Ten years ago Dunbar Bridge (located between Brewer Park and Carleton University) became the House of Paint - the first legal graffiti space in the city.
For the local hip hop community, this called for a celebration - and the House of Paint Festival of Urban Arts was born.
In the words of its organizers, the House of Paint Festival is about "Graffiti Writin', Bboy/Bgirlin, DJin' and MCin'." We're not sure about you, but we're going to need a bit of a refresher on the Hip Hop scene before we hit up this all-ages, family-friendly fest - which takes place September 11 to 15, 2013.
In the time leading up to the Festival, CBC Ottawa is going to spend some time decoding urban and hip hop culture. To start, we've dug up some oldies-but-goodies from our archives.
Make sure you tune in to CBC Radio One (91.5 FM) and CBC television in early September for some fresh material, and we'll see you at the festival in a few weeks.