Beats Beat The Police: Commemorating March 15 International Day to End Police Brutality

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 22:30

Feast and concert featuring spoken word from King Kimbit and hip-hop by Testament from Test Their Logik, Mother Tareka, and Lee Reed and the launch of issue 25 of Critical Resistance's newspaper, "The Abolitionist"

Opening by Elder Albert Dumont
Emcee: John Akapata
Speakers: Proshanto Smith (Ottawa Panhandler’s Union), Emily Munro (POWER), Bridget Tolley (Justice For Gladys Tolley and FSIS), A member of Critical Resistance

We acknowledge that Ottawa, and the entire Ottawa river waterbasin is the traditional territory of the Algonquin nation.

Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30pm - Midnight
SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas St.
Wheelchair Accessible
All Ages
(Suggested donation 5$ - $10)
No One Turned Away

In collaboration with Critical Resistance, the Ottawa Panhandler’s Union, Prostitutes of Ottawa/Gatineau Work Educate and Resist (POWER), Justice For Gladys Tolley, OPIRG-Ottawa and CHUO 89.1FM.

6:30pm – Start
6:45pm – Opening with Albert Dumont
7:00pm – Feast
8:00pm – Critical Resistance on the violence of policing
8:30pm – King Kimbit
9:15pm – Mother Tareka
10:00pm – Lee Reed
10:45pm - Testament from Test Their Logik
11:30pm - Closing


Beats Beat The Police

Join us on March 15 for a feast and spoken word and hip-hop concert!

We will also be commemorating the work being done to end police brutality and to celebrate the people, groups and movements working for a world without the violence of policing.

It will also be a launch for issue 25 of "The Abolitionist". This issue is on POLICING. The Abolitionist is written mostly by prisoners, former prisoners, and community advocates, and is a paper that discusses and analyzes the prison industrial complex, in order to figure out what it will take for us to realize a world without cages.

King Kimbit

Born as Thu Anh Nguyen in the nation’s capital, King Kimbit takes great pride in her roots and heritage while recognizing that her home is here in Ottawa, on unceded Algonquin territory. King Kimbit is the daughter of a Vietnamese school teacher and a Vietnamese artist, both of whom escaped Viet Nam by boat after the war. With her inherited artistic abilities, King Kimbit has made a name for herself as a spoken word artist across the country as well as in the United States. In 2012, King Kimbit was crowned Champion of Urban Legends Poetry Slam as the first woman to have won the series, and with that, went on to compete with the Urban Legends team in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (the national level completion for team poetry slam). In the same year, she was part of the Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam project, who won provincials. Since then, King has been featured in the Ottawa Versefest Women’s Showcase, and various shows around the city. King Kimbit has also featured at the Union of North American Vietnamese Students Association's Tenth Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA and the 11th conference in Dallas, TX. King Kimbit is passionate about working with youth and has facilitated poetry workshops for youth in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. Aside from poetry, King Kimbit also expresses her art through music. King Kimbit has been singing since she was able to speak and grew up performing at events for the Vietnamese community in Ottawa.

King Kimbit VERSeFEST 2015:
King Kimbit on Soundcloud:
and on Facebook:


Mother Tareka

Sax blasting, direct acting, flute tooting, pedal pumping MC Mother Tareka is an adopted Hamilton son. 1 part activist, 1 part musician, all parts amazing.. Tarek is musically best known as the frontman for the Hamilton Hip-Hop-fusion outfit Mother Tareka & The Greezy Steez. Made for anti-racism, anti-homophobia, anti-transphobia, anti-sexism, anarchist, and environmentalist movements!

Mother Tareka on Soundcloud:


Test Their Logik is a revolutionary anti-authoritarian hip-hop duo that have been making music together since 2007. Their first music video “Crash The Meeting” led to their arrest during the police repression that took place for the 2010 G8/G20 meetings in Toronto. Since then they have put out a second album, “Arrested Development”.

Crash The Meeting:
Democracy’s Bankrupt:
To check out and download (free) their two Albums, “A” and “Arrested Development”:


LEE REED is a Hamilton O.G. and a veteran of the Kanadian Indie music scene. For 20 years he's been stomping stages and studios, spewing his unique brand of fiery, anti-capitalist rant-hop. From mouthpiece for the legendary Warsawpack, through to his solo work REED has left a dark krylon tag across the landscape of the nation's Indie HipHop scene, and a jumbo fuel tanker on the fire of revolutionary music worldwide. REED's most recent release, 2015's "The Butcher, The Banker, The Bitumen Tanker" spent 14 weeks on the National Campus Top 10 HipHop charts, with 2 weeks in the #1 spot. Hide your bankers! Hide your cops!

Bazooka Rap:
This Microphone:
For Lee Reed’s new album, “The Butcher, The Banker, The Bitumen Tanker”:


Our collaborators:

Justice For Gladys Tolley:

Critical Resistance:

Challenges: Challenges: Ottawa area sex workers speak out:

Ottawa Panhandler’s Union:

This channel is a document of encounters with Ottawa police:

CHUO 89.1 FM:

SAW Gallery
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Ottawa , ON
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