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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Amanda Armstrong on September 4, 2014

This weekend is a big one for hip hop in the city, with House of PainT happening, all weekend long!

Thursday marks Day 1 of House of PainT, and the OG 500 Poetry Slam and Art Expo at the Mayfair Theatre. 12 spoken word poets will go head-to-head, for a chance at the 500$ grand prize. This year’s slam features Urban Legends team captain, ApollotheChild, and 2012’s UL team captain, King Kimbit. Best of all, the event is free for Carleton University students!

There is also a Bluesprint Series Showcase happening Thursday night, featuring Paterson Hall and Tindervox. Organized by RBC Bluesfest, this series highlights local musical talent, and these two bands are some of Ottawa’s most stellar.

On Friday night, find yourself under Dunbar bridge, between Brewer Park and Carleton University, for House of PainT’s Rock Tha House Concert and Popping Battle. From 6-11pm the main stage will be rockin’, with acts like EMC featuring Masta Ace, Jean Grae, and the Doppelgangaz – who are making their Ottawa debut at this year’s festival. In addition to some great hip hop, Broadhead will be pouring 5$ beers and there will be plenty of grub from Ottawa’s best food trucks.

If hip hop is not your style, the Visit is having a fundraiser for their trip to Nouvelle Prague music festival this November, Saturday night at Pressed. For a visit into their world of inventive cello and vocals, be sure to be there by 7:30pm. The show will also feature music from Musk Ox, Bosveld, and Nicole LeFebvre.

If you feel like laughing ’til your sides hurt, there is also GRINDR Comedy, happening at 10pm at the Daily Grind. Hosted by Marc Hallworth – with jokesters Dave McConnell, Greg Houston, Logan Avery-Cooper, Evan McCloskey – the laughs will also be brought by headliner Adrian Cronk, from CBC’s Laugh Out Loud.

If you are in the market for some new treasures, be sure to check out the Super Centretown Garage Sale, this Saturday from 9am-3pm. The treasure trove spans from Wellington to Catherine, Bronson to the Canal.

Capital Velo Fest is also happening on Saturday morning, beginning at 8 Locks Flat, by the Somerset Street Pedestrian Bridge. The ride is roughly 20kms in length and is a chance to ride some of the most scenic routes in the city. Registration for the ride closes Friday at noon, so be sure to get on it!

Saturday is House of PainT’s Main Event. The 4 elements of hip-hop will be showcased under the bridge, with live graffiti artists, bboy/bgirl battles, DJs, MCs, musical performances, rap battles, and workshops. There will also be a Seeds Tent, for the little ones, so make sure to bring the kids out and let them sprout some hip hop roots!

Sunday winds down the weekend with a series of mind expanding talks and workshops at Arts Court, for House of PainT’s Each One Teach One Knowledge Conference. Learn about everything from breakdancing, to beat production, to making a career as an artist. You won’t want to miss keynote speaker Jean Grae, in conversation with Kwende Kfenste, happening at 2pm.

Sunday is a great day for an artist tour, too.The West End Studio Tour (also happening on Saturday of this weekend, and all of next weekend) is a chance to meet 16 different West End artists, in their studios and homes, and chat with them about their work.

There is so much awesome going on this weekend – so make sure to take pictures – and hashtag them #Apt613weekend36 on Instagram so we all can see what you’ve been up to!