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Beats Beat the Police Radical Rap Show for Akikodjwan
6:00 PM on Friday Mar. 15th
The Origin Arts & Community Centre, 57 Lyndale Ave.
Price: $15 at the door / No one turned away for lack of funds

March 15, on the International Day Against Police Brutality pull through to The Origin for a community dinner and fundraiser show in support of the struggle for a free and protected Akikodjwan (colonially known as the Chaudière Falls and surrounding islands). All profits from the concert will go to this years Spirit Walk organized by Albert Dumont and Jane Chartrand in association with Free the Falls.

Emceed by Jamaal Jackson Rogers, this year will feature spoken word, music and hip-hop from Aspects & Illiyah Rose, HTEBASIŁÉ, Elberlyn, Boogedy, and Darius Mirshahi.

Doors & dinner 6pm, Music 7pm

All Ages

Beats Beat The Police is organized as part of ongoing efforts to end the violence of policing. We work to end the violence done by the police and the prison system on our communities. Poor and working-class people, especially poor and working-class Black people, Indigenous people and People of Colour, as well as migrants, disabled people, sex workers and drug users, are targeted by the police for violence on a daily basis.

The organizers acknowledge that Ottawa, and the entire Ottawa river watershed is the traditional territory of the Algonquin nation, and that the area is being illegally occupied by the Canadian state.

Hailing from Quesnel in beautiful British Columbia, Aspects has been rocking for almost 20 years now. A true musician in all “aspects”, he has worked with Grammy award-winners and played alongside Motown legends. He has done music with the Wu tang clan, has had Eminem’s team rap about him in a song, and worked heavily with the Outlawz, an American hip hop group founded by Tupac Shakur. Playing blues/Soul/Hip-hop/jazz he is one of the most rounded musicians you will ever see!
ILLIYAH ROSE is only 8 years old but sings like someone who has sang for 80 years. She's already played multiple festivals and even played on stage with The Beach Boys and this time around is coming to The Origin along with her father Aspects for a duet you won't want to miss.

HTEBASIŁÉ is a 22-year-old Toronto and Ottawa-based poet and rapper. She traverses the inspirational, neo-soul, hip hop scene with a sound to empower and create impact. As a black Canadian woman, she embraces all the ways her existence defies any conventional limitations expected of her. The music she is in the midst of recording, reflects her daring and fiery light that navigates life’s turbulence while inciting joy and reviving dormant passions. She refines her craft with the influence from artists like Saba, Smino, and Noname. For 7+ years she has been writing, performing and releasing poetry through her platform and alias Spoken Visions. She has developed a tight-knit community of supporters in the Ottawa area who are drawn to her poetic and unapologetic medium of advocation for her generation. Her passion is boundless for her God-given purpose, for the art-form and for the plight of young people everywhere.

ELBERLYN Gerritsen Hill was born and raised in Ottawa Ontario. She is part Mohawk and part Dutch. Her background and heritage formed a creative and active mind that morphed into “ELBERLYN” the Rap/Neo Soul artist. She uses her music to translate her ideas of personal success, empowerment and activism.

BOOGEDY is a Hip Hop/Rap lyricist born and raised in Ottawa, CA. His mother gave him the nickname "Boogedy" as an extended version of the word "boogie" because he liked to dance as a young boy. His style's versatile but overall he creates with the purpose of uniting his listeners and releasing sonic vibrations that people can enjoy jamming to.

DARIUS MIRSHAHI is a revoluntionary artist, political organizer, and all-around trouble maker. He is one half of the hip-hop duo Test Their Logik, a member of the Beehive Disgn Collective, the architect of the recurring cross-Canada "Art of Resistance Tours, as well as a founding member of the Rhymethink Collective which is uniting social movement emcees from coast to coast. He live in K'jipuktuk, Mi'kma'ki, known colonially as Halifax, with his partner Sakura and their protest baby Kai.