LIFE LESSONS POETICALLY

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Who is KING KIMBIT? 

King Kimbit is an internationally-acclaimed multidisciplinary literary Hip-Hop artist, 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. 

 

King is the 2012 Urban Legends Poetry Slam Champion and she regularly performs music and poetry across North America. King currently coordinates Urban Legends’ Youth Speak! writing and performance workshops for teens, and released her debut album of poetry and musical arrangements entitled “Life Lessons Poetically” at the end of 2017.  King is also responsible for the recent inception of Cap City Cyphers, a space for rappers across the city to unite and celebrate love and unity through Hip-Hop.

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DIY Spring 3: Eyeda Sophia x King Kimbit x Novusolis x x.morganii w/ Kosisochukwu Nnebe

General Assembly, 5b Fairmont Avenue , Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1X4

DIY Spring and General Assembly / Assemblée Générale present:

Eyeda Sophia, King Kimbit, Novusolis & x.morganii featuring installation by Kosisochukwu Nnebe

Friday, May 10th, 2019 7pm - 10:45pm General Assembly 5A Fairmont Ave $15/PWYC at the door (no advance sales)

x.morganii

x.morganii is an Ottawa-based musician and visual artist. Her dark ambient, experimental compositions will take you adrift into gloomy waves of hazy delayed guitar and vocal textures before washing you up onto shimmering surf under blue dusk.

https://soundcloud.com/xmorganii

Novusolis

Based in Ottawa-Gatineau, Zachary Perron and Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya have created a new haven of post-rock. Zachary steadily builds the music with intricate guitar and drum live-loops, while Amanda's synth swells and voice sways us into a trance. Together, they are haunting, enchanting, and cinematic. In 2018, they toured their album "Collapse" across the UK and are set to tour Europe in 2019!

https://novusolis.bandcamp.com

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.

https://soundcloud.com/kingkimbit

Eyeda Sophia

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

Kosisochukwu Nnebe / Coloured Conversations

Kosisochukwu Nnebe is a Nigerian-Canadian visual artist. Using phenomenology (the study of experience) as a methodology, her practice aims to engage viewers on issues of race, gender and power in ways that make them aware of their own complicity through interactive and installation-based pieces. Her work has been exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Places des Arts, Station 16 and Z Art Space in Montreal, Studio Sixty Six in Ottawa, the NIA Centre in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Guelph, and the Mohr Gallery in Mountain View, California. She has given presentations on her artistic practice and research at universities across Quebec, including Laval, McGill and Concordia, and has facilitated youth workshops at the Ottawa Art Gallery and Redwood City High School in California. She is currently based in Ottawa.

http://www.colouredconversations.com/

DIY Spring promotes community growth through respect, empathy, and social consciousness. We acknowledge this event, and all of our organizing, takes place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.

We won't tolerate harmful or disrespectful behaviour, including but not limited to racism, sexism, transphobia or ableism.

General Assembly is a physically accessible venue with an accessible bathroom.

Questions or concerns? Get in touch:

elsa@diyspring.net

We would like to acknowledge the support of our many funders and sponsors of DIY Spring 3:

The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) City of Ottawa Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario Next Door Records Ontario Public Interest Research Group - OPIRG Carleton CKCU CHUO 89.1 FM Bourses Tontine Awards Long & McQuade (Ottawa) Apt613 BabyPink Collective Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival Girls+ Rock Ottawa MediaStyle

DIY Spring 3: Cap City Cyphers Round 4

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The Record Centre, 1099 Wellington St. , Ottawa, Ontario k1y 2y4

DIY Spring, The Record Centre & King Kimbit present:

Cap City Cyphers: Round 4!

Friday May 10th, 2019 4pm - 6pm The Record Centre 1099 Wellington St. W FREE/PWYC

We are calling all emcees, singers, beatboxers, etc. to join us in the name of Hip-HoP and celebrate the love of the art in an authentic and loving way. The intention of our series is to unite the many dope rappers we have from all across the city and to encourage the closet spittas to come out and shine or test the waters!

The cypher is meant to be an inclusive space. Hate of any form will not be tolerated.

If you are a producer or music maker in general and would like your beats showcased in our series, please send an email to capcitycyphers@gmail.com. If you are an artist looking to hit up the cypher or a Hip-Hop lover looking to just pass by, feel free to email us with any questions as well!

DIY Spring promotes community growth through respect, empathy, and social consciousness. We acknowledge this event, and all of our organizing, takes place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.

We won't tolerate harmful or disrespectful behaviour, including but not limited to racism, sexism, transphobia or ableism.

The Record Centre is a physically accessible venue, unfortunately the bathrooms are not.

Questions or concerns? Get in touch:

elsa@diyspring.net

We would like to acknowledge the support of our many funders and sponsors of DIY Spring 3:

The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) City of Ottawa Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario Next Door Records Ontario Public Interest Research Group - OPIRG Carleton CKCU CHUO 89.1 FM Bourses Tontine Awards Long & McQuade (Ottawa) Apt613 BabyPink Collective Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival Girls+ Rock Ottawa MediaStyle

Join us for high priority signs of the time as participants from Banff Centre Spoken Word hit the stage, each with their own particular brand of lightning.

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 8:00 PM Rice Studio, Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Bldg FREE Event --> http://bit.ly/2HWgEhE

Cap City Cyphers Round 3!

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

Mucho gratitude and big love to everyone who came through and showed love at our premier and second sessions! A recap of the first cypher can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWLhJxIQcKY.

Our THIRD cypher session will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at The Origin Arts & Community Centre (57 Lyndale near Bayview) starting at 6:13PM until 8:19PM.

Bring your bars, beats, vocals, whatever - as long as it's good vibes! We also ask that you bring a small cash contribution to cover the costs of renting the space ($5-$10 is cool depending on how much you can; no one turned away due to lack of funds). Hope to see you on Saturday, March 2!

We are calling all emcees, singers, beatboxers, etc. to join us in the name of Hip-HoP and celebrate the love of the art in an authentic and loving way. The intention of our series is to unite the many dope rappers we have from all across the city and to encourage the closet spittas to come out and shine or test the waters!

The cypher is meant to be an inclusive space. Hate of any form will not be tolerated.

If you are a producer or music maker in general and would like your beats showcased in our series, please send an email to capcitycyphers@gmail.com. If you are an artist looking to hit up the cypher or a Hip-Hop lover looking to just pass by, feel free to email us with any questions as well!

We would like to acknowledge that this event will be taking place and most of the album was created on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishnaabeg territory, and all guests are expected to recognize the Algonquin people as the original keepers of this land.

King Kimbit with Black Wax, Lucila Al Mar, and Jessie Simmons

MediaStyle “The Commons” , 131 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5N7

MediaStyle, Girls+ Rock Ottawa, and Apt613 bring you King Kimbit with Black Wax, Lucila Al Mar and Jessie Simmons.

Experience a night of music, energy, and girl power in an alternative venue located in the heart of the city. During the day, The Commons at MediaStyle is a social communications lab. Modern and vibrant, it is a purpose built-environment for events, social innovation and communications collaboration. For Girls+ Rock, this space will be transformed into an intimate, and unique concert venue. Don't miss the opportunity to give back to local artists, Girls+ Rock, and experience a one-night only event in The Commons. Thanks to sponsorship from Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. and Flying Canoe Hard Cider all alcohol proceeds will go to Girls+ Rock Ottawa.

Secure your spot today, there is limited space available for this venue.

Advance Tickets: $12.00 Door Tickets: $15.00 19+ event.

Meet The Artists:

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. 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 woman, and her stance on social issues regarding racism, de/colonization, and gender inequality. King currently coordinates Urban Legends’ Youth Speak! writing and performance workshops for teens, and is also responsible for the recent inception of Cap City Cyphers, a space for rappers across the city to unite and celebrate love and unity through Hip-Hop. At the end of 2017, King released her debut album of poetry and musical arrangements entitled “Life Lessons Poetically” featuring three piece band Black Wax, who formed to back Liverpool-based poet, Malik Al Nasir.

Lucila Al Mar Lucila Al Mar dislikes bios but loves music. This singer/songwriter has the amazing skill of being a introverted hermit by day and captivating audiences by night. This Brujas ability to move between genres, from the gnarly defiant energy of punk rock to the lushness of folk music, into the soulful resonance of an acapella song all within the same performance will have you asking yourself wtf hit me.Her performances welcome you into the precious space of her life; they welcome you to revel in the many ways human presence can be shared, and the multitude of ways music can beautify our experience of life, death and ultimately, bring us together.

Jessie Simmons Singer/Songwriter Jessie Simmons (born Alesandría-Jessica Ronica Simon) is a Haitian Canadian from Ottawa, Ontario. At the age of 3 years old, Jessie started to sing at church where she discovered a passion for music. She grew up listening to all kinds of music, looked up to numerous artists, inspiring her to want to become a performer herself. In high school, her music teacher convinced her to audition for the annual musical and from there she joined multiple talent shows, provincial festivals. The experience allowed her to discover herself and expand knowledge through different genres and appreciate versatility. Cultures, Ambition, Passion are what truly inspired her. Jessie always could simply not ignore the passion as the fusion flowed through her veins whenever she would sing. She started writing her own music and working with different artists in Ottawa. In April 2014, Jessie released her debuting single "Fly Away" produced by Tony Drumzz. She is currently working on her EP to be released later on this year.

Please note: The Commons is located on the third floor of a heritage building in downtown Ottawa with no elevator access. As a result, MediaStyle is not wheelchair accessible or otherwise accessible to those with mobility impairments.

MediaStyle is located on unceded Algonquin Territory. We recognize historical claim of these original inhabitants and commit to working in solidarity with Indigenous people toward a goal of reconciliation and decolonization.

King Kimbit birthday and listening party

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

Peace everyone!

Hoping your fall to winter transition is going as smooth as can be. For my birthday this year, which is also the first anniversary of my debut album, Life Lessons Poetically, I will be having a listening party at The Origin Arts & Community Centre of my album from top to bottom and have hard copies available for purchase. Come through and hang out, meet some people, and have some snacks. There will also be a live painting by Hasina Kamanzi.

This event will be Pay-What-You-Can to raise funds for me to go the Banff Spoken Word program. If you would can't attend but would like to support, kindly send your contributions to kingkimbit@gmail.com (e-transfer or paypal).

I would like to acknowledge that this event will be taking place and most of the album was created on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishnaabeg territory, and all guests are expected to recognize the Algonquin people as the original keepers of this land.

Cap City Cyphers Round 2!

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

Mucho gratitude and big love to everyone who came to the premier of CAP CITY CYPHERS that happened on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the OTTAWA letters (footage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWLhJxIQcKY).

Our second cypher session will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at The Origin Arts & Community Centre (57 Lyndale near Bayview) starting at 6:13PM until 8:19PM.

Bring your bars, beats, vocals, whatever - as long as it's good vibes! We also ask that you bring a small cash contribution to cover the costs of renting the space ($5-$10 is cool depending on how much you can; no one turned away due to lack of funds). Hope to see you on Saturday the 15th!

We are calling all emcees, singers, beatboxers, etc. to join us in the name of Hip-HoP and celebrate the love of the art in an authentic and loving way. The intention of our series is to unite the many dope rappers we have from all across the city and to encourage the closet spittas to come out and shine or test the waters!

The cypher is meant to be an inclusive space. Hate of any form will not be tolerated.

If you are a producer or music maker in general and would like your beats showcased in our series, please send an email to capcitycyphers@gmail.com. If you are an artist looking to hit up the cypher or a Hip-Hop lover looking to just pass by, feel free to email us with any questions as well!

We would like to acknowledge that this event will be taking place and most of the album was created on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishnaabeg territory, and all guests are expected to recognize the Algonquin people as the original keepers of this land.

Batay Vetye

Bistro la Coquille, 209 Boul. des laurentides, Laval, QC

Majoha célèbrera à nouveau la bataille de Vertières et va souligner grandiosement cette victoire décisive ayant mener à la victoire de Saint-Domingue. En cette occasion plusieurs artistes invités se produiront sur la scène du Bistro La Coquille tels que King Kimbit, Jessie Simmons, Maëva, Daniel P. animé par Roch Abner Dupervil aka Le Cerveau et la musique d'ambiance par Rubens Epimpabon Intl. Un buffet complet typiquement haïtien sera offert aux spectacteurs par l'établissement. Il y aura d'autres invités surprise qui prendront soin de faire vibrer la corde sensible du patriotisme de ceux qui auront fait le déplacement. C'est un rendezvous ... 🇭🇹

Share Our Light

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Fifth Avenue Court, 99 Fifth Ave, Ottawa

SHARE OUR LIGHT

Come, meet Canadians who are a light in the world, and learn about the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s an afternoon of music, art & fun for young and old!

RSVP now! Bring a friend, and get a free 2-pack of LED light bulbs. Limited quantities! Free soup and hot chocolate will also be served. Come warm up!

The SDGs are a plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030. It’s a call for action by all countries to end poverty while also tackling climate change, economic growth, education, health, gender equality and more.

An energy-efficient bulb is a symbol of hope that we can meet the SDGs. Change one yourself & give one to a friend. Let this simple action inspire you to talk with others about what we can do to end extreme poverty and make a better world for everyone. And join us at ONE.org to push top decision makers to lead by increasing investments that can help us reach the SDGs.

We will proudly highlight Ottawa-based groups that are a light in the world: Youth Ottawa, CanUgan, Engineers Without Borders Canada, the GRAN, Help Lesotho, Somali Education Fund, The Tumaini Children's Project as well as artists King Kimbit and Baobab Tree Drum Dance Community.

PERFORMANCES BY King Kimbit (www.kingkimbit.ca) King Kimbit is an internationally-acclaimed multidisciplinary hip hop artist, 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 woman, and her stance on social issues regarding racism, de/colonization, and gender inequality.

The Baobab Youth Performers (www.baobabtree.org) Baobab Youth Performers brings together students from schools across Ottawa to drum and dance the music of Ghana, West Africa. Founded by Artistic Director Kathy Armstrong, the group has performed at the Ottawa Folk Festival, the National Arts Centre and the Black Sheep Inn. They have toured through Ontario, Alberta, the United States and Ghana.

Speed Painting by Youth Ottawa (www.youthottawa.ca) 12 young, up & coming artists will participate in an SDG-themed art battle led throughout the afternoon. Youth Ottawa provides youth in the city with resources, training and support to build the skills, confidence and strategies necessary to be successful and build a better community for themselves and their peers.

POEMcees

10C, Guelph

Some say POEMcees, while others say poEMCEES. The controversy has led to widespread wordsmith on wordsmith violence that dates back to before time itself. We have only bits and pieces of information but what we know for certain is that at some point in early existence all of consciousness was united in celebration. We marveled at our own magnificence as we gave birth to The Word. We don't know who struck first, The POEMcees or The poEMCEES, but we know it was the poEMCEES who lit the roof on fire.

The 3rd consecutive installment of POEMCEES at CFSW, will feature the Edmonton based show that fuses the not so different worlds of the poet and the emcee. This time around we are choosing to take a look at how our contemporary society has replaced reality with symbols and signs, thus creating a simulation of reality. This show will be a "mixtape" style show mixed by DJ Seiiizmikk and featuring A and B sides performed by King Kimbit, Tribe of Ansar, Poetic Elements, and KazMega.

Cap City Cyphers

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Ottawa Letters , C8G4+X5 Byward Market , Ottawa

Ever wanted to just hit up a spot in the city and spit a quick 16? Cap City Cyphers will be hosting a series of open cyphers in the city starting on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the OTTAWA letters in the Market at 6:13PM. We are calling all emcees, singers, beatboxers, etc. to join us in the name of Hip-HoP and celebrate the love of the art in an authentic and loving way. The intention of our series is to unite the many dope rappers we have from all across the city and to encourage the closet spittas to come out and shine or test the waters!

The cypher is meant to be an inclusive space. Hate of any form will not be tolerated.

If you are a producer or music maker in general and would like your beats showcased in our series, please send an email to capcitycyphers@gmail.com. If you are an artist looking to hit up the cypher or a Hip-Hop lover looking to just pass by, feel free to email us with any questions as well!

Sep19

King Kimbit at CCIC Conference

All Saints, 150 Blackburn, Ottawa

King Kimbit will be delivering a 15 minute performance at the Canadian Council for International Co-operation conference.

SAD FEST II

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Sadleir House, 751 George Street North, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3T2

SAD FEST is back for a second round! Let's welcome September with fun times at Sadleir House!

This year, we are celebrating one day of music as a part of OPIRG Peterborough's DisOrientation Week and Peterborough Pride. From 4pm until 12 am, get ready to celebrate with some incredible performances. Music, art and an open house will all feature at this event.

SAD FEST: Friday September 14th Music from 4 pm until 12 am (Clear your schedule for this!)

LITTLE RAPIDS (ptbo) - littlerapids.bandcamp.com KASHKA (toronto) - kashkamusic.com EVANGELINE GENTLE (ptbo) - evangelinegentlemusic.com KING KIMBIT (ottawa) - kingkimbit.ca RUSSELL LOUDER (pei) - russelllouder.bandcamp.com SPARKLESAURUS (ottawa) - sparklesaurus.com BBQT (mtl) - bbqtband.bandcamp.com

$13 for a wristband for the full day of performances!

  • Parts of Sadleir House are unfortunately not fully accessible
  • This event is all ages.
  • Alcohol will be for sale.
  • Earplugs will be provided by donation.

Urban Legends & Writers Point presents RETREAT: A Spoken Word Concert.

Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave, Ottawa

When a poet retreats into words, what verse becomes the voice of their innermost truths?

13 poets with unique writing gifts converge on one stage in a night of intimate poetics. Featuring performances from some of Ottawa's poetry trailblazers, including new readings from Poet Laureate Jamaal Jackson Rogers.

This event is generously sponsored by The City of Ottawa and Versefest Poet Laureate Program.

Cost is pay what you can; proceeds go to support the Writers Point Poetry Retreat and Urban Legend Poetry Collective.

Arts Court Theatre 7-10pm Saturday, August 18

Soul City Music Fest

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Laroche Park, 52 Bayview Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Y, Canada

SCMF is a multi-genre music festival in combination with all mediums of the arts. Reggae, Hip-Hop, R&B, Soca, Funk, Calypso, Poetry, Dance, all have a place in SCMF. It is a platform for local artist to showcase their talents, and more established artists a stage to promote their albums/wares to a audience that they might not have been able to reach.

Even though mainly a musical festival, we are promoting it as a family fun day. This way the whole family can come out and enjoy the festivities. From face painting to bouncing air castle or graffiti portraits to fashion show, we have something for everyone.

Voices of Today - Hip Hop Open Mic ft. Saleem Hussain Ansari and King Kimbit

Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6G 2P7, Toronto

Hip-Hop open mic featuring Saleem Hussain Ansari and King Kimbit. The mic/stage is open to all forms of Hip-Hop! Bring your bars and/or dance moves. Send your backing tracks to cahuas2120@gmail.com (or bring your beats on a USB)! Open mic list prioritized to youth.

Saleem Hussain Ansari of The Tribe of Ansar is a 27 year old Hip-Hop Emcee, hailing from Turtle Island. His writings touch upon world issues, spirituality and social norms. His adoration of life and love of learning is uniquely resonant in all of his work. Find Saleem online @thetribeofansar

The internationally-acclaimed multidisciplinary artist King Kimbit, originally Nguyễn Anh Thư, was born and raised on unceded Algonquin territory to Vietnamese boat people. While attaining her Bachelor of Mathematics and a Minor in Spanish, King has been performing and recording music and poetry in Jamaica and all over Turtle Island, sharing love and knowledge, which she believes are connected by similar roots. King has recently released her debut double-disc album LIFE LESSONS POETICALLY (with help from Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Ottawa). Life Lessons Poetically is a collection of poetry with respective musical arrangements to illustrate the lessons learned and insight gained so far in her quarter century journey through intersections. Despite the inevitable presence of oppressive white supremacy and patriarchy, there is beauty in telling stories of life and death, revealing the healing and survival of women and the world.

Accessibility Info: Voices of Today is committed to creating an environment that is accessible to all those wanting to take part in the festival’s events. To help us in this effort, we have conducted an accessibility audit of the venue the majority of the events are occurring. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. All of the events for VoT are PWYC (suggested $10). Events at the Palmerston Library are easily reached by transit. The library is a five-minute walk from the Bathurst subway station. Paid parking is available across the street, with one accessibility spot available. The main entrance to the building is wheelchair accessible, with an automatic door that can be opened by pushing the accessibility button. The theatre can be reached via stairs or hand operation lift (which will be operated by one of our volunteers). The entrance into the theatre is not automatic, meaning some folks may require assistance with the door to enter. We are looking into ramping the stage right now. There is one accessible non-gendered washroom on site though it does not have automatic doors. There are also one non-gendered washroom that is not accessible with a mobility device. The space will be scent free, and free of air fresheners, including in the bathrooms. There may be dander due to support animals, but animals are not normally in the space. There is not much room in the area surrounding the venue for a guide dog to be toileted. Unfortunately we will not have ASL interpreters available throughout the festival. For those who do not want photos taken. We will have beaded necklaces available at each event so our photographer will know not to take/upload any photos with you in it For a more detailed outline of the accessibility of the Palmerston location of the Toronto Public Library, please refer to our document here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PwiHElmP5shfoQStjLwgx5GpN6wVKwI4VPdJceBtlCg/edit?usp=sharing

Adyn Townes at LIVE! on Elgin

Live on Elgin, 220 Elgin St, Ottawa

LIVE on Elgin Presents: Adyn Townes, with special guests King Kimbit & Fillet Sterling

July 22nd 220 Elgin st. 2nd Floor Doors at 7:00pm | Showtime at 8:00pm $10 Advanced | $13 at the door

Adyn Townes: At the place where endings become beginnings, you’ll find Adyn Townes. He turned a fall into the ocean and months of recovery into his jumping off point. His music is challenging. Alternative indie-folk with raw and honest lyrics. Like finding your feet just before you fall, his songwriting is the gravity that pulls you back to earth. Inspired by the equal-parts hard and smooth voice of David Gray and the clear electric guitar tones of James Bay, Townes is always pushing the boundaries and seeing how close he can get to the edge. Currently working on a new album, produced by Colin Buchanan of Paper Lions, Townes (formerly Andy Brown) is focusing on building the foundation. Formulating floor plans and building from the ground up. http://www.adyntownes.com/

King Kimbit: The internationally-acclaimed multidisciplinary artist King Kimbit, originally Nguyễn Anh Thư, was born and raised on unceded Algonquin territory to Vietnamese boat people. King has performed and recorded in Jamaica and all over Turtle Island, sharing love and knowledge, which she believes are connected by similar roots. King has recently released her debut double-disc album LIFE LESSONS POETICALLY (with help from Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Ottawa). Life Lessons Poetically is a collection of poetry with respective musical arrangements to illustrate the lessons learned and insight gained so far in her quarter century journey through intersections. Despite the inevitable presence of oppressive white supremacy and patriarchy, there is beauty in telling stories of life and death, revealing the healing and survival of women and the world. https://www.kingkimbit.ca/

Fillet Sterling: Ottawa trip-hop/freak-folk

https://www.facebook.com/events/1963674200370942/

UL Womxn's Slam Finals (Ottawa WoWPS Qualifier)

Arts Court, 2 Daly, Ottawa

Join us for the Urban Legends Womxn Slam Finals! Throughout the year, we have had many talented poets bless our traditional Urban Legends gladiator circle. Poets who identified as womxn have had the opportunity to compete for a spot in the Women of the World Poetry Slam qualifier, which will determine which woman will represent Ottawa at the international competition in March 2019 in Texas! Join us at the Arts Court on Saturday, July 21 to be a part of selecting our champion!

Doors open at 7pm and it's $10 at the door!