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Preview: Cranium Fest 2022 offers the best of Ottawa hip-hop

By Matthew Guida on September 27, 2022

Are you a fan of hip-hop and R&B music? Looking to kickstart the coming weekend by getting a glimpse at some of Canada’s rising music stars right here in Ottawa?

Then you won’t want to miss the Cranium Art Project’s 4th annual Cranium Festival from September 29 to October 1!


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Along with its dedication to supporting the music industry in both Ottawa and Canada, the Cranium Art Project also helps to ensure the professional development of local artists and helps them connect with music professionals on a global scale.

Cranium also offers support in fighting back against systematic discrimination and promotes engagement opportunities with professional BIPOC artists and beneficiaries.

And what better way for young emerging artists to gain exposure than via the Cranium Festival?

Featuring a lineup of 21 artists and DJs, Cranium Fest will be taking place over the course of three days at two different venues.

Day 1: Rainbow Bistro – September 29, 7 pm (Age 19+)

The festival’s opening night debuts at the Rainbow Bistro. Known for its status as a “live music venue,” the Bistro has become a well-known gathering spot for young artists looking to prove what they’re made of.

If the bistro’s relaxing “chalet” atmosphere and impressive musical venue doesn’t get your musical heart pumping, then free admission to Cranium Fest’s opening lineup—hosted by uNATy with music by DJ Velvet, and featuring performances by artists Reeny Smith, Badda, and Dominique Gorley—certainly will!

Day 2: MAC Hall (Bronson Centre) – September 30, 7 pm (All Ages)

For just $25 general admission, MAC Hall—located on 211 Bronson Ave—has got everything a person needs to enjoy Day 2 of Cranium Fest.

Boosted by MAC Hall’s killer light and sound system, this event is hosted by Bobby Brugal and includes music by CircaBeatz.

All in all, it’s the perfect venue to feature performances by Raxx, KG Jay, SLM, FTG Reggie, and TwoTiime.

Day 3: Bronson Centre Music Theatre – October 1, 6:30 pm (19+)

The final night of Cranium Fest is guaranteed to be a star-studded affair with its biggest lineup so far.

Hosted by J Morris, alongside the musical talents of The Kid Gorgeous!, Day 3 includes performances by Taapz, EverythingOShauN, Pretty Bulli, J-Soul, Jahkoy, Kofi, Maurice Moore, Jay Worthy, A$AP Twelvyy, and Duvy.

And if you’re looking to get the complete party experience, then be sure to consider Cranium Fest’s “All-Access Festival Pass” complete with entry to the After Party, for $60.

For more details about showtimes and entry fees, be sure to visit Cranium Fest’s Eventbrite page here.