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.