The second day of the 2015 House of PainT Festival events that took place at Babylon Nightclub, is one that will be remembered for both its awesome display of some of Ontario’s more recognized and up and coming musical and production artists, as well as, the platform in which some of Ottawa’s best slam poets, found solace while invigorated a crowd that were captivated by the love, fear, and pain that was permeating from the stage.
Day 2 consisted of two incredible events. The first of them being the OG 500 Poetry Slam, which as stated above, showcased a number of Ottawa’s poets, in one of the fastest rising competitive art forms of emotional and artistic expression in the form of performance poetry, often associated with urban culture. The event was well attended and despite a slight delay in kicking off the night, the crowd was definitely engaged, even to the point were facial expressions of discomfort do to the rawness and transparency of respective poet’s proses on patrons faces, was a confirmation that the forum did what it attended to do, create understanding thought a shared experience. Although a winner of the $500 dollar cash prized was crowned for the night, each respective poet deserved a grand applause for their display of vulnerability and humbleness.
The second event of the night – The Beat Battle #3 hosted by the Ottawa Beat League, was both a hit with the crowd and a creative display of talent and skill. For those who may not be familiar with what a beat battle is, it consist of a group of producers,with each respective producer showcasing their original musical beats against the other competing producers. The range of styles, inspirations, and sounds, supported by unreal heavy beats, was incredible. As each round of competition was concluded, the beats themselves just got better and better, and the enthusiastic crowd responded with an energy, you would find at a concert.
Not only was the crowd entertained by the beats but between each round of competition, event goers were treated to performances by Toronto’s rising rap star Raz Fresco, and Montreal born, now Ottawa resident City Fidelia, a premier talent in the city. Both artist did their thing, and had the crowd focused and bouncing to every lyric that resonated from these two talented artist.
In this author’s opinion, day 2 was a success, and one can only look forward to what the rest of the festival has to offer with performances from artists such as: Demigodz, Your Old Droog, Buck n Nice, DJ Ducats, Blackmoon, BlakDenim, Flight Distance, DJ Magnificent, Trevor Walker…etc; popping and dance competitions; the Knowledge Conference, and much, much more. It all takes place under Dunbar Bridge (Brewer Park) starting Friday night – Doors open at 6PM.
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