urban arts

Slam poetry or a ‘slam’ is simply the competition between fellow poets, and allows for individual or group performances. The performers and the audience resonate through each other, and vicariously experience what the poets have to share. Through a dance of words it forms a discussion or a debate where the winner is chosen by judges who are typically advocates of the art.

Ottawa’s ninth annual House of Paint festival brought together hip-hop artists, graffiti writers, DJs, and local vendors under the Dunbar Bridge to celebrate urban arts and culture from Sept. 13–16.