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. Refreshments will be served.
Socialize, get down, and let your soul lead the way.Afrika Bambaataa
For this session
This Hip Hop Café is presented to you by Hart House, International Education Centre, and Student Housing & Residence Life
No matter what country, community or background you come from, there have been, and will continue to be, two hip hop constants ubiquitous in the culture: speaking one's truth and keeping it real.
And that's exactly what countless international rappers, producers, visual artists, dancers, entrepreneurs and knowledge-keepers are doing. Even though hip hop culture was a uniquely American creation, its foundations were truly intended to have a universal appeal. Speaking truth to power, expressing oneself, and lifting one's community know no borders.
In the wake of hip hop's worldwide success, we're looking at hip hop through an international lens, investigating how beats, rhymes, art and action are manifest in cities and communities many, many kilometers from its birth in NYC. It's an intercontinental, intersectional Hip Hop 101 Café.
Amrit Singh a.k.a. Noyz
Hip Hop Artist
Amrit Singh is an author, rapper, spoken word artist, and community organizer from Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Best known as the rapper Noyz, he represents the diversity at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Born in the region to immigrant parents, his writing explore themes of self-discovery and growth, and his lyrics equally represent the fun and energy of hip-hop park jams, as well as the socio-political commentary the genre was born out of. His verses have been published in academic journals and books through the years.
In addition to headlining shows in North America and the UK, Noyz has performed on festival stages at TIFF, SXSW, Manifesto, Canadian Music Week & NXNE. Amrit has been featured on platforms such as Audible, Complex, Vice, GQ, DJ Booth, The Needle Drop, The Huffington Post, and Major League Soccer.
Amrit also stays active in his community by facilitating Hip-Hop & Mental Health workshops where he engages with youth through the healing and transformational powers of music and songwriting.Website
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.