House of PainT kicks off this week with a multitude of events . The festival that celebrates the four elements of hip hop – graffiti writing, bboy/bgirl, DJing and MCing is kicking things off on Wednesday at Babylon with the Ottawa Grand 500, its second annual poetry slam night.
There will be special performances by a number of artists from Ottawa and beyond including the legendary Jesse Dangerously, poet master Ian Keteku with the Hilotrons’ Mike Dubue, Missing Linx , DJ Prufrock and internationally known dub poet and story teller, D’bi Young.
Returning to battle is last year’s champion Hyf GypsySun. He’ll be joined on stage by eleven other poets from across Ontario and Québec including the current Canadian Underground Slam champion, Un-common Andre, Ottawa Versefest 2013 Women’s Slam Champion, V and 2011 Capital Slam Champ Sense-Say.
The slam will use a head to head format that sees 12 poets compete in three rounds of slamming with the first two rounds being judged by the crowd (this is really the best part, isn’t it?) and the last round being judged by three celebrity judges to determine a champ and winner of a $500 prize.
This should be one for the ages, folks.
Tickets $12 in advance. Available at Compact Music, Vertigo Records, the Records Centre and online. BUT, for we’re a giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky Apt613 reader. You can win by letting us know who your favourite Ottawa slam poet is in the comments section. We will pick the winner at 10pm on Tuesday!