Bars to Break Bars!(Cap City Cyphers Session 21 with CPEP)

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UPDATED WITH VIDEO! SESSION 21! A Fundraiser for The Prisoner Emergency Support Fund! In collab w/ CPEP! Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 6:13pm-8:19pm!

Join us for our first online collaboration with CPEP! We have a set list of wonderful performers for you surrounded by a CYPHER // OPEN MIC at 6:30-6:50pm and again at 7:50 until the end. To sign up to perform during the open-mic please email

This showcase also serves as a fundraiser for the Prisoner Emergency Support Fund. We will be joined by poets, storytellers, singers and rappers from across Turtle Island to raise money for the Prisoner Emergency Support Fund and other mutual aid projects focused on incarcerated persons during the spread of COVID.


  • El Jones
  • Justin Piche
  • Vanessa Fareau
  • Ez.Youmz
  • Neil Shannacappo
  • Eyeda Sophia
  • Lydia Collins
  • Mat Panama
  • Jarrod Shook

Watch the video here:

To donate to the Emergency Prisoner Support Fund:

To access support through the Emergency Prisoner Support Fund, please apply:


About the Emergency Prisoner Support Fund

Incarcerated people are at a disproportionate risk of contracting COVID-19. Unsanitary conditions, close quarters, frequent physical contact, and the underlying chronic health conditions of many detained people, contributes to the spread of the virus and threatens the well being of prisoners and public health.
Alongside incarcerated people, communities across the country are calling for the depopulation of federal and provincial prisons to protect the safety and wellbeing of prisoners and our communities. Many provinces and territories across Canada have started taking measures to depopulate their jails and prisons safely. However, prisoners that are released do not have adequate support for their transition.
Recently released prisoners need access to funds for housing, food, clothing, and physical and mental health supports. Families who still have loved ones behind bars need funds for expensive phone bills and canteens.
This fundraiser supports prisoners re-entering the community and the families of those that are still behind bars during this crisis.


Cap City Cyphers organizes and operates on the traditional land of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people.

You can learn more about this land claim thanks to Lynn Gehl, PHD here:

Our main goals at Cap City Cyphers are:

1) to hold safer spaces for creatives to share, foster, and develop skills related to Hip-Hop culture, mainly freestyle emceeing, beatmaking, and live drawing, as well as

2) to keep Hip-Hop culture alive by hosting freestyle rap sessions and
presenting educational programming related to Hip-Hop

The intention of our series is to unite all Hip-Hop enthusiasts such as rappers, producers, and visual artists, especially artists who are living in the margins of the Ottawa/Gatineau and surrounding areas to explore their creativity in an inclusive and safer space, so we encourage attendees to refrain from rapping or engaging in any hate speech including but not limited to misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and racism. Hip-Hop has been historically a marginalized genre of music, and within that lies further ostracizing of Hip-Hop artists who are racialized, womxn, and queer. While holding this awareness at the forefront, we will not censor or shun people who might be problematic because we also believe that “cancel culture” can be just as harmful. Instead, our method of resolution to keep this a safer space for artists who are racialized, queer, and womxn as an organization is to hold people accountable for their Word by calling them in to a discussion on its power.