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Ashes To Rubies Showcase 2018

Ashes to Rubies Showcase 2018 “Giving Hope a Platform” is a free community event organized and hosted by Ottawa based movement Ashes to Rubies.  This event is intended to raise awareness about addiction, mental health, and abuse. The night will feature a keynote by breast cancer enthusiastic optimist Heidi Floyd, and performances by Hip Hop […]

Company Wang Ramirez – Borderline

Those lucky enough to catch Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez’s NAC debut in 2016 will be particularly thrilled about this return engagement. In Borderline, the dynamo couple at the forefront of contemporary hip-hop have taken the art form to a whole new level. A sophisticated scenic rigging apparatus creates illusions of weightlessness, where six performers thwart […]

Video of the Week: Dapper by JC

A good beat shouldn’t be ignored. And neither should good choreography. In Dapper, local hip hop artist JC Peters brings both to the table and it’s hard not to appreciate this kind of artistry when it comes to music videos. In an instant, you’re hooked. One of the dancers is performing a backflip, the music […]

Dilla 10: Continuing J Dilla’s legacy

James Dewitt Yancey, better known to the world as J Dilla, died on February 10, 2006. That day, the hip hop industry lost one of its most influential figures: a lyricist and producer, a man whose albums were lauded by many, whose collaborations produced new and compelling sounds, and whose friends remember him as a […]

wotts’ new album anything but a b-side

The band known as wotts is unique in the Ottawa hip hop scene. Their mix of beatboxing, understated guitar and synth work allows their recordings to stand out in a city that is slowly developing a more ubiquitous sound. They released their first EP, a, in December 2014, shortly after forming as a side project […]

Summer sun and Boogat’s beats

The sun is shining something fierce as I bike over to the NAC to meet up with Boogat, the Montreal-based hip-hop artist who has recently released his latest album Neo-Reconquista and who will be performing the venue this upcoming Friday.  Walking with Boogat to the NAC’s café, where we’ll sit by the canal for a […]

Video of the Week: Zoo Legacy’s CRWD

[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlrFA4UMQX0[/youtube] Zoo Legacy, one of the starts of the NCR’s hip hop scene, launched this video for their single CRWD this week. Their third video features their characteristic blend of rap and indie rock as well as some cameos by some well-known Ottawa locations. The band is currently running a kickstarter campaign to […]

Buck N’ Nice just sound like they are

Post by Jared Davidson and Scott. “Rather than doing what people want, you take it outside, do what you want, and then make that what people want… if that makes any sense,” says SawBuck, gesturing with a french fry. We’re in a pool hall. It’s a Wednesday night. What he says does make sense, but […]

Homebased release new album, Get Busy

Ottawa has entered a golden age of hip hop. Seriously. With acts like Jesse Dangerously, Philly Moves, Flight Distance, Atherton, and Homebased, you don’t have to go that far from the Transitway to find some really seasoned, talented rappers and turntablists making their way in this new capital city reality. Funnily enough, if one of […]

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