Expand your knowledge and learn about hip hop’s rich history and global cultural currency with these informal talks with food and friends.


Welcome to  the Hart House Hip Hop 101 Café. Whether you’re a sneakerhead or a novice, an emerging fan or an old school expert, we’ve got a  hip hop  conversation for you!

Hip Hop 101 Café is a space created for students to come together  and explore  how  hip hop infuses  all parts of our  everyday culture. Peer- and community-led conversations in this space will leave you with a deeper appreciation of  a shared community and  a greater understanding  of how  hip hop  culture continues to influence our world.

Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend and drop by the Hart House Hip Hop 101 Café in the Map Room. Refreshments will be served.

Topics we will explore through the Hip Hop 101 Café series:

  • The Evolution of Hip Hop: Then, Now, Next
  • Hip Hop through an Indigenous Lens
  • Hip Hop, Women and Gender Dynamics
  • Hip Hop and Criminal Justice
  • The Economics of Hip Hop
  • Hip Hop, Faith and Spirituality

2019 INDIGENOUS EDUCATION WEEK takes place October 28th – November 1st  Check out more events here

Socialize, get down, and let your soul lead the way.

Afrika Bambaataa

For this session:

This Hip Hop 101 Café is presented to you by Hart House and First Nations House

Just as hip hop has always served as an artistic platform for self-expression, truth-telling and community celebration, so too does this tradition continue through the lives of Indigenous artists. 

Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit artists have used hip hop culture to challenge settler colonialism, white supremacy, and heteropatriarchy. They have used hip hop culture to protest pipelines, call out institutional violence, and mourn the loss of missing and murdered indigenous women, girls and two-spirited individuals.  And through Hip-Hop these artists form creative spaces that aim to heal, rejuvenate and celebrate themselves and their communities.

Rappers, producers, b-girls, b-boys, and graffiti artists from all across the four corners of Turtle Island and beyond have been living the hip hop life and sharing their experiences through their art. Join us as we explore their work, their lives, and their future in this can't miss Hip Hop Café session.

It's all about beats, rhymes, and Indigenous life!

Special Guest Facilitator

More about Hip Hop Education Program at Hart House

Hip Hop Education at Hart House will support our values of representation, collaboration and social justice to explore and provide platforms for key principles of hip hop and its importance in our everyday culture on all three campuses.  Recognizing  hip hop  as a powerful global influencer, Hart House seeks to create unique opportunities for students and community to engage hip hop education and artistic expression.

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  • Date: Thu, Oct 31, 2019
  • Time & Duration: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm (EST) (1h)
  • Cost:
    • U of T students and their families


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Map Room (1039)
  • Note: Topics and guests are subject to change.