Big names in Canadian hip hop ‒ including Masetro Fresh Wes and Kid Koala ‒ are booked to perform under the Dunbar Bridge at the 9th annual House of PainT festival on Sept. 16.
Organizers will sell tickets to the concert portion of the four-day hip-hop festival for the first time, said spokesman Rob Reid.
“We decided to move forward, professionalize the operation,” he said.
This year’s theme is “building,” he said. “We’re building towards the tenth anniversary, we’re building toward a sustainable community for artists, and building on the success of the past years.”
The concert with Shad, Maestro Fresh Wes, Masia One, Kid Koala, Flight Distance, Devin Atherton will be held under the Dunbar Bridge on Sunday.
Maestro Fresh Wes, of Let Your Backbone Slide fame, will also do a brief performance on Saturday, also under the bridge, at the free House of PainT Main Event. The main event features a bboy battle, MC showcases and graffiti artists.
Kid Koala will also hold a “DJ turntablism masterclass” on Sunday, said Reid.
Tickets for Sunday’s concert will cost $25 and go on sale Aug. 1 at houseofpaint.ca and at stores around town.
House of PainT announced the line-up at a launch party it Ritual nightclub Friday. See photos by James Park, provided by House of PainT, in the gallary below.