May 20, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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Family programming Music Dance

Curated by Toronto’s MANIFESTO FESTIVAL OF COMMUNITY AND CULTURE, Hip-Hop Playground: Battles and Beats is a jubilant celebration of hip-hop culture showcasing dance, music, graffiti art, spoken word, and more. Acclaimed Ottawa DJ, artist, and urbanist MEMETIC hosts.

DANCE BATTLES:  DJ JERVYJERV spins tracks as 20 of the province’s best dancers in four distinct styles – locking, popping, breaking, and freestyle – battle it out for a cash prize.  REGISTER to compete!

DANCE DEMOS:  CRAZY SMOOTH and GADFLY will conduct mini-sessions for the public and demonstrate their unique takes on hip-hop dance techniques.

ALL HANDS ON DECK:  Hone your DJ skills in this interactive turntable zone with award-winning DJ GROUCH.

GRAFFITI ART:  Toronto’s GRAFFITI BOXMAN PROJECT brings their 15-foot cardboard canvas to the playground and invites some of Ontario’s hottest artists to design it. Contribute your own art to a mini-boxman!

MUSTAFA THE POET:  The powerful young spoken-word artist performs a set of his intensely personal and inspiring poems.

FRESHEST GOODS MARKETPLACE AND FOOD TRUCKS:  Graze at local food trucks, and find the best in art and clothing at the hip-hop marketplace.

video: Mustafa The Poet
Mustafa The Poet
video: Crazy Smooth
Crazy Smooth
Crazy Smooth
Andrew Pyro Chung
Memetic © James Park Photography
Graffiti Boxman
Mustafa The Poet
Hip-hop Playground