• Hip Hop Education
    Year 4

    Hip hop education and artistic expression. It's not just about music. It's beats, rhymes, life and learning.


Entering its fourth year, Hart House Hip Hop Education continues to examine the growth, development and change-making power of Hip Hop. Following two and a half years of hybrid and virtual events, we are very excited to invite students and community members back to in-person events, activities and initiatives! 

This season, we look at ‘Hip Hop x’ as an invitation for making connections. We examine the interrelatedness of Hip Hop x Indigeneity, Hip Hop x Queer Culture and Hip Hop x Disability, and where Hip Hop acts as a bridge to culture, social justice, diversity, inclusion and understanding. 

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  • Target Audience: All U of T students
  • Program Cycle: 2022-2023
  • Program Contact:
    • Zoe Dille

      Manager, Dialogue & Expression

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    • Marco Adamovic (On leave)

      Program Coordinator

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The 2022-2023 season kicks off  during Xplore Hart House with our first of many Hip Hop Pop-Up Barbershops, co-presented with Fyyne – shout out to University of Toronto alumnus, Jeff Fasegha! 

We will also see the return of our bi-weekly meetups of the Producers’ Circle, and monthly Community Connector Chats with our artist-in-residence, Marcus Singleton (a.k.a. iomos marad). We’re excited to be co-presenting ‘It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop’ our first six-week Hip Hop Culture workshop course, co-led by iomos and Dr. Francesca D’Amico-Cuthbert.

Hart House Hip Hop Education and Move with Culture are excited to be working with Nichole Leveck to present a cultural mash-up centered on the foundations of traditional Pow-Wow dancing set the beat of Hip Hop tracks. 


We feature the unveiling of Incarcerated Hip Hop: Freedom of Speech, an important Talking Walls exhibition, produced in partnership with FYou: A Project on Forgiveness. It features the words and thoughts of incarcerated participants from various prisons as they share their life perspectives and relationship to Hip Hop. 

We’ve also got out dynamic Hip Hop Café conversations and we are excited to co-present along with UTSC’s Afrosonic Innovations Lab, author and scholar Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls as she reads from her new book Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City.  

Winter Term

In the Winter Term, we explore Toronto’s Hip Hop History with a Hip-Hop-inspired Wellness Walk and part two of our riveting conversation about Women in Hip Hop for International Women’s Day. 

All of this leads up to the Summer of 2023, that will usher in the 50th anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop. We look forward to another 50 years of its influence and innovation. 

Upcoming Events

Past Events

  • Wed, Mar 8, 2023

    Women in Hip-Hop: Refusal, Resistance, and Interruption

    This curated conversation uncovers the historical and continuing contributions of women in Hip-Hop. Presented for International Women's Day.

  • Fri, Mar 3, 2023

    Wellness Walk: The Hip Hop Edition

    Take a walk with Solitair through Canadian Hip Hop history, in honour of the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop.

  • Tue, Feb 28, 2023

    Black Self-Care Fair

    The Black Self-Care Fair will bring together resources to help promote and encourage self-care for Black students.

  • Fri, Feb 17, 2023

    Hip Hop Family Skate

    Lace up and get down! Hart House Hip Hop Education is back with another Hip Hop Family Skate Day featuring figure skating and a DJ!

  • Fri, Jan 27, 2023

    Lyricist's Lounge

    In partnership with Toronto2.0, these low-key sessions are intended for anyone interested in exploring the craft and the art of writing better lyrics.

  • Thu, Jan 26, 2023

    Hip Hop Education Community Connector Chats

    Interested in learning more about Hip-Hop and diving deeper into conversation about its history, present, and future? Join our drop-in chats.

  • Fri, Dec 2, 2022

    Incarcerated Hip Hop: Freedom of Speech

    The Talking Walls Exhibition Space at Hart House presents the "Incarcerated Hip Hop: Freedom Of Speech" Exhibition.

  • Fri, Nov 25, 2022

    Hip Hop Cafe: Hip Hop as a Global Passport

    Hip-Hop’s impact as the number one cultural phenomenon is undeniable. Join us as we explore the transnational nature of Hip-Hop.

  • Tue, Sep 27, 2022

    It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Realities and Origins of a Culture

    Over 6 sessions, learn about each of the 5 elements of Hip-Hop and how they manifest in the modern era.

  • Wed, Sep 14, 2022

    Producers' Circle 2022–2023

    This drop-in, co-curricular initiative seeks to support Hart House's Hip Hop Education program by bringing together beatmakers producers and music creators.