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Notman House

51 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Montréal, QC H2X 1X2


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Off the Record: Hip-Hop Cultural Workers in Canada

A two-day symposium to be held August 10-11, 2017, at the Notman House in Montreal. The “Off the Record: Hip-Hop Cultural Workers in Canada” symposium is a two-day event which brings cultural workers from across the country to Montreal together, in conversation with academic researchers. The symposium is passively bilingual, with keynote presentations and most papers in English, and some papers and discussion circles in French (with participants providing informal translation when needed). The objective is to extend, share, and disseminate scholarly and practitioner knowledge of hip-hop cultural work in Canada, building a new national network of communication which supports skills and knowledge sharing, translating into positive community impacts across the country. The symposium includes a series of of keynote presentations which serve as catalysts for Freirian “culture circle” type discussion groups led by facilitators and including featured community members. There are also workshops that feature concrete explorations of artistic, pedagogical, and political best practices, live performances, and a visual art exhibit. Throughout, practitioners will share personal narratives of their community learning programs and processes (including art forms used, pedagogies, and curricula), their contributions to community such as educational, economic, and health development, and their hopes for their own practice. Researchers will share relevant scholarship, working to identify connections as well as inclusions and absences in hip-hop cultural work, and exploring in the process how to make the community as inclusive as possible. A significant part of the program will feature work being done by and with Indigenous communities across the country. The ongoing involvement of indigenous community members in the symposium is fostered through the participation of collaborators Jodi Stonehouse, Allan Vicaire and Jarrett Martineau, keynote talks, workshops and panel presentations.

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"Off the Record: les travailleurs de la culture hip-hop au Canada", est un symposium de deux jours qui se déroulera du 10 au 11 août 2017 à la maison Notman à Montréal. L'objectif est d'étendre, de partager et de diffuser les connaissances scientifiques et praticiennes du travail culturel du hip-hop au Canada, en créant un nouveau réseau national de communication qui appuie les compétences et le partage des connaissances, ce qui se traduit par des impacts positifs de la communauté à travers le pays. La conférence comportera des ateliers et des présentations portant sur des questions clés dans la communauté hip-hop; des panels de présentations papier; des ateliers qui présentent des explorations concrètes des meilleures pratiques artistiques, pédagogiques et politiques ainsi que des performances en direct. Les praticiens partageront les récits personnels de leurs programmes et leurs processus d'apprentissage communautaire (y compris les formes d'art utilisées, les pédagogies et les programmes d'études), leurs contributions à la communauté en matière de développement éducatif, économique et sanitaire ainsi que leurs espoirs pour leur propre pratique. Les chercheurs partageront leurs études pertinentes, travaillant en vue d’identifier les connexions ainsi que les inclusions et les absences dans le travail culturel du hip-hop, et d'explorer dans le processus les différentes façons de rendre la communauté aussi inclusive que possible. Une partie importante du programme mettra en vedette le travail effectué par et avec les communautés autochtones à travers le pays. La participation continue des membres de la communauté indigène au symposium est favorisée par la participation des collaborateurs Jodi Stonehouse, Allan Vicaire et Jarrett Martineau, des conférences, des ateliers et des présentations de panel. Le symposium est passivement bilingue, avec des présentations principales en anglais, et des présentations et cercles de discussion en français (avec des participants offrant une traduction informelle au besoin).


Thursday August 10th:

9am: Opening Blessing by an Elder

9:15am-9:45am: Welcome, opening remarks (co-applicants, organizers of Under Pressure)

9:45-11am: Key Note: Address Stephen Buddha Leafloor (BluePrintforLife): Community Heartbeat: Healing through Hip hop and Traditional Culture in remote communities

11-11:15am: coffee tea/break


Group 1: Mary Fogarty (KeepRockinYou/York University); Vincent Stephen Ong (The Cypher); Nantali Indongo (Hip Hop No Pop); Shirley Steinberg (University of Calgary)

Group 2: Preach (Stolen from Africa); Ramon San Vincente (Rhymes to Re-Education); Darcy MacDonald (They Reminisce Over You); Bella McWatch: (Black, Brown and Fierce!)

1pm-2pm: lunch and open mic/cypher session

2pm-3:15pm: Key Note Mahlika Aweri: Our Story; Our Cipher: Indigenizing The Knowledge Movement.

3:15pm -3:30pm: coffee/tea break

3:30pm - 5:00pm Group 1: Dr. Madd (NoBadSound Studio); Pierre Michel Jean Louis (; Awad Ibrahim: (University of Ottawa); Sirvis (LRG Canada)

Group 2: Corey Bulpitt (Who is Akos: Graffiti to wood carving and everything in between); Jarrett Martineau (Revolutions per Minute); Audrey Hudson (Ontario College of Art and Design); Jodi Stonehouse: Black, Brown and Fierce!

5:00pm - 6:00pm: Workshops: Buddha: Do the Hustle ; Rup Sidhu: Beat Making

Symposium guests are invited to attend and perform at the Under Pressure special edition of Le Cypher weekly live hip hop jam.

Friday August 11th:

9:30am: Welcome

9:45-11:00am: Key Note Address Jarrett Martineau (RPM.Fm).

11:00-11:15am: coffee tea/break

11:15am-1pm: Group 1: Michael MacDonald (Grant McEwan university); Monk-e ( Finding your voice through the community of hip hop: An artist’s journey in education); Rup Sidhu ( Each 1 Teach 1); Miss Me (Art Vandal)

Group 2: Bill Comer ( Hopscotch Festival); Amir Prince (DMC Canada); Sterling Downey: (Under Pressure); Kate "Agent Lynx" Asterlund (Queen’s Creation)

1pm-2pm: lunch and performance by artists from NBS Studio (Chalet Kent)

2pm - 3:30 pm : Demonstration: Corey Bulpitt: Wood carving

3:30 - 3:45pm: coffee/tea break

3:45 - 5:00pm: Panel presentation: James Lyng: Becoming an Urban Arts School. (SSHRC supported initiative. Conversation between artists, teachers, students, and researchers).

Symposium guests will be invited to the opening of the Fresh Paint gallery vernissage Friday evening. They are also welcome to stay and participate in the Under Pressure Festival through the rest of the weekend, including live outdoor musical performances, dance battles, a skateboard activation and parkour terrain, as well as events for children.

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