniting the next generation into active community service to enhance the work of local governments, local organizations and local communities. Activities include but are not limited to, renovation of run down shelters, graffiti removal from public and private property, supply of groceries and other essential items to the most vulnerable, senior support care, prayer, child care, community drives, student scholarships and debt removal, volunteering at local businesses, first nations support, etc.

Sunday, October 15th will be an epic concert with some of the biggest names on the globe.

Cap City Cyphers is celebrating 5 years. Inspired by the lively rap communities in NYC, Cap City Cyphers (CCC) came together in 2018 to host and facilitate space for emerging and veteran emcees alike to use their voices by playing with different methods of improvised lyricism and vocalization. Since its inception, CCC has partnered with many organizations local and abroad encouraging more life to Rap and Hip-Hop in the Ottawa region (unceded Algonquin territory).

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King Kimbit at ByWard Night Market

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ByWard Market, 55 ByWard Market Square, Ottawa

The #ByWardNightMarket is happening on Saturday, August 26th from 5-7pm. This once-a-month shopping experience features street food vendors, a local bakery, artisans, and the city’s hottest performers!

William Street will be lined up with vendors and public seating. @blackmoses305 will be hosting from 5-7pm & I’ll be preforming from 6 to 7, right after Rejuno's set. 🎶

Thank you @ottawamarkets & @iam_maryj_ for this opportunity!

Join us for a night of music, celebration and solidarity on Friday, August 18th, 2023 at Club Saw (67 Nicholas St, Ottawa). Doors open at 6:30pm. Performers to be announced!!

The Anishnabe Moose Committee has led the grassroots effort to protect the moose, their lands and their culture in their territory. This evening will be all about celebrating and fundraising to support the AMC in their front line research and community-building work!

Featuring Artists: Alicia Kayley, Keith Whiteduck and Chantal, Mariah Miigwans, Chemical Hunger, Dara Wawatie-Chabot, King Kimbit, and Noodin!

Supported by: Biblioterre, Climate Justice Ottawa, Research for the Frontlines, Small Change Fund

Venue Information (also available at

Accessibility: Club SAW is wheelchair accessible, including two accessible bathrooms; seating will be available. Let us know of any other accessibility requests and we'll do our best to accommodate .

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Tickets are on sliding scale of $15, $25, $35, and $50. A $50 ticket includes a free silk-screened tote bag with art by Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt. All proceeds go to the Anishnabe Moose Committee.

Songs from the Shed is a concert series that will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am-1pm, June 6th through October 12th 2023. Come enjoy Sparks Street and listen to the amazing singer/songwriters!

Date: Thursday, August 17 Venue: The Shed on Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON Time: 11:30am-1pm Price: FREE (no ticket required)

Presented by Sparks St. Live and the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC)

Join me at House of PainT for the city’s largest poetry slam, the OG 500! This intense competition hosts some of the most talented poets facing off in a three-round competition with a special panel of guest judges. Tickets are $20 in advance.

Please note the OG500 will be in the Azrieli Studio within the NAC.

Joignez-vous à House of PainT pour le plus grand slam de poésie de la ville, l'OG 500 ! Cette compétition intense accueille certain.e.s des poètes les plus qui s'affrontent dans une compétition en trois rondes avec un exceptionnel panel de juges invité.e.s. Les billets coûtent 20 dollars à l'avance. SVP noter que l'OG500 sera dans l'Azrieli Studio aux NAC.


Cap City Cyphers at Community Pull Up!

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Vanier Hub, 271 Marier, Ottawa & @vanierbia are proud to present 'The Community Pull Up' on Saturday, July 29 from 3-8pm. The Community Pull Up is a celebration highlighting musicians and artistry among the local creative community, with a spotlight on Vanier. This family friendly event features performances by local artists, vendor pop ups, kid friendly activities including face painting, an open mic segment and a live cypher by Cap City Cyphers. The Cypher portion will also be family friendly and led by local artists King Kimbit(@kingkimbit) & Nico(@zoolegacy). Pull up and bring the fam!

Vendors: @rinude, @colourmechristmas, @rasmprintcreations, @shadedcanada, @pvstlifeproducts, @mooshuicecream, @nonnaspizzabox Hosts: @bobbybrugal, @zoolegacy, @kingkimbit Chalk art facilitated by: @coblou Event sponsor: @northlendfinancialinc

Proceeds from this event are being donated to Cap City Cyphers(@capcitycyphers) in support of their events, programming and workshops.

King Kimbit | Jukebox Lunch Concerts

National Arts Center, Ottawa

King Kimbit is a literary Hip-Hop artist born and raised on unceded Algonquin territory (Ottawa), passionate about empowering and encouraging youth, community care, and sharing love through writing, reciting, and the abolition of punitive, carceral institutions.

King has performed solo and as part of ensembles in music and theatre across Turtle Island, Jamaica, and Vietnam. Since 2018, she has teamed up with Jo-Anne Bryan, Carmelle Cachero, and Jordan Samonas, as a writer and the vocalist of their group, Speaking Vibrations.

Jukebox Lunchtime Concerts, a free music filled midday break in our sun-filled public spaces. With great selections of music and no coins needed, it's a perfect way to refuel for the rest of your day.

Face The Music - Music and Creative Industry Facilitated Networking Session

NAC, 1 Elgin St.

During this session invited music related support organizations will talk about the services they offer and conference attendees will have a free opportunity to network with important industry professionals to help elevate their music career.

Cabaret show with burlesque and live music. The Anti-Colonial Samhain~Day of the Dead Show, Tuesday November 1st @avantgardebar! Seating is limited so DM @cabaret.solidarite to reserve your tickets asap! ⏳🎟 This event includes a fundraiser for the Ada'itsx/Fairy Creek land defenders and will take place on unceded Algonquin territory.

After the high of Bill C-22 being tabled for second reading on Sept. 20, the debate and the delay, the defeat of a unanimous consent motion, we are hearing the hurt, anger and resentment from people with disabilities and advocates. More than ever before, we must show our unity and power as disabled people, families, groups and organizations. With roughly 40 sitting days left until the end of the year, we need to push hard to get Bill C-22 passed, now! Join us on the ground for a rally in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 19th at 12 noon. In the spirit of solidarity and mutual support, we encourage everyone to respect distancing measures, to wear a mask and to not participate if you are feeling sick. Speakers: Andrea Hatala - ODSP Action Coalition Anita Khanna - United Way Centraide Canada Alanah Duffy - MS Society Margaux Wosk - BC People First

Après le dépôt du projet de loi C-22 en deuxième lecture le 20 septembre, le débat et le retard, la défaite d'une motion de consentement unanime, nous entendons la douleur, la colère et le ressentiment des personnes en situation de handicap et des défenseurs. Plus que jamais, nous devons montrer notre unité et notre pouvoir en tant que personnes en situation de handicap, familles, groupes et organisations. Avec environ 40 jours de séance avant la fin de l'année, nous devons faire pression pour que le projet de loi C-22 soit adopté, maintenant ! Joignez-vous à nous pour un rassemblement à Ottawa le mercredi 19 octobre à midi. Dans un esprit de solidarité et de soutien mutuel, nous encourageons tout le monde à respecter les mesures de distanciation physique, à porter un masque et à ne pas assister si vous êtes malade. Intervenant-e-s: Andrea Hatala - ODSP Action Coalition Anita Khanna - United Way Centraide Canada Alanah Duffy - MS Society Margaux Wosk - BC People First

ChewOnThis! rally to end food insecurity in Canada.


12:30 Meet, mingle, and make art 13:00 Speakers Panel ft. Disability Without Poverty and Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada 13:45 Poetry performance by King Kimbit 14:00 Group photo 14:10 More art and mingling 14:30 Disperse

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King Kimbit at Sofar Ottawa

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Byward Market - specifics to be released day of show. Stay tuned!, Ottawa

King Kimbit will be performing alongside two other wonderful musicians from the Ottawa/Gatineau area (it's a secret).

More details here:

WHO WILL I SEE PERFORM? You’ll see 2 or 3 short sets from incredible performers from all musical genres, and sometimes even spoken word, comedy or dance. Each show’s lineup is curated by our artist booking team to be diverse and varied. Grab your ticket and get ready to discover your new favorite artist! Head over to our YouTube channel ( to check out past shows and see some of today's biggest artists who played small, intimate Sofar shows along their journey!


Girls+ to the Front Songwriters Circle Featuring Amanda Lowe & King Kimbit Hosted by OK Naledi Monday July 4 8PM PWYC event

Amanda Lowe: Born in Sri Lanka, raised on Prince Edward Island, and now setting roots in Ottawa, ON

King Kimbit: Nguyễn Anh Thư, better known by her stage name, King Kimbit, is a versatile, devoted and deeply sincere Ottawa-based spoken word artist, singer and instrumentalist. King Kimbit is best known for her ability to blend gritty personal narratives with compassionate social consciousness. She articulates the spectrum of her thoughts and feelings in a way that is consistently poignant, musical and heart-felt. OK Naledi: OK Naledi is an Afro House music project created by Queer, Motswana Canadian musician Kimberly Naledi Sunstrum. Traditional sub-Saharan clean guitar lines, classic deep bass, movement-inspiring beats and that iconic, driving Afro House tempo – these are the pieces that define OK Naledi There is a lot of complexity when it comes to being a visibly Queer, biracial, womxn, artist who grew up predominantly in Botswana, but began creating music after moving to Canada – a Western demographic. This pandemic exacerbated the importance of nurturing identity and infusing it in the music of OK Naledi proudly, powerfully and consistently. OK Naledi is a self taught, multi-instrumentalist. She writes and composes music on the guitar and piano and expresses her craft through multiple mediums — music, video, poetry, graphic arts. This multifaceted expression exemplifies the themes in OK Naledi's music in ways that make them more widely accessible and attainable.

Speaking Vibrations - GCTC 2021-22 Season

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The Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON

created by Jo-Anne Bryan, Carmelle Cachero, King Kimbit & Jordan Samonas Speaking Vibrations is the next evolution of theatre: an immersive, inclusive and multi-sensory experience in ASL song/poetry, music, rhythm tap & dance. Sound, song and story are experienced visually through projected graphics and dynamic captions, as well as tactically through feeling and vibration; in-person audiences will get to wear and hold vibrotactile stimuli (vibrating vests, seats, belts & pillows) during the performance while audiences at home experience the show with remote technology.

a single sign told a story she lifts her hand. sound moved through her and within me she signs my sensations. my fears and dreams fell out in her rhythm something stirs in me what happens when I come into contact with a body in all its forms? when I see in my feet, hear in my hands and speak in vibrations?

Show Times Tuesday - Friday 8pm

Saturday 4pm

Sunday 2pm

Photo Credits

Photo of Jo-Anne Bryan by Stéphanie Houle

Image Description: A geometric cut out of a photo of Jo-Anne Bryan, a woman with dark short cropped hair and a black dress, is photographed making an ASL gesture. Her right hand held away from her with palm facing her, her left reaches towards it. Want to see this show?


Rappers gather in Ottawa's Byward Market for Session 01 of Ottawa's first outdoor rap cypher, Cap City Cyphers, presented by King Kimbit, 4theworld and SHIFTER.